At current, Amazon sells over 480 million products worldwide. That means they sell pretty much everything a normal consumer would buy online. Each of these products carries a potential income stream for the sellers/merchants AND affiliate marketers (also known as Amazon Associates) which is the focus of our topic today.
For those of you who don’t know, affiliate marketing is an online business model that allows the earning of sales commission without having to own the merchandise. With that many products on the marketplace, there’s really no limit to how much commission one can potentially earn.
Unlike the drop shipping business model, the cost of starting an affiliate business is way lower and less complex to handle from a beginner’s standpoint. So for those who are inexperience, learning how to make money on Amazon without selling is definitely the easier route to start an online business.
What You Need To Know/Have
The process of becoming an Amazon Associate isn’t difficult, but there are a few things that need to be in order before we begin.
1 – Check Your Eligibility
If you are a resident of the US, you need to check whether your state is eligible or not. At this point of writing, there are 5 states that are not allowed to participate in the affiliate program, namely, Arkansas, Missouri, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont. If yours is one of them, don’t feel let down.
There are other affiliate networks that you can be part of such as Rakuten Linkshare and ShareASale. They offer plenty of interesting merchants from a variety of niches (both digital and physical products) and the commission payouts are often higher than that of Amazon’s. So it’s worth checking them out.
2 – What Is Your Choice of Niche
A niche is basically a group of people that are searching for the same thing, specifically with the intention of buying online.
So another way of asking this question is, what type of audience are you targeting? To find out the answer, you need to look for a type of product that you’re interested to promote.
For example, recommending Fitbit to people who wants to lose weight OR introducing ToysRUs for parents who are searching for Christmas gifts for their children. Every product category that is listed on the Amazon marketplace is a potential niche.
The key is to find that one product you are knowledgeable about AND can also cater for the needs/concerns/problems of your targeted audience.
Having an informative website will not only make you look like an educated marketer, it builds trust and traffic that can boost your rankings on the search engines.
3 – Create A Website
Now, all that helpful content needs to reside somewhere and there’s no better place to publish them than on your own website.
Even though there are many web builders out there, my number one choice would have to be WordPress by SiteRubix, because it comes with affordable domain registration fee, professional hosting support and a ton of online training to help run a successful affiliate business.
4 – Analyze Website Traffic Data
After publishing a few blogs, you should be able to start generating this data for your site;
- What page/post is being viewed the most?
- How much traffic are you getting for the month?
- How many clicks are going to your product review page?
These are important questions to ask and fortunately for webmasters, Google has two nifty tools (Google Search Console and Google Analytics) that can help. So do set them up as soon as you can and learn the behaviors that are coming in/out of your site.
With these three things in your hand – a custom website, a targeted niche, a set of website data – you can now proceed to apply for the Amazon Associate program.
The Application Process Step-by-step
Step 1 – At the footer of the Amazon’s website, look for the link that says ‘Become An Affiliate’ and click the button to join.
Step 2 – In the first section of the application, enter your name, physical address and contact number.
Step 3 – In the second section, you’ll be asked of the website details (general description, targeted audience, promotional products, methods of traffic acquisition, numbers of unique visitors and etc.), most of which you’ll be able to obtain from the Google tools that I mentioned earlier.
Step 4 – Submit the application and wait for the good news. If all the information provided is favorable, you should be getting a confirmation email from Amazon within 24-48 hours. After that, you can access the Associate Central for various features and start promoting your desired affiliate product.
Your Opportunity to Become an Online Entrepreneur Begins…
With a single idea.
It could be a niche that you like (or even curious about), your expertise with a certain product or an interesting domain name that just crossed your mind. Whatever your light bulb moment might be, I am very sure that there’s something in the Amazon marketplace for you to start an online business.
If you want to see more of the process in action, watch this niche case video training by Jay from Wealthy Affiliate, as he shows you how to make money on Amazon without selling. You’ll learn to find a niche, create content from keywords and write awesome product reviews that convert into sales. Just click on the image below to register for free.
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