How the Amazon Sponsored Products Program Increases Sales

Amazon is a wonderful platform that allows sellers to sell all kinds of products and to make a nice profit for themselves in the process. However, one of the most difficult things about selling on Amazon is the fact that there is so much competition. Nine times out of ten, whatever product people are selling will also be offered by a variety of other sellers as well.

Fortunately, there is an easy way for sellers to stand out among the competition and to make their products more likely to sell over others. That way is through the Amazon sponsored products program. Through this program, sellers can set up ads for their specific products that will show up when customers search for certain terms or click on product pages.

Using the Program

It will probably surprise many people to learn that using this program is easy and actually a lot more affordable than they might think. In fact, sellers can choose their budget and start using the program in just a few minutes of their time.

Those wishing to use the program can start by selecting which of their products they want to advertise. From there, they choose which keywords and key phrases will cause their ads to appear. Sellers place a bid for clicks, which allows them to work within their desired budget. Once their bid is accepted, an ad will be designed for them and can be up and running in just a few minutes.

Who Is Eligible to Use the Sponsored Products Program?

For all of these reasons, the Amazon sponsored products program is incredibly popular. With that said, though, not every seller is eligible for the program.

So, how do sellers know if they qualify? Well, if their accounts fall into one or more of the following categories, they can generally advertise using the program:

  • Professional sellers
  • Book vendors
  • General vendors
  • Kindle direct publishing authors
  • Agencies

Understanding the Bidding Process

Among those who are eligible for the program, the biggest question that they typically have is about how bidding works. Fortunately, it is actually quite simple to understand.

When sellers “bid,” they are bidding the maximum amount that they will and/or can pay in order for an ad to appear to a searcher. The more they bid, the more likely it is that their ad will be the one to show up in a relevant search.

For this reason, the more sellers bid, the more success they are likely to have, but they can still stay within their own desired budget via this control. This bidding process is similar to Google Adwords which can deliver high ranking within a Google search result.Plus, for those that sell a more unique product, they already have a great chance of getting their ad displayed, no matter how much they bid.

In a nutshell, the Amazon sponsored products program is a great way to attract customers and to increase sales. To learn more about this program and/or to sign up, sellers should check out the official Amazon page which explains the program in even more detail.

Melissa Thompson
Melissa Thompson writes about a wide range of topics, revealing interesting things we didn't know before. She is a freelance USA Today producer, and a Technorati contributor.