Hey everyone, I just wanted to share a little bit of link magic with you all here. I know a lot of you love Permies and the hard work that Paul and his team have done to keep this space for us up and running - I get a lot of emails from people just wanting to know, how can I help?.
Aside from the usual stuff - practicing permaculture, being active in the forums, sharing our stuff, etc. - there are a lot of bills to pay around here. Not only are there expenses with keeping this site up and running, but there are projects at the Lab where permaculture is getting practiced in real life, but often times we need money to complete them.
It's that simple - money helps, a lot unfortunately. And while we have the merchandise page that certainly helps to support us, I know we all have our own set of bills to pay, and sometimes you just can't justify spending money on a new book when you need to order shoes for the kids or buy gardening supplies - I totally get that.
That's why I'm posting this link here - our affiliate link for the Amazon home page:
When you use that link, it redirects you to the Amazon homepage, but it tells Amazon that we sent you there, and any purchase made within 24 hours there gives us a little kickback. I know I buy a TON of stuff on Amazon still, so I plan to insert this link into my bookmarks bar, so that any time I need to place an order, I can just click the button and help support the Empire.
The thing to remember is though (for this to work and help Permies) is that this link redirects, so the URL you land on isn't the one that you put in the search bar when the page actually loads. For this reason, if you want to bookmark that affiliate link, you'll need to work a little magic, like in this video:
Basically, you just need to isolate that link, but you should just be able to drag it right from this post up into your bookmarks bar.
If that method doesn't work for you though, you can always just bookmark this post instead - that's why I've got the link at the top in big bold text as well. It adds one click to the process - that's it.
Permies.com wouldn't be the success it is without the support of all of you guys - in the short time I've worked for Paul so far, I've already seen the power and strength of that support. So even if you can't make room in your budget for Permaculture Chickens or world domination gardening dvds, you can use this link when you shop on Amazon, and really, seriously help out with some of the bills around here.
I think Commission Junction is like your Scubby. I do not know if you also go through Commission Junction.
The main reason I am writing is on my Amazon Store, I have products that, when sold, I get a kickback from. One of those products (in my "Fun and Games" section) is the permaculture playing cards and I have had that in my store for more than a year now. These cards are from the seller "Paul Wheaton and Alexander Ojeda" but there are no other products. I have been wondering for a long time if there will be more products sold by this "seller" on Amazon like the rocket stove thing or the "World Domination ..." thing. I probably would put some of that stuff into my Amazon Store. Is this a legit seller on Amazon? You seem to be all tied into this Scubby thing. And Yea, that 40% looks good to me, but I would not complain with the 4% from my Amazon Store if I did not have the hassle of multiple affiliate programs.
Donald Kenning wrote:I do not know how relevant this is but, I own a web site. I am an affiliate for Commission Junction. On that site I have an affiliate relationship with many companies and I get the code from Commission Junction. I also do google ad's and have an Amazon Store to try to support the my web site.
I tried CJ for a year or so. I gave them millions of impressions spread over a couple dozen different things. I received $0.00. I figured out that they "count" impressions in a way that is ... mathematically errant to favor them. Like "CPM"/"EPM" stuff - supposed to be "per thousand", but somehow in CJ it was "per 100,000". So if it says "you will earn $1.00 EPM" everybody else thinks that means $1.00 per thousand. But it is really $0.01" per thousand.
I never went back.
The main reason I am writing is on my Amazon Store, I have products that, when sold, I get a kickback from. One of those products (in my "Fun and Games" section) is the Permaculture Playing Cards and I have had that in my store for more than a year now. These cards are from the seller "Paul Wheaton and Alexander Ojeda" but there are no other products. I have been wondering for a long time if there will be more products sold by this "seller" on Amazon like the rocket stove thing or the "World Domination ..." thing. I probably would put some of that stuff into my Amazon Store. Is this a legit seller on Amazon? You seem to be all tied into this Scubby thing. And Yea, that 40% looks good to me, but I would not complain with the 4% from my Amazon Store if I did not have the hassle of multiple affiliate programs.
Here is the rocket mass heater stuff: http://amzn.com/B00QMPKM2S
I have not yet got the WDG stuff out there. It is a really high priority, but I seem to be flooded with other stuff to get done. Plus, to have products at amazon takes a lot more work than I thought there would be. And their huge pile of fees is getting pretty annoying too.
We've been pushing a lot for getting the world domination gardening dvds into more hands, as Paul said, he's just been loaded down with a lot of stuff, and unfortunately that's probably going to be something he'll have to do too.
However, when that product goes up on Amazon, I'll be sure to plaster it everywhere! That will be quite the accomplishment, and I think worth the inevitable hoops and fees from Amazon.
You do me a great honor by responding directly to my inquiry.
Yea, CJ sucks from an advertisers perspective. I have given a lot of internet real estate for about 6 years with no compensation.
I did add the rocket stove DVD's to my store in a category it might be appropriate for. I might be able to put other stuff I see on your merch page onto my store when you get it on Amazon. I usually add merch as I write different sections of the site (permaculture is one right now).
A few quick questions. I assume the seller "Paul Wheaton" and the seller "Paul Wheaton and Alex O." are essentially the same? Should I only do the seller "Paul Wheaton"? I assume you are OK with my picking and choosing your merch to promote rather than promoting everything? Another area I am writing about is paddock shift (mob) grazing. I know you have "permaculture chickens" on your merch page (I watch Mr. Rhodes everyday). That and anything that Joel Salatin does would probably be then next thing I will put in my Amazon store. If it came from the seller "Paul Wheaton" I would say it would be a win all the way around.
Yea, on Amazon you have fees, but I think, as your ideas catch on you will need something "the masses" can find easily. I, for one, would be happy to support your empire in this way. My company is probably not the only one out there that do the "Amazon as their only store" so that they do not need to carry inventory. And my company is not the only one out there that believe in you.
I bow to the divine in you.
I just went to Amazon, and I think I got the right addresses:
is the link in my store.
Is the link to the page for the seller "Paul Wheaton and Alexander Ojeda"
Then it changes to:
Is there a more direct route? (When answering this, do keep in mind that I am seriously techno challenged.)
Destiny Hagest wrote:I know the Scubbly thing seems a bit strange for now - it's really just because their affiliate software is so reliable, and it keeps things simple and means everyone will get paid their commissions without a lot of headaches.
Just a quick update to say the Scubbly closed last year and we've replaced what used to be on Scubbly with the digital market - which is a permies.com digital market with high affiliate percentages on most items. How cool is that?