In today’s post, we’re going to walk through the process of how to become an Amazon affiliate marketer together. It’s very common for new bloggers to ask if becoming an Amazon affiliate is a good choice. In my opinion, it’s an excellent choice!
Here are several reasons why I believe that adding Amazon to your monetization mix is a good strategy:
- With unsurpassed brand and logo recognition worldwide, good prices and prompt shipping, Amazon is a trusted vendor.
- It’s easy to get started with Amazon making it beginner-friendly.
- Their product array is enormous with something for just about any niche.
- Once you get people to Amazon.com, you will earn a commission on anything they decide to purchase. And, they often buy multiple products.
Our goal as affiliates is customer satisfaction, right? And, isn’t it comforting to know that Amazon shares and supports that goal? Amazon’s vision statement seems to express that position well:
“Our vision is to be earth’s most customer-centric company; to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online.”
Hopefully, becoming an Amazon affiliate makes a lot of sense to you. So, let’s delve into the details of how you can make that happen.
Step One: How to Build a Website For Your Affiliate Marketing Business
Maybe you already have this first step well under way in which case you can skip over this section. But, I want to make it very clear that affiliate marketing is an online business venture and a website of your own is an absolute necessity.
The most successful Amazon affiliates are website owners and bloggers who write captivating, quality content and publish their articles on their own site.
If becoming successful represents your chosen path, this fact provides a very clear action plan:
- Choose a Niche or Target Market Segment
- Build a Website
- Consistently Post Quality Content Including Product Reviews
- Gain Trust & Loyalty with Readers by Helping and Answering Questions
So, How Do You Get Started With A Website?
Creating a website is not as difficult as you might think. There are various options for getting started relatively quickly at minimal cost. Once you’ve identified your topic and your niche target market, here is what you’ll need to do:
- Get a Domain Name
- Secure Hosting and a Blogging Platform
- Select an Aesthetically Pleasing Theme
Performing these steps will lay a viable foundation for your new affiliate marketing business venture. I accomplished these steps in less than 5 minutes when I created my website 2 years ago.
If this online world is all new to you, I’m sure you feel some trepidation. I did too! But I found the perfect solution when I stumbled upon an online training platform called Wealthy Affiliate. I’m a natural born skeptic, and that makes me very cautious about spending money on unknown products.
Are you like me?
Wealthy Affiliate’s offer of a free Starter Membership is what jumpstarted my blog because it was complete risk-free. I didn’t have to give them a credit card number or make a commitment of any kind.
I typed in an email address to create a free account and began an exploration that transformed my life. The online space is a captivating realm that completely sucked me in from the very first day. And, it started with the excitement of building my first free website.
In just a moment, you’ll enjoy a video that creates a brand new website from scratch in real time. But, first things first.
Laying the Foundation for Your New Website
We should spend a bit more time discussing the website foundation elements presented above. Then, I’ll point you in the direction of previous posts that will provide more details. Finally, you can view the promised video and see just how simple it is to get your site up and rolling.
Your domain name is the unique address where your target market can find you on the Web. In essence, it’s a piece of virtual real estate.
You can read more about domain names here.
Web Hosting and a Blogging Platform
Much like a brick and mortar business needs a location from which to operate, your online business needs storage on a server for all of your files and website content. Viewers must be able to reliably access your content on demand.
The only blogging platform I can recommend is WordPress. According to this Wikipedia article, WordPress supports more than 60 million websites and is the most popular blogging software on the Internet. The open source nature of WordPress makes your site highly portable.
Be cautious about hosting providers that offer proprietary website builders. You don’t want to limit the portability of your blog and the ability to seek hosting elsewhere.
Moreover, nothing compares to WordPress when it comes to designing a website with stunning good looks and exceptional functionality. There are more than 2,800 free WordPress themes, hundreds of premium themes, and thousands of plugins that add additional features to your site.
So, here’s that promised video where you can watch a new website evolve.
As you can see, with a few clicks of the mouse your website is live and open for business.
Focus on Traffic
You need eyeballs viewing your pages, and readers need to have a good reason to choose your website. So, do your research and start efficiently communicating with your market. Create some great content centered around the needs and questions of your desired readers and keep posting.
Fundamentally, traffic flows from careful keyword research.
Building a customer base will take time and effort, but there are time-tested ways of increasing the traffic to your site.
Traffic is another facet of internet business development where Wealthy Affiliate can help. Extensive tutorials and webinars are devoted to this topic.
How Do I Apply to Become An Amazon Affiliate Marketer?
Once you have a website, applying to become an Amazon affiliate is an incredibly simple process. It takes about 5 minutes. If you go to the Amazon.com homepage, you will see the following link at the bottom of the page.
Just click the link. Then fill in a few personal details (including the name of your website), and you’re off and running. In most instances, you’ll instantly have access to customized affiliate links to entice your customers and satisfy their needs for an incredible array of products (from A to Z 🙂 ).
What Are the Rewards of Being an Amazon Affiliate?
On average, Amazon pays their affiliates a commission of about 4%. If you’re promoting low dollar value products, you will naturally need patience and a lot of customers for your site to become profitable. But it’s entirely possible to make money partnering with Amazon.
Bloggers from all over the world prove that every day!
Nothing prevents you from seeking affiliations with other organizations as well. Some of them may offer higher commission rates which are obviously a plus. But, don’t discount the many advantages of having Amazon as part of your monetization strategy.
How to Monetize Your Website or Blog
Once you’re accepted into the Amazon Associates program, you immediately have ready access to a variety of links that you can incorporate into your blog.
Try these ideas:
- Link to products from simple text links within the body of your content. Studies show that these textual links often work best.
- Create clickable product images that visually encourage customers to drill further for more product details.
- Make it easy for readers to click-through to Amazon by adding multiple links.
- Be aware that transparent and thorough product reviews convert well.
- Use Native Shopping Ads that complement your content.
- Sidebar banner ads seem to be less compelling than text links, but seasonal banners may be an exception and something to consider.
Amazon.com is the world’s largest Internet-based retailer with a plethora of enthralling products. Get customers to Amazon’s site and let them take over because they’re experts at closing the sale. Let Amazon do what they do best!
Again, your customers do not necessarily have to purchase the Amazon products you specifically promote. Once your customers click on your affiliate link and go to Amazon.com, you will receive a commission for any items purchased during the next 24 hours.
I sincerely hope you found this tutorial on how to become an Amazon affiliate marketer helpful. There are sound business reasons for pursuing an Amazon affiliation as a component of your monetization strategy.
These reasons include exceptional brand recognition, a spectacular array of products, and consumer-oriented business practices. There are indeed many benefits to new bloggers. It comes as no surprise that droves of affiliate marketers celebrate their first online successes because of an Amazon sale.
You may see your first success with Amazon as well!
Over To You
Will you share your thoughts on becoming an Amazon Associate or any personal experience you already have with this program? Do you still have questions? Please leave me a comment below. I always respond to all comments!
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