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Amazon Affiliate Program Payout: Making Money With Amazon Associates

Amazon Affiliate Program:It is Similar to AdSense

The amazon affiliate program is not complex, but it is somewhat harder to work with than Google AdSense, another affiliate program available to many people. There are more things it asks you to fill out, and more information you will need to provide but it is still very similar. By far I can say most of my income comes from Google AdSense, but like all businesses and writing is one of them, it is not wise to put all your eggs in one basket. As you shouldn't write only on revenue sharing site you shouldn't use only one affiliate program for your income.

That is partly why I use the amazon affiliate program. This question is simple: how can you get the amazon affiliate program onto your hubpages account, but really with all of these answers there is always another question lurking in the background.

In this case, so once you have put in the correct code in the correct spot, then what should you expect in terms of money from the amazon affiliate program?

The idea with amazon is that you choose keywords and products to place as a capsule on hubpages, and someone will find it interesting and buy something

The idea with amazon is that you choose keywords and products to place as a capsule on hubpages, and someone will find it interesting and buy something

Making Money With Amazon

First, if you don't have an account with amazon or you have not ordered with before, it is reasonably easy to get one, go to and find "affiliate' program link. From there it will ask you a lot of questions, such as website address or what your website is about. Go to hubpages' FAQ to look up exactly what you need to type in, which is usually your profile URL.

Follow these instructions with as much care as you can mange. Like applying for Google AdSense this is a must.

Then wait for a bit, it usually takes about a week, but you should get an email confirming that your application is being processed.

From there, you will get an amazon number or ID, you place it on hubpages and then begin to insert amazon capsules that you think will help you make some money. Be advise you don't get money if you buy your own books, so you really don't need to do this. You have to get other people to buy books from your hubs.


Follow These Steps For Amazon

Now You have your amazon account code, the next step. Out it on the hubpages website, and you'll have your your money coming in... NOT SO FAST!

There are ways about Amazon. Amazon uses a performance scale when you sell your items. In other words sell more things, get more money, so if someone was to buy say 5 book you would get a certain percentage on each book. This is cumulative, so don't fear when you only really make 5 cents one month. It takes a lot of time to make money with this program if your content is considered evergreen.

Again there is something about amazon affiliate program look above for the first example, but I used keywords for this one "make money with amazon" I got how to make money getting a pilots licence. Not exactly what I wanted. After a few combinations, I put "make Money Online" and got these as choices. note that none of them are about Amazon, so It does take a bit of time to get the strategy right. However, this is choosing keywords, and not going directly to Amazon to get actual books.

In fact I doubt most people would have gone through six different combinations before giving up. Now this was simply using theamazon capsule and hitting search using keywords... So a bit of SEO Amazon style. This is a business so I thought like one.


 Now if you look above, this is more like what I had envisioned.  Remember I said that before using keywords I didn't get what i was looking for? 

I went and did a bit of organic searching on  There I simply typed in make money online using  There I got nearly 100,00 search results.  I decided to put ten up, in fact the ten which theyrecommended and also suggested as sets.  I used the hubpages capsule and went to add a specific product.

So, how long did this take?  About 20 minutes give or take.  How long did the other method take about 10 minutes before i stopped.  I might have found these books after a while, but the point is that it would have taken way too much time to do this.

I added the Kindle simply because two of the products are kindle e-books.  Why e-books?

well, see most people will buy books or e-books i gave people choice.  Choice is important when it comes to amazon and making money in this business.  It is hard enough to get people to "See" the amazon books or products so make it worth their time to get them if they need them.

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Again this is good business practice.  Like Google AdSense, amazon truly needs to be optimized for you site.  People will not buy say, socks if your hub is one writing.  Have products which people might need.

So how long does it take to make money on amazon? Ah, that is a good question, If I lived in the US, I could say that yes I would have had a payout from amazon by now, but I don't.

See, in the US the level of payout is 10 dollars, now how long that takes is really up to you. If your products are focused and you follow the terms of service amazon gives, yes you can make money very quickly.

If you don't and have poor choices for products it will take a lot of time to make money with amazon. I have been here for 7 months and have not had a payout for amazon as yet, since the payout threshold for amazon outside the US is $100.00.

I feel I can succeed soon with amazon for three reasons:

1) I do keyword research on my amazon capsules in other words I go to and type in some search I think others might try to look for.

2) I do link hubs, and I am now keeping my product amazon capsules to a minimum with the better selling products left there, as I have looked over my products sold in the last quarter or month and also over the year.

3) I pay attention with what my percentages are, for the first seven products you will only get four percent of the product total, which might mean ten cents, but after seven products sold this number increases.  So you will need to focus on getting a lot of traffic to your websites to get the sort of buys you want.  Please note that a click on a product link is not a buy rather it is more like the search engines.

This means you must consider click through rates when choising products.  If you know one products sells best for you then you will need to focus on that product more.  A personal recommendation is valued, but if it is a book, for example, you must have at least read some of the reviews of this product.


The Amazon Affiliate program is like Google AdSense: linking outside of hubpages right away is a must, go to social networking sites, and to your blogs and link your hub there as soon as you publish your hub.

Like Google AdSense, you need to have the right keywords ( in this case specific products) to make money.

Like Google AdSense, momentum builds, and amazon has as many tips out there as google, but you need to find them, and work at it and that takes time and a bit of luck.

So, you will see success in  amazon, but use recommendations from books you have read, and also learn about the ways to get good products on your hub.  Most of all....

Link your hubs as soon as possible to outside sites.

To your success with amazon.


LPogue from Missouri on July 06, 2012:


In the US, the payout threshold for Amazon is $100 if you want a check, $10 if you give them your bank information so that they can electronically transfer the money. I really like the electronic transfer, since I get the whole amount. With PayPal, you lose a percentage of the amount.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on December 23, 2011:

Trsmd-- I beleive it is $100 US. They will send a cheque.

Trsmd from India on December 23, 2011:

What is the minimum payout for amazon affiliates for non US member?

sabrani44 on December 18, 2011:

Thanks, this was really helpful!!

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on March 01, 2011:

Iamsuper-- not in the least. If you do that it's pretty much a guarrentee that while you MIGHT make money short term you won't long term... However looking at your hubs, most of them are "product reviewes" aka cash builders, which does not bode well long term. You will need to have great content and usefulness for people.

iamsuper on March 01, 2011:

so...for those hubpages member let's join to amazon affiliate and google adsense, make your hubs as cash builder

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on February 25, 2011:

Ddraigcoch-- I think you go throught eh hubpages and go to yoru profile and use that. There is a FAQ about it.

Emma from UK on February 24, 2011:

Thank you for your hub. I still can not see how to register hub pages with my Amazon account.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on January 31, 2011:

Dstiteler-- a good buy rate is dpendant upon two things-- one your keywords and two, where you palce your ads, so a good buy rate can in fact be anywhere between less than 1% to 3 or 4% but it also depends upon what you are doing with amazon, as they do not count based upon impressions, but rather epople who click on your produsct on your hubs.

Blake Stiteler from cypress, Tx on January 30, 2011:

Great hub! On hubs that were made for Amazon and not so much Adsense what is a good buy rate per 1000 impressions?

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on January 28, 2011:

bestcbproducts-- it is a good topic and most people work to make the money they want to make

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on January 27, 2011:

Lanise-- it is useful to keep as many streams of income coming.

bestcbproducts on January 27, 2011:

This is one of my favorite topics. Thanks for putting up such useful information :) and resources.

Lanise Brown from United States on January 27, 2011:

This is very useful. Thanks a lot!

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on January 23, 2011:

deepakkumaarr-- ido, in fact I can say that if you are working well with Google, and put your amazon placements right you can make money with them.

deepakkumaarr on January 23, 2011:

how many got benefited with the affiliate program ?

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on December 14, 2010:

Affilaite Guide-- this might be a reason, but I suspect that there is a bit of revenue sharing on hubpages as well. Stilly ou are correct I think three or four states do not allow for amazon affiliate programs there.

Affiliate Guide from Heartland of America on December 13, 2010:

I have never had a problem with the Amazon affiliate program. However, I would like to point something out.

Some states want to tax affiliate income directly. Amazon does not want the hassel of tracking all this so they don't support affiliate in those states.

That may be some of the reason for some affiliates not getting credit for sales.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on December 12, 2010:

lontach-- you are welcome, haop this increases your amazon sales

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on December 12, 2010:

ForrestDrake-- that is correct, but I can make money on books, it depends on your focus.

Iontach on December 12, 2010:

Nice Information! Very Informative.

ForrestDrake from Canada&USA on December 11, 2010:

Nice article. My experience is you need to find the right product, and the range is quite different, compared to keywords in adsense. I go mostly with toys.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on December 05, 2010:

Roseann-- it is worth a try and something that you can sdo, but it is a patience thing. Yes I have found out from a few great hub writers such as Micky Dee.

Roseann Cole on December 04, 2010:

FYI - Residents of Colorado, North Carolina or Rhode Island are not eligible to participate in the Associates program.

Roseann Cole on December 04, 2010:

I look forward to trying Amazon Affiliate...after reading all of these reviews it sure seems like I may not be successful but it would be worth signing up to try it out...Thanks for the info.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on November 30, 2010:

Treasures of Heaven-- you are most welcome, to your success.

Sima Ballinger from Michigan on November 30, 2010:

Thank you Rebecca. Good information that I can use.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on November 24, 2010:

Sarah-- you hubpages profile is the link you use for your amazon, at least that is the one I used. Now when you are on amazon, and you account is approved, you look on the upper left side and it will be under "my account" try that one.

Sarah from Melbourne, Australia on November 23, 2010:

Hi rebecca, I have set up my google adsense but with amazon where I have to link it with my hubpages account it says that the link failed on the link checker? I don't know what I'm supposed to put in there, I've tried heaps of things. Can you help me please?

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on October 10, 2010:

guy6llyod-- yes that is one way but also knowing what the people need based upon your work is important, if not vital as well.

guy6lloyd on October 08, 2010:

I think the only way to make a decent income with amazon affiliate program is to get laser targeted traffic, ready to buy audience!

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on July 13, 2010:

sunnysharma-- go to edit, and then top right is capsules, click ont eh one that say amazon, and insert it where you want, after that edit that capsule and goto either specific products or keywords, and choose your products.

sunnysharma181987 on July 13, 2010:


Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on July 09, 2010:

HealthFreak31-- from what i understand, and i might be incorrect all of your hubs are the same code, but I beleive you have to apply for your blogs seperatly, so that you get what you need with each blog. But all of your hubs are the same code.

HealthFreak31 on July 08, 2010:

hi am new to all of this and just got accpeted for the amazon program. Can i use there ads for all of my blogs or only one? and if thats the case do i have to keep reappyling?


Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on July 01, 2010:

salman24-- you are most welcome, thanks for stopping by and commenting.

salman24 on June 30, 2010:

great hub. Useful information. Thanks

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on June 07, 2010:

DivaB-- you should be able to find the capsules under edit, and you should have received an email from amazon with your associate account from amazon, with capsules all you do is add you keywords, nothing more.

DivaB from Ohio on June 06, 2010:

Thanks, I was trying to figure out how to add the amazon capsule and make sure my ID number was somewhere. Still a bit confused on that one, but I will figure it out.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on June 01, 2010:

Nick-- yes amazon takes a bit longer than Google, but in the end it is like Google give it time and it will work for you.

NickSimpson from Jacksonville, Illinois on June 01, 2010:

Great hub, looks like a good place for any new affiliate marketer to get the basics and get started on the right foot.

Thanks for sharing,


Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 27, 2010:

MickyDee-- Yes so I have heard, that is not so cool. I must agree, thanks for pointing that out...

Micky Dee on May 27, 2010:

Those of us in North Carolina cannot even try the Amazon program. Thank you!

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 13, 2010:

vengab-- I believe you are right, as the affiliate programs on hubpages are 60-40 this is probably the case. I looked into it myself, and it seems often people click and look. Also amazon has some things on for a time limited thing.

vengab from ??? on May 13, 2010:

CANDLE, i equally had similar experience where i experienced sales transaction started and completed. At a point i got convinced that Amazon are simply cheat,but, it all changed the day i made my first sales.

I think what happened in the first sale is that the sale was made at the time hubpages code was placed in the hub.

Rebecca E, thanks for this wonderful tips.


Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 10, 2010:

weathmadehealthy--- thanks for the comment, happy to read the hub has helped you in some way!

Wealthmadehealthy from Somewhere in the Lone Star State on May 10, 2010:

Well worth the bookmark I just gave this hub!

Great info, thanks for writing it!! Have a Blessed Day!!

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 09, 2010:

shazwellyn-- that seems to be the case with a lot of people on hubapges, I've heard that amazon has chnaged a few things but still it is very jumpy for me as well. Up and done a bit more than I'd like.

shazwellyn on May 09, 2010:

Like Mike, I haven't had much success with Amazon. I have had plenty of clicks but not much in sales. I think the amazon cookie has gone against me:( Still onward and upward!

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 07, 2010:

James-- I have noticed that their TOS changes a lot, but then mind you I think I notice it more because of the fact that i do read the TOS.

James on May 07, 2010:

Amazon is by far the hardest affiliate program to use in my mind, as its TOS is always changing

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 06, 2010:

Candle-- i shall certainly look at your hub, must be interesting, I hope that things will work out for you somehow.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 06, 2010:

Mike-- At some point good things will happen I am certain of it. I am still experimenting with amazon as well, so you and I are in the same boat.

CANDLE on May 06, 2010:

My experience with the Amazon's Affiliate Program is similar to Pamela99's.

I have personal knowledge of the sale (initiation and completion of transaction), and my Associate Account is yet to be credited for the referral fee. Worst, it is not credited.

When confronted with proof and evidence, Amazon resorts to specious arguments to deny the referral fee, which prompted me to ask: Is Amazon's Affiliate Program A Scam?

Mike Lickteig from Lawrence KS USA on May 06, 2010:

I have bookmarked this page, but I have to admit Amazon is far more frustrating to me so far than AdSense. I've experimented with products, position, and various keywords with limited success. I'm not giving up though.....

Thanks again, your hubs are always so insightful.


Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 06, 2010:

Rismayanti-- that's great good job, keep up the good work.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 06, 2010:

hello hello-- not a problem happy to help out where needed.

Rismayanti from Tropical Island on May 06, 2010:

my first order for amazon just on my first two weeks active in get 4$ earning from that

Hello, hello, from London, UK on May 06, 2010:

Thank you, Rebecca, for a good tip.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 05, 2010:

Janny--- I think once you got it, it's there but I have a feeling that you are exactly like most, love to but really can't.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 05, 2010:

Mywebs--- from what i read you are not the first to wonder that very point. I think there are a few who do make money through amazon, but really probably most don't... my sales were in November and decemeber mostly a few since then so there you go.

JannyC on May 05, 2010:

I need to figure out Amazon more too. But to be honest I see them on everyone hubs, but I dont click them or buy the books. Really dont have the luxery too as well. I try to find books though that have to do with what my article is about.Maybe I will try another approach. I have always wondered about Amazon so thank you for this article.

Anthony Goodley from Sheridan, WY on May 05, 2010:

I'm starting to wonder if Amazon is cheating me. After getting 180 some clicks to my amazon ad in the last 10 days there wasn't one single sale. :( Man Amazon can be tough. My approach was probably all wrong too. Still 1 or 2 small sales would have made me happy.

I do much better with AdSense so far and I know I need to work on Amazon more. Great hub Rebecca, thanks for your efforts here. Thumbs up of course.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 05, 2010:

multimastery-- Google as i've said is where I do get most of my money, so there you go, but again amazon has been okay for me, but sill really a matter of luck and time.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 05, 2010:

Cari Jean-- I have heard about product reviews are the big ones as well, but like you i can't really do product reviews, not something I am good at... although maybe sometime I will.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 05, 2010:

Janathan-- yep for real... in fact i've heard 100 hits for one conversion... of course depends upon the type of keywords used and the hub or blog itself.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 05, 2010:

Karen-- tell me how that goes, hope for the best with that one. OF course yes it does take time ( do i sound a bit like a broken record?)

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 05, 2010:

hello hello-- I'd go allt eh way back to my email and get the original email fromamazon, often it has the "password' there, or the one they gave you. It also has a contact us button.

multimastery on May 05, 2010:

Great hub, but I do not use Amazon currently and probably won't. The payout just seems too low and hard to earn. I monetize my hubs with Google Adsense and outside affiliate/referral programs.

Cari Jean from Bismarck, ND on May 05, 2010:

I am frustrated with Amazon - I have tried them here at HP and on my personal blog - I get plenty of clicks and have made one sale but that's it and i've been using them for almost a year. I've heard you can make money by doing product reviews but I don't like writing those so I maybe out of luck. Oh well!

Jonathan Douglas from Canada's Capital Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on May 05, 2010:

Have had difficulty even knowing if the links are working; tried clicking on items and they eventually showed up; ten hits in several months is not a lot of traffic and no conversions; is this really REAL? I have more success with adsense--made $3.00 so far--wow!!

Karen Banes from Canada on May 05, 2010:

I have had very limited success with Amazon, but still believe in it! Have started doing text links in my new blog which is more writing/book related. Am hoping over time this will have an impact on my affiliate sales, but the blog is brand new so it will take time. (Doesn't everything!)

Hello, hello, from London, UK on May 05, 2010:

My experience is not very good so far. I put their products on every hub and when I want to check out if I earned a cent, I can't get into the accoutn. It states that my password is wrong. I emailed them time and times again but to no avail. I think, and I have read it from others, they mess it up purposely and they get the sale without having to pay. On my hub the affiliate account shows only the user name and not the account no like google. The same with ebay. I am tempted not to put it on anymore.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 04, 2010:

hubpageswriter-- i think more so since amazon is a capsule that you create unlike with the Google adsense where they are put there for you. So it is you who stands and falls on what you put in.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 04, 2010:

green tea-cher-- you are most welcome thanks for the comment.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 04, 2010:

drbj-- it seems that is the best way, and using will help with the keywords customers use.. In fact a bit quicker.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 04, 2010:

Pamela99-- for that I have no answer, but honestly, something like that happened last month, orders were shipped but nothing out of it, it was a thrid party order, which is a bit confusing... so amazon is a bit fuzzy on that part

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 04, 2010:

hello my dear-- well one must begin somewhere... it isn't easy but after a while like google you will see success.

hubpageswriter on May 04, 2010:

Good hub. I think the idea of incorporating Amazon links to a good hub is essential, to increase income potential.

green tea-cher on May 04, 2010:

Great tips Rebecca. You are a great teacher.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on May 04, 2010:

Good hub, Rebecca, and important thoughts. What you type in as keywords for Amazon products has everything to do with which products Amazon will suggest. The smartest thing to do is use the words the customers would use when searching for a specific product to advertise on your hub.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 04, 2010:

My experience has not been good with amazon. I try to pick appropriate items and on one hub I listed some fiction books. My mother ordered some on her computer and they tell me I have never had a sale. I watched her make the purchase and it wasn't on my computer so I don't know what there problem is but they apparently have no way to backtrack even though she had her receipt. Anyway, thanks for the hub.

Mystique1957 from Caracas-Venezuela on May 04, 2010:

My love...

I guess everything is a matter of attitude, dedication and patience. It´s not easy with meager traffic as Dohn says. However, I find this hub encouraging and quite helpful, baby! As always, you deliver! Rated up, Bookmarked and Stumbled!

Warmest teddy bear hugs, zillions of kisses, Love, Light and eternal heavenly blessings,

Yours eternal,

Your Sunshine,


Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 04, 2010:

juneaukid-- I simply go to on the affiliate programs on hubpages and go from there, it gives you reports and other information about how your account is going.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 04, 2010:

dohn121-- it was once I began to link fast that amazon began to do well for me, as in the first I'd say 6 hours are the key to it all.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 04, 2010:

Sandyspider-- i do hope this helps you a lot more, nd gives you success.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 04, 2010:

loriamoore- writing and writing are great but sometimes the little things help so much.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 04, 2010:

thamisgith-- yes on a blog in the correct place it seems to make pretty good money as well. Still it makes steady money if you take the time with it.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 04, 2010:

Enlydia-- I am so happy this has helped you, amazon is again a bit more complex, but success will come, just like with anything we work hard at and love.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on May 04, 2010:

DiamondRN-- that is a bummer, as I don't live in the States I didn't know about North Carolina doing this. Best keep up with the news....

Richard Francis Fleck from Denver, Colorado on May 04, 2010:

I run adds on some of my hubs from Amazon but have no way of knowing if they've done anything. I do not have an author webpage so that is a big handicap.

dohn121 from Hudson Valley, New York on May 04, 2010:

Ha! I laughed when you made mention of the fact that were it that you lived in the States, you would have made your payout already...I live in the States, joined Hub)ages a month before you and am literally only 3 cents away from making my first payout. Ahrggg! So no, it's not easy to make money with Amazon, especially with less than meager traffic! That's definitely key! Thanks for another great and helpful hub, Rebecca.

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on May 04, 2010:

Thanks for the information on the affiliate program.

loriamoore on May 04, 2010:

Thanks again for the reminder of how this all works. I've just been writing to be writing and keep forgetting about the affiliate program aspect.

Thamisgith from Edinburgh, Scotland on May 04, 2010:

Nice info Rebecca - thanks. I have had some success with Amazon on Hubpages. It is patchy, but you can still make sales. I seem to have sold mostly toys and shoes rather than books (so far).

On a blog, or on your own website, Amazon has got to be one of the easiest ways to make money online.

Good luck with your sales!

Enlydia Listener from trailer in the country on May 04, 2010:

Very instructional...I like the way you explain things...I am already benefiting from your information...and will continue to read and follow you. rated up

Bob Diamond RPh from Charlotte, NC USA on May 04, 2010:

Amazon doesn't allow affiliates from North Carolina any more, since the state started trying to collect taxes on business conducted via the Internet. Bummer!

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