In this tutorial I will teach you the exact steps I take each and every time I open a new Amazon Affiliate Store.
What is an Amazon Affiliate Store?
It is a website that looks just like an eCommerce store. It will have all of the elements of a normal eCommerce store, including an “Add to Cart” button on the product page. The difference between a standard eCommerce store and an Amazon Affiliate store is that when the customer goes to complete the checkout process they will be directed to the Amazon.com checkout page. Amazon will handle everything from this point forward, they collect the payment from the customer, ship them their item, deal with any customer service issues and pay you your commission the next day.
As with all of my businesses, I look for ways to automate everything. After a lot of research this is the method that works for me, time and time again.
Step 1 –
Choose a niche: You want to sell products in a niche where you can have at least 30,000 products where half are high priced ($x,xxx) and half are low priced ($xx). This is because the low price items will boost your ITEMS SOLD count for the month and raise your commission level.
The easiest way to choose a niche is to go to Amazon.com, click Full Store Directory on the home page. Choose a section that has both high price and low price items. For this example, I will choose Musical Instruments because I know Guitars, Drum Kits and Brass Instruments costs thousands of dollars but customers can also buy Guitar Strings, Instructional Books and Spare Parts which increase my ITEMS SOLD count.
Step 2 –
Web hosting: You will need a hosting account for your website. If you already have a hosting account move on to step 3. If you do not already have one I recommend Eleven2. It is only $4.17/month and you can host an unlimited number of websites on your account.
Step 3 –
Install WordPress on your Eleven2 account. It is easy to do it in the Cpanel.
Step 4 –
Purchase the ShopperPress WordPress Theme ($79). This is an essential step. ShopperPress will automate EVERYTHING for you.
Step 5 –
Install your new ShopperPress Theme on the WordPress account that you linked to your new website.
Step 6 –
This step is also where you will set up your product categories (you will not be putting any products in them yet, but you will have to set them up on your website). You want to set them up to make it as easy as possible on your visitors. For example; if you stat a “musical instrument” website it is not smart to just have one category called “Musical Instruments”. You are going to want your shoppers to easily be able to find what they are looking for in clearly defined categories such as “Guitars”, then subcategories of “Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars. Bass Guitars”, then “Brass Instruments” with subcategories of “Trumpets, Trombones, Saxophones ,etc, etc, etc”. The best way to figure out what categories and subcategories you will use is to get them straight from Amazon. This means if your chosen niche is musical instruments you would go here: http://www.amazon.com/musical-instruments-accessories-sound-recording and follow their left navigation menu. The Orange Categories are you main keywords, the blue links are your subcategories.
Step 7 –
It’s time to import all of your products from Amazon. Remember how I said ShopperPress will automate everything for you? This is where that comes in to play. Once you install ShopperPress on your WordPress and log in you will be able to click “add products”. You then enter you Amazon Associate account information and you can start “searching” for products in your niche. For example, if you niche is consumer electronics, and you want to import “TVs” to your store, you can run a search.
You can then filter the search results however you want, maybe you only want Panasonic TVs that cost between $600 and $1200 USD. You select this in the “Filter Options” section and then “SAVE PRODUCTS” to your store. You choose the category of eCommerce store and ShopperPress automatically adds new products pages that include product images, descriptions, prices and even an “Add to Cart” button. It’s that easy!
Repeat this process for every category in your Amazon Affiliate store (for example, TVs, DVD Players, Surround Sound Speakers, Amplifiers, Subwoofers, HDMI cables, etc, etc,etc) and before you know your entire Amazon Affiliate store will be populated with thousands of products that you will be ready to earn commissions on.
Have you populated your entire store? Does it have 30,000 items or more in your chosen niche? Great! You now have an Amazon Affiliate store that is more that capable of making you a full time income but it will not make you a dime until you start getting traffic to your Amazon Affiliate Store…