Making money online with Amazon Affiliate Marketing it’s one of the easiest ways to make money online. Amazon.com is well known and very popular website in many countries, and people trust Amazon and often buy from them.
If you have a website or blog, and someone clicks on the Amazon affiliate link on your website, and then buys something from Amazon on that day, you’ll get an affiliate commission and you’ll make money.
It does not even matter if that person buys, the product you linked to. If that person gets to Amazon through your link, checks the product you linked to, but buys something else from Amazon instead you’ll still get your affiliate commission. It works through Amazon cookies, which last for 24 hours. If someone buys through your link in 24 hours you’ll get the commission.
Why It’s Easy for Affiliates to Sell Amazon Products?
It’s simple. The Amazon is very popular and has very good reputation. People trust them and very often buy from Amazon. I experienced it many times. My wife who has a website in beauty/health niche, and often writes about the different products on her website, sometimes recommends the products that she likes that can be bought from other sellers, not from Amazon.
But she always puts Amazon’s Native Shopping ads at the end of her posts. You can see below how it looks on the website
In the native shopping ads Amazon shows different products based on the subject of the articles. If she writes about cellulite, and she recommends the specific cellulite cream she likes, Amazon shows other creams for cellulite which can be bought from Amazon.
People buy more often the creams that Amazon recommends than the one she recommends. This is because people trust and like to buy from Amazon.
As you can see from the above example, you can simply write/blog about different subjects/hobbies/products, and at the end of your posts you just place the Amazon’s Native Shopping Ads, and you’ll make money in this way.
Sounds easy, right? Yes, it is easy, but first people must find your post in the Search Engines, like Google, Bing, Yahoo and others. You need traffic to your website, which isn’t always easy because you’ll compete with many other websites and bloggers. So, you need to be good at online marketing and SEO. More about it at the end of this article.
Just remember, don’t worry too much about the competition online. There over 3 billion people online and there will be more. It’s a huge marketplace, and you can also make a living selling as an affiliate online.
How to Become an Amazon Affiliate?
It’s easy to become an Amazon Affiliate, which they actually call Amazon Associate, if you have an existing website/blog that gets at least 100 visitors a day. Sometimes less is enough. If you have a new website or you’re just planning to have one, you should not apply to Amazon Associates Program, until you have at least 10 posts and some decent traffic. Amazon will check your website and decide if you qualify for their program.
If you have some traffic and a good website they will approve you and give you 180 days to make at least 3 sales. If you don’t make them your account will be closed. That’s one more reason not to apply to become an Amazon Associate till you have decent traffic.
If you have decent traffic and know how to make money with affiliate marketing, then it’s easy to make Amazon affiliate sales. The best way of getting traffic to your website is with Search Engine Optimization. SEO traffic is free. The Amazon affiliate commissions are quite low, so if you pay for traffic, your profit could be low. With free traffic, this isn’t a problem
The Cons of Amazon Affiliate Marketing
So far, I mentioned the good things about making money with the Amazon affiliate program. But what are the cons?
The main problem is, as I mentioned above, that the commissions are rather low. You won’t make much money with Amazon, if you don’t get good traffic and don’t make many sales. The commissions depending on the product vary from 1% to 10%. So, to make decent money you need to sell more expensive products (which is harder to sell) or to sell a lot.
Another con is that it’s easy to get banned from Amazon Associate if you break any of their rules. So, you should learn the rules and never break any of them.
So, Is it Worth to Join Amazon Associates?
Yes, it definitely is. There are many affiliates who make regularly over $1,000 every month with the Amazon Associates Program every month, and it’s passive income. There are some who make over $10,000 a month and more.
Once your website is established and liked by search engines, it becomes really easy. But before that happens, you must work hard to achieve that.
Another good way to use Amazon Affiliate Marketing is to use it in combination with other affiliate programs. You don’t have to depend only on Amazon, but you monetize your website’s traffic in many ways.
If you decided to join the Amazon Associates Program here’s the link to do it:
Here you can read about their rules.
The Proper Way of Making Money with Amazon
The most important thing from my experience to make money with Amazon is to have fun with it. If you have a blog where you write on the subjects you’re interested in, or even better you’re passionate about, then you’ll enjoy it.
People will see that you enjoy it and that you’re an expert in the field. Nobody becomes the expert at once, but by studying the subject, research and writing about it, you’ll become the expert naturally. It’s easy and natural when you are passionate about something.
It would be a mistake to push some products on Amazon to sell them, just because you want to make money. You should write interesting articles about different products, giving your opinion and trying to help people to solve their problems, make buying decisions, etc. Try to help people with your writing and advice, instead of trying to sell something. They will be coming back to your website, and anytime they buy anything through your website, you’ll make money. You don’t even have to try to sell anything. Many people just sell, placing the Amazon Native Ads at the end of their posts, as I mentioned above.
Search Engine Optimization
As I mentioned earlier the SEO is the best way to drive traffic to your website with Amazon affiliate links. So, it’s very important to learn SEO and affiliate marketing properly before you decide to make money with the Amazon Associates Program.
Whether you are already an experienced marketer, a newbie, or a person who would like to make some extra money online, or become financially independent, you should first educate yourself about affiliate marketing in general.
It’s possible to become very rich with affiliate marketing when you treat it as a business and you know what you’re doing. If you want to become an expert affiliate marketer, then I encourage you to check out the Wealthy Affiliate Program and Online Community, which in my opinion is the best place to learn any kind of affiliate marketing and learn how to make money online.
It’s possible and quite easy to make money online with Amazon Affiliate Marketing if you know affiliate marketing, SEO and online marketing in general. Anybody can become successful and make money online with Amazon, if he/she learns the process. One of the best places to learn it, is Wealthy Affiliate.
Amazon affiliate marketing is one of easiest and best way to make money online. Because they accept everyone. And you get a 180 days or 6 months period to make a sale. Because of the products variety that Amazon offers, you can find products to promote for almost any niche you are targeting.
I think with good content and SEO strategy you can make a good income from Amazon even if their commission rate is not extra high.
Thank you for the comment. Yes, some people make very good income from Amazon.
Hi Chris, I enjoyed your post, “How to Make Money Online with Amazon Affiliate Marketing”. I think you’ve pretty much-covered everything a new affiliate marketer would need to know when deciding to join the Amazon Associates program. I like how you stressed the importance of writing quality content to attract readers to your site and also improve rankings with good SEO techniques.
It would be good if the Amazon cookies lasted longer than 24 hours. It’s also interesting to know when someone clicks through your affiliate link to Amazon and doesn’t buy the exact product you are selling you get the commission for the other product as well.
Thank you for the nice comment Calvin. Yes, I agree, 24 cookie is too short.
Calvin Harris says