Getting started with Amazon Affiliate for Beginners
Amazon Associate is Amazon’s Affiliate program. If you are looking to get some affiliate sales, Amazon makes it real easy. You can sign up to their program here and then generate your own links to Amazon’s products. More discussion on the link creation below.
When an item is sold through your link, you get a commission. It sounds pretty easy however it does take some effort to get your first sale!
Continue reading to see my results.
Amazon Associate Program Operating Agreement lays out 12 rules you must abide by. Of course these rules are linked to more rules and it includes legal jargons which will take some time to read through but I suggest you do if you want to fully understand the terms.
Below I have listed a few of the rules that I think are important.
Follow the rules to avoid getting banned!!
24 Hour Rule
Once a reader clicks on your link to see the Amazon product and make a purchase within 24 hours, you’ll get a commission. You will also receive commission on any items that are purchased through the link within the 24 hour time frame. Meaning if the reader clicks on your Camera link but then purchases a TV that they were looking to get, you’ll get a commission for the TV.
90 Day Rule
If the reader clicks on your link and saves the item to their cart and purchases the item within the 90 days, then you’ll get a commission payout on the item purchased.
You cannot cloak the Amazon link. You must use the link that Amazon provides. Plain and simple.
Sending Amazon Affiliate Links In Email
No Amazon Affiliate links can be sent out in an Email. Amazon wants to avoid spamming potential customers with their link.
Know that you cannot include any Amazon Affiliate links in your Ebook or PDF documents. However including them in your youtube description or website is permitted.
Using Your Affiliate Link for Personal Use
You cannot use your link to purchase items for yourself. Avoid this at all cause. Amazon has built in algorithms that can detect if you are abusing the Affiliate program for your own benefit.
Operate More than One Account
Amazon only allows one account per user. If you need to track purchases from different traffic sources, one way of doing it would be to create tracking IDs which I will demonstrate below.
Use Amazon User Reviews as Your Own
You cannot use other Amazon reviews as your own. I’ve seen others using WordPress plugins to link Amazon reviews onto their website. This is not allowed so you should steer away.
Link from Adult Website
You cannot post Amazon links on Adult websites.
Buy Paid Search Placements
You cannot use paid advertising to place Amazon links.
Violate Amazon’s Trademark Policy
Amazon owns a lot of Trademarks so you should avoid using them unless you have permission to. Using Amazon’s name in your url link is an example of a violation. Something like MyAmazonPicks.com would not be allowed.
Listing Price Manually
Avoid putting down pricing of an item with your promotion link. Amazon’s algorithm may change the prices based on a lot of factors. It’s best to offer the product with the link and only the link. Once the user clicks on the link, they will then be shown the current price.
You have 180 days to refer 3 customers to Amazon. If you do not meet this requirement, your account will be closed. The good news though is that you can always reopen your account at a later date.
My recommendation is wait till you have your website up and running with a few post before you open your Amazon Associate account.
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Afterwards, it’s a matter of getting traffic to your website and getting readers to click on your Amazon Affiliate links.
Amazon Affiliate For Beginner: Getting Started!
Remember to always let your readers know that the link you are providing will pay you a commission. It’s an Amazon Rule and it’s requires by the FTC.
Find the Product
Find the product what you would like to offer to your readers. Make sure it fall within your niche. You don’t want to try to sell makeup when you are in the automotive business.
For example, if your niche website is on photography, you can write an article on a specific camera lens and it’s benefits. Make sure the article provides value to your readers. You can probably discuss the top 10 things about the lens that you like and then list a few things that you think may need improvement. Once you have written your article, find the product on Amazon and link it to your post. Linking a few items would be best to get clicks to the Amazon products. Products like the lens, the camera body and camera bag should be linked in the article giving you a higher chance of the reader clicking the link to see the product on Amazon’s Market page.
If you are looking to track traffic, you should create your Tracking ID before you start. I personally create different Tracking ID to track where the clicks are coming from.
Here’s how you can create multiple tracking IDs:
- Log into your Affiliate Site
- Click on your email address on the top left
- On the drop down menu, click on “Manage your Tracking ID”
- In the middle, click on “Add Tracking ID” to add in additional Tracking ID
Repeat the process if you need to add in additional Tracking IDs.
Generate Affilate Links
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- To generate your affiliate link, go to amazon.com and search for the item you plan to promote. Remember, you want to promote products that are related to your niche.
- Once you find the product, scroll down to get the ASIN number.
- Copy the ASIN number.
- Go to your Amazon Associate Dashboard and click on Product Linking >> Product Links.
- Make sure to select the appropriate Tracking ID.
- Paste the Product ASIN number in the product field and then click “GO”.
- Now you want to get the product link by clicking on the drop down arrow on the product line.
- Select the URL shortener so that your URL is shortened.
- Here you’ll find your shortened URL. Copy and paste it to your post.
That is it! Now you can start promoting Amazon products with your Associate links.
Be sure to follow the rules above to avoid getting banned by Amazon.
Now the hard part. You have to focus on getting traffic to your post. Without traffic, you’ll likely not get clicks. There are a number of ways to get traffic but the most easiest way is to write an article on your blog with the link to the product you are reviewing.
I wrote a blog post on how to modify an LED light on my other blog that I own. This article demonstrates to the readers on how they can modify their LED light to promote coral growth. Within that post, I had links to multiple items that I used to modify my light. With careful keyword choice, I was able to rank on page one of Google which helped generate traffic to my website.
In order to kick start traffic to that post, I created Pinterest pins and a youtube video on how I modified the LED light. The Pinterest pins linked back to my post. The Youtube video references the post article in it’s description.
I’ve been getting traffic to the blog post and clicks to the Amazon products with these two methods. You can read that post here if you so desire. WARNING: That post may be a bit bland.
Here my results. Mind you I just started this account about 2.5 months ago (2018) and so there is not much traffic at the moment. Based on the chart below, you can see the that the clicks are going up slowly. Hopefully the commissions will too.
Please comment below if you’d like to see the update on the earnings in the next few months. Hopefully I’ll be able to get more clicks and conversions.
Here’s my results for the past 30 days.
Here’s an all time running from July 1, 2018 to 9/20/2018. It was a slow start but it is slowly going up.
If you have any tips or tricks that can help me boost traffic and sales, feel free to post it in the comment section below so I can implement it.
As always, thank you for stopping by!