If you’re selling on Amazon, you’re probably doing it to supplement your other sales, or as a side business. Either way, it’s important to understand what you can and cannot do with your Amazon seller account. It comes with quite a few limitations; for example, you cannot sell your own products on Amazon as an affiliate. You also cannot have your own site that is an affiliate of the products you sell on Amazon. However, you can create your own site and link to specific products on the Amazon store that don’t directly compete with the ones you sell. This is known as being an “affiliate” of those products on Amazon and is completely above board and legal. In this blog post, we’ll give you all the information you need to know about starting your own Amazon Affiliate site.
What You Can and Cannot Do on Amazon
There are a few things you need to be aware of and keep in mind when you sell your products on Amazon. You can’t sell your own product; you can’t offer discounts or coupons; and you cannot give away free samples. Likewise, you cannot use pictures of the products you sell on Amazon. You also cannot use brand names (this applies even if you’re not competing with that product, or it’s not being sold in your country). You also cannot use the Amazon logo, or any word that could be construed as “Amazon,” or use any words or phrases that make it sound like the site is owned or operated by Amazon. You also cannot offer any “free shipping” or any other incentives or discounts that Amazon does not provide.
Pros of Starting an Affiliate Site
Affiliate marketing is a great way to get your feet wet with a newfound interest in blogging. Whether you’re interested in fashion, beauty, technology, or something else entirely, there’s a wide array of products to promote on affiliate marketing networks, Amazon included. Affiliate marketing may allow you to make money, but it also gives you the chance to try out new hobbies, explore different topics, and even change career paths. Affiliate marketing also allows you to build an audience, and make money, while you’re creating valuable content. In the case of an Amazon affiliate site, you’re still creating content, but you’re also linking to products that you love, and can recommend to others.
How to Start an Amazon Affiliate Site
First, you’ll need to sign up for an Amazon Associate account. Once you do this, you’ll be able to log into your account and create a site. You can use the Amazon Associate site builder to create your site. Once you’ve logged into the site builder, you’ll need to choose a domain name. Amazon recommends choosing a name that’s easy to remember, but also relates to what you’re selling. Once you’ve got a name, you can start building your site.
Limitations of an Amazon Affiliate Site
You cannot sell your own product on an affiliate site. This is one of the biggest limitations of an Amazon Affiliate site. You also cannot use any of the brand names, logos, or trademarks of the products being promoted. You also cannot make any claims that the products you’re linking to will work for every single customer, or for every single situation. You also cannot link to coupon codes or discounts for specific products. Finally, you cannot use the word “free” in relation to shipping, or use any other incentives or offers that Amazon does not offer.
If you’re passionate about a specific topic, and you want to start your own affiliate site, Amazon is a great option. Amazon is one of the biggest affiliate sites out there, so it’s a great place to start your first affiliate site. You’ll be able to promote a wide array of products, and make money while you’re doing it. When you’re ready to start your first affiliate site, make sure you’re aware of the limitations so you don’t accidentally break any rules and get your account shut down.