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How To Make Money As An Amazon Associate

Blogging can be very lucrative.

With proper planning and some effort on your part, your blog can easily replace your “day job” income and get you out of the rat race.

One of the easiest (and profitable) ways I’ve come across in my 5 years of making money online is by using Amazon and today I want to teach you how how to make money as an Amazon Associate.

How To Make Money As An Amazon Associate

What Is The Amazon Associates Program?

The Amazon Associate Program is the official affiliate program for Amazon.

This platform allows online marketers, bloggers, and affiliate marketers to earn money by promoting any of the many products available on Amazon to their readers.

This is how it works:

  • You send your readers to Amazon (through your affiliate link).
  • The reader makes a purchase.
  • You make a commission on the sale.

Awesome right?

Whenever you send a customer to Amazon, your affiliate link will be in the URL and every purchase he/she makes, you earn credit for it.

The best thing about the Amazon Associates Program is that it doesn’t matter what the customer buys, you still get paid.

They don’t even have to buy the product you referred them to, as long as you’ve sent them, whatever they buy, you will get credit on.

Your affiliate links are valid for 24 hours and if they add the item(s) to their cart, you have 30 days till your link becomes invalid. Fear not though, most often people buy their products in less than 30 days.

This only means one thing; the earning potential here is incredible.

Amazon Is The Best When It Comes To Selling

Amazon knows how to sell. Their sales funnel is probably the best in the online commerce space and they have an amazingly HUGE catalog of things you can sell and promote.

I’m sure you’ve been on Amazon before, browsed some items and then all of a sudden you’re shown similar items in your Amazon homepage and you even get emails relating to what you viewed on Amazon.

This is their sales funnel in action, the same sales funnel that generates $35,000,000,000 each year (and growing).

And when it comes to making money as an Amazon Associate, this will be your biggest ally cause this insane funnel will work in your favor.

But first, let me tell you a quick story before getting into the guide….

Why Do I Love Amazon So Much?

I made my first sale ever on Amazon. A whopping $0.87c and since then, I’ve had a special place for it in my heart.

Ever since that day, when that magical 87 cents appeared in my account, I started to believe that “making money online” was indeed possible and since that day, I vowed to make the internet my full-time job.

And I did… mostly by using Amazon and other affiliate networks to be able to make money from my blogs.

But today it’s all about Amazon and about you getting started and making money with it.

By then end of this guide, you’re going to know how to:

  • Pick out a niche to promote (a blog topic)
  • Have your own blog set up and ready to go
  • Be registered with the Amazon Associates Program.
  • Make daily sales!

If these are all things you’re interested in, please read on..

Making Money With Amazon Is Easy (If You Know How)

Amazon makes it easy for anybody to get started and you can even sell with just posting links on social media.

While that may work, I find that it is not an ideal business model to have (not to mention borderline spam).

My way of doing things is to have your own blog, your own audience, and your own content to use to drive traffic to Amazon and I’m going to teach you just that.

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What Can You Promote From Amazon Associates?

You can sell and promote every single item on the Amazon website but it is always ideal to keep the things you promote related to your blog topic.

If your blog is about a hobby (like fishing, gardening, golf), it’s best to promote products that are related to that topic. it would be weird and confusing if your blog is about fishing and you’re promoting baby clothes right?

However, if you happen to mention a product in a blog post and it’s not really related to your niche, there is no harm in linking to it on Amazon if you think it people will be interested in it. Just don’t make it the point of your promotion.

Using Your Blog To Sell On Amazon

Your blog is what will drive the traffic to Amazon but to first get traffic, you have to learn how to drive traffic to your own blog first.

Here are the 2 main ways you can do that that have been proven time and time again as the best traffic source.

SEO – Search Engine Optimization

A proven (successful) way to make money is to write product reviews. If you’re talking about photography, you can review all the products that are related to photography in individual posts and then link to them on Amazon.

A common thing you might hear is that search engine traffic is the best traffic you can get and that holds true when it comes to selling on Amazon.

An interested buyer will (typically) look for reviews before buying so once he lands on your page there is a good probability that the buyer will buy.

If he’s online looking for reviews for a specific kind of model or product, chances are he/she is close to buying and your review (if good enough) will be enough to convince him.

Let’s take some examples, shall we?

Let’s say my blog is about photography and I want to promote this DSLR camera I found on Amazon:

The first step to do is to write a detailed review of the product in a blog post and publish it. A good title that comes to mind is:

“My Review Of The Canon EOS Rebel. Is It Worth The Price?”

If done right, this piece of content will likely rank well in the search engines and anytime somebody is interested in buying this camera, they would find your review, read it and if he/she decides to buy it, that’s a sale for you.

This Canon DSLR camera is $400.00, your commission on this will be around $16 – $32 (depends on sales volume).

That’s a pretty good income and if you sell one of these a day, that’s nearly a part-time income already.

That’s from one post, and one camera. There’s 100s or even 1000s of cameras and camera accessories you can do reviews on, get ranked and earn commissions on.

You’re not seeing the income potential yet? Hold on…

Don’t forget that whatever else purchase the visitor may make while linked to your affiliate link, you get credit on.

Maybe while the reader is shopping for a camera, he opts for a new tripod or some SD cards to go with the new camera.

That’s where the magic of the Amazon sales funnel comes in… and you get paid for all of it!

I’m sure you’re starting to agree with me here on the business potential that is the Amazon Associates Program right?

Things To Remember When Doing Reviews

Always write from your own perspective:

Don’t copy or paste reviews from other sources. Going to Amazon and copy/pasting their reviews will not look professional at all and won’t get you ranked. You can cite a resource and link to it but don’t overdo that either.

Bad reviews are OK too:

If you review a product and it’s not satisfactory, you can still publish the review. It’s perfectly ok to publish a bad review and you should still feel comfortable linking to the product page.

Just make your thoughts known and let the reader decide for himself.

You can also link to another product review that you think would be a better option for your reader. All is acceptable as long as you keep it honest and ethical.

Cover as much as you can:

A detailed review should be just that.. a detailed review. Make sure you put as much information as you can with the right mix of facts and your own opinions about the product.

The more information you provide your reader, the more chance you have they will trust your review.

OK enough about SEO, let’s talk about the other traffic resource that can make you money!

Social Media Marketing

Every serious business needs social media and you do too. Especially if you’re promoting products from Amazon.

Social media is very visual and images do great on all social networks.

This is perfect for you as you will be able to share on social media the images of the products you’re selling.

Pinterest is where my heart is right now and product pins are super successful on there. If you’re going to be promoting Amazon products then I do suggest you spend some time on Pinterest.

Feel free to share images of the products but never link directly to the Amazon sales page (this is against the terms of use of many social platforms ie. affiliate links not allowed)

Instead, direct the traffic to your review and let your content convince the buyer.

If done right. Social media and SEO together will (in time) bring you a lot of visitors to your blog and making Amazon sales will start to happen daily.

So What Do You Need To Get Started?

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Pick a Niche (Blog Topic)

Picking a niche (or blog topic) is a very important step that you should give some attention and focus to. You want to pick something that is:

Profitable:

Make sure that whatever you pick can actually make money. If you can find something that is popular on Amazon then your job of making money as an associate will be much easier.

Something You Enjoy: 

Whatever you pick, make sure it is something that you personally enjoy talking about and have a good knowledge of the subject.

You will need to come up with a lot of content that is related to the topic you pick so the more you know about a particular subject, the more you can offer advice. + It will make your job much easier if you’re enjoying it (trust me one this).

How To Pick A Niche On Amazon To Promote

First, go to Amazon.com and check out the categories there. If there is something that you’re interested make a note of it.

Once you pick something that you think you have a good knowledge about, check out how many items there are and how popular they’re selling.

Also, make sure that it is something specific.

  • Men’s fashion” is not a niche, it’s a category.
  • Men’s Shoes” is a bit better but
  • Men’s Running Shoes” is way better.

Do you get my point on this? feel free to drop me a comment below if you have any problems picking out and make sure you check out this great video tutorial about what a “niche” is and how to pick one.

The 5 Steps To Becoming An Amazon Associate

1: Start Your (Free) Blog

The first thing you have to do is to start our blog (website) and have it set up properly.

My favorite blogging platform and the one I personally use is WordPress, it’s by far the best option there is and super easy to use. I won’t go into detail as to why WordPress is so great, but I do here in a previous post.

Free Blog or Paid Blog?

You can get started right away with using a free website or you can buy your own domain and get it hosted.

The price to register a domain is about $10 a year but the hosting will cost you around $12 per month.

If you’re a premium member of Wealthy Affiliate, you can get free hosting for all multiple websites (huge value for money here) or you can buy hosting from your domain registrar.

I do suggest you sign up with Wealthy Affiliate since you’ll be getting the free hosting + a lot of training but if you want to go for it “independently”, my top choice would be NameCheap for buying your domain and hosting.

Get Started Now With A Free Website

If you want to get started right away (and for free), you can use the free SiteRubix website creation tool.

By using Siterubix, you will also be enrolling as a free member with Wealthy Affiliate. And when I say free, I mean 100% free…. no hidden costs and no credit card required.

After you get your blog set up and ready to go (which SiteRubix will show you how to do that with the free training) we can move on to the next step.

2: Applying To The Amazon Associates Program

Now is time to apply to be an Amazon Associates (exciting right?). It’s not a complicated thing to do and it’s also free.

I won’t go into detail on how to join here because Amazon has already set up the perfect step-by-step guide on how to do so.

You can check out their guide here.

3: Write Blog Posts and Reviews

Now that you have your niche picked and your blog ready to go. It’s time to get to work. This is where your job as a blogger and an online marketer come into play.

Start writing blog posts and reviews that are related to your niche. Use the right keywords, target the right audiences and your content will start getting ranked on the search engines and shared on social media.

I have to warn you: Progress will be slow at first but all you have to do is get the ball rolling, once you start (and keep going) you’re well on your way to making money with Amazon.

Your work as a content creator is accumulative so don’t judge your work and progress by one post. One post is not going to do anything. It’s your consistency that will make or break your new business.

4: Link To Amazon

Now that you’ve set up all your pages and posts, it’s time to start linking to Amazon.

When you write a review or mention a product, you can go to the Amazon Affiliate page, find the product and get the link.

Here is how easy it is:

Find the product you wish to promote and get your affiliate link:<

Add it to your blog post:

And that’s it.

You can also add banner images that are related to your blog topic to your sidebar on WordPress.

You will find these banners in the Amazon Associates page once you’ve been accepted.

What Now?

Your job now is to keep adding fresh content daily or weekly (find a comfortable posting schedule and stick to it) and keep adding those links.

Remember reviews work perfectly when promoting Amazon products so make sure you work on those.

5: Follow A Proven System

Learning how to make money with Amazon is not an easy task, but it is possible if you know what you are doing.

If you want to learn how to do this, then I suggest you first start by joining my secret Facebook group:

It’s a community of like minded people where we share our wins and failures when it comes to blogging and affiliate marketing.

You can join the Facebook group here.

And secondly, I suggest you get some training on how to build an online business:

Like you, I was a complete n00b at making money online but one fine day (about 5 years ago), I’ve stumbled across a training program that thought me exactly in a step-by-step manner how to make it happen for real.

The training program in question is called Wealthy Affiliate.

I’ve been recommending this product for years now and only because I know that it works. It’s the same training me and my other money-making bloggers used to make $10,000 in a month with Amazon.

In Closing

I hope this article has helped you understand how to use the Amazon Associates Program to make money with your blog.

It’s the perfect place for newbie bloggers and online marketers to wet their beak in and start earning money online.

I hope I have made everything easy to understand and if you have any further questions, just drop it in the comments below and I’ll be glad to help you out.

Get to blogging, keep learning and start earning.

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159 Comments How To Make Money As An Amazon Associate

  1. Andrew

    Hi Chris,

    I came across this post via Pinterest while looking for the information about getting started as an Amazon Associate program. I found the post really helpful. I will implement this with my new blog I am going to create. Hope it will help me make money as well. Thanks a lot.

    Andrew

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee

      The minimum is $100 and you can get paid either by Bank Transfer or by Amazon Gift Cards. (sadly no PayPal).

    1. Chris Lee

      As soon as you get traffic. If you have traffic, it’s time to monetize. Could be with post #1 or with post #100. Don’t start monetizing until you get your traffic in first 🙂

    1. Chris Lee

      Of course, actually; chances are you will be even more successful since they are your hobbies. 😉

  2. Andre Reutens

    Hi there, great blog post! As an amazon associate myself, I’ve recently realized that Amazon has the right to close your account if you have not generated/referred any sales within 180 days. Painstakingly, it would lead to a renewed account application. Just saying. But in any case whatsoever, I’ve still haven’t lost any interest in pursuing my affiliation with Amazon as it is a great and trustworthy platform to earn that lil bit on the side 🙂

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee

      Are you sure about this ? I’ve never had that problem, then again; I make sales on a monthly basis. 🙂

  3. benjamin Khoo

    Chris Lee,

    Thanks for your few emails sent to me , appreciated !

    I have just registered as amazon affiliate associate program lately .

    Kindly advise me :-How to set up and create my own Links with ID number tag on all Amazon products hyperlinks. so whenever buyer search & purchase for the item and I’ll get paid ?

    Look forward to hear from you soon !

    Benjamin Khoo

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee

      Have you joined the program yet? All the links you get from inside the platform will be tagged with your own unique affiliate ID.

    1. Chris Lee

      You can do so in your backend of the SiteRubix platform with just one click. 😉

  4. Marjorie

    Quick question on the reviewing products part. Your example if reviewing the camera…how do you write a review on a product you haven’t tried? You know put it thru it’s paces to see personally how well it works etc. To me that’s what a review is. You try the product out personally and then give your opinion of it. How does your “reviewing” differ? Thanks so much for the article. I know people are making money by blogging and things but thought it was people who understand more about the web than me … sometimes it seems like the people who make big money have some kind of secret inside information that is hard found…I don’t know maybe I can make money too. Thanks again Marjorie

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee

      I tend to try out all the reviews that I do for my blogs so most of the times, I either end up buying them or people send them to me in order to be able to review them.

      Now, as for the camera, I am sure that no one can buy every digital camera that is on Amazon so unless you have such a big audience that Nikon send you every new camera they launch, the only way to do it is through research and even talking with people who own said camera.

      While yes, ideally you always try a product yourself before you review, it’s not a make or break tool and with soem research from your end, you could pack in a great review for a reader saving him or her the time you spent researching all the points you will mention in your review.

      Hope this helps,

      Thanks for your kind comment.

  5. Shez

    Hey Chris
    Cane to your blog while visiting Pinterest.

    For the last 2 years have been planning to do online but didn’t start. Love to talk about media, career & technology. I started YouTube channel, posted 2 video and stuck now, made 1 post on WordPress and now stuck, what to do, I always start well but failed to continue, have a FB page which has a very good engagement on each post because there is no other source for news and all for my followers. What should I do? This page is city related and weekly I update tech guide, so is it ok if I start Amazon affiliate link? Does it work on social media or free WordPress account?

    Please advise

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee

      yes you can use Amazon to monetise and by the looks of it you have everything in place to build a successful affiliate business as an Amazon associate.

      If you would like some further instructions, be sure to email me here so we can talk privately.

  6. Lily

    Pinterest does allow affiliate links and Amazon does not mention Pinterest at all. As a matter of fact, Amazon lets you Pin directly to Pinterest from the Amazon website.

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee

      Yes that has been reversed this year although some user do still report not being allowed to add affiliate links. There was also talks that Pinterest changed your affiliate link to their affiliate links but that is just speculation.

      Thanks for sharing this piece of info. 🙂

  7. Jaswinder Kaur

    Hello Chris Lee,

    I will say, your Blog Post is really Impressive and helpful for beginners.
    I read your all answers/they are great to help for new Bloggers.

    I started with Amazon in 2012 with Squidoo and that time I knows nothing at all, neither about Publishing a articles, not about making money Online.

    I learned a lot on Squidoo within couple of months and then Squidoo was moved to HubPages and I moved to Blogger Blog and learned there too.

    Started my two Blogs with Blogger Blog and started to make money and changed Blogs to dot com domains(my all traffic was stopped, because that time I don’t know how to redirect traffic) and stopped writing with frustration.

    After the gap of two years, there was again urge to start a Blog and write something and then my Blog(Ease Bedding) was started and within one year and five months I made over $11,000 without spending any money on ads etc.(only paid theme after the launch of blog eight months, hosting and domain) I am using Amazon Affiliate links only.

    Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee

      Oh yes I remember those days 😉 I used to publish on Hubpages and Street Articles myself 😉

      Thanks for the motivational story; happy to see you are making some great progress 🙂

  8. Allan Empey

    It a worth of my time to read your article as it is a great help to me as new affiliate marketer. I’ve been doing affiliate marketing and wishing to see more sales. Thank you for being the light to my online journey. Hope to read more from you soon.

    Reply
  9. Therese Lattimore

    Quick question, I thought I read somewhere that it’s again Amazon’s Policy to post affiliate links on Pinterest? is this true do you know? Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee

      Not sure about how it is seen from Amazon but Pinterest has no problem with it at all – some affiliate links are still banned from Pinterest but for the most part, mine seem to work.

  10. Hannah

    Hi Chris,

    I have joined Amazon Associate for quite sometime back, but I didn’t make any sales yet.
    Now I’m thinking of setting up a website or blog to market some products from Amazon. But, one thing I need you to clarify with me, what the difference between blogging and having a website?

    As far as I know, if you have a blog you need to cater to people’s comments, which I think I’m not prepared to.

    Please tell me the best option to take, website or blog. Because I have a Facebook fanpage which dealing in weight loss, and I intend to post a products related to their needs.

    Please reply ASAP.

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee

      Do not be afraid of people’s comments. They will help you out a lot with many different things.

      As for not making sales; how much traffic do you have coming in? Understand that this is a business is a business of NUMBERS so the more you scale; the more sales you will have it.

      I can see you’re fully invested in this so let me know how I can help you here. I will await your msgs. 😉

  11. Chad

    This is great information. I’m just getting started with my blog and I was planning on using Amazon to promote products from. I think Amazon is a great way to get started when reviewing and recommending products and services. Amazon is well known with everyone and is a trusted site. Thanks for this information!

    Reply
  12. Omar Saady

    Hello Chris Lee,
    Thanks so much for sharing this ultimate guide on how to make money as amazon affiliate with your blog. For me as I have been online since 2010, I`d prefer to promote digital products like that are listed on Clickbank and JVZoo. However after reading through your post, I`m very excited to give a try and start making money as an amazon affiliate.
    Thanks again
    -Omar Saady

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee

      Give it a try Omar. you never know; it’s good to diversify your sources of income online. You never know when something can go wrong.

  13. Akshay Thakur

    Hello Chris,
    I have already started a blog on Amazon niche. Now days I am trying to improve my blog traffic and searching for SEO Tips.
    Today I came across your blog and find one important point which is “How to write a review on specific product”. Thank you bro.. For adding the more detailed stuffs on Amazon affiliate marketing.. 🙂

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee

      Glad you like it Akshay. Amazon Associates tips are very popular so more and more articles like this will be coming bro. Watch this space 🙂

  14. Cathy

    Hey there Chris, I’ve seen a few Amazon Associate sites ranking on the first page of Google while searching for products that I am interested in. It’s good to see that Google still favors affiliate sites although many people speculate that Google dislike affiliate links.

    I noticed that some of these sites have online stores that point readers to check out on the Amazon marketplace. I wonder if you know about this feature and how do you install one on your website? Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee

      Hey Cathy! There’s a lot of ways you can do that. If you are already an Amazon Associate, you will find these banners and buttons in the backend of your Amazon Associates account. Hope thes helps 🙂

  15. Tamara Bradshaw

    I am starting to launch my new affiliate website and reading your post gave me more ideas of what should I do to make it work effectively. Thank you sharing your ideas. Hope I can see more affiliate marketing tips from you. I need it badly as a newbie marketer. 🙂

    Reply
  16. Chris

    I’ve heard a lot about the amazon affiliate program just recently and how easy it is to set up on your website – do you feel it is an easy choice for newcomers to the blogging and internet marketing world?
    Also, what do you need to get accepted – do they rate your website first?

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee

      Oh definitely. Amazon is great for beginners, especially if they are selling physical products the type you find on Amazon,

      As for being accepted, you need to have a site up with some content on but they are not too strict on this, as logn as you have a website up, you should be fine.

      Thank you for your comment.

      Chris Lee

    1. Chris Lee

      Thank you Merl. Glad you’re enjoying the posts. Check back in soon as I update this blog twice a week with new content.

      Chris Lee

  17. Riana

    You said affiliate links are only good for 24 hours, so does this mean you’ll only make money after the first 24 hours of creating the link, and nothing more?

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee

      Hello Riana. No no, the link you put on your website is valid forever. It’s just when a reader clicks on your link and goes to Amazon, the “click” is only valid for 24 hours meaning they need to make a purchase in that 24-hour window.

      If the customer adds a product to their cart, you then get 30 days till they check out for you to get the commission.

      Hope this helps!

      Chris lee

  18. AskOnlineDeal

    Your post really inspired me and provided me great information that helped me as an Affiliate of Amazon.Can you also provide information regrading Commission Junction affiliate network?

    Reply
  19. The Wick

    Hi Chris,

    If someone wants to promote several/multiple affiliate links in one location (on a single website or within a single blog) so people can have multiple choices — is this possible or considered a conflict of interest? Also, since you know about Internet marketing through social media, what if someone is involved in multiple streams of income and would like to list their personally assigned urls for the various businesses (products and or services), i.e. doTERRA, Skinny Body Care, LegalShield, various drop shipping, etc. in one location for a “one stop shop” approach — how would one go about this? Good idea or bad and why? Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter, greatly appreciated Chris!

    Respectfully,
    Tim “The Wick” Wickert

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee

      It’s perfect OK to add affiliate links for multiple services on one page. I’ve done this also. Just explain the difference between the products and let the readers decide for himself.

      ALso it might be a good idea to mention that the links are affiliate links. THis is not a rule, but more of a way to show transparency and honesty, but yeah go for it.

      Chris Lee

  20. Rakib Hossin

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  21. Rakib Hossin

    Superb article on indicating everybody to profit by being an Amazon Affiliate.You have giving extraordinary regulated directions to where anybody can comprehend them. I myself have had recently begun utilizing the project myself , however, once I get results from it I will post an overhaul for you. Was thinking about whether maybe you could do an article on Shareaholic ? , Its is by all accounts a marvelous Affiliate program additionally, from what I have seen in only a few days as such.

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  22. Joy

    I knew they pay, I wrote many books to Kindle since 2013.They really pay on sales. In affiliate program they get huge promo against commission. Their business model is good so far.

    Reply
  23. Vinnie Prasad

    Hey Chris,

    Really informative article. Being an amazon associates is defiantly a great way to earn income but the commissions are fairly low. Compared to other affliate programs out there. But it defiantly is a start and it personally has helped me also. Good feeling once you get your first commission.

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee

      I agree 100% Vinnie, it’s a fnatstic way to get started if you’re a beginner to affiliate marketing.

  24. Kristi Mathes

    Hi Chris! I am a new blogger and have already started doing some affiliate marketing with Amazon. I am curious about the side bar banners that can be put into WordPress. I had no idea that that was an option. I will definitely be looking into that! Thank you so much for the info!

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee

      Yep! You can add the code Amazon gives you to a “TXT Widget” or you can get a plugin that would display the banner ads from Amazon directly. Very useful! Let me know how it goes 😉

  25. Oksa

    So if I start doing videos of what I make and post on youtube, would that be considered as a blog? Or do I have to have my own page and have a mix of pics and videos on my blog? I did read earlier That I can start a blog for free?

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee

      Oksa, Posting content on YouTube is a form of blogging yes, and it’s called “vlogging”. You can have both; post videos on YouTUbe then also publishing them on your site with a bit of written content to go along with them. You’ll find most YouTubers that do vlogging will also have a blog where they publish written content, products reviews, landing pages etc…

      Video is blowing up in “content marketing” so if you have an idea to start a YouTube vlog, then go ahead and run with it! 🙂

  26. Lauren

    Amazon has very specific operating policies for associates in any country, including disclosing affiliate links and providing a privacy policy. In the US, the FCC requires affiliate disclosure prior to the link. I didn’t see any mention of this in your article and I would strongly encourage users of any country to check out the Amazon Associates agreement of operations before insert any links into your website.

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee

      The law states that you “should have” not “must have” an affiliate disclosure when doing affiliate marketing. I make it a point to include one at the bottom of every page in the menu links down below.

      Sometimes people get confused about this and they make it a point to point out that a link is an affiliate link. While this is not necessary, it doesnt do harm either but simply having an affiliate disclosure ANYWHERE in your site is enough. Even if it’s in your privacy policy page.

  27. Renee

    Informative article. I got a little lost on point number 5, when you talked about linking up with Amazon. I would probably need a little more instruction.

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee

      You are very welcome 🙂 Let me know if I can help in any way on your journey! 🙂

    1. Chris Lee

      Yes you are right, it does take some hard work but what I’ve found in the last 5 years doing business online, is that nothing is easy.

      However, Amazon is easy to get started with, it has a lot of earning potential and if you do “do the work”, you’re bound to see results for sure!

      Thank you very much for your comment.

      Chris Lee

  28. Dweepayan Das

    Thank you such a lot for sharing Chris! I joined American state a handful of months past and I’m on my thanks to legitimising my website. I first thought regarding Amazon, however, don’t have a transparent plan regarding what product to push, however. I’ll be working on that. By now, thank you such a lot for the information. I’ll keep following it.

    Reply
  29. Mick Adams

    Hey Chris, lots of good info here…thanks a bundle.
    I have been doing website design and SEO for various clients over the last five years or so. The website showing, is one of the many that I have designed and then promoted via SEO. I want to do Amazon affiliate marketing, but I am a little confused. I feel confident with my ability to produce authority websites, but I seem to have done things backwards. I purchased a domain name in the “toys and games” niche, and I have lots of ideas for other niches, After I obtained the domain, I did the bare bones of the website…structure, header etc. but no content. I planned on building the website once I had been accepted my Amazon. I know realise that site should have been finished before I applied. Strangely I was accepted, and given my affiliate link and tracking codes. I fully expected to see my links disappear, but it hasn’t happened. I would greatly appreciate any insight into this situation, if you can spare the time.
    Kindest regards…Mick Adams

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Hey Mick. Sounds like you are good to go mate. All is working fine right? If so, start publishing some content and some reviews and test your affiliate links.

      I wish you luck Mick and let me know if you need any help.

      Chris Lee

  30. Abby

    Hi Chris,

    Thank you for the great post. I just started a new blog. I am wondering how many views per month you suggest having before applying to the Amazon affiliate program.

    Kind regards,
    Abby

    Reply
    1. CLV

      If you have any post getting 50 visitors a day or more, it’s a good time to start adding Amazon affiliate links.

      Avoid adding a lot of affiliate links when you are starting out because it may seem spammy. I suggest you keep a close eye on your Analytics and once you notice a post getting steady, solid traffic; go in and add your affiliate links.

      Hope this helps.

      Chris Lee

  31. Hales

    I would love to start blogging or doing other sorts of online-based income, but I always hesitate because I can’t find answers about taxes. Does Amazon send you a tax form? Are you a 1099 employee, do you have to set aside money for quarterly taxes? Or is it all under the table?

    Reply
    1. CLV

      I live outside the US so our taxes are done a bit differently here, however Amazon does provide forms that you can fill out easily.

      Hope this helps, ( sorry I don’t know much about US taxes).

      Chris Lee

  32. Riaz Shah

    Hey Chris,
    I’ve been blogging for 2 years and I’ve never actually took the time to learn about Amazon Affiliate and I have to admit, I am pretty curious about it.

    I love your article, very informative and I definitely need to become an affiliate. Just a question though, are sales better with Amazon or eBay? I’m actually considering between the two.

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Hey Riaz. Sorry I can’t help you with that because I’ve never used eBay. I’m sure there are a lot of benefits to it but I kind of stuck with Amazon over the years.

      If you’re interested in doing eBay, I say just do them both. Why not right?

      I wish you luck brother! Let me know if you have any questions.

  33. Neil Milliner

    Just a few updates. There are a number of “exempt” products that make you zippo and that list is substantial and growing. I had a friend overseas do a test purchase but they refused to mark the items as shipped and thus no commission because she was a friend. I am on social media everywhere promoting links but sites like Pinterest strip out the affiliate code or straight up block the link or not even post like Facebook does. I am getting thousands of looks but only a click or two and 0 sales. Paid an email blast to 3 million people and got over 27000 reads and 0 clicks. This thing looks brilliant and should work but I am not seeing any of the action. None!

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Hey there Neil. You have to be very careful on how you share links n social media because companies such as Amazon are becoming very, very intelligent about spam and if they even suspect you are going against their “terms of use”, it could get you banned.

      That is why I suggest you ALWAYS share from your own blog and use social media to drive traffic to your blog there. This is the same I use and so does this guy making $10,000 a month!

      Thank you very much for your comment. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.

  34. Viljoen

    Hi Chris

    Thanks for such an insightful article on how to sell Amazon products. One thing that I can add is to setup your Google alerts when new products are launched.

    This way you can climb in early on the gravy train. I focus most of my articles on writing reviews on products.
    Amazon also has a lot of trust which makes it easier to sell the products.

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Good idea Viljoen and a great tip! Yes adding a Google Alert will notify you when you when new products are up!

      Thank you for sharing.

      Chris Lee

  35. Stanley

    Chris,
    I like Amazon Associates as I was previously buying stocks myself and have to do FBA stuff plus monitoring inventories. With Amazon associates just like other affiliate programs, I no longer need to worry about paying for monthly maintenance fees, worry about supplier being late in shipping to warehouses etc. Fully agree with you where you need to write a blog about that niche and inform the readers. Let the readers decide whether they want to purchase or not.

    Reply
  36. Brandy

    Very thorough review. I just wanted to make sure I understand something though. If I create an affiliate link and put it on my website, that link is good indefinitely, right? And the 24 hour time frame is only for the people who click on the link. They have 24 hours to purchase something from Amazon for me to get credit. Is that right?

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Yes the link on your site will always be working and anybody that clicks to Amazon through that link will be linked to you.

      Their “connection” with you lasts 24 hours yes, unless they click through another person’s link or they clear their browser history.

      If they purchase your item in those 24 hours yes, you get the credit but if they add it to their cart, you have 30 days until the person buys the product.

      Hope this makes sense and thank you for your comment.

  37. Joon

    wait…so if you have an affiliate link to your product review, after 30 days do you have to re-new them? They are not permanent? Average how long does it take for people to buy through your website? I’ve been working on my website for about 4 months now but haven’t made any sales yet.

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Unfortunately, your link is only valid for 30 months if they place the item in the Cart and only 24 hours if they just visit and leave.

      Are you getting any clicks on Amazon though? You can expect about 2-5% buy rate on your clicks but it depends on the niche and time of the year (Christmas time it goes up to 20+%).

      Let me know how I can help and thank you for your comment.

      Chris Lee

  38. s a h

    Hey how are you I have already become an amazon associate so reading this I find is very good to know that other people can come here and have a lot of knowledge of how to become an amazon associate I know people who would love to become an associate so I will be sure to send them in this direction thanks.

    Reply
    1. Mayrose C. Luis

      Hi! It’s good that I was able to come accross your website. I’m a neophyte in blogging. It’s actually just a hobby as I got passionate about writing Christian Inspirationals but I wonder what products in Amazon I could link considering my niche? Thanks in advance for your advice.

  39. roamy

    Hi
    im a new website owner and a friend told me to use Amazon to make money.
    l did not know what she meant,l have bought items on Amazon before but l did not know the items are being sold by affiliates.
    So while looking for ways to make money with amazon on my site, my search brought me to your site and I’m not disappointed.
    You have explained things so well in an easy to understand way and l feel confident to give it a go.
    The only thing im worried of is being able to make any sales, lm in Europe,will Amazon allow me to be an affiliate

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Do not worry, I’m in Europe too and I have no problem making money with Amazon. 😉

      Good luck on your journey and reach out if you need any help.

      Chris Lee

  40. Tar

    When I red this, I did have the thought ‘I didn’t realise that after all this time, blogging is a business activity!’.

    Not only Amazon Associate pays you regardless what the purchase is, it is regarded as an official affiliate program.

    It is a program highly regarded by majority of affiliate marketers. Further, just looking at their turnover proves that it is established and a popular choice in public.

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Yes blogging + using amazon can definitely be considered a business opportunity.

      Thank you for your comment Tar!

  41. Alan

    Very useful guide on making money as an amazon associate.

    You’ve made very good points to consider when trying to sell for them.

    I noticed people do really trust Amazon and will most likely be buying from it than from other eCommerce sites.

    One question though, i’ve never tried much with social media, do you get a significant amount of traffic from it?

    Which social platform do you think its better for promoting?

    Reply
    1. CLV

      I get most of my traffic from social media, around 70% – 80% last time I checked. However, I do not sell directly on social media, rather I drive the traffic to my blog and make the sale there.

      As for what platform is best for promoting, you have to take a look at your niche and find out where your target audience hangs out the most.

      If it’s 25-45 females, then Pinterest for sure, if it’s 18-25, then Instagram & Snapchat, all of the above: Facebook.

      Just do some research and try to figure out where your audience is, then create an action plan and attack haha 🙂

      Thank you for your comment! 🙂

  42. John

    Great website and great post! Thank you for this! I have your site bookmarked. So if I understood this post right I can sell anything I want on Amazon? I don´t even have to own the things I sell? No packing, no orders to do? If so I am in! Where can I get started?

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Yep. All you have to do is send your readers over to the Amazon products listing and let Amazon take care of the rest.

      It’s perfect for bloggers to make money because they don’t have to create and manufacture their own product.

      Thanks for your comment.

  43. Jennifer

    Hey Chris,

    I am in the process of setting up my first blog. To coincide with the blog I am also planning an online shop. The main reason for the shop is to give myself a place to market the handmade products I make. Can I expand my online store by putting affiliate links for products in my online shop or can affiliate links only go in the blog itself?

    Thanks for the info on becoming an Amazon Associate and for hopefully answering my question😊

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Hi Jennifer. Great question.

      Personally, I will sell only my products on my own store and then review other products on the blog and link to them with an affiliate links.

      You can even do a “product A vs product B” review with one being your product and one you are an affiliate for. You then link to your store and to your affiliate link somewhere else.

      Does this make any sense? Send me an email if you have any more questions.

      Chris Lee

  44. steve

    I have been trying to find your website now for almost 5 months almost six months back i stumbled onto your site while searching for online business opportunities. your awesome reviews on wealthy affiliate convinced me to join and after all the ridiculous programs out there i tried I have found a home at wealthy affiliate. Thank you so much, I owe you more than you know. You have made a life long fan of me.

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Thanks for the positive feedback Steve. Much appreciated. Glad you are enjoying Wealthy Affiliate 😉

  45. Carla

    Most excellent post and exactly what I will be needing very soon. I downloaded the freebie too! Chris, you always got what I need and when I need it. My site is about photography for the most part and I did recently own a T5 Canon for a short time before I sold it to get the T6s, which I love, love, love. I totally do a review comparing the two, as they are both excellent cameras, it just depends on what you want in functionality. I will reading this tonight!
    Thanks,
    Carla

    Reply
    1. CLV

      If you can do camera reviews, then you are going to be making huge commissions Carla! 🙂 This is a great blog topic idea if you know about cameras and have experience with them.

      Thank you for the kind words, glad to have you inside Wealthy Affiliate and I look forward to working with you soon. 🙂

  46. Stephen Johnson

    Chris … I attempted affiliate links and did not get any sales. (Probably because I’m not getting near enough traffic) After a certain period of time
    Amazon put me on a probation period of sorts. What do you recommend doing to avoid this?

    Also, you said the link is only valid for 24 hours. So what do you do if no one clicks on the link while the link is active? Do you go back in an renew the link?

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Hey Stephen.

      Did Amazon give you 6 months to get a sale? I know they do that but do not worry, 6 months is more than enough time to make a sale if you have a blog set up and running with affiliate links in the content.

      The link in your content will always be valid (and active) and it will always make you money, however if the customer you send doesn’t buy in the first 24 hours, you will not get any credit i.e commission. If they add a product to their cart however, you have a whole month. 🙂

      I hope this answers your question, shoot me an email if you have any more questions.

    2. Stephen Johnson

      Thanks for clarifying the link and how it works. I probably started putting Amazon links on my blog too early, but I didn’t get a single sell in 6 months. And I only had a handful of links. I don’t remember the time period, but it seemed that Amazon gave me a probation period and then I could once again resume adding links. Do you find that you need to have a considerable amount of affiliate links and traffic for this to be a viable income stream?

    3. CLV

      You need to have traffic. That is the key to making a sale. If have 100 affiliate links but no traffic you will make $0. If you have 1 link and 1000 visitors, you’re going to make money. Guaranteed!

  47. Viljoen

    Making money with Amazon is great, but I just wish they could use Paypal as a payment option. I agree on the fact that product reviews are a great way to earn money because they are easy to rank for and their conversion rate are much higher.

    What I also like is that they will boost your commission rate if you bring in more sales which is a bonus. Do you know of more affiliate networks similar to Amazon that are using Paypal as a payment method?

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Hello Viljoen. Yes I know that is a bummer Amazon don’t offer a PayPal option to get paid. I really wish they’ll add this feature, it would make life so easy for me .

      I also use Share-A-Sale and they jus ttransfer your earnign to your account via a bank transfer. It is much easier than Amazon but I still woudl prefer to be paid with PayPal and not throiugh bank transfer.

      I get paid on PayPal for my freelance work that I do online and alos my WA commissions (which I am sure you know what this is).

      I am really hoping Amazon adds PayPal asap though.

      Thank you for your comment.

  48. Anthony

    This is excellent post om Amazon affiliate,there are many affiliate marketers making thousands of dollar on Amazon.Thanks for sharing this post.

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Hey there Ellient. Actually no you do not have to buy all the products you would like to review. There are 3 main “styles” you can write your from:

      Style 1: “I own it, here is my review”
      Style 2: “I’m an expert on this subject, here is my review”
      Style 3: “I’m an unbiased researcher, here is my review”

      You can read more about these 3 styles on this tutorial published by a friend of mine.

      Hope it helps. Happy New Year!

      Chris Lee

    2. Ellient

      Thank you so much ! I want to start a blog for some extra money . I am a teacher and the little money that teachers make don’t go along way . I have been searching for other means of income for years ! I have tried a lot of things, with no success . I have read many blogs on blogging , but I don’t know if my tech skills are good enough .

    3. CLV

      Ellient, you do not need any tech skills whatsoever. Nowadays it is so simple that anybody can start a blog. If you look at this tutorial, I have a blog up and running in just over 1 minute. It only took a few click and it was done.

      Your only job is that you need to write great content, which as a teacher, I am sure you are more than capable of doing that!

      I would love to help you, do not hesitate to get in touch with me so we can discuss one-on-one.

  49. Kevin

    This site is an amazing resource. Probably ones of the most packed with information, while easy to navigate, at the same time. There’s so much stuff here to read through.

    I spent years as an Amazon Seller and recently discovered blogging and affiliate marketing, total newbie at actually trying to MONETIZE my knowledge but I’m starting. And this blog is going to be a good resource!

    Kevin

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Oh thank you Kevin 🙂 Glad you like my site.

      As always it’s a work in progress and you will learn how to do this right if you just keep applying what you learn. It’s not super hard to achieve but it does take some effort.

      Hope all is well.

      CLV

  50. Daniella

    Hi Chris,

    Awesome article, I really enjoyed reading it.
    I am a member of WA for about a year now, but never tried Amazone. I will try it for the next website, I already have an idea and I am sure your article will help me to begin with Amazone.
    I have a question though. I heard that pretty link doesn’t work with Amazone. Is it because they don’t accept to hide affiliate links or it’s a technical problem?

    Thank you very much

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Hey there Daniella 🙂

      Yes Amazon does not like their affiliates to pretty link their affiliate links, however I have never heard of an incident where they banned a user just for that.

      My suggestion will be to just leave the affiliate link as it is, no need to “Pretty Link” it.

      Many thanks for your comment and question.

      Hope this helps

      CLV

  51. Andres Santos

    Hey Chris, great article. I love Amazon. They’ve made it so easy for people like us to promote their products. Their WordPress plug-in makes it even easier. You can search and make your links as you’re typing your post. You’re so right about providing reviews. People love reviews. I need to improve on that one lol.

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Ah yes Andres I did forget to mention the plugin you can install on WP to generate products with your affiliate links. Thanks for the reminder and for your comment. 🙂

      Much appreciated. 🙂

      CLV

  52. Carlton Gonder

    Hi Chris,

    Wonderful article on showing everyone to make money by being an Amazon Affiliate.You have giving incredible step by step instructions to where anyone can understand them. I myself have have just started using the program myself , but once I see results from it I will post an update for you. Was wondering if perhaps you could do an article on shareaholic ? , Its seems to be an awesome Affiliate program also, from what I have seen in just a couple days so far.

    Yours Truly,
    Carlton

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Hi there Carlton.

      Thanks for leaving me your kind comment. Much appreciated,

      As for ShareAHolic I have come across it in the past but I never tried it out. I will give it a look again and if I see it’s a great program I will write a review for it here.

      Again thanks for your comment and your suggestion.

      CLV

  53. Lauren

    I am 22 years old and really interested in making extra cash online. I am prepared to put in the time and effort to do this but I really have no idea what my niche could be! I am terrible with technology and I really do not understand how you get the people on your blog in the first instance for them to click the link to make a purchase so you can start making money! I have been reading up for a while and this is the best thing I have come across! Please help xxxx

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Hey Lauren.

      You can start a blog (or a website) in any topic you desire. Just find something that is appealing/interesting to you and blog on that.

      The way you get traffic to your blog is by creating content that ranks in search engines and also use the power of social media.

      You don’t have to be a tech wizard to start an online business; A WordPress blog is super easy to work with.

      To get people on your site takes some time and effort but you will get there if you keep at it for long enough. If you want to learn how to build an online business, consider joining Wealthy Affiliate (see my review of it here).

      It is how I learned everything I know and it has helped 1000s of people do what you’re trying to do.

      + you’re young. 🙂 You can learn easily and if you do it right you’ll be running a profitable online business in no time.

      I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any further questions.

      CLV

    2. Sidefunds

      Great stuff! I actually run a blog about making income from home and I’m about to do a post on monetizing you website/blog with Amazon’s associate program!

  54. Gina M

    I thinking about starting a blog but I have read that you need a niche. The problem is I love so many things and I think I can talk about. For example: I love crossfit been fleeing it for 3 years, I am a retired immigration attorney could give lots of tips and advice, I have 4 kids ages from teens to preschoolers. How do I narrow this down? Do I have to narrow it down? I would appreciate any advice. Thanks 🙂

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Hey Gina. What you have to do is pock something that you will enjoy writing about. If you ave a lot of things that you would enjoy writing about, then that is a good problem to have 🙂

      I suggest you get started with one and once yo get the hang of it all, you can start as many blogs as you wish in different subjects.

      If you’re just beginning though, I do suggest you pick only one and focus on that. There will be some lessons you learn just be experience and the first niche you pick will teach you a lot of valuable lessons so you can avoid mistakes in other blogs you create.

      Hope this was helpful 😉

      CLV

  55. ashley c

    I am wanting to blog and the problem is I do not have a clue to make my website or how…I need money due to being a sahm to two toddlers where the diaper expense adds up which means I could really use extra income…any tips on how to make a site for free and what to blog about….I really am interested and I envy the computer savy peeps that have commented I wish I knew how to get started.

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Hey Ashley. You can definitely get started for free using a SiteRubix website (which runs on WordPress).

      As for what topic to blog about.. see what you have a deep interest in or something that “you can give advice on”. Maybe parenting and products needed to raise toddlers?

      Let me know if you need any extra help. Would love to help you out in making an income from home.

      All the best.

    1. CLV

      Awesome Leo. Let me know if you need help. The Amazon Associates Program is a great way for beginners to get started making money online.

      All the best!

  56. Jackie

    Hello Chris,
    I’m an affiliate with Amazon (no money yet) but it has taken me ages to sort out how to work it. I think I’ll have to wait until my first sale to know if I’m doing it right.
    I hope everything is going well with you. Hope to see you in WA soon for a chat.
    Jackie
    x

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee Vella

      If you got the link off Amazon then there shouldn’t be a problem Jackie! 🙂

      Are you getting clicks?

      Goodluck and see you in WA 🙂

  57. Andrea Roa

    Thank you so much for sharing Chris! I joined WA a couple of months ago and I’m on my way to monetize my site. I first thought about Amazon but don’t have a clear idea about what product to promote yet. I’ll be working on that. By now, thank you so much for the info. I’ll keep following it.

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee Vella

      Hey Andrea welcome to WA! 🙂 I hope you’re enjoying your learning and the fantastic courses there.

      Yes whatever your niche may be, I suggest you give Amazon a try. It has million of products you can link to and people trust Amazon as a brand!

      Let me know how it goes and good luck with your endeavours! 🙂

  58. Dom Wells

    I probably make 30-40 products a month ship on Amazon so I’m consistently in the 6.5% bracket. The funny thing is, I usually only make about $50-150 a month due to the fact all those products are low-priced.

    I could sell 10 copies of a DVD I promote via Clickbank with a 50% commission and earn DOUBLE my Amazon earnings (and get paid within 2 weeks), so for me, Amazon has always been a bit of extra cash only.

    That said, if you are promoting expensive products and it’s your main thing, you WILL be able to make a full-time income like you said.

    Again though…if you could sell two $500 products a day..imagine how much you’d earn if you had a real commission instead of 6.5%.

    Anyway, nice summary of the pros and cons of Amazon. Despite my reservations, it’s still a great place for newbies to start, as they get the benefit of promoting products from an incredibly trusted source. Amazon is number 1 for a reason.

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee Vella

      It’s up and downs with me on Amazon. I have months like in December where I did 11+% conversion rates with crazy volume of sales + but January has absolutely depressing! I think it has been my worst month ever!

      But I was expecting this as I recently pulled off all links to Amazon from one site and replaced it with Share-A-Sale links. A much higher 10% payout! 🙂

  59. Alex S

    Great post, Chris!
    Unfortunately Amazon is not my top earner but I do get commission here and there.
    At the moment I am building a new niche website and hoping I will get more sales through Amazon associate program 😉

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee Vella

      Hello Alex! 🙂

      Amazon is perfect for small niche sites. As you may know; there are some members on Wealthy Affiliate that do a killing with Amazon every month.

      As I said, I had many ups & downs with Amazon.

      Thanks for dropping by Alex. It’s an honor to have you.

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