Okay…who hasn’t purchased something on Amazon? The world has discovered Amazon and people love great shipping, great prices, and a selection that surpasses that of any box store.
Let me share a secret…most of these transactions are generating revenue for people outside of Amazon. “Amazon Sellers” are people that list products for sale on Amazon and then ship the products to the customer. I want to focus on another group…”Amazon Associates”. This group refers others to the Amazon site and earns a commission from each sale…usually from 4-10% depending on the product.
I have chosen to be an affiliate marketer. Why? As an affiliate marketer, I don’t need to ship products and I don’t need to maintain an inventory. I can earn money from any one of the millions of products that Amazon has on its network.
In this blog, I will show you How to Make Money Selling on Amazon – I Can Help You!
What Does Selling Products on Amazon Look Like?
Let’s start with my “real life” situation to show you how I earn money on Amazon. Please remember if you have any questions, please scroll down to the bottom of this page and post your question in the “comments” section…I am here to answer your questions and help you along the way.
My wife and I have a niche website that we created using the website builder at Wealthy Affiliate that targets hair and beauty products and, specifically “How to Make Big Hair Fast.” This website provides a great platform for my wife to share her expertise as a hairstylist with hair and beauty products. Our audience reads our product reviews and beauty tips and, within these posts, have the opportunity to take a look at the affiliate promotion that shows which products she uses.
Let’s take a look at one of these Amazon products. It starts when we join the Amazon Associates affiliate program which is completely free, grab my affiliate link, and add it to our website. For people that visit our website and click on one of our links and head over to Amazon and purchase a product, we receive a commission for the sale. Does this look easy…absolutely, it is that easy.
Wait…it gets better…we receive commissions from anything else people add to their shopping cart before they check out.
MILLIONS of products, MILLIONS of ways to generate income.
Amazon sells millions of items every day and its network of products includes well over 100 million different items that you can promote as an affiliate. That is, ONE HUNDRED MILLION.
That number still boggles my mind. Every single one of these items represents an opportunity for an affiliate marketer. The enormity of the potential is what drove me to start my affiliate marketing business!
How Do You Get Paid by Amazon?
Amazon offers several ways in which you can get paid as an associate (affiliate), for example:
- Amazon Gift Card (minimum $10 earnings)
- Direct Deposit to your bank (minimum $10 earnings, USA only)
- Pay By Check ($100 minimum earnings)
I have chosen to get paid when I reach affiliate earnings of $100 or greater. The monthly payments are paid out on the 1st day of each month and the commissions always arrive on schedule.
All I Need to do is join an Affiliate Program??
Not quite…you need to learn how to build a successful affiliate marketing business just as I needed to. I recognized very quickly that I needed training to help me get started. I was motivated by my research that revealed this FACT…many people are earning a full time living off affiliate marketing though Amazon, simply by sending people from my website over to Amazon.
Hang On…are there other Affiliate Marketing Opportunities??
Yes, there are 10,000’s of products in every niche imaginable. Now the potential becomes even more enormous, especially, when your research reveals affiliate programs where companies are willing to pay up to 75% commission per sale…way more than Amazon commissions…6 – 10%. Check out these examples:
- Zappos.com: 8-18% per sale
- WeightWatchers: $10 per sale
- Verizon Wireless: 25% per sale
- Norton Antivirus: 15-30% per slae
- Skin Store: 8-10%
- Options House: $60 per sale
- Monster.com: 12-17% per sale
- Care.com: $50 per sale
Are you excited yet?
I hope so…every major retailer has an affiliate program and almost every product/service online or offline can be sold through one affiliate program or another!.
It really doesn’t matter what passion, interest or niche you chose to build your business on, you will find thousands of programs to promote…Amazon is just one of these programs.
Where do I learn how to become successful as an affiliate?
This was the first question I had as I wanted to understand the fundamentals of creating a long term and very successful affiliate marketing business. Please consider getting the proper training.
To be a successful affiliate of Amazon or any program for that matter, you need to have a few things:
- A good affiliate marketing education
- Access to a community of other successful affiliates
- Websites/Hosting/Keyword Tools
- Ability to get help when you need it
- Support from industry experts
Please share and let me know if you have any questions or would like to leave a comment. I would love to hear what you think.