How to sell Amazon products as an affiliate

How to sell Amazon products as an affiliate

Affiliate marketing is a useful way to earn extra income if you have a blog or website. The Amazon affiliate program, called Amazon Associates, allows you to earn +/- 4 -8 percent or more on purchases made using a special link on your blog or website.

There is 3 parts to it.

Part 1: Start a website or a blog

Part 2: Sign up as a Amazon Associate

Part 3: To Increase Amazon Associates Profits

Part 1: Start a website or a blog

Start a Website/Blog

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  1. Begin an online effort. The best Amazon Affiliates are bloggers or websites that add links to Amazon along with quality content on their own site. Consider starting one of the following online sites:
    • Start a free online blog using Blogger, WordPress or a similar site. Since you start these blogs for free, the cost is only the time you spend designing and adding content. Choose something on which you are passionate so that you can add interesting content and develop followers.
    • Set up a website. Professional or business websites can also use the Affiliate program. However, they are best used with people who do not sell similar products on their website, since Amazon’s marketplace can drive business away. If you have a website promoting different products, a club, a non-profit or a service, then you can recommend quality products on your site and make money doing it.
    • Set up social media accounts for your blog or site. This is a great way to improve search engine ranking, stay in touch with your readers and increase the amount of links that you share. You can post Amazon links on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn when you want to make a recommendation.
  1. Post quality content consistently. You garner readers by the value of your content, so post at least once per week on your blog/website.
  1. Gain loyalty. People who think they are being pitched to are unlikely to return. Include affiliate links as recommendations, best of lists and preferred vendors, rather than an obvious pitch to make money off readers.
    • The more fun you have with posting links, the more likely you are to get sales. For example, you may want to post a best-of blog for the year’s most innovative new products or the best non-fiction books of the year. You can include links to Amazon products and people will use the link as a reference and as a way to buy.

Part 2: Sign up as a Amazon Associate

Amazon Associates Sign Up

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  1. Go to affiliate-program.amazon.com. Read through the information carefully before signing up. You should understand what products are eligible, how to post and how to get paid before starting an account.
    • Amazon Affiliates rewards advertising fees, or commissions, that vary depending upon the type of product. Your advertising fees can also increase after you start to refer more than 6 purchases every month.
  1. Click on the “Join Now for Free” button when you are ready to start.Amazon4
  1. Sign in using your Amazon username and password. Select your official payment address from a list or input it at this time.Amazon5
  1. Fill out the information about your website, web traffic and online monetization. You will be asked to enter all of the sites you will use to post Amazon links. Verify your identity before continuing.
  2. Start looking through products on Amazon’s Associates Central.
  3. Choose a few products to integrate into your blog posts. It is a good idea to use the “Bestseller” filter to find the bestselling products in any category.
  4. Post the link inside your website. You can choose to post an image, an image and text or a text link, depending upon how you want it to look.
  5. Use the Amazon Associates site stripe, the toolbar at the top of the page, to capture links for products you want to post.

 Part 3: To Increase Amazon Associates Profits

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  1. Optimize your earnings by posting links regularly. This means that you should look for creative ways to incorporate product recommendations into your blog posts while still letting the reader know you are offering them expertise on your website subject.
    • Amazon Affiliate links, once clicked on by a potential buyer, are active for 24 hours. This means that they expire for that particular user after 24 hours. Fresh links means new chances to earn money.
  1. Build links to many different types of products over time. Amazon pays you an advertising fee based on the entire purchase that the person makes, not just the product you advertised.
    • The important thing is getting to people to Amazon using their link, so that they can make all the purchases they have been waiting to make using your referral link.
  1. Use your referral link when sending information via email or to family members. You can receive commission on anyone’s purchase, except your own, if they use the referral link within 24 hours.
    • Trade Amazon Associates referral links with a friend or family member. Make your own purchases using their link, so that they can reap some benefits and ask them to do the same. Although this is not likely to be your main way of making money, it can improve your commission structure at times.

4.  Add widgets to your site. Amazon Associates has widgets and online stores that you can add to your website template. List several recommended products in your sidebar.

5.  Advertise products over $100. The more expensive the product your reader buys, the more commission you will make, so make sure you recommend higher priced products with good value.

6.  Use lists. Most online stores keep lists of popular products. Make your own recommendation lists every month or quarter on a new topic, because they are valuable to you and your readers.

7.  Post seasonal content with Amazon Associate links. People buy more near Christmas, so post recommended products before Thanksgiving to take advantage of sales that Amazon is going to make anyway.

    • If you haven’t started creating a seasonal schedule for your blog posts and marketing, start now. There are dozens of holidays, such as Halloween, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day and Valentine’s Day that can produce more sales, if the advice and links are timely and interesting.
  1. Optimize your blog or website. Adopt search engine optimization practices, such as keyword density, short URLs, and backlinks to increase web traffic to your site. The more people who read, the more clicks you will have on your Amazon Associates links.

Tips

  • Consider signing up for other affiliate programs once you have started to improve your Amazon Associates income. Amazon Associates can be valuable because of the high volume of people who shop on Amazon; however, other online affiliate programs give higher commissions.

 Things You’ll Need

Basic web/blog posting skills

Blog/website

Amazon account

Amazon Associates account

High-quality content

Social media accounts

Seasonal marketing

Search engine optimization

Amazon Associates widgets

Best-of lists

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18 Comments on How to sell Amazon products as an affiliate

Mariusjg said : administrator Report 2 years ago

Hi Jeff I am glad you could find some use on my site. Thanks for the comment. Marius

Mariusjg said : administrator Report 2 years ago

Hi Leonard Thanks for the comment. Hope some of the info on my post were helpful to you. Marius

Mariusjg said : administrator Report 2 years ago

Hi Rick Thanks for the comment. Hope the info help towards you success with Amazon. Thanks Marius

Leonard said : Guest Report 2 years ago

Hi Marius. Great site. Very neat and easy to follow. Am currently working on boot camp but i will definitely bookmark your site.

Rick E. said : Guest Report 2 years ago

Hi Marius. Great post on what it takes to become a successful Amazon Affiliate! I am really close to starting a new website just for selling and Amazon will play a big part of my site. Thanks for the great information!

Jeff said : Guest Report 2 years ago

Hey Marius This is great information explaining how to get started with affiliate marketing. Anyone can use this process to make some income online. Thank you for sharing

Mariusjg said : administrator Report 2 years ago

Thanks or the comment Matthew. Glad I could be of help. Marius

Mariusjg said : administrator Report 2 years ago

Thanks or the comment Merry. Glad I could be of help. Marius

Matthew said : Guest Report 2 years ago

Wow! This is a great review on amazon affiliate program. I am glad I found this website, thanks! I will go on to amazon and give it a try.

Merry said : Guest Report 2 years ago

Hi Marius. That was a very detailed article for Amazon that is going to help a lot of affiliate marketers or anyone thinking about this type of home business. So well thought out and easy to follow. Thank you for sharing.

Mariusjg said : administrator Report 2 years ago

Thanks for the comment Karen. Yes the more you advertise the grater you earnings. Marius

Mariusjg said : administrator Report 2 years ago

Hi Luna Thanks for the comment. Please to be of help Marius

Luna said : Guest Report 2 years ago

This is an excellent article. Thanks for the information. I have not yet added Amazon link to my site. Thanks to you I will have no problem doing so.

Karen said : Guest Report 2 years ago

Very good article. I'm an Amazon Associate, but I learned something here. I didn't realize that the potential customer's link expired in 24 hours after clicking it. I also learned that I'm not taking full advantage of all the ways to advertise and I need to advertise more. Thanks Marius!

Mariusjg said : administrator Report 2 years ago

Hi Jason Thanks for the comment Yes the the amazon associate rout is the better way to get regular sales. Marius

Jason said : Guest Report 2 years ago

I'm really enjoying all the information on this site. I's literally a step by step guide on how to get started on Amazon. Jeff Bezos was a freaking genius! I've been selling on Amazon for about a year with super low profit margins. It seems that The Affiliate option might be a better way for me to go. Thanks so much for the great info.

Mariusjg said : administrator Report 2 years ago

Hi Grant Thanks for the comment It free to be an associate for as long as you want to. Marius

Grant said : Guest Report 2 years ago

Great article explaining everything about the program. I'll definitely look into this. Is it always free to join as an associate or does a time come you have to pay?

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