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:tab I thought I would update this and let everyone know how things have been going with Amazon. I've been doing the affiliate thing now for about six months (started late Nov last year). It is averaging about $150-200/mo going toward TWT. I have not been tracking what folks are buying. It really doesn't matter that much (to me anyway). The list of things you can buy for which we do not get a commission is small compared to the list of things for which we DO get a commission.

:tab I just want to say thanks to those of you that use the link from here to Amazon to help support the site. It may not look like much, but it definitely helps! :thumb:
 

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:tab I thought I would update this and let everyone know how things have been going with Amazon. I've been doing the affiliate thing now for about six months (started late Nov last year). It is averaging about $150-200/mo going toward TWT. I have not been tracking what folks are buying. It really doesn't matter that much (to me anyway). The list of things you can buy for which we do not get a commission is small compared to the list of things for which we DO get a commission.

:tab I just want to say thanks to those of you that use the link from here to Amazon to help support the site. It may not look like much, but it definitely helps! :thumb:
Question. If you go in through your link, then jump to prime instant video, then to a purchase, do you still get credit? Looking at the urls, I'm not sure and the SWMBO tends to go to prime video for viewing a lot of the time before shopping.
 

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Question. If you go in through your link, then jump to prime instant video, then to a purchase, do you still get credit? Looking at the urls, I'm not sure and the SWMBO tends to go to prime video for viewing a lot of the time before shopping.
I am not 100% sure. What you need to look for is "tag=twowhetex-20" in the link when you are browsing or selecting products. That is what connects the purchase to TWT. If that is missing, all you have to do is use the following link to reenter Amazon and then select what you want,

http://www.amazon.com/?tag=twowhetex-20
 
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Just bought a BMW seat for my GS through your link. :)

:tab I thought I would update this and let everyone know how things have been going with Amazon. I've been doing the affiliate thing now for about six months (started late Nov last year). It is averaging about $150-200/mo going toward TWT. I have not been tracking what folks are buying. It really doesn't matter that much (to me anyway). The list of things you can buy for which we do not get a commission is small compared to the list of things for which we DO get a commission.

:tab I just want to say thanks to those of you that use the link from here to Amazon to help support the site. It may not look like much, but it definitely helps! :thumb:
 
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Bump, just ordered some car parts.

I wish there was a way to automatically use this link, but most of the time I order through Amazon, I forget about this program.
 

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Bump, just ordered some car parts.

I wish there was a way to automatically use this link, but most of the time I order through Amazon, I forget about this program.
Can't you just create a bookmark in your browser for it? I would think that is easier than coming to TWT to find the link :shrug:
 

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With the shopping season fully upon us now, I just thought I would give this a bump to remind folks that this is a REALLY easy way to help the forum at no extra expense to yourself.

Just bookmark this link,

http://www.amazon.com/?tag=twowhetex-20

And a small percentage of your Amazon purchases is paid to TWT. Thanks!
 

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With the shopping season fully upon us now, I just thought I would give this a bump to remind folks that this is a REALLY easy way to help the forum at no extra expense to yourself.

Just bookmark this link,

http://www.amazon.com/?tag=twowhetex-20

And a small percentage of your Amazon purchases is paid to TWT. Thanks!
Hey Scott; I created a link to Amazon with the TWTex tag, and have made several orders using it. Christmas season, ya' know. Anyway, have you seen any income from Amazon? Just wondering if this is helping at all.
 

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Hey Scott; I created a link to Amazon with the TWTex tag, and have made several orders using it. Christmas season, ya' know. Anyway, have you seen any income from Amazon? Just wondering if this is helping at all.
:tab I get a monthly report from Amazon. I think the highest month was around $200, average is maybe around $125/150 per month. It is not a huge amount, but it still helps!
 
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Probably no way to do this when shopping from my Amazon Android app on my phone, huh?

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Probably no way to do this when shopping from my Amazon Android app on my phone, huh?

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I don't really know if it works with a mobile app. The key is the part after the .com on the end of the link, "/?tag=twowhetex-20". That has to be there so Amazon knows to key the purchases to TWT.
 
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Not using a website browser or microsite to shop Amazon. Using their actual application for Android. So, I guess the answer is no.

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Just saw this, will be using it for xmas shopping. I cannot use my own affiliate links, Amazon does not credit them, since it is me. But I will use yours, Scott.:clap:
 
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So Scott, one thing I do is ask members to periodically post any purchases they made through our link and then I can check the Amazon earnings report and make sure they are showing up. In a day or two you should see

SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse
LeRage Shirts Women's
Nordic Ware Italian Frittata and Omelette Pan
SHANY Nail Art Set
Skinfood Honey Pot Lip Balm
Women Cotton Novelty Gamer NCP T-Shirt
 

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Cool, thanks.

I haven't worried much about it because I figure some folks may not want to share what they are buying.
 
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  • Lund 22368768 Chrome 6" Oval Straight Nerf Bars
  • Dee Zee DZ86972 Heavyweight Bed Mat
  • 2014-2016 Chevy Silverado Splash Guards Molded 4 Piece Set 2015
  • Three NiteCore MH25 CREE XM-L U2 LED 960 Lumens USB Rechargeable Flashlights
Using the TWT Amazon link to start my shopping.
http://www.amazon.com/?tag=twowhetex-20
 

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Nov, Dec, and Jan were all pretty good months. Looks like people have been buying camera gear :lol2:

I just want to thank all the folks that have been using the link! On the good months, it is almost enough to cover our monthly data center fees. I will likely be buying a new server in the not too distant future to replace our current server which is a little over 8 years old and still running on the original equipment. So this helps with covering the cost of a new server as well.
 
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Me too.

At least a sticky, but a small banner up top would be a great marketing reminder.

I have bookmarked the TWT link ... I think that works.
 

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There is a banner up top, sometimes ;-) It is part of the random banner rotation pool so it doesn't display every single time a page loads.



That just takes you to the page here on TWT where it explains everything. Here is the actual link that you would need to bookmark,

http://www.amazon.com/?tag=twowhetex-20

The amounts received per purchase are not large. I think the biggest is around 5%, but most are more like 2-3%. However, if a lot of people use it on a regular basis, it will add up to a few hundred bucks a month, which almost covers the monthly data center hosting fees for our server.
 
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Me too.

At least a sticky, but a small banner up top would be a great marketing reminder.

I have bookmarked the TWT link ... I think that works.

Agreed, bookmark is the way to go, it's really easy to forget. When you order something through TWT Amazon, it costs you $0 extra but Amazon kicks in a nice fee for TWT, it's a Must Do.

Also, it helps to make a post here with your latest order, that helps remind others and can help Scott spot check his Amazon reports to make sure nothing is missing. :sun:
 

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Since I can't use the TWT link myself (or my family members), I use the link for Scorch's Subsim forum. He probably likes me right now because I have been buying a lot of photo gear using his link in the last few months... :photo:
 
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I do like you, I feel obligated as the dickens to reciprocate too, ha ha.

Yes, I cannot use my affiliate with Amazon, so I use TWT because someone needs to get some $$ from Amazon. If not Scott, then who? Bernie, probably, so say yes to Scott and no to Socialism.
 

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I have a technical question about the link. I, like many, have THE link in my bookmarks, whenever I go to Amazon. I do my searching, questions and comparisons, many windows and tabs. When I'm ready, I push the purchase button. Is the TWTex ID maintained throughout the session, as long as I don't close the browser? Or, once I find the item, do I need to again use the link to complete the purchase?
 

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Similarly, most of my purchases are from a wishlist. I may add three or four similar items to easily compare reviews and pricing.

I go to youtube and random searches of forums about end users experiences outside of the normal channels.

so when I go back and retrieve the item from my wishlist, is it still tagged TWT?
 
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I have a technical question about the link. I, like many, have THE link in my bookmarks, whenever I go to Amazon. I do my searching, questions and comparisons, many windows and tabs. When I'm ready, I push the purchase button. Is the TWTex ID maintained throughout the session, as long as I don't close the browser? Or, once I find the item, do I need to again use the link to complete the purchase?

I'm not 100% sure, it used to be stated by Amazon, that once a person used the link to land at Amazon, no mater where he looked on Amazon's site, the affiliate ID was retained, for something like 24 hours. Looks like it is still the case: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/associates/help/t2/a11

I do know, on my site, that I have 10 or so guys who post their purchases in an Amazon goodies thread, so I can check my reports and make sure the purchases do show up, and 19 out of 20 times, they are there.
 
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:tab I am sure it works off of the cookies. So long as you enter the site from the TWT link, it does not matter how many tabs you open in the browser as long as at least one stays open to Amazon the whole time. If you add the items to your cart, then it should work.

:tab If I LEAVE the site and close the browser completely for ANY length of time, I will usually go to the link to reenter the site, then add what I want to the cart just to make sure. It would be nice if Amazon gave the shopper some way to make sure whether or not their purchases are being credited to the desired affiliate before the completion of the purchase.
 

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Also, it helps to make a post here with your latest order, that helps remind others and can help Scott spot check his Amazon reports to make sure nothing is missing. :sun:
Ordered a Condor wheel chock and some stuff.

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whats the deal with Amazons free shipping? I ordered a book from them and went with standard free ship.
they ship it UPS ground but instead of UPS delivering it to me they take it to the post office so the USPS can deliver it that "last mile"

if I had paid for up grade shipping the driver would have stopped on his way past the house on his way to the post office?:doh:
 
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whats the deal with Amazons free shipping? I ordered a book from them and went with standard free ship.
they ship it UPS ground but instead of UPS delivering it to me they take it to the post office so the USPS can deliver it that "last mile"

if I had paid for up grade shipping the driver would have stopped on his way past the house on his way to the post office?:doh:
Well, instead of stopping at your house for one package, he stops at the post office for 30 packages. The USPS is already going to go through your neighborhood, door to door, every day, regardless of what UPS is doing. It's a sound business decision.
 

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:tab Well, it is October, and for many people that means the holiday shopping season is just around the corner. TWT doesn't make massive amounts of money through the Amazon associate program for each item purchased, but the cumulative effect of many purchases does add up over time, kind of like the $5/mo forum donations. If you shop at Amazon using the TWT affiliate link, a small percentage of your qualifying purchases is paid back to TWT. There is no difference in the price on your end. Here is the link,

http://www.amazon.com/?tag=twowhetex-20

For details on how it works, read the first post in this thread. If you can remember to bookmark the link and use it whenever you shop Amazon throughout the year, it will go a long way toward supporting TWT!

Thanks!

P.S. For those of you that already know about and use this feature, THANKS!
 
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I shared it with the wife (more or less demanded she use that specific link). Since ~half of the stuff we purchase comes from Amazon (excepting fresh food, obviously), you should be seeing input from my house. She likes clothes - lots and lots of clothes - and shoes/boots....and I can't complain about her boots...I like them, too - on her.
 

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Thanks!

We buy a ton of stuff too. I use the link for another forum since I cannot use my own. My wife uses yet another link to support a local ministry here in town.

I had been thinking about creating an Amazon subforum, maybe in the Sponsors section for lack of a better place for it. The idea being that people could post links to deals they find that others might be interested in seeing. When the links are posted here, they automatically get the tag appended that credits TWT for the purchase if they buy anything. It is amazing how much motorcycle/auto related stuff they sell now. What do you folks think about that idea?
 
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