Amazon Affiliate Marketing Getting Started For Beginners
First off Amazon affiliate marketing is not a scam or a flash in the pan, folks have been using Amazon to make a full-time income with part-time hours since the dawn of the internet.
You may not know it yet, but the easiest way to start making money online is by buy partnering up with Amazon.
This is the first, but certainly not the last post about Amazon affiliate marketing. I’ll show you exactly how you can join their associates program set up your website and how to use your website to earn money with the Amazon affiliate program.
If you get a taste for affiliate marketing you’ll also realise you can scale your earnings, and they’ll only be restricted by your own efforts.
Why Amazon Affiliate Marketing
- Amazon has a huge range of products – literally thousands of products over a wide range of interests that you can promote. Because there are 1000’s of products to choose from to recommend, the competition can be widely spread and you can find some great products to promote with very little competition at all.
- The advantage of promoting products as an affiliate is that you don’t need to have your own product to sell; instead you sell other people’s products to earn money.
So this is one good reason to become an Amazon affiliate as you can earn by recommending and reviewing products. Just 30 -40 minutes every day you could quickly start to earn a second income with Amazon.
- The Amazon affiliate program is easy to apply for and usually quite easy to be accepted for. Amazon is good for accepting new affiliates into their program. You get instant access to your affiliate account and you can begin promoting products immediately once you have applied to the Amazon affiliate program
Amazon, just like 1000's of other company's run a free affiliate program called Amazon Associates. When someone arrives at Amazon after clicking your Amazon link you are paid a commission between 4% and 8½%, now that may not sound like much but it is a commission on everything they buy during that visit.
Amazon sells product worldwide and is a trusted store worldwide which is why it is so successful in its affiliate program. Because they are a trusted company people feel safe buying products through their online stores.
How to join Amazon Accosiates
Sign up for the free Amazon affiliates program at https://affiliate-program.amazon.com, then click that big yellow 'join now for free button. It's just a couple of minutes going through the few steps then you'll have access.
The thing you need to do to promote Amazon products is to sign-up to their affiliate program depending on the geographical location or your target market, ie: if your target audience is in the U.S you should signup for Amazon U.S associate program. If your target audience is from the UK, you should sign-up for Amazon UK program.
If you plan to promote products to more than one Amazon geographical location, you should sign up for Amazon affiliate program for all countries like .dk (Germany), .es (Amazon Spain) & so on which is a great tactic if you can speak another language.
You'll notice that the sign-up process. Once you've set up your account you'll have access to a multitude of affiliate resources (affiliate links, banners, reports, etc)
When you have chosen an Amazon product to promote you can then create a blog or website for promoting the product. There are some free blogging services that you can use like WordPress, Wix or Weebly or you can use a paid domain and hosting. I would highly recommend that you use the paid option if you want to be taken seriously in your business.
Affiliate Links, Banners and Tools
Now that you've a unique identifier from Amazon you can choose from a variety of links that fit your needs.
In January 2017 Amazon launched their own wordpress plugin too, here are the detailed instructions of how to install it and get it configured.
Getting Amazon Affiliate Links Video
As I said earlier there are many options in displaying your Amazon affiliate links on your website, here are popular ones you'll probably be using first.
Then you can browse through the Amazon website to find products to promote. Keep in mind that the higher the selling price the more commission you will make. Every time that a customer visits Amazon through your affiliate links and makes a purchase you will earn a commission.
Setting Up Your Website
There are many tutorials available teaching you how to set up a blog using WordPress and it really is quite easy. When you have a blog set up it is simply a matter of updating it with new content regularly. If you need a refresher try the following 2 links below
How to build your first website [article and videos]
How to add and edit text, images video to your blog
You don't have to choose one product to promote and that is all, you can choose a number of products that relate to the same niche. You can then add content to your blog for each of the products that you are promoting.
The type of website can vary from a very focused niche blog with only content surrounding the items you want to promote. ie: shoes for toddlers, or a more general site where you can give your experience of and review items on a much broader scale. Your broader blog may contain reviews and recommendations for toddlers inc:- shoes, clothes, toys, activities etc.
There are a number of Amazon widgets that you can use on your blog so that your customers can view images of the products that you are promoting.