There are various ways you can earn money online, and best way to make your first income is from Amazon Affiliate, also known as Amazon Associate. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur. An owner of blog or want to make a passive income, I hope you find this blog helpful.
Before starting this blog I went through various websites and blogs, but no blogs covered all the information that should be required in order to make money from amazon affiliate.
As you all know, amazon is the most visited shopping website in the USA according to SimilarWeb. Over 15%-20% sales on Amazon comes from the affiliate network in the US. However, in India not much people are aware of this program and they have hard making money even when they are a social media Influencers. Be it the stock market or affiliate marketing, the US population earns sitting at home.
As you all know every individual and as per world bank now utilised internet, the share of population using the Internet can be fetched from the data below. Let me tell you this: that internet users are growing day by day. As per the data shown below, in the USA 70%-80% users are using the internet, In China 50%-55% of the population are using Internet and in India 25%-30% of the population is using the internet. Add country to see the details.
One thing is clear that the digital factor in India is still to come, so is the earning capability from social media and other internet platforms.
ITU estimates that at the end of 2019, a bit more that 51 per cent of the global population, or 4 billion people, are using the Internet.
Well, thats a lot of knowledge about internet. Let’s come back to Amazon Affiliate and know everything about it in this blog.
What is Amazon Associate Program?
Amazon Associate is an affiliate program by Amazon that’s allows bloggers, website owners, social Media Influencers to get referral links from Amazon product page and earn some percentage of commission through every qualified made within 24 hours after users clicks on the link. It is free to join affiliate marketing program.
How do you earn from Amazon Associate Program?
Making first affiliate income through Amazon affiliate should not be tough if you already have an audience. There are millions of products available on Amazon. Whether you are into beauty or gaming, you can pick any product from amazon and recommend it to your audience to buy through your link, but let your audience know that is an affiliate link and follow amazon associate policy.
As an Amazon affiliate, you can use your affiliate link in the following you.
- Website: You can review various products from Amazon and add your affiliate link on the product you are recommending
- Instagram: Share your recommended product link with your fans.
- YouTube: Use the link in the Video description
- Promote your review blog on Social Media and make users click on Amazon Affiliate link going to your website.
Good thing about Amazon Associate or Amazon Affiliate program is that you earn commission for the products which you did not recommend. Let me explain you with an example.
For example: You are recommending a T-shirt to our audience, and user clicks on your link and buys a T-shirt, a Jeans and a shoe from Amazon. You will earn commission for Jeans and Shoes too. Isn’t it great?
How much time does cookie Period lasts in Amazon Associate?
When users links on the affiliate link and visits amazon, the cookie is added to their browser for 24hours. If users buy anything from Amazon within 24 hours without clicking on any other affiliate links, then you earn a commission.
Amazon Affiliate Program rules to know
Amazon Associate follows a strict protocol for Affiliate and not following the same can cause a ban to your Amazon Associate account. So, it is important to understand the rules before diving into the Amazon Associate Program.
I will cover some important rules you should follow.
- Do not share affiliate links in emails, Pdf or any private groups
- Let visitors know the link will drive them to Amazon
- Do not use link shorter like bit.ly, etc. You can get short links from Amazon stripe itself. I will cover it below.
- Do not promote this link by using spammy lines which deceives the visitor
- Do not use this link yourself to buy a product for yourself
You can read Amazon associate full policy here.
Amazon Associate Pros and Cons
Everything that has advantages comes with a disadvantage as well. I will share my experience with Amazon Associate.
- Amazon Associate is easy to start and need not have to wait for any approval from Amazon.
- Links are easy to generate and easy to share on Social Channels.
- Amazon is a trusted shopping site, user-friendly and easy to drive users to Amazon from mobile device as well.
- The cookie period is 24 hours, even if users click on your link and buy other products besides the one you are recommending, you will earn commission
- If users visit amazon from your affiliate links and add to cart, they will remember you for 90 days, Even the user purchases it after a month you will earn commission.
- Amazon has more than 3M product to sell and available for each niche you want to select as per your interest.
- The commission rates are low. Starting from 1% the commission goes up to 10% .
- The cookies last only for 24 hours.
Given the advantages and difficulties, who should turn into an Amazon associate?
If you don’t have a site or a blog with content, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t turn into an Amazon Affiliate. You can create a site or a blog and keep adding content to your site. While your site may not be quickly beneficial, this is a decent method to make a constant flow of extra pay in the long run.
If you have a YouTube channel or thinking to create a new Professional channel. You can easily earn from Amazon Affiliate link by putting the link in your video description. Adding affiliate link to your YouTube description can make your description look professional and trustworthy. It can also fetch you extra money apart from google Ads.
Amazon affiliate link can easily be shared on social Media sites with no efforts. This does not mean you have to be an influencer. Even a normal user with less fan following can earn from Amazon Affiliate. I have very less fan following, but I could earn $150 in less than 3 months.
How to become an Amazon Affiliate
It’s now easy to become an Affiliate on Amazon in few simple steps. I will share with you a step by Step guide in the next step.
Create a blog or a Website
If you already have a blog than its awesome. If not, then you can easily make a blog using blogger.com or word press. This is first and compulsory step to have a website for yourself in order to step in to setting up your Amazon Associate Account.
Head to Amazon Associate Page
Once you are done creating a blog, you can now head to Amazon Associate website. After visiting Amazon Associate, you will see page something like this. You can choose location based on your country from right top corner depending on which country do you want to recommend the product or from which country is your audience. So that it’s easy to select the product and recommend it to our audience.
Sign up for Amazon Associate account or login from your normal Amazon ID.
You can either connect with you Amazon shopping ID or create a new Amazon associate account.
Pro Tip: If you want to monetise your international traffic, you can use onelink and earn more from your international traffic. OneLink will now help you monetise your international traffic from Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Japan and neighbouring countries besides the United Kingdom (UK) and Canada. You will find onelink in your amazon associate dashboard.
Add your Account Information for creating Amazon Associate Account
After you sign up for Amazon Associate, they will ask you to fill then address information first. Payment information can be added at the end when you finish signing up.
Add your website name
This is the step which is important for moving forward with setting up of Amazon Associate account. This is the reason I included creating a blog as a first step. You can add your blog URL here. Even if you have a YouTube channel URL can be added here. If you manage over one website, it can also be added here.
If you receive warning like this, just tap on No and confirm.
Create Preferred Store ID
Your Associate ID will be a unique ID that will be used for tracking your sales and it will be displayed on Amazon. Add the name, which is basically a primary name of your website or YouTube channel.
Your Website URL will be pre added as you already provided it in the above step.
Add in few lines what is your website all about
You can add details about “What can users do on your website or mobile app, who is it for, and what products do you intend to promote?”
Add topics related to your website
You may add topics which you talk about or will talk about on your website.
Select Products you want to promote as an affiliate
You can choose the products you want to promote on your website. This is on the topic you like writing on your website or for your niche. You may choose all, but I would suggest that you go for the one you actually want to promote.
Add what are your website?
Select from the drop-down on what your website or YouTube channel matches. In my case I have only selected as blog.
How do you drive traffic to your website?
Let Amazon knows how you drive traffic to your website. In my case I have checked relevant option which I might use in the future. Right now I use SEO emails to drive traffic to my website.
Source of Income from website
Allow amazon to know what will be the source of income now or in the future. If you have created your new website, then go for only Amazon Affiliate or Amazon Affiliate. Options provided by Amazon below are a combination of other Affiliate networks and Google Adsense.
Let Amazon Know how you build links
If you are using blog or WordPress, go for the blog or WordPress option.
Add details about your average unique visitors
If you built a fresh website you can Choose 0-500 visitors.
Add the primary reason for Joining Amazon Associate
You can select “To monetise your site”
Add How did you hear about Amazon Associate?
You can choose from any option provided.
Just for your reference i am providing you a screenshot below.
After you added this, just check on the agreement and move to next.
Successfully created Amazon Associate Account
Congratulations! You now have your own Amazon Associate account.
Add payment details
After you created your amazon associate account, you can add payment details where you will receive your payment when you achieve a minimum $100 commission. Or you can opt to add later as you see some earning in the Affiliate dashboard.
After you create your amazon associate account, it will take you to the Amazon Affiliate dashboard. In this dashboard you will see the overall summary of how your affiliate links are performing in terms of clicks, conversions and earnings.
Now let’s move on to how to create amazon affiliate link to start making passive income.
How to create Amazon Affiliate link
It is pretty easily to create your Affiliate link.
Sign in to your Amazon Associate Account
You will need to sign in to your Amazon Associate account to fetch your Amazon Affiliate link.
Head to Amazon shopping website
I will tell you the easiest way to fetch link. Go to the Amazon shopping page from where you want to fetch, if you made associate account for India then you can go to Amazon.in.
Search for Product you want to promote
Once you visit amazon shopping, you can search for the product you want to promote. For example: I searched for Dyson Vacuum cleaner.
Get Affiliate link from SiteStripe
There is another old way to get affiliate link, which I will tell you as an alternative. Sitestripe is the most convenient way to get your affiliate link from amazon. You will not have to switch back and forth to Amazon associate to get the link. Let me cover sitestripe for your understanding.
The new SiteStripe feature allows you to create links directly from the Amazon site without having to visit Associates Central. It lets you build links to any page on Amazon and even share those links on Facebook or Twitter. It also has handy short-cuts to some other useful Associates pages.
As you can see in the above image you have Amazon siteStripe, it will directly get you the link from the shopping page.
The Sitestripe Text link allows you to build short and long affiliate links to the current Amazon page which you are viewing. It already included your Associate ID and tracking ID in the short link.
The SiteStripe Image link allows you to build html link with product image, which you can put it on your website to monetize your website
The SiteStripe image+text link allows you to build html text and image link from the Amazon product you are viewing on Amazon.
Native Shopping Ads provide highly relevant and dynamic product recommendations in a stylishly designed and responsive ad unit that can be placed at the end of content or within the content to create a more compelling visitor experience and shopping opportunity. This feature might only be available in certain region.
Another way to get Affiliate link is from Amazon Associate Dashboard. You can go to Amazon Associate Account and get links either from Home or Product links.
Add ASIN number or keyword to search for a product you want to promote. You can find the ASIN by visiting the Amazon Page, scroll down a bit and you will be find the ASIN (under product information)
Copy the ASIN and paste it in the Amazon Associate ASIN search box and click on go. You will get the required product.
As you now got the product tap on get link and you will get the HTML link, you can also shorten the link for putting it on website or sharing it on Facebook with a post.
Amazon Associate Fee Structure based on categories
You are now ready to go and promote your favourite product and earn passive income now.
You now know how to become an Amazon Affiliate. Get going and get some passive income for yourself. Amazon associate is a good way to earn money.