0452011876: This is the ISBN for the book. Although you can put an ASIN number there too. Each item on all of amazon has a unique ASIN/ISBN number.
rs12-20: This says "paul wheaton gets a kickback if these people actually buy something by following the link".
This continues to work years and years later. I just put the links out whenever I think about it (and sometimes other people put the links out for me). People buy stuff and I get an income.
Amazon has set me up with a few other numbers that I can use instead of rs12-20. I think my cast iron article uses ci12-20. That way i can tell how much is coming in from that page.
I set something similar up with ebay a loooooong time ago. And what it does or how it works is really confusing. But I do that for the cast iron page. People click on it to go buy cast iron. I can look at reports, but I am baffled at what it means.
Most of my articles generate zero income. The cast iron article and the diatomaceous earth article are two that do generate some money via the amazon and ebay links.
One time amazon called me into their offices to give feedback on new features they were working on. There were about eight of us there that were like me: they used the amazon affiliate program. The guy I was sitting next to had a website that was 20 times smaller than mine, but he was getting about 40 times more income than me. I was baffled.
So i can tell you about getting the links and getting a trickle of income. But to figure out how to get real money, you'll have to talk to somebody who knows a lot more than me.
So if somebody spends $20 at amazon, I get about $1.
I can link to anything that amazon sells.
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Thanks for that Paul,
I think that's definitely something worth looking into if you have a knack for this sort of thing, I can remember a numbers of years ago looking into google adwords and doing little adds on the right hand side of a google search, you set it up so it would advertise a given things and everytime someone clicked on your add it chargers you, but your add diverted them to a webiste offering what they were searching for and if they bought on that site clicking from your add you got money.
there was a whole sight with companies you could affiliate for and some of them were offering big money if you got someone to fill out a questionnaire from there sight.
you can experience this now if you try to watch a film on the internet you will get a whole bunch of sites that say you can watch any film after you fill out a questionnaire which is lengthy and gives everyone you details, to bombard you with junk , the people get a pay day and it crashes right after your questionnaire is finished so you dont even get a film.
When I gave it a go I just used google adwords, so there was no scam, but i was that terrible that i got charge more in clicks than i made from questionnaires, infact I never got any done and made no money LOL.
I was a teenager when I gave that ago and I would bother now I would sooner chase goats around through a busy town dressed as a chicken
I remember being once in a while thinking that I needed to leverage coderanch to get an income and trying all sorts of things. Some of those affiliate programs are a complete rip off. They say "you will earn $13 per thousand!" and then when you delve down into it, "thousand" means "hundred thousand" and when I tried it, I earned $0.00000000000 per thousand.
Because coderanch is big I get bombarded by "opportunities". I have now been thoroughly trained by these "opportunities" to shoot first and not ask questions. Some of them manage to find my phone number. Ugh. My primary job at coderanch is saying "no" to "opportunities".
Anymore, screwing with any of it just feels really dirty. Amazon pays little, but they are currently very transparent and honest about how little.
Adsense (the banner ads from google) ... varies. You end up having to fiddle and tinker far too much. If you have enough traffic, and your host costs are really cheap, it might cover the host costs.
Getting ads from small businesses can be weird. Usually they want to try things out for $50. But they want about five hours of your time along the way to talk about the possibilities. And half of that conversation is about their concerns over whether they can trust you, and then can they get a discount for some reason down to $40. And, why can't I create the banner for them.
I suppose there are sales people out there that can talk to the sheisters and sheister them right back and come out way ahead. Or talk to $50 people and get $5000. Or get the affiliate stuff to pay thousands instead of zero. And it seems that others are able to get hundreds of times more income from adsense and amazon stuff than me. After years of trying to figure it out, I've given up. I have some simple things set up that bring in a trickle, and I let it go at that.