Does the Amazon Affiliate Program Work?

Last Update: August 30, 2014

You're thinking of getting a start at affiliate marketing. As Amazon has the best known affiliate program out there, you naturally ask, "Does the Amazon Affiliate Program work?"

Yes. Here's my first successful month with the Amazon Affiliate Program, way back in June 2011:

So, that's just under $1000 earned in my first full month with a brand new site from scratch.

BUT there are some important caveats here.

I had been trying to do affiliate marketing for 12 years before this month and hadn't made a single cent.


I had never built up traffic and had never given people a reason to buy through me until I started the site that finally generated my first affiliate commissions.

And even then, I just got lucky after 12 years. I stepped into an underserved niche: bitcoin. I bought a "low-hanging" keyword as my domain name: And I googled "spend bitcoins" and posted in the forum that was then the #1 result.

Three years later, and I know a lot more about marketing online and I've made a lot more money marketing online in ways other than Amazon as well.

But I realized recently that I still had a lot to learn. I searched for an affiliate training program and found Wealthy Affiliate, the website where you are now.

I've been working through the lessons very diligently and do you know what I've found? I've found that my success came from those lucky accidents.

After 12 years, I finally did a few things right by accident, and that's how I was finally able to quit my last job nearly three years ago.

So. You're here at Wealthy Affiliate now. You can either click the green "Create a Free Account" button on the top right, take the first ten lessons free, and if you find them as valuable as me get a premium account after that for less than a dollar a day.

Or you can stumble around and hope it doesn't take you 12 years to find success as it did me. I know which I would choose had I found this place 15 years ago. But your choice is yours alone.

Thanks for reading my blog. If you aren't already a member of Wealthy Affiliate, it's free to join! Just click the green "Create Free Account" button on the top right.

My Wealthy Affiliate profile can always be found at Please follow me and I'll follow you back. My websites are also listed on the bottom right of my profile if you want to have a look.

Please leave any questions or comments you have about this article below. I'd love to hear from you!

Happy affiliating!


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Wharper Premium
Hi Jeremy, I have to ask, when you first signed up with Amazon did your website/blog have to have a certain amount of traffic in order to be accepted?
JeremyWest Premium
Hmmmmm.... No, I guess not, because signed up sometime long before and I never had any sites with any kind of traffic at all before that.
Wharper Premium
Thanks for the heads up.
Ken-Pringle Premium
Great post thank you for sharing Jeremy.
JeremyWest Premium
No worries. I love sharing!
LondonLeigh Premium
Useful information. Thank you.
CarlaIves Premium
I'm a new Amazon Affiliate. Now to make it work. Thanks, as always, Jeremy.
Loes Premium
JeremyWest Premium
No, no I'm not. I'm just a guy that keeps trying long beyond the point where any sane person would quit. :-)

Thanks, though. I appreciate it!