– Hey, what’s up. Welcome back to anotherepisode of Boss Tip Thursday,where I share weekly tips and tutorialsto help you get stuff done. And today it’s all aboutAmazon Affiliate Marketing. If you’re new to affiliate marketing,if you have no clue howto even get started,this tutorial is for you. We’re going to be going over:what exactly is this?What is Amazon affiliate marketing?Then I’m going to be showing youhow to create your ownaccount with Amazon,your own Associate’s account,so you can start getting into this. I’m going to be showingyou an in-depth tutorialon how to read your dashboard,where it shows your sales, your clicks,and exactly what’s goingon with your account. And lastly, we’ll end this video with somefrequently asked questionsabout this program. So if you’re ready to learnabout all these things,then keep watching. An Amazon Affiliate is a personwho is partnered up with Amazon. The idea is that you bringcustomers to their site,to their store, and if they buyyou get a commission for it. So you’ll be getting speciallinks for each productthat you want to refer,and Amazon will know whenthey click that link,and you’ll get that commissionfor the product they buyor anything else that they buyalong with the product you referredas long as they clicked your linkand your referral linkbrought them to Amazon,you get paid for anything they buywithin the next twenty four hours,and it doesn’t cost thecustomer anything extra,it doesn’t change the buyingexperience in any way,you just get a small commissionfor bringing them there to Amazon. And this is a fabulous wayto fund your business in the beginningbecause as you know,with YouTube and AdSense,it takes a long timeto start making money,and yet these videos taketime and effort and moneyto make them better. So this is a great wayto start funding your business early on,and with the blog as well. The only way to make money on a blogis to do affiliate programslike this Amazon one,or to create your ownproducts or services,but out of all those three ways,the easiest thing to get started withis this Amazon Affiliate Program,because everyone knows Amazon,everyone trusts and lovesthem, it’s a huge store,it’s known worldwide. And to create your ownproducts and services,you have to start at thebottom and build your trust,build your authority,build your blog with SEOand all this other back stuff. So meanwhile, you work on that. You can supplement your incomewith a program like Amazon. Okay, so to create your account,hop onto Amazon. com, scrollall the way to the bottom. Here you will see thislittle section that says,Make Money With Us. And there’s so many differentways to make money on Amazon. Today we’re gonna be focusingon becoming an affiliate,so click on that, then clickon this Join Now for Free,and now you can either signin with an Amazon accountyou already have, an accountthat you use to make purchases,or you can go ahead andcreate a new Amazon accountif you want to keep things separate. I already haven’t account,so I’m gonna be creating a new onejust to show you the process. Then you’ll be directed tothe application process. For the top here you wantto put your Payee Nameexactly should appear on your paycheck,or when they direct deposit your money. You should put your address,along with your city,your state, zip code, your phone number,and who is the maincontact for this account. For most of us it’s gonnabe the payee listed aboveunless you have a VAwho’s doing this for you. So then you’d need to click someone else. The next part you have to fill out,the websites that you own,the websites that you’re going to be usingto promote affiliate links. And this is the part thatit gets a little bittricky for some people. Unfortunately you doneed an active websiteor other platform that hasenough high quality contentto be accepted. They just wanna make surethat you’re going to bepromoting their products properly. Amazon doesn’t say preciselywhat the actual requirements are,so if you do have like, awebsite, a YouTube channel,or any other sort of,like, social media pagewith some content, add all of those here. When I signed up I only hadabout four or five blog postson my website with not thatmuch engagement at all,so I still got accepted. So give it a try. Whatever you have going onthat has some sort of contentwhere you’ll be sharingthe affiliate links,just add it here. You never know, just go ahead and try it. The worst thing that can happenis that they won’t acceptyou, they will tell you why,and then you can reapply. And if you happen tohave any sort of apps,you can go ahead and addthe URLs for that here,then let’s click Next. This bottom little portionbasically just says thatyou’re not allowed to use affiliate linkson any websites that areaimed towards teenagers,13 years and under,that’s just not allowed. So you just have toconfirm that your websiteisn’t directed towards13 year olds or younger. So go ahead and clickNo if that’s the case. All right, and now we’reonto this next partof the application, I’mjust gonna go over eachof the fields and explain what they mean. The first field here isthe Amazon Associates ID. This is just the nameyou want to give toyour affiliate account. You can put your real name,your business name, or nickname. It doesn’t really matter,it’s not a big deal. Just put any sort of name here. Here’s your websites that you listedat the beginning of the application. And then here you have to explainwhat your website is all about. One word won’t cut it here. This is your chance to explainwhy you’re a good candidatefor the Amazon program. So say what you do, who it’s for,what kind of Amazon productswill you be sharing,and stuff like that. Just make it sound convincing. Then after that we’re goingon to the topics that describewhat you’re doing best. So they have a primaryand a secondary topic,so just go through those andclick what describes you,your business, your website, the best. What type of Amazon itemsdo you intend to liston your websites and mobile apps?Go ahead and click anyand all that apply here. And then next,we’re going to the type ofwebsites or mobile apps. Our options are comparisonshopping engines,content, or niche websites,coupon deals, or search. For most of us,it’s going to be justcontent and niche websites. Next, Traffic and Monetization section. You have to declare howyou will drive trafficto your website. Will you be drivingtraffic to your websitethrough email, maybe through advertising,through other social media, SEO, blogs?Click any and all that apply here. How do you utilize your website and appsto generate income?Here there’s differentother affiliate programsthat you may be part of. So go ahead and click the ones that apply,or if Amazon Associateswill be the only waythat you’re going tomonetize your site for now,just go ahead and click that part. Next, how do you usually build your links?Most of us build our linksthrough a WordPress website. Not many of us are usingHTML editors or any of that. So I think the bestoption for most of us hereis blog editor. Next, how many total unique visitorsdo your websites and apps get per month?So all of the website thatyou listed in the beginningthat are here, all of those combined,all your social medias,all your websites, emails,all of that, how much trafficdo they get per month combined?So make your best estimate,and select that answer. And then your reason forjoining the Associates program. Do you want to get richcontent for your sight?Maybe you want to make surethat you’re linking outto products you’re talking about. Or do you want to monetize your site?For many of us it’s both of these answers,so I guess just pick the onethat best describes you right now. Next, how did you hear about us?Just click the one thatmakes the most sense for you. Were you searching online?Did you hear by word of mouth?Someone tell you about it?Or did you hear about itfrom the Amazon website?And lastly, all you have todo is type in the characters,and click Next. So let me go ahead and fill this form out,and I’ll be right back. And that’s the end ofthe application process. Now all you really have todo is verify your identityby inputting your phone number here. And make sure that this code up frontis the one that you need to be using. For most of us, I thinkit will be this plus one. Just make sure that this is correctso that they will be able to call youand give you your PIN so thatyou can access your account. – This is an automated callfrom Amazon. com. Using the touchpad on your phone,please enter the four digit PIN numberthat is displayed on your screen. – Okay, so nowyou just have to agreeto the terms and condense,and click Finish,and that is everything, you’re all done. The only thing that will be pending nowis your tax information. If you’re from the United States,you’re going to be fillingout your typical tax form. If you’re from a different country,or you’re exempt from payingtaxes for some reason,they do have an exempt form for youwhich I know nothing aboutbecause I do live in the United States. But Amazon is always there to help you,just email them and they will respond,or you can always justclick this Later optionbecause you’re technically not acceptedto the Amazon program yet. You still have to make your first sale,and they have to go reviewyour application still. So you’re technically not accepted. You may wanna wait togo through the hassleof doing all this taxinformation until later. And a couple things to talkabout from the top box hereis that this is your Amazon Associates ID,so make sure that youknow this and you keep it,’cause you may need it in the future. And as you see down herethat if you have notmade any qualified saleswithin 180 days, yourapplication will be canceled,and you won’t have accessto the Associate Centralor any of that. So that’s just something to keep in mind. So now I’m just gonna clickLater for this tax information,and show you the dashboard. Here will always be your notifications. If Amazon has something new going on,or their policy changes,they will always let youknow via these notifications,or via email, so make sureyou check your emails. Here in this dropdown menubelow your email addressyou will find all sortsof important information,like your account settings,your payment history,managing tracking IDs, whichwe’ll get into in a second,and just signing out. In Account sets,you go there to changestuff about your profile,or if you ever want toadd or delete websites,this is where you will go. For example, if you didn’thave a Pinterest accountwhen you started your application process,but now you do, and you’re going to besharing affiliate links there,it’s important to come backhere and edit that information. Go ahead and add the website here,because this just keeps youin good standing with Amazon. This navigation bar is filledwith all sorts of cool links,logs, and discussionboards, so many cool things. So look through all of thisjust so you know what’s up there. Down here is your overviewof the last 30 days ofyour sales, and clicks,and everything that’sgoing on with your account. If you want a more detailed reportof exactly what’s goingon with your account,click on View Full Report Here. In this detailed report section,you can customize it however you want. You can have a look atjust today, yesterday,last seven days, last 30days, or do a custom range. Bounties are a one-timeflat rate that you get paidfor Amazon programs,such as Baby Registry,Amazon Prime, if someonesigns up via your link,you get paid a one time fee,and that’s what bounties are. Fees are what you actually get paid,the percentage commission you get paidfor referring Amazon products. And then these summaries,just both of these combined. Furthermore, down here wehave different summaries. We have clicks, orders, shipped,conversions, and earnings. So these are just theclicks you got but no sales,how many people actually ordered,and the things that have been shipped. You don’t get paid for anythinguntil it’s been shipped. And then the conversions arejust the click to buy ratio,so out of the people whodid click on the link,how many people actually bought?And all this is important informationto keep a close look at sothat you know what’s workingand you can do more of that,and you know what’s not workingand what you should stopwasting your time on. And the last thing we’lltalk about in this dashboardis how to create andmanage your Tracking IDs. So to do that you go under your email,this dropdown menu here, andclick on Manage Tracking IDs. And Tracking IDs are justa way for you to trackwhere your traffic is coming from. If you’re going to bepromoting affiliate linkson Instagram, Facebook,your website, YouTube,it’s a good idea to know whereyour traffic is coming fromso that you can zero in on what’s working. Click Add Tracking ID, for example,say I wanted to create one for Instagram. So I’ll just go here and click Instagram,click Create, and thenif that one is taken,they’ll give you somedifferent options here. Now when you come back to your dashboard,you can always see allof your links together,or you can just see the Instagram one,just see if what sales camefrom this link specifically. And the easiest way to createan Amazon affiliate linkis to log on to Amazonusing the informationthat you used to createyour Associate’s account,look for your product here,and then click on this stripe on top. You can use the affiliate linksin so many different ways. You can share it directly toTwitter, directly to Facebook,or you can have a text and a imagethat you may wanna embed into a website. You can have just theimage that’s clickablestraight to this product page,or you can use just text. Here normally, you would see a listof all the tracking ideasyou’ve created in the past. You select the one you wanna usewith this particularaffiliate link, and that’s it. All of that is embedded into this link. When someone clicks on it,Amazon knows that itcame from your account. All you have to do is copyand paste it wherever. Now I’m going to be answeringfrequently asked questionsthat I get all the time. The first one is, howmuch money would I makewith Amazon Affiliate Marketing?So you get paid 4%, up to 4%for the products people buyfrom your referral links. This percent can go all the way up to 10. I believe it’s just the more you sell,the more percentage you get paid. But a specific number, it’s hard to say. Because it varies from person to person,and it varies from month to month,depending on what you sell. It all comes with different percentages. I will say this. You can use this programjust to make extra money,to supplement your income, as I said. You have other things going on,but this is just a little bit extra. And that’s kind of the way I use it. I just create videos, create blog posts,and share books that I’d recommend anyway. Content that I would create anyway,and link to affiliate links when possible. And that’s the way I’ve been doing it. I just do business as usual,and recommend when possible. Which thank you, by the way,if you use my links to make purchases. I really appreciate your support. But another way to do it is to go all in,like literally create a whole websitearound a specific product from Amazon,say cameras for example. You can do camera reviewsand link to these cameras,and equipment, and everythingyou’re using from Amazon,and make a niche website, andthat’s how you can make thisa full time income. But there’s really so muchto do with this program,it’s really up to you. But the more you learn, themore effort you put into it,the more you will earn. How and when do I get paid?You get paid once a monthtowards the end of the month. Once your tax information is filled out,you will get this money inyour bank, direct deposited,or you may get a check,depending on where you live. They have differentrules for each country,so you’ll have to check on that. But for direct deposit,you do have to meet athreshold of only $10,and for checks you have tomeet a threshold of $100. So once your tax, and yourthreshold is good to go,you will get paid towardsthe end of the month. Where can I share my affiliate links?You can share your linkspretty much anywhere. On your website, on mostsocial media’s will allow it,like Pinterest, and Instagram, Facebook,most of these sites do allow it,but there are a lot ofrules behind all this,so I really recommend thatyou read Amazon’s policyand really learn more about itso that you can make sure thatyou’re following the rules,and you’re not kicked out of the program. How do I get clicks and sales?It really is going to take time. You can’t just publish twoarticles, make two videos,and link up affiliateproducts that you’re using,and expect to get a lot of sales. It doesn’t work that way. Like everything else that I talk about,like in the video of NineSide Hustle Ideas, it’s easy. Like I just showed youhow to set up your account in minutes. It’s easy. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist. Everyone can do it. But it does take time,and effort, and patience,and testing, and sticking it out, really. So do your best to keeplearning, see what works,and then try to do more ofthat, try to experiment,and find different ways. There’s really so muchinformation out therefor you to continue tolearn about this program. But you really never getsomething for nothing. You must put in your time, your effort,great, valuable contentto build an audience. And that’s how you will bring inthe clicks and sales eventually. All right, and that sums up this tutorial. I really do hope that I covered it all. I tried to make it ascondensed as possible,and put in as much information,and answer as much questions as possible. 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