There are plenty of ways that you can make money with Amazon – and in this post, I’m going to outline three of my favourite ways that Amazon can help you to make money online.
I didn’t want to create an exhaustive list today, but rather three ways that I KNOW people have had great success in already and three ways that I have the most knowledge about.
#1 The Amazon Affiliate Program
As a blogger, it’s certainly one you should jump on if you haven’t already.
There are a bunch of reasons why Amazon Associates rocks – but here are a few of my favourites:
- When you link to a product on Amazon, you don’t have to sell THAT product to make a commission. You’ll make a commission on anything bought within a 24 hour period.
- Amazon is great at selling, just get people through the door and Amazon do a superb job at converting potential customers into buyers.
- Amazon is huge and growing all the time, there are just so many products to choose from that most niches would not struggle to find some related product or other they could promote, or simply link to via a relevant post.
If you’d like to become an Amazon affiliate, learning about affiliate marketing in general is the best place to begin. So, here are some useful links:
- THE place responsible for helping me make my first affiliate sale...and hundreds more since then.
- How to make your first Affiliate sale online.
- The PROS vs CONS of Affiliate Marketing.
#2 Merch By Amazon
This is a fairly new opportunity, that I’ve only learnt about during the last six months. I wrote about it here.
Merch by Amazon is a print on demand opportunity, but with the major added advantage of being connected to Amazon.
You create, (or pay for) designs – simply upload them to Amazon via their site, choose your price, write your product description and upload.
From this stage, Amazon deal with printing your shirts and shipping them, they even deal with customer service. Creating and uploading your designs, is as hard as it gets.
Many people also make their money solely from organic traffic, they’re not paying for traffic.
This may change as the platform becomes more competitive, but for now – trying to target low-competition search terms and adding them to your bullet points and even your brand name, can help your tshirts be found on Amazon.
You then just need to ensure your designs are decent enough that people want to buy them.
But you don’t have to be an amazing designer. I’ve made my first sales on the platform now and the designs were pretty simple and all the ones that have actually sold, I created myself.
I’m in no way a graphic designer, but there are free programs you can use. For some, Pic Monkey is popular.
I’ve gone with CANVA, because I’m very comfortable with it already from creating blog related images.
Personally, I first heard about Merch By Amazon when I listened to a podcast on the sidehustle show – which you can hear here.
That certainly sparked my interest.
Then I read a lot of content over at the Merch Informer blog – which is a good place to pick up tips and info on getting started.
The only issue with Merch by Amazon is – that there is a wait!
You need to apply and just wait… for some people it’s taken a couple of months to be accepted, but some have waited over a year.
No one really seems to know why some people get accepted more quickly than others.
In my own case, I didn’t put forward a particularly in depth application – but I did include the fact I had a website.
What I love about Merch, is that all you need to do is upload designs and work on your keywords and research – everything else is taken care of.
Once you have a tonne of designs out there, you can generate passive income in a way that’s far more passive than anything else I’ve come across before.
There is the other thing though…
This is a bit of a numbers game and you need a lot of designs out there to start making a good amount, in most cases.
But you’re limited with how many you can upload initially. At first you can only upload 10 and you must sell 10, before you will be tiered up to 25.
Then you need to sell 25, before you’re tiered up to 100 and so it goes on…
Some people now have thousands of designs life and there is a big income potential there.
You could just sell 10 of the same design, you don’t need to sell 10 of different designs. But it is difficult to get out of those initial first tiers.
#3 Amazon Kindle
It wasn’t so long ago that Amazon Kindle was a great opportunity to make your first sales online – the problem was that the platform quickly got saturated with people trying to sell trashy books of limited, (or no) value.
That aside, I love the idea that some people have become self made millionaires with kindle publishing…
Not only from becoming self-published authors themselves and writing their own books, but some through hiring others to write books and putting them out on a large scale.
And there is still potential there now, even if you may need a different strategy than in the past.
Amazon self-publishing put the power back in authors hands. Amazon pays you a decent profit – which varies depending on what you price your book.
Amazon also provides plenty of tools to help you create your book, such as the kindle kids book creator.
The first program I took, as someone who knew zero about kindle publishing at all, was this one.
It was a really easy to follow course and is packed full of useful content – whether you’re looking to write your own books, or outsource the process.
Later, I also took this course, which focuses on children’s book creation and that also had plenty of useful content – if writing for children interests you.
Ultimately, if you’ve always dreamed of having a book out there… now you can!
It’s so easy to self-publish on Amazon and it’s a great option for people who already have a platform – such as bloggers, who already have an audience.
So, there we have it for today! My favourite 3 ways of making money on Amazon.
Maybe you’re wondering why I didn’t mention Amazon FBA? Well, why there is no doubt massive potential there, it’s not something I’ve personally looked that far into yet.
Do you have a favourite way to make money with Amazon? Let me know in the comments below!
All the best,
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