Do you want to build an Amazon affiliate store using WordPress? An Amazon affiliate store allows you to sell products from Amazon.com as an affiliate and earn a commission. In this article, we will show you how to easily build an Amazon affiliate store using WordPress.
Getting Started With Amazon Affiliate Store and WordPress
Amazon is the largest online store in the world. They also have an affiliate program which pays you a commission on every purchase made by a customer you referred.
You can recommend Amazon products on your existing website or create a new Amazon affiliate store to make money online.
WordPress with WooCommerce makes an excellent ecommerce platform to build your Amazon affiliate store. WooCommerce already powers millions of ecommerce websites all over the world.
To get started, you will need to be using WordPress.org platform (See WordPress.com vs WordPress.org).
You will also need a WordPress hosting account, a domain name, and an SSL certificate if you want to accept payments for other non-affiliate products on your website.
Typically, a domain name costs around $14.99 / year, web hosting costs around $7.99 / month, and SSL certificate costs around $69.99 / year.
If you are just starting out, then this is quite a lot.
Thankfully, Bluehost, an official WordPress and WooCommerce recommended hosting provider, has agreed to offer our users a free domain name, free SSL certificate, and a discount on web hosting.
Basically, you can get started for $2.75 / month.
After purchasing hosting, follow the setup instructions in our how to start an online store article. It will walk you through sign up process, and setting up WooCommerce.
Once you have installed WordPress, you can come back here and follow the instructions below to setup your Amazon affiliate store.
Signing up for Amazon Affiliate Account
Now that you have installed WordPress and WooCommerce, you will need to sign up for an Amazon affiliate program to start adding products with your affiliate ID.
Head over to Amazon Affiliate program website and click on the ‘Join now for free’ button.
Next, you’ll be asked to login with your existing Amazon account or sign up for a new account.
Once you are logged in, you’ll need to provide payee information and answer questions about your website. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete your profile.
Upon completion, your application will be reviewed and approved by Amazon.
Adding Amazon Affiliate Products in WooCommerce
WooCommerce makes it very easy to add external affiliate products to your website. It allows you to offer a native user experience and integrate affiliate products seamlessly into your website.
To add a product go to Products » Add New page.
First you need to provide a title for the product you are adding and then add a detailed description in the post editor.
After that, scroll down to product data meta box and select ‘External/Affiliate Product’ under ‘Product type’ dropdown menu.
Now you need to enter the product affiliate URL. You can get the URL from your Amazon Associates account dashboard. Simply search for the product and then click on the get link button.
Copy the URL and paste it on your product edit page in WordPress.
Note: You need to leave the ‘Price’ field blank. This will allow users to check price on Amazon.com. Amazon’s affiliate program policies do not allow you to manually enter price information.
Below the product data, you can provide a short description for the product. This description will be displayed on the shop front page and in search results.
To your right, you can add a product image and product gallery images.
You can now click on the publish button to make the product go live on your website.
Repeat the process to add more affiliate products to your website. Once you have added a few products, you can go and visit the shop page on your website to see the products in action.
Growing Your Amazon Affiliate Store
Now that you have set up your Amazon affiliate store, you can focus on growing your business.
Fortunately, there are many tools, plugins, and resources that will help you achieve those goals. You can start with SEO and optimize your store for search engines. Follow the step by step instructions in our WordPress SEO guide for beginners.
After that you can check out these useful tools and plugins for Affiliate marketing and the essential WordPress plugins for business websites.
Looking for a cool new design for your website? Check out our expert-pick of the best WordPress themes for affiliate marketers.
Above all, make sure that you are continuously adding useful products, helpful reviews, and targeted content to your website. In the end, that’s what your users are looking for and that’s what you should strive to offer them.
We hope this article helped you start an Amazon affiliate store using WordPress. You may also want to see our ultimate step by step WordPress security guide for beginners.