How Do I Become An Amazon Associate?
How do I become an Amazon Associate? Does it cost any money? These are two questions that are probably on your mind.
Joining is a fairly simple process that I will walk you through. It is also entirely free to join. I have whilst preparing this page, opened an Associates account for this specific website, so that you can see the process live.
Unfortunately, residents of Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, or Rhode Island are not eligible to participate in the Associates program.
What Do You Need In Order To Be Accepted ?
In order to become an Amazon Associate you will need to have a website or blog. You will also need a website address and be able to describe what your website is about. In addition to this you will have tell Amazon about other advertising on your site and who your target audience is.
Using this program, you are able to add links to any of the million or so items on Amazon’s site to your own
website and earn a commission when someone clicks the link and makes a purchase. You can earn a commission of up to 10% The commissions percentage depends on the product and the volume of products that you sell in a given month. However the modest commission percentages are compensated by the fact that the Amazon system is easy to use.
This is an ideal program to get started with. Amazon has an excellent reputation and is globally known. You visitors will recognize that Amazon is a name to be trusted.
Once you have set up your website you are ready to go to affiliate-program.amazon.com. You click the orange “Join Now For Free” button.
If you already have an account with Amazon, you can log in. This will list the Associates account under your existing Amazon account.
If like me you want an entirely separate Associate account then you will need to enter a new email address and click ” I am a new customer”. You will be required to enter your name and create a password for this new account.
These types of detail will be asked for when you apply to join most affiliate programs. It is also prudent to keep a careful record of the email address and password that you have used to set up your account.
Your Website Profile.
The next section is perhaps the trickiest part of the process and I would recommend that you gather up the answers to these questions before you commence the application process.
Next you will in about a paragraph need to enter what you website is about. This is a general description of the site. Amazon would like you to consider, what users can do on your site, who is it intended for, and what type of products do you intend to promote.
You are then asked to select from a list the topics the ones that best describe the content and purpose of your site. Examples that are given are include Automotive/Transport or Books or Business/Industrial.
You are then via ticking boxes asked to tell Amazon what types of items you intend to list on your website, examples from the list are Books, Digital Downloads or Kindle.
The next step is to indicate using box ticking how you are going to drive traffic to your website. Examples being, Paid Search, Display Advertising, Email, Social Networks, Blogs.
You are then asked to indicate what other ways you intend to use to monetize your site . These could include things like Google Adsense and other affiliate marketing programs.
You are then required to tell Amazon, how you usually build links on your website. A list of options are given which include, Blog Editor, HTML Editor, Manually via test editor.
You are then asked how many unique visitors your website gets per month and your primary reason for wanting to join the Associate program. You are given options that you can select as being your answers, examples being, less than 500 visitors, 501 to 5,000. To gauge the level of traffic that you get you can use the free Google Analytics tool.
Once you have submitted your answers to are taken to a further page where you are required by ticking a box to agree to the terms and conditions of the Associates Operating Agreement.
There is a link to the agreement which you should familiarize yourself with before making the final submission of your application.
Once your account is approved by will receive a further congratulatory email from the Associate program. I received mine about 24 hours after applying.
When your account has been approved you can start adding affiliate products to your website.
There are a huge number of tools and reports that will help you to manage and develop your account.
When Will You Get Paid?
You are paid 60 days in arrears. You will receive in August, commissions on sales that you have made in June. There is also a threshold for payments. You must accrue commissions of over £25 in the UK to receive a payment, for US based associates it is as low as $10. If you earn less than the threshold in a month your earnings are carried forward to the next month. A payment is made to you once you have accrued earnings that are above the threshold.
As I mentioned at the beginning of the page you need to have a website. Please check out my review of Wealthy Affiliate, which is a place where to get can all of the training and support that you need to help you create and market your site. I have also written a post on how you can generate free traffic when you want it. Click here to access the post.
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