Owning a website is one of the most passive ways to do Amazon affiliate marketing profitably, but most beginners do not have the technical know-how to build a successful affiliate marketing website for promoting amazon products, hence they look for a better alternative.
For any beginner, the surest, fastest way to make money promoting amazon products as an associate or affiliate, is by creating a niche youtube channel that focuses on creating quality guides and reviews around physical products with high demand already.
There are other social media platforms that can also be used to promote amazon affiliate products, social platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, but this article will be focused on YouTube.
This article will give you all the required knowledge needed to hit the ground running, in your quest to build an online business promoting physical products as an amazon associate, through an optimized Youtube channel.
But before we go deeper, for the benefit of total newbies, I will start by defining some basic affiliate marketing terms with respect to amazon. I will also answer all the frequently asked questions about Amazon affiliate marketing so that you get complete knowledge before delving into becoming an amazon associate.
What is amazon affiliate marketing?
Amazon Affiliate Marketing is basically the act of recommending very relevant physical amazon products to people who need them. The easiest way to do this is to target a specific niche, find out the pressing problems in that niche, and provide an effective solution to those problems using a product from amazon.
Picking the best niche that works for you can be very confusing, especially for beginners in the digital marketing space. A lot of factors will determine if a niche will be successful or not, that is why I have written a dedicated article to address how a total beginner can easily pick the best niche that will be very profitable for them. You can read the article HERE.
After you must have picked a profitable niche with a reasonable amount of participants, the next thing you must do is find out the pressing problems in that niche. A very effective approach to knowing exactly what the problems are is by doing a quality search analysis. The purpose of doing keyword research or search analysis is to know exactly what the people in your chosen niche are actively searching for on youtube.
When people have pressing issues, that need an immediate solution, the first place they run to, is google, and youtube. For the purpose of advertising, and targeting, youtube and google actively keep very detailed records of what people are actively searching for, including the average number of searches a search term gets every single month.
This kind of data is very important to anyone that wants to be a successful digital marketer. This is why there are so many tools that help digital marketers get these kinds of data for the purpose of optimization. These tools are generally called keyword research tools.
There are so many keyword research tools, that are used to find out what people are actively searching for on the youtube search bar, and over the years, I have personally tested a few, and can confidently share the best of the best amongst a thousand youtube keyword research tools out there.
To help any beginner pick only the best youtube keyword research tools, I have written yet another dedicated article about youtube keyword research tools and their functionalities, to make it very easy for any beginner to decide which particular youtube keyword research tool they would go with. You can check out the article HERE.
Now that you have picked a profitable niche, and through the use of a youtube keyword research tool, have determined the pressing problems, the next important step is to search for a solution to the problem.
You can simply do this by putting yourself in their shoes. you can type in the search terms gotten from your keyword research, or search analysis, and find the best possible solutions to the pressing problems, by going through different blog articles and youtube videos, with the aim of finding a solution, that is also a product listed on amazon.
This will take several hours, in fact, the longer your research, the better your result. Once you have gotten a suitable product to promote, the next thing you must do, is to signup as an amazon associate or affiliate, in order to get your own affiliate links to the “solution product”.
Before jumping into that, I have listed out the top 6 most profitable niches for amazon affiliates, just in case you are still finding it hard to pick a niche.
You will do just fine if you pick any of the niches that I have listed below.
Best niches for Amazon affiliate Marketing.
About 95% of Amazon products are physical products, and anyone looking to start affiliate marketing with amazon products should pick a niche that will be ideal for promoting physical products. If your audience is not people looking for physical products, you will end up not making any affiliate sales at all.
So based on my 3 years of experience as an amazon affiliate, below are the best niches, with the highest possibility of success for any beginner looking to pick a niche for amazon affiliate marketing.
- Health and Fitness.
- Fashion, Beauty, and Skincare.
- Lifestyle, Hobby, and Travel.
- Pet Care.
- Home appliances.
The Tech Niche.
The tech niche is all about modern gadgets and smart devices, and tech accessories. The tech niche targets people who are having a hard time making a decision about which particular gadget or device is best for them.
In this niche, you will focus on creating review videos, set up and usage guides, comparison videos, and top ten list videos about various tech-related physical products.
I recommend you start with a particular type of device for your first three months of creating content, so if are cameras you are starting with only making videos about cameras.
It makes you an authority in the eyes of search engines and also your audience. With time you can gradually introduce other types of tech-related products.
Health and Fitness Niche.
This niche is another very profitable niche, in this niche, you will be creating videos focused on health improvement diet, and exercise. You will be promoting health improvement products and exercise kits.
Your videos will be mostly about exercise routines, your diet, the supplements you use, reviews about exercise kits, and tutorials on how to achieve a certain result healthwise.
Make sure you pick the products you promote wisely, and always recommend products that actually work. Make sure that you personalize your exercise routines, to stand out because a lot of competitors are In this niche.
Fashion, Beauty, and SkinCare Niche.
The audience for this niche is people who are interested in improving their looks through makeup, fashion, and skincare products.
For this niche, you will focus on making videos on makeup guides and skincare routines, you will also make videos about clothing and fashion trends.
Also for this niche the kind of amazon products you will be promoting include Makeup kits, Body lotions, oils, Clothing, and accessories.
Lifestyle, Hobby, and Travel.
The lifestyle, Hobby, and travel niche is a niche that focuses on the rich audience, Tourists, and hobbyists. You will be creating content about fun things they can do and fun places around the world that they can go to for their vacations or tours.
You will also make videos about expensive things like fast cars and houses. You can also make videos about hobbies like mountain climbing, water skiing, traveling, and other hobbies.
The kind of products that can be promoted in this niche is traveling kits, car accessories, home appliances, Clothing and accessories, smart home appliances, and more.
Pet Care Niche.
The pet care niche is targeted at pet owners and pet lovers. You will be making videos about pet homes, pet training, pet medication, pet feeding and generally all about taking care of pets.
The kind of products you can promote is pet accessories, pet homes, pet medicines, pet training ebooks, video guides, pet feed, and more.
Home appliance Niche.
The audience for this niche is mostly stay-at-home moms, and people just moving into their new homes. Your videos will be centered around amazing products that will make their chores easier and more effortless.
You will also make videos about the internal decoration of different rooms in a home.
The type of products that you can promote under this niche are Home appliances, cooking utensils, and basically anything that can be found in a modern home.
Now that picking a niche, and getting your focus topics for your content is out of the way, the next paragraph will guide you step by step, on how to become an affiliate on amazon, and what it takes to get started as an affiliate.
How do you become an affiliate on Amazon?
Becoming an amazon affiliate is as simple as creating a youtube account and an amazon affiliate account, creating relevant content about existing amazon products, and recommending them using your assigned affiliate link.
After you must have created a youtube channel, and have gotten up to 500 subscribers, the next step to take is to set up an amazon associate account and to get your affiliate links for all the “solution products” that you were able to list out during your search analysis.
The next paragraph will be focused on how to set up an amazon associate account for your youtube channel so that you can start sending traffic from your youtube channel, to your amazon affiliate products.
How to set up an amazon associate account for youtube.
To set up an amazon associate account for youtube follow the steps below:
Go to amazon.com from your web browser, and scroll to the bottom menu.
Under Make money with us, click on Become an Affiliate. You will be taken to their affiliate page, simply click on the yellow signup button located at the top and bottom of the page
If you already have an Amazon account, your affiliate account will be linked automatically. If you don't, simply click on the create account button.
After clicking on the create account button, you will be required to fill out the registration form, fill it with your full name, email, and password. Note that your name must correspond with your legal documents.
After filling out the form, click the yellow button, to submit, and create your account. After this is done, you will receive a one-time pin via your email inbox, you will need to submit the pin to amazon to verify your email address.
After this, you will be asked to input your payee name. This is the name on the bank account where you will receive your amazon affiliate commissions.
It must correspond with the name on the bank's statements. In the same form, you will be asked to input other information like your billing address, phone number, and tax details.
If you are not a US citizen, simply click No. You will also be asked if you are the main contact for the account, at this point simply choose “The payee listed above”, After this click next.
In the next step, you will be asked to add your websites or apps. Simply add the URL of the niche Youtube Channel that you created earlier to the box that says “enter your website”, and click on next.
After clicking on the “next” button, you will be taken to the next page where you will have to pick an associate store ID, it can be anything, but I recommend using a name that is relevant to your chosen niche.
You will be asked to tell them more about your youtube channel, simply do so in the box provided. After that, you will be asked to state the primary topic and secondary topic of your niche channel, you will also be asked to pick some amazon products related to your niche, and topics related to your niche from a dropdown list.
Simply answer all the questions appropriately, accept their terms and click the “finish button”.
Your application will be reviewed by the amazon affiliates review team, and you will be accepted into the program (hopefully).
After being accepted into the affiliate program, the next thing you need to do is to add your bank account number in the payment method area, and also fill in your tax form in the tax form area.
After this stage, all that is left for you to do is to get affiliate links for your youtube channel.
Remember that the products you are promoting need to be relevant to the video you are making and like I always say, it needs to solve a pressing problem or need, in the niche that your youtube channel is about.
The next paragraph is a step-by-step guide on getting affiliate links from your newly created amazon associate account.
How do I create an Amazon affiliate link for YouTube?
So you just set up your amazon affiliate account and you're all excited about promoting amazon products and making your first $100 online, well the first thing you need to do is to get the affiliate link for the specific product that you are willing to promote on your youtube channel. To do this, simply follow the steps below:
login to amazon using your affiliate account.
Search for the product that you want to promote on your youtube channel, and click on it.
At the top of the page, you will see a top bar, this bar can only be seen by amazon affiliates. On that bar, you will see the option to get a link, in form of a text link, an image link, or both.
Choose text, copy the short version of the link and paste it on your notepad. After creating relevant content about the product on your youtube channel, you can paste the affiliate link in the description of the video.
Note that pasting an affiliate link without actually asking your audience to check it out in the description will not give you the anticipated results, so always mention that to your audience in the video.
Below are the answers to the other questions about amazon affiliate marketing. You can check it out, to get the correct answers to all your questions.
FAQs About Amazon Affiliate Marketing.
How much do Amazon affiliates make?
Based on a survey I did in a social community of amazon affiliates, below is how much an amazon associate earns on average, promoting a $200 product depending on the number of views they get monthly.
- With 1000 monthly views an amazon affiliate makes an average of $1500
- With 10,000 monthly views, an amazon affiliate makes an average of $18000
- With 100,000 monthly views, an amazon affiliate makes an average of $120,000
How long does it take for Amazon affiliate earnings to show up?
Amazon affiliates usually get their commissions 60 days after the month they are being paid for. So your commission for the month of April will be received after 2 months, which in this case is July.
Is it free to be an Amazon affiliate?
Yes, it doesn't cost a dime, just time and effort.
What qualifies you to be an Amazon affiliate?
You must have a following on any social platform like Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and others.
How much do Amazon Associates make per month?
On average, a typical amazon associate makes nothing less than $1000 with over 1000 monthly views on his youtube video.
Can I promote Amazon affiliate links without a website?
Yes, through social media platforms, a podcast, or an email list.
How can I do affiliate marketing without a website?
You can do affiliate marketing on various social platforms and websites I have listed them below:
What kind of website do you need to be an Amazon affiliate?
A product review website is an ideal website for any beginner to start from.
how many followers do you need for an Amazon Affiliate?
You need at least 500 followers, but for best results, target above a thousand.
You don't need to own a website to be an amazon affiliate and make money online, you can promote amazon affiliate products on your youtube channel, Instagram, TikTok, facebook, interest, and other social platforms that give you your own space to post your contents, as long as the product is relevant to your target audience.