How To Make Money By Amazon Associates

What is Amazon Associates

Amazon Associates is an affiliate program by Amazon launched in 1996. It is one of the largest and most successful affiliate programs in the market. You can make money by sharing the affiliate links from Amazon to your blog, website or any other way. When someone makes an Amazon purchase by clicking your links, you get the commission. In this article you’ll find a step-by-step guide to become an Amazon Affiliate and start earning money.

How to register for Amazon Associates

It is free and easy to join. To become an Amazon Associate, you must have an active website or blog with pre-populated content. After registration your account will be active for 180 days, it means you have to make at least one sale during this period otherwise your Amazon Associates account will be closed. However you can reapply to become affiliate again. Therefore it is recommended that you develop a good website and have some content on it.  Promote your website to get some traffic so you can make some sale as soon as you are accepted at Amazon.     

How to get approved at Amazon Associates

To get approved as Amazon Associates, you have to follow some rules otherwise you will be kicked off from their program by losing all the commission earned. Here are few things to avoid while applying for the program:

  • Don’t use word “Amazon” in your user name or email address.
  • Don’t put manual fixed prices with the affiliate products.
  • Don’t send traffic directly to affiliate link via your email marketing campaigns.
  • Don’t add affiliate links in eBooks or PDF files.
  • Don’t use your affiliate link to purchase products from Amazon.
  • Don’t offer product discounts or rebates on your own websites or blogs.

What Are the Pros and Cons of the Amazon Affiliate Program?

Here’s a list of some of the pros and cons of Amazon Associates.

Pros of the Amazon Associates

  • Payment security and you get affiliate commission on time.
  • Amazon is the oldest affiliate network and trustworthy for both affiliate marketers and buyers.
  • It’s free to join.
  • Millions of products to promote and you can pick any product.
  • 24 hours cookie time, mean your affiliate link will be registered at user’s browser and you will get commission if user buys anything during that period even that product was not your affiliate link.
  • Quick buy process as most of the buyers already have all the payment and shipment details on Amazon.

Cons of the Amazon Associates

  • Hard to make significant amount of money due to very low commissions (0-10%).
  • Need extremely high volume of traffic, lots of customers and expensive products like TV, cameras, jewelry etc. to make a decent amount.
  • Very short cookies time which is only 24 hours so no commission if user buys after 24 hours.
  • Approval as an affiliate is hard and you must have active website with content and some other details related to your website or business.
  • Account will be closed after 180 days if there will be no sale.
  • You only get monthly payments if your account maintains the minimum threshold balance.
  • Amazon only pay commission by check or direct deposit into bank account and does not pay commission on PayPal.

Effective ways to make money by Amazon Associates

To make a decent amount of income from Amazon Affiliate Program, you have to:

  • Promote a high priced product to get a reasonable commission.
  • Make review videos or write content about the high ticket products.
  • Fashion and Luxury beauty items pays you 10% commission.
  • Get an idea from Amazon Best Sellers while choosing a niche.
  • Use Native Shopping Ads which provide a dynamic product recommendations with responsive ad units.
  • Get the targeted and steady traffic for your website to get more customers instead of just clicks.
  • Focus on customers and create credibility rather than just selling products and getting commissions.
  • Don’t just create a general e-commerce website with full of Amazon affiliate links.
  • Get some knowledge and specialization in the product(s) you are promoting.

How do you use an Amazon Affiliate link?

There are different ways to get Amazon affiliate link(s):

  • Create a link to any specific page of Amazon products you desire.
  • Display and link to a specific product from Amazon catalog.
  • Different kind of banners to display on your website.
  • Native Shopping Ads provide highly relevant and dynamic product recommendations ad unit that can be placed inside your posts.
  • Mobile popover which appears when someone visit your website on mobile.
  • Use Amazon Widgets (‘your picks’ or ‘Search’) on your website.  

How to get traffic to promote Amazon Affiliate products

  • You can join Facebook groups related to your niche and post some comments with your affiliate link.
  • Give helpful and related answers to the questions on Quora.
  • Start Instagram profile about your niche.
  • Do email marketing and build an email list.
  • Make Youtube review videos about the products and place the Amazon affiliate link directly in the video or in the description box.


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