Can you make money with Amazons Affiliate programme? The simple answer is yes but it takes time and hard work.In this brief guide, I will show the exact steps I took to create an Amazon affiliate website.
From selling books to selling nearly everything, Amazon has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1994.
Last year alone it did over $130 billion in sales and a percentage of that goes to its huge number of affiliates.
Amazon boasts one of the largest affiliate programmes in the industry and is the entry point for many aspiring affiliate marketers.
There are several reasons for its popularity amongst affiliate marketers, few reason are;
2.Earn commissions on everything
3.Easy to set up
4.Not difficult to get accepted
5.Lots of support
When I was first introduced to affiliate marketing, I was told that making money through Amazons affiliate programme was not worth it because of their small commission rates.
I was told to make huge commissions you had to promote products that are expensive, this silly advice was from MLM a company I had joined.
So, I was reluctant to join the programme and was always looking for affiliate programmes that offered huge commissions.
Luckily for me, there are a lot of famous bloggers that promote the Amazon affiliate programme and provide excellent guides on how to make money with Amazons affiliate programme.
Some of these blogs are mentioned below
So, after reading the positive aspects of starting an Amazon niche site, I created one myself.
Find Your Niche
I researched a lot of products and found a few profitable ones and created a PDF document that lists over 1000 keywords in 20 niches, please feel free to download it and use for your own research.
Although the research took time, my process of finding profitable niches that will be easy to rank on Google is simple.
These are the simple steps I took
1.Check through Amazons best seller rank
2.Find a category you are knowledgeable in or would like to promote.
4.Look for products in that category that have over 50-star review. The more reviews it has, the more likely it will have a significant amount of search volume on Google and other search engines.
5.Carry out key word research on these products and make sure they meet these criteria’s
- Have a search volume of over 50 per month.
- Weak competition (for more information on keyword competition read my review of Jaaxy)
- The top 10 results are not full of authority websites
- Search results that have forums and YouTube videos gives you a better chance at ranking your posts.
If the monthly searches for your chosen products are neglible,then try keywords that are related.
For example,Linenspa make mattress protectors and they sell well on Amazon.
If I search for the term‘linenspa waterproof mattress protector’ it gets less than 20 searches per month.
However, if I search for ‘best waterproof mattress protector’ it gets over 200 monthly searches which makes it a high enough search volume to try and rank the keyword for.
You can then write an article with that headline and mention Lipenspa waterproof mattress as one of the best waterproof mattress’s around (I don’t know if they are but hopefully you get my gist)
Other search queries you can use
‘Best waterproof mattress protector review’
‘Cheap waterproof mattress protectors’
‘Best rated waterproof mattress protectors’
6.Make a list of all the products and keywords that meet the above criteria.
7.Write articles targeting those keywords and other related keywords (like the ones Google suggests at the bottom of the search results.)
8.Rinse and repeat
I found several niches that looked really promising before I settled for the one that really interested me.
Although I will not reveal my niche, I will provide one of the niches I strongly considered and that is wireless headphones and speakers.
Not only is this a great niche but because is always evolving it is also an evergreen niche.
From commuters to gym fanatics, headphones and speakers will always be in demand.
Wireless headphones and speakers get over 550,000 and 110,00 monthly searches respectively.
So the market is huge, but it is highly unlikely that you will get ranked for these terms.
The keywords you want to rank for are more targeted.
For example, in our selected niche we might target the keywords listed below
The keyword data is from Jaaxy keyword tool, the competition for these keywords are really low and they are very targeted keywords.
The search volume may be low, however the more articles you write the better your chances will be to rank for these keywords.
Next, we will look at the top 10 results for these keywords and analyse whether or not we can outrank the websites that are currently there.
Because keyword data is not based upon exact science, there are flaws and sometimes keywords that seem easy to rank are in fact not.
This is why some extra analysis is required to see if your chosen keywords will be easy to rank.
Let’s take the keyword ‘sony mdr-1000x review’ and punch it into Google search engine and analyse the results.
According to Jaaxy, it has a great KQI score which means it should be easy to rank.
The Google search results show that there is only one website that is niche specific (whathifi.com) which is ranking in the top 10.
The rest are broad technology websites that can be outranked and there is even a review on Medium ranking on the first page.
Your next task is to go through each review and see how they are structured and the length of the content.
This can be a bit tedious but you will have a good idea of what it kind of content it will take to rank on the first page.
Your final task is to write the content yourself or outsource it to a good writer and make sure that your content is equal to the quality of the content that is ranked on the first page of Google.
How will you know if your content is good enough? By writing it and getting some honest feedback.
I used to think I cannot write a better more engaging article, this came down to confidence issues and I know a lot of people will feel the same.
The only advice I can give is not to over think this stuff and just take action, the only way to get better at something is to give it a go.
However, if you seriously hate writing (like me, but I still do it anyway) you can always outsource this part of your Amazon affiliate site.
I have tried a couple of content services and both were hit and miss, the authors over at authority hacker carried out a review of several content writing services.
Choosing a niche is one of the most time-consuming tasks in affiliate marketing, especially if you want to become an Amazon affiliate.
It’s why I put together this list of 1000 keywords in 20 niches, many of which can be promoted with Amazons affiliate programme.
Of course, this method can be used for many other affiliate programmes like EPN (eBay partner network),Rakuten,Commission Junction etc,but I focused on Amazon because it is easy to get accepted and because of its stellar reputation amongst consumers.
You Need a Website
You will need to register a domain name and create a website!! That is the best way to promote products on Amazon, they have a strict policy on ways you can promote your Amazon affiliate link and if you are caught violating any one of them, it could get you banned.
I have found the best and easiest way to create beautiful websites is through WordPress.
I have written about why WordPress so popular and one of them is that it is easy to learn.
There are a boat load of free tutorials on YouTube that will teach you how to set up a WordPress website.
You will also need a hosting platform to host your website on, there are many good quality hosts that are cheap and are optimised to host WordPress websites.
Some of these are;
The most you will pay monthly for any of these shared hosting accounts will be no more than $10 per month.
You can also Host two free websites with my favourite affiliate training programme,Wealthy Affiliate lets you host two free websites on their powerful SiteRubix hosting platform.
If you have a bigger budget you may want to try enterprise level hosting from these companies
WPXHosting (Formerly Traffic planet)
For domain name registration I usually go with Namecheap, they are the cheapest registrar and you get one year free of WHOis guard. This protects your identity if people want to look up who owns a website.
Apply for an Amazon associates account
After you have created your site and filled it up with your content, apply to become an Amazon affiliate, you usually get accepted pretty quickly. The number one reason I have found that Amazon sometimes rejects people as an affiliate is because the quality of content is not good enough.
So always make sure that your content provides value for your visitors and that it isn’t plagiarised material.
Your next task, after you have been accepted, is to insert affiliate links in your content. Don’t stuff affiliate links everywhere, do it so that it looks natural.
Now, the best way to insert affiliate links in your content that will result in better conversion rates is beyond the scope of this article, which is why I have listed some recommended training below.
Share Your Articles
To get some quick traffic, make sure to add social sharing buttons on all your posts and share them on your social media accounts.
Other places that could get you some decent traffic;
Q&A sites like Quora and Yahoo Answers
Of course, it’s all well and good if you have a website and hosting but may be you are completely new to this and need a bit more guidance.
Luckily there are tons of resources on the internet on how to build successful Amazon affiliate sites.
I have already listed some of the websites that inspired me to create an Amazon affiliate site.
They have fantastic free training guides on affiliate marketing and they consistently publish quality content.
Here are a few more I would recommend you visit to learn more about building quality Amazon affiliate sites.
Blackhatworld (This is turning out to be my favourite internet marketing forum)
Don’t make the mistake I made and disregard Amazons affiliate programme because of its low commission rates
The reason why Amazons affiliate programme is so good is because Amazon converts its customers better than anybody else online.
So, your job as an affiliate marketer, is to provide brilliant content that will attract a lot of traffic a percentage of which will click through to Amazon.
They also have a near limitless product range which means there is something for everyone to promote as an affiliate.
I would love to hear your feedback and any other advice you would give to Amazon affiliates.