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How I Make Money Writing: Amazon Associate Affiliate Marketing Part 1

How I Make Money Writing

Welcome to the first post in a new series here on Gmacch. Let me start by being completely honest, I want to make more money. I love to write and I want to figure out a way to make more money writing. Make enough money that I can spend less time working.

I am assuming that many of you would like the same thing. Is it possible? I am ready to find out. So I am going to try making money online.

In this series I will record the steps I take and give you the results. Will these methods work for me? You will find out first hand. Will they work for you? I will be your test subject so you don’t have to try everything. When I find something that works really well, you can then try it yourself. Hopefully both you and I can work less and make more money online.

So the first method is the Amazon Associate affiliate marketing program.

Why Amazon Associate Program

I have to give credit where credit is due, I am starting with the Amazon Associate program because of two blog articles I read:

There were three specific points in these articles that convinced me to start with Amazon and start early,

  1. Amazon Makes it Easy: Amazon Associates is one of the easiest affiliate programs to sign up for and get started using fast. Payment is straightforward.
  2. All of Amazon is on Sale: Visitors to your website don’t have to buy the product linked to on your site. Once they clink the link, anything they buy for next 24 hours will generate a commission. Amazon is a master of selling, your blog readers may follow the link for one item and end up buying several more.
  3. Links Last Forever: Right now my blogs are just starting out, but down the road they will become more popular. As I gain new readers, they will go back and read older posts on my blog. I want to make sure I start adding relevant Amazon Associate links early so that older blog posts will keep earning money.

Setting Up My Account

    1. To get started, I go to and click the “Join Now for Free” button.

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  1. I’m asked to log in with my regular Amazon login and password.
  2. Now starts a 3 step application process
  3. Step 1: I am asked to confirm who the payee will be on the account. My name and address is listed on the screen. I actually have an LLC, so I am going to change the payee and enter my company name and EIN.
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  5. Step 2: Amazon wants to know some information about my websites including the urls, topics, and what products I intend to promote. They also want to know how much traffic my website gets. I have several websites, so I enter the max 5 urls allowed. I am a little worried because my sites don’t have high traffic yet, but I am honest on the form and pick the lowest traffic option.
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  7. Step 3: Done and now I have access to the Amazon Associates website and tools.

And Now I Wait

That application was fast and very low stress. Amazon congratulates me on completing the process and lets me know that my affiliate account should be approved within 3 days. I also instantly get an email saying the same thing. So far I am really impressed with how easy it was to sign up. While I am waiting for the confirmation, I will be taking a look at the tools on the Amazon Associates page I can now access. I will let you know as soon as I am approved.

About Gmacch is the home blog and online portfolio of writer and designer Giuseppe Macchiaverna. A blog and website designer, he also provides copywriting services for businesses. Giuseppe is the author of several blogs, including DIY Travelers, Cooking School Dropouts, Boba Hunter, and Drat the Robots Won. He is also the co-founder of Ten Lanterns Media.

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About Giuseppe Macchiaverna

Hey! This box is about me. It even has my picture. I guess I should introduce myself. My name is Giuseppe Macchiaverna. I'm a writer and a designer, but maybe you knew that already. I have a company too, you can visit it at I also enjoy hand-made artisan peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Nice to meet you.

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