Amazon Affiliate Marketing 101

The Mastery Guide For Beginners

In this amazon affiliate marketing mastery course, I will teach you step-by-step methods (blueprint) to become a PRO on affiliate marketing with Amazon.

In this guide you are going to learn:

  • Basics of affiliate marketing

  • how to start amazon associates

  • How to promote amazon affiliate product in 2020

  • Lots of advanced tips, strategies, and techniques

  • lot more

So, let’s dive into this amazon affiliate marketing guide for beginners. Ready?

Amazon affiliate marketing 101

CONTENTS

CHAPTER-1

Amazon Affiliate Marketing basics

CHAPTER-2

Finding Profitable niche

CHAPTER-3

Building Amazon Affiliate website

CHAPTER-4

Setting up Amazon Associates

CHAPTER-5

Globalizing Amazon Affiliate Link

CHAPTER-6

Promoting Amazon Affiliate Links & Pro Strategy

CHAPTER-1

Amazon Affiliate Marketing Basics

For 99% of people, Amazon affiliate marketing is how they get started.

The idea behind it is that you promote other people’s products, often through an affiliate network, earning a commission if people actually end up buying thanks to your marketing.

It’s based on revenue sharing.

If you have a product and want to sell more, you can offer promoters a financial incentive through an affiliate program.

If you have no product and want to make money, then you can promote a product that you feel has value and earn an income from it as an affiliate marketer.

In this chapter, I’m going to teach you all the basic knowledge you need to know before getting started in this game.

Amazon affiliate marketing

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products.

You find a product you like, promote it to others and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make.

This is my  favourite method.

I make a good amount of money by recommending others to buy the product (which is an affiliate product) on smartfutures.biz and in my other websites.

affiliate products

Here you have to select the right product which you can sell it.

When any person buys the product based on your recommendation, you receive the commission.

There are over more than 654,980,000 affiliate products to sell across the globe.

(CAUTION!!!) But, Affiliate marketing can be tricky and difficult if you don’t have proper skills and mindset.

I personally had failed for 2 years in affiliate marketing. but, now I know the trick and skills to convert visitors to a lead and I’m very happy with the money which I earn.

So, affiliate marketing is the big game, there is a lot to learn before you get into it. 

You might find many resources available on the internet regarding how to do amazon affiliate marketing.

You will also find everyone shares the same mindset and those tactics no more can be taken in action because those sales funnel doesn’t work anymore.

In 2019+ the affiliate marketing game has been changed, but I promise you this game is very interesting and make you feel some professionality in you and also will generate more sales 

What and Why Amazon Associates Program

amazon affiliate marketing

In simple words, Amazon associates is the Amazon affiliate marketing program where you have to join this network in order to become an affiliate partner with Amazon.

If you are a newbie to the affiliate programs then the ones offered by Amazon are the best choice.

Firstly, it is a well-known brand as it sells products of high quality. It has been in online business for decades which makes it a reliable one. 

Hence, you can be assured of your income.

As a beginner, I will always recommend you to get started with Amazon associates affiliate network. 

Because, if you started with other affiliate marketing networks like Clickbank, jvzoo and Cj, etc., it will be way too complicated for you to make sales.

as these networks pay high commission compared to the Amazon affiliate network, there is a lot of competition out there. 

You have to build the trust between you and your audience in order to make sales.

But when you are promoting a product from Amazon you don’t want to focus too much on ‘trust’ here because Amazon itself has built trust with people around the globe, Therefore people will buy the product from amazon without even being hesitant.

Benefits of being an Amazon Affiliate Marketer:

  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Great source of income
  • Immense selection of products
  • In trend
  • Simple and supportive

How Does Amazon Affiliate Marketing Works?

Pro's and Con's

Earning income simply for linking to an Amazon product may seem like a no-brainer, but there are a few things to consider before becoming an Amazon affiliate. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of Amazon Associates.

Pros:

  • It’s easy to become an Amazon affiliate. You can register and start sharing affiliate links, detailed in the following section, in just a few minutes.
  • Amazon is an eCommerce authority. The retail giant is a trusted, well-known brand, so affiliates don’t need to sell visitors on purchasing from the website.
  • There are many products to advertise. With more than 3 billion items for sale, in addition to services like Prime Video, there’s no shortage of products to promote via affiliate links.
  • Participants earn income from products besides the ones they link to. When you send traffic to Amazon via an affiliate link, and that user makes a purchase, you get a percentage of everything they purchase within 24 hours. And because Amazon is skilled at conversion and upselling, it’s very likely that a customer will add multiple items to their cart.

Cons:

  • Amazon’s commissions are very low in some categories. While the Amazon Associates program has a commission rate of up to 10 percent for some items, such as luxury beauty products, others, such as video game consoles, are as low as 1 percent.
  • The Amazon Associates Program Operating Agreement can be difficult to understand and is frequently updated, so members can easily be found not in compliance if they don’t stay up-to-date.
  • If you don’t already have a website with product reviews or other suitable content that would be a good fit for affiliate links, creating one can require a lot of time, effort and upkeep.

Chapter-2

Profitable Niche

Profitable niche plays an important role in your affiliate marketing business.

It’ll help you determine who your audience is, which product to focus on.

Most importantly, it’ll help you maintain focus as you plan out your editorial schedule and overall business and marketing strategies.

In this chapter I will teach you how to choose profitable Amazon affiliate niche

Profitable Amazon Affiliate Niche

What is a Niche?

In simple words niche is the “specialized section” of a broad topic.

For example,

‘Sports’ is a topic were ‘football is a niche. 

Health‘ is a topic were ‘Diet‘ is a niche.

When it comes to blogging, You’re not blogging for “basketball fans,” a broad audience. You’re blogging for “NBA fans,” a niche audience.

Approx 69.8% of new affiliates finds difficult to choose the right niche for their affiliate marketing business.

Choosing your right niche is going to be the most difficult game for every new peeps. 

But after reading this chapter it is going to be the easiest thing ever.

 Here are some examples of popular niche.

profitable amazon affiliate niches

Why is it important to have a niche based amazon affiliate business?

As  I said Profitable niche plays an important role in both affiliate marketing as well as in blogging.

Around 89.7% of the blog around the globe are niche based websites.

When you promote different types of products which you see in amazon like smartphone, coffee makers, skating board and best running shoes in a single website or blog.

Then the result will be a big zero. You are never going to make a single sale Why? because you don’t have a targeted audience, all you do is promote random product to random people who is not interested in these products.

Smartfutures.biz is a online marketing niche blog, Our targeted audience is who is looking to make money online and need some help in online marketing and blogging.

targeted audience

For more detail let me give you one example,

Suppose, you wrote a detailed guide on ‘how to lose belly fat’ which may gone viral. therefore, you got many followers, but the next day you are writing a review blogpost on best baseball gloves.

Think of what will be the outcome?

The outcome is, you will be losing all the followers which you gained from previous blog because those audience which came from the belly fat blog are the audience who is looking for more future blog post related to belly fat or diet niche.

This is how it will impact if you choose a topic instead of niche.

In 2020 google prefers the website which is focused on particular niche rather than the blog which contains all the topics. 

When you have a targeted audience, It will be much easier to get more sales because you are targeting a group of audience who is having same interest and same problem, it helps you to identify what these people are looking for and how you can help them suggesting some products.

When they got the solution for their problem. Cheers, you made a sale. 

I hope you understood the important of choosing niche in affiliate marketing. 

If you have any doubt mention in the comment section below.

How to find best profitable amazon affiliate niche?

So, basically Im going to show you two methods to find your profitable niche.

  1. Manual method: Here I will show all the natural ways to find your niche. like brainstorm, keyword research,checking the popularity and demand for the niche, profitable or not etc.
  2. Automated method: Here everything is a done for you. But As a beginner you must go through manual one or else you will end up with no idea.

Manual Method:

In this manual method I will show you all the organic ways to find your profitable amazon affiliate niche.

Here is how to choose your profitable affiliate niche.

Niche on your interest: 

When you pick a niche, it must be on your interest or something which you want to learn or something in which you are professional on. I have seen lots of online gurus sharing that, choose a niche which you loves to do. but that is not a good idea. Instead choose a niche which you like to do and here comes the profit. 

When you choose a niche which you loves to do then you will end up with surfing and etc. Yeah you can also start a niche based on what you love. but when you choose a niche based on what you like. Then, you will some option for choosing niche.

for example, Suppose ‘diet’ is the niche which you loves to choose. But, this is a high competition niche when you start as beginner in this niche it will take a lot of time to succeed.

Whereas, when you choose a niche which you like to do or based on your interest. Nothing can stop you from posting blogs. There will be always a second or third option to choose on.

At the beginning of the blogging career it is difficult to rank in SERPs, Sometimes you wont even get a single traffic to your blog post.

Which will demotivate you to putting future blog post and this is the main reason why majority of the new bloggers fails.

Whereas, when you choose a niche, based on your interest nothing can stop you from posting blog post, because you are doing what you like to do.

For example checkout the below picture. this is the niche site based on his/her interest.

Amazon niche ideas

For newbies, I always recommend to take the help of pen-paper and write down the topics in different columns that you like. For eg: Motivation, Fashion, Technology, surfing, Photography, running gear, Babycare, coffee maker and so on. 

Now, try to write 20 post ideas for those different columns. When you are writing the post title, think about what you can write without taking reference. By the end of the 20th article, it will help you to find the topic (Niche) that you like the most.

Here are the 50+ niche ideas for amazon affiliate marketing.

 

Profitable Niche:

Once you chosen the right niche based on your interest our second steps comes is whether the product in the niche are profitable or not.

How to check whether a niche is profitable or not?

1. goto amazon and search for all the product related to your niche. for example mine is coffee maker and the cost for the product is $174.78

amazon affiloiate product

But amazon only pays 4% for electronics. which means the math for the commission of this product is only $7. Whereas this coffee maker has a monthly search volume of 60,500 which is a large audience. Therefore, more profit!

search volume for amazon product

 And 90% of them are buyers because, those who is searching for the ‘best coffee maker’ are the one who wants to buy these and rest 10% may be the one who just wants to gain knowledge or one who is looking for guide.

Your commission varies though depending on what type of item a customer purchases. Refer to the chart below to see what Amazon’s fixed standard program fee rate is for various product categories.

amazon affiliate payment

But keep in mind that these small commission doesn’t meant that here you will earn only few bucks.

But the fact is that with the right niche you can earn upto $10,000 -$30,000 per month, How this can be possible? All of these question will be answered in the further section.

Demand for niche:

Now you have chosen your niche, our next steps comes is to check the popularity of the niche, how much search volumes does this niche gets per month, Analyze the demand of the niche in the current market
so lets get started.

How to analyze the demand and the monthly search volumes for your niche?

To analyze the demand for your selected niche, 
goto Google Trends (place where you can analyze all the search volumes for any topic and check the trend for selected topic.)
amazon affiliate site trend

Type your niche here and click search,

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Here you can find the graphs showing the amount of searches that get for this niche and don’t forget to filter the search as given below screenshot.   

amazon product trends

If the graph goes up or stabled in the past 5 year. Perfect, This niche will make you money and also see what is the monthly searches.

Best recommendation choose a niche which has more than 50 searche volume.

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If the graph is going downwards please don’t choose those niches. for example,

AMazon affiliate marketing

Suppose, You are confused with 2 or more niche ideas and confused to choose the right one,

Then type the other niche in compare section in google trend and see the differnce.

Choose the niche which is having higher search volume. for example,

search volumes

Here washing machine is getting higher search volumes compared to coffee maker.

All the niches which I showed you as a example are micro niches, for example washing machine is the micro niche under technology niche. It is not recommended to start with micro niche!!!

Low Competition Niche:

If you are a beginner to affiliate marketing and blogging field you have to choose a low competitive niche.

Most of the new fellows goes for the high competitive niches like health, make money online and dating etc, where they fails at the beginning of their careers and blames online marketing.

Yes, these niche has high search volume and here you can make lots of money. but, the thing is as a beginner you will never end up making single sale.

why? because as the search volume and demand for these product are very high. therefore, there is lots of competition going over here. 

If you choose these high competitive niche then the chances of ranking in SERPs are 2% because there is lots of professionals and high authority blogs in these fields.

As there is lots of professionals in this field, The marketing also becomes very difficult, you must need advance marketing skills to make a single sale.

for example.

If you choose niche on seo or blogging you must face high competitor like backlinko (who is an seo expert), neil patel(who is also an seo expert and digital marketer) and you are also going to get SmartFutures as your competitor.

Suppose you started a blog on health tips then your biggest competitor would be healthline.com.

These all are the high authority website. so, outranking them would be a worst nightmare.

So always choose a low competition niche in which you can make passive income in a short period of time.

For a quick instance let me show you how to choose a low competition niche!

Goto ubersuggest which is an All-in one SEO tool.

Now type your keyword (niche) on the search bar and search.

search volume for amazon product

Here for best coffee maker the seo difficulty is medium and not so high but paid difficulty is very high. This is kind of a competitive niche.

But this is still ok, compared to other high competition niches and also easy to rank once you follow our instructions. 

As a beginner you must pick a niche whose search difficulty is below 50. Although you should remember that there should be a decent amount of search volumes on your selected niche.

So here is a key point, Choose a niche who’s SEO difficulty is not less than 40 and not more than 65.

Automated Method:

The method which I’m going to share you here is fully automated method. But keep in mind when it comes to automated, you have to pay something.

But, the coolest thing here is you don’t want to pay anything, until and unless you want to buy those website.

So let’s get started,

Visit the Human Proof Design official website: 

automated niche

What is Human Proof Design and how to find your Amazon affiliate niche there?

Human Proof design is a company who has completed years of success in affiliate marketing. 
Now they are creating super profitable amazon affiliate niche blog with all the keyword research and all those marketing stuff.
The websites which is available for sale here is the low competitive highly profitable niches.

First of all you are not supposed to buy these website until and unless you have the budget to purchase one of those.

Perhaps, why Im showing these website to you because here you will get the idea on which niche you have to choose on.

You can directly choose the niche which you found interesting here and start make your very own website right away.

This is that easy.

What are the benefit of researching niche ideas in human profit design are, Those niche websites which is kept for sale here are the website or niche which is actually making lots of money with the low competitive keywords.

Profitable niche
amazon associates

As I said Human Profit Design makes all of the research and the ranking works for you. Therefore, it become much easier to find the niche rather than sitting in front of internet for researching about what niche you have to choose.

All of these websites are the real websites which earning a decent money with lots of written article and videos.

It is always recommended to buy a website which is already running and making money rather than starting a new blog and waiting to rank and make money.

(Caution) Buy these website only if you have a decent budget for great success.

Check out below screenshot to understand the benefit of purchasing these website.

And for those who wants to buy a tree which is already giving fruits rather than planting a new tree. (I’m not an affiliate to this program).

amazon affliate
niche website

So, this is all about choosing a niche for you affiliate marketing business with amazon.

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Chapter-3

Building an Amazon Affiliate Website

Is it necessary to have a website for starting an Amazon associates account?

Yes it is necessary to have a website or basic blog to get approved for amazon associates program.

More than that, a blog is necessary to promote amazons affiliate product.

Starting affiliate marketing  without a website is like eating Rice without a plate.

My Affiliate sales has increased by 98.7% after creating my website.

In this chapter I will teach you all the aspects of how to create a amazon affiliate website.

amazon affiliate website

How to build an amazon affiliate niche blog?

Creating a blog/website is going to be very easy in 2020, 

Because when you think of creating a website, the first things comes on your mind could be coding and related things.

But, the method which I’m going to show you doesn’t require any coding skills. Everything is build up by the help of something called CMS (content management system)

CMS means a software or program to build your website, here coding is not required and the only required thing is a basic computer and browsing skills.

There are lots of CMS platform available on the internet. some of them are:

You can’t start a blog without blogging software. I run all of my blogs on WordPress because it’s user-friendly, free, and powerful.
 
As a rule of thumb, you should avoid most free blogging platform services. Why? They don’t give you the autonomy you’ll need to build and scale a powerful money-making blog.
 

Free blogging platforms have quite a few problems that limit your overall blog control:

  • You don’t ultimately control the blog’s content. They will have the final say!
  • You could be shut you down any time, and for any reason!
  • The web address of the blog will end up being long and hard to remember. It won’t be catchy! for ex: smartfutures.blogspot.com, healthydiets.wix.com etc.
  • They won’t allow you to place ads on your blog. This makes it much harder to make money from blogging.
  • These limitations apply to WordPress.com blogs.
 
Don’t confuse yourself with WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress -blog.
 
I will always recommend you to start with wordpress.org self-hosted blog which is a beginner friendly blogging platform.
 
You have full control on your blog. You can also monetize your site.
 
WordPress.org (self-hosted site) the most popular and stable blogging platform in the world powering over 25% of the World Wide Web.
 
When it comes to the world’s top million sites, WordPress is the platform selected more than half the time.
 
So in this chapter I’m going to show you how to build wordpress based amazon affiliate website.
 

Things that is required to start your amazon affiliate marketing blog are:

  1. Domain name
  2. Hosting
  3. CMS
  4. Few plugins
So, lets get started.
 

1. Domain name:

This is a fun and important step, because your blog name is your brand. It’s how you’ll be remembered. But, don’t overthink it.  The key is to take action and gain momentum.
 
When you’re starting a blog from scratch, you need two things.
 
The first is a domain name.  This is your blog’s name. For example, mine is smartfutures.biz. 
Domain names will run you roughly $10/year. But don’t worry I have good plan for you (free|
    .com domain)
 If you don’t find the right domain name, no worries you can still start a blog and change your name later.
 

When naming your blog, you may want to take these tips into consideration.

  • Choose a .com over others. They’re easier to remember.
  • Aim for 2-3 words. Unfortunately, most, if not all single word domains are taken.
  • Try to use a keyword that represents what your blog is about. This helps people quickly identify your blog’s niche and helps search engines distinguish what your blog is about.
  • Avoid using numbers and hyphens. They are difficult to remember.
  • Go for something memorable or catchy.
  • For personal brands, use your name or a variation of it.

 Where to get your domain?

There are lots of domain name provider out there. Some of them are:
But here I came up with a package where you will get a free your prefered .com domain name, which I will talk about in further section.

2. Web Hosting

Web hosting is a service that allows the blog to be accessed through the internet by other users. 
Check out the below picture for quick overview.
 
hosting server

So a domain name and a web hosting is required for your blog to go online.

Don’t overheat your head by thinking of how to set up web hosting? where will you get these things? How costly it could be?

And the answer is…
There is no complication in web hosting, It is much easier than you think.
There are lots of web hosting providers on the internet where you can one click install your wordpress site there.
And yes it is not at all costly, when you want a hosting for the blog.
Normally a web hosting costs from $8 – $1000/month,
But here I’m going to give you 70% discount from the top 3 web hosting company specially for my blog readers.

Here is your massive discount:

1. BlueHost 51% discount $3.95 for starter plan(Grab Now)

2. HostPapa 70% Discount $3.95 for business plan (Grab now)

3. HostGator 60% Discount $2.75 for Hatchling plan/starter plan (Grab Now)

Host Gator

For more info on how to choose best and cheap hosting for your amazon affiliate marketing website. Check out my detailed guide.

Quick tutorial for how to buy a hosting and Install WordPress.

For the instance I’m going to show you how to buy a hosting and install wordpress on HostPapa web hosting.
So go to my special offer Hostpapa discount link(click here). 

Now you will be redirected to this page, 

hosting

Click on get started option. Therefore, you will be redirected to plan page/product page

And now choose the business plan, because you are getting this plan for same as starter plan price(special coupon for my blog visitors)

Here you will get all premium and advance hosting service included $150 free ad credit and 24/7 support team.

before clicking to next step, scroll down to the page. where you will find these things

Don’t get upset by seeing the budget as $142.20. This money is for 36 months hosting plan. 

You can change it back to 1 year plan.

But, when you change it back to 1 year plan the price may go little higher which is $3.95 to $5.95. Therefore I always recommend you to go for 36 month plan.

Think of just one thing, If you want to start any business you need to make some investment.

Here, hosting is the only and the cheapest investment you are making in this amazon affiliate marketing business

After, you made a decision on what plan you have to choose. Now on the same bottom of the page you have to uncheck all of the option out there.

Because they are not much necessary. dont worry you will get free ssl from this business package. 

Once, You have clicked on ‘next step’ you will be redirected to domain name choosing page, If you already have a domain name you can register there by clicking ‘I already have a domain name’ or else create your .com domain name there for absolutely free.

So, that now you have your free domain name now its time to purchase hosting 

Congratulation! finally you have purchased a premium web-hosting.

It will take atleast 30 mins for the hosting provider to set up your hosting and send you your login information through e-mail. 

Once, you got your login information, head up to members area and sign into Hostpapa or any web-hosting company you have.

from there Click on to cpanel,

On the cpanel scroll down to the bottom of the page where you will find ‘Softaculos apps installer’ > there search for wordpress

click the “Install” button.

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Use your third click on the “Check Domain” button.

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Your last two clicks will be for acknowledging their terms of service and finalizing your install.

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Within a minute, you’ll have a fully functional WordPress blog up and running. CONGRATULATION! finally, you have successfully created your amazon affiliate marketing website.

For setting up your WordPress Check out my below Guide:

11 essential settings to do after installing WordPress

Optimize for Search Engine Traffic

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a multi-billion dollar industry.

SEO is the process of optimizing your website to be found in search engines for particular keywords and phrases.

I attribute a good portion of my success to being easily discoverable for relevant search terms, which has helped me build my networks and net worth.

If you’re new to SEO, then this new feat may seem daunting.

But, WordPress makes it insanely simple to optimize the technical aspects of your blog.

The majority of your SEO efforts will be to create engaging content for real people. Whether that’s through text, videos, or images, your job as a blogger is to spark a relationship with your readers.

And, what better way is there than through relatable and informative conversation?

You can get started by downloading a plugin called Yoast SEO.

Hover over the plugins menu on the side and click “Add New.”

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Search for “Yoast SEO” in the search bar and it will be the first result that comes up.

Click the “Install Now” button. Then, hit the “Activate” button once the installation is complete.

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You can access the plugin’s settings from the new SEO menu in the sidebar or by clicking the icon at the top.

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From the dashboard, go to “Your Info” and set the foundations for your blog.

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Make sure that your website name and tagline are correct. Then, identify yourself as a company or person.

Click the “Save Changes” button and we’ll move on to the next step.

Next, go to the “Webmaster Tools” tab and click “Google Search Console.” Google Search Console is a webmaster tool that allows you to submit your site to their search index and optimize visibility.

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Sign into your Google account, whether that’s your Gmail or Drive account.

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Once you’ve logged in, click the “Alternate methods” tab and select “HTML tag.”

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A new drop-down will appear with your search console meta code. Copy the alphanumeric string without the quotation marks.

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Next, paste your meta code into the Google Search Console text box and click “Save Changes.”

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Finally, click the “Verify” button.

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As you tinker around in Webmaster Central, you’ll gain a wealth of data-driven insight, such as keyword phrases you rank for, errors on your blog and the ability to give Google a nudge when you publish a new post.

Next, go to the “General” tab and start the installation wizard.

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Yoast will take you through a series of 10 quick steps to optimize your WordPress blog.

The first step is a welcome screen that you can skip.

In the second step, select the environment that best suits your site. Most likely, you’ll choose the production environment, which means that it is a real website that you intend on driving traffic to.

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Step 3 is the website type. Choose blog and click next.

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The next step is to set yourself up as a company or person. We already set this up before, so you can skip this step.

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In step 5, you can add any social profiles that are associated with your blog. Click “Next” when complete.

Step 6 is about post visibility. The default settings are fine to use. Set your “Posts” and “Pages” to visible and “Media” to hidden.

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Next, you’ll have to decide whether you’ll have multiple authors or a solo blogger. If you choose to add another writer in the future, you can change these settings later.

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If you wish to have the Yoast SEO plugin pull in data from Google’s search console, step 8 is the place to do it.

Click on the “Get Google Authorization Code” button.

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A new pop-up will appear where you can allow Yoast to access your search console data. Click the “Allow” button to confirm access.

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In step 9, you can verify your website name and choose a title separator.

The title separator is a symbol used to separate your blog post’s title and your website’s name in the meta title information. This is what Google searchers will see when finding your blog through a search query.

For instance, if you found this post in Google, you might have saw “How to Start a Blog – Neil Patel.”

The symbol is a matter of personal preference. Click “Next” when you’re ready to move on.

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The final step is no step at all. It’s a congratulatory message confirming that you have successfully optimized your SEO settings for your budding WordPress blog.

XML Sitemaps

The last Yoast SEO setting worth configuring is an XML sitemap. An XML sitemap is a file that lists the URLs for your website.

It helps Google and other search engines crawl your site for new posts and pages. Fortunately, Yoast has a built-in feature that automatically updates your sitemap, so you can click it and forget it.

In the “Features” tab, set the “Advanced settings pages” to “Enabled” and save the changes.

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A new group of menus will appear in the sidebar, under “SEO.” Select the “XML Sitemaps” menu.

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Select the “User Sitemap” tab and toggle “Author / user sitemap” to enabled. Don’t forget to save your changes.

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You can play around with these settings endlessly, but everything that we’ve set up to this point will get you started on the right track.

Hence, this is all about building amazon affiliate marketing website.

You are going to learn more about affiliate marketing on blog in the further sections.

Chapter-4

Setting up Amazon Associates Account

As now we have completely finished choosing a profitable niche and successfully created amazon affiliate marketing website.

Next thing comes is creating your amazon associates link. 

Therefore, we can promote it on our blog.

For that You have to join to amazon Affiliate network, Which is Amazon Associates.

In this Chapter Im going to show you how to register for amazon associate network.

How to Set-Up Your Amazon Associate Acoount?

1. Visit the Amazon Associates homepage.

Now it’s time to create your Amazon Associates account. 

 

2. Visit the Amazon Associates homepage and click “Join Now for Free”

  • You’ll be prompted to log in to your existing Amazon account or create one

amazon-associates 2. Build your Amazon Associates profile.

Once you’ve signed into your Amazon account, click “New Customer” and begin building your Associate account.

1. Enter your account information.

Enter your account info (including the name, address, phone number of the payee)

2. Enter your website address.

Enter your website address(es), apps, YouTube channels, etc.

3. Enter your preferred store ID.

Enter your preferred store ID (usually the same as your primary website name), explain what your websites hope to accomplish, and select Amazon topics your links will likely target.

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4. Explain how you drive traffic to your site.

Explain how you drive traffic to your websites, how you use your website or apps to generate income, how you usually build links, and how many visitors your site brings in each month.

5. Enter your phone number.

Enter your phone number, press “Call Me Now,” and wait for the immediate call from Amazon. They’ll ask you to input a four-digit code, and once that is complete, your account will be approved.

6. Choose your payment method.

Choose whether to enter your payment (credit card) and tax ID information in now or later. Then proceed to your dashboard.

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3. Create Amazon Affiliate links.

Once you’ve created your account, you’ll be sent to your personal Associate homepage. This is where you’ll find your performance dashboard (including an earnings overview, monthly summary, and total clicks).

It’s also where you’ll search for relevant products to link to from your content. Here’s how:

How to Create an Amazon Affiliate Link

The Product Link Tool is the most common way to create an affiliate link. To access it, simply click “Product Linking” at the top of the Amazon Associates dashboard and select “Product Links,” as illustrated below.

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This will take you to a screen where you can search for a product. 

You can enter a search term that’s fairly generic such as “yoga mat,” or you can search for a specific brand, model or product.

 For example, if you’re creating an affiliate link for a review of tennis shoes, you can search for “tennis shoes” or search more specifically for the exact product you’re reviewing like “New Balance Men’s 990v4.”

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Once you’ve entered your query, the search results will appear below, and you can select the product you’d like to create an affiliate link for. To get this link, simply click “Get link” next to the product you’d like to advertise, as in the example below.

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A box will pop up with your affiliate link, and you can copy the HTML code for your site as-is, or you can customize it first. Your ad can be an image and text, just text or an image only. You can also customize the look of the ad. For example, you could change the title or price color to match the branding of your website.

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Once the code is copied, simply paste it into the code for your website.

Creating affiliate links with SiteStripe

The SiteStripe tool allows you to create an affiliate link directly from any item’s Amazon product page. 

Once you’ve set up your Amazon Associates account, the tool will automatically appear at the top of any Amazon.compage as long as you’re logged into your account.

To use SiteStripe, simply visit any Amazon product page for the item you’d like to create an affiliate link for.

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The SiteStripe bar at the top of the page enables you to create several different types of links. 

You can create a native ad as illustrated above, or you can get a plain text link, an image with an embedded link or a text plus image ad. You can also click to share on Facebook or Twitter.

Once you’ve selected the type of affiliate link you’d like, the ad code will appear in a box beneath it, and you’ll simply need to copy the code and paste it on your website or social media.

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Globalizing Amazon Associate

Why globalization of amazon associate is important?

It’s important to note that the Amazon affiliate program, while often referred to as a single entity, is actually a collection of 15 independent and storefront-specific affiliate programs. 

Just as Amazon has different storefronts for different parts of the world (eg. Amazon.ca for Canada and Amazon.co.jp for Japan), 

each of these storefronts have their own affiliate program to support that specific store. 

Unfortunately, you can’t earn commissions from the Canadian Amazon store using the Amazon.com affiliate program.

 This is an important consideration when you have a global audience,

As a result, In this I’m going to teach you all the aspects of globalizing your amazon associate account for more sale.

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Image by Megan Rexazin from Pixabay

What is Globalizing Amazon Affiliate link?

This is one factor most newbies & intermediate Amazon affiliates don’t know. They end up leaving a lot of money on the table.

Well, in this chapter, I will show you exactly how you can take advantage of this tip to start earning more from the Amazon Associates program.

Many of the existing Amazon affiliate partners don’t know about one important thing:

  • Amazon doesn’t pay you for a sale which is made on stores in a different country other than the one you have signed up for.

Call it intelligent links, link localization, global linking, universal linking, or link globalization, it all means the same thing with regards to the Amazon ecosystem.

How to set-up Universal Amazon affiliate link?

To localize your amazon affiliate link you have to join to all of the the amazon’s storefront.

The international Amazon affiliate program landscape currently includes:Americas

United States: Amazon.com/Amazon Associates: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/home

Canada: Amazon.ca/Amazon Associates: https://associates.amazon.ca

Mexico: Amazon.com.mx/Amazon Afiliados: https://afiliados.amazon.com.mx

Brazil: Amazon.com.br/Associados Amazon: https://associados.amazon.com.brEurope

United Kingdom: Amazon.co.uk/Amazon Associates: https://affiliate-program.amazon.co.uk

Germany: Amazon.de/Amazon PartnerNet: https://partnernet.amazon.de

France: Amazon.fr/Club Partenaires Amazon: https://partenaires.amazon.fr

Spain: Amazon.es/Amazon Afiliados: https://afiliados.amazon.es

Italy: Amazon.it / Programma Affiliazione Amazon: https://programma-affiliazione.amazon.it

Netherlands: Amazon.nl / Amazon PartnerNet: https://partnernet.amazon.nl

Turkey: amazon.com.tr / Amazon Gelir Ortaklığı: https://gelirortakligi.amazon.com.tr

*The affiliate program for Turkey is currently private and requires an invite.

Japan: Amazon.co.jp / アソシエイト(アフィリエイト: https://affiliate.amazon.co.jp

India: Amazon.in / Amazon Associates: https://affiliate-program.amazon.in

China: Amazon.cn / Amazon Associates: https://associates.amazon.cn

Singapore: Amazon.sg / Amazon Associates: https://affiliate-program.amazon.sg

United Arab Emirates: Amazon.ae / Amazon Associates: https://affiliate-program.amazon.ae

Australia: Amazon.com.au / Amazon Associates: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com.au

Where to start (and which Amazon affiliate programs to avoid)

The first Amazon affiliate program you should start with should be where you thought the bulk of your audience was going to be coming from, likely where you are based. 

Now, your goal is to sign up for additional international Amazon affiliate programs where you see significant traffic. 

To check where your audience is coming from, goto google analytics, and check where is your most traffic coming from.

So if you are beginner you might not have any traffic coming for your website.

Therefore here is your pro tip,

goto google trend and search for ‘your amazon affiliate niche products,’

From there check out which country is having the most search volumes,

Write down the graph for all the products in a piece of paper and join those affiliate networks.

But it is recommended to join to US network even if you get very little traffic from there

This will likely be slightly different for everyone, however, this is the typical game plan one might use.

Most of our clients start with Amazon.com because they are either US-based or their audience is primarily US-based.

Next is typically Canada (amazon.ca), followed closely by Amazon.co.uk (UK). These represent the English-speaking countries with the largest Amazon stores (Amazon.com.au / Australia is English speaking but a smaller and much newer storefront).

A trick when signing up with the Amazon UK program is that after you’ve finished the process, you can automatically apply the same information to four additional programs in Europe: Germany, Italy, France, and Spain. 

This makes the sign-up process significantly faster and when factored in with Canada and the original Amazon.com / US program gives you seven affiliate programs that often cover the bulk of your international audience.

Each of these programs (US/Canada/UK/France/Germany/Italy/Spain) offer commission payouts via direct deposit to a number of countries.

The next affiliate programs typically sought include Amazon.co.jp (Japan) and Amazon.com.au (Australia). With the more recent launches of affiliate programs for Amazon.ae (UAE), Amazon.sg (Singapore), and amazon.nl (Netherlands), we’d bucket those here as well.

The affiliate program for Amazon.in (India) is a bit tricky as it doesn’t currently provide international payments. We recommend to our clients that if they have a sizable audience from India, sign up with Cuelinks to access the Amazon.in program.

Cuelinks can then help deal with the taxes and fees for making international payments for your Amazon.in sales.

The Amazon.cn (China) storefront and affiliate program hasn’t received much attention in the last couple years and we guess that it won’t in the future so we don’t recommend putting much focus there.

The Amazon.com.mx (Mexico) and Amazon.com.br (Brazil) affiliate programs are similar to India in that they don’t currently make international payments.

So unless you live there, or know someone who does and is okay with you using their local bank account, then we typically recommend avoiding these programs as you can earn commissions internationally but won’t be able to be paid for your referrals.

The Amazon.com.tr (Turkey) affiliate program is currently set to private and requires an invitation to participate.

While getting signed up for the international affiliate programs can be a bit of work, each program uses the exact same form so each one shouldn’t take more than 10-20 minutes.

Intelligent links

Getting signed up is only part of the battle. You are ready to earn commissions from referrals to each of the storefronts, so now you need to drive sales!

The most basic way to do this — and what we DO NOT recommend — is for each product you recommend, adding all of your regional Amazon affiliate links and having the consumer decide.

First, this creates friction in the buying process for all of your consumers, and we often see that conversion actually decreases across the board. It’s also ugly and just plain bad UI!

Instead, we strongly recommend using a tool specialized in exactly this — sending every click to the appropriate product in the Amazon storefront that is local for the shopper clicking the link.

There are two major options for this type of tool, in addition, a number of Amazon affiliate-focused WordPress plugins that provide simplistic versions of this service.

Amazon OneLink

Amazon introduced a solution to it’s “geo-fragmentation” challenge in July 2017 via a javascript based tool.

Initially just supporting the translation of amazon.com links to amazon.ca and amazon.co.uk, the tool later that year expanded to also support amazon.de (Germany), amazon.fr (France), amazon.es (Spain), amazon.it (Italy), and amazon.co.jp (Japan).

Highlights of the OneLink tool is that it is offered for free by Amazon, and it’s product translation is fairly robust, especially in comparison to the other tools that existed in the space at launch.

Unfortunately, the OneLink tool has some significant downfalls including:

Ad block – OneLink is on all of the major ad blocking lists which regularly keeps international shoppers from being redirected to their local storefront.

Javascript based – Being purely javascript based limits OneLink to only working on your website (where you can install the JS correctly) and the JS is regularly blocked by shoppers using an ad-blocking extension.

Supported storefronts/affiliate programs – OneLink only works with Amazon.com links (or amzn.to links that were built from amazon.com) and can only translate to seven of the 17 total Amazon storefronts.

How to Set-Up Amazon Onelink?

Kasa Reviews has written a detailed guide on this topic on their blog, you can checkout there.

Geniuslink

One of the original “Intelligent” link management tools, Genius started supporting the Amazon affiliate program with auto-affiliation and link localization in mid 2013 after adapting our patented link translation process to support the multi-faceted retailer. 

In the last seven years, Genius continued to improve on the service and link translation and are now the premium provider and largest independent Amazon affiliate link management platform. 

The Geniuslink service is used by many thousands of Amazon affiliate marketers, creators, and influencers of all sizes.

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Geniuslink is typically that it has a monthly fee, based on usage.

In comparison to OneLink, Geniuslink really shines.

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Product Matching Accuracy – Geniuslink goes to the correct product in an international Amazon storefront significantly more often. 

This better translation allows for higher conversion and commission rates (Amazon pays a lower commission for search-based affiliate links in the European programs).

Link Customization – With OneLink, you are stuck with their international destinations, even if they are wrong. With Geniuslink, you have complete control over how a link functions, allowing you to fully customize the performance.

Coverage – OneLink can only translate Amazon.com links to six other storefronts. 

Geniuslink can translate most any Amazon link, regardless of which storefront it originated at, to most any Amazon store. The few exceptions are for the most recently added storefronts and affiliate programs, but those should be supported soon.

Implementation – While OneLink is purely Javascript-based, Geniuslink also offers a Javascript solution. 

However, a WordPress plugin, API, and Chrome Extension also are offered in addition to the Geniuslink dashboard where short links can be built and fully customized. 

These short links can then be shared anywhere, including social media (where OneLink cannot).

Service Customization – Geniuslink offers support for using multiple tracking IDs, marking links that shouldn’t be translated and other various ways to customize the service for your specific needs OneLink doesn’t provide.

Next Steps,
Regardless of the link management tool you choose, after signing up for the international Amazon affiliate programs that correspond with your top five countries, decide on the intelligent link management service that works best for you. 

It’s important to implement the service then test your links and watch your reports (and check for those international commissions to start coming through) to ensure everything is working correctly.

My Recommendation:

Genius works perfect among other services, I have personally used it for a year now and found good result so far.

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Promote Amazon Affiliate Links

Finally, we have set-up all the basic need for amazon affiliate marketing.

Now, it comes the real game of amazon affiliate marketing. ‘Promoting Amazon affiliate link’

What does most of other gurus says, 

They just tells you how to promote those amazon affiliate links. but they never shows you ‘how to do’. 

Because, most of them don’t work.

In this chapter I will show you how to promote your amazon affiliate link effectively and make money online. 

With the proven method which 100’s of successful affiliates follows.

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How to Promote Amazon Affiliate Links?

‘How to promote amazon affiliate products?’ it is a million dollar question.

There are several ways to promote your amazon affiliate products/links.

You can add up your amazon affiliate link on on your blog post and share it on social media and you will end up getting sale!

Do you think this is going to work this easy? No, it is not that easy as you think.

You have to take many factors in consideration to successfully promote your affiliate product.

Here I’m going to show you some of the effective method for amazon affiliate marketing in 2020. As I promised it is a mastery course, I want to go deeper in this section.

The place where you can promote your amazon affiliate product are:

  1. Blog
  2. Social Media  

1.Amazon Affiliate Niche Blog.

Blog is the root to amazon affiliate marketing. All the social media marketing, email marketing and paid ads require blog to make a sale.

So, it is very important to write a converting blog post.

When it comes to blog many question arises like, How to plan your amazon affiliate blog content?, how to write a perfect blog post that converts?

As a result we will be going through each of this question to find your solution.

1. How to plan your amazon affiliate blog content?

Around 60% of the new bloggers fails to choose best content for their amazon affiliate marketing business.
Most of them put random post which they thinks which will make sale for them. But, this is never going to work and you will never get any traffic for your blog posts.
Things to consider before planning your blog content are.
  • Whether a product or topic is trending : If you promote a product or write a blog post on iphone 5s in 2020 you will never end up making any sale neither you will get visitors to read your blog post.
  • Low competitive keyword: Its is very important to check whether the topic is high competitive or low. When you choose a high competitive keyword, it is very difficult rank in SERPs
  • Include review and how to post: These are the most converting blogpost. 

1. How to find trending blog post?

a) Steal from your competitors!    

Yes, steal the blog content from your competitors (competitors are the one with your same niche).
How can you find them? Goto google and search for your niche and there will be relevant results, from there 90% of the result will be your competitor.
So, now open the excel sheet and add at least 5 of your competitors link there.
Now take each of the competitors link and paste it on ubersuggest. for ex: runnersworld.com
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Now goto to the bottom of the page for the top pages where you will find which page drives most traffic for the selected website.

So, these are the blog post which is generating most of the traffic to this blog.

Do the same thing with rest of your competitors blog and add all of these blog in your excel sheets and plan your content according to that.

b) Keyword Research

Keyword research plays an important role in amazon affiliate marketing, there are many keyword research tool available but for the instance, I’m going to show you the free tool which is google.

How you can use google for blog post idea? 

It is very simple,

Goto google and type your keyword there and leave some space, as a result, google will show you some suggestion. (those are the search queries which people are searching for). for ex: ‘running shoe_

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Same thing if you add a alphabet after running shoe you will get more search query for that alphabet for example: running shoes f

Pro tip: Add space before your keyword. for example: ‘ _running shoes ‘

amazon affiliate marketing keyword research.

One more place where you will find content ideas are in the google’s search result page.

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You can also use premium tool like buzzsumo for more content ideas.

I will be going much deeper in keyword research topic in my future blog post so that, stay tuned and subscribe to this blog post so that you wont miss any single pro tip like this.

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2. Low Competitive blog post:

While you plan your blog content at the beginning of your amazon affiliate marketing business.

Always go for the low competition content so that your content can easily rank in SERPs. 

Which will increase your domain authority and more sales.

Bonus Tip!

Low competition doesn’t mean less sale!

Here I’m going to show you some hack which will generate you more affiliate sale with the help of specific keyword.
Yes choose specific keyword instead of largely used keyword.
For example: ‘best 60 inch tv’ this is a largely used keyword.

This relevant keyword may have a search volume of 10,000 per month.

But you have to choose more specific keyword. for ex: ‘best 60 inch samsung tv‘ This keyword might have very less competition compared to ‘best 60 inch tv’ but this is more specific keyword than ‘best 60 inch tv.’

But, this is not the specific keyword which I meant,

Go for more specific keyword to rank easily in SERPs for beginners. For ex: ‘Samsung 65NU7100′ sounds crazy?

but this actually works, this may have a very less search volume compared to the above keyword.

how to find more specific keyword for amazon affiliate marketing

But this keyword has a convert rate of 99.7% .

Why? because when it comes to ‘best 60 inch tv’ 

The people who is searching for this keyword will not directly buy the product direct from that single blog post. 

Whereas they will select the tv which they feels right for them here(from best 60 inch tv blog post) and goes for the review blog post to check how is the quality and whether it is worth it.

Therefore, the keyword ‘Samsung 65NU7100′ comes to action. 

Hence, this is the final place for those visitors to buy the tv.

As a result this blog post commits the sales. 

People who is coming for such a specific keyword are the one who wants to buy the product only 1% of them are the one who wants to just browse on the product. 

Whereas people who is searching for above general keyword (best 60 inch tv) are the 30% is a buyer, 70% are the someone who wants learn about this or the one who is interested in this product but not a buyer. 

Therefore the keyword which is more specific plays an important role in amazon affiliate marketing to make more sales.

Include Review and How to blog post

As I said review blog post plays an important role in amazon affiliate marketing.
‘How to post’ also plays an important role in amazon affiliate marketing.
Because I have given a enough information about review post in the above topic. I don’t want to go deeper in this topic to make this section very big.
Therefore let me talk about ‘how to post‘ in this section!
How to post is the post which generates most of the visitors to your blog post. Personally most of my blog traffic was from ‘how to post’ which I later converted into customer. Which I will be talking in the further section.

As a result always add these two blog post in your blog content planning.

2.How to write a perfect blog post that converts?

This is again a million dollar question.

Here I will teach you 2 pro tips to increase your conversion by +200%.

  • Problem Solving.
  • Share your story.

1.Problem Solving

As per the experts and from my personal experience and research, problem solving helps to increase conversion by 100%.
Why people comes to your blog post?
And the answer is, to get solution for their problem.
While they are searching for the solution for their problem, if you just focus on promoting the affiliate product.
It will make a scammy feel and they will think you are just a promoter who wants their money.
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Instead, if you solve their problem and they really found their solution from your blogpost. they will immediately make the purchase.

How to write problem solving content?

  •  Understand your audience: When ever you are writing blog post understand your audience, understand what is their needs and understand what people are looking for and craft a perfect solution according to that.
  • Add pros and cons in your blog post: don’t hesitate to put the downside of the product. This will build up trust between you and your visitor. which will lead to more sales.
  • Genuine content: Always post a genuine content never trick the people. Also make sure that not to copy-write the content from other blogs which will impact on your seo and also not to add images from amazon, which is against their privacy policy.

2. Share your story!

Study by neil patel shares that sharing your personal experience or story, with your audience will help you to generate more sales in affiliate marketing.

I have personally used this tactics to increase my amazon affiliate marketing revenue by +90%.

People loves to listen story, Don’t you?. They feels themselves in your story which leads them to buy your product.

CAUTION! never share a fake story. 

Sharing your personal story always works in most of the blog post.

These are the pro tips to write a converting blog post.

To know more about writing a perfect blog post, then do check out Brian’s guide!

Social Media.

Social media in amazon affiliate marketing

Social media plays a very-very important role in amazon affiliate marketing and blogging.

As a beginner you will find difficult to get visitors from search engines.

Instead, you can take the advantage of social media to increase the sale.

Most of my traffic are from social medias… I use lots of social media platform just for the purpose of my blog.

Some of the really helpful social media platform which you can take it in action are:

  • Youtube: Youtube is the no.1 platform after your blog to generate a lots of sales. Here you can directly paste your affiliate link to make a sale. where in other social media platform you are not allowed to put your affiliate link directly. Studies says that people are using youtube for searching more than any other platform.
  • Facebook: This is the best platform to get in touch with your visitors. there are lots of group and pages here, which you can use it to interact with the people to generate more traffic. 
  • Linkdin: this is the most growing platform. here I get a decent amount of quality visitors to my blog post.
  • Twitter: twitter is also one of the best platform, here once you start to interact with people you will get more followers
  • Instagram: This is the one of the best growing platform where you will tons of traffic.
  • Pinterest: Pinterest can be tricky at first, you may not understand anything at the beginning. But once you start to play with this. I’m very sure that you will be getting most of the traffic from here. 
How to use social media to increase more traffic? I will be talking more about in my futures blog. 
For now this is all about mastery course for amazon affiliate marketing for complete beginners.

Conclusion

Time to recap. So, here is how to master amazon affiliate marketing.

At first you have to understand the basics of affiliate marketing which is

  • What is affiliate marketing?
  • What is amazon associates and why?
  • Benefits of amazon affiliate marketing
  • Pros and Cons
Now it comes the real part to mastering amazon affiliate marketing which are:
  1. Choosing a profitable Niche.
  2. Creating your amazon affiliate website.
  3. Joining to amazon affiliate network which is amazon associates.
  4. Globalizing amazon affiliate links.
  5. Promote your amazon affiliate link via your blog and social medias plus pro tactics.
I hope I have covered most of the part. But affiliate marketing game is never going to end. So make sure to get update with latest tactic by subscribing to our newsletter.
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