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Ever wondered how to generate revenue from your site?

Want to reward yourself for all of the time and effort you put into your blog?

It’s easy to do both just by joining the Amazon Affiliate Program. As a member, you will earn a commission if a visitor to your site clicks on an Amazon affiliate link and subsequently makes a purchase. The program is free to join and easy to use.

Joining the Amazon Affiliate Program

Let’s walk through the sign up process for becoming an Amazon.com affiliate.

It’s important to note that even if you don’t live within the US, you can still join this program. However, residents of Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina, Rhode Island or Connecticut are ineligible to join.

  1. To become an Amazon.com Associate, start by visiting their signup page. Click on the yellow Join Now for Free button in the top-right corner:
    Screen capture of the home page of the Amazon Associates Program
    Click the “Join Now for Free” button to start the process of becoming an Amazon Associate
  2. On the next page, enter your email address into the text box. Select I am a new customer (assuming you don’t already  have an Amazon account) and then click on the Sign in using our secure server button:
    Screen capture of the Sign In page of the Amazon Associates Program
    Sign in with an existing account or indicate that you are a new customer on the Sign In page
  3. On the Registration screen, fill out your name, email address and choose a password. Click the Create account button:
    Screen capture of the Registration page of the Amazon Associates Program
    Create an Amazon account on the Registration page
  4. Next, fill out the name and address of the person who will receive Amazon payments. Once complete, click the Next: Your Website Profile button:
    Screen capture of the Your Account Information page of the Amazon Associates Program
    Enter the details about the person to whom Amazon payments will be made on the Your Account Information page
  5. On the Your Website Profile page, fill out the specific details of your site. When you are done, click the Next button:
    Screen capture of the Your Website Profile page of the Amazon Associates Program
    Enter the details of your website on the Your Website Profile page
  6. On the Your Identity Verification screen, enter your telephone number and click the Call me now button:
    Screen capture of the Your Identity Verification page of the Amazon Associates Program before your identity has been verified
    Enter your phone number on the Your Identity Verification page so that Amazon may verify your identity
  7. Two things will happen simultaneously – you will see a PIN appear on-screen, and you will receive an automated call from Amazon. Enter the PIN using the keypad of your phone when prompted:
    Screen capture of the Your Identity Verification page of the Amazon Associates Program that shows your PIN
    Your Identity Verification page showing your PIN
  8. After you successfully enter your PIN, you will see a confirmation message. Ensure that you have agreed to the terms and conditions, then click on Finish:
    Screen capture of the Your Identity Verification page of the Amazon Associates Program after your identity has been verified
    Your Identity Verification page confirming that your identity was verified successfully
  9. Your unique Associates ID will be displayed on the following page:
    Screen capture of the confirmation page of the Amazon Associates Program
    Confirmation page indicating that you are now an Amazon Associate
  10. Check your email for a message from Amazon.com Associates Central.

Congratulations! You are now an Amazon Associate!

What About Amazon Affiliate Programs in Other Countries?

Keep in mind that your Associates ID will only earn you referrals from sales that are in the same locale as your Associates ID. For example, while you will earn a commission from users who buy from Amazon.com using your Amazon.com Associates ID, you will not receive a commission from users who buy from Amazon.co.uk using the same Associates ID. That’s because Amazon UK has their own affiliate program.

To get around this restriction and not miss out on revenue from purchases made in other countries, you can sign up to become an Amazon Associate in each locale. As of the time of this writing, there are Amazon affiliate programs in the following regions: Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, UK and US.

It can be tricky to sign up for each of these programs since the sites are in different languages. You may find it helpful to use a tool like Google Translate to translate each one. If you use Google Chrome as your browser, it’s even easier since Chrome will automatically offer to translate pages. In general though, the sign up process should be similar to the one used in the Amazon.com affiliate program.

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