Since many of us Ladies are website-oriented, I wanted to pass along some techie news about a new service from Amazon. You may already have an Amazon Associates account, which allows you to cash in on the purchase of any Amazon item simply by recommending it through a link on your own website.
That's just the start of what you can do with an Associates account, though. Amazon now has a beta feature called "aStore" that gives you the ability to setup a customized page full of items you recommend. To get an idea of what it looks like, you can look at my aStore, "Your Business Writing Coach Recommends."
aStore gives you the code for anything from a simple link on your website or blog that leads to your store, to a customized frame full of your product recommendations that you can insert easily into a page on your site or a sidebar in your blog template. I've inserted a frame into the code for this blog post to show you what it can look like.
You could use aStore like I do, to give visitors and potential customers advice about great books to read in your industry, but the applications of it are only limited by your imagination. You could recommend yarn in your knitting website, silver cleaner on your jewelry design site, running shoes on your fitness support group site, etc.
The best thing about it for me is that it's a reciprocal gesture: you offer free advice in an area about which you are passionate as a gift to your site visitors, and you get a little money from Amazon for your trouble. Look at you, building a bridge between your customers and some great products! You're a connector.
--Rachel Carroll Whalley, Seattle-based Business and Blog Writing Coach