Matt Sodoma’s rating: 8.5/10 (Recommended for ease of use)
If looking for a simple to use money generating service, then sign up for the Amazon Associates Program. Amazon is a trusted brand and offers thousands of different products. They more than likely have any product that you are looking to sell and likely at the cheapest price you will find from trusted sources.
Amazon offers a tiered payment structure starting at 4%. You should always do the performance based structure as opposed to the classic structure which offers a 4% flat payment. I believe the classic structure is in place, because some people simply don’t care to learn about the program and lose out on additional income.
The best part about the Amazon Affiliate program is the ease of use. They already have widgets, advertisements, and links for you to add to your website. All you have to do is copy the HTML and add it to your page. Simple and effective.
The only issue that I have with the links is that they are not pleasing to the eye. I suppose the simplicity and ease of use has to have some downfalls. When people see the advertisements from Amazon, they know they are looking at an affiliate link. I suppose that is a good thing, customers know they are buying from a trusted source.
I recommend the Amazon Associate Program to anyone that is starting a business or blog. You will not find many services that are this easy to use. However, as your business progresses, I would suggest finding local business and building partnerships with the products you advertise.
In the future, I would like to see Amazon offer more business to business options between their vendors and more customization options for their widgets.
Find out more about why you should be an Amazon Affiliate over at problogger.net
To see examples of the Amazon Affiliate Links and Widgets, please check out my store here.