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How to make money on Amazon Associates – a step by step newbie friendly guide

So why would you want to make money on Amazon Associates

How to make money on Amazon Associates

Well, there are a few compelling reasons why being an Amazon associate is the most newbie friendly way to make money online:

  • It’s free to apply
  • There are low startup costs
  • It’s a simple business model to follow

Yes, it is completely free to be an affiliate of Amazon. All you need to do is apply to their Amazon Associates program and have a website!

If you don’t have a website, you can start one here, or keep reading for more information to decide what kind of website you want to start.

The cost to start an online business is extremely affordable. It costs only about $14 per year for a website domain name and $5-$50 per month for hosting (where your website files are stored) depending on your hosting company and type of hosting package.

That means you can run your entire online business for as little as $20 per month! That’s like having a big mac with a side of fries every week, except you would be building an online business and not expanding your waistline.

A traditional offline business might set you back at least $100,000! Ouch!

Another advantage of being an Amazon affiliate is that you don’t need to stock inventory. That is a huge cost and risk when starting a traditional business. What if you can’t sell the $1,000 worth of stock you just bought?

You also don’t have to deal with any shipping, returns, or customer service. This is all sorted out for you by Amazon.

So how do you make money on Amazon Associates?

Now that you are convinced of the ‘why’, let’s talk about the ‘how’. Below I will show you how to make money on Amazon Associates in five easy to follow steps so stay with me.

Step 1: Choose a Topic

Have a think about something you are passionate about or interested in:

  • What hobbies do you have?
  • What kind of advice do your friends ask you for?
  • Do you like eating healthy?
  • Have you figured out how to make your kids eat their veges?
  • Do you have tips and tricks for training dogs?
  • Are you great to playing the guitar?

These are all possible website topics. For me, I am currently obsessed with essential oils, so I might choose to make a website about that.

The Google trend seems to be promising for essentials oils…

How to make money on Amazon Associates

But whatever topic you choose, there are going to be millions of other people in the world that are interested in the same thing as you.

When they do a Google search, your website will pop up and they will look to you for advice (e.g. what kind of essential oils to use for colds or what essential oils to use to aid sleep etc.).

I would design my articles to help answer the questions that people have regarding essential oils or tell them interesting information about essential oils.

For this reason, I would recommend choosing a topic that is interesting to you. Any topic can make money, so the focus of your first website should something that will hold your interest for a long period of time (so you don’t get bored and give up).

If you are having trouble deciding on which topic is good for you, feel free to reach out to me in the comments. I know this is something many people struggle with when first starting out (I did too) and having someone to bounce ideas off can be helpful.

Step 2: Build a Website

The idea of having a build a website used to be scare me as a newbie. But I’ve found that its actually really easy…if you have the right tools.

Did you know that building a website can be as easy as filling out a form.

Yes, you heard me right.

Let me SHOW you just how easy it is.

Here is the website creation form on Wealthy Affiliate:

How to make money on Amazon Associates

Just fill in this form, hit ‘build my website” and you’re done.

In fact, you can start building your first website right now. The site can be built and online in about 5 minutes.

But if you are on step ahead, already have a website and are just wondering why your site isn’t making any money yet, you will want to read ahead to the next section.

Step 3: Do your research

Once you get your website up, you need to start brainstorming topics to write about.

This will be one of your main jobs as affiliate website owner, to write articles. But how do you know what to write about?

Well, there’s a few different methods, but these are the two that I use.

I use a keyword research tool called Jaaxy on a daily basis. If you are interested in knowing more about this tool, click here to see how it works and how that will help you build your business.

But if you are a newbie you might want to start with this simpler method – ask Google.

Do you know how Google finishes your sentences for you?

Google uses data coming from real web searches to try to guess what you are trying to search for.

This can give you some valuable insight into what people are searching for.

For example, with essential oils website I can type in “what kind of essential oils” into Google to see what people are looking for related to essential oils.

Now I know I can write an articles about:

  • What kind of essential oils are good for allergies
  • What kind of essential oils are good for migraines
  • What kind of essential oils are good for colds
  • What kind of essential oils are good for sleep

Then I can promote some products like various essential oil blends and essential oil diffusers.

How to make money on Amazon Associates

I can then try more variations to my Google search to see what else turns up. Like when I type in essential oils, I get a lot more product idea for what I can promote like essential oil burners and vaporizers for example.

From your research, you could do an article on the top essential oil burners under $50 for example. The ideas you can come up with from Google are endless.

Step 4: Write Articles

How to make money on Amazon Associates

Writing articles can sound pretty intimidating but it’s actually pretty easy. You don’t have to be a great writer or salesman.

It’s like conversing with a friend. For example, if you were writing the article about the top 5 essential oil diffusers below $50, it would be like giving your friend a recommendation of your top 5 picks.

I find that it works better to write casually like you would speak to a friend. We don’t need to be too formal. People want to read articles written by real people, not some boring academic article.

Which one would you rather read?

Of course the real article about a fellow essential oils enthusiasts telling you what their top 5 diffuser picks are!

This is another reason why you should pick a topic you are familiar with or interested in. This will make it easier and more natural for you to write on the topic.

Remember, you don’t have to be a professional writer. All you have to do is help people find the right products for their needs.

Step 5: Link to Products

All you have to do is find the product you want to promote from Amazon to get the picture or web link.

Here is a video that will walk you through this process:


Once you do this a few times, you’ll get the hang of it.

Making Money!

How to make money on Amazon Associates

After someone reads your article, if they like your recommendation and click your link, they will be taken to the Amazon product page.

You will get credit for anything they purchase within 24 hours of clicking your link. This means if the person decides to do their Christmas present shopping at the same time, you get credit for ALL those items, not just the essential oil diffuser you recommended (as long as they purchase them within 90 days).

The code in the link makes sure you get credit for the sale.

Amazon pays 6% which does not sound very impressive but considering more than 26.5 million items are sold on Amazon EACH DAY, 6% on the volume that some people buying through Amazon can quickly add up.

I must point out that this is not a ‘get rich quick’ scheme. It does take time to write the articles and work up to a full-time income. But many Amazon affiliate have achieved this and are currently making five or even six figures per months off the business model I just ran you through.

So how do you get started

How to make money on Amazon Associates

We have just walked through the outline of how you can make money on Amazon Associates. I hope that you found that helpful and that you are starting to think of what topic you want to choose for your website.

And if the process of how to get from an idea to a money making online business is still a bit hazy, that’s all good. That’s where everyone starts.

You can get a detailed set of training modules to get you off to the right start, plus personal assistance on your business at the online business training center Wealthy Affiliate. They specialize in training people on how to start an online affiliate business.

This includes Amazon’s Affiliate program but they will also cover other affiliate programs, which can make your journey to making money online smoother and faster.

This training center is actually how I got started online, and I highly recommend them!

If you have any questions about how Amazon’s Affiliate program please let me know in the comments below and I’ll do my best to help!

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  • Reply Sheree November 29, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I couldn’t have found this article at a better time. I am looking into using Amazon products on my website. I have already applied; like 2 days ago. I have not yet gotten a response though. I was looking for ways to manipulate the Amazon affiliate dashboard and I wasn’t sure how to. So thank you soooooo much for sharing.
    How how long should it take before Amazon confirms my affiliate membership?

    • Reply Shan November 29, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      oh that’s exciting that you’ve applied. They usually responds within 24-48 hours so you should be hearing back from them anytime now!

      On the off chance that they don’t approve your Amazon affiliate application, no worries. There are other free affiliate marketplaces like Clickbank and you can follow the exact same business model to make money there. Here is my post on how to select products on Clickbank should you need it.

      • Reply Sheree November 29, 2017 at 10:42 pm

        Thank you Shan. I will check it out!

  • Reply Richard December 7, 2017 at 7:00 am

    I am an Associate Member of Amazon. 

    Reading your post has encouraged me to to write more reviews about products. I do enjoy writing reviews. Your instructions are so simple to understand.

    As you say write a review as if you writing to your friends. I think I will have to back to the drawing board and learn the do’s and don’ts of becoming an Amazon Affiliate.

    • Reply Shan December 7, 2017 at 7:33 am

      That’s awesome that you are already an Amazon affiliate.

      I’m so glad you found my post encouraging. Here is a link to a great training series on “Enter Text“. Hope you find it as helpful as I do 🙂

      I wish you all the best! Any questions please fire away and I’ll do my best to help!

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