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(Review prepared February 2005)
Amazon.com's affiliate program (they call it "associate program") is a pay per sale affiliate program that allows you to earn money by helping Amazon sell books and the other stuff they sell (which includes software, computers, electronics. videos, DVDs, music CDs, and a lot more).
Because Amazon.com has such a wide range of products that you can link to, their affiliate program is a good choice to fill-out almost any web site.
Amazon.com pays commissions up to quarterly (four times per year), provided you reach the minimum payment amount - if you don't, your commissions are carried over into the next quarter.
Unlike some affiliate programs Amazon.com does not give you commission if a visitor bookmarks their site and later return. Instead, you only earn commission if a visitor buys in the same browser session open from your link. This feature of their affiliate program does tend to put some affiliates off - and while it is a limitation, my experience is that even so, affiliates can generate reasonable commissions from Amazon.
Amazon.com also has a very sophisticated "Web Services" interface (the name of this service has changed several times, but as of May 2009 it is known as the "Product Advertising API"). which can be accessed using scripts. This includes a data feed allowing affiliates to build content and maintain current ads automatically - although to use this data you will need a script or software of some sort - you can write your own, hire or programmer, or look at what sites such as Cusimano† have on offer.
Finally, I should point out (to avoid any confusion!) that Amazon's International sites (UK, Germany, Japan, etc.) run their own separate affiliate programs. While these generally follow a broadly similar pattern to the Amazon.com program, the details do vary, so check the particular country's Amazon web site if you want information on these.
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