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

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.

Amazon affiliate program home page

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 the program you want to join

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.

Amazon affiliate sign up 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.

Create your affiliate account

Fill in your personal details

Enter your name, email address, and your account password. Once you have completed those details, click on the link to create your Amazon account.

Creating your affiliates account

On this page, enter your payee name, address, and phone number.

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.

Create your affiliate account

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.

Like this.

Signing up for Amazon affiliate program

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.

Amazon affiliate program sign up

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.

Amazon affiliate profile, traffic, and monetization

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

Amazon affiliate sign up

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’.

Identity verification

The last page is to confirm your identity.

Amazon affiliate identity verification

Here, select your country code from the drop-down menu on the left and then enter your phone number.

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 you account will be verified immediately. From that, confirm you agree to Amazon’s terms and conditions and you become an Amazon Affiliate.

Amazon affiliate verification

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.

Welcome page

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!

Welcome screen Amazon affiliate

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.

Like this.

Get links from Amazon

Sign up process video tutorial

Amazon affiliate program sign up - Beginner's guide to creating an account
Watch this video on YouTube.


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. Otherwise, you may find Amazon declining your application due to a lack of original content.

To learn how to use the Amazon site stripe, check out my ‘How do I add Amazon affiliate links to WordPress?‘ post. I also have a YouTube channel with tutorials.

Frequently asked questions

How do I create an affiliate link on Amazon?

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.

Can I buy products using my Amazon affiliate link?

No, you can’t. This is against the Amazon Affiliate program’s terms and conditions.

Can you make money with the Amazon affiliate program?

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.

How can I test if my Amazon affiliate link works?

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’

How long do Amazon affiliate links last?

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.

Is it free to become an Amazon affiliate?

Yes, the program is free to join.

Can I run the Amazon Affiliate program on my site both for the UK and the USA?

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.

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