How does the Amazon affiliate program work ?
Most people have heard of Amazon and it is a vast market place covering just about everything within the consumer market, if you are looking to promote and sell other people’s products this could be a good starting point.
When you go to the Affiliate page to join, this will be what it looks like in the UK search, it may vary depending on the country, in the USA they tend to refer to it as Amazon associate program, some states do not have Amazon so please check. Once you have joined and been accepted, this can take up to 24hr.
Once accepted you can use your personal account, if you have one to sign into your associate account. You are then good to go you can start adding products or services to you website to promote or share links via social media, please keep in mind some media platforms do not allow affiliate links that is why having your own website is useful as you can link to any page or post on your site featuring specific products or services.
You will receive your own unique i.d which is embedded in the product link, the shot below shows how to search for something, could be anything from a laptop to toothpaste, the choice is yours depending on what niche you have chosen, a niche is the category you want to promote.
For example say you like electronics and within this category you might just want to focus on xbox consoles. Try finding something that is on demand and with not too much competition. One way to do this would be to simply type in Amazon top selling laptops or top selling xbox games. If you need more information on what a niche is then click here
I find using the Amazon stripe feature much easier to get this feature you simply need to go to Amazon associates and add it from there, found this great easy to follow video to help.
Once you have the stripe feature on you can simply go to your amazon page and it will be up on the left hand side, just choose the product or page, click the stripe and it will give you link options, it is very easy to use.
There is help and support for the Amazon affiliates they have many resources and training opportunities with in the Education centre there you can find a whole host of resources to help you become a good affiliate, and offer a choice of skill levels from beginner to advanced, if you want to focus on Amazon then I would advise you to use these resources.
Fee Rates. If you achieve between one and six sales the commission is paid at 4 percent of the product’s price. For seven to 30 sales your commission will increase to 6 percent. If you achieve 31 and 110 sales, you’ll earn 6.5 percent, sales between 111 and 320 sales you’ll receive 7 percent and for achieving 321 and 630 you’ll earn 7.5 percent.
As you can see their commission rates are not exactly in the top 10 league however it can still create a good income for you depending which products you select and how successful you are at achieving sales.
Always keep up to date with any changes happening with the affiliate program to get a more comprehensive list on commissions click here
It is important that you complete your sign up and have your bank details there as you are normally paid by electronic transfer, there is a minimum pay out in the UK which is £25, and there is a bit of a wait to get paid for example if you made sales in January you will not get paid till late March, so at least one month.
You can earn an advertising fee for any qualifying item placed in a customer’s shopping basket during a 24-hour window. This window starts at the time a visitor clicks through your associates link.
However, the 24-hour window will close if the customer submits his/her order or re-enters Amazon through a different associate’s link.
Once that 24 hour window is closed, any additional purchases will not earn advertising fees for your associates account. If the customer returns to Amazon through your link, you will receive a new 24-hour window. So long as the item was added to the shopping basket during the 24-hour window, you will earn an advertising fee on this item even if the actual order is placed several weeks later.
You will not earn any advertising fees for on any purchase that is made after your 24 hour window expires, anything added to a customer’s shopping basket, purchased by a customer via Amazon’s 1-Click feature, or is streamed, downloaded by a customer, even if the customer previously followed your link to Amazon, or if a purchase order is cancelled or returned. To qualify they must always come through your link and purchase during 24 hours from their first click or come back using your link.
Sometimes customers go on to buy other products so provided they used your link to enter Amazon and it is within that 24 hour window you will receive a commission for it.
It took me a bit of time to understand the whole process of affiliate marketing, I tend to overthink it all and end up making things more difficult, what it comes down to is that your are working for yourself on a commission only basis.
You can work how many hours you want but keep in mind this is your business and to treat it as such, you may not have a physical store but you are building a online business that needs to produce a regular income even if you only want a part time business.
Look at this way if you had a shop would you keep shutting it when it suited you, how do you think this business would do ? try and have a work schedule at home, avoid any distractions, let family and friends know you cannot just take their call or go out anytime you want, some structure is needed, even if you just say mornings are out for you because your working.
With customers using a variety of devices to browse and buy products, Amazon have a mobile centre to help with getting a presence on your mobile phone etc. There are many apps out there that people can use to make purchases and they want to do it quickly and easy.
It is estimated that there are around 10 billion mobile devices that are all in use, In 2017 it is estimated that 96% of the population in the UK between the ages of 16yrs-24 own a smartphone and more people are buying this way.
So there is plenty of opportunities for affiliate marketing and if Amazon do not operate in your area do not worry there are lots of retailers who use affiliates to market and sell their products, if you have a particular retailer you enjoy see if they have their own program.