Do you want to make Amazon pay you instead of you paying them? Well, it’s quite possible and moreover, can become a passive source of income with the right approach.I’m talking about the Amazon affiliate program, or as it is also called – Amazon Associates.
Throughout the blog, we will find out how to sign up for it, where you can get your affiliate link, what exactly you need to do in order to start making money with Amazon right now, and of course, how much you can earn. let’s begin!
Why is “Amazon Associates” great for beginners?
First of all, I would like to point out that Amazon Associates is one of the easiest affiliate programs to get started for beginners.
Literally, anyone regardless of their county of living, the audience in social media, and background in affiliate marketing can join it, pick products they want to promote, and start making money online.
Usually, when it comes to other affiliate programs or marketplaces, you have to join them first, then find an exact offer you’re interested to work with and wait for a few days just to find out that your application has been declined because you don’t have a huge audience in social media or you’re not a professional media buyer.
As for Amazon, you just need to go over to the page of their affiliate program and go through a simple registration process after passing which you can immediately start promoting products.
Another thing that stands Amazon Associates out from other affiliate programs is the ability to promote any products that can be found on Amazon, which means you have a huge room for creativity while choosing the suitable niche for you.
At the same time, other affiliate programs mostly offer to promote some kind of online services or digital products.
Also, you shouldn’t underestimate the fact that Amazon is a worldwide known brand that has almost infinite trust among customers and provides fast delivery.
It means that people are ready to make purchases from it more willingly in comparison to a brand they see for the first time, for example when it comes to products from ClickBank.
How to become an Amazon affiliate?
Ok, with that being said, let me show you step-by-step how to sign up for Amazon Associates.
The very first step you have to do is to go over to Amazon Associates’ official website. You can do so by going to this link here
Once you’ve entered the site press the “Sign up” button to join the program.
You can use your personal Amazon account for that purpose or create a new one.
In the next step you have to fill some payment and personal information.
Then you will be asked to add your websites or mobile apps on which you want to promote Amazon links.
Don’t worry if you don’t have any of them, actually you can add a link to your Instagram, Facebook or any other profile as a website.
Enter your preferred Associates Store ID. It doesn’t affect anything, so just type whatever comes to your mind.
Then, down below, you have to fill in your profile’s or website’s description as well as choose topics that best describes them, which types of products you want to promote, and what type are they.
Let’s say that I have a blog about computers, so I’m gonna choose the appropriate options.
Then you have to answer a few questions about your source of traffic. There is no special advice here, just answer honestly.
Type Captcha symbols, tick the box that you agree to the terms and conditions, and press “Finish”.
After that you will be taken to the Amazon Associates dashboard where you can get your affiliate links as well as check the earnings overview.
There are two ways to generate links, the first one is to enter the product’s name in this search bar.
Press the “Get link” button next to the product you want to promote and then you will be prompted to build a link using Amazon tools.
It can be a link with text and image, a text link, and an image-only link.
It only makes sense to choose the options with images if you’re gonna place their HTML codes on your website. Just copy it and paste it anywhere on your website you want this block to appear.
And actually, that’s it. You can now share this link with your audience, and if someone makes a purchase within 24 hours on Amazon by clicking on it, you will receive a commission.
The second way to get your affiliate link is to use a SiteStripe. You can find it at the top of a product page after logging into your affiliate account.
It allows you to create links directly from the Amazon.com site without even having to visit Associates Central.
Ok, since we’re figured out how to get affiliate links, let’s move ahead to the next part of the article where I’m gonna tell you about how you can promote them.
Basically, you are free to promote your links anywhere you want.
You can literally share the links with your acquaintances in any messenger and get commission if they buy something through them.
But when it comes to making real money, the most common way to promote Amazon affiliate links is to create product reviews, comparisons and so on.
You can do that on YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, or somewhere else, but I think it’s safe to say that the most popular and profitable way is to create an affiliate website and that’s why in this blog I’m gonna mostly talk about it.
As for now, let me briefly take you through affiliate website benefits in comparison with other social media and publishing platforms.
First of all, creating text content doesn’t require you to buy a camera, lights, and other stuff as well as recording yourself on camera and showing your face.
I know there are a lot of people who still hesitate to start their way in affiliate marketing exactly due to this reason.
Secondly, an affiliate website is a source of truly passive income, because most of its traffic comes from search engines.
Of course, in the beginning, you have to put a lot of effort into filling it with useful content, but unlike social media, a website can make you money for years, even if you haven’t added any additional content during this period.
Moreover, unlike other platforms, you don’t have to personalize your site and write all the articles and reviews yourself, you can hire people to do it for you.
On average, it’s enough to add from 50 to 100 pages with content and do some on-page and off-page SEO is not a competitive niche to start getting visitors for your website from Google.
And the third reason why I do recommend you to try to create an affiliate website is that you can easily sell it for two years of payback, which can make you a fortune.
Passive sources of income are highly valued and that’s why there are a lot of people who are ready to buy such a website.
Take a look at the most popular marketplace for selling online businesses Flippa.com
Other ways of promotion
Ok, let’s move on to other ways of promoting your affiliate links.
The first one also implies writing articles or reviews, however, you don’t have to wait before you will start getting traffic, as in the case with a website.
I’m talking about Medium.com. In a nutshell, it’s a publishing platform that has about two hundred million monthly visitors and allows anyone to publish their articles.
And of course, we can use that possibility to promote affiliate links!
Moreover, if you live in the United States you can join their partner program, which means you will be paid every time someone reads your article, just like it goes on YouTube.
Another popular way to promote Amazon affiliate links is to start a YouTube channel with reviews for a specific product category.
Actually, YouTube is the perfect place to get started as an affiliate marketer because it’s the second most visited website globally and the second most used search engine.
Basically, each new product on the market is a new non-competitive trending topic for a video, so you can get your first views and subscribers pretty quickly by making a video review of one of these products.
Plus, by uploading videos on YouTube, you will receive additional earnings from Google Adsense, which in some niches can even overcome your earnings from affiliate marketing.
Of course, the two most obvious niches to start are tech and cosmetics, but actually, there are much more of them just think about what you are good at and start filming.
The next way to promote your Amazon affiliate links that I would like to recommend you to try is to upload videos to TikTok.
Actually, this is one of the most underrated ways, because most people think that this platform has only entertainment content and also don’t know that they have a possibility to add a link to their profiles.
And yes, you heard it right, TikTok allows users to place only one clickable link in the profile description, which is obviously not enough in case if you’re gonna promote products from Amazon.
So, how can we deal with it?
Thankfully, there are free online services such as Linktree and Beacons that you can use to create a one-page website and place on it all the links you want to promote.
Also, you can even create an online store using Shopify, if your affiliate income is already high enough and you don’t mind paying 30$ per month for their basic plan.
As for good niches to get started, from my point of view, the most beneficial ones are make-up and DIY because videos from these niches are easy to fit in one minute.
How much money can you earn?
Alright guys, these were the most popular ways to promote Amazon affiliate links that I know.
Now, let’s move on to the most interesting part which is earnings.
In short, your commission varies from 1% to 10% depending on what type of product a customer purchases.
You can check out a table with commission rates for specific product categories by following the link here – Amazon’s Commission rates for product categories
But basically, it’s safe to say that the more a product costs, the bigger commission you get.
However, you should bear in mind that expensive products have lower conversion rates rather than the cheaper ones, so it makes sense to choose the niche not by a commission percentage but by your interests.
Of course, at the end of the day, your final income depends on how much effort you put in, but I know a lot of websites, YouTube channels, and even Pinterest profiles whose owners make thousands of dollars monthly as Amazon affiliates so I do recommend you to give it a try.
That’s it for today guys, I hope you found this blog about Amazon Associates useful. Have a nice day and see you the next time, bye!