Amazon affiliate program is very popular among internet marketers. If you are a beginner, it may be a real nightmare if you want to include Amazon affiliate links into your site. Of course, once you learn it, it is very simple. When I first did it, one good soul from Wealthy Affiliate was guiding me for almost two hours. In this post I shall present practical steps on how to get Amazon affiliate link to your site.
What you need to do?
1. Have a site, and have some content in it.
This is important for two reasons:
First, Amazon may reject you when you apply for an affiliate membership, if your site is minor and with little traffic.
Second, when you get your membership, you will have 6 months to do some sale, otherwise they will cancel your membership. So it more likely you will avoid trouble of that kind if you have a fully developed site with a good traffic.
If you do not have a site, but you have some good idea about niche, I suggest you to join Wealthy Affiliate and learn how to build a site in a few hours. In a few weeks time, with some persistent and hard work, you will have a completely built site, with enough material to apply for, and with a high probability to get an Amazon affiliate link. This is what I did myself with my first site which you may see here.
2. Next step is to apply for affiliate membership.
This is a simple step. Just google Amazon affiliate links and apply for it. You will get response very soon. You will be given your PIN number and ID. With this you will be able to log in and from this moment you will have your own affiliate page which will look like this:
3. Choosing items
There are several things you can do now, see the picture above. These include:
- Look for links of products
- Look for banners
- Chose widgets
- Make you own aStore.
Links of products. As an affiliate you may choose anything what is on Amazon. Surely, you will search for products from your niche. In my case this is mountain climbing, so here below I searched for crampons, and I get many options. See the picture below which shows just a small segment:
On the right you see “Get link”. When you click you get several possibilities (text and image, text only, image only, add to widget), see the picture below which shows what I get when I choose ‘text only’.
This link you will copy into your post to make a hyper-link in the text. For this you click on ‘chain’ tab in the editor and this will open the window shown in the picture on the right. Note the following: if you are in ‘Visual mode’, the link must begin with http://, if you are in ‘Text edit’ mode just copy the link as it is above. This will create a hyper-link to the chosen Amazon product.
The procedure is the same if you want to make the link for a picture in your post, which you have created by using a screen shot. You make the picture clickable, with the link to Amazon again.
Banners: In your associate page (the first picture above), you see the tab for banners. You can chose from a large variety of them, staying within your niche of course. Below is one example (note, I made it clickable so it will lead you directly to Amazon):
You will copy the link under the banner picture on the Amazon site, and paste it into your post, or in the sidebar widget. Your banner will be ready for visitors. As you see I copied it here in text.
Widgets: The procedure is completely the same as with banners. The picture below is a screen shot of the Amazon widget page. All you have to do is to click onto ‘Add to your page’, this will open the link and you can choose some options, copy the link in the same way as in the case of banners:
aStore: This is yet another great possibility for you as an Amazon affiliate. You may see one example of aStore on my another site. You will see that you may put many types of items, just like in any other store.
So, this was my short introduction into Amazon affiliate links. Some more useful details about how to add banners into sidebar widgets you may read in my another post. This all will be completely enough and you will be able to get Amazon affiliate link and make it working in your site. You will need to know a few basic things, like widgets, sidebar, editing in WordPress, etc., which you may learn here.
Please leave your comments bellow. I shall be happy to reply to any question you might have.