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Title: Amazon Referrals
Post by: Beer Monkey on April 27, 2008, 10:23:00 PM
To help generate some site revenue to help cover expenses, I've set up an Amazon referral code for the site so that we can generate some cash.

I've included referral codes in some recent Amazon links, and may edit a few posts by others to include the codes.

The site is not run for-profit and there are no current plans to try to make it for-profit.  This is a small community site and we like it that way.  However, if we could cover some of the expenses, that would be a good thing.

I'll be adding a deal-of-the-day banner or widget at some point in the near future.

We are not going to clutter up the site by making any postings about products that we would not be otherwise linking and discussing.  This is not a shill site.

Please post any feedback or concerns here.
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: Rudy on April 28, 2008, 11:00:43 AM
Mike--I've worked with Amazon for quite a few years, after CDNow dropped their affiliate program.  Got a few thoughts, etc., that might help.  E-mail?  PM?  Phone?  Or here in the thread?  If I'm feling lazy the phone may be better, but any way you prefer is fine.  Plus, I don't know if anyone else here would want to be bored by my ramblings.  :D

Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: Beer Monkey on April 28, 2008, 11:44:42 AM
Rudy,

I'll PM you and we'll talk on the phone sometime in the next few days.
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: Bryan on April 28, 2008, 03:20:45 PM
Get a room, you two.

(chat room)
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: Rudy on April 28, 2008, 05:53:52 PM
Rudy,

I'll PM you and we'll talk on the phone sometime in the next few days.

Hey Mike--sounds good! 

Bryan--we're not picking out the furniture.  Yet.  :D

Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: Rudy on May 01, 2008, 12:55:47 PM
Hey Mike, another idea for you:

http://www.cafepress.com

Their wares aren't quite as good as silk screening, but the couple of things I ordered were of decent quality.  No complaints here!  With your TB logo and other graphics from the site, I think they'd make some sharp looking wearables on black.

I have no problem using an Amazon affiliate link through this site--I have quite a few sites that use my own Amazon associate links, but I can't order anything through them myself (I get no credit for my own purchases).  So I might as well put my bucks to good use here.  ;)

I'll be around this weekend...just don't mind the kids beating each other to a pulp in the background.  :D
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: vortech on May 02, 2008, 12:18:58 PM
It's still not as good as a custom run, but Zazzle seems to be much better quality then Cafepress. 
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: Rudy on May 02, 2008, 07:25:08 PM
It's still not as good as a custom run, but Zazzle seems to be much better quality then Cafepress. 

Thanks for the tip!  I've been with Cafepress for several years, but I only had a handful of orders go through it since I'm using a somewhat unauthorized version of a record label logo and/or promotional photos that might not fall within their terms of service.  ;)  As such, I didn't really look for any other alternatives.  Might be worth checking out Zazzle.
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: scobeto on May 02, 2008, 09:52:00 PM
Will the Deal of the Day be of the video game variety?
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: sean80 on June 02, 2008, 07:52:48 PM
Just curious how this works:

Does the referral only work for things that are purchased through links on here or do you have a referral code that's entered when purchasing anything on Amazon?

Also, will it work with Amazon.ca?

I'm not buying anything on Amazon right now but come Christmas time or earlier, I might be.
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: Rudy on July 19, 2008, 01:53:55 PM
Just curious how this works:

Does the referral only work for things that are purchased through links on here or do you have a referral code that's entered when purchasing anything on Amazon?

Sorry I missed this...

When you click on an affiliate link, it sets a cookie on your machine for, I think, 24 hours or so.  If you make any purchase within that time period, Mike should get credit for it.  If you're not sure, revisit his link and then make your purchases.   Any link here would have Mike's affiliate code in it, and that would trigger the credit to his associate account.
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: Bryan on July 22, 2008, 08:28:19 AM
I just used the portal to buy something.  Does that mean we can add another banner to the rotation now?
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: adamsappel on July 24, 2008, 09:22:26 PM
I realized I had a few DVD pre-orders with Amazon, so I canceled them and re-ordered through the link.
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: fetterdave on August 08, 2008, 01:00:47 PM
This weekend's Amazon MP3 deal is a good one: they've got greatest hits collections by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, Roy Orbison, and (well, they can't all be great) Hall & Oates for $5 each.

And, as Mike is fond of pointing out, Amazon's songs are superior to their iTunes counterparts in every way!
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: FURIOU5 D on September 22, 2008, 11:10:36 PM
I just ordered about $150 worth of books through our portal.

Thank Mark for reminding me about it before I placed my order.  :)
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: Beer Monkey on November 10, 2008, 11:17:55 AM
30% of our hosting costs for the last three months were covered by Amazon referral purchases made during the same period.  Thank you for your support!  Don't forget the portal!

Seriously, it is greatly appreciated.  I don't want to ever ask for money to help cover site costs but if all you are doing is buying stuff that you would get through Amazon anyway, we're happy to get a few cents on each transaction.

The Google phone buys MP3s straight from Amazon.  Alas, I haven't figured out a way to get referral fees on that!   :P
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: Rudy on November 13, 2008, 08:06:30 PM
Mike,

Did you ever consider signing up for the amazon.ca (Canada) program?  It'd be handy for your visitors from the north.  I've done it, and actually have gotten about four gift certificates out of it.  In fact, I'd like to buy a new DS with it (the DS is $139 CDN, and I'll have about $112 CDN in gift certificates by then), but they won't ship those over here to the U.S.  *sigh* 
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: Failsafe on November 13, 2008, 08:34:12 PM
Sent you a PM, Rudy.
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: Rudy on November 13, 2008, 09:53:34 PM
Got a PM, Jeremy.  :D  And you have a return PM waiting...

(It's time for Bryan to tell us to get a room. :D )
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: Beer Monkey on November 14, 2008, 12:27:56 AM
Shit, I didn't even think about Amazon.ca.  I'll check that out.  You're the man, Rudy.
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: Bryan on November 14, 2008, 10:55:12 AM
(It's time for Bryan to tell us to get a room. :D )

No, I'm just going to throw a bucket of cold water on you two.
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: Glockdeucedeuce on February 23, 2011, 01:07:18 PM
Can somebody pop up the Amazon referral portal link please?  I re-read the thread and I think I am a dummy and couldn't find it. 
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: iPeter on February 23, 2011, 01:14:34 PM
It's under the Quick Links in the News Box at the top right of the screen.
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: Glockdeucedeuce on February 23, 2011, 01:34:26 PM
So click on the link at the top and head off to buy stuff at Amazon?  Or is there something else? 
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: adamsappel on February 23, 2011, 01:38:01 PM
That'll do it.
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: Glockdeucedeuce on February 23, 2011, 03:18:47 PM
Ohhh  *light blub clicks*...   Thought there was more to it.  The concept seemed way too simple.  I shall now buy stuff through our portal. 
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: Bryan on February 23, 2011, 04:08:29 PM
Thanks!  Those pennies go to the hosting bill, right Mike?
Title: Re: Amazon Referrals
Post by: Beer Monkey on February 23, 2011, 05:29:42 PM
Yeah.  I've never made a dime of profit, it's just cost recovery.