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How to Build an Amazon Affiliate Store Using WordPress

Sep 12, 2022 | TUTORIALS

Do you want to build an Amazon affiliate store using WordPress?

An Amazon affiliate store allows you to sell products from Amazon as an affiliate and earn money on each sale. Due to the low startup and running costs, an Amazon affiliate store is one of the easiest ways to start a new business and make money online.

In this article, we will show you how to easily build an Amazon affiliate store using WordPress. We will also share our expert tips on how to increase your Amazon affiliate earnings.

Amazon Affiliate Store Using WordPress

What is an Amazon Affiliate?

An Amazon affiliate store is an online store that promotes products that are available to buy on Amazon.

Creating an Amazon affiliate store is very different from running your online store, where you’ll need to source products, manage orders and refunds, ship products, and keep track of inventory. This can take a lot of time, effort, and money.

When you build an affiliate store, you don’t have to worry about any of these things. You can simply add some affiliate links to your website, and Amazon will handle the rest.

When visitors arrive at your website, they’ll see all the different products they can buy on Amazon using your unique affiliate links.

If a visitor clicks on one of your affiliate links and then buys this product on the Amazon website, you’ll earn money from that sale. This is known as an affiliate commission and it’s a great way to make money online blogging with WordPress.

Amazon affiliate stores are popular because of the low startup and running costs.

Amazon also sells a huge range of products. By creating an Amazon affiliate store, you’ll get access to over 75 million different products.

With that in mind, you should have no problems finding products that your visitors will be interested in buying, no matter whether you start a food blog, a photography website, a fashion blog, or any other kind of site.

However, you can’t add Amazon affiliate links to any sites that are mainly aimed at children under 13.

Step 1. Getting Started With WooCommerce and WordPress

There are lots of different WordPress eCommerce plugins that you can use to build an Amazon affiliate store, but we recommend using WooCommerce because it’s powerful, flexible, and free.

WooCommerce is also the most popular eCommerce plugin on the market and powers millions of online stores all around the world.

Before you start building your WordPress website, just be aware that there are two types of WordPress software. To get started, you will need to be using the WordPress.org platform (see the difference between WordPress.com vs WordPress.org).

You will also need a WordPress hosting account and a domain name.

When you promote Amazon products on your affiliate site, Amazon is responsible for processing the customer’s credit card details. However, at some point you may want to expand your business and start selling your own products. These can be physical products or even digital downloads such as ebooks.

With that in mind, it’s a good idea to buy an SSL certificate, so you can securely accept credit card payments on your WordPress site in the future.

A domain name typically costs $14.99 per year and hosting costs start from $7.99 per month.

The price of an SSL certificate can vary depending on where you buy the certificate. However, as an estimate, you can expect to pay anywhere between $50-200/year for an SSL certificate.

That is a lot of expense for a new affiliate business.

Thankfully, Bluehost, an official WordPress, and WooCommerce recommended hosting provider, has agreed to offer our readers a free domain name, a free SSL certificate, and over 60% off web hosting.

Note: Bluehost’s starter plan is a great choice for any Amazon affiliate store. However, if you want to sell your own products and services as well, then you want to take a look at our pick of the best WooCommerce hosting providers.

After buying your Bluehost package, you’ll need to install WordPress and choose a theme. For step-by-step instructions, see our guide on how to start a WordPress blog.

Once you’ve installed WordPress, you can log into the WordPress dashboard by going to example.com/wp-admin/ in your browser. Just replace “example.com” with your domain.

Here, simply type in the username and password you created, and then click on ‘Login.’

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You’re now in your WordPress dashboard, ready to start building your Amazon affiliate store.

The first thing you’ll want to do is install and activate the WooCommerce plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

As soon as you activate WooCommerce, it will launch a setup wizard where you can type in an address for your store, the industry where your store operates, and the type of products you plan to sell.

Since we want to create an Amazon affiliate store, you don’t need to worry about configuring your WooCommerce settings. With that in mind, you can close the setup wizard by clicking on the ‘Skip setup store details’ link.

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