Starting an amazon affiliate site is the most popular idea to earn passive income.
Some people start an Amazon affiliate site as part-time work and some do it full-time and earn pretty income. But most of the people struggle with how to make their amazon affiliate site successful?
With more and more people are entering affiliate marketing for years, now this industry is saturated and you will have to find out ways and work hard on them to position yourself under your niche market.
In this post, I will not only tell you how to build an amazon affiliate site but I will show you how you can make your amazon affiliate site successful.
Let’s get into it.
Starting an Amazon affiliate site and earning passive income is the dream of every blogger and entrepreneur.
Moreover, how simple it is to start a website, put some affiliate links then sit and watch the money rolling out in your bank.
But it is not as easy as some fake affiliate gurus show it to you, there is always some kind of work behind involved in any kind of online business, you will have to work hard on every single point to make your affiliate website successful.
Some people easily make their 1Ks/month within 6 months of starting their amazon affiliate website while some people are only able to earn as low as 50$ even after working hard for years.
If you want to be like first few people then read this blog carefully.
What is an amazon affiliate program?
Amazon is the world largest marketplace that connects vendors and buyer, and it offers 3rd party individuals to promote all products available on amazon. Amazon affiliate program is a profit-sharing base revenue model in which amazon share a certain % of profit with affiliates (who promote products and generate sales).
Amazon doesn’t pay you for promoting products; it only pays when you generate sales.
Tons of affiliate marketers and bloggers use the amazon affiliate program as their primary source of income.
The best part is that amazon affiliate has 24 hours of cookies life for affiliate links. If someone visits amazon.com via your link and doesn’t make purchase immediately but come back and make purchase within 24 hours, you will still get a commission.
The second best thing is that if someone clicks on your affiliate links of body wash and purchases five more products, you will get commission on every product.
Amazon affiliate program is easy to use, and it is entirely free.
Last year amazon has reduced its commission rate for all products categories, and some big affiliate markets started shifting to other platforms. However, it is still a very lucrative resource to earn passive income.
How the amazon affiliate program works?
When you sign up for an amazon affiliate program, you get the unique tracking link for each product. You can promote the product anywhere on your YouTube channel, social media id, via advertising.
Even if you directly forward the link on a personal messaging app and someone places an order by following your unique affiliate link, a sale is credited to your Amazon affiliate account. You earn the affiliate commission based on the number of sales your affiliate links generate; however, a customer must order the products within 24 hours of clicking on your affiliate links.
How to register for the amazon affiliate program?
- First, you need to sign up on Amazon Associates – Amazon’s affiliate marketing program
- Now you can browse the products from the search bar and generate your unique affiliate links with the stripping tool.
- Now you are ready to earn a commission on a selected product, you need to add a link to your blog post or anywhere you wish to promote.
Note – make sure to add a disclosure page on your affiliate blog or add it in your YouTube description to avoid any policy violation warning from amazon.
How to start an amazon affiliate website?
1. Choose a good niche
There are some big affiliate sites that are making tons of affiliate commission and they are just like another amazon website. But they are in the market for years and they have teams of SEO experts, content creators, and site managers.
If you will create your site similar to big websites then you will have to compete with them and you will not be able to succeed no matter how hard you try.
To run a successful Amazon affiliate site you will have to choose and stick with one niche with no or little competition and huge potential.
Try to find your best niche based on following points.
A. Find something you’re interested in
When people start any kind of blog or website, they have high motivation but after some time their motivation gets down and they lost interest. This is a very common problem with affiliate marketers too.
If you don’t want to stick in such problem then you will have to find a niche based on your interest.
The best way to do it is, grab a pen and paper and visit amazon.com, then write down the categories in which you are interested.
Additionally, there are so many things you need to look after while choosing the best niche for your amazon affiliate site. I have written the following article to give you an in-depth guide on niche selection.
B. Check commission rates
Before you choose any niche and start promoting any product, I would recommend you cross-check the commission rate list. Amazon offers different commission rates for different categories.
Here is the commission rate list of amazon.
If you see any product category that has a 0% commission rate, make sure you cut it down. There is no point to work on a niche that has no reward.
Also, avoid the category which has less than or equal to a 2 % commission rate. Because you will need to generate lots of traffic to earn good affiliate income.
C. Check product prices
Product price is also a critical factor to consider while choosing a niche. Most beginner affiliate marketers think if they will promote high-end products, they will earn a high commission rate.
But the conversion rate of high-end products is very low as compared to low price products. No one will buy 1000$ laptop upfront without doing too much research about it.
If someone is reading blogs about the high-end product on your amazon affiliate site, it doesn’t mean they will buy from there. So even after creating the best amazon affiliate site, you won’t make affiliate sales.
On the other hand, if you promote very low price products, your earning will suffer. Even after selling many product units, you will make only a small amount of profit.
So you will have to find the perfect ratio between high and low end priced products.
Ration of 30$-300$ is best. Make sure the products you are promoting are under this price range.
D. Estimate traffic requirements
In order to get success in affiliate marketing, you must plan your steps properly, you must have clear goals with your website. It will allow you to measure your success over time.
Although, no one can know the exact amount of money they will be earning it is also best to get an estimated idea.
Always start with small goals, it will keep you motivated when you start reaching goals one by one, and then you can expand those goals and make them bigger.
To hit the goals of your desired earning level, you will have to know the amount of traffic you need.
You can easily guess the estimated traffic required based on the following calculation.
Suppose you want to earn 1000$ monthly via your amazon affiliate website. If the product price you are promoting is, 200$ and the commission rate is 5% then you make 10$ commission on each sale. So you will need to sell 100 units of product to make 1000$ affiliate commission.
Now you need to know how much traffic you will need to make 100 sales. You can guess it based on the conversion rate which is considered 3%. So you need 10K estimated traffic to make 100 sales and 1000$ affiliate commission.
E. Estimate competition
There is no point to work on a niche in which you will have to spend years and tons of money to get the estimated traffic required.
SEO is a complicated and slow process, and you don’t want to compete with big sites which have a team of qualified SEO experts.
Before you finalize a niche, you must run it through google and see if the sites ranking already, are a high authority?
It’s also called competitive analysis for affiliate marketing, you can read this article to get into details.
If you find there is huge competition out there and you will not be able to beat your opponents then you have two options.
- Niche down further – If you were going to focus on health devices, you must focus only on specific health devices such as fitness bands and heart monitor devices. Once your niche down further, run the competitive analysis again to check if the competition is low or not. If you still see huge competition then you can niche down further such as MI fitness bands or Fitbit etc.
- Change the niche – if narrowing down doesn’t make sense for your niche and if it doesn’t seem the right option for you then you must change your niche and repeat all the steps above until you find the right niche.
2. Buy domain name and webhosting
I guess you are already familiar with domain names and web-hosting. Since you are going to start a small niche-based amazon affiliate site, I recommend you to buy an exact matching domain. This way you will get an SEO benefit.
You can buy any good web-hosting that meets your requirements, there are so many types of web-hosting available in the market and no hosing is good and bad, it all depends on your needs and budget. You can also migrate hosting later when your site starts growing.
We have mention the affiliate links in our content but unlike the other bloggers we don’t force promote to go for expensive hosting to earn more commission, that’s why we don’t recommend you to buy site ground or any major hosting’s business plan.
We recommend you to go for Bluehost WordPress web-hosting, it cost you as low as 3.95$ monthly if you buy for 36 months.
Read this detailed article on domain name and web-hosting to get a clear idea of the domain, types of hosting, and available options for you.
3. Design site navigation
Every website has a different kind of navigation, if you will visit any e-commerce site you will find tons of products on the home page with different selling tags. But as an affiliate, you don’t want to build another site that looks similar to amazon.
Always keep one thing in your mind, “people don’t land on your site to buy from you to do a favor to your site, they search for their quarries (it might be a product review or problem-related to the product you are promoting).” So you will have to design your site navigation accordantly.
As an Amazon affiliate, you will be publishing a blog post containing your affiliate links, I recommend you create a different page for the blog section and products.
You will need to plan your content strategy and publish outstanding content (we are going to discuss this point in the section below) on your blog pages, these pages of your site will generate organic traffic directly from google and drive people to your affiliate site.
If you have the best content on your amazon affiliate site then you don’t even need to mention affiliate links in your blog post. You need to satisfy user intent and help them solve their queries and answer their questions then people will visit your product pages and buy from there when they will be satisfied with your content.
How blogger earn from amazon affiliate
Here are the eight ways bloggers use to earn from the amazon affiliate program
1. Find profitable keywords
Keywords are the words that your potential customer type in google to search for the product you are promoting. You will have to find those words and target them in your content to make it SEO-friendly and help your customers find your website.
One thing you should keep in mind, “you don’t need to target exact keywords in your content”. You just need to know how and what your customers are searching for the product so you can help them solve their quires and find the right product.
To get master in keyword research, read this article below.
2. Create the “right” kind of content
Planning your content strategy starts with keyword research that we have discussed in the point above.
Once you find the right keyword for your amazon affiliate site, now you need to plan a post by targeting that keyword. And as I told you earlier, instead of stuffing keywords in your content, you need to understand the search intent behind the keyword and address that intent in your content.
I have written this detailed article on creating the best content that works in 2022.
- 10 Steps – How To Write Better Blogs That Rank High On Google
- How To Write Amazon Product Reviews For Affiliate Websites?
Also, there are some other ways bloggers use to earn money from the amazon affiliate programs, such as.
- Search engine – Organic (SEO)
- Email marketing
- Social media marketing
- QNA & sites
- Search engine marketing – Google ads
- Native ads
Amazon affiliate is a competitive field, to get success you will have to find the right niche with little or no competition then work on it for a long time to get desired results.
You won’t earn affiliate income in one night, you will have to work hard with consistency, invest your time and resources but the results will be worthy.
Affiliate marketing is all about helping others find the right products that make their lives easier, as an affiliate marketer you should always think about creating content that solves your ideal customer's problem in the best way instead of thinking about how to earn a profit, it will help you to become authority under your niche.
Is there anything else I have missed? Let me know in the comment section below.