Amazon Affiliate Marketing Tutorial| A Beginners Step By Step Guide

– Hey, what's up Welcome back to another episode of Boss Tip Thursday, where I share weekly tips and tutorials to help you get stuff done

And today it's all about Amazon Affiliate Marketing If you're new to affiliate marketing, if you have no clue how to even get started, this tutorial is for you We're going to be going over: what exactly is this? What is Amazon affiliate marketing? Then I'm going to be showing you how to create your own account with Amazon, your own Associate's account, so you can start getting into this I'm going to be showing you an in-depth tutorial on how to read your dashboard, where it shows your sales, your clicks, and exactly what's going on with your account And lastly, we'll end this video with some frequently asked questions about this program

So if you're ready to learn about all these things, then keep watching An Amazon Affiliate is a person who is partnered up with Amazon The idea is that you bring customers to their site, to their store, and if they buy you get a commission for it So you'll be getting special links for each product that you want to refer, and Amazon will know when they click that link, and you'll get that commission for the product they buy or anything else that they buy along with the product you referred as long as they clicked your link and your referral link brought them to Amazon, you get paid for anything they buy within the next twenty four hours, and it doesn't cost the customer anything extra, it doesn't change the buying experience in any way, you just get a small commission for bringing them there to Amazon And this is a fabulous way to fund your business in the beginning because as you know, with YouTube and AdSense, it takes a long time to start making money, and yet these videos take time and effort and money to make them better

So this is a great way to start funding your business early on, and with the blog as well The only way to make money on a blog is to do affiliate programs like this Amazon one, or to create your own products or services, but out of all those three ways, the easiest thing to get started with is this Amazon Affiliate Program, because everyone knows Amazon, everyone trusts and loves them, it's a huge store, it's known worldwide And to create your own products and services, you have to start at the bottom and build your trust, build your authority, build your blog with SEO and all this other back stuff So meanwhile, you work on that You can supplement your income with a program like Amazon

Okay, so to create your account, hop onto Amazoncom, scroll all the way to the bottom Here you will see this little section that says, Make Money With Us And there's so many different ways to make money on Amazon Today we're gonna be focusing on becoming an affiliate, so click on that, then click on this Join Now for Free, and now you can either sign in with an Amazon account you already have, an account that you use to make purchases, or you can go ahead and create a new Amazon account if you want to keep things separate

I already haven't account, so I'm gonna be creating a new one just to show you the process Then you'll be directed to the application process For the top here you want to put your Payee Name exactly should appear on your paycheck, or when they direct deposit your money You should put your address, along with your city, your state, zip code, your phone number, and who is the main contact for this account For most of us it's gonna be the payee listed above unless you have a VA who's doing this for you

So then you'd need to click someone else The next part you have to fill out, the websites that you own, the websites that you're going to be using to promote affiliate links And this is the part that it gets a little bit tricky for some people Unfortunately you do need an active website or other platform that has enough high quality content to be accepted They just wanna make sure that you're going to be promoting their products properly

Amazon doesn't say precisely what the actual requirements are, so if you do have like, a website, a YouTube channel, or any other sort of, like, social media page with some content, add all of those here When I signed up I only had about four or five blog posts on my website with not that much engagement at all, so I still got accepted So give it a try Whatever you have going on that has some sort of content where you'll be sharing the affiliate links, just add it here You never know, just go ahead and try it

The worst thing that can happen is that they won't accept you, they will tell you why, and then you can reapply And if you happen to have any sort of apps, you can go ahead and add the URLs for that here, then let's click Next This bottom little portion basically just says that you're not allowed to use affiliate links on any websites that are aimed towards teenagers, 13 years and under, that's just not allowed So you just have to confirm that your website isn't directed towards 13 year olds or younger So go ahead and click No if that's the case

All right, and now we're onto this next part of the application, I'm just gonna go over each of the fields and explain what they mean The first field here is the Amazon Associates ID This is just the name you want to give to your affiliate account You can put your real name, your business name, or nickname It doesn't really matter, it's not a big deal

Just put any sort of name here Here's your websites that you listed at the beginning of the application And then here you have to explain what your website is all about One word won't cut it here This is your chance to explain why you're a good candidate for the Amazon program

So say what you do, who it's for, what kind of Amazon products will you be sharing, and stuff like that Just make it sound convincing Then after that we're going on to the topics that describe what you're doing best So they have a primary and a secondary topic, so just go through those and click what describes you, your business, your website, the best What type of Amazon items do you intend to list on your websites and mobile apps? Go ahead and click any and all that apply here

And then next, we're going to the type of websites or mobile apps Our options are comparison shopping engines, content, or niche websites, coupon deals, or search For most of us, it's going to be just content and niche websites Next, Traffic and Monetization section You have to declare how you will drive traffic to your website

Will you be driving traffic to your website through email, maybe through advertising, through other social media, SEO, blogs? Click any and all that apply here How do you utilize your website and apps to generate income? Here there's different other affiliate programs that you may be part of So go ahead and click the ones that apply, or if Amazon Associates will be the only way that you're going to monetize your site for now, just go ahead and click that part Next, how do you usually build your links? Most of us build our links through a WordPress website Not many of us are using HTML editors or any of that

So I think the best option for most of us here is blog editor Next, how many total unique visitors do your websites and apps get per month? So all of the website that you listed in the beginning that are here, all of those combined, all your social medias, all your websites, emails, all of that, how much traffic do they get per month combined? So make your best estimate, and select that answer And then your reason for joining the Associates program Do you want to get rich content for your sight? Maybe you want to make sure that you're linking out to products you're talking about Or do you want to monetize your site? For many of us it's both of these answers, so I guess just pick the one that best describes you right now

Next, how did you hear about us? Just click the one that makes the most sense for you Were you searching online? Did you hear by word of mouth? Someone tell you about it? Or did you hear about it from the Amazon website? And lastly, all you have to do is type in the characters, and click Next So let me go ahead and fill this form out, and I'll be right back And that's the end of the application process Now all you really have to do is verify your identity by inputting your phone number here

And make sure that this code up front is the one that you need to be using For most of us, I think it will be this plus one Just make sure that this is correct so that they will be able to call you and give you your PIN so that you can access your account – [Amazon Recording] This is an automated call from Amazoncom

Using the touchpad on your phone, please enter the four digit PIN number that is displayed on your screen (touchpad beeps) – [Sandra] Okay, so now you just have to agree to the terms and condense, and click Finish, and that is everything, you're all done The only thing that will be pending now is your tax information If you're from the United States, you're going to be filling out your typical tax form If you're from a different country, or you're exempt from paying taxes for some reason, they do have an exempt form for you which I know nothing about because I do live in the United States

But Amazon is always there to help you, just email them and they will respond, or you can always just click this Later option because you're technically not accepted to the Amazon program yet You still have to make your first sale, and they have to go review your application still So you're technically not accepted You may wanna wait to go through the hassle of doing all this tax information until later And a couple things to talk about from the top box here is that this is your Amazon Associates ID, so make sure that you know this and you keep it, 'cause you may need it in the future

And as you see down here that if you have not made any qualified sales within 180 days, your application will be canceled, and you won't have access to the Associate Central or any of that So that's just something to keep in mind So now I'm just gonna click Later for this tax information, and show you the dashboard Here will always be your notifications If Amazon has something new going on, or their policy changes, they will always let you know via these notifications, or via email, so make sure you check your emails

Here in this dropdown menu below your email address you will find all sorts of important information, like your account settings, your payment history, managing tracking IDs, which we'll get into in a second, and just signing out In Account sets, you go there to change stuff about your profile, or if you ever want to add or delete websites, this is where you will go For example, if you didn't have a Pinterest account when you started your application process, but now you do, and you're going to be sharing affiliate links there, it's important to come back here and edit that information Go ahead and add the website here, because this just keeps you in good standing with Amazon This navigation bar is filled with all sorts of cool links, logs, and discussion boards, so many cool things

So look through all of this just so you know what's up there Down here is your overview of the last 30 days of your sales, and clicks, and everything that's going on with your account If you want a more detailed report of exactly what's going on with your account, click on View Full Report Here In this detailed report section, you can customize it however you want You can have a look at just today, yesterday, last seven days, last 30 days, or do a custom range

Bounties are a one-time flat rate that you get paid for Amazon programs, such as Baby Registry, Amazon Prime, if someone signs up via your link, you get paid a one time fee, and that's what bounties are Fees are what you actually get paid, the percentage commission you get paid for referring Amazon products And then these summaries, just both of these combined Furthermore, down here we have different summaries We have clicks, orders, shipped, conversions, and earnings

So these are just the clicks you got but no sales, how many people actually ordered, and the things that have been shipped You don't get paid for anything until it's been shipped And then the conversions are just the click to buy ratio, so out of the people who did click on the link, how many people actually bought? And all this is important information to keep a close look at so that you know what's working and you can do more of that, and you know what's not working and what you should stop wasting your time on And the last thing we'll talk about in this dashboard is how to create and manage your Tracking IDs So to do that you go under your email, this dropdown menu here, and click on Manage Tracking IDs

And Tracking IDs are just a way for you to track where your traffic is coming from If you're going to be promoting affiliate links on Instagram, Facebook, your website, YouTube, it's a good idea to know where your traffic is coming from so that you can zero in on what's working Click Add Tracking ID, for example, say I wanted to create one for Instagram So I'll just go here and click Instagram, click Create, and then if that one is taken, they'll give you some different options here Now when you come back to your dashboard, you can always see all of your links together, or you can just see the Instagram one, just see if what sales came from this link specifically

And the easiest way to create an Amazon affiliate link is to log on to Amazon using the information that you used to create your Associate's account, look for your product here, and then click on this stripe on top You can use the affiliate links in so many different ways You can share it directly to Twitter, directly to Facebook, or you can have a text and a image that you may wanna embed into a website You can have just the image that's clickable straight to this product page, or you can use just text Here normally, you would see a list of all the tracking ideas you've created in the past

You select the one you wanna use with this particular affiliate link, and that's it All of that is embedded into this link When someone clicks on it, Amazon knows that it came from your account All you have to do is copy and paste it wherever Now I'm going to be answering frequently asked questions that I get all the time

The first one is, how much money would I make with Amazon Affiliate Marketing? So you get paid 4%, up to 4% for the products people buy from your referral links This percent can go all the way up to 10 I believe it's just the more you sell, the more percentage you get paid But a specific number, it's hard to say Because it varies from person to person, and it varies from month to month, depending on what you sell

It all comes with different percentages I will say this You can use this program just to make extra money, to supplement your income, as I said You have other things going on, but this is just a little bit extra And that's kind of the way I use it

I just create videos, create blog posts, and share books that I'd recommend anyway Content that I would create anyway, and link to affiliate links when possible And that's the way I've been doing it I just do business as usual, and recommend when possible Which thank you, by the way, if you use my links to make purchases

I really appreciate your support But another way to do it is to go all in, like literally create a whole website around a specific product from Amazon, say cameras for example You can do camera reviews and link to these cameras, and equipment, and everything you're using from Amazon, and make a niche website, and that's how you can make this a full time income But there's really so much to do with this program, it's really up to you But the more you learn, the more effort you put into it, the more you will earn

How and when do I get paid? You get paid once a month towards the end of the month Once your tax information is filled out, you will get this money in your bank, direct deposited, or you may get a check, depending on where you live They have different rules for each country, so you'll have to check on that But for direct deposit, you do have to meet a threshold of only $10, and for checks you have to meet a threshold of $100 So once your tax, and your threshold is good to go, you will get paid towards the end of the month

Where can I share my affiliate links? You can share your links pretty much anywhere On your website, on most social media's will allow it, like Pinterest, and Instagram, Facebook, most of these sites do allow it, but there are a lot of rules behind all this, so I really recommend that you read Amazon's policy and really learn more about it so that you can make sure that you're following the rules, and you're not kicked out of the program How do I get clicks and sales? It really is going to take time You can't just publish two articles, make two videos, and link up affiliate products that you're using, and expect to get a lot of sales It doesn't work that way

Like everything else that I talk about, like in the video of Nine Side Hustle Ideas, it's easy Like I just showed you how to set up your account in minutes It's easy It doesn't take a rocket scientist Everyone can do it

But it does take time, and effort, and patience, and testing, and sticking it out, really So do your best to keep learning, see what works, and then try to do more of that, try to experiment, and find different ways There's really so much information out there for you to continue to learn about this program But you really never get something for nothing You must put in your time, your effort, great, valuable content to build an audience

And that's how you will bring in the clicks and sales eventually All right, and that sums up this tutorial I really do hope that I covered it all I tried to make it as condensed as possible, and put in as much information, and answer as much questions as possible But if you have any more questions about this, leave it in the comments down below

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