I get about enough money from Amazon’s Associates program every quarter to make sure that the shelves in my home office (which were full to begin with) stay full, but that’s about it. While that’s a fine thing, the program itself is vexing in more ways than one.
For example, why can’t I have Amazon Associates syndicate back to my site in widget form my top-selling books? That’s valuable information being generated by readers — the books that they like enough to have bought — and yet there is no straightforward way to peel that Top Ten list out of Amazon’s Associates online and embed a live version in my site.
What kind of bizarro merchandising illogic is this? Who would run a store where they didn’t put top-selling products in the high-traffic areas of the store?