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9 Things you Need to Know with Amazon Affiliate Marketing



In this article we will provide the rundown of what anyone approaching Amazon Affiliate Marketing should know if they intend on making money using this platform.

It’s always exciting when a new idea pops into your head and you know this will be a new revenue stream for you.  Many people are turning in this direction for this very reason! If you are savvy enough to link great products that your niche audience wants to your website or blog, you have the foundation for some level of success with this program.  The main question is, how do you get started?  Once you’ve begun, what do you do next?  How do you make your commissions keep rolling in week after week so that you feel all of this effort was truly worth it?  Well don’t you worry, Let’s jump right in!

Create Your Site or Blog

There are many options out there to get you started.  We are far from the days where you need to have a strong understanding of the complex digital coding world.  You can choose between the many preprogrammed site options to provide you a template to set your stage.  Some options available are, WIX, Weebly or WordPress, just to name a few.  Then you can get it registered inexpensively through a site like for instance.

You will also want to decide on a name for your site.  You may want this to be related to the type of customer you hope to attract.  For Example, or You could also want to create something more vague to intrigue your potential customer.  Keep in mind the more random the name, the higher the chance that you will have to exert more effort to get that name in the minds of your consumer.  This may require an in depth knowledge of Search Engine Optimization and if you are not versed in this you may want the advice of a professional.  Not to say it can’t be done, many have been very successful creating a catchy word that became a mainstay, there’s just a good chance that it won’t.  This may leave you putting forth great effort for little to no return.  Include key words in the name of your site so when someone is using a search engine for what they want, those words are also in the name of your site.  Clever names will not create this ease of search success.

  1. Create Your Amazon Affiliate Account

Thankfully, this will be your easiest step in the process.  Simply Click Here and you can get this fired up at no cost.  Keep in mind, Amazon wants to sell more!  And if you can help them do that, you will be rewarded.  There will be a minor verification process on behalf of Amazon to be sure you are legitimate, but this generally will not take more than a day or two.   Amazon even provides some great tools and resources to assist you in the process.  Once verified, you will be granted an 18 month window to sell something.  If you are unsuccessful, you will be required to make some alterations to your site prior to be reauthorized to sell once again.  But, let’s be honest, if you have not sold anything, what’s even the point of all this?

Now that you have your site or blog up and running, you’ll need to begin to build links that direct your customers to Amazon in order to purchase the goods you wish to sell.  Again, Amazon is very helpful here as well.  They offer links in the form of banners, site stripes and multiple forms of direct product links.  These you can plug directly to your site.

Below is a quick, How-To for this process with Amazon:

  1. Choose either, “Quick Links: Search for Product” or “Browse for Product”
    1. “Quick Links” Search for Product” allows you to search for a specific product keyword
    2. “Browse for Product” allows you to search for products through categories like electronics, games, books, etc.
  2. After you find your product, click the “Get Link” button
  3. You can then customize this link by choosing an ad with ‘text and image,’ ‘image only,’ ‘text only’ or a ‘widget’
  4. Depending on your final choice, you may customize the title color, image size or customize the background color
  5. Always preview before adding to your site to be sure it meets your standards
  6. Now, just copy and paste the link to your site

  1. Launching your New Site or Blog

You will find a plethora of advice columns on the topic of website design.  My feedback will be to keep it simple and to the point.  Step away for a moment and think about how little time you invest while visiting a website.  This will be the same for your customer. A clean and simple design that gets to the point will generally have the most success.  Have a friend visit, do they enjoy the flow of information and the formatting of your design?  How much time before they want to make a purchase or read further?

It will be helpful to also organize your site based on categories.  You can easily find examples of this if you go to any major retail site.  For instance, a website on chairs will have different categories set up with the different styles or functions of the various chairs they are trying to sell.  Hey, that’s not a bad new idea for a new affiliate marketing site!

  1. Attracting Customers

The best way to attract and keep visitors to your site will be to focus on a target audience.  I would recommend finding your audience prior to deciding what products you wish to promote.  If you can create a credible site that fits into a subculture or a movement (niche) then you will more easily attract your customer.  Many people are turning to social media for this.  I’m sure you’ve all experienced a friend on Instagram saying that, “Everyone has been asking me about product XYZ since I brought it up the other day, well swipe up or click here!”  If you want to hit a sports niche, it’s important that everything you do relates to that.  How are you going to provided everything your group needs through your site or blog?  This should be on your mind, always.

You will also want to utilize some basic SEO skills to better position yourself for success.  Since this is a much larger subject, I won’t dive into this subject here, but basically speaking, if someone can’t find you through a basic web search, how can you expect to be able to sell anything to your target audience?  SEO efforts will make you become more relevant within your niche audience and promote your site.

  1. Promoting Your Site and Building Credibility

Promoting your site should be the most fun.  This is where you start to provide content to your audience to make them interested in your site or blog.  Online communities, YouTube, forums and social media will be great tools.  Building your credibility to show that you have a solid understanding of this product category and what you say matters, will be the biggest driving force behind your sales. Listing products on a blank webpage will look like some sort of fraudulent website out to scam the general public.  Since you know this to not be true, let’s build some credibility.  Fill your site with enough content to ensure people know that it is active.  Write in a tone that makes you look professional and that you know what you’re doing.

When you have a voice and the look, people will begin to listen and ultimately start clicking your links to the product you are presenting. This is how you make money, so it would be prudent to keep this in mind when creating any content.

Once you can present yourself as a credible site/ person/ business, I’d recommend plugging products into your conversation and reviewing or promoting them.  Talk about how fantastic it was when you first discovered a product, or how convenient it was when doing activity XYZ to have this product on hand.  Imagine yourself as an outdoorsman and you went on a several day trip.  Think about all the products you would need to have with you for a successful journey!  You’re out fishing, what made your experience better?  What products can solve problems?  You traveled to Europe, what products did you use on your flight or what products helped you navigate the international world more easily.  These are things people research every day, jump into the conversation and start recommending!

  1. Tracking Your Sales

Reports are important tools to assisting in your success. Thankfully, Amazon will provide you with a nice level of detail to show you where your money is coming from. There are active daily reports that you can review any time of day.  These will show you what links are working the best, the types of products your customer want the most, your traffic, revenue and, of course, earning.

Once you know how you are making your money and what customers are shopping with you, it will become easier to increase earning.  This will help you drive your next move towards either enhancing the areas that are making you the most money or building up in the areas that are not so profitable.  Having this information at the ready is an invaluable resource and Amazon will provide these free of charge.

  1. Counting Your Commission

There are several ways to get paid through the Amazon Affiliate Program.  They are broken into categories.  I would recommend skimming through them to see what suites you best.  They are also broken into two different pay styles.  There are ‘fixed standard program fees’ or a percentage of the sale and ‘bounty rates’ or a flat dollar amount per transaction.  The various categories of fixed percentages range from 1% to 10% and the bounties from $.50 to $15 per transaction.

Finding the right mix of products will help you to better define your rate of return on your investment.  After you determine what areas you intend to focus on, find the products that best fit that category.  You will want to determine how many units will need to be sold in order for you to be happy with the result.  Is that number realistic?  Do you need to sell 100 units or 100,000 units?  This is another piece of the puzzle that you will want to have worked through.

Selecting the right products is a very important aspect of this process.  You should look out for products that have a healthy amount of reviews for that category and a 4-5 star rating.  If you are directing your customer to low ranked goods, you will begin to lose credibility and ultimately not make any money.

  1. Making More Amazon Affiliate Sites to Enhance Your Earnings

Now that you have the feel for creating, promoting and earning, it’s time to repeat.  Creating more sites in other niche markets will position you for much greater success with Amazon Affiliate Marketing strategy overall.  You can jump into any product category you’d like.  It’s ok if you are currently unfamiliar with that product category.  Some people have turned to friends or family for guidance or just performed the necessary research.  Some people have even turned to their children!  There are famous children out there on YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter giving actual product reviews.  They are pretty awesome; you should check them out!  And guess what?  Some have even learned how to turn that into affiliate marketing.  I mean, wouldn’t you if you had 100,000+ followers?

Now that you have this entry level knowledge, it’s time to get going.  As always, we’re here to help if you have any questions or want to bounce ideas around.

Wayde N. Thabalanz is a 2016-17 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Fiction and a 2015 NYFA Fellow in Poetry. His work has appeared in Best New Poets 2015, The Los Angeles Review.

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How AI Can Help Improve Customer Service



It can be challenging for businesses to sustain their customer service game while managing costs to compete in the market. However, Artificial Intelligence can help in several ways to get customer loyalty. 

AI, the most talked-about advancement in technology, has become a useful tool in the realm of marketing. With this advanced technology, you can carry out multiple tasks to improve customer experience. For example, it gives you an insightful understanding of your customers and their needs. Moreover, it predicts the result, allowing you to make timely efforts to mitigate a problem. All of the multidimensional features of AI, in sum, allow brands to create personalized and efficient services, improving customer satisfaction. Therefore, more and more marketers are leveraging AI to enhance customer journeys. 

That said, we are going to discuss how AI can be used to improve customer service in detail. 

But before that, we would remind you that to make the most of technology and put AI to work, you need to ensure you have a speedy and reliable internet connection. If seek recommendations, Optimum is the best in the business. It offers unrivaled internet services backed by 24/7 customer support. Contact Optimum servicio al cliente en español in case you questions and queries(For Spanish customers).

Anyway, let’s dive into it!

  • Facilitates Personalization

It may sound unreal to provide a personalized experience to each customer visiting a website. Well,  AI is smart, in fact, super smart. Whether hundreds or millions, it helps you nurture leads to convert them by allowing you to provide the best customer service. 

When you use the right AI tool, you can get and analyze a large sum of customer data, including browsing habits, purchasing history, and other demographic details like age, color, location, etc. All of this information can be used to provide personalized recommendations, offering them products and services they most likely be looking for. It can help you learn patterns of customer behaviors to predict the expected moves. As customers engage with a brand, their activities are overseen to provide accurate and timely services. This makes it easier for the customer to navigate through the products and services and find the most appropriate services easily. 

  • Chat Bots- Round-the-Clock Customer Support

With people having smartphones in their hands all the time, they look up on the internet anytime and anywhere to find a product to service they may need. When scrolling through the options on a brand’s website, they may have questions or would want to contact you immediately. During that time, being able to respond to their queries could be a significant factor in converting them. But not all brands can afford to have a customer support team around the clock, right? Well, you do not necessarily need human customer support professionals if you have AI. 

Chatbots, powered by AI, can handle regular queries and can provide relevant information about the brand and its products and services. Using chatbots allows you to improve customer service by offering quick assistance. They can also assist with complex queries and can be programmed to connect to a real human if the query is too complex. Since chatbots can handle multiple conversations at a time, you need to rest assured that all the leads will get quick responses. 

  • Predictive Analytics

AI has the potential to analyze customer data by evaluating trends and patterns to help businesses predict customers’ needs and preferences. This allows you to get insights into customers’ experience behavior and needs. Moreover, it can help you identify potential customer churn. For example, you would know who is most likely to leave. Keeping tabs on these insights allows you to make efforts to retain the leaving customers. By being proactive, you can ensure that you retain your existing customers and build pathways for potential ones to be the customers. 

  • Voice Assitance

Voice assistants are powered by AI which can be used to enhance customer experience. For example, it can provide instant support and access to information to customers hands-free, making it a convenient option. Moreover, the customers can get product recommendations and reminders to take action. Therefore, they come in handy for customers to save time and effort. 

  • Automate Recurring Tasks

Lastly, AI can automate repetitive tasks, saving time and energy for customer service representatives. These may include handling common questions, processing refunds, updating customer records, etc. Automating these tasks gives customer support representatives to focus on complex issues. 

Bottom Line

AI has been the most powerful advancement in technology lately. For businesses, it is a God-sent blessing to optimize their growth and productivity while saving big. It can automate tasks, identify and resolve issues timely, and provide personalized customer experience. So, what are you waiting for? Find the best AI tools to improve your customer service!

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The Power of Personalized Retirement Cards



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Retirement cards

Retirement is a time of transition, and it’s a significant milestone in anyone’s life. Retirement represents the end of a long career, and the beginning of a new chapter filled with rest and relaxation. It’s a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the retiree and to recognize their years of hard work and dedication. One way to show appreciation is by giving a personalized retirement cards. Personalized retirement cards are a thoughtful and meaningful way to express congratulations, well wishes, and appreciation for someone who is retiring. In this article, we’ll discuss the power of personalized retirement cards and provide tips for creating the perfect one.

Why Personalized Retirement Cards are Powerful

Personalized retirement cards are powerful because they are customized to the recipient. They take into account the retiree’s personality, interests, and accomplishments. A personalized retirement card is a unique and thoughtful way to express congratulations and appreciation for someone who is retiring.

Personalized retirement cards can be sentimental, funny, or a combination of both. They can include personal messages, quotes, or even photos of shared experiences. The sentiment expressed in a personalized retirement card can be a lasting reminder of the retiree’s impact on their colleagues and loved ones.

Creating the Perfect Personalized Retirement Card

Creating the perfect personalized retirement card can be a fun and creative process. Here are some tips for creating the perfect one:

Choose a personalized design – Personalized retirement cards come in a variety of designs, including traditional, modern, and humorous. Choose a design that suits the recipient’s personality and taste.

Include a personal message – A personal message is a great way to make a retirement card even more meaningful. Include a message that expresses your congratulations, well wishes, and appreciation for the recipient. You can also include memories of shared experiences or inside jokes that the recipient will appreciate.

Include a photo – Including a photo of the recipient is a great way to personalize a retirement card. You can include a photo of the recipient at work, or a photo of them doing something they love.

Consider the recipient’s interests – Consider the retiree’s interests and hobbies when creating a personalized retirement card. For example, if the retiree loves to travel, you can include a travel-themed design or a message about all the adventures they have ahead.

Examples of Personalized Retirement Card Messages

If you’re struggling to come up with a personal message to include in a personalized retirement card, here are some examples to help you get started:

  • Congratulations on your retirement! Wishing you all the best in this new chapter of your life. (traditional)
  • Enjoy your retirement, and don’t forget to take time to relax and recharge. You’ve earned it! (sentimental)
  • Happy retirement! We’ll miss your humor and hard work around the office. (humorous)
  • Thanks for being an amazing coworker and friend. I’ll never forget all the laughs we shared. (personal)
  • Here’s to the next adventure! Wishing you all the best in your retirement. (travel-themed)

Creative retirement messages

  • “Wishing you all the joy and peace that retirement brings. Congratulations!”
  • “It’s time to say goodbye to the 9 to 5, and hello to days filled with relaxation and adventure. Happy retirement!”
  • “May your retirement be filled with love, laughter, and lots of time to do the things you enjoy most.”
  • “It’s not goodbye, it’s just see you later. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement!”
  • “You’ve worked hard, and now it’s time to reap the rewards of retirement. Congratulations!”
  • “The world is your oyster, and retirement is the perfect time to enjoy it. Happy retirement!”
  • “Wishing you a happy and fulfilling retirement filled with new adventures and memories to cherish.”
  • “You’ve put in your time, and now it’s time to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Congratulations on your retirement!”
  • “You may be retiring from your job, but you’re not retiring from life. Enjoy this new chapter to the fullest!”
  • “Cheers to the next chapter in your life. Happy retirement!”
  • “You’ve earned this time to relax and enjoy life. Congratulations on your retirement!”
  • “The hard work is over, and now it’s time to kick back and relax. Happy retirement!”
  • “May your retirement be as wonderful as you are. Congratulations on this new chapter of your life!”
  • “Thank you for your years of hard work and dedication. You will be missed, but we wish you a happy retirement!”
  • “Retirement is not the end, but the beginning of a new adventure. Enjoy every moment!”
  • “The office won’t be the same without you, but we’re excited for you to start this new chapter. Happy retirement!”
  • “May your retirement be filled with happiness, good health, and lots of fun. Congratulations!”
  • “You’ve left your mark on this company, and we’re grateful for your contributions. Enjoy your retirement!”
  • “Congratulations on your retirement! Wishing you all the best in this new chapter of your life.”
  • “May your retirement be filled with all the things you love most. Enjoy this well-deserved break!”


Personalized retirement cards are a powerful way to express congratulations, well wishes, and appreciation for someone who is retiring. They are customized to the recipient and take into account their personality, interests, and accomplishments. When creating a personalized retirement card, choose a personalized design, include a personal message, include a photo, and consider the recipient’s interests. With these tips, you’ll be able to create the perfect personalized retirement card and show your appreciation for someone who is embarking on a new chapter in their life.

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The Toyota Wrecker Sunshine Coast.



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The Toyota Wrecker Sunshine Coast.

In the vast automotive landscape, where innovation and longevity coexist, the role of wreckers has emerged as a crucial aspect of sustainability and resource management. One such entity making waves, particularly on the Sunshine Coast, is the Toyota Wrecker Sunshine Coast. In this blog post, we delve into the significance of Toyota wreckers in the region, exploring the services they provide and the impact they have on both consumers and the environment.

The Rise of Toyota Wreckers: The automotive industry has witnessed a shift towards sustainable practices, with an increasing focus on recycling and reusing vehicle components. Toyota, a brand synonymous with reliability and durability, has taken a leading role in this movement. Toyota wreckers on the Sunshine Coast have become instrumental in giving new life to old and damaged vehicles.

Services Offered: Toyota wreckers offer a range of services catering to the diverse needs of vehicle owners. From salvaging usable parts to recycling materials, these entities play a pivotal role in minimizing automotive waste. Customers benefit from affordable and reliable replacement parts, contributing to a cost-effective approach to vehicle maintenance.

Environmental Impact: The environmental benefits of Toyota wreckers are substantial. By salvaging and reusing parts, these businesses help reduce the demand for new manufacturing, subsequently lowering the environmental footprint associated with production. Moreover, proper disposal of hazardous materials from vehicles ensures that the environmental impact is kept to a minimum.

Economic Advantage: Beyond the ecological advantages, Toyota wreckers contribute significantly to the local economy. They provide employment opportunities, stimulate business activities, and offer cost-effective solutions for consumers looking to maintain or repair their vehicles. This symbiotic relationship between economic growth and sustainable practices establishes Toyota wreckers as key players in the automotive ecosystem.

Community Engagement: Toyota wreckers on the Sunshine Coast often engage with the community through educational programs and outreach initiatives. By promoting awareness about the benefits of recycling and responsible disposal of automotive waste, these entities foster a sense of environmental responsibility within the community.

Conclusion: In conclusion, the emergence of Toyota wreckers on the Sunshine Coast symbolizes a positive shift in the automotive industry towards sustainability and responsible resource management. These entities play a crucial role in not only extending the lifespan of Toyota vehicles but also in contributing to a more environmentally conscious and economically vibrant community. As we navigate the future of transportation, the role of Toyota wreckers stands as a testament to the possibilities that lie at the intersection of innovation, sustainability, and community engagement.

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