In my post, I show you how to sign up to become an Amazon Affiliate. The Amazon affiliate program is free to join. Before you join, you need to have a website and decide which countries program you would like to join. Amazon has affiliate programs in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan, Canada, Italy, Spain, India, Brazil, Mexico, and Australia, they are all free to join. Once you become an Amazon affiliate, you have 180 days to make three qualified sales. If you do not make the required three sales your account will be deactivated.
Let’s sign up to become an Amazon affiliate.
- Read this Before joining
- Step by step sign-up process starts here
- Create your account
- Fill in your personal details
- Enter your website details
- Traffic and monetization
- Identity verification
- Bookmark the Amazon affiliate sign-in page
- Sign up process video tutorial
- Frequently asked questions
Read this before joining
Once you sign up for the program you are given 180-days to make three qualified sales. If you have a new website with little or no traffic, I recommend you don’t sign-up until you have traffic.
I started a new website with no traffic and applied, I did not make the three sales within 180-days and had my account canceled. It is possible to reapply, you do not have to wait.
If you make three qualified sales within the 180 days, Amazon will audit your website. If your site does not meet their requirements, they will cancel your account.
You could have your account canceled if you do not have much content. Amazon wants affiliates to have high-quality posts on their websites.
Blog posts are important if you have an eCommerce website. If you have a store with no blog posts. Amazon will probably cancel your account because you are effectively just copying Amazon.
Amazon has low commission rates and only a 24-hour cookie. A positive is that Amazon will give you a commission on everything the customer buys when your cookie is active.
Step by step sign-up process
My step by step guide on how to become an Amazon affiliate starts here. I will sign-up for the program in the United States.
To get started go to the Amazon affiliate program home page. The home page looks like this.
If you would like to join an Amazon affiliate program from another country, go to the top right-hand side of this screen and hover your mouse over ‘United States’, you will get a drop-down menu.
Select the country of your choice and you will go to the home page of those countries program.
This is how you apply to the program in the United States
To start, click on the ‘Join for free’ link. Then you come to the sign-in page.
If you have an account already sign in here. If you don’t, click on the ‘Create your Amazon account’ link.
Create your account
The first step is to enter your personal details.
Fill in your personal details
Enter your name, email address,
Your payee name is for check payments. If you decide you want to get paid by check they will use the name you enter here.
Once you have completed your personal details, click next.
Enter your website details
You enter your website address in the box under ‘Enter your Website’, then click on ‘Add’. Your website will appear in the box below.
Once you have added your website address then select next.
Before you can continue, you have to make a declaration regarding under 13-year-olds.
If your website targets under 13-year-olds then you have to confirm that here.
Once you have made your selection, confirm.
In the next section, you complete your profile and how you will generate traffic and monetize your site.
The top half is about your profile.
The first box asks you what your preferred ID is for this site. If you intend to add more than one website, name each site differently so that you can identify each site.
The next part is your website address. You do not need to add this. It will be copied over from the previous page.
The next section has two drop-down menus. You are asked to best describe the topic of your website.
The next section is tick boxes. Amazon wants you to specify what type of products you plan to promote.
After that, you have two more drop-down menus asking you to declare the type of website you have.
Traffic and monetization
The first part wants you to specify how you will drive traffic to your website.
After that, you have two drop-down menus to tell Amazon how you intend to generate income from your site.
Another drop-down menu to state how you intend to build links to Amazon.
Then state how many visitors you get per month.
Amazon also wants to know why you are joining their affiliate program.
Lastly, Amazon wants to know how you found out about the Amazon affiliate program.
To proceed, complete the captcha and select ‘Next’.
The last page is to confirm your identity.
Here, select your country code from the drop-down menu on the left and then enter
Once you have completed your details, click on the ‘Call me now’ link and shortly after, you will get a recorded message from Amazon. This call will ask you to input the code that will appear on the screen after you click on the ‘Call me now’ link.
If you enter the code correctly
After you agree to the terms and conditions you will be given your unique affiliate ID. You will also be told that you have 180 days to complete three qualified sales or your account will be withdrawn.
On this page, you will be given the option to enter your payment and tax information. You can do it straight away or you can do that later.
Then you are ready to go!
Bookmark the Amazon affiliate sign-in page
I recommend you bookmark the sign-in page. As an Amazon affiliate, you have access to the Amazon site stripe. From this stripe, you get unique links and code to use images from Amazon, but you must be signed in to your account.
When you are signed in to your Amazon affiliate account you can see the ‘Site Stripe’ across the top of your screen.
Sign up process video tutorial
The Amazon affiliate program is an excellent affiliate program to start with if you are a beginner. It is easy and free to join and Amazon has a huge amount of products to promote.
The commission rates are low, but Amazon does a fantastic job of selling to people once they are on Amazon. If you can get your visitors to Amazon you have a good chance of getting a commission.
Remember that you have to make three qualified sales within 180 days. If you do not make those sales your account will be canceled. Don’t worry, you can reapply to the program, there is no waiting period.
If you do make three sales within 180 days. Amazon will inspect your site. If they are happy then Amazon will send you an email confirming your acceptance into their program.
If you have a new website, I suggest you wait until you have visitors to your site. I would also recommend that you have at least 10 blog posts.
Frequently asked questions
Once you have an Amazon affiliate account and you are signed in. You get your affiliate links from the Site Stripe that runs across your screen every time you visit a page on Amazon.
No, you can’t. This is against the Amazon Affiliate program’s terms and conditions.
Yes, you can. Amazon does an excellent job of selling. If you can send enough visitors to Amazon, then it is possible to make money from the Amazon affiliate program.
If you want to check if your links are working then Amazon has a free tool you can use to test your affiliate links to make sure they have your code. It is called the ‘Link Checker’
Once a visitor goes to Amazon from a link on your site you get a commission on qualifying items placed into the shopper basket within 24 hours.
This 24-hour window closes when the customer submits his order or reenters Amazon through another Amazon Affiliates link. Once the customer closes the Amazon window the link will also expire.
If the customer adds something to his shopping basket but does not submit an order then your link will remain active until the shopping cart expires, which is usually after 90 days.
Yes, the program is free to join.
Yes, you can. To get commissions from both Amazon UK and Amazon USA, you need to sign up for the programs in each country.
Have you joined the Amazon affiliate program?
What do you think of their program?
How long did it take you to get your three qualified sales?
Have you ever had your account canceled? If so, what for?
I look forward to reading your comments.