How to Earn Money as an Amazon Affiliate

Amazon is the world's largest online retailer and part of the reason is because of its diverse sales methods. Amazon sells products outright, contracts with other companies to sell their products on its site and offers anyone the opportunity to get in on the Amazon sales bandwagon. Sign up to be an Amazon Associate and be a salesperson for anything on the Amazon website. When someone clicks on the item through your page and buys it, you get a commission. Make a few dollars a month or a full-time income, depend on how much time and work you put into being an Amazon Affiliate.

Go to the Amazon Associates website and sign up for an account. Fill out the text boxes with the requested information. You will be given a unique account number. Write this number down and keep it in a safe place.

Look through the Amazon website to find items you want to sell. You get a percentage of the sales price, so selling larger items is one direction in which to aim. You'll get a larger percentage if you make more individual sales in a month, so you may want to sell some smaller items as well. No matter the cost, choose items you are familiar with or that you can research well.

Sign up at free article aggregate sites like Squidoo, Hubpages and InfoBarrel that allow Amazon ads on the pages. Add your Amazon Associates code number to your profile or account. Choose topics relating to the items you wish to sell. If you want to sell a certain barbecue grill, write an article about how to grill on a barbecue. Include an Amazon ad for your particular chosen item on your article page. When people read your article, they will see an ad for your item and, ideally, click on it.

Start a blog with a subject matter that ties in with your chosen item or items. Write regular blog posts and have regular Amazon ads on every post, tied in with the subject of your blog.

Start a blog about a subject you're passionate about and find Amazon objects to tie in with the subject. Blog about a hobby and post ads for hobby supplies or post about your children and place ads for toys, books or craft items. Start with the subject first and find the sales item second.

Write articles and posts on other sites and link them to your blogs and articles. When people read your article and get interested in the subject matter, they will click on your link to find more information. After reading further they may click on your ad to purchase an Amazon product.

Warning

Most people don't make a lot of money right away as an Amazon Associate. Don't be discouraged if you don't get a lot of results right away. The process may be slow but your business can build over time.

    Warnings

  • Most people don't make a lot of money right away as an Amazon Associate. Don't be discouraged if you don't get a lot of results right away. The process may be slow but your business can build over time.

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About the Author

Victoria Bailey has owned and operated businesses for 25 years, including an award-winning gourmet restaurant and a rare bookstore. She spent time as a corporate training manager in the third-largest restaurant chain in its niche, but her first love will always be small and independent businesses. Bailey has written for USAToday, Coldwell Banker, and various restaurant magazines, and is the ghostwriter for a nationally-known food safety training guru.