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.
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 at 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, that you don’t have to live at 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 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 to get an account is free.
Here is the link where you can join the Amazon Associate Program, just follow the instructions and in 10-15 minutes you should have your account ready.
There are some restrictions I would like to inform you about. They are not related directly but it is good to know about them.
1. US phone number for verification
In the process of setting the account up, you are asked to identify your verification. That is done by phone number. In my experience, it does not work with European phone numbers.
Here is a workaround.
You can, for example, download an application called textPlus (https://textplus.com/.
You can check the video below, how to get the number (video had no sound)
I am sure there are other options as well, but I just used the textPlus (more than a year ago).
2) Three qualified sales within 6 months
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.
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:
Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont
There is a workaround as well. Maybe more of them.
I am not that familiar with IT stuff, that much, but you can read this article and I am sure you will find out more.
You can also ask your relatives living in other states to create an account for you.
Choose Your Niche – Amazon Will Help You
I assume that you have already selected your niche. If don’t worry.
This video will help you to understand what niche is. It has a little more than 17 minutes. It is part of the training at Wealthy Affiliate platform, where you can sign up for FREE.
Just a little note – there is a little pop-up window asking you for your email. If you are not interested just close the window and continue to watch the video.
Say, you have chosen your niche. Now you know what kind of product you will be selling, or rather doing reviews about. You know how to do keyword research, so you have a list of your keywords.
Oh and more important thing I would like to highlight as well. You want to check the Amazon Affiliate Commission structure since there are certain products where the commission is higher and in some products it is 1% only.
With the commission structure please also check the price for a product. It is probably not a good idea to sell a $25 product with a 1% commission.
What is suggested – go for a reasonable price, like something around $100 with a commission of 4% or higher? As an example – Home Improvement might be a good choice.
Also, you want to sell what is already selling – some bestsellers. Go check the product in best sellers Amazon site right here: https://www.amazon.com/best-seller/zgbs
You can go to your chosen niche and check that it is the best seller there.
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 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 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 it.