Amazon Affiliate Program
Just Scratching the Surface
Amazon Affiliates requires you to apply and submit a name, email, website and social media links. After the approval process, you are able to log into your home page where you will see your analytics page as well as a link to the product links.
I do recommend going to the bar at the top of the page and in the "tools" drop down menu click on SiteStripe. When you go to Amazon's home page, any product you looks at will have the text and image links pop up at top so it's an easy copy and paste of your affiliate link.
HubPages actually allows for you to connect to the Amazon Affiliates program and there is a separate "Amazon" button to feature a product. My suggestion to getting started on this platform is to figure out what you are passionate about and see how some of those items are trending online. I've looked at the "movers and shakers" list in Amazon that features items that have been blowing up in the recent months.
There is also software you can sign up for to see what is trending on Amazon but if you are looking for a free option, my suggestion is to do some research in how you are going to pick items. Come up with your own method that can be duplicated with multiple products but the first step is solidifying that process.
Some people like to keep track of everything on paper but I have found there are some great applications to leverage to organize your business ideas and this one option I rely on heavily is Google Drive. Since I have a a few different email addresses, depending on what project I am working on, I can keep everything organized in the Google Drive. I've created a few spreadsheets on Amazon products that could be worth promoting that include # of reviews, price, ranking etc. and everything for Amazon has been in that one drive.
Since starting this journey, I have found that it's very easy to write about the things I am most passionate about which is why I think it's worth mentioning, work with intent. What is your intention with promoting a link? Yes it may be for the sale, but sometimes when you are forcing yourself to be enthusiastic about something, it may come off as fake and phony.
Do I want to make some money? Absolutely
Am I willing to hustle, make mistakes and continue to learn and grow? Absolutely
Am I slightly overwhelmed with the amount of opportunity Amazon gives to be successful? Absolutely
I was watching a YouTube video last night and the guy was talking about things to watch out for when getting started with an online business, blog, affiliate marketing etc. The thing that stuck out to me the most was his advice to take action. Sometimes we can get stuck in these cycles of learning rather than learning and applying and there's the chance of then getting discouraged. That was inspiring and I needed to hear that because I know there is a better and different approach I need to take with this Amazon Affiliate program.
Amazon does require new affiliate marketers to make 3 sales within the first 180 which the way I look at it is I take this process one day and one week at a time.
The Amazon homepage for the affiliate program is very easy to use and very straight forward. I would say out of all of the affiliate marketing plans that I've seen, Amazon has the easiest and best looking website.
As I continue this journey exploring affiliate marking, specifically Amazon's program, I will more content of my progress.
Until then cheers and TGIF!