How to Become an Affiliate Marketer with Amazon

A Quick Guide on How to Become an Affiliate Marketer with Amazon

If you want to know how to become an affiliate marketer with Amazon, it’s pretty straight forward.

One or two conditional requirements have been altered recently to further verify ownership and proof of a web property but providing you have some content that is relevant to what you want to promote on your blog or website then you should have no issues with being accepted.

How to Become an Affiliate Marketer with Amazon

Amazon has a wide variety of widgets, banners and text links for you to use on your website.

You even have the option of creating a whole store front full of items to sell – it looks like a professional online store.

Use this type of setup only if you know what you are doing however; creating a whole store front with visions of becoming one stop shop is not the most effective setup for an Internet shop.

Apart from that, Amazon really has some great customisation and advertisement options for you.

Let’s go through the steps and I will show you how to become an affiliate marketer with Amazon right now.

How to Become an Affiliate Marketer with Amazon

  1.  Firstly, you need to find your amazon associates or affiliates link. This is normally located at the bottom of your Amazon’s store.

amazon affiliate

2. Click the “join now for free!” button.

amazon signup

3. Next, provide an email address for future correspondence and account access.

amazon sign in

4. Fill out your name, email and password and continue.

affiliate registration

5. Now you have to complete details for the affiliate program. Name, address etc.

Amazon affiliate details

6. Finally, complete the name of your website, it’s URL (the name you put in the address bar) and what your website is about.

During weekdays, amazon will typically respond within 24 hours. I have heard during weekends, it may take a day or so longer. Amazon will inform you if you have been successful or not with your application.

If you have been successful, access your account settings and confirm and alter any preferential information; e.g address, payment options, payment holding information etc.

If you reside in certain parts of the world, you will have different payment options available to you.

Links and Banners

amazon links

Text links inside lets you build custom links, custom image links to specific items showing you some information about the item also.

With banners, you can choose to link to any category or promotion using a wide variety of sizes, shapes and banners that are attributed to special occasions.


Amazon widgets are great interactive applications you can add to your webpage and they are customizable. There are carousel widgets, hot deals widgets, slide show widgets, MP3 clips widgets and so many more.

To easily add your tracking link to an item, page or store is to visit the page where the item is located. Click the “link to this page” tab on the top left of the amazon page.

Select your options and you will be given a generated code for you to place on you website.

Amazon banner

Once inside your amazon affiliate account, I would strongly recommend getting familiar with what is available to you.

Amazon has created a getting started guide that very clearly and easily walks you through what the amazon associates program is and how to use it’s links, banners and stores to earn commissions.

Visit the getting started tour here. There I give you the basics of what affiliate marketing is about.

ATTENTION: Those residing in California are now unfortunately unable to take part in the Amazon Associates program. Please refer to Amazon’s affiliate terms to see updates about your own state before you sign up.

24 thoughts on “A Quick Guide on How to Become an Affiliate Marketer with Amazon

  1. Hi dear
    I would like to be part of amazon associates but it seems that the verification process is not smooth anymore.

    I live in Africa, is it still possible to be an amazon affiliate for us?
    I also get the feeling that there is no guidelines or training to direct a new comer to the program.

  2. Hi A. Daniel,
    thanks for that post on joining amazon-s affiliate marketing program. Indeed, like you said it,that is an easy task. The greater task is to build one’s website or blog to a point of having very many visitors and these getting to buy from amazon through the links created.
    I recently checked amazon’s global ranking in internet popularity and I found out it ranks just below Google who take position 1. That means that even 0.01 percent of amazon’s daily visitors coming to your site even if in a week would still make a big number. Now that means sales!

    • Hi, please accept my apologies for the very delayed reply. My advice when creating an amazon affiliate site is make a compelling web copy. It doesn’t have to be long but make an introduction, describe an issue, relate it to real life and give examples of real life benefits.

  3. Hi! Very interesting and helpful post! I have a website and I am interested in the Amazon affiliate program and I find your steps very well descriptive. Do you know if it is available in all countries? I live in Greece and I haven’t joined yet because I don’t know if it is available here… I would really appreciate your help! Thanks!

  4. Very good tutorial on Amazon affiliate program. I was looking for this kind of information and came across your website. I’m thinking of starting Amazon affiliate site but have couple of questions. Is Amazon affiliate program international program? Are there any countries that are not accepted for affiliate sign up? And how does Amazon pay the commission to their affiliates? through Paypal or some other way?

    • Hi Rufat. Yes you can sign up for Amazon affiliate internationally via the Amazon in that country. There are some countries unfortunately that do not accept some affiliates check here under Enrolment. Amazon pays through direct deposit, Check or gift card.

  5. These are so clear and nice instructions about becoming an Amazon affiliate. I understand that there are many Amazon branches, like UK, Japan, Spain, Germany and so on. So how does this all work? Am I supposed to apply for each of them separately? I am form EU, so what would you suggest? Is there any problem in payments later? Many thanks.

  6. Hi Andre,

    I saw in one of your comments you said “Amazon requires you to have a functional website if live outside the states and that you aren’t promoting their products from anyone of their banned countries/states (This is for tax reasons.) for affiliates”

    I didn’t quite understand. Is that mean if I have website and I live in Switzerland and I cannot promote their product?

    • Hi Jagulba,

      Amazon is an entity where they constantly update their T&C. They did have a list of banned states under the operating agreement. Check this link out by a member of a forum I am a part of and scroll down for an entry by a member named “boomergp08“. He lists the removed states in the amazon agreement but the fact they have now removed it from their own site it would prompt some doubt. Try and email them to get confirmation here.

      Let me know if you still have some queries. I will try and answer them for you.

  7. Thanks Andre, just what I was looking for. I already have a website built around kids learning toys and I’m currently spending as much time as I can writing content for the site.

    I haven’t really thought about how to monetize the site yet other than I want to sell Amazon products as an affiliate a little further down the road.

    I’ve head somewhere that it’s best not to apply too early as if you don’t make a sale within a certain time period they will close down your account.

    Is this true?

    • Hi Lee,

      To be honest I’m not sure. Some people say they have been banned and some say they are still fine. Better to give them a call or email them. Tell them about what your aims are and where you are in your process etc.

      I reside in the UK and I’ve had a dormant associates account for some time now, I haven’t received an email warning, so maybe it’s a country specific thing. Give them an email.

  8. Really cool site you created! Great tips on affiliate marketing and extremely helpful. I bookmarked this page for future reference! Amazon will be on my “things to do list” for sure as I wrap up my 2 other website projects. The way you broke it down in a clear and concise way will definitely get people on the right track once they start their internet marketing journey!

    • Thank you very much Mark, much appreciated. This is the aim and goal of my website, I try to make things plain and straight forward so people who are afraid or sceptical can dip their toe, so to speak.

  9. Thanks for the Amazon info. I”m glad I found this article. I’ve been working on a website and was looking for information on Amazon. Are there any website requirements as far as getting approved? I have a blog right now, will that do? I would like to promote some books. And do they care if I promote products from competitors?

    • Hi Andres. Thanks for your reply and I’m glad you found the article useful. Amazon requires you to have a functional website if live outside the states and that you aren’t promoting their products from anyone of their banned countries/states (This is for tax reasons.) for affiliates. Please also refer to their T&C regarding what websites they accept etc.

      You are free to advertise and promote other products and services on your website, yes but don’t mislead your visitors with your promotions.


  10. Awesome indepth review of affiliate marketing. Im also about to get started with reviewing some products which i hope to earn affiliate $$ from. This is a really well thought out and helpful guide on how to set things up with amazon and ill be sure to look through your site for more information nuggets. thanks!

    • Hi Chris, I’m glad you found it useful. I will be adding more articles and information on how to become an affiliate marketer almost most daily.


  11. Hi Andre. Thank you for providing a quick and easy guide on how to start up affiliate marketing with Amazon. Would you say that it is just as easy starting affiliate marketing with other programs such as Clickbank? Does Amazon have any rigorous policies that you must follow? Does Amazon provide dropshipping for most of these products?

    • Hi Kelly. You are welcome. Signing up with other programs is relative. Clickbank itself has a more lenient signup process. Other programs require you to either have a decent website or reside in the same country but those are few and far between. Amazon itself do have stricter policies before being accepted but it’s not scary at all. These include restrictions to certain states and webpage ownership. Amazon itself does not have a drop shipping program as far as I know but you can partner with third party merchants and wholesalers drop shipping programs. If you would like a discount to join Salehoo drop shipping, send me an email.

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