Friday, December 29, 2006

Multiple Amazon Associate IDs Possible, But Are They Worth It

Darren Rowse at ProBlogger.net writes a post discussing multiple Amazon Associate IDs. The idea behind this thinking is that multiple IDs will enable you to track your campaigns effectiveness and this does indeed hold true. Many other programs like Adsense and Chitika already allow users to create multiple tracking IDs on their website with all of the money from the sales/clicks going into the same account. With Amazon's tiered system, however, sales on multiple IDs are reported uniquely of one another and will hinder you from reaching the top levels.

To get another unique Amazon Affiliate ID all you have to do is write to associates@amazon.com and tell them:

1. Your main Associates ID.

2. “I would like to receive XXX Associates tracking id’s to track multiple campaigns I am planning to run.”

That’s it. XXX can be any number up to 1,500. You will receive an email within 24 hours with your tracking id’s.

Tracking id’s will look very much like your Associates ID but a bit different. If your Associates ID is “MyWebSite-20″, then your tracking id’s look something like “MyWeb1-20″ through “MyWeb1500-20″.

You will then be able to use your tracking id’s in the same place as you would use your Associates ID.

I definitely feel this will be useful to some who really need to track the effectiveness of new campaigns or who are distant from reaching the next tier. For those who want to earn the highest percentage from their sales however, I recommend sticking to one ID and simply following an increase or decrease in your sales numbers. Keep an eye out on Amazon changing this in the future to allow for tracking IDs that all contribute to one system.

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3 comments:

Robert said...

Kris-

What you say is incorrect. Amazon states clearly in the help files that multiple tracking IDs under one account are summed for the purpose of commission tiers.

I hit the 2nd tier in Q406 with multiple tracking IDs and it worked just like Amazon said. I got 6% for non-electronics items even for the tracking IDs that did have 20 items separately.

Robert said...

Kris-
What you say is incorrect. Read the Amazon help files more carefully. Amazon states clearly that multiple tracking IDs under one account are summed for the purpose of commission tiers.

I hit the 2nd tier in Q406 with multiple tracking IDs and it worked just like Amazon said. I got 6% for non-electronics items even for the tracking IDs that did not have 20 items separately.

Kris said...

Thanks for the comments robert, Everything I had read indicated that they would go to seperate tiers but if what you said is correct that is better for all of us because it means more money.

Also you no longer have to email amazon for a new ID. You can go to Your account->Manage your Tracking IDs->Add Tracking ID to add a new one on your own.