How to Use Amazon Affiliate Links to Make More Money from Your Books (A Step-By-Step Guide)

Hassan Osman
8 min readSep 16, 2022

Here’s a step-by-step guide that shows you how to create Amazon affiliate links for your own books. This will help you make more money from extra commissions, as well as track where some of your book sales are coming from.

Quick disclaimer: The Amazon Associates Program has strict policies about using affiliate links that you should adhere to, and those policies change over time. So please make sure you refer to the latest information listed on their website before you proceed.

What’s the Amazon Associates Program?

The Amazon Associates Program is Amazon’s official affiliate marketing program that helps content creators monetize their audience via Amazon’s products.

So if you’re a digital creator (regardless of whether you have any of your own products listed on Amazon for sale), Amazon gives you tools that help you create special links to products that you can promote on your website or social media accounts.

If someone buys anything using those special links, then you get a commission.

So basically, it’s an affiliate program that helps you make money by promoting other people’s or company’s products.

Why Use Amazon Affiliate Links for Your Own Books?

The great thing about the affiliate program is that you can use affiliate links to send people to your own products. So you can create special links for each book, and if someone buys a book using those links, you’ll gain a couple of advantages.

  1. More Revenue: First, you’ll make more money because you’ll get a percentage cut of the sale as an affiliate (in addition to the royalties). Moreover, if someone clicks on your book’s affiliate link, and decides to buy something else within 24 hours on Amazon (for example, a laptop), then you’ll get the commission for that as well.
  2. Sales Tracking: Second, you’ll be able to track where some of your sales are coming from. Given that Amazon does not share traffic source data with authors, using affiliate links for your books will help you analyze and optimize some of your marketing channels. For…
Hassan Osman

SVP at NWN Carousel & Author of Short Books for Busy Managers. Views are my own. What I write: https://www.thecouchmanager.com/mybooks/