Yes. Amazon declared war on its beloved associates by cutting down affiliate commissions. That would mean “game over” to a lot of amazon affiliates that can’t think outside the box, but since you did a research to find amazon affiliate alternatives, it’s not gonna be game over for you. In fact, since you’re reading this article, your game has just begun.
In this post, I will share with you exactly how to not only double, or triple, but to scale your blog to the roof. Make sure you read it until the end, so you don’t miss anything, and be at the top of your game.
What is the best amazon affiliate alternative?
If you already have a blog that gets a lot of organic traffic, your best bet is to sell the products you used to sell for Amazon at your own online store. No, you don’t need to have your own warehouse, or to stock inventory in your apartment, and I’ll get into this in a while.
But to make my point, if you can sell 100 units a day of a $20 USD product from Amazon, I guarantee you can sell the exact same product on your online store. And the best part about it is that instead of taking a commission of 5%, you’ll be earning as low as 40% instantly by selling it on your online store.
The problem that 90% of online stores get nowadays is traffic. A lot of them buy PPC and social media traffic to sell their products, and the brightest and most experienced ones among them can handle the pressure of making something out of it. But since you’re already getting a lot of organic traffic, you already have one hell of an advantage.
How can I sell something I don’t have?
It’s called “Dropshipping” , and that’s what this website is all about.
Dropshipping is the act of shipping the product your customer bought from you after they place the order. When they place the order on your store, you go to a Chinese website that sells the same product for less, and order with the name and shipping address of your customer. This process can be fully automated with the likes of ZenDrop and CJ Dropshipping.
In terms of profitability, dropshipping is one of the most profitable retail businesses today since most of the products we have in Amazon and other places are sold for very cheap prices in China.
So you can source almost any product you want from China, and ship it straight to your customer’s address.
For people that are dropshipping and get traffic from Facebook Ads, they usually price a $15 product at $39 all the way to $59 for them to still be profitable after paying for ads. I personally sold products from the likes of AliExpress with such a profit margin. I sold an $18 backpack for $59.95, sold a $14 furniture mover for $49.95, and sold $8 tooth cleaner for $39.95. Yes, dropshipping is profitable.
What kind of revenue to expect from Dropshipping as an Amazon affiliate Alternative?
If you’re currently making consistent money with the Amazon affiliate program, the least you can do is quadruple your revenue with a matter of changing the links in your blog posts.
You can actually go beyond that with the right strategy. The flexibility this business model offers is limitless. You can negotiate the prices with your supplier, you can test prices on your online store to see what price converts more, you can also split test product descriptions, and see which one gets you more customers.
If you’re currently just starting out with content marketing but do not want to use the Amazon affiliate program, this can work for you as well, but there’s a monthly fee of $29 to open a Shopify store.
However, I recommend you stick to the Amazon affiliate program until you start getting some affiliate sales, and then start implementing this strategy to scale.
What are the pros compared to Amazon Affiliate program?
As I mentioned before, dropshipping is a very flexible business model that has many perks. Below are some perks that the Amazon affiliate business model doesn’t offer:
- Better Profit Margins: Instead of the good old 5 and 3 percent commissions you get when you refer a sale, dropshipping allows you to keep the entire pie, not just a slice of it.
- Withdraw Money Faster: If you’re using Stripe and PayPal as your payment providers, you can withdraw your balance whenever you want. You may as well set up automatic daily payouts on Stripe.
- You Have Your Customer’s Email: When someone orders from you (or abandons the checkout) their email is saved to your database, and you can then send them tailored offers depending on the category of products they shown interest in.
- Scalability: There are dozens of ways to scale an e-commerce business that counts on content marketing, to 7 figures. You can always start with remarketing. You can also advertise your best selling products heavily with lookalike audiences on Facebook.
What are the cons?
There’s one problem that average dropshipping stores go through, and it’s payment providers holding their money. Stripe can hold your money for 90 days and PayPal 180 days if you have high amounts of disputes and chargebacks.
There are 4 things to do to to prevent this:
- The products you deliver should match their descriptions. You should not lie about the product’s functionalities and look at your product images and description.
- Your shipping time should not exceed 15 days. You can accomplish that by using ePacket. But as long as COVID-19 is still there, use YunEpress instead.
- Send shipping notifications when the status of tracking numbers change. You can automate it by using an app called Aftership.
- Have a friendly customer support team that answers your customer’s messages in less than 24h. The faster, the better.
If you’re selling anything online, you will always be getting chargebacks. But if you follow the 4 tips above, I guarantee a very low dispute rate.
How do I Get Started?
If you want to get started with dropshipping, the best alternative to the Amazon affiliate program, you’ll first want to delegate some of your content creation. So you’d probably hire someone and teach them the way you’d like your content to be written before you start.
The second thing you’ll need is Shopify. Why Shopify, not WooCommerce, Big Commerce, or some other e-commerce platform? It’s very simple: Shopify is the leader of its industry for a reason. It’s powered with an unlimited number of features that others don’t provide. And it’s actually very easy to use. A hundred times easier than WordPress and WooCommerce.
Once you create a Shopify store, set up a theme, and customize it to look and feel the way you’d want it to be, and then create legal pages (you can generate them in the settings page), add your domain, add payment providers, modify shipping and taxes settings.
Now you need to find a supplier. I previously recommended that you work with either ZenDrop or CJ Dropshipping. Both of them will source almost any product you’d like to sell, ship it, and send your customer a tracking number automatically. You may as well work with someone from AliExpress using CSV exports.
After you import products from the supplier you decide to work with, write descriptions, and you’re ready to change the links on your blog posts from the Amazon affiliate links to your new online store’s links.
If you’d like to hire us to create an online store for you, make sure to reach out to us. One of our representatives will reach out to you with a few more questions. Once you answer, well be ready to create a store for your blog.