Hurray! my first Amazon affiliate earnings
So, Here is the story. Back in August 2016, I bought a domain thinking to make a WordPress website on fashion, fitness and relationship tips for men. But, I was not posting anything and it was just lying blank. Late in 2016, slowly I started posting one by one up to 60 posts(present number of posts). I placed some AdSense ads and left it.
By then I was new to affiliate world and learning “how to earn from affiliate commissions” from fellow bloggers. I joined many online blogging groups and I have been hearing about people making money rain from Amazon affiliate. So, I decided to give it a try. I wrote a 2000 words post on 10 stylish wallets for men and added some amazon affiliate links to the post and again left it for a month.
My interest in affiliate income fed away as time passed. I had no time writing posts for other blogs as I was busy on TSO(TechSearchOnline). I was also little not convinced about affiliate marketing. Whether people really make money or not. Anyone can Photoshop a fake proof of Amazon affiliate commission making thousands of dollars per month.
But, you know what Success is inevitable if you do your part of the job. Leave the rest to Google, Amazon and most importantly audiences.
Yesterday I was reading an article on affiliate marketing and I happen to open my amazon associate account. Hurray! I made a sale. I never thought Amazon affiliate works.
Believe affiliate marketing works
Belief is the first thing that you need if you want to make money from affiliate commissions. If you do not believe affiliate commissions can give you real money, you will not act on your blog the care your blog needs at first. That is one of the reasons you may fail.
After I saw the small amount on my Amazon Affiliate dashboard, I became so excited that I posted the screenshot to Hellboundbloggers facebook group (If you are into blogging I strongly recommend this group to join, Mostly Indian and Pakistani bloggers.
If you want to join some top blogger communities around the world, Don’t forget to check my post on 25+ Blogging Communities You Need To Join To Increase Your Blog Traffic
NOW, LET ME SHOW YOU THE EXACT STEP BY STEP GUIDE THAT HELPED ME TO MAKE MY FIRST COMMISSION ON AMAZON AFFILIATE PROGRAM.
If you have a basic idea about affiliate marketing you can skip the below two paragraphs.
What is affiliate marketing?
In simple words a marketing arrangement by which an online retailer pays commission to an external website/blog for traffic or sales generated from its referrals.
Also read, affiliate marketing vs AdSense
How Amazon affiliate/amazon associates works?
You sign up for Amazon affiliate program.
YOU PROMOTE A PRODUCT THROUGH LINKS ON YOUR BLOG, PAGE. SOMEONE BUYS THROUGH YOUR LINK AND YOU GET A COMMISSION FOR PROMOTING THE PRODUCT ON YOUR BLOG, SOCIAL MEDIA PAGE.
It is very easy to sign up for the Amazon affiliate program (popularly known as amazon associate program). All you need to do is to fill up a form where you need to provide information about your blog/page, the niche/category of the blog/page, monthly volume of visitors and traffic sources.
Don’t leave the money on the table.
You have a blog or page, people from any geographic locations can come to your blog. One disadvantage of the Amazon Affiliate program is that you do not get paid for sales from countries where you haven’t sign up. That means if you signed up for Amazon associate program US, you will not get paid for sales you have made through UK, Canada, Australia or any country.
YOU WILL NEED TO APPLY FOR EACH COUNTRIES AMAZON ASSOCIATE PROGRAM INDIVIDUALLY.
I have listed All the current countries where amazon associate program is available. You can just click and fill up the details.
In the end, it is the higher conversions that make you the most money from affiliate links. How many people clicked through your affiliate links and how much people actually bought a product that is the conversion rate. So, if your website/blog audience is from India, target India and if your audience is from the US, target the US audience to get some good results.
Just, fill in the form with website/app name where you want to promote Amazon products. Fill about your website/app niche and you are ready to go.
Here is the list of Amazon.in[India] affiliate commissions for different products. It varies from country to country Amazon affiliate program.
Some products have fixed commission and some products are excluded from the commission (that means you are not going to get anything if such products are sold through your affiliate link). You can get the full list here.
How to place Amazon affiliate links?
An affiliate link looks like this-
Where techsearchonline-20 is my affiliate id
You can get a short link using Amazon site stripe. Like this one http://amzn.to/2oVWfN2
You can promote Amazon products in many ways
- Using text link
- Using Image Ads
- Using text+image ads
- Using widget ads
- Using carousel ads
Place them anywhere where you want to promote the Amazon products.
Yes, You can earn money from Amazon affiliate program without a website. You can place affiliate links on a Facebook page, in Youtube video description or any social media you are using. Make sure your social media page complies with amazon affiliate policy.
Choose products related to your page niche or Search a high rating product in Amazon and make a social media page around it.
Amazon affiliate program with WordPress websites?
WordPress is the easiest way to promote Amazon products on a website. I can’t go here every step of building a WordPress website as it is impossible to cover on a single post. You Can go through my other posts on Building a WordPress Site.
If you are completely new and do not know about WordPress, don’t worry. Most people start blogging from free platforms like wordpress.com and blogspot.com. Try with free WordPress.com website and later move to self-hosted WordPress website.
Now, Let’s talk about some simple steps–
1. Buy a domain from Godaddy at Rs.99
3.Install WordPress on Cpanel
4. Write some awesome posts on a product you want to target.
5. Sign up for an Amazon affiliate account.
6. Place affiliate links in posts and wait for the money to flow in.
THE NICE PART OF AMAZON NICHE SITE IS THAT YOU DON’T NEED MASSIVE TRAFFIC TO START EARNING.
Best Amazon affiliate plugins
- Amazon Product in a Post Plugin
- Amazon Link Engine [Localize the Amazon links and brings more conversion]
- Amazon Associates Link Builder [official plugin by Amazon]
- Amazon Link Engine [Localize the Amazon links and brings more conversion]
When will You get Paid?
You get paid when someone buys a product through your Amazon affiliate link.
Payments are made monthly by cheque or NEFT (National Electronic Funds Transfer) if your balance meets a minimum threshold. If applicable, you must have your tax information on file before getting payments.
There are several advantages to choosing to be paid by NEFT instead of by cheque:
- NEFT transfers are a quick and secure way of transferring money.
- The minimum payment threshold is INR 1,000 for NEFT (vs. INR 2,500 for payment by cheque).
- There are no fees.
It takes two months to get paid from the sales that you have made. Technically the commission that you have made this month will accumulate for next month and at the end of coming next month it will be finalized, you will get paid the amount that has been finalized.
Types of Amazon affiliate website with example
Coupons and cashback websites which offer lucrative offers to buy from their site. They actually do not sell anything physically. They place affiliate links for products they are promoting with offers and make money when someone buys through the affiliate links. Amazon is such one of the thousands of companies who pay affiliate commissions to them. One such coupon/Cashback site is—
Amazon niche websites
These are nothing but blogs which are specific in their niche. Let’s say the niche is BBQ Grill. Then they will write posts only on BBQ Grills. Not on “how to make pancakes”. One such niche Amazon site—
Blogs which write on broad topics
Blogs like TSO(techsearchonline) which talks about many topics like electronic gadgets and smartphones use the Amazon affiliate program.
One another such blog is www.thebabbleout.com where they review a variety of products from the different categories like health, wellness, relationships.
Learn and Earn: This is what I believe in
It is always better to Learn first and earn later. Read all rules sorted by Amazon to remain safe. I have also heard that accounts getting banned for violation of terms.
Take a look at the rules your blog/website should not:
- promote or contain sexually explicit materials;
- promote violence or contain violent materials;
- promote or contain libelous or defamatory materials;
- promote discrimination, or employ discriminatory practices, based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age;
- promote or undertake illegal activities;
- include any trademark of Amazon or its affiliates, or a variant or misspelling of a trademark of Amazon or its affiliates, in any domain name, subdomain name, or in any username, group name, or other identifiers on any social networking site or
- otherwise, violate intellectual property rights.
Why is Amazon the best affiliate program?
Amazon is the king of all e-commerce platforms. That means Amazon is trusted by everyone. No one will hesitate to buy a product from Amazon using a credit card.
MORE TRUST MEANS MORE SALES AND MORE COMMISSION FOR AFFILIATE PARTNERS
You can see that the product sold was Arpera Men’s Wallet (Brown). But in my post, I didn’t link to this product. Though it was something about another wallet brand or design, I made a sale through my affiliate link. That’s the beauty of the Amazon Affiliate Program.
Amazon pays you for every sale. It doesn’t matter which product you promoted through your affiliate links, anything got sold through your affiliate link you will earn a commission.
YOU PLACED A BANNER OF T-SHIRT AND THE VISITOR ENDS UP BUYING A SHOE FROM THE AMAZON STORE, YOU WILL GET PAID. HOW COOL IS THAT!
How long an Amazon affiliate cookie last?
Amazon affiliate 24-hour cookie
this 24-hour cookie means is you will get credit for that sale if the customer ends up making that purchase within the next 24 hours after clicking on your link. Now the beauty about this cookie is that you will not only get credit if the user decides to purchase the item you were promoting within the next 24 hours but you will also get credit for any other product they decide to buy within that time frame.
Amazon affiliate 90 days cookie
If the user gets to Amazon through an affiliate link of yours, they automatically get the 24-hour cookie valid towards any purchase made within the next 24-hours as we’ve seen before. Now if in addition to that they decide to place the product in their shopping cart then they’ll get an additional 90-day cookie that’s valid only towards that particular item.
I am excited that I got my first success on Amazon. I hope this post will help you to take the first step to earn your first Amazon affiliate commission.
Amazon affiliate is an easy and fast way to make some real cash. If you believe its potentiality, you can really make a lot of money. I was also like one of you, didn’t believe that I can make money from Amazon. I was wrong and I am taking it seriously. What about You?
Do you use Amazon affiliate? Comment below, I would love to hear from you.