We all know Amazon.
Well, unless you have been living under a rock for the last 20 years you should know of Amazon.
The eCommerce giant has been around since, well, the internet became mainstream. What a lot of people don’t know however is that you can make money from Amazon.
We always see Amazon as a place to spend money. Buying things we need and (oftentimes) things we don’t need. You can sign up to Amazon as an affiliate – which we will look at below – and make money when people purchase products from Amazon through your affiliate link.
It’s very possible to become an affiliate and start making Amazon affiliate earnings and we are going to show you how it works and what the basics steps are to start making money online.
How does Amazon affiliate work?
Amazon associates have been running since 1996 and it is one method that many people use to make money advertising for Amazon. That is basically what it is.
You promote Amazon products on your website, social media accounts or whatever digital space you want and when someone clicks on your affiliate link (this is unique to you) and purchases that product you get a referral fee.
When it comes to affiliate marketing with Amazon it really is that easy. You can even earn up to 10% of the total cost of the Amazon product as a fee – depending on how much that item costs this could be a lot of money.
How to become an Amazon affiliate
You can’t just sign up as an Amazon affiliate on a whim – you need to do some things first so that your application is approved.
It doesn’t cost any money to join up as an Amazon associate however it is best to have your website in place and your social channels (if you are using them ) registered and set up. Why?
Well, this lets Amazon know that you are serious about becoming an affiliate and you are more likely to have your account approved.
How to start affiliate marketing with Amazon
Now that you have your Amazon associate account approved, how do you begin generating affiliate income through Amazon?
This can be a 20,000 eBook subject on its own as there are lots of different tips, tricks and strategies out there that many people use to make money as an Amazon affiliate.
We are just going to go over 3 basic steps that will help you to get started.
Develop a WordPress website
Realistically you can use any content management system or platform to build your Amazon niche site, however, WordPress is one of the easiest to use. Due to a large number of themes out there (both free and paid) you can set up a fantastic looking WordPress site literally within a few hours.
There are great WordPress themes out there at that custom built for affiliate sites – some are even tailor-made for Amazon affiliates – so it is super easy to pick one, install it and then add in the content that you need. You don’t even need to know any code!
You can also make use of a number of affiliate specific plugins for WordPress that can help you on your journey to becoming a successful Amazon associate.
Pick your niche
Amazon has lots of different categories. In fact, there are more sub-categories within categories and choosing one can be difficult.
If you want to start making money with an Amazon affiliate site then you need to pick a niche. Some people believe that a wider reach is better because you will have more products to promote and hopefully get sales however oftentimes the most successful Amazon associates are those that have a super specific niche. They target a sub-group of people who are after a product for a very specific reason and this can be a great way to target 2 or 3 Amazon products to a precise audience.
Remember that when it comes to choosing your niche, make sure that you pick one that is not only profitable (people will actually spend money in it) and also one that you have an interest in. If you aren’t enthusiastic about the niche you will probably give up before you make any money from it.
Promote products within your niche
Now that you are a certified Amazon associate, you have your website set up and you have chosen your niche, all you need to do is promote Amazon products!
This sounds easier than it is and even if you get targeted traffic to your website (something that we haven’t covered in this guide) then there is no guaranatee that these visitors will actually go and purchase any products through your affiliate link. Promoting products on your website and social media accounts is all well and good but there is a fine line between doing this effectively and spamming people.
Why do they need that product? What problem will it solve for that person and why is it better to buy from Amazon than anywhere else? Answer these questions and that reader will be more likely to buy it.
How to make money on Amazon
If you were wondering how to be an Amazon affiliate then this guide will give you the basics of the process.
Thousands of people make a lot of money being an Amazon associate every day, week, month and year, however, a bigger number of people fail. Essentially what you are doing with this system is advertising and if you want to make money advertising for Amazon then building a small niche site, doing some promotion work to generate traffic and then promoting Amazon products is the easiest way to do this.
You might not make a million bucks (or even a hundred) in the first month however if you want to generate a steady stream of affiliate income with Amazon then following these steps and putting in the hard work at the start will stand you in good stead to do so.