Are you interested in Affiliate marketing and you have heard that Amazon is probably the easiest Affiliate Program to join?
Is it true?
Well, yeah it is.
Whether you just want to become an amazon affiliate, or you want to re-join again, here you are going to see a step-by-step guideline on how to become an amazon associate (or affiliate, it is the same thing).
We all know that Amazon is the largest e-commerce marketplace on the planet.
One of the reasons why Amazon is the largest one is that they have an affiliate program, where pretty much everyone can join and become an amazon affiliate.
You are basically becoming a partner with amazon and whatever you sell, you get the commission as an affiliate marketer.
20+ Questions about Affiliate Marketing Answered
Why is it a good idea to become a partner with Amazon?
Do you know anybody who buys at Amazon? Or maybe you already bought something as well.
Did you know that more than 75% of Americans buy something on amazon at least once per month?
You don’t have to be a US citizen to become an Amazon Associate.
The beauty of the internet is, then you don’t have to live on US soil either – I am sure you all know that 🙂
So let’s break down how to become an amazon affiliate.
How to Become The Amazon Associate (Or Affiliate)?
Becoming a partner with Amazon is a very easy process.
The best thing is that Amazon allows almost everybody to sign up with their affiliate program. They call it Amazon Associates and it is free to sign up.
Let’s get started;
1) Affiliate Program Amazon
First, you can either google “amazon associate” or simply go to the website as per the screenshot below:
Click on the link and here is where you are going to get it:
2) Sign Up
This is a site where you are about to create your account.
If you have not created your account before, just click as pointed below and follow the instructions:
Fill out your name, and email and enter your password.
You are going to be notified by email.
So check your inbox to see the “One Time Password”.
Simply copy the password paste it and click on Create account.
3) Amazon Associates Account
This is where you get.
Now you are actually creating your Amazon Associates account.
Proceed as instructed and fill out the form:
At the bottom, you have to enter your phone number as well.
It is now available worldwide and the service should be working.
(The thing is that a few years ago it was difficult to verify the account with a telephone number other than a US number).
Now it is time to enter other information regarding your future business online.
Ideally, you want to enter your website.
And even if your website is brand new with no content on it, don’t worry.
If you don’t have a website it is ok, too.
You can add your YouTube channel or some social media account.
But it is strongly recommended to have a website. These days it is a matter of a few seconds to create a website.
Although there are certain things you should know before creating such a website.
After you are done, just click on next…
Then there is the following question whether or not your site above is directed primarily at children under 13.
I assume it is not, and let’s proceed to the next step
The next step concerns your preferred Amazon Associate ID,
Choose your own ID.
In this section, they need some basic information about your website, or rather a niche – what is your website about.
Don’t overthink it, just pick something similar you have a genuine interest in
In my case, let’s say the furniture for the bedroom I have selected…
…and niche site:
Now how do you drive your traffic?
We can select social and SEO (that’s the free or organic traffic).
(In 2017 I have joined one particular educational platform where I learned how to build a website, how to get free traffic, how to monetize the traffic, and many other tips and tricks related to SEO, and online business).
Continue to answer the questions but remember, it is not a big deal if it doesn’t exactly match your niche.
Here is something I did:
For the question “How do you usually build links” – I have chosen Content Management System.
That’s WordPress for example and this very site is created in WordPress.
Once done, just check the Captcha and click on Finish.
Congratulations, you have just become an Amazon affiliate.
Regarding the taxes information – It depends on your location.
You can still fill it out later.
First, concentrate on building traffic and making some sales.
As you have seen, you need 180 days to make 3 sales, otherwise, your account will be closed.
But even if that might be the case, don’t worry – you can always re-sign up.
I am not a tax advisor and I don’t know where you coming from.
But from my own experience, filling out the tax form is not so difficult and anyone can do it. If you are not sure about some answers you can select the one that you think is the most relevant one.
Click on Later and you see the guidance :
What To Do Now?
Now you can sell anything you want from the entire amazon site.
Of course, that’s theory.
In the real world, you want to sell stuff within your niche that is relevant to your audience.
In my case, it can be mattresses.
So let’s just head over to the Amazon site.
At the top of the page, you see something “new” something that only amazon associates can see.
You can search for a specific product and click on it.
At the top bar, you see the Amazon Associate Stripe and right next to it there is “Get Link”.
You can either choose text, image, or both.
Add the link to your text, content, Youtube video description, or on social media if you have a lot of followers) and when someone clicks on it and purchases it, you get a commission.
How do you get paid?
In the section where you go through the TAX information, you have an option of how would you like to receive the payments.
There are 3 options:
- Direct Deposit
- Get Certificate
The best option is in my opinion direct deposit. You need to provide Amazon with your IBAN and BIC (Bank Identifier Code).
What Else Is Good?
One of the advantages is that a person (visitor of your website = potential buyer) who clicked on that link and didn’t purchase the product that you “offer” can still be your potential customer, so to speak.
In case he or she buys something else you still get a commission. The purchase must be done within 24 hours after he clicked on your affiliate link.
That lasts for 24 hours.
And we are already getting to the section where I want to mention some issues or drawbacks that are associated with Amazon Associate Program.
What Is Not So Good?
As mentioned above, it lasts only for 24 hours.
So if the person gets back to amazon 25 hours later, the cookie is already expired and you won’t get any commission.
There are other affiliate programs as well and many of them offer cookies that last longer than just a day.
(Depending on the program it can be weeks, months, or even unlimited).
2) Three qualified sales within 6 months
I have already touched on this.
Let’s say you have your account set up already.
Please keep in mind that in case you will not make at least 3 qualified sales within the next 6 months, your account will be automatically closed.
Amazon will notify you in advance, though. (The first notification you get is 90 days after signing up – so halfway through).
Again, nothing to worry about.
You can still create a new account.
This time make sure you will make some sales :). Not because of Amazon rules, but because you want to make some extra money, right?
3) States not Eligible to join the Amazon Affiliate Program
Within the US there are some states which are excluded from joining the Amazon Affiliate program. As far as I was able to find out, it is due to the tax law in these specific states.
Here is the list:
- Rhode Island
- and Vermont
There is a workaround though.
You can use a middleman or someone you know that can create the account from a different state.
You can also ask your relatives living in other states to create an account for you.
I have already mentioned that the Commissions are not so great.
In fact, most of the commissions are about 4% only.
So make sure to choose a category where the commission is higher. On top of that, you also want to be in a niche where the usual products cost a couple of hundred bucks.
This is a screenshot from Amazon associate site. (If you are not an amazon associate you can’t see the table on the Amazon page. )
Amazon is a great place, where one can search for any kind of item.
There are tons and tons of products you can choose from. Imagine how many people go to Amazon daily with one intention -> To Make a Purchase. There are an estimated 2,2 Billion visitors per month.
Do you see the potential of becoming an Amazon Affiliate?
Of course, in order to become a successful affiliate marketer, you have to work hard. It does not happen in a few days. But once you are willing to put in an effort, you can easily start to see the result within 4-8 months.
Nothing is perfect though. Right?
What can be considered as a downside is the 24 hrs cookie (meaning, whatever visitor purchases within 24 hours after clicking on your affiliate link – you get a commission).
On the other hand, they are the best with upsells.
So once a visitor is directed from your site to Amazon and he purchases something else than he originally planned, it is a good chance that he will buy other stuff too and thus you get a commission from that other stuff as well.
There are many people earning a full-time income from amazon commissions.
With a still increasing number of people on the internet and stuff being sold (not only on Amazon) you still have a great chance to earn some money as a secondary income, or the heck with it – to earn $4,000 – 5,000 a month!
Do you have already experience with Amazon? Would you like to become Amazon Affiliate? Please leave me a comment so we can discuss it a bit.
Thank you for reading
18 thoughts on “How to Become an Amazon Associate?”
Excellent review and I really like the way you used screenshoots for us that are not that keen of internet platforms. I already tried it and I´m now waiting for the confirmation e-mail from Amazon! Can´t wait to begin working! Didn´t know that despite someone did not buy your product, but does buy something else in the next 24 hours, you still got comission, thanks for informing!!
Glad you find it helpful.
That’s right, another advantage of being associated with Amazon is that Amazon as a brand is well known.
So people tend to purchase the product more than from a less known affiliate program.
Thank you for your comment
and wishing you all the best
I absolutely love what I read in this insightful article because it is full of great information. This is fascinating and interesting to me. This is an eye opener article, am a newbie in affiliates marketing industry but I have been working on creating my personal blogsite. Becoming an amazon affiliates will be of great advantage to my income and this is another passive income for me.
Thanks for the informative post, it’s highly resourceful. Best regards
I am glad you find the article helpful. Becoming an Amazon Affiliate Marketer is definitely a huge benefit. Wishing you lots of success on your next journey:)
Nice article there on how to become Amazon affiliate program. I must commend you for a well done job for taking your time to write this article. Am still new to affiliate marketing, but looking at how well you explain Amazon affiliate program. I see that there is many revenue to generate from this and no doubt about it
Thank you for your comment. Amazon definitely is worth of trying when it comes to Affiliate Marketing. Glad you liked the post.
Hi. Thank you for sharing this information about becoming a partner with Amazon.
I have been signed up for 7 months now. I am pleased you mentioned the sales you need to make or your account gets closed.
I had no idea about this and 5 months into the process of trying to sell products through amazon, I received an email from them explaining this to me. Scary when you are new to this type of thing. You think you have done something wrong but just to know it’s there rules and policy’s and nothing to do with my mistake was a big relief.
Soon after I receive that email, I made 6 sales through my website though amazon links. My firsts commissions. Happy days. So it definitely works for anyone reading this who is thinking about joining the amazon partner program.
I found your review well written and the information was clear and easy to understand.
Thank you for sharing it.
Take care m
I remember when I first signed up for the Amazon Associates I did not know about that 6 month period either. And I hear about that feeling – same here 🙂
I am happy for your sales Matthew, great job.
I appreciate this simple and easy-to-understand post. I have heard of Amazon affiliate but I have never heard it so simple. I have been an affiliate marketer for three years, but I’ve not considered selling on Amazon. Amazon restrictions are quite high, well it put all marketers on their toes. I promote web hosting packages which are not available on Amazon. I’m working on a new niche that would allow me to promote natural herbal supplements.
I believe now you have a great chance to become an amazon affiliate. There must be lots of products related to the natural herbal supplements.
Wishing you lots of success, cheers
The Amazon affiliate program, also called “Amazon Associates” can be an easy way to monetize your website or blog. Simply sign up, receive immediate approval, and place Amazon affiliate links on your site today. When someone makes an Amazon purchase via one of your links, you get the commission — it’s that simple.
Truth be told, getting accepted as an amazon affiliate is like having the US Green card ,reason been that Amazon is the largest e-commerce marketplace on the planet.
affiliate program is pretty much easier to join , and everyone can apply and can become amazon affiliate.To becoming an amazon affiliate is becoming a partner with amazon and what ever you sell, you get the commission.its so simple and for any one looking to making their first dollar on the internet,amazon affiliate is the best platform to start from.
75% of Americans buy something at amazon at least once per month and you don’t have to necessarily become an american citizen before you can become an amazon affiliate.
On a final note,I will commend a well done job on the part of the writer for making this article so simple that even a 12 years old who reads it will know how to navigate his way to becoming an amazon affiliate
Glad to help
When I first opened an associate account with Amazon I ended up when making any sales within the given time and so my account got closed. Few years later when I tried to open another account with them it was a lot of work and I was just not able to do it.
Luckily I made use of textplus but I was only able to access it with a vpn installed in my phone. By doing this I later was ble to overcome the problem of signing up with Amazon affiliate program.
Jay, I had also hard time to go through the application process when I first joined the Amazon Associates Program. And the verification number was a roadblock for me as well. So I was determined to find a way 🙂 To me the text plus worked out just fine.
Happy you are with Amazon again 🙂
Best of Luck
Amazing and informative post in here. When talking about become Amazon Affiliate, it is a great chance of earning big online and it’s legit. This is one of my aim since but there are some limited at my side here. Yes, Amazon is the largest e-commerce marketplace on the planet, and basically becoming a partner with amazon and what ever you sell, you get the commission. I really find this post helpful sincerely. One of my greatest challenge is getting a US number because am not in US. Please where can I get that online, even if I will buy?
I also like that with Amazon, almost every one is accepted to join their program.
As for the US prone number – please get back to my post, there is a Heading – “1. US phone number for verification” where you find a link to the “TextPlus” App and also an YouTube video how to get it done.
I have mentioned only this method – you can even check YouTube, I am sure there are other ways too. I just found this user friendly from my perspective.
Let me know if you need further help.
Hi, Mike, thank you for sharing become an Amazon Affiliate. When a person fails to make 3 sales in 6 months, Amazon closes their account. I would have to create a new Amazon account, or do I just ask Amazon to reinstate my old account?
Do you have to open a new account for every website you want to add Amazon links on?
Hi LeNard Simmons,
Amazon had closed my account as well. So I had to create a new one. But it goes much faster, since you already gone through the process already 🙂
You can have 1 amazon account only. You go to Amazon, choose the product you want to promote – grab the link and you can use this link whenever you wish. It means on your websites, social sites, emails..
Hope it helps, Mike