How To Become An Affiliate Marketer For Amazon [Step By Step]

Posted on 2 June, 2018 by Joe Elliott

Do you want to learn the easiest way to make money online?

Well, start learning how to become an affiliate marketer for Amazon.

You are in luck because that is what I have in store for you today.

So many affiliates fail to make anything online but this isn’t because the method doesn’t work. It is usually because new affiliates give up too soon or they don’t actually get started. So before I start this post of I want you to know this is not a method for instant success.

If you can commit to writing 30 articles then you could have your first $100 day very soon.

You also have to be aware that Google can take 3-6 months to actually start ranking your blog. So try and commit to this length of time too.

Let’s not waste any more of your time… let’s get started learning how to become an affiliate marketer with Amazon. First things first, why Amazon?

Why Should You Become An Affiliate Marketer For Amazon

When you create your first affiliate project whether it be an Amazon affiliate site or anything else. You have to remember this one thing.

Nobody knows who you are and they certainly do not care about you.

If you want to make money you have to change this.

Your audience has to know who you are and they have to trust that you are not scamming them. When you focus your blog on the Amazon Affiliate program you are recommending a very trusted brand. Amazon is the number one e-commerce site on the web.

Sending your audience to Amazon and getting them to buy is a lot easier than sending them anywhere else. Once they trust your blog more then you can send them to other places but at the start, it is easier to stick with Amazon.

Now their commission rates aren’t the best but if you have a good mix of expensive and cheap products you will be able to get a decent return.

So how does it work?

The concept is simple.

Create a blog or YouTube channel around a topic and then recommend products. If someone buys through your special amazon affiliate link then you will earn a commission. That is what affiliate marketing is in a nutshell.

So now you know why you should choose Amazon, how much could you earn?

What Is The Amazon Affiliate Commission Rate: How Much Will You Get Paid!

At the beginning of 2017, a change was announced that would change the Amazon affiliate commission rate that they pay their affiliates.

To say it caused some waves is an understatement.

Before they decided to make this change there was a set commission rate that would increase as you got more sales. So the top dog affiliates would be making the highest commission rate on all of there sales. If you had a small number of sales the commission rate was around 4%.

The new Amazon Affiliate commission rate puts everyone on a level playing field. It doesn’t matter how many sales you get for them. The rate you get paid is dependant on what category the product you sell is in. So if you were a top affiliate making 8-10% commission you could now make 3% for some products.

This would be a massive hit to your income. Here is a list of all the categories and the commission rate you will receive if you sell a product from them.

An image showing the Amazon affiliate Commission Rates

So now if you sell a Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 video game for $59.99 you will earn $0.59. If you sell 20 of them you will make $11.80.

My top tip when it comes to an Amazon affiliate site is to focus on products that are expensive more than the cheaper ones. The higher price will help boost your earnings.

So if you sell a Lawn Mower for $199.99 you will earn $15.99. Sell ten of these and you have made $159.99.

This is much better than the first example.

Step One: Choose A Niche That You Can Dominate

Have you heard the saying… ‘Jack of all trades master of none’

At the start, you want to focus your blog on a small section of your market. This is known as your niche. So if your site is around sports it would be better niche down and focus on a specific sport like golf.

You could take this a step further and focus on golf for seniors.

Why focus on a small section rather than the bigger market?

Because it is easier to gain authority in a smaller niche. I am not saying you can’t branch out to other things but in the beginning, I would focus on a very small section.

Ok, so how do we find our niche.

Niches are everywhere.

I would say start with niches that you are comfortable with. So look around your house and see what you have that you could focus on. Actually having the product means you can provide a real review with unique photos.

So if you have a DSLR then why not focus on Advanced DSLR tips. In your post, you could recommend the gear you have used.

If you have a pet rabbit then why not focus on looking after your first pet rabbit. You could even go into the DIY hutch niche with this one.

Once you know what your site will be about, look at social media and blogs to see what the demand is like. If you see a big social presence and other blogs then you can see there is an audience looking for what you offer.

This is all the information you need in the beginning. You know there is an audience searching for your topic and you know there are products to share with them.

One last thing to do involves Google. Search for a product review of a product in your niche that you can find on Amazon. Example:

“rabbit hutch review”

This will show you all the other blogs that have reviewed this rabbit hutch. You now know that there is competition.

If you are happy with your niche then let’s get our platform set up.

Step Two: Set Up Your Platform To Promote Your Affiliate Links

For an Amazon affiliate project, I would only focus on two platforms. You don’t have to choose the both but these are the best.

The first is YouTube.

This would involve setting up a channel around your niche. You would then release videos on the topics people are looking for. In the videos, you can post your affiliate links to make money from YouTube.

To stay on the right side of the law you will have to disclose that your an affiliate. I suggest using an Amazon affiliate disclaimer in your description.  Something like this would work:

“The links that I mention in my video and description may be affiliate links. This means that I will earn a small commission if you buy from clicking my link. This will not cost you anything extra and really does help the channel.”

This is short and to the point. The FTC requires us to disclose that we are an affiliate, I have not seen any negative impact from disclosing this.

If YouTube is not your thing then you can choose option two. A Niche Authority Amazon Affiliate Site.

This may cost you a little money to get set up but it will be worth it in the long run. You can siphon traffic from Google with this platform. This is the best traffic in my opinion.

The first thing you need is web hosting. I use SiteGround for all my websites. They are super reliable, fast and their customer service is second to none.

As far as hosting goes they are a bit more expensive but it will be so worth it. With SiteGround you can buy your domain but if you want to save some money buy your domain name with NameCheap and then point your domain to your SiteGround Web hosting.

Click here to learn more about SiteGround.

SiteGround is a WordPress Managed service. This makes it super easy to set up WordPress. When you sign up you will be guided through the setup of WordPress. It is like filling in a short form online.

At this point, you have a WordPress Website but it looks pretty boring. You need a decent theme that you can customize. What WordPress Theme. What WordPress theme do you use for affiliate marketing though?

For all my sites I have been using either the Enfold theme from Theme Forest or Divi Theme by Elegant Themes.

These both come with a page builder which makes it a breeze to customize each page on your blog.

You will also need to disclose that you are using affiliate links. You can do this by creating an Amazon affiliate disclaimer page that states the links may be an affiliate link. This covers you for all the pages on your blog.

You could also just add a short line to the bottom of each page that says:

“The links that I mention in this post may be affiliate links. This means that I will earn a small commission if you buy from clicking my link. This will not cost you anything extra and really does help the blog.”

Step Three: Create Content That Is Designed To Increase Your Traffic

For the rest of this post, I am going to focus on a Niche Authority Amazon Affiliate site, not YouTube.  I just wanted to mention that YouTube is another option.

So what content should we create for our Amazon affiliate blog?

Now a lot of YouTubers and bloggers in the Make Money Online niche tell you just to write reviews and that is enough. This could not be further away from the truth. It may have worked in 2008 but nowadays you need to create grade A content.

You need content that is informational as well as your review content.

I use three types of content on my sites:

  • Ultimate Epic Guides
  • Expert Roundup Posts
  • Reviews

Now when it comes to keyword research I use Doug Cunnington KGR Formula. You simply go to Google and look for keywords. When you find one that suits you get the local monthly search volume.

Using a tool like Keywords Everywhere makes this easy. It will display the search volume right beside the keywords on Google.

Now do a search for this:

“allintitle:your keyword”

This will show you how many pages include the exact keyword in the title tag. Write down the total amount of allintitle results and divide that by the local monthly searches.

If the answer is below 0.5 I would go for it. The lower the better though.

Now this will only work with keywords under 250 local monthly searches. If the number is less than 0.5 it will rank quickly. If it is below 0.25 it will probably rank in the top 30 in a few days. Any time I have used this I can normally rank a lot higher.

So if you rank 10 articles with 250 local monthly searches in the top 10, you could easily get about 100 page views per month. This is a great starting point. If the keywords are golden meaning they are below the 0.25 mark it will be simple to rank for them.

So the first goal is to create 10 posts focusing on keywords with a KGR of around 0.25. You can make them ultimate guides or you can make them review blog posts.

Now before you write this method off you will need to give a new Amazon affiliate authority site around 3 months to start ranking. This is fine though because when I start a new site I want to write about 30 articles before I do anything else.

I aim to do 10 per month. So in month 3, I have 30 articles that are all targetting KGR keywords. By this stage, I have seen a lot of them in the top 10 bringing me free traffic.

Step Four: Getting Accepted On The Amazon Associate Program

I know you may be asking yourself why have I left it this long before getting you to sign up for the Amazon affiliate program. Well, I want you to get accepted.

If you add affiliate links before your site has content on it your application to the program will be declined.

When you sign up for the program Amazon want to see click coming in. If they see this in the first 30 days they will keep you on board. Next, they want you to get your first sale. Now I am not sure how long you have to get this but if you don’t get this you will get denied.

So if your site has no content you will have no clicks nevermind sales.

If you can be patient I would postpone signing up for their program till you are getting some traffic. This means you will get the link clicks pretty quick. The quicker you get them the better it looks to Amazon.

When you are ready to sign up head over to this link (https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/) and you will land on this page:

An Image showing the page to sign up to the amazon associates program so you can become an affiliate marketer for Amazon

Click the ‘Join Now For Free’ button. Next, you will land on this page:

An image showing the sign up for Amazon Page

Sign In or Create a new account.

If you have to create a new account it is just a simple form, just follow the steps and you will be welcomed into the program. Once you are on the program you need to add links to your content.

At this stage, I would just add links when you mention a product in a post. This looks extremally natural to your new and unsure audience. In your posts opening paragraph, you could probably create a “See my favorite X” link.

Try not to be too pushy at this stage. In the beginning, product name links should be fine to get you going.

Let’s take it up a notch and start looking at some traffic generation techniques.

Step Five: Promote Your New Platform & Get The Ball Rolling In

When it comes to getting people to your new site patience is your best friend. Most new affiliates can not drive mega numbers while they are still learning. If you can get a few extra visits while Google ranks your site then it could get you a sale or two.

I always say start with the low hanging fruit. Who can you get to your site with minimal effort?

Your friends and family.

So take to Facebook and tell as many of your friends about your new blog. Now to get a good amount of traffic you need to get them to share your link. These are your friends so I am sure that some of them will help you.

Now just because they aren’t interested in your topic doesn’t mean that their friends aren’t. If they share your link then their friends will see your new site.

It is now time to think about groups that you are a member of. This could be a forum or a Facebook Group.

Now don’t think you can go there and spam the group. Write a really epic thread or post and then at the bottom say something like:

For more information visit: http://yoursite.com

This is useful to the group and it’s some traffic for you. Most groups and forums will let you do this if you are an engaged member of the group or forum.

Now our friends and groups know, let’s take it up a notch.

Introducing Quora. This site is golden.

An image showing the Quora Homepage

Start by searching for topics that relate to your site’s content. Answer all the questions in the Topic FAQ part and then answer any others that you can.

An image showing Quora Topic FAQ Section

Again do not spam. You want your answers to be like mini blog posts. Aim to write about 500 words or more. You should also include images or videos and link to other authority sites, not just your own. This will help them stand out.

Next, go to blogs about your topic and start reading them. If a post mentions something your blog talks about then leave a valuable comment. Your link goes in the URL form text box. Avoid putting the link in the actual comment unless you know the site owner.

So there you have it these traffic generating techniques could bring you in a few visitors a day while Google ranks your Amazon Affiliate site. Just remember not to spam and always provide value before you link back.

It’s Time To Take Action Now You Know How To Become An Affiliate Marketer For Amazon

Are you ready to take action on what I have shared with you? You could have your first Amazon affiliate site live today if you actually take action on this.

Before I go I will share the number one reason why most new affiliates fail. They spend too long choosing a niche and a theme that they lose their enthusiasm. If you want to make money you have to create content whether that be a video on YouTube or a Blog post.

If you use the KGR formula and write epic content you can easily get traffic very quickly.

Once you have a good number of articles sign up for the Amazon Associate Program. Then put your affiliate links in your content.

Lastly go out there and share your new blog with the world. Stop learning how to become an affiliate marketer for Amazon and start actually being an affiliate.

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  1. Julia Ann

    July 4, 2018 at 6:02 am

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