How to Join Amazon Associates – Canada

Step-by-Step Guide for Self-published Indie Authors/Publishers

This is a very quick instructional post for joining the Amazon Associates affiliate program.

Let’s start!

Joining Associates to create your Associate ID

Search Associates.
From the search results, choose the appropriate Amazon Associates to join.
For instance,

In this tutorial, I’m going to choose Associates.
So, I click on the link.
Just click the link, or copy and paste the URL address in your Internet browser’s address bar.

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 Associates?
Click on Create your Amazon account to sign up for an 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 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!

Also, select an option under Who is the main contact for this account?
Click Next.

Your Website and Mobile App List

Under Enter Your Website(s) textbox, copy/paste or type in the exact URL address of your website(s), for example, then click Add. It will come out as
For instance, becomes, in the space below.

Enter Your Mobile App URL(s)
I don’t have an Author Page (Detail Page) on
I did not wish to copy and paste the ASIN (short for Amazon Standard Item Number) or the ISBN of every book that I have on
That would be too many links, even if it’s half of the Amazon websites out there multiplied by a couple of books!

Instead I entered the URL address of website plus my Associates ID as
Once clicked Add, it’s formatted as

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.

Which of the following topics best describes your websites and mobile apps?
Select primary topics: Books
Select secondary topic: Education/School/Reference/News

What type of Amazon items do you intend to list on your websites or mobile apps?

What type are your websites or mobile apps?
Select primary type: Content or Niche Website
Select secondary type: Blog

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.

How did you hear about us?
Online search

Type the characters in the above image
Enter the CAPTCHA code.  If image is shown again, re-enter the new code.

When finished, click Next.

Your Identity Verification

Enter Telephone Number
Input your full telephone number including std/country code as prompted.
eg +44   1234567890.
(A quick process follows! You may have to try or retry more than once! So don’t panic. See ‘ Identity Verification is a 3 step process’ list on right hand side of image)

Your Identity Verifcation
Press Call Me Now.

A four-digit PIN number pops up underneath your telephone number on computer screen. eg Phone PIN: 4884.
Receiving a call, answering, listening to an automated message
At the same time, you will get a call (from Amazon) on your phone.
Answer the automated message and enter the 4-digit PIN number using your telephone keypad.

That’s it.
Congratulations, your Identity Verification is complete. Please accept the Operating Agreement and submit your application.

Contract Terms
Tick/check the box to agree to the terms and conditions of the Associates Program Operating Agreement. Then click Finish.

Congrats, you so and SO!
Thank you for applying to the Associates Program
Your unique Associate ID is fractionsxxxx-xx
(FractionsVisually is truncated! Should have chosen a shorter name of 9 to 13 characters long?)

Enter your Payment and Tax Information
Choose Now or Later.

I chose Now to enter my details there and then.

Your Payment Method
For non-Canadian/non-US citizens with no Canadian/US bank for direct deposit, there are only 2 options:
Pay me by gift card or Pay me by cheque.
You can opt for a gift card or cheque.

If, however, you choose Pay me by direct deposit, you need to enter your bank details; Bank Location, Bank Name, Bank Account Holder Name, Bank Account Type, Bank Account Number and Routing Number / ABA Number.

Click on Submit and Continue with Tax Information.
Optionally, you can ‘Skip Payment and Continue with Tax Information’?

Tax Information Interview
Who will receive income from Amazon or its subsidiary?

For U.S. tax purposes, are you a U.S. person?

Click Save and continue.

Tax Information Interview
Tax Information
Type of beneficial owner: individual
Country Of Citizenship: United Kingdom
Full name: Your name.

Permanent address: Your address
Permanent address: Same as Permanent address or different?
Select as applicable.

Are you an agent acting as an intermediary?

Location of services performed
Select ‘All services are performed outside the U.S.’
Also, tick ‘I will provide notification in writing or by retaking the tax information interview should the location of the services provided to Amazon or its subsidiary change.’

Tax identification number (TIN)
Select ‘I have a foreign (non-U.S.) income tax identification number

Save and Continue.

Tax Information Interview
Foreign (non-U.S.) income tax identification number (TIN)
Foreign (non-U.S.):  12-3456789 i.e 9-digit number.
Tick ‘I confirm that my foreign (non-U.S.) TIN is correct and is used for income tax purposes.’

Save and Continue.

PS; Don’t have a TIN/ITIN/EIN number?
Please, search background information on the Internet about TIN/ITIN/EIN, if you need one and if so how to apply one. For instance, check here for a start.

Tax Information Interview
Check Tax withholding rate, Review

….  Part I, Part II

… and Part III.

So far so good?
Save and continue.
(We’ll sign and date the form on a later page. Nearly there at the 80% mark on progress!)

Tax Information Interview
Consent to electronic delivery of Form 1042-S
Form 1042-S delivery preference:   Select ‘Go paperless, I want to receive my Form 1042-S electronically’.
Consent to electronic signature
Electronic signature   choose ‘I consent to provide my electronic signature.’

Electronic signature
Tick all (6) boxes.

Signature of beneficial owner (or individual authorized to sign for beneficial owner): Type your name
Check Date, E-mail address and Capacity (Individual).
Then Submit.

Now, it’s not a bad idea to print your completed Tax Information Interview/IRS Form W-8 and also to save? it (as .mht or similar file format) for reference).

Press Exit Interview. Associates Central

That’s the end of Step 1 – Joining the Associates affiliate Program (the initial journey to get to Amazon Associates Central!)

Affiliating books and products on author website to Associates

Let’s go back to author website.

Login to your website using WordPress Dashboard Log In or whatever means of accessing your website’s admin area.
Creating Amazon Associates Affiliate Links

Find a text or product image, for instance a country name or book cover , to link.
Select it by clicking on text.

Once highlighted, click on ‘Insert/edit ink‘ symbol on post editor toolbar.

Copy the entire URL address with Associate ID link, eg, and paste it in the Paste URL or type to search link box.

Click Apply or press Enter.

Next, click on Update for the change to take effect.

Click on Preview to view how link/page will look on screen.

Visit your website and check if the Associate link is working correctly.
First, hover the mouse over the text to reveal where the link is pointing to.
Next, click on the link to verify if it actually takes you to the desired Amazon site/page.

If you were already Signed in to your Associates account, you should see the following screen.

If not, please, move on to next Step 3.

That’s it for Step 2; creating links by inserting your Associate ID.

Managing and monitoring your Associates account; stats, earnings and clicks

On the same page (where the link has taken you to), click Sign in (as we’ve already created/had an Amazon account).

Sign in with your Amazon email address. Click Continue.

Enter your Amazon password for your Amazon email address.
Click Sign in.

If you receive a CAPTCHA screen, Enter the characters you see on screen in the Type characters text box.

Then click Sign in

There you have it. We are in Associates Central.

On the right-hand side of login screen and above your email address, click on Earnings.

You will see the following screens.

To the right of amazonassociates icon/label, there are 3 drop-down menus:

1) Notifications (bell symbol on left of your email address): latest updates from Amazon etc
2) Your email address: Account Settings, Payment History, Manage Your Traffic IDs and Sign Out for login out from AA.
3) Amazon countries/’Stores‘ with currently Signed in ‘Store ID and flag on top.
Below these drop-down menus, there is another menu bar with Home, Product Linking, Promotions, Tools, Reports, Help
plus a New: Improved SiteStripe (similar to NewOneLink?)

That’s it for this post on How to Join Associates – Canada.

Please, leave your comments and corrections.


About the Author

Eng S Jama is an experienced electronics engineer turned an educational tutor and author of Visual Maths Fractions For Visual Learner Folks™, Who Find Text-based Fractions No Fun.

FRACTIONS VISUALLY™ is a VISUAL MATHS FRACTIONS resource For Visual Learner Folks™, Who Find Text-based Fractions No Fun.

That's 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, Grades Kindergarten-5th grader or Year group 1-6 in primary education (infants, elementary and junior schools).

ADDING FRACTIONS STEP-BY-STEP is for students and older learners struggling with adding fractions.
Ages 11-16, Grades 6th-10th grade or Year group 7-11 in secondary education (middle, senior and high schools).

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