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Make Money Online Through Amazon Associates Affiliate Program

Updated on July 11, 2011

Joining Amazon Associates can prove to be an excellent outlet through which you can have or increase online earnings. It is a highly popular Affiliate program that many bloggers and webmasters utilize.

There are several advantages that the Amazon Marketplace has, and these should be considered by a potential affiliate/associate. Advantages of shopping on Amazon include:

  • secure transactions.
  • a grand track record that spans back to 1996.
  • a wide variety of products are offered.
  • a great number of vendors sell products.
  • any customer can post a review and rating of any product.
  • free shipping for certain products that are at least $25.
  • incentives for online shoppers.
  • site design is highly attractive, easy to use and encourages customers to buy.

Amazon is the choice for many online shoppers, because they trust and feel satisfied with the service. This mega online marketplace has a down-to-earth image, because customers can read reviews from other customers, including open criticisms of amazon and vendors. Being able to compare prices, shipping rates and restocking fees makes it truly a shopping experience.

These are great advantages to leverage from as an associate, and even though there are other affiliate programs that offer  greater sale referral rates, you may stand a better chance of receiving more volume of sales with Amazon.


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How much does Amazon pay an associate?

The basic amount that you have to accumulate before you can get paid is $100 but there is no limit to how much Amazon will pay an Associate. How much one earns is dependent on three basic factors including: the volume of sales, the types of products referred to and the referral rate. In short, an Amazon Associate earns Advertising Fees by referring sales which is calculated by a percentage (i.e. referral rate) of the price of the product. The referral rate offered by Amazon is from 4% to 8.5%, where 4% is the default rate or classic rate. The referral rate increases as sales volume increases, so the more sales you bring in - the higher commission you will receive. Amazon has a specific breakdown of how referral rates are determined.

How does an Associate receive money from Amazon?

There are three ways in which you can get paid from Amazon:

  1. Gift Certificate/Card
  2. Direct Deposit (US Banks only)
  3. Mailed Check

To receive the actual money, the best option is by Direct Deposit as being mailed a check will attract a fee. For international Associates who don't have the luxury of the Direct Deposit option, no fee will be required by Amazon.

How do I get started as an Associate?

Register as an Affiliate for free at Amazon Associates.

If you already have an Amazon account, then you can choose to link your Associates account with it. Amazon has an easy to follow guide on how to get started with all the activities that an Affiliate does including: Building Links & Banners, Creating aStores, Adding Widgets to your Website and Tracking Reports Daily. It is really easy to get started.

How do I get sales?

The aim is to encourage persons to click on your links to be redirected to to purchase products. The great thing about this is that once a user is referred to Amazon any product that they buy will be credited to you. Be aware that Amazon does not offer advertising fees for certain products, and their are limits to how much one can earn from particular products so be sure to read Amazon's policies.

Some ideas to get more referral sales is to:

  • write product reviews.
  • write articles and refer to products that are relevant.
  • build an Affiliate site specifically for referral sales.
  • use twitter to place links to great deals for your followers to click.

It's a simple system, but it does take experimenting and innovation to increase sales. In other words it is not easy but it can work for you if you are dedicated to it.



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    • Granny's House profile image

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

      I am now following because your hubs are easy to follow. lol

    • StarryNight80 profile image

      Cassandra 7 years ago from SoCal

      I'm still trying to figure out how this whole thing works, I haven't seen any kind of money yet using Amazon but then again I just started. Thanks!

    • theblackedition profile image

      Shane Brown-Daniels 7 years ago from Jamaica

      Sure! I hope you have by now :) Thanks

    • theboxmeister profile image

      theboxmeister 7 years ago

      This is an affiliate program that I've missed out. Shame on me. I will need to join it too. Nice article, useful too.