This post will show you how to make money from the Amazon affiliate program. It is my first affiliate program I have joined other than the Wealthy Affiliate. I will be upgrading this page to other posts as my progress as an Amazon affiliate goes.
Starting point to become an affiliate
- Wealthy Affiliate
I am creating this website while going through step by step lessons at the Wealthy Affiliate, an online university for affiliate marketing and marketing in general.
Once you sign up, whether you choose to be a free starter or premium member, you will enjoy all the benefits and go with ease through the six steps to making money as an Amazon affiliate.
- The process of making money online
You find an interesting topic (niche) to write about on your website
Your audience visits your site and buys something you recommend.
You earn a commission.
Six steps to making money as an Amazon affiliate
- Find a niche
- Build a website
- Create a content
- Sign up for the Amazon affiliate program
- Review products
- Earn a commission
These five steps are the steps I have made along my journey. Well, I am on step five right now, but, I am going to go back and walk you quickly through the first four stages. As an example, I am going to use this MY SWEET FINANCIAL FREEDOM website.
Find a niche
- What is a niche?
A niche is a group of people looking for stuff. The first thing you want to do when you decide to start an online business is to find an audience that will read your blog posts. A niche can be anything in the world. From an apple to the cruise ship. What you choose to write about, it’s called a niche. Your passion, daily job, your hobby, kids, friends, dreams, whatever makes you happy to talk about and share your experience.
- As the Wealthy Affiliate member, you have two options:
1. To create a website on your niche
2. To promote the Wealthy Affiliate University
- My Sweet Financial Freedom site is promoting the Wealthy Affiliate.
My audience is YOU, someone who wants to make money being an affiliate marketer.
- OK. Now when we have our niche, we are ready to continue to the next step.
Build a website
What do you need to get started a new blog?
The best and the most simple platform for creating a blog/website. It’s very useful for both newbies and experienced bloggers.
- Technical support
Here is one great news for you! As the Wealthy Affiliate member, you don’t have to worry about any of the technical stuff regarding your website. Kyle and Carson (the co-founders and owners of the Wealthy Affiliate) together with their support team do all this hard work for you.
There are also fantastic tutorials, videos, lessons training within the Wealthy Affiliate to walk you through the process of building a website.
Everything you can find on my website, I learned using the tools I mentioned above. I have had no clue of any of those before.
- Build your website here
If you would like to get started right away, here is where you can create your website for free
Create a content
Creating content is essential, and something that Kyle asks us to do almost in every lesson we go through. I create my content based on the experience I get along my journey.
Now, let’s focus on this post.
My plan is to promote and help you understand how to make money from the Amazon affiliate program. I chose to go through the five steps process so that I make a quality content which will make this process easier for you to understand. I write my content based on that plan.
Since I had to come up with some product to be my example here I chose to write about a computer which I am using for my work. To be more concrete, about Asus laptop. That was the easiest solution to come up with in a second. And also I am very satisfied with my computer and feel comfortable to recommend it to you.
So that is how we get to the next step.
Sign up for the Amazon affiliate program
To get an affiliate link which will make a conversion when some of my visitors buy something; I had to open an Amazon associate account and sign up for their affiliate program. The signup process was quick and easy.
- Log in to your Amazon account and signup for the Amazon associate program
- Register your website URL or your mobile application
- Create a profile
- Identify verification
- Start using Associates Central
My first Amazon affiliate link is a link for the same laptop I bought when I decided to make a commitment and upgrade my WA membership from monthly to annual. I ordered and got my laptop from the Amazon.
I will provide a separate post with a complete review of this laptop. At this time I just want to show you how this affiliate link works.
To build a link to a particular page from Amazon you can use one or all three of the tools below:
- Text and image
Ok links. But what now?
Let’s see what happens once you read my post:
- You like my product review
- You click on some of the links provided above
- You place an order
- Once they ship your product, Amazon pays me a commission
- An income depends on a referral rate, which will increase as Amazon gains trust in you as on their affiliate.
The GREAT thing about Amazon affiliate program is that once you get there through my link, you become my referral for everything you buy on Amazon.
They also keep my affiliate link’s cookies on your computer active for 24 hours. Whatever you purchase through it in that time, I will earn a commission.
How easy is that? You might think there is a lot of that to work on until you get paid. But let me tell you, making money online is not a fairytale. That means, it is real but also it’s not an overnight thing to happen. Well, there are some Wealthy Affiliate members being lucky and making some fast income.
What is more often is that you need to gain knowledge, work on your content, meet some requirements and you will be facing amazing results! I am looking forward to them too!
Until then, take a look at this Amazon Bought Me A Volvo blog post. It’s about success in the Amazon affiliate program. Jay has been a Wealthy Affiliate member since March 22, 2007.
If you have any questions and comments, please leave them in a comment section below.