eCommerce Giant Amazon not only lures shoppers to find products at a cheaper price, but it has also opened opportunities for bloggers like me to earn extra income by promoting its products and promotions. With its 100 plus millions Prime Subscribers, there is hardly anyone on Planet Earth that haven’t shopped at Amazon. This huge swath of shoppers opens up opportunity to many bloggers to earn a small slice of their spending as commission. Here is my experience with Amazon Affiliates Application, Approved After 8 Attempts
Why is Amazon Affiliate Program Popular?
You may see many positive and negative reviews about Amazon affiliate program. But I am going to keep it simple and straight
Honest Affiliates program
Amazon Associates program is by far the most straight forward and honest program available. Reason, starting from sign-up to tracking your revenue you will be dealing directly with Amazon and not a 3rd party agent. This creates transparency in tracking and monitoring your earnings.
Exceptional Support and Customer service
Amazon’s Affiliate program customer service is exceptional. Don’t believe, pick a call and dial the number listed below and experience yourself. Your query, no matter how smart or dumb it is, will be handled with utmost courtesy and in a professional manner by a friendly customer service agent. You will never feel treated in a different way than how Amazon treats its customers (Fact check – Customers help Amazon earn the money through Sale whereas Affiliates take away a part of this pie, still Amazon doesn’t make any difference between you as affiliate and it’s customers)
Amazon.com Associate Support:
For questions about your Associate Account, or how to apply for an account;
Please contact the Associate Support Team at:
US and Canada
Sunday – Saturday from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific time
1-206-266-2992 (Please ask to be transferred to the Amazon.com Associates Program; long distance charges will apply)
Sunday – Saturday from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific time
Amazon wants you to grow
When you sign-up for affiliate program, the initial page (or pages) will enrich you with every information starting from commission rates to how you can earn even more. Furthermore, as a WordPress user, you can take advantage of Amazon’s Free Affiliate Plug-in Amazon Associates Link Builder plug-in so you can do what you like the most – blogging and let Amazon Affiliate plug-in handle the rest such as tracking and earning revenue for you
I won’t go into the details of what others say, but if you are passionate about your blog and work hard to create quality contents, Amazon affiliate program can give you shiny Golden thread to earn the American Dream. There are many examples where dedicated blog sites are earning thousands of dollars in passive income. Here are few notable blogs that have successfully demonstrated how to make full time living out of Amazon Affiliate
Tools Offered By Amazon To Associates
Amazon Associated Link Builder plug in – currently limited to WordPress users
Dedicated coupons corner – Promotions, Bounties and Coupons. Promo codes give customers a discount on eligible products at checkout, and brands who sell their products on Amazon can create promo codes and share with you to refer more customers to their promotions. You can share links to promo codes on Amazon to delight your followers or audience and earn advertising fees.
Banners And Shopping Ads – Use Amazon’s Marketing expertise and show your audience recommended products, in a stylishly designed and responsive ad unit that can be placed at the end of content or within the content. Your visitors are more likely to click on these products displayed in flashy style thus earning you more revenue
I accidently came across with this video on YouTube that has enticed me into the Affiliate marketing. I was happy with my well paid and stable job, but looking at someone else’s success I developed a strong desire to mirror their success (BIG Mistake)
But as someone has famously quoted – “Greenery is always on the other side”
Next thing I did was to create a new website at GoDaddy. For just $1 a month, I got my domain and hosting account from GoDaddy. I am quite frugal since childhood hence going BIG was never in my blood. To build the website, I spent few hours in searching for FREE Themes. I recommend keep your search focused on SEO friendly and flexible themes. Read the theme description to familiarize yourself if the theme is really SEO friendly and it offer room for you to customize your blog.
I chose SG Grid theme. It took me 2 full days to add all bells and vessels and take by blog live. In a matter of next 3 days, I published 7 new posts. The very next step was to apply to Amazon affiliate Program which I did. Entire application process is simple and takes 5-10 minutes. If you live in US, you will receive approval immediately. Everything was going smooth and I was confident to achieve full time earning in a matter of few weeks
If you are new to Amazon Affiliate program – learn and apply here
With high hopes and enthusiasm, I was publishing 2-3 posts almost daily. In a matter of 2 months, I have hit my first affiliate Sale at Amazon. Until then I was spending my time checking how many clicks I got almost daily, it was a fun !!!. Another 4 days I fulfilled the requirement of a total 3 sales. Once you hit 3 ‘qualified sales’ milestone, your application will be reviewed for the final approval until then you will be temporarily approved. (I came to know this afterwards)
Final Application review
There are many myths as to when Amazon will review your application for the final approval. Based on what I have learnt,
- Sale – you will see a Sale been made under your affiliate ID next day after an order has been placed by customer using your affiliate links. Remember, after clicking affiliate link, if customer purchases anything within next 24 hours, you earn the commission (Such a Beautiful thing) If you know to read between the lines, this is your key to success
- Commission and Earning will be updated as soon as product is shipped
- Qualified Sale – Only after an order is delivered to the customer, Amazon consider the cycle as complete and award you a qualified sale. After completing 3 qualified sales, your application will be automatically picked up for the final review
Rejected and Disappointed
After my 3 qualified sales were delivered, my application was reviewed almost immediately. How do I know this, because by then it became my habit to visit the affiliate website almost daily and track my earned clicks. (silly habit). Received email stating that my application has been rejected.
While I was riding with enthusiasm and high hopes, I decided not to give up. This is where my true learning began. – I assure you that you too will learn through own experience and not through joining Affiliate courses.
This time I cured the problem highlighted in the rejection email. Posted nice 10 quality and content rich blog post
Spoiler alert – Content rich means adding nice & clear pictures taken using your iPhone. Quality article means – anything you write that is atleast 300 words long.
This time I managed to achieve 3 qualified sales in just 18 days.
Self-learning – First sale is always difficult. But 2-3 months later, it is not difficult to attract 100-150 visitors a day as many people now know your blog and can become your repeated patrons.
Boy, this time too I was rejected but now the rejection reason was different
I did not want to give up as my ambition to achieve full time living through affiliate earning was still alive. I cured my blog for the reasons highlighted in the rejection and continued posting Rich and Quality articles.
They say 3rd is a Charm. Wrong!!!. There is nothing called as 3rd is a charm. As I have been rejected not only 3 times but a total 7 times so far.
Introspect: I was greedy, silly and fool as I was building my blog to earn the money for myself. Think it this way, why would any sensible person visit by blog, click on Affiliate links just to help me earn money.
Remember: there are no free lunches in America
By now I have learnt a lot about SEO, quality contents in true sense. How to write a good article and many more. Just 15 days and I had achieved 6 qualified sales.
I don’t know if the application review team was pissed off by reviewing my blog again and again or I have by now corrected almost all issues that can be contentious, but my 8th attempt was finally approved by Amazon. If you are reading this article, then I want to proudly share that I am an approved Amazon affiliate.
Changes This Journey Brought into Me
The entire journey has made me learn to stay honest, helped me become a dedicated blogger and most importantly it has triggered some unknown part of my brain which is now secreting juice in my veins that I can now write blog posts on any subject in a matter of few minutes to hours.
You don’t have to attend seminars, boasting how to become a successful affiliate or pay fees on how to become a successful affiliate, rather the key is to just START. Start with anything, plain and simple as much as possible. You will eventually learn the SEO techniques (Search Engine Optimization) learn how to write quality contents and produce something amazon that the society around would love and find interesting. Remember, it’s your words, your thoughts and your pictures that are going to make your blog beautify and rich in content.
Agree that success may not come to your way on day 1, but the journey full with self-learning will make a remarkable difference in your thinking, strategy and most importantly the overall appearance and richness of your blog. Give yourself some time to experience the failures; that is when the success tastes much sweeter
Happy blogging !
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