This book will teach you, in a step-by-step process, how to start Affiliate Marketing. The Writer will walk you through the basics of online marketing all the way up to using everything you’ve learned to launch into affiliate marketing on Amazon. Writing this book started as something that was meant to be a reference that I used myself and for my team.
Amazon is the “go-to” place for building an affiliate marketing business. It’s huge, has dozens of sub-categories, and it’s growing faster than ever before. With this step-by-step guide, I will show you how you can start your online business with affiliate marketing on Amazon today.
What is the Amazon Affiliate program?
The Amazon Affiliate program, or Amazon Associates, is an affiliate marketing program. It’s free for website owners and bloggers to become Amazon Associates. They advertise products from Amazon.com on their sites by creating links. When customers click the links and buy products from Amazon, they earn referral fees.
What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is a marketing tactic where an online retailer gives niche website owners the ability to create unique product links (called affiliate links). The website owners must promote the link; in exchange, when someone visits the link and makes a purchase, the website owner automatically receives commission. As an affiliate, you only make money once the link is used in a transaction.
Affiliate marketing is right for you if you already own a website or blog and your content offers opportunities for product mentions. For instance, if you own a recipe blog, you can create links for product ingredients.
It’s not the best fit for you if you sell products directly on your website, although you can use a mixture of product selling and affiliate selling to earn money.
How does the Amazon Affiliate program work?
In the Amazon Affiliate program, associates earn commission by creating unique product links, promoting the links on their website, and driving referral traffic back to Amazon. Here’s how it works:
- Website owners create an Amazon Affiliate account on the platform.
- Amazon gives each website owner a unique Associate ID.
- Once the application has been approved, associates can begin creating affiliate links in their Amazon portal.
- Associates then place the links in blog posts or other parts of their website.
- Once someone clicks the link and makes a purchase, the associate earns commission.
The Amazon Local Associates program which was expanded last year gave local small businesses and individuals more ways they can increase their revenue.
Amazon associates with websites or other digital presence can make recommendations on items sold by Amazon. This not only introduces a new way to engage with customers, but it also creates an opportunity to get an affiliate fee with a qualifying purchase.
With an inventory of more than one million products, order fulfillment, delivery, returns and customer service, the Amazon affiliate program may be an attractive way to start a business or enhance the capability of your current company. But first you need to become an Amazon affiliate.
How to Become an Amazon Affiliate
Interested? Here’s a step-by-step process on how you can become am Amazon affiliate.
Log In to the Amazon Affiliate Area
Start by scrolling to the bottom of the Amazon home page. You are looking for the “Become an Affiliate Link.”
That should lead you to the splash page with lots of information about the Amazon Affiliate program. Click the “Join Now” button to get started.
Submit Personal and Website Details
The form looks long, but it is pretty easy to fill out. Just add your personal details in this section. This will be your official profile, so please make sure all information is correct.
You will then be asked to add your website details. Of course, most affiliate programs, if not all, are interested in how much traffic you get.
Next, fill in your profile. This will include things like your preferred store ID, how you build links, how you drive traffic to your website, among other things.
Verify Your Identity
In order to verify your identity, Amazon asks for a phone number which they use to make an automated phone call. When you enter your phone number, a pin number appears on the screen. The automated call will ask you to verify the pin number. It’s that simple!
Choose How You Want to be Paid
In this last step, Amazon welcomes you to their Associates program. It is at this point that you can choose how you want to be paid or do it later, but why should you? Here are your payment options:
- Check ($15 processing fee is waived for international associates)
- Amazon gift card
- Direct deposit (not available for international associates)
Once you complete the registration process, Amazon will give you access to their Associates platform where you will be able to get the affiliate links for their products.
3 general types of affiliate marketing
In this type of program, the merchant pays an affiliate when the affiliate sends a customer who makes a purchase. Some merchants pay the affiliate a fixed rate per sale while others, like Amazon, pay a percentage of the sale.
In this arrangement, the affiliate is paid based on how many visitors arrive at the merchant’s site via the affiliate link, and the affiliate is paid regardless of whether visitors make a purchase.
This type of program pays affiliates based on the number of visitors to the merchant’s site who sign up as leads or fill out the requested information on the website.
Amazon Affiliate Program Rules and Requirements
Being an Amazon Associate is a great way to monetize passion projects or make supplemental income from your brand. However, Amazon has guidelines for associates to follow, so it’s best to understand those before you dive in. Noncompliance may result in being banned from the program.
The majority of the rules are in place for ethical promotion as well as preventing associates from gaming the system. Here are some of the big ones to keep in mind:
- You must disclose on your site or in your communication that you may be eligible to earn from your recommendations.
- You must not make false or deceptive claims in your recommendations.
- Avoid referring to prices (with some exceptions) since prices frequently change.
- Do not use Amazon affiliate links in offline promotions, eBooks, or email.
- Do not use link shorteners on affiliate links.
You can read Amazon’s full policy here. Note: The Amazon Affiliate program is one of the most popular programs, but it isn’t the only one. There are other affiliate programs out there that are worth trying if you don’t qualify to become an Amazon Associate.
Amazon is one of the biggest online e-commerce platforms where individuals and companies can sell their products. It’s an exciting business model that has taken the world by storm, making it possible for anyone to become an affiliate seller on Amazon. If your company wants to unlock new revenue streams or boost profits, then this book is for you.