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Another way to monetize your blog is through affiliate marketing, one of the most profitable affiliate programs that you can join is “Amazon affiliate program”. Affiliate marketing is key in today’s industry of bloggers, I can tell you that it pays better than almost anything on the internet, this is why I’m going to introduce you to one of the best, if not the best affiliate program that exists now.
Neil Patel defines Affiliate Marketing as, “a marketing arrangement by which an online retailer pays commission to an external website for traffic or sales generated from its referrals.”
Who doesn’t agree with this definition, it is the perfect definition of affiliate marketing. Even if we fail to look at some reasons, we should not forget that Amazon is actually the biggest store in the world. I didn’t say a continent or some part of the globe, the entire world. The richest man at moment is Jeff Bezos and he is the owner of Amazon. Ask yourself this question, if he has so much money with Amazon, it means that I can also make money from Amazon.
There are many ways to make money from Amazon and this is what we are going to look at today. Amazon affiliate program is currently the number one program that any top blogger would recommend to you for monetizing your blog.
Quite to many bloggers’ notice, this Amazon affiliate program is only available to the people living in the United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, Japan, Italy, France & Netherland. What this means is that people living outside the shores of these countries cannot have an Amazon affiliate account.
Nothing’s impossible in the internet today, having so much advancements cannot be for nothing, even if you are not in those countries, you can still have an Amazon affiliate account. Don’t mind the title that reads, “How to open an Amazon Affiliate account in Nigeria.” Even if you are in South Africa, Georgia, Pakistan and you’re reading this, you can try the following procedures that I’m going to list below to help you create an Amazon account.
How to open an Amazon Affiliate account in Nigeria
Go to affiliate-program.amazon.com/home/. Tap Join now for FREE!. On the next page, fill in your name, Email & Password, then click Create your Amazon account.
Now it’s time to verify your email address, simply check the mail box of the email you typed in for a code and type it in the box on the page. Then tap Verify. If you didn’t get any code, you can still tap Resend Code, you will surely get the code in your mailbox.
The next page is the Website and Mobile App List. Simply list all the top level domains and/or mobile apps on which you plan to display banners, widgets, Special Links, or other ads from Amazon Associates. You need to add at least one website or mobile app. You can add up to 50 websites or mobile apps. Then click Next.
After clicking next, you will see another information that reads, “Are any of the websites or mobile apps listed above directed primarily at children under 13? These websites and mobile apps are not eligible to display banners, widgets, special links, or other ads from Amazon Associates. You are required to declare this information.” Just tick No and click Confirm.
Under the Profile page, you have to fill in your preferred Associates Store ID? The * sign shows that this is a very important information to them, kindly fill it and select “Which of the following topics best describes your websites or mobile apps?, What type of Amazon items do you intend to list on your websites or mobile apps?, What type are your websites or mobile apps?, How do you drive traffic to your website(s)?, How do you utilize your websites and apps to generate income?” and so on, until you get to the ending of the page, then click Next >>.
The Identity Verification page is the trickiest part and the main reason why Nigerians cannot have an Amazon account, you have to verify the account through phone call. You’ll be asked to type in your number in order for them to call you and you verify your account.
You need a USA number to scale through this step, this was why we covered that tutorial on how to create a free USA number in Nigeria, you will need to learn how to get one. Simply read the tutorial, get your number, type it in the box and hit Verify. A PIN will be provided on the verification page so that when they call you, you will have to type it in your phone. Just think of it as if you are trying to get to MTN customer care representative.
After that, tick I agree to the terms and conditions of the Associates Program Operating Agreement and click Finish >>. On the next page, you will be asked for your Tax Information. For this particular step, you need to follow these procedures and answer the questions as are going to be stated below;
Tax Information Interview
- Who will receive income from Amazon or its subsidiary? – individual
- For U.S. tax purposes, are you a U.S. person? – no
- Are you acting as an intermediary agent, or other person receiving payment on behalf of another person or as a flow-through entity? – no
Tax Identity Information
- Enter your full name.
- Select “Nigeria” as country of residence.
- De-Selected “I have a Non-US TIN”.
- Select “I could not/have not obtained TIN from my local authorities because of other reasons“.
- Click “Continue”.
- Set “location of services perfumed” to : All services will be performed outside the U.S.
- Accept agreement/consent.
- Enter your full name as “signature”
- Clicked Save > Preview > Submit