NOTE: It appears that this program is now defunct.
Amazon just announced that they've integrated their Associates program with Google Blogger accounts. The post, “Amazon Associates and Google Blogger Now Integrated” reads:
Today we are excited to announce Amazon Associates for Blogger, a direct integration between Amazon Associates and Blogger. This new collaboration enables Bloggers to monetize their content by adding relevant Amazon products to their blog posts without interrupting the blog editing process. Amazon Associates for Blogger is available now at http://affiliate-program.amazon.com/blogger. Amazon Associates who don’t have a Google Blogger account can set up a free Blogger account with their Associates ID and start earning right away.
How does it work?
The new tool allows Bloggers to add links and images to their blog posts in just 2 easy steps:
- Bloggers highlight the relevant text and the Amazon Product Finder will search Amazon’s millions of products and recommend the ones that are most closely associated with the text
- Bloggers can then insert a link or image to that product which includes their Associates ID, enabling them to earn up to 15% in referral fees from Amazon
Bloggers will also be able to show dynamic content in their blog sidebar using a new set of integrated Sidebar gadgets, such as gadgets for MP3 clips from the Amazon DRM-free music store, an Amazon Deals gadget, and an Amazon Search box.
Also as part of this new integration, Bloggers who don’t have a free Amazon Associates account can create one directly within Blogger so tell your friends that use Blogger how they can start earning with Amazon Associates today.
Of course, the only way a REAL affiliate blogger would use a Google Blogger account is in addition to their own blog on their own domain for driving more traffic back to their own domain.
But hey, if a few visitors exit your Google Blogger account and head to Amazon, rather than back to your own site — that too might prove profitable.
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