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6 Ways To Make Money Online With Amazon (+ How To Get Started)

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Are you ready to discover some real ways to make money online with Amazon?

Well, as you've landed on this post today, you must really be ready!

Amazon is one of the biggest online platforms to date, and it gives people like you and me so much potential to earn some decent money online.

I want to share with you 6 real ways to make money online with Amazon, some of which I've personally tried myself.

And the great thing is, you can get started with little to no start-up costs, plus the flexibility to work from home.

So, here's a quick breakdown of what you can expect to get from this post:


1) Amazon Associates

One of the top ways to make money online with Amazon is by being an Amazon Associate. 

As an Amazon associate you get to promote different amazon products, and earn a commission for items that sell. 

Here's a quick diagram to show you how it works:

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Being an Amazon associate requires gaining the necessary knowledge and skills to be able earn as much money as you can. 

That's why I like to recommend the Wealthy Affiliate training program, which teaches you how make money online based on your passion, using the Amazon associates platform. 

Plus, you can apply what you learn to other affiliate programs.

If you're not too familiar with Affiliate Marketing, I create a quick guide which shows you how to start an Affiliate Marketing business with no money!


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Pros

  • Can promote any product on Amazon
  • Even earn money for products you don't promote when people buy using your link
  • Can earn money by promoting Amazon subscriptions (e.g. Amazon Prime)
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    Free to join
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    Available Worldwide
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    Education Centre available for additional learning

Cons

  • Only 24-hour cookie window when a user clicks on your link 
  • Need to be approved before you can start to promote
  • May lose your account if you don't earn within a certain time period
  • Low commission rate compared to other affiliate programs 


How To get started?

1. Create an account with Amazon Associates here

2. Add your website URL and fill in the website details

3. Verify your account using your phone number.

4. Get link, banners and widgets on products suitable for your niche

Here's a quick video tutorial below to help you get up and running

...plus, you may want to check out this really in-depth beginners guide to Amazon Associates.


2) Buy And Resell On Amazon

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Another option for ways to make money online with Amazon is to buy and resell new and used products on their platform.

When I first started out online, this is one of the methods I used to make some extra money.

I would buy and sell things like books, phone cases, used phones, DVD's etc.

The idea behind this method is to, buy low and sell high.

You can easily purchase products cheaply in your local stores or online via marketplace platforms such as Aliexpress and DHGate

Pros

  • Can list many different products online
  • If the product is already available on Amazon there's no need to add a description/title etc.
  • Can start selling right away, no need to wait for approval
  • Amazon helps you set an appropriate price for your product

Cons

  • Need to pay Amazon fees when you sell an item 
  • May be restricted from selling some products when you're starting out, e.g. Fragrances
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    Need to stock inventory

How To Get sTarted?

1. Create an Amazon Seller Account here (ideally, select the Individual account option when starting out)

2. Upload your listings 

This beginner's guide to selling on Amazon will teach you how to get started in 5 easy steps. 


3) Sell via Amazon FBA

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Another great opportunity for making money online with Amazon is to sell products using their FBA platform.

FBA stands for "Fulfilled By Amazon", and this platform allows users to have their orders to be completely handled by Amazon.

So instead of storing products yourself, you can have them stored within Amazon warehouses, and when a buyer makes a purchase, the order is "fulfilled by Amazon"

Pros

  • Allows you to have your products stored, and "fulfilled by Amazon"
  • No need to stock inventory
  • No need to post items 
  • Can use it to sell products with Private Label Rights

Cons

  • As you'll likely be using a Professional seller account, you have to pay a monthly fee.
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    Need to do a lot of product research 
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    Higher start up costs

How To get started?

1. Create an Amazon "Professional" Seller Account here.

2. Find profitable products to sell

3. Upload your listings

4. Convert your items to "Fulfilled by Amazon" items

There are tons of videos and tutorials online to guide you through the FBA platform. 

Below are a list of some of my recommended video resources:



4) Kindle Publishing

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With Kindle publishing you can make money online with Amazon by selling your books on Amazon Kindle.

You earn royalties every-time a user purchases one of your books, approximately 70%.

Pros

  • Can create your own ebooks and sell them on Amazon
  • Millions of potential buyers
  • It's FREE to publish your book on Amazon Kindle
  • Better earning potential per sale, compared to Amazon Associates
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    Don't have to be super creative with writing, even simple "how-to" guides sell well on Kindle

Cons

  • Need to know how to promote your book in order to get sales and reviews - (Wealthy Affiliate actually teaches you how to promote products online, so you can use the training from this platform to help you promote your Kindle book.)
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    May have limited earning potential - You'd need to write new books very often in order to drive consistent sales...unless you know how to market/promote your book on other platforms, and drive sales that way.

How To get Started?

1. Create an Kindle publishing account here - you can also sign in using your current Amazon account

2. Read the KDP Jumpstart guide which will show you the important steps to getting your book published online.

If you're not sure what kind of books will sell on Kindle, just take a look at the marketplace. There's ton of genres available for you to write about.

Additionally, there are a number of Udemy online courses, and Youtube tutorials to help you get started:


5) Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTURK)

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Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a platform that allows you to make money online with Amazon by completing small tasks for different companies. 

You don't need to have any experience to get started, however, don't expect to "get rich" with this platform as the pay rate is pretty low.

...But if you're looking for a way to make some extra money with little to no time and effort, then this could definitely be worth considering.

Pros

  • No experience needed
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    Complete simple tasks
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    Little to no effort required

Cons

  • Low earning potential
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    Not many opportunities available in the UK
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    Payment received as Amazon gift cards if you live outside the USA

How To Get STarted?

1. Sign up as an MTurk Workerhere

2. Take a look at theMTurk FAQs page for further information about the platform and how to get started.


6) Merch By Amazon

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"Merch by Amazon" is another opportunity to add to this list of ways to make money online with Amazon. 

Merch is a platform that lets you make money by selling your artistic designs on merchandise such as t-shirts and mugs etc.

It's important to note that "Merch by Amazon" is invite only, so you need to send in an application and get accepted before you can start selling any merchandise. 

I've seen some people report that it can takes months to finally get accepted, so you may want to use the waiting time to create some new designs.

Pros

  • Make money selling your artistic designs
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    No physical products involved
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    Amazon handles printing, shipping and customer service

Cons

  • Invitation only
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    May have to wait months before you get accepted

How To Get Started?

1. Apply to join "Merch by Amazon" here

2. Complete the application form

3. While you wait for your invite, start working on some cool new designs!


My final thoughts

There you go, 6 ways to make money online with Amazon. 

As you can see, Amazon is a versatile platform which gives ordinary people like you and me the opportunity to make real money online.

You can get started with little to no start up cost, and you have the option to make working with Amazon a little side hustle, or a full time online business.

...and have the added flexibility of being able to work from home!


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What other ways to make money online with Amazon do you know about?

Have I missed any opportunities off the list?

If you're already earning from the methods above, which is your favourite way to make money online with Amazon?

Please share your thoughts, comments and experiences below...I'd love to hear from you!

Stephanie
 

Blogger, Online Marketer and full-time music lover. Thank you for reading my posts! I share my experiences of making money online as well as providing useful tips and advice to those who are interested in starting an online business. I enjoy writing reviews and giving an insight into what has worked for me and what hasn't. If you like what I write here be sure to share my posts with others!

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Gigi - May 13, 2018

Hello! I never knew there are several ways to earn money through Amazon. I have been using Amazon as a consumer. Lately though, I’ve been trying to learn affiliate marketing and I’m currently an Amazon Associate. The Kindle publishing looks interesting as another avenue for income since I’ve been on a writing streak anyway 🙂 Will look into it. Thanks for all the how to guides.
Thanks for your post.
Gigi

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    Stephanie - May 16, 2018

    Hi Gigi, thanks for commenting. That’s great to hear you’re also an Amazon Associate, and wishing you all the best with it :).

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Jessica Gruenberg - May 13, 2018

Great post! I had no idea they had so many ways to earn money with Amazon! I have only done a few of them. Thank you for the in-depth information!

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    Stephanie - May 16, 2018

    Hi Jessica, thanks for commenting! Do you still make money with Amazon? If so, which of these is your favourite ways to make money online with Amazon?

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Charlene - May 7, 2018

I love Amazon and I’m always looking for ways to get some of the money I spend with them back! 😉 Thanks for the tips.

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Chaffron - May 3, 2018

Thanks for this article. I’ve just started the process of monetizing my blog in the last month or two and this was right on time.

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    Stephanie - May 8, 2018

    Hi Chaffron, you’re welcome. I’m really glad this article came at the right time for you. All the best!

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Daniella - May 1, 2018

Reselling on Amazon is a good one! We do a similar side hustle but we resell guitars, among other things, using eBay instead.

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    Stephanie - May 8, 2018

    Hi Daniella, thanks for commenting. That’s great…glad to hear you’re having some success online with eBay. Wishing you all the best!

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Jerry Huang - April 30, 2018

Hey Stephanie, thanks for this really thorough and in-depth guide on how to make money with Amazon. I’ve heard of a few ways before but didn’t know about your point number 2 and number 6.

I’ve not heard of Merch by Amazon and buy & resell on Amazon. It’s really interesting to learn these new methods for me.

For me, I believe being an Amazon Associate and sell Amazon affiliate products is the best way among all 6 as it’s free to get started and it’s earning potential is huge in my opinion. What do you think?

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    Stephanie - May 13, 2018

    Hi Jerry, thanks for commenting! I’m glad to hear you found this guide very thorough, and that I’ve enlightened you on some new ways to make money online with Amazon.

    I believe Amazon Associates is a really great option for the reasons you mentioned, and as so many people purchase from Amazon it’s not as difficult to make the sale.

    With that being said, I think each option will appeal to different people, and based on the persons interest the earning potential can be just as huge.

    Thanks for sharing your opinion and joining the discussion.
    All the best

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