In this post we are going to discuss how to make money using Amazon Affiliate program in Kenya.And since Amazon is still relatively lesser brand known in Kenya,lets start with what is Amazon?
Amazon is one of the largest online shopping websites in the world. The site is widely known for its wide selection of books, although the site has expanded to sell electronics, music, furniture, and apparel. Similar to eBay, users can also purchase and sell items using Amazon’s online marketplace system. Amazon was founded in 1995 by Jeff Bezos and is based out of Seattle, Washington.
What Does Affiliate Marketing Means
Affiliate marketing is a very big business right now worldwide and to earn well from amazon affiliate’s program in Kenya, you will need to understand well what affiliate marketing is.
Affiliate marketing is a way of making money by selling or promoting other companies products or services for a commission.It is a very useful way to earn extra income if you have a blog or website. The Amazon affiliate program, called Amazon Associates, allows you to earn 4 percent or more on purchases made using a special link on your blog or website.
How You Can Earn From Amazon Affiliate
In order for you to earn money from Amazon Affiliate, you will require some investment from your end in terms of money and time. But trust me you will recover your investment within a short period of time.
What You Need Start Making Money With Amazon
- Profitable niche
- Domain & Hosting
- A Blog or Website
- Quality Content
- High Rankings In Google
- Traffic Which Converts
Creating A Niche Website And How To Promote It
Step 1: Book A Domain
You can decide to choose a generic name or find a keyword rich domain but that will be up to you.There are pros and cons of either type of domain that you will decide to settle on.As for me I prefer going for a keyword rich domain.
I use Weblog to book my domains,as I find their service efficient and they have integrated Mpesa as their mode of payment making it easy to purchase their domain.Their domains goes for Ksh 1,650 per year.
Step 2: Buy Hosting
Once your domain is in place,now what you will need is a good hosting service.I suggest you still use Weblog Hosting Service because they offer quality.I have used weblog for all my hosting services and I have never faced any issue with them.
Step 3: Create Your Blog
I strongly recommend working with WordPress to create your blog read: How To Start a WordPress Blog.
Step 4: Content Creation
With your blog ready,you now need content to fill up.Add quality content to your blog and within a short period of time be assured that you will begin seeing results.Find interesting topics to write on.You can use Google auto suggest which will provide you with popular keyword suggestions to use to design topics you can write on.
Step 5: Promote Your Blog/Website
The best way to promote your blog is putting social sharing buttons and asking your audience to share it; as I am asking you to share this post with your friends.Go and share this valuable post on your social media wall and give your friends value and knowledge. You can use free as well as paid methods to promote your niche blog.
Amazon Associates Sign Up Process
Go to affiliate-program.amazon.com. Read through the information carefully before signing up. You should understand what products are eligible, how to post and how to get paid before starting an account.
Amazon Affiliates rewards advertising fees, or commissions, that vary depending upon the type of product. Your advertising fees can also increase after you start to refer more than 6 purchases every month.
The main reasons why you should join Amazon Affiliate are:
Amazon is a trusted brand – everyone knows Amazon. If someone were going to buy online, Amazon would have to be one of the safest options.
Commissions on higher value products – while 4% on a book isn’t a high commission, if you promote a high value product (like a camera) the commission can be decent.
People buy more than one item at a time – when you send someone to Amazon you earn a commission on whatever they buy, whether they end up buying what you sent them to or not. Many people load up their cart with numerous items so commissions can add up.
Easy integration – Amazon provides some good tools and widgets to help you integrate the sales channel into your website.
Holidays are boom times – Amazon runs some good seasonal sales. Thanksgiving to Christmas can be a particularly profitable time to promote.
Amazon has a wide array of products – Amazon is so much more than books these days. There are so many promotional options that most niches would probably find something relevant to their audience.
Obviously I’ll never argue that Amazon’s Affiliate program (or any other income stream for that matter) is perfect for every blog – but I do think it is worth considering.