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How to Join the Amazon Affiliate Program And Earn

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Amazon Affiliate Program

Amazon sells more than 12 million products each year, for anyone with a way of marketing products the amazon affiliate program is a great opportunity to make some additional income, with roughly 350 million products there is bound to be something for your focus area.

You will be immediately approved upon signing up, which makes it really convenient, no need to wait days before being able to receive an income.

The amazon affiliate or amazon associate program as they refer to it is completely free for anyone to sign up. However, if you don’t make at least three sales within 180 days of signing up, your account will be deactivated.

What is an Affilitate?

An affiliate is essentially a marketing partner to a company that sells products or services, the affiliate promotes the offering of the company, primarily in an online fashion, whether it is on a social media platform, forum or blog.

In return for items that are sold through your links, the affiliate will receive a commission, commission will differ per affiliate company.

Each company offering an affiliate program will have a different period for how long they keep cookies to track purchases made through your purchase link, since many people don’t immediately decide to purchase, they might want to wait for a while.

The time for a purchase to be seen as made through your link differed significantly, from as little as a couple of hours to multiple months.

How The Amazon Affiliate Program Works

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In truth, the Amazon Associate program is rather easy to understand, after creating an account you can start generating links to products that are sold on amazing, and if someone buys the product within 24 hours after clicking on your link, you will receive a commission for the sale.

You might be thinking that it’s a great way to earn some extra cash, and yes it is, but you do need somewhere where you can market these links.

Amazon makes it even easier for affiliates by giving you the option of choosing whether you want to advertise via a text link, an image, or both, and then generating the required HTML to include it on your website.

Even better you can directly share products with your link on Facebook or Twitter.

Link Examples:

Browse as you would normally on Amazon, log into your affiliate account, and you will see a new top bar where you can generate the affiliate links.

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Text Links:

Click on “Text” and copy the generated link and add your keywords on your website such as, get a book on affiliate marketing for beginners, and add the link to these keywords.

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Click on “Image”, choose your image size and copy the generated HTML code onto your website




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Text + Image:

Click on “Text+Image”, and copy the generated HTML code onto your website

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Amazon Affiliate Commision Levels

The commission levels vary per the product type, you can find the full list of commission levels in the amazon operating agreement, but as an example, these are the types of commissions you can expect:

Product Category Fixed Commission Income Rates
Amazon Games20%
Luxury Beauty, Luxury Stores Beauty, Amazon Explore10%
Digital Music, Physical Music, Handmade, Digital Videos5%
Physical Books, Kitchen, Automotive 4.5%
Amazon Fire Tablet Devices, Amazon Kindle Devices, Amazon Fashion Women’s, Men’s & Kids Private Label, Luxury Stores Fashion, Apparel, Amazon Cloud Cam Devices, Fire TV Edition Smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV Devices, Amazon Echo Devices, Ring Devices, Watches, Jewelry, Luggage, Shoes, and Handbags & Accessories4%
Toys, Furniture, Home, Home Improvement, Lawn & Garden, Pets Products, Headphones, Beauty, Musical Instruments, Business & Industrial Supplies, Outdoors, Tools, Sports, Baby Products, Amazon Coins3%
PC, PC Components, DVD & Blu-Ray2.5%
Televisions, Digital Video Games2%
Amazon Fresh, Physical Video Games & Video Game Consoles, Grocery, Health & Personal Care1%
Gift Cards; Wireless Service Plans; Alcoholic Beverages; Digital Kindle Products purchased as a subscription; Food prepared and delivered from a restaurant; Amazon Appstore, Prime Now, or Amazon Pay Places0%
All Other Categories4%

Amazon Associate Rules

There are some rules that you will need to adhere to, but it’s really not hard to make sure you follow them. The rules are there to try and make sure that no buyer feels cheated and returns products.

  • You will need to remove promotional products once the promotion ends
  • Absolutely no deceiving consumers about the products
  • Since the price of products tends to vary, you should only show prices if amazion is sharing that information
  • If you’re creating comparisons you should show both the lowest new and used prices, if shared by amazon
  • Have a statement that you may receive a commision from products recommended by you
  • Don’t use affiliate links in eBooks, emails or offline marketing campaigns

How to Start with Amazon Affiliate Marketing

The best way of starting is to sign up include affiliate links on your website, or if you’re an influencer you can market products to your following, you can directly share a product to Facebook or Twitter by clicking on the icons on the Affiliate Top Bar.

Steps to Start Promoting Links

  1. Sign Up for an Amazon Associate account
  2. Find products for your niche on amazon
  3. Generate Links
  4. Add links to your website or post about them on social media
  5. Start Generating Income

If you don’t have a website and you’re not an influencer, don’t worry here is a quick guide on creating a blog where you can start writing posts marketing your products, you can use these ideas if you need some help starting.

Blog Type Ideas

  • Product review: You can start reviewing products that you possibly have already, put your own experiences into it.
  • Instructional “How-to” posts: Very popular blog posts are how to do something type posts, it’s easy to write about theses and you solve problems people might have.
  • A “the best” list: A nother classic comparison type post where you compare products and write about pros and cons.
  • Gift idea: You can cash in on holiday gift ideas, write about why each gift would appeal to people.


It’s clear that Amazon’s Associate program is a great way to start earning an income, it won’t be easy if you don’t already have an audience you can market to, but with a bit of work you can pull it off. Monetize your side passion, by writing about your experiences and promoting products.

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