Amazon is the world’s biggest online store and also one of the biggest companies in the world. It sells more than 600 million products to people all over the world. They way that this can be done is through Amazon sellers who are verified to sell on Amazon. But you don’t have to be a direct seller to make money on Amazon. Another popular way of making money on Amazon is through the Amazon Associated Program. As an Amazon associate, you get paid a commission for referring buyers to Amazon to buy products.
How Does Amazon Associates Program Work?
Amazon Associates is an affiliate program, whereby approved affiliates can promote products through a unique link and get paid a commission on every sale that a referral buys in a session. It is the biggest affiliate program in the world. The great thing is that anybody anywhere in the world can become an amazon associate and make money by promoting anything that is sold there.
There are various ways to be an associate but in summary, the best way to do it is to be a content creator who can drive traffic in large numbers to Amazon with an intent to buy. There is just a bit of information you need to learn to start. For a run-down of the basics, you can view a 10 lesson video series on what you need to put in place and to be able to start a platform that you can use to drive traffic to Amazon.
How To Get Started
If you are starting from scratch, you can start on the journey by creating a free website on SiteRubix. By the end of the training, you will have started a website, published your first few posts, and have learned the fundamentals of growing a profitable platform for Amazon Associates. If you already have a large audience, you can jump right to the application on Amazon.
How Much Can You Make
This is always a tricky question to answer because the truth is that “it depends”. But what you can do is look at other affiliates who have gone through the same path and look at what they are making and the timelines that it takes to reach those financial milestones.
The average is that many people who work properly at it make an earning of around $500 per month within 6 months This will vary depending on how frequently you put out content and how aggressively you are marketing
If you follow the full programme on Wealthy Affiliate, one of the benefits is that you can be taken through the whole journey and see people who are at various stages, from beginners, to 6 months up to years old who are making anywhere from R5000 to over R100,000 a month. The potential to make money is only limited by how much effort you put into it. There are Amazon sites that are taking in $10,000 a month. You can look at the marketplace on Empire Flippers, which is the one of the popular website selling sites, and see how much the Amazon Associate sites make and how long it took
What Can You Promote To Earn
You can promote almost any product you are interested in on Amazon. Whether it is health supplements, books to read, or clothing, the list of products is almost endless. And all you will be doing is advising people on products, just take advice from online sources to make your purchases.
What Do You Need To Qualify As An Amazon Affiliate
There aren’t any special requirements to being an Amazon Affiliate, other than to have a way to drive traffic. They do have a rule that in order to remain on the platform, you need to have one sale from a referrer within 3 months. This is pretty easy, and once you make your first sale, the numbers will only increase over time.
There are things that you need to know about how to set it up and how to build a website that will attract traffic that you can refer to amazon products, and these will be explained in the video training series.
Is Amazon Associates Open To South Africans?
You can join the Amazon affiliate program from South Africa with no problems. There are several South African content creators who are making money there. In fact, you can join the Amazon affiliate program from anywhere in the world. The only thing than can hamper people is the ability to receive the money in countries where there are a lot of obstacles.
How Will I get Paid By Amazon In South Africa?
Amazon pays Associates by one of two methods. The first is through a cheque in the mail. This is one you will probably opt out of because of the time it would take to receive the money and the issues we have with our postal system. The other way available to get paid is through Payoneer, which is an online payment gateway you can use to pay people and to receive money from abroad. They are the official payment gateway partner of Amazon.
You will need to open a Payoneer account which is free to do. Then you can withdraw the money to your bank account through an EFT, or if you have ordered a Payoneer bank card, you can use it at all ATMs and speed points that support MasterCard.
Pros and Cons
The pro of promoting products as an Amazon affiliate are plenty. You can make a living providing information on something that you are passionate about. Whether you are a fitness enthusiast, a gamer or a hiker, you can make a career out of it.
The products are easy sells – It is very easy to sell from Amazon because people who come to your website are people who are already interested in what you are promoting. All you are doing is giving them further information and then pointing them in the direction they need to go to buy what they already want.
No Inventory Costs And Risk – You are not involved in any handling of the stock or shipping of products to your referrals. And any warranties and guarantees that the client is entitled to rest with Amazon and their sellers. You take on none of the risks of selling and you enjoy profits from it.
Location Independent – Being an Amazon Associate is an online business so you can do it from anywhere in the world. You can go stay on an Island country on the other side of the world, all you will need when your business is rolling is an internet connection and a laptop.
Get Paid In Dollars – As a South African, getting paid in dollars means you benefit a lot as our currency is not doing as well as it did in past years. Getting paid in dollars is also good as it means that the value of your money is preserved against currency fluctuations.
There aren’t many cons to talk about with regard to being an Amazon Associate. The only thing close to a con is the early building of the site for the first few months. You will just need to be a little patient while building your platform and traffic starts to accumulate.
Must be US-centric – In order to make the most money in the most easy way, you must target a global audience, with the US being the optimal audience. You can still market locally if you want, but you will have to be more strategic in your products.
For example, would be better to market digital products to South Africans, than something like a TV that would have to be shipped. The buyer will be more inclined to buy such a product locally unless they really want it and it is not sold in South Africa, like Sony TVs for example.
(If you know of further gripes that people might have, please share them with us in the comments in case we missed them and we will update to include them.)
Amazon Associates is a very good way to generate passive income stream. To purse a business on the Amazon affiliate program does not need large startup capital and the profit potential is very high. If you are interested in being an affiliate marketer through this program then I highly recommend getting into it. You can build a profitable business that can earn you a passive income indefinitely.
What do you think of Amazon Associates as a way of making money? Share your quesionts or comments, and any other programs you know of in the comments below.