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3 Ways to Earn Meaningful Affiliate Income (That Aren't Product Recommendations)

Sharing your favorite products with your audience is a fun and powerful way of generating income as an Amazon affiliate. By promoting your tried-and-true items to your community members, you can more effectively be the helpful resource they count on, while supporting your brand with sales commissions. It’s a win all around.

But promoting products isn’t the only fruitful affiliate activity. There are three other types of shopping opportunities your audience would undoubtedly appreciate hearing about, that provide great commissions as well. And they’re all right within Associates Central! You’ll find them under the Promotions tab.
Each includes a variety of options, so you’re sure to find brand-appropriate offers that fit seamlessly with the rest of your marketing and content. Here’s the rundown.

Events and Special Offers

The Featured Promotions page is a hub of seasonal offers, ongoing deals, merchandising trends, and more.
As opposed to sharing individual product recommendations, here you’ll find ways to share exciting promotions: big sales, trending items, curated product bundles, and so on. Toggle between the tabs near the middle of the page to view promotions by group, or filter all available promotions by category, type, and timing.
While some deals are evergreen, many are limited-time offers, and new promotions are added daily. Check often!

Each offer listing includes Get Link and/or Get Banner buttons for easy sharing.
Choose from HTML, standard, or short for links, and IFrame or JavaScript in a variety of sizes for banners. However you prefer to promote, you’re covered.

Services and Programs

The Special Bounties tab on the Featured Promotions page includes info and tools for promoting the valuable Amazon services and programs on which you can earn fixed advertising fees (aka “bounties”).
If you’re new to bounties though, check out the Amazon Bounty Program page. This page includes an overview of the program, a helpful intro video, and a “getting started” section with integration tools and tips.
You can also access relevant bounty listings directly through links in this section.
Sharing works the same for bounties as it does for other promotions. Just click the Get Link or Get Banner button, choose your format, and you’re ready to share.

Promo Codes

We all know and love promo codes, and you’ll find plenty of great ones to share with your audience on the Amazon Promo Codes page.
Brands that sell on Amazon can create special codes for discounts on their products. To share, you generate unique links to the associated promo code pages. The code is automatically applied to the user’s account, and the discount is shown at checkout.
When a qualifying purchase is made through your link, you earn advertising fees!

Note: The time-bound and ever-changing nature of many of these promotions makes them especially good for sharing on social media. A promo code or simple short link for an intriguing limited-time offer makes for the perfect affiliate social content: exciting, ephemeral, and engaging! And speaking of social media (and of additional affiliate opportunities), the Amazon Influencer program — an extension of Amazon Associates — is full of tools optimized for social sharing. The program was developed specifically for social media-centric creators. If you haven’t already checked it out, find out more here.

Product recommendations are the gold star of affiliate marketing, but if you’re already nailing it with product promos, give these alternatives a try. You’ll be offering even more to your community while increasing your affiliate income streams — another all-around win!
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