In my post, I will show you how to become an Amazon Affiliate. I also show you how you add Amazon affiliate links to your blog. The Amazon affiliate program is free to join. The process to join is a little long but not difficult. Before you join, you need to have a website and you need to 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. You can join any program you like, they are all free to join. Once you join a program you will be given 180 days to make three qualified sales. If you do not make three sales within 180 days your account will be deactivated. That does not mean you are canceled for life. Amazon will allow you to reapply. You start the 180-day limit again.
- Before joining think about this.
- How do I become an Amazon affiliate?
- This is how you apply to the program in the United States.
- Create your account.
- Fill in your personal details.
- Enter your website details.
- Traffic and monetization.
- Identity verification.
- Don’t forget to bookmark Amazon affiliate sign in page.
- Adding affiliate links to your blog.
- Getting the code for pages with multiple products.
- Getting the code for single product pages on Amazon.
- Amazon images.
- Text and image.
- Google doesn’t like too many affiliate links.
- Frequently asked questions.
Before joining think about this
The 180 day limit seems to be a long time but for a new website, it is not that long.
When I started my first website I joined the Amazon Affiliate program straight away and got to 180 days without making the three qualified sales. My account was canceled.
If you do make three qualified sales within the 180 days, Amazon will inspect your website. If they don’t like you website they will cancel your account.
I had my first website canceled after the first inspection because Amazon said I did not have enough original content.
Because of my experience I would recommend that you have a website with traffic before you apply. I would also say that you should have at least 10 blog posts on your website before you apply.
The blogs posts will be more important if you have an eCommerce type website. If you have a website that looks like a store with no blog posts. Amazon will probably cancel your account because you are effectively just copying Amazon.
How do I sign up for the Amazon affiliate program?
I will do a step by step guide of how to join the United States Amazon affiliate program. It is the largest and most popular of all of them.
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 then you just need to go to the top right-hand side of this screen and hover your mouse over the United States. If you do this, you will see this drop-down menu.
Once you see this drop-down menu you can select the country of your choice and you will be taken to the home page of that country.
This is how you apply to the program in the United States
For the sake of this step by step guide. I will apply to the Amazon affiliate program in the States. To start I click on the ‘join for free’ link.
After I click on that link I get this page.
If you have an account already then you would sign in here. If you don’t have an account then you need to click on the ‘Create your Amazon account’ link.
Create your account
Once I click to create an account I go to this page.
Fill in your personal details
Here you enter your name, email address,
Then you will see this page.
Now you can start the process to create your account. On this
Make sure you make the payee name the same as you would need for a check payment. This is because if you decide to get paid by check they will use the name you enter here for the payee name on the check they send you.
Once you have completed your personal details click next and you will come to this screen next.
Enter your website details
You enter your website address in the box under ‘Enter your Website’ then click on ‘Add’. After you click add, your website will appear in the box below.
Once you have added your website address then click on 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 need to select yes. If not, then select no.
Once you have selected you will be asked to confirm your selection.
On the next section, you will have to complete details about your profile and also 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 then you will need to name each site differently so that you can easily identify each site.
I usually just put part of my website name into this.
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.
Next section is a tick boxes. Amazon want you to specify what type of products you plan to promote.
Then 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 in what way you will drive traffic to your website.
After that you have two drop down menus for you to tell Amazon how you intend to generate income from your site.
After that you have one drop down menu to state how you intend to build links to Amazon.
From that you are asked to state how many visitors you get per month.
Then Amazon want to know why you are joining their affiliate program.
Lastly Amazon want to know how you found out about the Amazon affiliate program.
Before you can proceed you need to complete the captcha.
Once you do that you can click on ‘next’.
The last page is to confirm your identity.
Here you need to select your country code from the drop-down menu on the left and then enter
Once you have completed your details. You click on the call me now link and shortly after you will receive 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!
Don’t forget to bookmark Amazon affiliate sign in page
Don’t forget to bookmark the sign in page. You need to make sure you are signed in to your account before you can start getting your affiliate links from Amazon store.
Once you are logged in then you can start finding products on Amazon for you to promote.
I will go through a couple of examples to show you how you get and embed links on your blog.
How to get and add links to your blog
If you are signed into your Amazon affiliate account then every time you visit Amazon you will see a ‘Site Stripe’ across the top of your screen.
You can see the words Site Stripe just above the Amazon logo on the top left. That grey box that runs across the top of your screen is the Site Stripe.
It is from here that you get your links to put onto your blog. Each link has your affiliate code already. You do not need to add anything to the code you get.
How to get the code for pages with multiple products
If you decided that you would like to send your visitors to a page on Amazon that has multiple products, like the page above for example.
Then you would go to the blue ‘text’ link in the site stripe on the left. Then a popup box will appear with your code.
The yellow highlighted code in the box is what you need. Before you copy it make sure you have selected the correct store ID. If you have more than one website this will be important.
Once you have copied your code from the box then you go to your blog post.
This code is for a text link so all you need to do is paste this code over the appropriate text in your blog.
For example, you could have a sentence in your blog post that says something like, ‘Don’t forget to check out Amazon’s latest deals and promotions!’
You would then paste your code over the words ‘deals and promotions’.
After you did that your text would look like this.
Don’t forget to check out Amazon’s latest deals and promotions!
Now I have a link to that page on Amazon in my blog. If anyone clicks on that link and buys something I will get a commission.
How to get the code for single product pages on Amazon
If you want to promote single products then you have more options available to you in the Site Stripe.
Let’s say I wanted to promote a fishing reel. I would find the product on Amazon, like this.
If you look at the Site Stripe now you will see that I have four blue text options available. I have ‘text’, ‘Image’, ‘Text and image’, and ‘Custom’
The text option is the same as I showed you in the previous example.
The image link allows you to have an image on your blog post of the product you wish to promote.
This is the only way you are allowed to use images from Amazon to promote your product. Don’t download any images to your computer. That will get you
I go into more detail about this in my blog post, ‘Can I use Amazon images on my blog?’
To get an image of this product for your blog you click on the ‘image’ link.
After you click you will get this popup box.
You get a preview of the image that you can use plus you can change the images size to fit your requirements.
Once you are happy then you copy the highlighted yellow HTML code.
To embed this code into your blog post you need to embed the code using the ‘custom HTML’ block in your WordPress editor.
Open that block and the paste the code into the box. Once you have done this you will get the image.
The image itself has your Amazon affiliate code. So if anyone clicks on this image they will go to the product page on Amazon. If they buy, you get a
Text and image
The text+image link allows you to have a small image of this product with some text.
The popup looks like this.
With this option, you can tick a box for a new window to open if someone clicks on the image. You can also select if you want a border around this image.
Once you have selected your options you copy the highlighted text as before and then post that code into a custom HTML block on your WordPress editor.
Amazon does not allow you to put prices on your blog post when you promote products. This is because prices change all the time and Amazon does not want you to be advertising products at the wrong price.
If you use the text+image option above the prices will be updated automatically.
The final link is the ‘custom’ link. This is an advertisement. If you want to have ads on your blog post then this option will help you do that.
The popup looks like this.
You get to see a preview of the ad. If you are happy with it then copy the highlighted text as before and put that into your ‘custom HTML’ block on your WordPress editor.
Google doesn’t like too many affiliate links
A word of warning with affiliate links. Don’t try to put as many affiliate links in your post as you can in the hope it will make you money.
This will hurt your ranking. If Google visits your site and sees too many links it will think that your blog post is an advertisement and will treat it as such. You need your blog post to be a blog post,
So only use affiliate links sparingly. Put them in when it fits with your blog. Don’t use too many images with links or have every paragraph with 10 text links. It really is not necessary.
The Amazon affiliate program is probably the best affiliate program to start with if you are a beginner. It is very easy to join and there are so many products to choose from to promote.
The commission rates are low, but Amazon does a very good 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.
The sign up process is not that difficult as I hoped I have shown you.
Once you have finished the sign up and have been approved you have full access to the program.
Remember that you have to make three qualified sales within 180 days. If you do not make those sales your account will be cancelled.
If you do make three sales within 180 days. Amazon will come to inspect your site. If they are happy then you will receive an email from Amazon telling you that you have been approved.
If you have a new website. I would suggest you wait until you have a good number of visitors to your site first before you join. I would also recommend that you have at least 10 blog posts.
Frequently asked questions
How do I create an affiliate link on Amazon?
Once you have an Amazon affiliate account and you are signed in. Then you get your affiliate links from the Site Stripe that runs across your screen every time you visit a page on Amazon.
If you look at my blog above. I have a step by step guide on how you can get affiliate text and image links from the Site Stripe.
Can I buy from my own Amazon affiliate link?
No, you can not buy from your own link. This is against the Amazon Affiliate program’s terms and conditions.
If you do buy from your own link. You run the risk of getting your account canceled.
Can you make money with the Amazon affiliate program?
You can make money with this program. But it takes hard work and patience.
You need to build a good useful website that becomes a bridge for people looking to buy but need help making their final decision.
The commission rates are low with Amazon but they have a trusted brand so people are happy to shop there.
Amazon does a great job of selling to visitors to their website. If you can send enough visitors over to Amazon, then it is possible to make money from the Amazon affiliate program.
How can I test if my Amazon affiliate link works?
When I first started promoting Amazon affiliate products I could see that visitors were clicking on my links but I wasn’t getting any sales. So I started to think that my links were not working.
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.
When you are on the home page of your Amazon affiliate account you will see a menu bar running across the top of the screen.
You will see that the menu bar has a tool option. If you place your mouse over the word tools, you will get a drop down menu.
The third option on the list is ‘Link Checker’. Click on that option. Then you will see this page.
How to check your affiliate links
To check a link, first you need to go to your website and find the link or links you want to test.
I will go to my website to find a link to check.
Here is a page from my website.
From my website you can see I have a link to Amazon. It is the blue ‘microfiber towel’ link.
I will right click on this link and select ‘copy link location’.
Once I have
You can see from the green text that my link is valid. That means that if a visitor from my website clicks on that link to go to Amazon. Amazon knows where the visitor came from and will pay a commission on purchases made by that visitor.
How long do Amazon affiliate links last?
The link has a limit of 24 hours. This means that if a visitor goes to Amazon from a link on your site you will 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
Is it free to become an Amazon affiliate?
Yes, the program is completely free to join.
Can I run Amazon Affiliate program on my site both for UK and USA?
Yes, you can. To make sure you get commissions from both Amazon UK and Amazon USA, you need to sign up to both programs.
You need to do this because Amazon will detect the IP address of your visitor and will send that visitor to the Amazon website of their country.
For example, you have a visitor to your website in the USA but the visitor is from the UK. Once that visitor clicks on your link to go to Amazon. Amazon will send them to the Amazon UK site.
If you have not signed up to the Amazon UK affiliate program, you will lose any commission from that visitor’s purchases.
There is a plugin you can use on WordPress that makes sure that you don’t lose out on commissions when visitors are sent to their local Amazon website. That is the Amazon Link Localizer .
Once you download this plugin to your website. You just add your Amazon affiliate ID’s for each country you have signed up for. Then you won’t miss out on commissions.
If you would like me to show you how to use this plugin, just drop me a comment.
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?
Did you find my post helpful?
Is there any thing else you would like me to go into detail about in this post? If so drop me a comment and I will improve the post.
I look forward to reading your comments.