Blogging can be very lucrative for those who know how to leverage their content for an income that literally has no limits.
Equipped with the proper training and some effort on your part, your blog can easily replace your “day job” income and get you out of that dreaded rat race we all hate.
One of the easiest (and profitable) ways I’ve come across in my 7 years of making money online is by using the Amazon affiliate program (more commonly known as the Amazon Associates program) and today I want to teach you:
- How to get started with Amazon
- How to pick the right products to sell
- How to use the Amazon Affiliate program
- How to get the traffic you need to make thousands a month and, more importantly;
- How to make money as an Amazon Associate.
What Is The Amazon Associates Program (Review)?
The Amazon Associate Program is the official affiliate program for Amazon.com.
This platform allows online marketers, bloggers, affiliate marketers and everyone else to earn money by promoting any of the many products available on Amazon to their readers.
This is how it works:
- You send your readers to Amazon.com (through your affiliate link – explained below).
- The reader/customer makes a purchase.
- You make a commission on the sale.
Whenever you send a customer to Amazon, your affiliate link will be in the URL and every purchase he/she makes, you earn credit for it.
The best thing about the Amazon Associates Program is that it doesn’t matter what the customer buys, you will get paid for ANY purchase made through your link.
They don’t even have to buy the product you referred them to. As long as you’ve sent them, whatever they buy, you will get credit for.
Your affiliate links are valid for 24 hours and if they add the item(s) to their cart, you then have 30 days till your link becomes invalid. Fear not though, most often people buy their products in less than 30 days.
This only means one thing; the earning potential here is incredible.
Amazon Is The Best When It Comes To Selling
Amazon knows how to sell. That cannot be disputed.
Their sales funnel is probably the best in the online commerce space and they have an amazingly HUGE catalogue of things you can sell and promote.
I’m sure you’ve been on Amazon before, browsed some items and then all of a sudden you’re shown similar items in your Amazon homepage and also get emails relating to what you viewed on Amazon.
This is the most converting marketing funnel in the world in action, the same sales funnel that generates $45,000,000,000+ each year for Amazon (and growing).
And when it comes to making money as an Amazon Associate, this will be your biggest ally because this insane funnel will work in your favour as well.
But first, let me tell you a quick story before getting into the nitty-gritty…
Why Do I Love Amazon So Much?
I made my first ever affiliate sale on Amazon. A whopping $0.87c and since then, it held a special place in my heart.
Ever since that day, when that magical 87 cents appeared in my account, I started to believe that “making money online” was indeed possible and since that day, I vowed to make the internet my full-time job.
And I did… mostly by using Amazon and other affiliate networks to be able to make money from my blogs.
But today it’s all about Amazon and about you getting started and making money with it.
By the end of this guide, you’re going to know how to:
- Pick out a niche to promote (a blog topic)
- Have your own blog set up and ready to go
- Be registered with the Amazon Associates Program.
- Make daily sales!
If these are all things you’re interested in, please read on…
Making Money With Amazon Is Easy (If You Know How)
Amazon makes it easy for anybody to get started and you can even sell just y posting links on social media.
While that may work, I find that it is not an ideal business model to have (not to mention borderline spammy).
My way of doing things is to have your own blog, your own audience, and your own content that you can use to drive traffic to Amazon and I’m going to teach you just that.
What Can You Promote From Amazon Associates?
You can sell and promote every single item on the Amazon website but it is always ideal to keep the things you promote related to your blog topic.
If your blog is about a hobby (like fishing, gardening, golf), it’s best to promote products that are related to that topic. It would be weird and confusing if your blog is about fishing and you’re promoting baby clothes right?
However, if you happen to mention a product in a blog post and it’s not really related to your niche, there is no harm in linking to it on Amazon if you think it people will be interested in it. Just don’t make it the point of your promotion.
How To Use Your Blog To Sell On Amazon
Your blog (you can start one for free if you don’t have one) is what will drive the traffic to Amazon but to first get traffic, you have to learn how to drive traffic to your own blog first.
Here are the 2 main ways you can do that that have been proven time and time again as the best traffic source.
(Don’t worry, I will talk about how to use the Amazon Affiliate program soon)
SEO – Search Engine Optimization
A proven (successful) way to make money is to write product reviews. If you’re talking about photography, you can review all the products that are related to photography in individual posts and then link to them on Amazon.
A common thing you might hear is that search engine traffic is the best traffic you can get and that holds true when it comes to selling on Amazon.
An interested buyer will (typically) look for reviews first before buying so once he lands on your page there is a good probability that the buyer will buy.
If he’s online looking for reviews for a specific kind of model or product, chances are he/she is close to buying and your review (if good enough) will be enough to convince him to make that purchase.
Let’s take some examples, shall we?
Let’s say my blog is about photography and I want to promote this DSLR camera I found on Amazon:
The first thing I would do is write a detailed review of the product in a blog post and publish it. A good title that comes to mind is:
“My Canon EOS Rebel Review. Is It Worth The Price?”
If done right, this piece of content will likely rank well in the search engines and anytime somebody is interested in buying this camera, they would find my review, read it and if he/she decides to buy it, that’s a sale for me.
This Canon DSLR camera is $400.00 so your commission on this will be around $16 – $32 (depends on sales volume).
That’s a pretty good income and if you sell one of these a day, that’s nearly a part-time income already.
That’s from one post, and one camera. There are 100s (or even 1000s) of cameras and camera accessories you can do reviews on, get ranked and earn commissions on.
You’re not seeing the income potential yet? Hold on…
Don’t forget that whatever other purchase the visitor may make while linked to your affiliate link, you get credit on.
Maybe while the reader is shopping for a camera, he opts for a new tripod or some SD cards to go with the new camera.
That’s where the magic of the Amazon sales funnel comes in… and you get paid for all of it!
I’m sure you’re starting to agree with me here on the business potential that is the Amazon Associates Program right?
3 Things To Remember When Doing Amazon Product Reviews:
Always write from your own perspective:
Don’t copy or paste reviews from other sources.
Going to Amazon and copy/pasting their reviews will not look professional at all and won’t get you ranked. You can cite a resource and link to it but don’t overdo that either.
Bad reviews are OK too:
If you review a product and it’s not satisfactory, you can still publish the review. It’s perfectly ok to publish a bad review and you should still feel comfortable linking to the product page.
Just make your thoughts known and let the reader decide for himself.
You can also link to another product review that you think would be a better option for your reader. All is acceptable as long as you keep it honest and ethical.
Cover as much information as you can:
A detailed review should be just that.. a detailed review. Make sure you put as much information as you can with the right mix of facts and your own opinions about the product.
The more information you provide your reader, the more chance you have they will trust your review.
OK enough about SEO, let’s talk about the other traffic resource that can make you money!
Using Social Media To Promote Amazon
Every serious business needs social media and you do too. Especially if you’re promoting products from Amazon.
Social media is very visual and images do great on all social networks.
This is perfect for you as you will be able to share on social media the images of the products you’re selling.
Pinterest is where my heart is right now and product pins are super successful on there. If you’re going to be promoting Amazon products then I do suggest you spend some time on Pinterest.
Instead, direct the traffic to your review and let your content convince the buyer.
If done right, social media and SEO put together will (in time) bring you a lot of visitors to your blog and making Amazon sales will start to happen daily.
So What Do You Need To Get Started?
Pick a Niche (Blog Topic)
Picking a niche (or blog topic) is a very important step that you should give some attention and focus to. You want to pick something that is:
Make sure that whatever you pick can actually make money. If you can find something that is popular on Amazon then your job of making money as an associate will be much easier.
Something You Enjoy:
Whatever you pick, make sure it is something that you personally enjoy talking about and have a good knowledge of the subject.
You will need to come up with a lot of content that is related to the topic you pick so the more you know about a particular subject, the more you can offer advice. + It will make your job much easier if you’re enjoying it (trust me on this).
How To Pick A Profitable Niche
First, go to Amazon.com and check out the categories there. If there is something that you’re interested in, make a note of it.
Once you pick something that you think you have a good knowledge about, check out how many items there are and how popular they’re selling.
Also, make sure that it is something specific.
- “Men’s fashion” is not a niche, it’s a category.
- “Men’s Shoes” is a bit better but
- “Men’s Running Shoes” is way better.
Do you get my point on this?
Feel free to drop me a comment below if you have any problems picking out a niche and make sure you check out this great video tutorial about what a “niche” is and how to pick one.
How To Make Money As An Amazon Associate
Step 1: Start Your (Free) Blog
The first thing you have to do is to start our blog (website) and have it set up properly.
My favourite blogging platform and the one I personally use is WordPress, it’s by far the best option there is and super easy to use. I won’t go into detail as to why WordPress is so great, but I do here in a previous post.
Free Blog or Paid Blog?
You can get started right away with using a free website or you can buy your own domain and get it hosted.
The price to register a domain is about $10 a year but the hosting will cost you around $12 per month.
If you’re a premium member of Wealthy Affiliate (will be telling you about this later), you can get free hosting for all multiple websites (huge value for money here) or you can buy hosting from your favourite domain registrar.
I do suggest you sign up with Wealthy Affiliate since you’ll be getting the free hosting + a lot of training but if you want to go for it “independently”, my top choice would be BlueHost for buying your domain and hosting.
Want A Free Site To Test The Waters First?
If you want to get started right away (and for free), you can use the free SiteRubix website creation tool.
By using SiteRubix, you will also be enrolling as a free member with Wealthy Affiliate. And when I say free, I mean 100% free…. no hidden costs and no credit card required.
After you get your blog set up and ready to go (which SiteRubix will show you how to do that with the free training) we can move on to the next step.
Step 2: Applying To The Amazon Associates Program
Now is time to apply to become an Amazon Associates (exciting right?). It’s not a complicated thing to do and it’s also free.
I won’t go into detail on how to join here because Amazon has already set up the perfect step-by-step guide on how to do so.
Step 3: Start Writing Blog Posts & Reviews
Now that you have your niche picked and your blog ready to go, it’s time to get to work. This is where your job as a blogger and an affiliate marketer come into play.
Start writing blog posts and reviews that are related to your niche.
Use the right keywords, target the right audiences and your content will start getting ranked on the search engines and shared on social media.
I have to warn you: Progress will be slow at first but all you have to do is get the ball rolling, once you start (and keep going) you’re well on your way to making money with Amazon.
Your work as a content creator is accumulative so don’t judge your work and progress by one post. One post is not going to do anything. It’s your consistency that will make or break your new business.
Step 4: Start Linking To Amazon
Now that you’ve set up all your pages and posts, and have joined the Amazon Associates Program, it’s time to start linking to Amazon.
Whenever you write a review or mention a product, you can go to the Amazon Affiliate page, find the product and get the link.
Here’s how that works…
How To Use The Amazon Affiliate Program
Find the product you wish to promote and get your affiliate link:
Add it to your blog post:
And that’s it.
You can also add banner images that are related to your blog topic to your sidebar on WordPress.
You will find these banners on the Amazon Associates page once you’ve been accepted.
Your job now is to keep adding fresh content daily or weekly (find a comfortable posting schedule and stick to it) and keep adding those links.
Remember reviews work perfectly when promoting Amazon products so make sure you work on those.
Your Final Step: Follow A Proven System
Learning how to make money with Amazon is not that hard, but building a real business you can be proud of is, which means:
You need some Amazon Affiliate training!
Like you, I was a complete n00b at making money online but one fine day (about 7 years ago), I’ve stumbled across a training program that thought me exactly in a step-by-step manner how to make it happen for real.
The training program in question is called Wealthy Affiliate.
I’ve been recommending this product for years now and only because I know that it works. It’s the same training me and my other money-making bloggers use to make $10,000 in a month with Amazon.
Now you may have heard this spiel before and you might also be thinking that I am selling you something here, but I am not.
The purpose of this blog is to give you the opportunity and the best opportunity that I can offer you is this free training.
Imagine for a second that this training does, in fact, teach you how to build a business with Amazon, and you right now are faced with the decision of taking the first step. Would you do the right choice?
I hope this article has helped you understand how to make money as an Amazon Associate.
Amazon is the perfect place for newbie bloggers and seasoned affiliate marketers to wet their beak in and start earning money online.
I hope I have made everything easy to understand and if you have any further questions, just drop it in the comments below and I’ll be glad to help you out.
Get to blogging, keep learning and start earning.