How to Use Amazon Affiliate Marketing: A Step by Step Guide



The Amazon Associates offering is an Amazon Affiliate program that can really boost your small business. Here is how to become an Amazon affiliate

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is no doubt one of the world’s most famous online marketplaces. But the company also offers n opportunity to some small business owners — particularly online marketers. The platform offers the well-known Amazon affiliate program.



Amazon Affiliate Program

As affiliate programs go, the Amazon affiliate program can’t be beat in term of access and sheer size. According to Business Insider, Amazon’s valuation of $356 billion is larger than Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, Macy’s, Kohl’s, JCPenney, and Sears combined.

Amazon generated $177.9 billion in revenue in 2017 a net income growth of 27.8%, making it the largest online retailer in the world.

This type of scale makes the Amazon affiliate program attractive to small businesses and marketers, and makes Amazon associates and each Amazon affiliate part of a global marketplace.

Whether it is a small business looking to take advantage of the Amazon affiliate program or individual Amazon associates, there are many opportunities to generate revenue.

When you become an Amazon affiliate member, you have access to a range of tools including analytics and marketing to ensure you can maximize your earning potential.





Amazon Associates

The Amazon Local Associates program which was expanded last year gave local small businesses and individuals more ways they can increase their revenue.

Amazon associates with websites or other digital presence can make recommendations on items sold by Amazon. This not only introduces a new way to engage with customers, but it also creates an opportunity to get an affiliate fee with a qualifying purchase.

With an inventory of more than one million products, order fulfillment, delivery, returns and customer service, the Amazon affiliate program may be an attractive way to start a business or enhance the capability of your current company. But first you need to become an Amazon affiliate.

How to Become an Amazon Affiliate

Interested? Here’s a step-by-step process on how you can become am Amazon affiliate.

Log In to the Amazon Affiliate Area

Start by scrolling to the bottom of the Amazon home page. You are looking for the “Become an Affiliate Link.”





The Amazon Associates offering is an Amazon Affiliate program that can really boost your small business. Here is how to become an Amazon affiliate

That should lead you to the splash page with lots of information about the Amazon Affiliate program. Click the “Join Now” button to get started.

The Amazon Associates offering is an Amazon Affiliate program that can really boost your small business. Here is how to become an Amazon affiliate



Submit Personal and Website Details

The form looks long, but it is pretty easy to fill out. Just add your personal details in this section. This will be your official profile, so please make sure all information is correct.



The Amazon Associates offering is an Amazon Affiliate program that can really boost your small business. Here is how to become an Amazon affiliateYou will then be asked to add your website details. Of course, most affiliate programs, if not all, are interested in how much traffic you get.

The Amazon Associates offering is an Amazon Affiliate program that can really boost your small business. Here is how to become an Amazon affiliate



Next, fill in your profile. This will include things like your preferred store ID, how you build links, how you drive traffic to your website, among other things.

The Amazon Associates offering is an Amazon Affiliate program that can really boost your small business. Here is how to become an Amazon affiliate



Verify Your Identity

In order to verify your identity, Amazon asks for a phone number which they use to make an automated phone call. When you enter your phone number, a pin number appears on the screen. The automated call will ask you to verify the pin number. It’s that simple!



The Amazon Associates offering is an Amazon Affiliate program that can really boost your small business. Here is how to become an Amazon affiliate

Choose How You Want to be Paid

In this last step, Amazon welcomes you to their Associates program. It is at this point that you can choose how you want to be paid or do it later, but why should you? Here are your payment options:

  • Check ($15 processing fee is waived for international associates)
  • Amazon gift card
  • Direct deposit (not available for international associates)

The Amazon Associates offering is an Amazon Affiliate program that can really boost your small business. Here is how to become an Amazon affiliate





Once you complete the registration process, Amazon will give you access to their Associates platform where you will be able to get the affiliate links for their products.

As you get into affiliate marketing, it’s important that you disclose all your affiliate links and mark them as nofollow. Wondering why? Here are a few reasons.

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Antony Maina


Antony Maina Antony Maina is a Staff Writer for Small Business Trends. His beat includes social media, general business reporting and exploring how people relate to technology. With a background in freelance writing, he is a contributor to other tech websites and can be found at Word4Bloggers.

19 Reactions

  1. Aira Bongco

    This is great. I think that affiliate marketing in general should not be lumped with Amazon Affiliate marketing. It is different for there is a different way of doing things. Having a separate guide definitely helps.

  2. I did launch my affiliate marketing site and I was having trouble making sales unto it. I do hope that after applying what you said will make my site better. Many thanks to you for sharing those tips.

  3. Hi,

    Last time when I joined the Amazon Affiliate, my account was terminated because I didn’t had a single sale in 150 days. That’s the policy but I have one question, suppose we made a sale in 150 days , will this policy continue for the next 150 days or our account will active lifetime?

    Thanks,
    Amit

  4. Interesting ideas. I am new doing affiliate marketing and hope I can see a difference after trying out some of your ideas. Many Thanks!

  5. My affiliate blogs were stagnant for so long. I didn’t made any sales and wanted to quit, however I am very hopefull after reading your article. Seems I can see a light and feels excited again. Hope to see my first sale after I will apply what you had said. I appreacite you posted something like this to help us newbie. 🙂

  6. Great post! Thank you for sharing your ideas about affiliate marketing. It helped me a lot in improving my site to make it effective. Thanks again.

  7. I found this article really helpful. I’ve been blogging on and off for years but this is my first time to try and use affiliates. Many thanks!

  8. Andres Villabrille

    Love all these tips! I have just started getting more into promoting affiliate products and this list will help. All the best!

  9. First to say thanks for sharing this great article. Affiliate marketing is good way to make money online. I am starting one today. Many Thanks!

  10. Great insights! I not opposed to affiliate marketing. It can be a good thing for us when done right.

  11. I did launch my affiliate marketing site and I was having trouble making sales unto it. I do hope that after applying what you said will make my site better. Many thanks to you for sharing those tips

  12. Great and insightful post! You left no stone unturned, great resource post for affiliate marketers.

  13. Baudoin DAUMERIE

    They say affiliate marketing doesn’t work until I found your article. It inspires me again to do affiliate marketing. I know it needs a lot of work in order to get sales. Many thanks to you. Info really helped.

  14. Thanks for the tips! I think it is very easy to side track these days with so much marketing noise about Affiliate Marketing especially if there’s too much focus on selling the product instead of promoting a second opinion or solid content.

  15. A great point you made there though. Too many people try to take on too much at once and end up spreading themselves too thin – trying to conquer all the niches at the same time.

  16. A very resourceful post with great insights. I have a blog that I have not monetized for months and I think this is the right time to get into affiliate marketing. Thanks for sharing.

  17. I have had affiliate links for years, but I need to take another look at the possibilities and see how could move forward with the program.

  18. Hi Antony,
    What a joy to be here today.
    OH, My, How I missed this!
    I too have a few blogs on wp but never thought of this.
    It is high time that I need to do something soon in this regard.
    How nice it would have been if I came to know about this post before. 🙁
    I am here today via BizSugar wherein this is curated and I upvoted it and commented.
    I a bookmarking it for my further use.
    Thank you so much.
    Keep writing.
    Best Regards~

    ~ Philip

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