What if you could make money with your blog by simply telling people about products you love?
This is exactly what affiliate marketing is.
Affiliate marketing is easy to get into, even for beginners. You're most
likely talking about products and brands that you like on your blog
already. Why not get paid for doing that.
Here's the best part;
- The products you promote aren't yours.
- You don't have to provide customer support for them.
- You don't need to ship any products.
- You don't even touch the product!
The beauty of affiliate marketing, is that everything is done for you.
All you need to do is promote the product and convince people to buy it.
You've probably figured it out already, but Amazon affiliate marketing is simply affiliate marketing, using Amazon products.
But why Amazon?
Well, here's a few reasons;
- Everyone knows and loves Amazon.
- They sell EVERYTHING. Well, nearly.
- It's an extremely trusted brand.
- They've been in this game since 1994.
- Returning items to them is a breeze.
- Amazingly good prices.
- They offer Super Saver Shipping (FREE delivery).
To give you an example of how much can be made, Brent Hale made $24,724 from the Amazon program in August 2016. He continually makes around this amount every month.
I also do Amazon affiliate marketing. Here's an old screenshot of some of my earnings when I first started with it.
The process is simple; Affiliates promote products that are available on Amazon, and if someone buys a product using the affiliates special links, the affiliate is given a commission of the sale.
Simple enough, right?
In this post, I'll show you how to get started with the Amazon Associates program and how to make money with it.
- Why Amazon Associates is one of the best affiliate marketing programs for beginners.
- How to sign up to the Amazon affiliate program (Amazon Associates).
- Where to find products on Amazon to sell.
- The best way to create Amazon affiliate links.
- How to promote your affiliate links.
- How to get paid by Amazon if you don't live in the US/America/UK.
Creating an account
Amazon has many websites. Amazon has a different domain for each country it's established in.; amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, amazon.in, etc.
Each Amazon website has it's own, separate affiliate program.
If the people you want to sell items to are located in Germany, you should register for the amazon.de associates program.
It's pointless becoming an amazon.com affiliate when your German visitors to your site won't want to buy from amazon.com.
You'll see why this whole thing becomes a problem with payment a bit further down this post.
Visit the Amazon you want to register with and you should see a 'Become an affiliate' link in the footer of the Amazon homepage.
Creating an account is fairly straight-forward. Follow the instructions on the page and you'll be done in a few minutes.
Finding items to sell
You'll know that Amazon sell a lot of items, so no matter what you create content about, you'll be able to find products you can promote.
If you're stuck trying to find specific items, you can always look on Amazon for what's popular right now.
Simply browse to the category of your choice. For example, Kitchen & Dining. Then click the Best Sellers link.
This will give you a list of the best selling items in that category which will give you an idea of what products will make you the most money within your niche.
Creating your affiliate links
Amazon lets you attach 'tags' to affiliate links you create so that you can track what links are getting clicked on.
Because of this, it's recommended to create multiple tags for promotion. You could make synbyte-twitter, synbyte-facebook, etc. You could then use those tags to be able to track where the buyers are coming from. Using synbyte-twitter for Twitter, and so on.
Amazon will automatically add -20 or something similar to the end of each tag you create, so don't worry about that when you see it.
You'll have noticed that you have a bar at the top of the page, like this;
To create a link, you'll need to go to the page of the product you want to promote.
Then you can click Text, Image, or Text+Image in the bar to be able to create the kind of link you want.
From there, you can click the Get Link button for it to generate a link for you.
You can then use this link in any page you like.
Promoting your affiliate links
Now that you have your link, you need to promote it.
You can promote in various places; Twitter, Facebook, your mailing list, your blog, your YouTube channel, etc.
You'll want to make the link look as natural as possible.
Make it contextual.
If you write a blog post where you mention any kind of product, you can always take that product name and link to the product page on Amazon.
If you write a blog post about your pet Goldfish and randomly throw a link to a Canon camera in there, nobody will click it.
This may seem so incredibly obvious - it is, but you'll be surprised at how many people ignore this.
The more contextual the link is, the higher the conversion will be.
Ah, the most important part.
Naturally, you don't get the full 100% of the sale.
Your commission rate starts off at 4% at the start of every month.
The more items you sell in a month through Amazon Associates, the more
your commission rate goes up for that month.
Because of this, it's a good idea to promote small things people tend
to buy together with other items. This will help
you get your commission rate up quickly so that you can make more money
from bigger purchases. If you're trying to only promote
rather expensive items, you're going to stay on a low percentage, unless
you can sell a lot of them.
Some of these include;
- Art supplies.
- Small kitchen appliances and utensils.
Some item categories have a fixed commission.
Amazon will pay you into your bank account, or by cheque.
The problem here, is that if you're promoting products on amazon.com, you can only get paid into an American bank account.
This is the same with promoting products on amazon.de - You need a European bank account.
You can signup for a Payoneer account!
Payoneer will provide you with a simple online American, European, or British bank account, for free. It works in the say was as a standard bank account.
So when it comes to giving amazon.com/amazon.co.uk/etc your payment information, you just give them the bank details of your Payoneer account, and you're done. You can easily then transfer the money from your Payoneer account to your actual bank account, or to your Paypal account.
Simple, and pain-free.
As a little bonus, Payoneer will give you an extra $25 reward once your account has received $100.
I use this to get paid from Amazon.com and it works like clockwork, every month, without fail.
I've hopefully given you a small insight into how easy and quick it is to get started with Amazon affiliate marketing.
Whatever content you produce and promote online, you'll no doubt be able to find Amazon products to link to that are related to the content. If you have this mastered, you'll be able to have a high conversion rate.
The best thing about affiliate marketing is that it's passive income.
Once you've created links and promoted them to an audience, your work is done. Providing that link stays where you put it, there's a chance of people visiting it, and potentially making you money.
If you build a very nice affiliate site, you can easily flip it. Here's a big list of 600+ amazon affiliate websites for sale to give you an idea of how much you can sell a website for.
Now, go make some money.
Are you already doing affiliate marketing? If not, what's stopping you? Let me know in the comments