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What You Should Know About Amazon Associates/Affiliates

20 March 06 Fri 10:56

Apart from selling, Amazon also offers a wide range of other opportunities to earn. One of these opportunities is the Amazon Affiliate or Amazon associate program. The program is mainly for bloggers looking for ways to easily monetize their blogs. With the Amazon affiliate program, all you have to do is link up your blog to place Amazon affiliate links on your site, and every time someone makes a purchase on one of the product links in your blog, you get a commission.

As easy as it sounds, getting started requires you to learn all that is involved in the Amazon Affiliate program and how to get become an Amazon affiliate. This article would take you through a stepwise approach to help you start.

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What is the Amazon Affiliate Program?

The Amazon Affiliate program (or Amazon Associates) is simply an affiliate marketing program offered by Amazon. Currently, the program is free for bloggers and website owners who want to become Amazon affiliates. All they have to do is advertise products from Amazon on their sites. This is done by creating links, and every time a customer clicks the link and makes a purchase, the blogger/Website owner earns referral fees.

How to Become an Amazon Affiliate

If you are looking to become an Amazon affiliate, here's is a stepwise guide on how to become an Amazon affiliate.

1.   Create a website or blog

The very first step to becoming an Amazon Associate is having an active blog, website, app, or even a YouTube Channel. If you are just starting out, you might want to work on growing your audience before signing up to be an Amazon affiliate. However, if you're blog has already been in existence for some time, and you already have gained a broad audience, then the task is much easier. 

Also, do ensure that your website or blog belongs to a purpose as you would be required to fill this in during the application process. So, if you're just creating a blog or website, have a good grasp of your site right from the get-go and the ways you'd bring in traffic.

2.   Create an Amazon Associate Account

Once you have a website or blog with a good number of viewers, the next step is to go ahead with creating an Amazon Associates account. You can start the process by visiting the Amazon Associates homepage and click on the "Join Now for Free" button.

Clicking this button would open a prompt for you to log in to an existing Amazon account or create a new one.

3.   Build your Amazon Associates profile

In the process of creating your website, building an impressive profile is also important. Here are some steps to help out with the process.

      i.        Enter your account information

Enter all the necessary information. This information includes the name, address, phone number, etc.

    ii.        Enter your website address.

After the necessary information, you can then proceed to enter your website address (which can be more than one), apps, YouTube channels, etc.

   iii.        Enter the preferred store ID.

Your store ID is usually the same as your primary website name, so in filling this, you would also have to explain what your websites are about and its goals. You can then choose Amazon topics that your links will most likely be interested in.

   iv.        Explain your plans to drive traffic to your site.

You would also be required to explain your plans to drive traffic to your website and how you plan to use your website to generate income.

    v.        Enter your phone number.

Once this is done, you would be required to input your phone number to process a call from Amazon. You would get a four-digit code from the call for the approval of your account.

   vi.        Choose your payment method.

Once your account has been approved, you can then go on to input payment details and proceed to your dashboard.

4.   Create Amazon Affiliate links.

Once you have created an account, you would be directed to your Associate homepage. On this homepage, you would get to see an overview of earnings, monthly summary, total clicks, and all the essential information about your account.

You can also check out relevant product links from your dashboard.

You don't necessarily have to sell products to make money on Amazon. The Amazon Affiliate program offers an opportunity to earn comfortably while doing what you love. 


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