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December 10, 2022

Is Amazon Affiliates Free to Join?

Is Amazon Affiliates Free to Join?

The short answer is yes, as long as you have a website and can fill in the Amazon Associates application form.

Let's have a look at doing that.

Amazon Associates is Amazon’s affiliate marketing program.

Once you’ve joined Amazon Associates, you can promote any Amazon product and earn an affiliate commission when someone buys that product through your affiliate link.

But here’s the great thing. If while they’re on Amazon, they buy any other product, you collect the affiliate commission on that sale as well.

Compared to other platforms, Amazon commissions are low but…

  1. The trust factor is high. Visitors have no hesitation buying through Amazon and
  2. You can sell high-ticket items, such as an espresso coffee machine for $600 or a high-end set of golf clubs for $1,330, which will yield substantial commissions.

To become an Amazon affiliate, go to Amazon.com Associates Central and sign up.

01 Join Amazon Associates

Scroll down and click on the Sign up button.

You’ll be asked to sign in with your Amazon account credentials. This links your affiliate account with your normal Amazon account, which allows you to find Amazon products and immediately download the links to promote them. It’s a great feature.

If you don’t have a normal Amazon account, you can create one now.

02 Create Amazon Account

Sign in with your normal Amazon account credentials or create an account if you don’t have one.

04 Confirm Your New Account

Confirm your Amazon details and click the Next button.

05 Your Website

You must enter one website URL to become an Amazon affiliate.

There’s no need to enter more than one.

Once you have an Amazon affiliate link, you can use it on any number of sites.

So enter one of your site’s URLs and click on the Next button.

You then need to confirm that your site is not directed at children.

06 Confirm Your Site Is Not Directed at Children

Check the No radio button and then click the Confirm button.

That’s almost it. You’re about to become an Amazon affiliate (the next step on your way to becoming an Amazon Super Affiliate).

You now need to tell Amazon a bit about your business by completing some additional information.

07 Tell Amazon About Your Business
  1. Enter your name as your preferred Associates Store Id. Amazon will use this to create an affiliate id. You are better off using your name rather than a website as you may want to use it on multiple websites.
  2. Enter a few words about your primary busimess.
  3. Check the Blog radio button.
  4. Select From the Amazon.com website.
  5. Enter the Captcha,
  6. Check agreement to the terms and conditions.

Note that none of the above is important. It’s just to get you accepted.

Here’s an example with the information completed.

08 Completed Example

Complete the information and click on the Finish button.

09 Application Accepted

Your application has been accepted and you have been issued with an Amazon affiliate id.

You are now able to sell Amazon products and collect an affiliate commission.

Click the Now button to provide Amazon with how you wish to get paid and with the necessary US tax information. This will be different, depending on your country of residence.

Just work through it.

You will also receive a confirmation email from Amazon.

10 Email from Amazon

Note that

  1. You must make 3 sales within 180 days in order to keep your account. If this doesn't happen, you can apply again and get a new Amazon affiliate id, but will then have to update any existing links that you have placed on your website and
  2. Your site is still subject to manual review by Amazon, so make sure you abide by their rules.

In the next post, I'll get to the exciting part.

Finding Amazon products to promote and earn affiliate commission.

To get your other affiliate marketing questions answered, go to Affiliate Marketing: Your Questions Answered.

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Phil Lancaster


Phil is a septuagenarian who has now funded his retirement through internet marketing.

"It's both enjoyable and lucrative," says Phil. "and can literally be run from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Like many others out there, I initially poured money into the bright, shiny pebbles. The one off, brilliant opportunities that promised an overnight income with the push of a button. The only thing they did, besides suck up funds like a vacuum cleaner, money that I couldn't afford, was take up so much time that I ended up depressed as well as poorer. It wasn't until I learned how to build a genuine business (I now have 30 of them) in both affiliate marketing and e-commerce, using the platform and tools that I tell you about on this website, that I turned it all around. I now make a substantial and sustainable retirement income and I want to teach you how to do the same."

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