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Many people have heard about advertising Amazon products to make money but aren’t sure how to go about it. Creating an affiliate link is a simple process.
First of all, you will need to open an account with Amazon associates if you haven’t already done so.
Just go to the home page of Amazon.com and look for a link at the bottom that says “Become an affiliate”. After you click on this link you will be prompted to enter your details. Note that you will need to have at least one active website or blog that you can provide as a reference to show the people at Amazon how you intend to promote their products. It’s best if there is no other advertising on this site.
Once you have been accepted into the program you can start building affiliate links. First, log into Amazon associates and create a new campaign id or you can just use your default id for now. Then select “Links & Banners” from the menu at the top of the page and then select “Product links”. You can search for a product that you want to advertise on this page and, when you find the one you want, just click “get link” next to the product.
You will be taken to a page where you can choose how your link will appear, the text color, whether it will be text only or have an image, and you can even create your link as a widget if you are using WordPress or similar blog software.
Once you have decided on the type of link you want, you will find the code for it at the bottom of the page. Just highlight the code and copy it, then paste it into your web page editor or blog software in the appropriate place. If you are using a website then you will first have to upload your new webpage with the Amazon link code via FTP. If you are using blog software then just save the page with the new code and your done, when you look at your live page you will now see an advertisement or text link on the page.
Another way that you can get a link to an Amazon product is to first log into your Amazon associates account, and then look for any product on Amazon.com that you would like to advertise. You will find an extra menu at the top of the page that gives you the option to create a link to this product. Selecting this option will give you the same choices about text color and image etc, but you won’t be able to choose a widget. This is a fast way to create links if there are a lot of products you would like to advertise, however you don’t have as many options as you would when creating a link from your Amazon associates account page.
It is also worth noting that besides regular affiliate links, you can also create banners in a range of sizes and various flash advertisements just as easily as creating regular links. You can find the options for these in your Amazon associates account home page.