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How to Sign up as an Amazon Affiliate and make money on HubPages

Updated on January 15, 2011

OK!!! So I saw this question asked and realized that I actually knew the answer to it! I am not going to go into how great Hubpages is or how to increase traffic or make money...there are tons of hubs about that...I am just going to explain how to sign up for Amazon Affiliate program, how to connect the Affiliate Program to your HubPages account and how to add a Amazon capsule and select which items you want to get paid on....

I really like the Amazon option as it allows you to add a link to a specific item or type of item that is relevant to your hub AND earn commission if someone buys that item along with any other items they might buy while they are at Amazon. I will go into this a little later, but I think it is a distinct advantage as you can hand-pick the items you want displayed. I am assuming you already have signed up for HubPages and have an active hub.

Make money as an Amazon Affiliate on Hubpages

1. Go to www.amazon.com. Wait for the page to load and scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click on "Join Associates" which is under the "Make Money with Us" column.

2. On the far right you will see a login box, under the box there is a button that says "Join now for Free" click on this button. The next page is a login screen, if you have a Amazon login already (from purchasing items on Amazon) then you would enter your login and password and click "Sign In." If you do not yet have an Amazon login then select " I am a new customer." Note that you will not be asked to buy anything to sign up as an associate, but they will collect information about you just like Google does..this only takes a couple of minutes.

3. Select the correct primary address to receive payment at, select the payee you want (it can be yourself or someone else if you would like, but if you choose someone else they will need information about that person.) Click Next...

4. Enter the information about your website. This will be your Hubpages URL (note that you can add other hubs or webpages at this step by selecting the "Add additional URLs" button next to the box where you enter your hub URL)

If you do not know how to get your URL (web page address) it is very easy, just sign into HubPages, then click the button along the top of the page that says "My Account" and then click on "Statistics" and then on whichever of your hubs you want to enter for use with Amazon. When your hub loads, just copy everything that appears in the address bar of your web-browser, that is your hubs URL or web address and paste it into Amazon. Amazon will ask you some information about your webpage, all of them are very straight forward, just answer them all honestly, takes about 45 seconds. Click continue.

5. The next page will have a "Affiliate ID." Make sure you copy this down. They will also send you an e-mail with this code, but this is what you need to start getting paid so I would make sure that you save this along with your Amazon login information.

6. Now, go back to HubPages, go to "My Account" and then to "Affiliate Settings." Enter your new affiliate ID in the space provided for Amazon, then go to the bottom and click "Apply Changes."

7. You are now almost done! On any of your hubs you can now add a Amazon capsule. Once you have added the capsule, click on edit, enter the name you want to appear over the items.

Now you decide if you want to specify specific items to be show or if you just want to enter keywords and let Amazon pick which items they want to display.

See my Hub 10 Things your wireless company Does NOT want you to know!! and notice how I selected cigarette lighter inverters just like the ones I mention in my article. I talk about how to use your home wall chargers for cell phones and laptops while in the car without buying expensive car chargers. This is great as I am placing the exact items I just talked about for sale right there in my Hub! At the bottom of that Hub I did another Amazon Capsule but this time I used the other option and just entered the keyword "Verizon" and let Amazon come up with the listings they thought best.

To select the specific items you want to be shown, go back to Amazon and search for whatever it is you want to use (note that when you select "choose specific items" that it then asks for either keywords or a specific Amazon URL, ASIN or ISBN number.") I have found that it is much easier to go to the Amazon site, find the items you want and either paste the URL or copy the ASIN or ISBN number, which you can find in the details for each item on the Amazon page. I added a picture below to show you the location, click on the image to view larger. Now click save and you are ready to go! Play around with the spacing, you can move the capsules around so they can be in the middle of your Hub like my inverters were.

For future reference, the Amazon affiliate homepage is http://affiliate-program.amazon.com which will allow you to track all of your stats for the program.

GOOD LUCK and Happy Hubbing!!

Location of ASIN for an Amazon Product

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    • ShepherdLover profile image

      ShepherdLover 5 years ago from Portland, OR

      Great instructions, thank you!

    • Enlydia Listener profile image

      Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

      thanks for the step by step instructions. I bookmarked this for further use.

    • katedonavon profile image

      katedonavon 5 years ago

      Thanks for the step-by-step explanations. I tried to sign up with the Amazon affiliate program earlier but it didn't work- I must have done something wrong. Thanks to this hub I was able to get set up with Amazon!

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      purplelizzard 6 years ago

      thank you, this was helpful :)

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      lazko 6 years ago from the Earth

      This was verry useful! Thank you!

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      Jhon 6 years ago

      Thanks for the helpful hub "How to Sign up as an Amazon Affiliate and make money on HubPages".

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      MMPG 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great hub; very helpful!

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      daravuthz 6 years ago from Cambodia

      Fantastic hub. Very motivational. Thank you. :)

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      kandrawe 7 years ago from Tropical Country

      great list i really enjoyed reading your post, it really helpful

    • Jimmy Jones profile image

      Jimmy Jones 7 years ago from Hear and oh yeah...i'm here too!

      This is a great hub and helped me when i first set up my hubpages account. thanks

      JJ :)

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      The Amazon Associate system is very good and pays more frequently than Google. I highly recommend this. Great hub here!

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      sfatima 7 years ago from Karachi

      Thanks . It was big help

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      OregonWino 7 years ago

      No problem Ann! I am glad that it was helpful!!

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      Wow! I have spent hours trying to figure this out! Thank you soooo much! You make it sound so simple I now have to question my sanity. In the future if -rather WHEN- I have more trouble I will not bother posting random questions on the hub I will send them directly to you!!!! Thanks again OregonWino!

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      OregonWino 7 years ago

      Thank you for the kind words Darlene!! I am glad I was able to help you!

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      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      After five months and many question you are the first and last person I will go to. Your steps helped me perfectly and I how have amazon on my site. I am so happy, thank you Bridget, I love you!!!!

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      OregonWino 7 years ago

      Great!! I am glad I was able to help Bridget! Good luck on Hubpages!

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      Bridget Drake 7 years ago from US

      Thanks for the info. This answered my question.

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      OregonWino 7 years ago

      Thank you! I am very glad that this was helpful! Good luck!

    • Darlene Sabella profile image

      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Wow, so happy to of found you, I needed a step by step, I am going to try to follow this, thank you for an outstanding article.

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      OregonWino 7 years ago

      No problem at all! I am glad to be able to help people in NOT making the mistakes that I made when I first got here!!

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      Emma Tyler 7 years ago from USA

      This was really great info! It's nice to see people offering free information that doesn't lead to an overpriced E-book at the end! Thank you!

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      OregonWino 7 years ago

      I really appreciate all of the kind works everyone and glad I was able to help some of you out! Good luck to everyone!!

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      Olalekan Abiola 7 years ago from Abuja

      A very nice Hub. I have an Amazon Associate ID and reviewed some books on my blogspot. Hopefully I'll link it to my hub..

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      Almond82 7 years ago

      Wonderful hub! Step by step instructions are so easy to follow!

    • OregonWino profile image
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      OregonWino 7 years ago

      Great! I am glad I was able to help some of the new hubbers getting started! I had to dig around a little to figure this out and I am happy this helped others avoid the confusion!

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      selrach 7 years ago

      hI I am a new hubber and this article was very helpful

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      Arthur Fontes 7 years ago from Fall River,MA

      Thanks for the info!

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Oh, I found this hub through the questions and thought you were going to tell us if we could use our Amazon Affiliate Account if we have a blogspot. Anyway, thanks for the Amazon help. Mine is slow moving, but moving a bit.

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      OregonWino 7 years ago

      Hello Marta,

      If you mean being able to place actual code or links into the body of the Hub, then send me a message and I will walk you through it, or just search for instructions on placing links, it is actually pretty each to do.

    • marta gundaker profile image

      marta gundaker 7 years ago

      I already am an Amazon Associate & have added specific items to my articles. What I want to do now is add widgets. It says to paste http onto my website, but I don't know where.

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      OregonWino 7 years ago

      Hello GRanny! No worries at all and glad my hub helped. I added a picture to this hub that has the location of the ASIN number...the ASIN and ISBN number will be under the product details for each item on the Amazon site.

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      I have tried this with Amazon and Ebay but I didn't find a Asin or the other one. Where are they

      Thanks

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      Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Thank you so much. My hubs get good scores and feedbacks from other hubbers, ., but I am a lon g way from being computer literate. Your step by step hub is perfect for me. Cheers.