So what is Amazon?
Amazon.com is THE largest internet-based retailer in the world by total sales and market capitalization.
Not too bad for a company founded in 1994 by Jeff Bezos that operated out of a garage as a book seller.
In 2016 alone, Amazon did a whooping $136 billion in sales and now boasts over 300 million active customers shopping on the site every single day!
It’s probably because Amazon sells over 480 million products worldwide, making it a on-stop-shop for all kinds of products that an online consumer would be looking for.
So great for Amazon, so how can you get in on this action?
The answer – through the Amazon Associate Program. THIS is how you can make money on Amazon without selling anything.
By joining the Amazon Associate Program, you become an affiliate for Amazon. This means you earn a sales commission whenever you refer a customer to purchase something online from Amazon’s marketplace.
It’s an easy as 1-2-3:
1. Sign up for a user account with Amazon.
2. You’ll be given a unique associate ID that allows you to access the Associate Central.
3. You can search Associate Central for the products that you want to promote, get the product links (which has your unique ID attached) and share them on your website or blog.
Here is a video walkthrough of how to sign up:
How much does it cost to join?
It’s absolutely FREE to become an Amazon Associate.
But do watch out for scammers out there who pose as Amazon representative offering you a ‘business opportunity’ for a fee.
So how much can you make with Amazon Associates?
While some people complain the payout is low, others a comfortable full-time income from it.
Have a look for yourself. Here are the current commission fees that apply for each product categories (as at writing this review).
Some Amazon success stories from every day people
3 steps to become an Amazon Associate
Step 1 – Check your Eligibility
At this point, there are six states that are not allowed to participate in the affiliate program, namely, Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
This is mainly because these states have decided to tax the Amazon affiliate program. Due to the additional tax burden on Amazon, they have decided to exclude people from these states from participating in the Amazon Associates program.
If you are from one of these states, no worries there are other affiliate networks such as Clickbank which also offers a large variety of products. Plus their commission pay-outs are often higher than Amazon’s.
Step 2 – Decide what your target audience will be
This is also known as selecting a niche.
A niche is just a fancy way of referring to a group of people looking for stuff on the internet. There are millions and millions of people looking for stuff on the internet everyday within all sorts of niches that you probably would not have even imagined.
The best place to start picking your niche is not to ask “what” is going to make money, but “what do you want to make money with?”
For example, a niche could be Millenials who want to keep fit. If you decide to select this niche, you could recommend all sorts of products from Fitbits to exercise gear.
The reason why it’s important to start with a niche and not with a product is so you can tailor your website and all communicates to speak to your specific target audience.
It is also important to pick a niche that you are passionate about.
Because you will be spending lots of time:
- Writing content about your niche
- Communicating in forums and on social media about your niche
- You will be researching products in your niche
- You will be helping people in your niche
So if you are passionate about the topic, you will enjoy the process of researching and building your website and business a lot more.
If you need want a great walk-through of how to choose your niche, check out this video.
3 – Create A Website (it’s easy!)
In step 2, we mentioned you would be writing content about your chosen niche.
All your great content needs to live somewhere, on your very own website. Your website is also where your visitors come to and will be the source of all your revenue generated online (yay!).
Now you might be thinking, I don’t have any technical or coding knowledge and I’m not about to go out and pay a web designer thousands of dollars to design me a website.
Don’t worry, neither do I and I’ve managed to build a few websites myself.
Using the SiteRubix website builder, it is literally as easy as filling out a form.
Yes, you heard me right.
Let me SHOW you just how easy it is.
Here’s the entire website creation form:
Just fill in this form, hit ‘build my website” and you’re done!
And they give you 2 website on their servers for FREE. So you don’t have to fork out any money to get started.
There are also 10 free lessons on how to get started online for FREE. More on that later onto in this post.
A walk-through the application process
Step 1 – Click here for the Amazon Associates website. And at the top right hand corner, click on the “join now for free” button to join.
Step 2 – In the first part of the application you will need to enter your:
- Address, and
- Contact number.
Step 3 – In the second part of the application, Amazon will ask you for detail of your website (general description, targeted audience, promotional products). This is where you include your website url and tell Amazon what your chosen niche is.
When you are first starting out, it does take a while for traffic to start coming in so I generally leave the questions re methods of traffic acquisition, numbers of unique visitors etc. blank and I’ve never had any issues get approved.
Step 4 – Submit the application and wait for the good news.
All going well, Amazon should send you a confirmation email within 24-48 hours. After that, you can access the Associate Central for various features and start promoting your desired affiliate product.
For some reason or another, if you do get rejected it is not the end of the world. Again, there are other affiliate marketplaces like Clickbank that you can check out.
So how do I get started making money on Amazon?
If you are new to affiliate marketing and new to building an online business, I highly recommend completing the FREE level 1 online entrepreneur certification course by Wealthy Affiliate.
This will give you everything you need to get started online. If you want to know a bit more about Wealthy Affiliate read my full review here.
This course will walk you through:
- How to make money online
- How to choose a Niche
- How to build your own website
- How to set your website up correctly
- How to leverage keywords for traffic (i.e. how to get visitors to come to your website)
Here are all the lessons covered in this FREE course: