This post is part of the Affiliate Marketing for Beginners Series. Once you start seeing traffic on your site, its time to sign up for the Amazon Associate Affiliate Program. Joining is a free and easy process.
As an affiliate, you can earn commissions when people buy products on your website through your affiliate links. When they click your affiliate link, a cookie will be placed on their computer, tagging the purchase to you. If you’re unsure how to join the program, here are a few basic steps to get started.
How to Become an Amazon Affiliate
Set up your Blog or Website
If you haven’t already, go ahead and set up your blog. It also helps to populate your site with content prior to signing up and have some traffic coming through the site. This will make your blog come across as credible both to Amazon and your target audience.
Sign up to Amazon Associate Affiliates Program
Go to the Amazon Associates homepage and click ‘Sign Up.’ You’ll then be asked to log in to your existing Amazon account or create one.
Follow the on-screen instructions and enter your account information, along with your website or blog address.
Enter your chosen store ID and explain how you generate traffic.
Choose a payment method
Get your Amazon Affiliate links
After successfully creating your account, you’ll be able to access your personal Associate homepage. You can then start finding products to promote on your blog.
Until you have been officially approved by Amazin you will be restricted to the “Stripe” tool at the top of your Amazon browser to access your affiliate links.
Add affiliate links to your post content
You can now start adding affiliate links to your blog posts. Remember: we are not trying to sell, simply to give our opinion and make comparisons to similar products.
Add disclosures to your blog and individual posts
Amazon requires their affiliates to disclose their status as Amazon Associates, you can see one in the footer of this blog.
You’ll need to provide a tax ID number and other information in order to be approved. If you have a website, you’ll also need to get a credit card from your bank or PayPal.
You need to be careful not to break the rules of Amazon’s program, as it could cost you your account.
It’s important to be honest with your audience, as your credibility is vital to the success of your efforts. If you’re not transparent enough, Amazon may ban you permanently from the program.
Once signed up, you’ll need to make at least three qualified sales within 180 days to become a full member of the program. If you’re a beginner, know that Amazon may not be the best affiliate program out there but its easy and very little hassle to going.