If you have an affiliate website you have an opportunity to develop a residual income. Being an affiliate allows you to earn commission for promoting quality goods and services. All you need is a website or social media profile that will get you accepted onto an affiliate program. Amazon has one of the largest affiliate programs. If fact many well known high street retailers offer commission for website referrals.
The Amazon affiliate program means that you can place advertisements for over a million Amazon products on your website. These ads can be images, flash animations or just simple text links. If you refer a customer to the Amazon website you can make as much as 10% commission on any goods sold. There is no need to worry about being literate with coding, with the Amazon affiliate site all you need to do is cut and paste code. However options do exist that allow more complete product integration into your website.
AWS and the Product Advertising API
AWS (Amazon Web Services) are a suite of cloud computing services. One of these services is the Product Advertising API. The Product Advertising API can be used in conjunction with your Amazon affiliate account to create product listings. You can even go so far as to add an integrated checkout that allows customers to checkout the products they have purchased via the Amazon website. I have created software that allows you to search Amazon via the Product Advertising API and export product details in a CSV file. This file can then be uploaded,processed and used to display products on the front end of a website.
Amazon are not the only affiliate program you can use to generate a residual income. There are many more available. The Rakuten Marketing program allows you to get commision from over a potrntial of 7000. These include well known brands such as Puma, Adidas and Dr. Martens. If you like to be an ethical person you can also generate residual income using promotions for sustainable products such as organic wine and food.