Before we start with the Amazon affiliate program, you should have your basics clear about affiliate marketing. For this, you can read my previous blog on affiliate marketing.
Amazon Affiliate Program, also known as Amazon Associates is an easy and quick way to monetize your website or blog.
What you have to do is, sign up to their website.
After signing up you will get immediate approval, then place amazon affiliate links on your website.
Whenever someone will make a purchase from one of your links, you will get some percentage of the revenue of that product.
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Amazon Affiliate Program :
It is not a hidden fact that Amazon is the biggest retailer in the world, so is its affiliate program.
According to Business Insider, Amazon has a value of $356 billion and it earned a revenue of $177.9 billion in 2017.
In the US, it is responsible for 49% of the total online sales. In fact, it’s far ahead of many big companies.
How to become part of the Amazon Affiliate Program :
Becoming a part of amazon affiliate marketing is not that hard. You need to have a blog or website with enough monthly traffic.
Step by Step guide to sign up with the Amazon affiliate program :
Go to Amazon’s website :
- Type www.amazon.com in the URL on search engine and press enter. You will land on the official page of Amazon.
- Now scroll down to the last on the website and click on “Become an affiliate”
Join the affiliate marketing program on amazon :
Click on “Join Now for Free “ on the top of the page.
Sign-in with Amazon :
- As seen in the image, a sign in form has opened.
- Enter your e-mail and password to sign in and in case you do not have an account on amazon, click on “Create your Amazon Account”
Submit your Account information :
Enter your account information which includes name, phone number, and address of the payee.
Enter your website and mobile app list :
Enter your website address, app, YouTube channel, etc.
Submit your profile details :
- Enter your Associates Store ID which usually means the name of your website, explain what you want to achieve from your website and name of Amazon topics you want to target.
- Also tell them how you drive traffic to your website, how you want to monetize your blog and how many monthly visitors do you get.
Verify your Identity :
- Enter your phone number, click on “Call Me Now” and wait for call from Amazon.
- They will tell you 4-digit code, enter the code and your account will be verified.
Complete by giving payment details :
Choose whether you want to add your payment and tax information now or later. Then move ahead to your dashboard.
Get Set Go :
- Now you have completed the process, welcome to the dashboard where you can check your earnings overview, monthly salary and no. of clicks.
- Select the product you want to sale and copy its link to your content on the website.
Pros of Amazon Affiliate Marketing :
Here I am stating some of the reasons, why you should go for the Amazon Affiliate Program :
#1 Credibility and Reputation –
It is a known fact that Amazon is the most reputed and credible brand all over the world. Everyone know and trust this brand, so they don’t mind purchasing anything from there.
Moreover, it sells almost every kind of product. Amazon provides you with a wide variety of products.
Amazon already has a lot of fanbase and credibility all over the world, so you would not have to work too hard to win the trust of the customers.
#2 Revenue Growth –
You can earn revenue beyond the purchase of a direct product that you are promoting on your website.
If the user clicks on your affiliate link and purchases the referred product then you also gain revenue for that referred product.
You can earn revenue for the purchase even if customers make a purchase within 24 hours after clicking your affiliate link.
#3 Sales Support –
If your customer has added the product to the cart but did not finalize it, then amazon keeps sending e-mails and follow-ups to the customer to convert the purchase.
In this way, you do not have to think much about contacting again and again with the customer.
Cons of this Amazon Affiliate Program :
#1 Low Commission Rates –
Amazon offers a commission rate varying from four percent to ten percent. While many platforms which include affiliate marketing, offer high commission rates in comparison to Amazon.
Bloggers who have achieved trust among their audience should always go for high commission affiliate offers.
#2 Referral Time Limit –
In some cases, people click on your affiliate link but do not make a purchase instantly.
If they make a purchase after 24 hours of clicking your link then you will not get any commission from amazon. In other words, Amazon has a referral time limit of 24 hours.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: Can I start Amazon Affiliate Marketing without Webpage?
Ans: Yes you can. There are two ways :
- Promoting a youtube channel
- Or any android / iPhone app.
Also if you cannot invest money, you can start with web 2.0 sites ( WordPress or Blogger )
Q: What happens to the affiliate link if the product does not exist anymore?
Ans: If the product whose affiliate link you shared no longer exists, then it may show two results if the user clicks on it.
- The product can no longer be delivered.
- Error page.
So I would recommend you to keep a check on your affiliate links, remove the links that no longer exist for better user experience.
Q: Does Amazon let you share affiliate links on Facebook?
Ans: Yes, you can share Amazon affiliate links on Facebook or Twitter but you cannot advertise the link using Facebook or Twitter advertisements.
Q: Do Amazon charge for its affiliate program?
Ans: No, the Amazon affiliate program is free of cost.
Q: How much can I earn from Amazon Affiliate Program?
Ans: Your earning depends upon the traffic on your website and the behavior of your audience. There are a lot of people I know who are earning in 5-6 digits.
So it would be right to say that, your earning totally depends upon the hard work you are putting in.