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Today I will be showing you how to become an affiliate marketer for Amazon in 5 minutes.

In this post, I cover several important topics:How To Become An Affiliate Marketer For Amazon - Amazon.com

1. I go in-depth about why you should sign up for Amazon’s affiliate program,

2. I list valuable information about Amazon’s Policies, and how you can avoid getting banned!

Most Importantly: 3. A full step by step walk through to sign up to Amazon’s affiliate program in 5 minutes!

4. Lastly, I cover the many tools and customization within Amazon’s affiliate central dashboard. These resources can prove invaluable for making a sale possible!

=> Note: If you want to skip ahead to the sign-up walk through, feel free to scroll down and see those steps below.

Also, be sure to see my full review of my favorite Internet Marketing University and website builder, Wealthy Affiliate.

Reasons Why You Should Sign Up For Amazon’s Affiliate Program Today

There are many affiliate networks or programs out there today. There are so many in fact, that I don’t think I will ever run out in my lifetime.

Human innovation has provided man with the ability to promote someone else’s idea and get paid for it. Indeed, internet marketers can make a regular income by selling someone else’ products.

All of this without spending a dime!

What separates Amazon however, is its marketplace. Here are just a few ways Amazon is beating the pants off physical retailers and other affiliate programs:

Amazon’s Incredible Features & Benefits As An Affiliate Program

  • Amazon is like the Walmart of the internet. Amazon’s 2 day shipping is now the shopping standard by which we judge shipping rates. No other shopping website has been able to seriously compete against Amazon in it’s niche.How To Become An Affiliate Marketer For Amazon - Amazon Prime
  • Prime memberships come with a host of benefits. Including, but not limited to, 2 day free shipping on all products that participate in the program, music streaming, and access to personal libraries.Thousands of people are joining Amazon and making purchases on a daily basis!
  • Amazon ships internationally and their affiliate network allows you to sell products internationally. You can make money in the U.K selling a product to someone in Germany or the U.S. There are dozens of approved countries, and Amazon will pay you in your specified currency!
  • Unlike some retailers, Amazon’s priority is to show you user reviews and ratings. When an item has a 4 out of 5 star rating or more, you know you are making a good purchase for the most part.
  • On top of that, being able to see written reviews by previous verified buyers, is an incredible feature. People buy from Amazon with a buyer confidence you can count on!
  • This one is easily the most exciting: Every product listed on Amazon has an affiliate link for you to promote it! If it’s on Amazon, you can sell it.

Previous Setup & Preparation Needed

Just to make sure everyone is on the same page, let me clarify a few things.

1. Signing up for Amazon’s Affiliate Program requires that you have a website or mobile app to advertise their products. If you don’t already have one in place, click the link Here.

The previous link will take you to a full review of my favorite FREE website builder and the 1# rated virtual university for online business building, Wealthy Affiliate.

2. Amazon receives in incredible quantity of sign-ups for their affiliate program Daily. Thus, they have a trial period of 180 days for every applicant. This is their way of saving space for only qualified affiliates.

Within this time period of 180 days, you must generate a minimum of three sales to be accepted into their program. If you don’t, they will shut down your account.

You have the option to appeal for a re-enabling of your account, but it is not advised unless you are certain your website or mobile app can generate the sales necessary. Otherwise, you are better off just making another account.

Amazon’s Terms & Conditions… Don’t Get Banned!

3. The final phase in your setup would be the reading of Amazon’s terms and conditions. I know this is probably going to sound weird, but there are some serious statements made in their policies.How To Become An Affiliate Marketer For Amazon - Don't Get Banned!

If you don’t follow their Policies, they will ban and shut down your account. Many people have had this happen on a Permanent basis. That’s right, they never got their account reinstated.

Here are just a few ways you can get your account banned:

  • Using product images not directly provided within the Affiliate program. (E.g. copying a product image off Amazon’s main product listing instead of using the allowed picture(s).

 

  • Copying an image instead of using the HTML coding. Amazon does not approve of you copying pictures onto your computer for uploading. To elaborate, it does not approve of you uploading that saved picture onto your website, app or post by itself. You must place the image onto your site with the HTML coding behind it so that Amazon can track it.

Amazon has the built in feature to supply you with an HTML loaded image for any product.

Disclaimers and Masking

  • Not having Amazon Listing disclaimers. I found this one out recently. If you are listing prices and specifications that could change over time, you are liable for giving false information about a product. But more importantly, you must inform people that you are an Affiliate of Amazon and that you make a referral fee or commission! This is cause for your account’s termination if you don’t have this on your site!

It is imperative that you have a product information disclaimer. One stating that you are not liable when details about Amazon’s products change. Especially if you are going to be reviewing products with varying descriptions.

On top of that, you need to have a disclaimer explaining that you are an Affiliate of Amazon’s, it can be simple or lengthy, but it must be understood!

  • Masking Amazon’s links. If you’ve ever heard of plugins, software, or re-scripting tools that change the appearance of a link, then this one will make sense to you. Amazon does not approve of any “masking” used on their links.

Let me clarify: This is you simply using a redirect for Amazon links. An example would be to change a link from “www.amzn.to”, and making it appear as, “www.masking.com/product”.

Naturally, the latter looks cleaner and more trustworthy, but the cost is high. You may be tempted to hide the hideous links that Amazon pumps out, but don’t do it! It’s not worth getting your account suspended.

How To Become An Affiliate Marketer For Amazon In 5 Minutes, Steps & Full Walkthrough

The following steps are very simplistic and you should have no problem enrolling in under 5 minutes. I have also taken some screen shots of the main sign up page to assist with your enrollment.

Amazon’s sign up page has changed before, so if anything is outdated, let me know and I will update this post accordingly. If you have any questions, leave me a comment below, or email me and I will respond asap to help you. (My email is listed at the end of this article)

To start, go to Amazon’s Associates Home page, here:  https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/.

You will see a big button that says, “Join Now For Free”. Click on that and you will see the “Creating Your Amazon Associates Account” page.

Step 1 – “Account Information”.

How To Become An Affiliate Marketer For Amazon - Amazon Step 1

You will first start by entering your payee information. Address, name, number, etc

Pretty straight forward here, and you will have the option to change all of your settings and account information later.

Step 2 – “Website & Mobile App List”

How To Become An Affiliate Marketer For Amazon - Amazon Step 2

Then list your website address and or Apps that you want to enroll in the program. Step 1 and 2 are very simple, step three has a lot more information needed.

Step 3 – “Profile”

After that is completed, you will then fill in your profile information. You will choose your preferred “Associates Store ID”, which will become a part of your affiliate link.

You will briefly describe your website and give some details about it. I personally used the mission statement of my website.

If you have mobile apps you will want to list those and describe those too.

You will have the option to select two primary topics to describe your website or mobile apps, or both.

You will then specify what kind of products you will be advertising on your website (or mobile apps) from Amazon.

The last question is relevant to what type of website you have. Some examples would be a blog or a shopping website which compares prices. If you have a mobile app, you will naturally want to specify its type as well.

Traffic & Magnetization – Honesty Is The Best Policy

It is important to be completely honest here. If you are a new owner of a blog, website, or app, be willing to admit that. Honesty is the best policy when you are applying for a program that receives numerous applicants a day.

You have a multiple-choice selection allowing you to check mark the different methods you use to drive traffic to your website or app.

You will then select one or two different ways you monetize your site or app.

How To Become An Affiliate Marketer For Amazon - Amazon Step 3

It will ask you how you usually build links. This is relevant because the format Amazon uses to build links may be different from the one you use.

One of the last key questions is how many people you have coming to your site on a monthly basis. Again, be open here. Amazon doesn’t care about how many you receive currently, they care about sales.

They will ask you your primary motive for joining Amazon’s Affiliate Network.

Lastly, they want to know how you found out about their network.

Step 4 – “Identity Verification”

How To Become An Affiliate Marketer For Amazon - Amazon Step 4

Step 4 is simple. All you need to do is verify that you aren’t a robot and that you don’t plan to pull a Terminator… That was a joke.

All jokes aside, you can use your phone or email to verify your identity. The response rate for both are lightning fast and I was able to verify everything I needed in under a minute.

Step 5 – “Start Using Associates Central”

Your final step will be to fill in your payment details. This is how Amazon will pay you your commissions or “fees” as they are called. When you make sales, all payments are made exactly 60 days after the initial sales.

Note: a $15 dollar deduction is made from every check issued in the United States. It is highly recommended that you choose a different method to receive your “fees” if at all possible.

Amazon’s Many Tools And Features, Using Amazon Central

Here are all the tools and features within Amazon’s Affiliate Program you’ll find in the Affiliate Central home:How To Become An Affiliate Marketer For Amazon - Amazon's Features

1. Product Linking:

  • Product Links

Along with the “Reports” feature of Amazon’s program, this is the primary feature I use regularly. Within this feature you can search for specific products by name, category, or department.

You will also be shown the “Top Selling Products by Category” towards the bottom of this page. This can be very valuable if you are looking for top selling or “hot” products.

Once you have selected a product, you will have the option to generate Affiliate Links and HTML for promotional images. You can select shorter or longer versions of the link. The images Amazon provides come in several sizes to accommodate your needs.

Shortcut For Bloggers: To save time, simply drag the image you want to use onto your post, article or page. The HTML is already part of the image Amazon generates and will automatically insert into your post’s or page’s HTML.

  • Banners

The “Banners” portion of Amazon Central is quite useful if you want banners to be displayed on your website. Some of these are intuitive with movement already programmed in. Quite eye-catching.

There are different formats and sizes to meet your needs.

  • Native Shopping Ads

“Native Shopping Ads” generate relevant product recommendations based on what you are promoting or blogging about on a page or post.

This is a very useful feature to display products in addition to ones you’re already reviewing. It is also useful in the event you simply wanted to show an Amazon search feature. Readers or users can use this search bar to search Amazon products from your website.

Mobile Customization and Linking to Specific Pages

  • Mobile Popover

The “Mobile Popover” feature allows for an Amazon popup to appear on people’s phone when an Amazon affiliate link comes into view.

This is useful if you wanted a more direct way for people to see your links as it includes, images, prices and a few details. Naturally the popup disappears after they scroll down.

  • Link To Any Page

This little feature allows for you to search up specific location within Amazon.com and link to them with an affiliate link. You can already do this with the header extension (SiteStripe) that appears at the top of Amazon’s site. But this is a useful feature in the event that doesn’t show for you.

2. Promotions:

  • Featured Promotions

Being able to promote the latest products and sales on Amazon can be very useful! They give you the links, images and details to maximize your referral power. These change regularly, so keeping your eye on them may be beneficial.

  • Amazon Bounty Program

The Bounty program is a nice addition to making referral fees on Amazon’s products. It allows affiliates to make a “bounty” or fee off of people attempting to, or fully signing up to one of Amazon’s many services. Kindle Unlimited, and Audible are good examples.

Shortcut For Bloggers: Be careful using JavaScript ads instead of using the “IFrame”. JavaScript seems to glitch with WordPress widgets on the sidebar not correctly separating them. On the other hand, Unless you are using a responsive ad design, it is vital that you use an ad size that will fit within the parameters of your widget spacing.

  • Amazon Promo Codes

Amazon regularly uses promo codes on different categories and products. These codes can range from 10% to 60% percent or more! They are very useful if they are in your niche, app, or the topic of your blog.

3. Tools:

  • SiteStripeHow To Become An Affiliate Marketer For Amazon - Amazon's Tools

This is a handy feature built in to Amazon and is sure to make your life a-heck of a lot easier. With this feature, you can generate affiliate links from any page in Amazon.com. You just need to log into the account linked to you Amazon Associates account.

  • Publisher Studio

The “Publisher Studio” is an integrated plugin for Firefox and Chrome. It is a faster way to insert product links into sites like, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Blogger and Typepad, If you hate having to go to Amazon or use the back office in Amazon Associates, this plugin is most definitely for you!

  • Link Checker

This tool is invaluable. You can insert any link from Amazon and check if it is correctly linking back to your affiliate account. In my own experience, this was very useful when my first account was suspended and I had to verify some of my old links.

You will probably use this less than you might think. Amazon’s links never expire unless something happens to the account or the product itself.

API and Linking

  • Product Advertising API

The Product Advertising API is one of the most powerful tools at the affiliate’s disposal. Upon getting your account fully approved, you will be given API credentials. These credentials work with different plugins and services to provide up-to-date information about the products you list.

This is extremely helpful for pricing, images, or specifications that change for a product. They automatically update themselves with this feature.

  • One Link

One Link has become a front for international sales. Being able to receive payment in one currency, and be paid in another is invaluable. With One Link, all of your links go to the product listing relative to their country.

If you are in United States, you can now use links that will show the product page for the buyer’s country rather than your own. This means you can virtually sell to anyone in the world if Amazon supports their country!

  • Link Your Accounts

This feature allows you to link accounts for different countries.

  • Link Builder Plugin For WordPress

The Link Builder Plugin is similar to the Publisher Studio that I previously mentioned. The difference being that this is a plugin specifically designed for WordPress.

4. Reports

The Reports section of the Amazon Associates central back office is one of your most important tools. From here you can view important details about:How To Become An Affiliate Marketer For Amazon - Amazon's Tracking

  • Fees
  • Payments
  • Click Through Rates
  • Sales
  • Downloadable Reports
  • Link Type Performance
  • Graph Performance
  • Products Sold

This is where your tracking will take place. I guarantee this will become the place you spend most of your time within Amazon Central.

5. Help:

  • Product Help
  • Resource Center
  • Operating Agreement
  • Program Policies
  • Discussion Boards
  • Contact Us

The “Help” section is pretty self-explanatory. Needless to say, you can find all the information and assistance from Amazon to answer all of your questions here.

And that’s it! You have all the information you now know how to become an affiliate for Amazon in 5 minutes! If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or send me an email. I will get back to you asap!

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Cheers to your success,

Jacob Highley

Jacob@financialsuccessbook.com

Jacob is the featured author on FSB. He is a seasoned Internet Marketer and Financial Expert.

Some of his professional experience includes, Real Estate, Stocks, Business Management, Crypto Currencies, and he is a veteran Online Blogger.

He is an avid reader and investor. He has a passion for helping others succeed and overcome obstacles in their lives. He believes that “Knowledge Is Power”, and that people have the ability to do anything they set their minds to.

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  1. I have been thinking about what being an Amazon affiliate would benefit my online business and i have been looking for some guidance about what to do and what to expect. Your in depth review is something that i have been looking for and i will be looking into it a bit further. I will definitely be back to your site for more details.

    • That’s great to hear, Andrew! I’ve been using Amazon Associates for a while now, and while there is a lot of do’s and dont’s can be a bit much, it pays! The main thing to remember is that Amazon Associates is a massive company that seeks professional experience and protection for people’s products. As an affiliate, it is expected that the role be taken seriously. Not only are you going to be promoting Amazon’s products, but you will be a representative of Amazon itself. That’s why it is crucial to take every precaution to setup your account correctly and follow the guidelines to a T.

  2. Hey Jacob,

    I was looking for an easy way to monetize my site. I heard of the Amazon Affiliate program but it seemed too complicated at first to figure out. You really broke everything out into simple steps. I appreciate you making your readers aware not save and upload photos from amazon – you know I actually just seen a website recently, reviewing diapers, and they actually did that!!! I noticed it and so I was under the impression that it was okay to do! Now I know its not! The last thing I need is to put all this work into joining a affiliate program, getting situated and putting up links, only to get shut down! That would be really moded. How long do you think it takes before you start seeing a full time income? Also, how many native ads do you think is appropriate for one article? Is it okay to place native shopping ads multiple times throughout a blog post or could that be over kill? Also, would Amazon ban me if I placed multiple shopping / native / text ads and spaced them throughout my articles? Asking for a friend 🙂

    • To answer your questions and succinctly as possible, allow me to clarify some things. First off, there is no guarantee that you will see a full time income with Amazon Associates, and there isn’t a timeframe before you see results. Both of those things are fully dependent upon how fast and how safely you setup your account. Getting approved by Amazon is the first step, but you want to do it right.

      In regards to your other questions: Native ads are fine and dandy, but you want to be careful not to spam them. If you make a post about a topic, like “How-to”, I recommend placing a link to a product review for your readers. Mostly because you are now limiting the amount of links you have, appearing more earnest in helping people vs. making a sale, and it looks more professional.
      I rarely ever click on an ad within a post, and that is why I don’t place any in my content. All of my ads are on the side, below or around my post. No one likes reading something and then seeing an ad in the middle… Usually anyway.
      Amazon will not ban you for having multiple ads. To put it bluntly, they care about three things: You disclaimers, the amount of content you have, and how many sales you generate. Naturally, your site should be optimized to look professional, but if you follow their guidelines and you convert, Amazon will love you!

      Hope that helps you! 😀

  3. Great write up and step by step instruction on how to get started! I love Amazon because of the sheer volume of products it has. This is perfect for newbies jumping into affiliate marketing. Sharing this! Thank you!

    • Absolutely! Glad to know that this information was helpful for you! I originally was inspired to write this because I meet many people that have never even heard about Amazon’s affiliate program. It’s a bit ironic though since I’m guessing most of them use Amazon for regular purchases.

      Regards,
      Jacob

  4. I just recently joined Amazon Affiliates, and I think I’ve made a great choice. There are tons of perks of becoming an affiliate of theirs, and I think you’ve done a very well job here explaining what people can expect after joining.
    Not only has your post helped me feel more reassured about my decision, it has also served as a reminder of some other benefits I had completely thrown in the back of my head. It has been a nice refresher. Thanks a lot!

    • Hey, Andrew – Yeah, Amazon is fantastic. I myself learned about many features within Amazon’s affiliate backoffice during my research for this post. I thought I was well versed about most of Amazon’s features, but boy was I wrong! I think many people can take their affiliate promotions to a new level after applying some of these great tools!

      Regards,
      Jacob

  5. Hi Jacob,
    Thanks for sharing this article, it the most comprehensive I found so far. I’m a newbie to affiliate marketing and just set up my website for a month. Right now only a few click per week. Just worry if the traffic is good enough for Amazon to accept.
    Brian

    • Hi, Brian – Great to hear that you are working on building a website and have applied for the program with Amazon. I should let you know however, that Amazon doesn’t care about your traffic. All they care about is your site’s ability to convert traffic into sales. You need a few things to be approved:
      1. At least 3 sales.
      And 2. You need disclaimers or policies easily available or accessible. (I have mine at the bottom of the page and I have links to pages containing in-depth details about my affiliation with companies and how I use people’s information.

      Hope this helps,
      Jacob

  6. Hey Jacob, thanks for breaking down the sign-up process of joining Amazon’s Affiliate program into understandable sections. Becoming a member is a daunting process when you initially start out.
    I have joined a few Affiliate Programs in the past, however, Amazon’s is by far the easiest & quickest process. Like you mention, if you sign-up & operate with integrity, Amazon will love you.
    My favourite tool regards the site-strip that appears at the top of the browser when you’re logged in, making the process of copying affiliate links very convenient.
    My main advice is to lawfully conform to their Privacy Policy & Affiliate Disclosure guidelines further to watching how many links you place on a page. Social Media platforms are likewise becoming quite strict on links to posts containing too many affiliate links. Nowadays, I don’t include affiliate links on blog posts, I link to separate pages containing them.
    All the best Jacob,
    Simon.

    • Couldn’t agree more, Simon, Amazon loves those who are transparent and who follow the rules.

      Not exactly sure what you mean about including affiliate links within your posts, but I agree limiting their quantity is a good idea. Best to focus on delivering high quality content for readers and not come off like a salesman.

      Regards,

      Jacob

  7. Hi Jacob,
    Thanks so much for all the information about becoming an Amazon affiliate, I am an Amazon affiliate but I didn’t know the meanings of some of their tools.Your site has made it all so much clearer now.
    Regards
    Fintan

    • Hey, Fintan, glad this information was helpful for you. Many of the tools I didn’t understand until I did a lot more research. I too agree that Amazon is an incredible program, and their brand makes it very easy to promote products listed with them.

      – Jacob

  8. Thanks Jacob,
    This was a wonderful post about being an Amazon Associate. I have just entered into this world,and it can be very complicated. I really liked the information about the Product Information Disclosures and I think I will be perusing adding Native ads to my site. Thank you again for the tips, this is a great resource.

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