Well, It is hard to master. That is for sure, but I make about as much off of amazon affiliate commissions as I do off of youtube, which is not that much, but it is a whole lot less work to ad the links to my video than making a video and posting it. So return on investment is better. Of course, I have to make a video to put the links on, so it is kind of all tied together. Youtube alone is just not doing it for me. I am putting lots of good content out there, but the return is just not there. I was really expecting to be a lot further along at this point. If it were not for Amazon affiliate commissions helping, I might have given up.I am, but I sort of stopped advertising it. I don't earn much from their affiliate program, so it hasn't really been worth it to me...
I always post links to all the equipment I use to make a video, Camera, Tripod, Mic, Software, etc. I know I personally have looked at the descriptions searching for this information if I see some video technique that perks my interest and want to try. Remember, all you are trying to do is get them to click on a link, not sell them a product. If they click on your link it places a cookie on the device and ANYTHING they buy in the next 24 hours, you earn a commission on.I only earn a few bucks a month. I rarely make specific videos featuring products on Amazon.
I'm currently building a website (not a YT channel) that will be monetized via Amazon affiliate program. The site isn't live so I don't have results to share but I've researched it a lot and followed some training courses on the subject. Amazon reduced and changed the commission structure in 2018 and it has become a lot harder to make decent money. You essentially need a lot of very targeted traffic.
One tip I can give is to target keywords that show "intent" - By "intent", I mean "buying intent" - So a video (or web page) that is targeting keywords like "best backpack for kids" - Anyone searching for that is clearly actively looking to BUY a backpack RIGHT NOW. The keyphrase probably won't get a lot of traffic because it is so specific and longtail BUT all the traffic will be highly targeted to potential buyers. So it will convert really well.
Compare that to "How to pack a backpack" - Sure, it's all about backpacks but there is no "buying intent" - People searching for that already own a backpack. And even if they don't own one yet, they aren't looking to buy RIGHT NOW (Remember Amazon's cookie expires after 24 hours.)
Finally, the last thing to consider - YouTube is ok with affiliate links per se. There is no rule banning them BUT there is a rule that says you can't create videos whose sole purpose is to take traffic to another website. So it's a catch 22 and a bit of a grey area. To make money with it on YT, you'd have to get a lot of traffic over to Amazon and YT doesn't like that. That is why I've chosen to do my affiliate stuff on a website whose domain I own on my servers. I prefer to build my assets that I have full control of and total ownership. A website that is earning money can be sold on. A YT channel can't. Well it can in a few cases but it's very complicated to do.
1. People are more important than Profits.
2. I would rather take the risk of being burned by ONE, rather than unjustly treating everyone as though they are dishonest so that I might not be burned by NONE."
I had a 100% positive feedback ration on eBay, selling hatching