Is It Possible to Make Money From Amazon?

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People have asked me the question:

Is is possible to make money from affiliate marketing, through companies like Amazon, Ebay, or other online retailers?

The short answer is: “Yes…definitely.” The longer answer is: “Yes, but you will have to work at it, learn how to market yourself, and be able to write some interesting content.

I’m sure your parents told you at one point or another, “There is no easy way to make money.” This is true 99% of the time. But, what about that other 1%? Thousands of people are searching for the 1% every day and it’s almost impossible to find.

Although, what if there is a way to make money online with a little hard work?

Did you know you can make money online with a niche website? You can use the business models and marketing of big online retailers to make money for yourself. Thousands of people are doing it right now. Maybe you have some good ideas for a website, but don’t know how to go about doing it. I have a lot more detail and an in-depth description of affiliate marketing on my other page: “What is Affiliate Marketing – A Simple Explanation”.

I can show you where to learn about affiliate marketing!

girl at computerIf you have an idea for a website, or even if you just want to create one for making money online like this one, there is a place to get step by step instructions for how to build a website, how to set up an Amazon affiliate website, or link to thousands of other online retailers from your web pages. You can also visit my other website: for a look at how I built a successful affiliate marketing website.

I am proud to say that I’m a member of Wealthy Affiliate, a kind of online “college” for learning to build websites and how to create a website for affiliate marketing. They will even show you how to do affiliate marketing on a blog page. There is a whole community of people, much like Facebook, but who are there to help you, give you tips, and be there for moral support. There’s really nothing else like it out there anywhere, and it’s FREE to get started.

Check it out!

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  1. Hi

    Am part of the amazon affiliate programme – and yes one can make money online (I haven’t yet). So I find this article quite interesting, as I am a member of Wealth Affiliate. An excellent platform to get a foot in affiliated marketing and be successful at the same time. Also, the community support is amazing and very helpful.


    1. Yes, I’m very happy at Wealthy Affiliate and I have learned so much already in such a short period of time. I’m starting to make money on my websites and it’s very exciting! Thanks for visiting my page. 🙂

  2. it’s great that opportunities like this exist for people – and it is so easy to get involved! not everybody realizes that you don’t need any experience to get involved in online business, just the right platform to work from.

    i think you have highlighted the key areas of starting online very well and you’re spot on about the pros of working from home – i’m close to achieving that now myself!

    1. Adam, that’s awesome. I have to admit that WA has made it very easy to learn since everything has been right at my fingertips…step by step. Good luck with your business! 🙂

  3. I do affiliate marketing for Amazon and can assure everyone that it is absolutely possible to make money doing so! I joined Wealthy Affiliate myself, and have started earning money only 2 months into the program. Absolutely, definitely worth it! You won’t learn more anywhere else. It’s a wonderful community! Instead of trying to learn it all yourself you’ll be given step by step instructions and help along the way. You just have to be willing to apply the training and be patient!

    1. So true! Good things in life don’t come easy, but if you are willing to put in a little work you can be greatly rewarded. I’m so glad to hear that you have been successful with your affiliate marketing program. I love hearing the success stories of others. 🙂

  4. I thought the title of your article was very good at capturing your readers. It’s something that I would read if I were looking for ways to make money online. However I think it’d really add alot to the article to explain in more detail how the affiliate marketing process through Amazon works. The article doesn’t really go into a whole lot of detail and doesn’t give off the feeling that it’s truly something that any person can do, not just a marketer or a programmer.

    1. Hey thanks for visiting my page and you are absolutely right. You reminded me that I need to link to my other page that explains affiliate marketing in detail. Thanks for helping me out in seeing that. I appreciate it! 🙂

  5. One of the cool things about Amazon is that there are two ways you can make money from them. Most folks are familiar with their affiliate program, and indeed this is one way to make money with Amazon. Yu can also make money through Amazon Fulfillment, by selling your stuff on the Amazon platform.

    1. Thanks for adding that, Mike. Obviously, it’s easier to set up an affiliate program and allow people to click through to Amazon’s millions of products. But some people may have their own goods they want to sell and since Amazon has such a huge following, it’s a great place to get your products seen. Thanks for visiting my page. 🙂

  6. Great blog seelady! I’m a Wealthy Affiliate too and I can say that I am blessed to be here. I’v been wanting to earn money from AMAZON but I don’t have any idea, and now that I’m already here in WA I can drop all my worries and just follow all the lessons. One step at a time. With the help of great people inside I can say that everything’s gonna be easy. So, IT’s REALLY IS POSSIBLE to MAKE MONEY from AMAZON. ^_^

    1. Thank you for visiting my page and I’m so glad you liked by blog. I wish you much success at WA and I know you will work your way to making money from affiliate marketing. :

  7. Hi Seelady!

    The page is great and for sure people have been successful in the past, and will continue to be in the future. It sounds like a great idea to be able to work from your laptop. I would just like to know…

    How Long do you think it would take for a complete beginner to start earning say $1000 per month with an average of 4 hours work per day?

    thanks JS

    1. Hi JammySammy. Well, I’m not sure there is any set time for a website to start making money because every topic is different. Some new and fresh ideas take off quickly and others take a while to stir up interest. Then there’s the subject of traffic. You need to get people to your page and that’s the hardest part. I would definitely give it 6 months to a year to get going. Thanks a lot for visiting my page. 🙂

  8. Hey Shannon,

    Thank you for the informative post. Although I have not promoted anything from Amazon before, I think it’s a sustainable business. One has to ask where Amazon got all their sales… I bet plenty of it came from affiliates.

    The main reason I have not promoted Amazon is because I find their commission payout too low as compared to info products from Clickbank or JV Zoo.

    Are conversions a lot easier with Amazon as compared to offers on Clickbank?

    any guidance provided is well appreciated. Thank you in advanced.

    1. Hi William. Amazon doesn’t pay the highest commission, but they have zillions of products and their affiliate website and links are the easiest to use. I would use it as a starting point for sure, and then move on to other affiliate partners. Thanks so much for visiting my page. 🙂

  9. Thanks for this information.

    I was looking for information on Amazon and Ebayand came across your site.

    I see you go on to mention this Wealthy Affiliate program as a means of building an online business… but I wanted to ask, how does it work making money from Amazon or Ebay?

    OK Amazon is a shopping site, so I am sure it can not be difficult one you know the rules, but Ebay is a Auction site.

    So how does it work? Do they always have stock?



  10. Hi there Shannon,

    There are plenty of Amazon Associates who are making a good living working from home so it’s definitely possible to make money from the giant marketplace.

    The only caveat is that you need to find out what type of niche that you are going to commit for the next 10 years, how to drive traffic to your site and when is the right time to apply for the program (without being denied).

    Wealthy Affiliate has a few tutorials by experienced marketers on how to become a successful Amazon Associate, so I highly recommend that your readers check it out.

  11. Yes. It is definitely possible to make money from Amazon. But it’s also possible to lose it too, if you fill up your tax form wrongly. I paid a few dollar for that lesson.

    But with the commission rate at just 4%, I’m thinking promoting private affiliate programs with higher commission rate a better idea. What’s your thought?

    1. I have quite a few other companies that I’m an affiliate with, but none of them gets as much traffic as Amazon. If you have a specific product that you blog about or review, it may be better to go with another affiliate company though. 🙂

  12. I’ve always wanted to use the internet to make money. When I was 19 used to work with Amazon as a merchant bookseller, selling used books.I had 2 big storage rooms with over 8,000 books, selling dozens daily. But the only problem was the profit margins were so small I was mainly making money from the postage. Plus taking huge sacks to the post office every day was ahuge hassle.

    So I really the idea of making money with Amazon through building a website, sending people to them and letting them deal with all of the shipping and payment side.

    I really like your affiliate website, so I can base a website around any particular kind of Amazon product and write reviews? Do you have to own the products to write a review on them? Many thanks!

    1. Hi there. Thanks for visiting my page and for your comments. The great thing about being an Amazon affiliate is that you don’t have to do any shipping. They do all the shipping and you just get a commission. And no…you don’t have to own the products to review them. Just do research and read a lot of customer reviews to make sure you’re giving an accurate, detailed review. 🙂

  13. It is very possible to make money with the Amazon affiliate program. Like anything else it takes hard work and time. Patience is a must.
    But it’s even more lucrative do use Amazon affiliate program through Wealthy Affiliate.
    They teach you and guide you every step of the way through affiliate marketing. Join for free and experience the journey of affiliate marketing at its best.

  14. Wealthy Affilaite truly does show you how to thrive and have success, not only in amazon, but literally within any affiliate program. I love how simple it really is, it can be broken down into building a website, driving traffic to the website, and then getting your audience to sales. You can do this within any niche, another one of the wonderful things I learned through wealthy affiliate.

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