Monday, October 29, 2018

10 Steps to Make Money With Amazon Associates

The daddy of online retail, Amazon makes billions of dollars in revenue every year.

As a blogger this means a chance to grab a piece of the pie, you can do this with Amazon Associates Program, which is created specifically with affiliates in mind. 

Starting a website is the easiest y part of your journey, making money from product sales is a whole other ball game.  Check out 15 tips to set you on the road to prosperity:

1. Organize Your Web Hosting

You don't need to spend a fortune to start your own website, check out my article How to Start a Blogger Blog and Make Money Online  to get you started. 

2. Choose Your Domain Name

If you have a blog already, or want to start one, you have a number of options in domain name registering.

You can start a blog from scratch and register your domain name with your webhost, or you can give your blog a .com name and register that with a reliable provider.

I currently use Hostgator as my domain name provider, you can read more about self hosting here. It's a small cost to pay, but definitely worth it for simplicity of having a .com name. You can purchase a domain at very little cost if you don't already have one. 

3. Master the Basics of HTML

HTML or Hypertext Markup Language is the universal language for creating web applications and pages.  Learning the basics will help you insert images and hyperlinks within your website, helping you to promote your own products and content and other companies links.

4. Select Your Niche

For many bloggers product reviews and recommendations are a staple part of their blog, so choose a category you're passionate about and write a review about it.

5. Start Your Blogger Blog

An easy-to-use blog platform, that's free, and easy to customise, no installation required.

6. Make it Appealing

There are numerous templates and colour pallets to choose from, which gives you complete freedom to choose the look-and-feel of your website.

7. Join Amazon Associates (Affiliate)

Easy and free to join, visit the Amazon Associates site and sign up for your free affiliate account.  Your blog should have all of the basics done already, even if you haven't written any content yet.  Your site will be reviewed before you can start making any money.

8. Create Your First Link

Login to your Amazon Associates account, click on Product Linking, Product Links and then go into if that's your main Associates account.  Then open a new window with and find a product suitable for the blog post your writing about and add it into a sentence with an affiliate link.

Example: You could use it to write your daily journal, your dreams, your plans or even that novel you've been wanting to write.

9. Write Content and Build Your Blog

Once you've started a blog and customised it you'll need to start writing content, to attract an audience.  Check out this post How to Really Write for Your Audience to begin writing your blog content.  In each category you need at least 2 or 3 best selling or review posts.  Every time you write a blog post search engines are notified of your blog, so publish frequently with really great content.

10. Promote, Promote, Promote

Without promotion your website is dead in the water, harness the power of social media and use it as your billboard to attract new blog followers. You can leave affiliate links in your Twitter feed for your followers to look at and buy if they want to.