Most people use Amazon to browse for their favorite products and to shop online.  I use Amazon for those things too but I also earn some extra income with Amazon as well.  Although you may have never thought of using Amazon as a resource for passive income, it is a practical website to use for this purpose.  But can you really make money with Amazon and if so, how can this be accomplished?

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Why should I use Amazon?

I recommend using Amazon because it is one of the most trusted and popular websites that people frequent on a regular basis.  The truth is that most people will eventually buy something at Amazon anyway, so you can take advantage of this by featuring their products, promotions, sales, etc. for others to check out.  Most customers purchase more than 1 item at Amazon which will help you to earn even more money.

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Another reason to use Amazon is the fact that their affiliate program is completely free and open to everyone.  You do not have to be an established blogger or website owner in order to get started, in fact, you can make money with Amazon even if you don’t own a blog or website! If you have a social media account like Facebook or Twitter (for example) you can use Amazon to earn a commission for recommending their products.

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What kind of products can I recommend?

This post may contain affiliate links but I only recommend sites that I have personally researched, trust or use.

You can recommend or promote any products that Amazon has online.  They have literally thousands of items that you can choose from on their official website.  There is one exception to this rule that I must tell you about from personal experience.

Amazon has just a few select items that you will not be able to promote and earn a commission from.  If you select one of those items, you will not be able to get a link to promote and you will see some text from Amazon that reads like this:  This product is one of the Amazon Associates Program Excluded Products. We do not support direct linking to this product.  Please direct customers to another product or the category for this product instead.

What this means is that you will have to choose another item that is closely related to that item or in the same category in order for you to earn a commission from the sale.

There are several other ways you can make money with Amazon.  Here are just a few listed below.


Various ways to make money with Amazon

Trade-in Program

Customers who have purchased items from Amazon can sell them back to them for Amazon gift cards.  To make money with this, you will need either a link or banner with your affiliate id.  You will only earn a commission if Amazon accepts the item which is based on the trade-in value.

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Selling Books

You can also earn by promoting their books, and ebooks and signing up and being an affiliate with AbeBooks, which is an affiliate of Amazon for sending them new customers and generating sales.

Mobile Apps

If you have a blog or website, you can also integrate mobile ads on your website by placing a code from Amazon that will be displayed when your visitors visit your mobile site.


Display Amazon ad banners or your blog or website and you will earn money per impression or click on each advertisement.


You can even create your own store from Amazon for free and place various items on the store for people to browse over and buy online.

Promotions and Bounties

You can also earn a fixed rate when visitors sign up for select services or products like Amazon Prime Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial, Wedding Registry Shop Amazon – Create an Amazon Wedding Registry, Baby Registry Shop Amazon – Create an Amazon Baby Registry, Audible Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks, Prime Music Join Amazon Prime Music – The Only Music Streaming Service with Free 2-day Shipping – 30-day Free Trial and more.

Self-publishing your own books

Sell your own paperback or ebooks for free with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing and earn up to 70% commission from the sale of each book!

Kindle Publishing for Blogs

You can publish your blog or website on Amazon for a set rate (for example $0.99) after the 14-day trial so that Amazon customers who are subscribed to your blog will have content from your blog delivered wirelessly to their Kindle device to stay up to date.

Sell your Products

Sell your own products on Amazon to get exposure from hundreds of Amazon customers and earn a commission.  There is a monthly fee for vendors who use this feature.


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Sell Apps

Sell your Android apps on the Amazon Appstore for a commission.  You can also monetize your apps with Amazon ads.


Turn your books into audiobooks and earn a commission when your books are sold.

When will I get paid?

Your commissions from Amazon are paid out on a monthly basis and directly deposited in your bank account.

How much money can I make with Amazon?

It depends on you and how much effort you put into promoting their products, incorporating their banners/links that are displayed online.  My advice would be to have or acquire some contacts or followers on social media, only offer products they may have an interest in, tell them about any deals, specials, and offers through Amazon, and consistently try to do this without being too forward.

If you have a Pinterest account, please share your Amazon items there and create a business account for free to add new boards that will be categorized on the products or items that you share.

Want to learn more?

If you would like to learn more about making money with Amazon make sure you check out these videos below.

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