It's easy to understand how to make money with Amazon Associates. This simplest explanation is that you can earn money by getting people to click your links and buy stuff from Amazon. But turning this into a legitimate business and income you can rely on to pay your mortgage can be challenging. Let's take a look at how everything works and how you can get started on your way to building a legitimate online business promoting the products you love.
The Basics You Need To Know
Amazon Associates is an affiliate program that allows you to make money off of any product within the Amazon marketplace. Anything.
By joining the program you are given a set of tools that allows you link to any page or product you find on Amazon, and receive credit if someone buy a product after clicking your link.
You need a website to join and be accepted to the program, but there are many ways to promote things after you get started. Email marketing, YouTube videos, and social media marketing are probably the most common ways to do it.
The downside to the Amazon Associates affiliate program is that they only pay 4% to start, and you must make a certain number of sales to reach higher payout levels. 8%-15% is the max, and there are caps for certain electronics.
The upside is that they are a trusted program, with a team of developers that are creating tools tom make you job easier. I’ve seen many improvements over the last few years. They pay on time, and you essentially have the ability to promote any product you could ever think of.
Making money through Amazon Associates is a perfect entry point to the affiliate marketing industry, and many full time online marketers made their first dollar here. Some make a full time living just from this program.
Let's Make A Business Out Of It
Knowing how the program works is one thing, but getting people to actually click your links and buy stuff is where the business strategy comes in.
It’s not as simple as grabbing a few links, sending them to your friends, and telling them to buy stuff.
Step 1: Create A Website
You are going to need a website. The easiest way to get started with this is to use WordPress, which is widely used, easy to install, and has a lot of features which makes your job as a website owner easier.
If you are worried about creating a website because you’ve never created one, you can start making one free one to see how easy it really is. In fact, creating a website will be the easiest part of this process.
But don’t get started just yet, you need to do step 2 first.
Step 2: Pick A Topic
Your website will be much more popular if you pick a specific topic and market to one audience. We are not Amazon, and you are not creating an online shopping mall.
By choosing a topic for you site, you can pick better products for your visitors. If a person lands on your site about running shoes and sees an ad for a deep frier, they aren’t coming back! But if they see an ad for a vegetable juicer, there’s a good chance they buy one because runners usually eat healthier.
Step 3: Prepare to Write
You main job as an affiliate for Amazon is going to be finding customers to buy their products. The best way to do this is to write content for your website.
The more information you tell people about the products they potentially want to buy, including how to use them and which ones perform better, the more likely they are going to buy.
Wouldn’t you want to read a few reviews before you buy a new tablet? Probably!
Some people don’t even know what they want to buy yet! Someone may search “natural remedies for poison ivy” and find that your website recommends mint oil extract. If you tell them how it works and where to buy it, you can probably make a sale!
These are just some examples I thought of off the top of my head, but there are millions of possibilities for which products to promote and how to promote them. The main driver of traffic to our website and eventual sales is going to be writing information for people to read.
How To Get Started
If you already have a website and some ideas of things you want to promote, you can join Amazon Associates and start making money as soon as someone starts clicking your links!
If you don’t have a website yet, you are going to need one. If you want to learn how to write content that ranks well in search engines and can eventually make sales, you can enroll in training to teach you how to do this properly.
Wealthy Affiliate is currently offering 2 free websites and 10 lessons of beginner training to show you exactly how making money with Amazon Associates and other programs works. Join today, and I will be able to personally assist you setting up your website and getting your first business moving in the right direction.
Let me know your questions in the comment section, or you can contact me personally inside the members area.