It's pretty easy to understand how to make money with Amazon Associates. That's the name of Amazon's affiliate program, and it's one of the most popular entry-points for anyone to start an online business.
This simplest explanation is of how the whole thing work is that you can earn money by getting people to click your Amazon links and buy stuff.
There's a difference between earning some extra spending money as a hobby and creating a legitimate business you can rely on to pay your mortgage. It's not impossible though. Many people earn thousands of dollars monthly from Amazon Associates.
You know what the good news is? Amazon's affiliate pay is pretty garbage (4%-10%), and there are many companies out there that pay 5-10x what Amazon pays.
How To Make Money With Amazon Associates
The Basics Of Being An Amazon Affiliate
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 once you're accepted, you get access to the largest inventory of products in the world. There's literally something for everyone.
The upsides to Amazon's affiliate program are obvious. It's a trusted company and most people already have accounts, so conversions are easy. Shipping with Prime is a huge incentive to buy. Plus, you get affiliate commissions for all items in the cart, even if the buyer only clicked your link for one of those items.
The downside to the Amazon Associates affiliate program is that they only pay 4% for many categories of products. Also, they don't allow affiliates in all states in the USA, and they have been known to change the conditions of the affiliate program from time to time.
Actually, I think the worst part is that you are not allowed to list the price of the item you promote! This is a major selling point for most product comparison charts, but they don't allow it because the prices of stuff fluctuate daily.
Despite those problems, making money through Amazon Associates is a perfect entry point to the affiliate marketing industry. Many full time online marketers made their first dollar here. Some people still make a full time living just from this program and rely on it for the majority of their income.
Create An Online Business As A Member Of Amazon Associates.
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.
I've simplified the process into four, easy-to-understand steps. Doing the work will take time, but the process is pretty simple
- Pick A Topic
- Create A Website
- Write Content
- Add Your Affiliate Links
Step 1: Pick A Topic
Your website will be much more popular if you pick a specific topic and market to one audience.
If you are a 50-year old woman looking to “get fit”, are you really going to read bodybuilding.com about how to get ripped and get laid? Nope.
Let's say you just got a new Boston Terrier puppy and want to teach it tricks. Are you going to read a website about Great Dane health problems? Nope.
Being specific means you can relate to a specific group of people. The topics you write about and products you recommend will be more relevant, and you'll make more sales.
=> How To Pick A Topic (Niche)
Step 2: Create A Website
You are going to need a website. You can't just send your links to friends and family because it's against the TOS. Amazon is trying to make money with their affiliate program, not just provide you an easy income!
WordPress is the way to go for building your website. WordPress is great for ranking, and great for easy customization using “plugins”. Plus, you don't need to know how to code.
The website will be the foundation and central hub for your business.
==> Build A Website
Step 3: Write Content
We are not Amazon, and you are not creating an ecommerce shopping mall. As affiliates, we need to think about how to create ‘value' for the visitor to our website.
This is done through content. In our case, written content. Your #1 job as an affiliate will be to write interesting articles to attract people to your website.
Don't worry, you don't to be a Pulitzer Prize winning writer. Here are some example post formats that are easy to work with:
- Top 10
- How To
- Product Review
- Top 10 Luxury Hotels In Costa Rica
- How To Build A Pergola In Your Back Yard
- GoSun Solar Cooker Review
Pretty easy stuff, right? It may take a few months for you to find your ‘voice', but keep writing, keep practicing, and you'll get good at it.
Step 4: Add Your Affiliate Links
Once your article is ready, you can add your Amazon Affiliate links. Find the product you want to promote, click the “Amazon Stripe” button, and copy your link. Insert the link into your WordPress site, then hit publish!
Your link will not earn money instantly. You have to get traffic first. Once people start finding your website in search engines, you'll start to get clicks, then sales.
In other words, don't overload your website with affiliate links in the beginning. Publish interesting articles that people want to read, and add affiliate links when it's relevant to what they're reading.
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 do the same training I did.
Got a question? Leave a comment and I'll get back to you!