How to make money through Amazon Associates/Affiliates Program

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The Amazon Associates Program is designed to allow you to benefit from business your website drives to the Amazon.com website. This program allows you to make a commission when people purchase Amazon products after they were directed to the Amazon site via your web site or web pages.

Things You'll Need

  • Web Site
  • Amazon Associates account

You need to have a web presence in order to direct people to Amazon products so you can make a commission. Create a site around something you are interested in, or if you are a freelance web writer, tie the Amazon links right into your articles.

Once you have a web site or content you can tie Amazon products into, go to the Amazon Associates site and register for an account. There is no cost to join this program. The Amazon Associates link is at the bottom of this page in the resource section.

After you register, Amazon will verify what site, content, or type of content you will be providing links to their products in, and if they approve you will be granted an account. This process is very quick, typically taking only one to two days.

Once you are registered, add any product links from your Amazon Associates account to any articles, website content, or web sites you think viewers may be interested in. For example, if you write an article on gardening, you could put Amazon links to gardening books, tools, pots or even seeds that are sold through Amazon. If your viewer clicks on this link, and then purchases any item from Amazon (not just the one you recommended), you will earn a commission on the purchased products. The base commission is around 4 percent, but it increases over time as you sell more products.

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