*DISCLAIMER: Links included in this blog post might be affiliate links. If you make a purchase with the links I provide, I may receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thanks!
Amazon affiliate links are one of the ways bloggers can make money online.
You provide a special link to products you are promoting and if people click on them and make a purchase, you make a small commission.
It’s a way to make passive income and have additional income coming in on the side.
For example, here is an Amazon affiliate link to one of my favorite travel accessories, packing cubes!
If you click on this link and make a purchase on Amazon within 24 hours, I make a small commission.
The Amazon Associates Program is one of the easiest to get approved for and is used by bloggers from all over the world.
In this blog post, you’ll learn how easy it is to add Amazon affiliate links to your WordPress blog and how you can start making passive income in no time!
Watch the YouTube video to follow along.
Amazon Associates Program
The Amazon Associates Program is a way to link products and earn a commission if people make purchases through your link.
Sign up for Amazon Associates
If you aren’t a part of the Amazon Associates program, click here to sign up.
The sign up process for joining the Amazon Associates program is straight forward.
Fill out the information and once you have an account, you have 180 days to make 3 sales.
After this time, the Associates team will review the application to be approved. You can find more details about the application review process here.
Commission rates and earnings
The commission rates for the Amazon Associates program are relatively low compared to most affiliate programs.
Amazon affiliate links are not a way to get rich quick, but they are a way to generate earnings month after month.
As you continue to build and grow your blog and the traffic continues to increase, you will get more clicks and more purchases made.
Ready to learn how to insert them into your WordPress blog? Here we go!
Amazon Affiliate Link Options
There are 3 options to consider when including Amazon affiliate links onto your WordPress blog. You can include the link as a text, an image, or a text + image.
Here is what they look like.
Text: packing cubes are awesome!
Text + Image:
I almost exclusively use text for my Amazon affiliate links but all 3 are great options. I will show you how to add links first.
Step 1: Search for a product on Amazon
Once you are signed up for the Amazon Associates program, log onto your Amazon account and click on the product you want to promote.
Step 2: Click on a link option from SiteStripe at the top of the screen
When you are on the product you want, click on Amazon Associates SiteStripe at the top of the screen.
Step 3: Choose your tracking ID
You can create multiple tracking ID’s to track where your clicks are coming from. This might be important to you if you have more than one blog or are including your links on multiple platforms.
For example, I have a tracking ID for my YouTube channel, one for my website Simply Blog Now, and one for my blog and website Each Day Slow. This helps me see where my audience is actually clicking on products.
To add different tracking ID’s, go to your Amazon Associates account.
Click on your email in the top right part of the screen and choose Manage Your Tracking ID’s.
Choose add tracking ID.
Insert the name of your new tracking ID and choose an available option.
Step 4: Generate and copy link
Ok, back to Amazon. If you just created a new tracking ID, you will have to refresh the Amazon page to get it to show up.
From here, choose the tracking ID that you want to use and click Get Link.
And now you will see a link generated!
If you only have one tracking ID, a link will automatically be generated when you click on the text, image, or text + image option.
This link is YOUR special affiliate link.
Copy the link and let’s head over to WordPress.
Step 4: Insert link into WordPress
Go to your WordPress blog and highlight the text that you want to contain the affiliate link. Click on the image that looks like a chain link and says link when you hover over it.
From here, past your link into the box.
I always choose to open outbound links (links going outside of my website) in a separate tab. That way, people can see the products I”m recommending but are more likely to continue looking at my blog and website because it’s still open.
When you are sharing an affiliate link, make sure you choose the this is a sponsored link option. This will automatically turn the no follow option on as well. When you are providing a link that could potentially make you money, it is necessary to include the sponsored link.
Press enter to add your Amazon affiliate link to your WordPress blog!
You can save your draft and publish your blog post to make it live and start receiving clicks and commissions.
However, you can also add in the Amazon affiliate link as an image or an image + text. I’ll show you how.
How to Add an Amazon Affiliate Link Image and Image + Text
The steps to add an Amazon affiliate link image or image + text are the same and similar to the steps to add text above.
Step 1: Click on Image or Text + Image on SiteStripe
First, go to the product you want to include on Amazon and click on image or image + text.
Like above, make sure you have the correct Tracking ID you want to use for this product and the platform you are putting it on.
Step 2: Copy the HTML generated
Next, copy the HTML generated below and go to your WordPress blog.
Step 3: Add an HTML block into your WordPress blog
On your WordPress blog, click on the plus sign to add a block and search for HTML.
Click on custom HTML to add it to your blog.
Step 4: Paste the HTML code into the block
Now, paste the HTML code from SiteStripe on Amazon into the block.
You can preview what this will look like by click preview.
This is what both options look like!
There you have it! Now you know how to add Amazon affiliate links to your WordPress blog.
Include a Disclaimer When You use Affiliate Links
Be sure to include a disclaimer at the top of your blog post if you are using affiliate links. This is meant to clearly show your readers that you might make money if they click on your links and make a purchase.
You can see my disclaimer at the top of this page. Here is a blog with more examples of disclaimers you can include.
Amazon Affiliate Blog Post Ideas
If you want to start including Amazon affiliate links into your blog posts but aren’t quite sure how, check out this blog post I wrote.
I include 5 Amazon affiliate blog post ideas and a bonus tip that any blogger in any niche can use.
These ideas will help you include more affiliate links into your blog posts, generate more clicks, and therefore more earnings.
Learn More About the Amazon Associates Program
If you want to learn more about Amazon affiliate links in general, I created this video to show you more.
It dives into the pros and cons of Amazon Associates as well as the benefits to joining their program even as a beginner blogger.
Amazon affiliate links are an easy way to start earning your blog money right away.
I hope this was helpful for your blogging journey.