The Amazon affiliate program is a great way to make money with a blog – no matter if you’re a new or seasoned blogger!
Do you want to build an Amazon affiliate store using WordPress? A store allows you to sell a variety of products from Amazon – items that you love – and earn a commission when someone buys the products through your links.
Today’s post will show you how to build an Amazon affiliate store on WordPress the easy way, using the WooCommerce plugin.
Getting Started To Become An Amazon Affiliate
Did you know that Amazon is one of the biggest eCommerce platforms? And it sells a huge variety of products; from apparel, household items, electronics, books… just about anything you can think of!
By signing up (if you haven’t already) to become an Amazon affiliate, you can recommend Amazon products through your existing site pages, blog posts, AND create a store to add some Amazon affiliate products to make money as well.
To get started, you will need to be using the WordPress.org platform.
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You will also need a WordPress hosting account, a domain name, and an SSL Certificate – these three things are necessary if you want to sell products on your website.
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Signing Up For An Amazon Affiliate Account
Once you have a LIVE self-hosted WordPress site, follow my instructions on how to become an Amazon affiliate in my post Make Money Blogging – Even If You’re A New Blog. This post walks you through the Amazon affiliate sign up process.
Once approved by Amazon, you can start adding affiliate links to your site pages and/or posts.
Set up Your WooCommerce Online Store
Let’s get started setting up the WooCommerce plugin on yoursite:
Step 1: Add Woocommerce Plugin
In your WordPress Dashboard, hover over “Plugins”. Click on “Add New” to add a new plugin to your WordPress.
Step 2: Install and Activate the WooCommerce Plugin
Search the “WooCommerce” plugin in the search area. Click on “Install Now”, then “Activate”.
Your online shop is ready.
How To Add Amazon Affiliate Products to WooCommerce
So let’s get started adding your first Amazon affiliate marketing product!
Step 1: Login to your Amazon Associates account.
Step 2: Find/Search for a product on Amazon. For this example I searched for a ‘cake plate’.
Step 3: Choose a product that you love. Go to that products page.
Step 4: Get the product link. Click on “Get Link”. Since we are adding the product to our store, the option I like to select is the ‘text’ only link.
Step 5: Add the product to WooCommerce.
In your WordPress dashboard, click on “Products”, then “Add New”. You will see a screen like this one below, for you to add the product details into (which were found on the Amazon products page).
You’re going to want to (1) enter the name of the product you’re promoting. (2) Enter the product description. (3) Choose an appropriate ‘product category’. In my example, I have selected “Kitchen”.
Scroll down and continue to add some more details.
- From the Product Data area, choose ‘External/Affiliate product’.
- Enter the Product URL. Note: Product URL is the same affiliate product link that we noted instep 4 above.
- In the Product Short Description, you can write your own short description or add the same product description from step 3 (the products page) above.
- Place a Product Image. This is the image you will be featuring. I would suggest you save the picture of the product from your affiliate account. (I click on the image from step 3 and then do either a ‘save as’ or a screenshot. Then I create a 600×600 image size).
- Optional… you can add additional photos to the Product Gallery section. This typically consists of the product from different angles or in use. These additional photos can help the customer understand the product better.
- Publish the Product.
After publishing the product, you can check it out on your website. Here’s what it looks like on my shop page:
And what it looks like on the actual product page in the shop:
Keep repeating steps 1-6 above to add more products to your online store!
Trust me, adding an eCommerce store using the WooCommerce plugin is not difficult.
So are you ready to build an Amazon affiliate store on WordPress and earn more money? Of course you are!