Amazon Affiliate Program, also known as Amazon associates, is one of the best ways to monetize your website or blog. I frankly consider it to be better than Google Adsense. Of course you could sell your own product and make money but isn’t it easier to just put the links in right places and let Amazon handle the rest? Yes, it is that simple. All you have to do is sign up for the program and link the desired product on your website or blog.
But how to get started with Amazon affiliate program? I am going to break down the steps to make money with Amazon. You really can earn BIG BUCKS with amazon depending on the number of quality sales.
What is Amazon Affiliate Program?
Amazon Affiliate Program a.k.a. Amazon Associates Program, is one of the largest affiliate networks in the world. It helps content creators, publishers and website owners monetize their traffic. They put links from amazon.com on their websites. When customer makes a purchase, they earn commissions. The commission varies from product to product with maximum of 10%.
How to become Amazon Affiliate?
Join the affiliate program is no rocket science. Anyone can do it if they put in their time and efforts. There are 4 simple steps:
In case you already own a website or blog you can jump to Step 2. For those who are looking for a fresh start, all the 4 steps are briefly explained below.
STEP 1: Create a website or blog for your Amazon Affiliate Program
To join amazon affiliate program, you must have a blog or website. But having a website isn’t enough. You must be active and your website should appear in Google search. Google prefer website those are fast.
Creating a website
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So after you get your own website comes the next step.
STEP 2: Go to Amazon Associates Homepage
After you visit the homepage, click on “Join Now for Free”. On the basis of the niche of your website or blog or youtube channel, check out the percentage amazon will pay for promoting their products. Check out Associates Program Standard Fees Schedule.
STEP 3: Create your profile for Amazon Affiliate Program
Before you create your profile, you should sign-up for the Amazon affiliate program depending on your geographical location or your target market.
For example, if your target audience is in the U.S., you should sign up for the Amazon U.S. Associate Program using this link. If your target audience is from India, you should sign-up for Amazon India program.
So assuming your target audience is in the U.S., Sign up.
Once you’ve signed into your Amazon account, click “New Customer” and begin building your Associate account.
Enter your account information
Enter your complete account information. It includes
- Phone number
After filling the above information, Click Next.
Enter your website address
List all the top level domains and/or mobile apps on which you plan to display banners, widgets, Special Links, or other ads from Amazon Associates. You need to add at least one website or mobile app. You can add up to 50 websites or mobile apps.
Fill in your Profile
In the profile section, you will have to choose a preferred associate store ID. Store ID is generally the same as your website. After that, explain what your website is all about.
Explain what your websites hope to accomplish, and select Amazon topics your links will likely target.
Explain how you will drive traffic
Amazon will then ask you a bunch of questions on how you plan on getting traffic to your website. Fill all the fields with appropriate information. The questions are given below.
Fill the recaptcha
Recaptcha verifies you as a human.
Enter your Phone Number
Enter your phone number and press “Call me now”. You will receive a call from amazon where you will have to dial a 4-digit number displayed on your screen. After that your account will be ready and you can enter your tax and payment information.
Step 4: Build Affiliate links
After you’re done filling in all the information, you will get your dashboard.
To start building links go to “Quick links: Search the product” and type the name of the desired product.
Example: I would like to promote Kindle on my website. After searching for the product you will get various versions of the product. Select the one you want and click on “Get link”.
You will get 3 options to promote the product.
- Text and Image
- Text only
- Image only
Choose the one you want and copy the link. Paste the link on your website to display the ad. As your views buy the product through your ad or link, you will get the commission.
How to succeed- Amazon Affiliate Program
Since you’re done with the creation of your account, next thing is to drive traffic. Driving traffic isn’t so easy, but it isn’t that hard either. There are many ways to drive traffic to where your ad is shown. Few of those are as follows:
Organic: This is considered the best as you do not have to make any investment. People who visit your page through organic search are more likely to buy a product.
Social Media: You can drive traffic using social media and make tons of sales. This is also considered a fairly good method but is comparatively less effective than organic search.
Advertisement: This is really advanced method of getting traffic as you can choose the community of people you want to target. The only setback with this is you need to pay quite a lot of money for advertisement.
Promote Amazon products via Blogging
Blogging is one of the best methods to promote amazon products.
Firstly, find the product you would promote. Amazon has millions of products that do well in the market. Choose your products based on the geo location you plan on targeting. So find out about which product is doing well in that particular location.
Secondly, go through that product properly. Get all the details about that product and write your genuine reviews about it. Do not try to BS people because if you provide value to them they are going to return to your page in future as well.
Thirdly, focus on best-sellers as they are already performing well in the market. People will not hesitate to buy it. Currently the best-sellers in the market are amazon products.
- Firstly, Amazon Kindle
- Secondly, Amazon Echo Dot
- Thirdly, Amazon Echo
Email marketing is one of the best techniques to get sales on amazon. Build your E-mail list using Aweber and convert your audience into your customers. It works really well as people will not have to browse the internet for right products. It will be served directly to their email.
Maximize your Amazon affiliate income
Maximize your amazon affiliate income but choosing products that cost more. Higher the price of products, higher will be the commission.
Amazon pays different percentage of commission for different niche. The commissions are as follows:
|Product Category||Fixed Standard Program Fee Rates|
|Luxury Beauty, Amazon Coins||10.00%|
|Furniture, Home, Home Improvement, Lawn & Garden, Pets Products, Pantry||8.00%|
|Headphones, Beauty, Musical Instruments, Business & Industrial Supplies||6.00%|
|Digital Music, Grocery, Physical Music, Handmade, Digital Videos||5.00%|
|Physical Books, Health & Personal Care, Sports, Kitchen, Automotive, Baby Products||4.50%|
|Amazon Fire Tablet Devices, Amazon Kindle Devices, Amazon Fashion Women’s, Men’s & Kids Private Label, Apparel, Amazon Cloud Cam Devices, Fire TV Edition Smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV Devices, Amazon Echo Devices, Ring Devices, Watches, Jewelry, Luggage, Shoes, and Handbags & Accessories||4.00%|
|Amazon Fresh, Toys||3.00%|
|PC, PC Components, DVD & Blu-Ray||2.50%|
|Televisions, Digital Video Games||2.00%|
|Physical Video Games & Video Game Consoles||1.00%|
|Gift Cards; Wireless Service Plans; Alcoholic Beverages; Digital Kindle Products purchased as a subscription; Food prepared and delivered from a restaurant; Amazon Appstore, Prime Now, Amazon Pay Places, or Prime Wardrobe Purchases||0.00%|
|All Other Categories||4.00%|