Do you want to make money with Amazon affiliates? The first thing you need is to get approval for the program (it’s not automatic) and I will help you to get it as soon as possible and without any problems. In this post, I will explain the 8 steps you must follow to become an Amazon affiliate in order to earn money. Let’s go there!
What is Amazon Affiliates?
AMAZON AFFILIATES is the affiliate program of Amazon, through which you can sell the online products of its wide catalogue as an intermediary and take a commission of up to 10% (depending on the product) for each sale you make.
This is one of the best ways to get a passive income since you make the sale the rest, Amazon takes care of everything else and you do not have to worry about anything.
For this, you will have a personalized affiliate ID, which will help you generate your special links and allow Amazon to identify that this sale corresponds to you.
What do you need to start earning money with Amazon Affiliate Program?
To start working as an Amazon affiliate and get income, you must basically have a website or mobile application, create an account and generate traffic.
Joining the program is free, but before you can start using affiliate links, you’ll need Amazon to approve your account, which usually happens within 12-24 hours if everything is in order.
To do this, before making your application, you must take certain conditions into account to ensure your application acceptance so that you can participate in the program without problems.
Here is a checklist of 8 steps that you must perform so that Amazon will approve your account immediately and that you do not run the risk of being closed down the road.
1. Be of legal age
The acceptance of the Operative Agreement of the Affiliate Program, essential to creating an account, implies that you have the legal capacity to accept the contract.
This means that, in order to be an Amazon affiliate, you must be of legal age and not be subject to any legal incapacitation.
2. Comply with the content policy
Having a finished website with content does not guarantee direct admission to the Amazon affiliate program.
You must take into account the content policy, since there are certain topics that Amazon considers “inappropriate” and, therefore, prohibited.
Among the contents that Amazon considers “inappropriate” are those that:
- Encourage or contain sexually explicit materials (pornography).
- Encourage violence or contain violent materials.
- Encourage or contain defamatory or slanderous materials.
- Encourage discrimination (sex, race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation).
- Encourage or carry out illegal activities.
- Violate intellectual property rights.
3. Write quality texts and have enough content
Although this may vary depending on the case, it is advisable that, before making your request to Amazon affiliate program, your website should have published a minimum of 15-20 articles.
Amazon will value that these articles are original and well written, oriented to the interest of the users, without spelling mistakes or grammatical errors, etc.
Amazon highly values the writing of reviews of specific products that include references to the user experience, beyond a mere description of features.
For example: how the product helps solve a particular problem, what benefits it has, how easy it is to use it, what makes it useful and special, etc.
It involves including arguments that may justify the recommendation of the product and that may prompt the user to buy.
4. Correctly include your ID in the affiliate links
It may seem like a commonplace, but being careless with this is something that happens more than you can think of. In these cases, Amazon ignores everything.
Amazon will only pay you the commissions generated from links that are properly formatted.
To do this, always make sure that you are logged in with your affiliate account when you search for products on Amazon to include the links on your website.
To obtain the corresponding affiliate link and verify that it includes your affiliate ID and tracking ID, use the upper bar that you will find at the top.
That link that you have generated is the one that you have to insert in your website so that Amazon can follow up and identify that the sale corresponds to you.
You can also get a short link, but the full link will allow you to check that your ID is correctly included, preceded by the word “tag”.
This way, when someone clicks on your link and lands on Amazon to make the purchase, you will access with a URL that includes your affiliate ID.
5. Do not use the Amazon brand
Amazon is very strict with this point. You can not use any of Amazon’s brands to advertise or promote, beyond what is allowed in the contract.
Neither at the time of making your request or ever, as soon as Amazon detects it will close your account and you will be disqualified immediately from the affiliate program. This implies, for example, that:
- You can not include any of Amazon’s trademarks in your domain name. This also covers the variations of such marks and names that are spelt the same but that include some modifications.
- You can not use any of the registered trademarks or variations such as user name, group name or any other identification in a social network.
- You can not take any action that might imply acting on behalf or in collaboration with Amazon (for example, a press release).
- You can not use the terms of any of your brands as keywords for your search engine campaigns. You can make paid campaigns to bring traffic to your site, but without using the Amazon brands.
This includes the fact that third parties (such as Amazon) can directly obtain this information and place cookies in their browsers.
Amazon expressly states in its Operating Agreement, that is, in its contract with you, that you must include in your website your affiliate status and what that implies.
A good place to include this notification is, for example, the Legal Notice.
Likewise, and in accordance with current legislation, you must include a page with your Cookies Policy, where you explain what types of cookies you use on your website and for what purpose.
Users must have the opportunity to expressly accept cookies.
Tip: Although it is not mandatory, it is advisable to include other important pages on your website such as “About Me” or “About Us” and “Contact”.
In this way, your users will check that there is “someone” on your website and it will be easier for you to gain their trust. Remember: trust facilitates sales.
7. Fraudulent traffic and other prohibited practices
Amazon expressly prohibits the artificial generation of clicks or impressions on your website, and the illegal creation of sessions on the Amazon site, either through bots, software programs or something like that.
Likewise, Amazon prohibits inserting affiliate links directly into paid campaigns to attract traffic, in emails, ebooks and PDFs.
This is something that today quickly detects.
In any case, the links you use in these cases should direct users to your website, but never directly to the Amazon site with your special affiliate link.
You can not include your affiliate links in advertising spaces on the same Amazon website, or in customer review spaces, the forum, etc.
8. Do not buy with your own affiliate links
Amazon does not allow you to use your own affiliate links to buy products yourself and get the corresponding commission.
Yes, it is tempting, because in this way it is as if you bought with a discount, but it is a prohibited practice and, therefore, a reason for Amazon to close your account immediately.
If you follow these tips, in 99.99% of cases you will have your Amazon Affiliate Program account approved without problems and can start earning money as soon as possible.
This is how we can get approval for Amazon affiliate program without any problems and will help us to earn more money with our smart ideas of approach. I hope this article will help you to get your Amazon affiliate account fully approved. If you have any queries regarding this program, let us know them in the below comment box and we will get back to you as soon as possible to solve all your queries.
What is your experience? Have you had problems with Amazon to support you in its affiliate program?