PPP 005: How to Get Started With the Amazon Associates Affiliate Program

Getting started with amazon associates affiliate programThis is actually the first of a series of posts I’m going to make on how to use Amazon.com’s Associates program to generate income from anything from a simple website, to a big and beefy authority site. When you look at the volume of sales that Amazon does, it’s staggering… Especially compared to sites like Clickbank. A lot of people make a lot of money from digital products on Clickbank, but just in terms of numbers and getting your piece of the pie, Amazon has a much, much bigger pie to try and get a piece of.

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Note: the links to the different trainings will be posted below as I complete them… be patient.

I have a few Amazon affiliate sites, and together they make between $1,000 and $2,000 a month, but as the pages are starting to rank well and sales are going up, I am really liking the passive nature of these Amazon affiliate sites; so I’m planning on building a lot more and making the ones I do have into big authority sites.

Here are a few reasons why I like Amazon’s affiliate program:

  • People trust Amazon, and everyone has used it before: Everyone has bought stuff from Amazon.com, and most likely they have their credit card information saved so that future purchases are even easier. This is a huge plus to you as an affiliate.
  • It’s super easy to write about the products. They give you all of the information you need to write great reviews about the products, not to mention the reviews from real customers provide gold nuggets of information that you can include in your reviews to make them even better.
  • The conversion rate: Amazon’s conversion rate is wayyyy higher than you’ll get promoting a Clickbank product. The nice thing about it is, Amazon is known for constantly testing their pages to increase conversions, which just makes your job easier.
  • No customer service. Amazon affiliate sites are nice because they don’t require any extra time besides the time it takes to create them. You get traffic, send the traffic to Amazon, and you make commissions.
  • Tons and tons of products to choose from. One of the things I really like, is that you get the same commission percentages even when someone buys a product from an external seller on Amazon.
  • You get commissions for whatever people buy while they’re there. When I look at the items I’ve made commissions from, almost half of them are things I don’t promote whatsoever on my sites.

My goal with this series of posts is put together a free resource that is as-complete and as high-quality as any paid product out there. So, I’ll be starting from the ground up, and there will probably be some things covered that are very basic and that you might already know… bear with me. Here are the topics my future posts are going to cover (I’ll make them links as I put up the pages):

As you might have noticed, my posting schedule here on Strayblogger is irregular to say the least, so my plan for outlining some posts in advance like this will help me post more consistently.

And, I’ll graciously accept tips, questions, and criticisms you have along the way- just post them in the comments. Thanks!

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23 Comments

  • Neill

    Reply Reply January 18, 2012

    OK Nate, I’ll be here for this series.
    The one thing I’d really like to know is what’s the best way to set up an Amazon authority site with wordpress. In other words, what is the first thing I see when I click on http://bluewidgetguide.com? Is it a page or a post? And then do we do a post for each product? Should there be a category list on the first page?
    I could go on but I’ll wait.

    – Neill

    • Nate

      Reply Reply January 18, 2012

      Neill, good questions, and that’s the kind of stuff that will help me make the trainings better… I wouldn’t have thought of that specific thing, but I’ll put it in there for sure and explain the site structure. Thanks.

  • Mary

    Reply Reply January 18, 2012

    Nate, Thanks for doing this Amazon series. I know it will be a big help for me as I am a beginner more or less and I have a lot to learn.

    • Nate

      Reply Reply January 18, 2012

      Mary- no problem- I’m sure I’ll learn a lot as well by putting them together.

  • Jon

    Reply Reply January 19, 2012

    Hi Nate, I like this blog and the solid stuff you put out. I’m really looking forward to your series as I’m in the midst of creating some Amazon sites now.

    Would you be able to touch on plugins and themes that people use for their Amazon sites – e.g. review themes and plugins for Amazon Affiliate programs. I’ve been seeing a lot of them recently and wondering if you use any of them.

    • Nate

      Reply Reply January 19, 2012

      Thanks Jon for the great idea- that’s another thing I hadn’t thought of but that will be really helpful to go through some of that stuff.

  • Mary Chicoine

    Reply Reply January 19, 2012

    Hi Nate – I’m looking forward to the Amazon series.
    I am an Amazon associate. After I couldn’t seem to get my google adsense codes on my site properly I gave up for the moment with them and put Amazon products on it. Most are pet books and products but I found putting them up was quite easy once I got the hang of it.

    You’re right – everyone loves Amazon, including me as I could hang around there and be tempted to buy lots of stuff. You can usually get the best prices there as well.

    Looking forward to your series and will go to the podcast.
    One thing I’ve noticed on your YouTube videos is that you are not “hyper’ and are low key, which I like a lot – especially as most IMers, with a few exceptions, are go,go,go – which is exhausting :-). Best Regards, Mary Chicoine

    • Nate

      Reply Reply January 19, 2012

      Sounds good Mary, thanks for reading.

  • Brad

    Reply Reply January 19, 2012

    Nate – Looking forward to this series as I would like to add this onto some of my sites. Can you include sites that aren’t all Amazon links (like a store)? Maybe that’s what you are doing, I’m not sure. I know you mentioned the articles to go along with the site, so maybe. Thanks for all your help.

    • Nate

      Reply Reply January 20, 2012

      Brad- do you mean using affiliate programs that aren’t Amazon such as CJ?

      • brad

        Reply Reply January 20, 2012

        Mainly just a site that isn’t a store or the main page isn’t a store. Also, a mix of Amazon, Adsense and other affiliate programs would be cool. Thanks Nate.

  • brian

    Reply Reply January 19, 2012

    i have been looking at amazon as a way to set up good sites that I could eventually add dropshipping to if i wanted for bigger margins. especially with google ranking commerce so well. my existing amazon sites I will admit arent that well optimized. I think review themes work best and then have some useful article like buying guide,etc….I have been learning about making site more click friendly because not everyone wants to read lots of text so i am adding comparison tables/giving customer smaller # of decisions to make. review style themes work great but alot of theme are kind of outdated looking that I found. I recently found a great one I am going to test out

    • Nate

      Reply Reply January 20, 2012

      Brian- comparison tables work really well- there a few tools out there to build them easier like you said and I’ll try to go over the best ones.

  • Mike

    Reply Reply February 6, 2012

    Hey,

    That scheduling issue you have. You should give this a try “WordPress Editorial Calendar” plugin.

    • Nate

      Reply Reply February 18, 2012

      Thanks Mike I’ll check that out.

  • Alan

    Reply Reply April 24, 2012

    So glad I signed up to your mailing list. I have looked at other programs to do Amazon affilite marketing. But I really like your style and the fact your out there helping us Newbies. Thanks Nate. Will read and follow it all. Alan

    • Nate

      Reply Reply April 25, 2012

      Thanks Alan, I appreciate that.

  • Sandy Savos

    Reply Reply July 8, 2012

    G’day Nate, what is your opinion on Squarespace, please?

    My mates use WordPress but their blogs are not hosted.

    I prefer to go with Squarespace because it gives me creative freedom to have my blog the way I would like plus domain hosting, SEO, auto mail responder, cloud-based and other you-beaut services. Not bad for $16 a month.

    HOWEVER, I am a newbie to blogging and would value your opinion.

    I enjoyed your interview with Erica Stone and bought three of her WSOs via your link.

    I have a niche that I would like to promote as an Amazon affiliate.

    Ta, mate ;)

    • Nate

      Reply Reply July 9, 2012

      Sandy- I don’t know anything about Squarespace. If that’s your preference than stay with it. I’m glad you liked the interview, thanks for reading.

  • Marc

    Reply Reply July 29, 2012

    You can learn how to set up in word press in Mark Ling’s course Affiloblue. He shows you step by step how to do this with the plugs using host gator.

    Marc

  • Taran

    Reply Reply November 13, 2012

    Lot of useful information.I learned a lot about amazon affiliate program, I really like this post.Thank you so much.

  • Mark McKnight

    Reply Reply March 21, 2013

    Hi Nate,

    Are you going to complete this program. I have been reading through it and can’t wait for the next post.

    • Nate

      Reply Reply March 26, 2013

      Mark- Honestly if you’re serious about Amazon affiliate marketing I would just pick up Erica Stone’s Extreme Review course. Best info on Amazon affiliate marketing there is.

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