Amazon Associates is the affiliate program of Amazon. This means that Amazon pays you a provision for advertising their products. Actually it is very simple, the only thing to do is to set a link on your website to an Amazon product. If somebody clicks on that link and buys something on Amazon, you get a provision up to 10%. This is a good way to monetize your website, when you have an appropriate amount of traffic. Later on I will get a bit more into detail but now let me explain you how to sign up for the Amazon Associates program.
How Do I Sign Up for Amazon Associates?
The first thing to do is visit the Amazon Associates website. If you want to enter the US-American website, then the link below is the right one. When you want to advertise products from other countries, then you have to pick another link:
It is important to sign up for the right country because when you want to advertise products in another country, then you have to sign up again for that country.
To sign up you need an Amazon account. If you donâ€™t want to use your general one, you have to create a new one. Actually I recommend you to create a new account. I think it is good to separate the private shopping from a commercial account. Anyway you are free to use your general account.
Once you created your account it takes some time until Amazon approves the new account. In my case this only took a few minutes. And basically thatâ€™s it, now you are ready to run.
How Do I Place Affiliate Links on my Website?
Since you successfully created your Amazon Associates account you are now ready to place your first affiliate links on your website.
The easiest way to create an affiliate link is to click on Product Linking > Product Links in the menu.
Then you can search for the product you want to advertise by using its name or its ASN/ISBN. Click on GO! And you will get a list of possible products.
Chose the right one and click on Get Link. On the following page you will find your personal affiliate links for the chosen product. You can chose between 3 link types:
- Text and Image
- Text Only
- Image Only
No matter which option you chose, you will find a short code snippet on the page. You have to use this snippet – it actually is the affiliate link â€“ to set the affiliate link on your website. It is important to take this link because it includes the tracking ID. Without this ID you will not get paid if people click on a link to Amazon.
In case you want to change the Anchor Text of the affiliate link, you can do this at step 1 in the actual page:
Go to the input field Link Text and change it to whatever you want.
And thatâ€™s it. Youâ€™re finished after you placed the link on your website. Now you can go to the Reports section to check whether you have already earned some money. Probably you will see the first results already in a few days.