What is an affiliate program and how does it work?

amazonassociatesToday I want to focus on how to start affiliate marketing with Amazon. I chose Amazon because it is the most popular program right now but there are thousands of options to choose from. Clickbank was the most recent program I joined up. They have thousands of products to choose from and I am already promoting a product from them after a few days of getting it set up. I suspect that I will be able to show you right now on this post how to get started with Amazon with only a few hours of work. The third time is the charm.

This was a new word for me only a few months ago. I found there was a bit to process at first but It only takes a short time to sort everything out and draw a map for yourself.

Affiliate marketing is simply selling other peoples products or services in exchange for a commission.

The best part about affiliate marketing is that you are selling through a computer so you do not even need to own the products or carry the products yourself. Your affiliate partner will be doing that for you. This works for them because you are going to be bringing in more customers for them and they will be happy with the increased business and cut you a nice percent of the sale.

You don’t even have to deal with any customers face to face. The only people you deal with are those visiting your website and you can help them out in the comments or address their personal situations through your sites business email. But generally your affiliate partner deals with all customer service and support issues. Although, you should feel incline to help out as best as possible in this regard because your reputation is at stake.

You don’t even have to set up payments yourself. All you need is a link from your affiliate partner and that link is placed into your website so that when your visitor clicks the link they are redirected to your affiliates main web page and the sale is made through them. Afterwards your partner cuts you a check based on how many sales you made at the end of each month.

You can set up as many affiliate partnerships as often as you want and you don’t even have to correspond with the owner of the product you are promoting. It is all done electronically. It’s basically filling out a sign up form and acquiring your affiliate link. The link is like your personal ID that plants a cookie into your visitors browser when they click the link so that your affiliate partner knows you were the one responsible for bringing in the leads or sales.

To start all you need is a website and once that is complete you need to join an affiliate program. Amazon, Ebay, Clickbank and others are great places to start because they have thousands of products you can choose from and begin selling.

Most websites have their affiliate programs at the bottom of their page. I was amazed how many sites do this, it is incredibly accessible.

If you would like to build your own website and start affiliate marketing now then read my review of Wealthy Affiliate. They will guide you through the entire process and teach you how to set up an online business.

As promised lets get set up with Amazon.com. This will be my first time making an affiliate account with Amazon and I wanted to show how basic it is. Head over to Amazon.com now.

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click ‘Become an Affiliate’.


This will lead you to the Amazon Associates page which is the same as Affiliate. Click the ‘Join Now for Free’ button.


Fill out the ‘Sign In’ form with your personal details.


Create your Amazon Associates Account. Be sure to read the instructions.


After reading the instructions I am told I have to make an account for both US and Canada. I live in Canada so I am going to switch to Amazon.ca for the rest of this.

From here there are a number of options and forms to fill out that are individual and Amazon.ca will ask you as you go. It is self explanatory.

There will be a slot for you to enter your number and have amazon.ca call you to verify with a 4 digit PIN provided to you on the same screen.

Also it is worth it to take the time to read the Amazon Associates Agreement.

You should record your Amazon Associates ID given to you on the final page.

This final page also requires you to fill out your payment information so that Amazon can pay you after you make a sale. You can do this now or later.

You will also need to fill out Tax Information at that time.

Start Making Money


Amazon Associates Central, Main Page:


Choose a product and start selling.

On this page I can choose a product I want to sell and I can see the “Get Link” button attached to each product. This is my affiliate link I use on my website or social media site. Anytime someone clicks on this link and buys something from Amazon you get a percent of that sale.

I found this classic marketing book that would be good for me to sell here. It was written and self published by Mike Dillard back in 2005 when really information products were just launching. Mike Dillard is probably a pioneer in this type of internet marketing. He has built membership groups on money management such as Elevation Group and he currently does a podcast on Self Made Man.

This book explains how to leverage and position yourself as a leader in your niche. I recently reread this book and noticed it could be responsible for some popular internet memes like `alpha positioning`.

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On my site you will find other ways to build niche websites and ways to target your audience and make sales.  There are no hard rules so feel free to experiment but remember some things have been tested to work better than others.

Learn more about Wealthy Affiliate if you would like to build your own affiliate website.


  1. emmanuel

    Hey man,

    I think that affiliate programs are a great way to make money online. I am starting to put affiliate programs in my site to see some results.

    I have signed up for amazons affiliate program.

    Do you think that amazons affiliate program is good or are there better ones?

    1. Steven (Post author)

      It looks pretty good to me. The commissions aren’t as high as some other sites but you have the option to promote pretty much everything through them and its easy to set up. You should be able to do volume through amazon if you can corner a good niche. just follow the trends.
      I’ve signed up for three affiliate programs now, there’s no limit.


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