Step-by-Step Guide for Self-published Indie Authors/Publishers
Step 1: Joining Amazon.co.uk Associates to create your Associate ID
Step 2: Creating Amazon.co.uk Associates affiliate links, using your Associate ID created in Step 1
Step 3: Linking your book(s) on your author website to Amazon.co.uk Associates
Step 4: Login to your Amazon.co.uk Associates account to manage and monitor your stats; clicks, earnings
– Joining Amazon.co.uk Associates to create your Associate ID
Search Amazon Associates.
From the search results, choose Amazon.co.uk Associates to join.
Click on the https://affiliate-program.amazon.co.uk/ link, or copy and paste the URL address in your Internet browser’s address bar.
Alternatively, you can visit Amazon.co.uk website then scroll All the way down to nearly the bottom of page until you see Associates Programme under the heading Make Money with Us in white text on a black/dark-blue background.
Either way, you come to the following page.
Press Join Now for Free.
Sign in with your Amazon account login info.
Don’t have an Amazon account?
Or existing Amazon account does not work for Amazon.co.uk?
Click on Create your Amazon account to sign up for an Amazon.co.uk account.
If you receive a CAPTCHA screen, Enter the characters you see on screen in the Type characters text box.
Click Sign in to login.
Your Account Information
Choose an account/your account for Amazon.co.uk Associates under
To whom should we issue payments?
By default, your primary Amazon address will be displayed.
Go ahead with Next or click Select Different Address to choose from addresses in your Amazon account.
Amazon saves delivery addresses of whomever you’ve sent stuff to – individuals, businesses, presents, gifts!
Your Websites and Mobile Apps
Under Enter Your Website(s) textbox, copy/paste or type in the exact URL address of your website(s), for example, https://WebsiteName.com then click Add. It will come out as WebsiteName.com.
For instance, https://fractionsvisually.com becomes fractionsvisually.com, in the space below.
Enter Your Mobile App URL(s)
Here, I simply copied and pasted the URL of my Author Page/Amazon ASIN (short for Amazon Standard Item Number).
According to Amazon, “ASIN is a 10-digit code that Amazon uses to denote specific products.”
That’s a Kindle e-book number, 10-digit ISBN-10 number of a book or your Amazon Author Page (aka Detail Page).
Mine is B007YKU7F2 and on Amazon.co.uk as https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B007YKU7F2 or https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eng-S-Jama/e/B007YKU7F2.
Yours might be similar or slightly different in format, for instance, https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/ASIN.
In short, I entered my Mobile App URL(s) as https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eng-S-Jama/e/B007YKU7F2.
Once clicked Add, it’s formatted as amazon.co.uk/Eng-S-Jama/e/B007YKU7F2.
Click Next (or Previous if you have to correct or modify info).
PS; Creating Your Amazon Associates Account bar shows your progress with a green tick on each task completed.
So far, only ‘Account Information’ is complete, and Website and Mobile App List is open/being edited.
What is you preferred Associate Store ID?
Your Website List and Your Mobile App List will show as listed in previous page.
What are your websites or mobile apps about?
Visual maths fractions.
To make learning maths fractions extremely simple and visual for everyone, especially children.
It’s much easier to understand something when you can visualise it.
Hence, Fractions Visually.
What type of Amazon items do you intend to list on your websites or mobile apps?
Traffic & monetization
How do you drive traffic to your website(s)?
Email, Offline, Social Networks, Forums, SEO, Blogs, Other
How do you utilize your websites and apps to generate income?
Select primary: Amazon Associates is the only way I monetize my site
Select secondary: Amazon Associates is the only way I monetize my site
How do you usually build links?
Blog Editor (e.g. Blogger, WordPress, Typepad)
How many total unique visitors do your websites and apps get per month?
Less that 500
What is your primary reason for joining the Amazon Associates Program?
To monetize my site.
Type the characters in the above image
Enter the CAPTCHA code. If image is shown again, re-enter the new code.
“Congrats, you so and SO!
Thank you for applying to the Amazon.co.uk Associates Programme”
EU Locale & Website: Amazon.co.uk Associates
Associate ID: fractionsxxxx-xx
(FractionsVisually is truncated! Should have chosen a shorter name of 9 to 13 characters long?)
Sign up for Amazon’s other EU Associates
Click Sign Up Now next to
Afiliados de Amazon.es (Spain),
Club Partenaires Amazon (France),
Amazon.de PartnerNet (Germany) and
Programma Affiliazione di Amazon.it (Italy).
PS; Note your Associate ID for each Amazon Associate (i.e. country, Amazon Marketplace, territory or Store).
Your Payment Method
Two options to choose from:
Pay me by Amazon.co.uk gift certificate or
Pay me by direct deposit (only available for banks located in the UK).
A British citizen and/or someone with a UK-based bank account, can choose Pay me a direct deposit.
Enter your bank details; Bank Location (i.e. country), Bank Name, Bank Account Holder Name, IBAN and BIC.
– Creating Amazon.co.uk Associates affiliate links with your Associate ID
This step is to link products (your books) on your author website to your Amazon Associates account, using your Amazon.co.uk Associates ID created in Step 1.
Click Product Links from the Product Linking drop-down menu on toolbar under amazonassociates.
Next, click Get link to create a text link for each book found (i.e. product to be linked).
Below Customise And Get HTML heading, select the Text and Image tab (or Text Only, Image Only or Add to Widget).
I opted for the former, Text and Image.
Also, under step 1. Customise Link, you can customise link (Open link in new window, Show border, Background Colour, Title Colour, Price Colour … Reset Colours).
In step 2. Live Preview, you can inspect how the link will look on your website/link page.
In step 3. Get HTML Code for this Product Link, under Hightlight and copy the HTML below, then paste into the code for your website, click Highlight HTML to select the entire link code.
Once selected, copy html code to clipboard, then paste it into your website.
Repeat above process for all products (or books) to be linked to Amazon.co.uk Associates.
Go back to ‘Products Links/Search for Any Product‘ page.
This time, input a title/book name in the Search and For boxes. Then click Go.
You might see the same search result, a similar or different one!
Still have not found all your works?
One more time, go back to the ‘Search for Any Product‘ page and search your Amazon ASIN in the Search and For boxes. Click Go.
If you’re lucky, by now you should have found all your books (or at least most of them) including some discontinued (out of print) titles!
– Affiliating your books and products on your author website to Amazon.co.uk Associates
Let’s go back to author website.
Choose a page(s) or post/s to paste all the link codes in.
You can place the links one at a time.
Paste link text in Text mode, then switch to Visual to view it.
Click Update, then Preview.
Check how link image will look on screen.
Alternatively, you can place more than one link or all the link codes at once.
In short, links can be edited in Text mode then viewed in Visual mode and previewed on screen to display link images/texts exactly as desired.
And so on.
Finally, check if the Associate links on your website are all working correctly by clicking on the images to verify if all links lead to Amazon.co.uk Associates.
– Monitoring and managing your Amazon.co.uk Associates Central page for clicks, earnings and so on.
Thanks for reading.
Please, leave your comments and corrections.
About the Author
Eng S Jama is an experienced electronics engineer turned an educational tutor and a self-published author.
Fractions Visually is for children who think fractions are no fun and grown-ups who have never found the best visual resources to master basic maths fractions.
Ages 5-11, Year groups 1-6 and Key Stages 1-2.
Or internationally equivalents in primary curriculum (infants and junior schools).
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