Is Amazon Associate Program Worth It?

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I follow a lot of YouTubers and bloggers in the sticker/planner community.  Most of them are Amazon Associates (used to be called Affiliates).  Basically, you can get special links for items for sale on Amazon and get paid if people use them.  You, of course, have to promote and/or talk about the products, but it seems like a good way to make some (mostly) passive income.

I myself use Amazon a lot.  We’re Prime members and I live in a rural area, the membership fee is more than covered by the free two-day shipping I receive.  (I know, technically the shipping is not free, it’s covered by the membership fees.)  I purchased most of my holiday gifts from Amazon, and all of my husband’s birthday gifts were purchased there as well.

I’m currently waiting on a delivery of calligraphy markers that I ordered so I could practice my hand lettering for my planner.  In fact, I’ve ordered a lot of my planner/sticker products on Amazon, so it seems like a no-brainer to talk about them here on my blog and be able to have Associate links that would put a few pennies in my pocket.  (And it likely would be pennies to start, while I am building up my audience.)

Have you been or are you an Amazon Associate? How is it working for you? Are there things you like about the program, besides than the income? Any things you dislike?

Passive vs Active

img_0087-1Ugh, I hate the block editor on WordPress.

Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, let’s talk about my latest failure.  You know, the one where I didn’t post anything for months?  A few months ago I was gung-ho about everything and then suddenly, I wasn’t.  Sigh.

I don’t have any excuses for why things didn’t get done.  I mean, I could give you excuses, but they don’t really matter.  In my time away, though, some things happened that have hopefully kicked my rear into gear.

I realized that I spend too much of my time being passive vs. being active.  As any English teacher will tell you, active is always better than passive. 😛

So, I am trying to be more active.  Not just physically, though there is that.  Just more active in general – more doing and less sitting (metaphorically speaking, since there is sitting involved in actuality).  Instead of parking myself in front of the TV avoiding things, I am going to try and DO things.  I fully expect to fail at this, mind you.  BUT – failure is not the end, right?  Quitting is.  So as long as I’m trying, I’m succeeding.  (Do I sound convinced yet?)

One of the reasons I avoided posting here was that, while I had things I wanted to post, they weren’t things I thought I should post.  Because it’s all about the niche, amiright?  But it isn’t, at least for me, and I forgot that.

So, think of this blog as a box of chocolates – you never know what you might get!  Some days I may post about my fledging business, which I’m still trying to start, or maybe it will be about miniatures I paint, games I play, something I’ve read, a photo I took, or something else I created.  Who knows?  Let’s find out together.  🙂