How To Make Money From The Amazon Affiliate Program

How to make money from the Amazon affiliate programThis 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

  1. Find a niche
  2. Build a website
  3. Create a content
  4. Sign up for the Amazon affiliate program
  5. Review products
  6. 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?

    • WordPress
      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.
    • Tools
      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.

  1. How to make money from the Amazon affiliate programLog in to your Amazon account and signup for the Amazon associate program
  2. Register your website URL or your mobile application
  3. Create a profile
  4. Identify verification
  5. Start using Associates Central


Review products

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.

Asus X751LAV
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:

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Asus 17 17.3-Inch Laptop with Backlight Display (Intel Core i5-5200U Processor, 8GB DDR3L RAM, 1TB HDD, HD Graphics 5500, Windows 10)

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Asus 17 17.3-Inch Laptop with Backlight Display
Intel Core i5-5200U Processor
HD Graphics 5500
Windows 10




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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
  • How to make money from the Amazon affiliate programAn 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.

How to make money from the Amazon affiliate program

If you have any questions and comments, please leave them in a comment section below. 

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  1. Nick says:

    Thank you for this very clear and easy to follow post, Sunny! Loads of reviews out there that contradict one-another. This explanation is straightforward and you provide examples to clarify.

    Please let me know when you discuss another online revenue model? I will be sure to check back then!

    • Sunny says:

      Hi Nick, thank you so much for stopping by 🙂
      I will let you know for sure. Still looking for something interesting to write about, I have some ideas.
      Keep in touch.

    • Dejan says:

      Hello there,
      I have a question regarding the amazon affiliate program. What is the maximum that you can increase your commission rate to ? I was thinking of signing up, but how do they actually send you the money, through paypal or do they send a check ? I am not from USA so that will be very important.

      • Sunny says:

        Since I am still new in the Amazon affiliate program, I would say it is 6% the highest commission rate. That’s what I understood. But you know, it really depends on what your visitors decide to buy. If they use your link to get to the Amazon and buy some other products even the ones you didn’t promote, you are the lucky winner of the commission!

        That’s what made me sign up for Amazon affiliate program 🙂

        They pay you directly on your bank account, through the check or a gift card.
        It depends where you are from, if you are American or European citizen and so on.

        Hope this helps.

      • Ralph says:

        Great stuff! I am currently going through the steps before I decide to become an amazon affiliate. Right now I’m making sure to focus on content and continue to learn as much as I can.

        I agree, with you that making money online is not a dream and it definitely is possible especially with wealthy affiliate.

        How long did you wait before you decided to join amazon’s affiliate program?

        • Sunny says:

          Hi Ralph,

          Thank you for sharing your experience 🙂
          Well, it took me more than 3 months. I wish I’ve done it before. And I could do it by creating some reviews on books promoting my site’s idea. Just to get my Amazon affiliate link in the pages.

          But well, I guess this is how was meant to be. My suggestion to you is to get that done as soon as you can. It takes no more than 30 minutes to get the process done. Go for it 🙂


        • Riaz Shah says:

          Hey Sunny,
          I’ve always wanted to earn from Amazon! I wish I had found your article sooner when I first started online because back then, I didn’t go for Amazon because I didn’t know of its potential.

          It’s a great platform for affiliate marketers of all levels because of the buying power and marketing Amazon does for us. Out of curiosity, is it better to look at the commission rate we’re getting if we promote a certain product?

          • Sunny says:

            Hey Riaz,

            Thanks for sharing your experience.
            For commission rate, well that’s a good question. I guess it is good to look for it, but honestly, I think that even if you promote a book that costs $5 and brings you $0.25, if your visitor buys a laptop or something else even bigger through your link, the rate of the product you promote doesn’t matter anymore 🙂

            That’s the actual benefit we have from Amazon 🙂

          • Darren says:

            I’ve been an Amazon affiliate for years now but have never really pushed it because of their low commissions. I also realise Amazon is a trusted seller, so it is easier to get sales on their than some other places.

            Your article is full of handy tips and advice about setting up a niche website and promoting Amazon products. I think if I can get really focused on it and follow your suggestions, then I could make some good money from Amazon.

            • Sunny says:

              Thanks Darren,

              It’s good to know other member’s opinion on Amazon affiliate program. Yes they have very low commissions, but I know some people from the Wealthy Affiliate still earning a lot of money from Amazon. I would say it is a long term program. And it is based on number of sales. And imagine if you are lucky to have people bying from Amazon all the time using your link?!

              I am willing to try it out. I have nothing to lose for sure 🙂
              I am glad my article inspired you.



            • Grace | Work Anywhere Now says:

              I really love the Amazon Associates program because there’s so much potential commissions to be earned! Thanks for the simple steps on how to get set up and start making money at Amazon Associates.

              I really like their easy to use links and banners.. also with the different types of advertising they have available, not just promoting products, but you can promote their Prime membership for example. So many different ways to earn. 🙂

              Thank Sunny for a great post!

              • Sunny says:

                Thanks Grace for your comment. And thank you for reminding me of their premium membership! I totally forgot I could promote that too 🙂
                Lol 🙂

              • sharon law says:

                You all have inspired me to become an amazon affiliate.

                • Sunny says:

                  Hi Sharon, I am so glad to hear that 🙂
                  Thank you for sharing your thoughts.


                • Michelle says:

                  Great post, Sunny.

                  I am an Amazon Affiliate too, though I have not yet earned commission – it will come in time. I am positively hopeful.

                  I love your steps and I used them to gauge my Amazon journey – so, yes, I just have to wait for everything to ‘kick in’!

                  It is a very popular affiliate program and I have heard great reviews on people making it a success.

                  I hope to join those ranks soon. Much success to you as an affiliate as well.

                  • Sunny says:

                    Thanks Michelle, I wish much success to you too 🙂
                    Yes people make serious money beeing Amazon affiliates, look at Jay.
                    Isn’t that awesome? Knowing in person someone who already succeeded in something you are just starting 🙂
                    I can’t wait to get to that point where he is now 🙂

                  • James says:

                    Your 6 steps here are accurate. I love Jay’s post with his spare car (SPARE!!!) lol.

                    Jay is the guy who does the webinars at Wealthy Affiliate every week and there is always some golden nugget information there.

                    love reading your posts, Sunny!

                    • Sunny says:

                      Thanks James. Yes, Jay is an example for the Amazon affiliate craziness! He got himself a car from it, hello 🙂
                      That’s pretty awesome!!!

                    • Odd Helge Hveding says:

                      Hi Sunny,

                      Amazons affiliate program is a real pearl for affiliates.In combination with the power of Wealthy Affiliate it should be easy to succeed, as long as you follow the great training and all the good advice you get from fellow affiliates at WA.

                      Thank you for a great recipe on how to save a lot of time, by following your six steps.

                      Keep up the lovely work, you do!

                      Odd Helge

                      • Sunny says:

                        Thanks Odd,
                        I am glad to hear that you are satisfied with Amazon Affiliate program too. It’s good to have someone else’s experience recorded here 🙂


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