As of February 19, 2009, InfoBarrel now allows all of their writers to implement Amazon ad units on to all of their articles 100% of the time. This gives InfoBarrel writers yet another outlet for making some extra money off of their content, along with Google AdSense and Chitika.

If you are new to InfoBarrel, or just don't quite understand how the Amazon ads on InfoBarrel work, then this article should answer most, if not all, of your questions.


What is Amazon?

If you haven't heard by now, Amazon is probably the biggest and most well-known online store that sells hundreds upon thousands of various products for competitive prices. Just about anything you could ever want can usually be found on Amazon for very affordable prices.

On InfoBarrel, you will have an Amazon Ad Unit placed on the right side of each article, right below your signature box. The link (URL) to this ad unit will have your personal Amazon ID embedded in it, so that when someone clicks on a product and goes to buy it, your ID will be attached to the URL and you will be recognized by Amazon as someone who has referred another person to Amazon. If that person chooses to buy something from Amazon after clicking on an advertisement with your personal Amazon ID embedded in it, you will then be paid a commission for that sale.

How do I get my Amazon ID?

Getting an ID means you need to sign up with Amazon as an "affiliate". An affiliate is essentially someone who helps a company or seller promote their product(s), in return for a commission for any converted sales that their promoting results in.

In order to become an Amazon affiliate, you need to sign up on their website. If you haven't done so already, you can sign up as an Amazon affiliate here in just few minutes time.

After you successfully sign up, you need to log in. On your main account page, on the top left hand side of the screen, you will see a spot marked "Tracking ID". This is where you locate your Amazon ID to give to InfoBarrel so that your accounts can be linked up.

How do I link up my Amazon account with InfoBarrel?

When you have found out what your tracking ID is, simply come back to InfoBarrel, sign in, and visit your MyInfoBarrel tab located on the top right hand side of your screen, then click the button that says "Manage My Account". This will take you to where you edit your account details, and you can easily spot the field to fill in your Amazon Tracking ID. Save your changes and you're done and one step closer to earning more money on InfoBarrel!

How do I choose which products to display?

The only other thing left to do now is to make sure the Amazon Ad Units for each of your articles display relevant products according to whatever topic you are writing about. This is the easiest part, however it can sometimes be a little tricky.

In your article editor, right below the boxes for your signature and the tags, you will see the box for editing the Amazon Ad Unit. InfoBarrel uses a universal ad unit that you can't change. You can, however, change which products are displayed by simply typing in a keyword related to the products you are wanting to be shown.

If you write an article on how to clean an aquarium, then you will want to display products related to aquariums, so all you would do is type in the word "aquariums" and select the appropriate category. You could even take it a step further and also include a popular brand name if you wanted to.

Amazon Ad Unit Editor Example

How do I know which category to pick?

This is where the tricky part comes in. The easiest way to do this, instead of just taking a wild guess or using trial and error, is to go to Amazon and type in your keyword, in this case, "aquariums". When you get the search results, take a look at what category they fall under. For this example, aquariums are located in the Home & Garden section of Amazon, so that is the category you would pick on the editor.

One of the big reasons this can be tricky is because a couple of the categories on the Amazon Ad Unit editor do not match up with some of the categories on the Amazon website. For instance, the Miscellaneous option on the editor is equivalent to Everything Else on Amazon; and Tools & Hardware is equivalent to Tools & Home Improvement.

How much commission do I earn off Amazon sales?

When you first start out, you will receive a 4% commission on any items that are shipped from Amazon that are traced back to your Tracking ID. After you sell 7 items, your commission percentage then increases to 6%. Then after your 30th sale you get bumped up to the 6.5% bracket. This trend continues until you can get up to 8.5% after selling 3,030 products. The full rate chart can be viewed below:

Amazon Commission Rates

How long does my Tracking ID stay relevant?

The best part about the Tracking ID is that it stays relevant for the entire session. This means that someone could click on an Amazon Product Ad for an aquarium, decide not to buy it but still stay on the Amazon site through your affiliate link, and then search for and buy a totally product, and you would still get credit and commission for the sale. As long as the person doesn't exit out of Amazon after clicking on your ad unit, your Tracking ID will stay relevant and active for their entire shopping session.

That about does it for the Amazon ads in this edition of InfoBarrel 101. If you have any questions or concerns about the Amazon ad units, how they work, or how to set them up, never hesitate to ask by either posting a comment below, visiting the InfoBarrel forums, or even contacting one of the administrators directly via e-mail.