How To Make Money With Amazon Affiliate Program

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If you are looking to make some extra cash or even start a full time business, then Amazon can certainly be a route that you can take. There are two ways in which you can use Amazon. One is to sell your own products this takes capital and loads of time. The other is to sell other peoples products, and this is what we are going to focus on in this article. How to make money with Amazon affiliate program lets get started!

What is Affiliate Marketing ?

There are two different ways to earn money.

1. This selling a product that you own

2. Selling someone elses product for them

Number two is affiliate marketing and that is what we are going to help you with in this article. Read on and I will show you how to find products to sell and how to get customers for your products. Commissions from affiliate marketing can vary massively from a few percent to occasionally 100%. The commissions is paid directly to yourself by the product owner and there is no additional costs to your customers, so its a win win for everyone.

Si let’s show you one of the biggest affilliate programs on the internet.

What is Amazon Affiliate Program ?amazon affiliate commissions

Amazon is probably the biggest online retailer and anyone can sell products directly through the Amazon platform, of course there are two disadvantages with this one you have to buy your stock which can cost you $1000s’ plus you have to direct people to your products. Both of these will tie up your cash and your time.

Hello amazon affiliate program, where you get to promote any product that is offered by any of the retailers but without having to buy any products and adverts. Check out the different categories and the commissions you will receive from each. I would try and concentrate on the higher commission categories.

How To Join

It is very easy to join the Amazon affiliate program just head to or if in the United Kingdom as I am.

Click the join for free button towards the top right hand corner (on laptop that is ) and follow the instructions.

You will then discover if you been accepted, don’t panic the majority of people get accepted without any issues. Before you head off and join let me show you some of the pros and cons with their affiliate program.

The Pros

  • Large Search Engine – Amazon is now the third largest search engine in its own right, only behind Google and You Tube.
  • Trusted – Everyone knows the Amazon brand and it has a great name when it comes to sites that can be trusted online.
  • Easy to Use – The site itself is so easy to use.
  • Additive – People don’t just buy one product, amazon very cleverly shows people relevant products before they finish buying which means it can become additive.
  • Targeted Customers – By sending people to products that they are looking for only increases your sales

The Cons

  • Short Cookie Life – A cookie is a piece of code dropped onto your visitors computer and is tracked to you. They can then tell who to pay when the customers makes a purchase. These cookies only last 24 hours on Amazon which a short window of time for the person to buy.
  • Small Commission Percentages – The commissions are quite low, so volume is key when making serious money with Amazon. They range from 1% – 10% depending on the category so choose wisely.

Producing Traffic For Your Amazon Business

Start A Blog

amazon affiliate program and bloggingStarting a blog is a must do when you have an online business, there is just so many benefits from doing so. Becoming an expert, building trust, getting brand awareness and this is just three.

If you haven’t started your blog yet then check out Wealthy Affiliate, they not only give you two websites for free but also give you free training on how to build and monetise it. How cool is that!

Blogging enables you to do individual review posts and overall posts about your niche. It is really easy to set up and you can even integrate your amazon business right into your blog. Ideally if done correctly you can leverage some traffic from the search engines such as Google and Bing.

More on that here – How to make money blogging

Facebook Group

Some people use Facebook groups as a way to get targeted people in front of their products, this works well but even better when used in conjunction with your blog. This maybe a necessity as Facebook can be a bit funny when affiliate links are used directly on their platform. Having your blog eliviates this completely.

You Tube Channel

Why not exploit the huge benefits of video and the power of ranking on the second largest search engine. Indeed video is huge right now and ideal for products reviews, tips and strategies.


Pinterest is an amazing platform and great for amazon products, by adding images on a consistant basis you can generate a steady flow of free traffic. Unlike most other sites such as Facebook or Twitter the life of your pin (image) could be months. I am still seeing occasional traffic from pins I posted over 6 months ago. I am all for saving time so posting and getting traffic for a few months sounds a hell of a better way to me. A must do for sure.


Although Twitter is fast moving and the life of a tweet is only hours and not days there are still ways in which you can use Twitter with affiliate marketing and that includes your amazon business. I have produced a whole article on just this subject check it out by following the hypalinked text.

Wrapping Up

Ok so you should have more of an undertsanding of Amazon’s affiliate program and how to use it to make sales on a consistant basis. I have given you the pros and cons of their affiliate program and shown you how to make money with Amazon. KIt’s now down to you to take some action. If you are already using Amazon and would,like to share what is working for you then I would love to hear from you. Drop me a comment below.

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8 thoughts on “How To Make Money With Amazon Affiliate Program”

  1. I signed up with the Amazon affiliate program (UK and US versions) about six weeks ago now, but ever since, I have been hearing horror stories about people being banned suddenly for certain mistakes. 

    I’m wondering if you have any experience with this sort of thing? How strict are Amazon when it comes to working for them as an affiliate?

    • I have had an account for a couple of years now and had no issues, but I have seen people having issues. All I can say is read the terms and conditions carefully and stay within these rules that way Amazon can’t make any decisions to remove you. 

  2. Fantastic read. I have recently joined WealthyAffiliate and working towards owning my own affiliate marketing business. However, I am not totally convinced by amazon’s affiliate commissions, but because they are a far more established brand I find myself conflicted over using a more incentives driven affiliate program such as Clickbank or Amazon for its reputation.  Would you recommend using Amazon over the other affiliate programs or not? 

    • Thanks for your comments. Rather than use Amazon over other affiliate programs I would use them together. There is no reason at all why you can’t use as many affiliate programs as you like. A lot of this will also depend on the niche you are promoting.

  3. Hi! Thank you very much for this highly informative article concerning Amazon’s Affiliate Program! Because Amazon is so big, it seems that it’s natural for all of us that are starting at Affiliate marketing to join their program. With them we can promote whatever we want in any niche! That’s impressive!

    Because Amazon is well established and trusted, I don’t mind if it has a short cookie life. I like shopping in Amazon and I also like promoting its products!

    • Thanks Henry, Indeed Amazon does cover nearly everything when it comes to affiliate products.

  4. It’s bad that the cookie lasts only for 24 hours, but if the customer gets everything they want while my cookie is still valid, I think I’ll have a pretty good commission. 

    I was kind of reluctant to try to apply for the Amazon program because I thought that since Amazon is a big site, they wouldn’t accept affiliates so easily. I was obviously wrong. I’m glad I came across your article.

    Thank you very much!

    • Thanks for your comment Kate glad you found it helpful.. Good luck with your affiliate marketing journey


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