Being an Amazon affiliate is highly recommended and here's why.
First, there are literally thousands - or probably millions - of products in the Amazon catalogue. Meaning, you will never run out of products no matter what niche you want to explore. Second, it's easy to land a sale on Amazon. It's a trusted site, so people who shop online won't hesitate to make a purchase. Lastly, there are several tools that you can use to create image and text links.
Here's how to register and get started with the Amazon Associates Program.
Head over to the affiliate login / register site, which is located here: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com
You can see a yellow Join Now button at the right side of the screen. Simply click on this button. This should direct you to a page where you are required to type in a valid e-mail address. Click sign in. At this point, you will have to undergo a 3-step process to complete your registration.
First, you need to complete your account information. You should type in your real name, correct address, and contact details. Double check for any typo because details you provide in this form will be used to send your payment.
Next, provide information about your website. If you don't have your own website yet, you can do either of these things. You can use your profile at free writing sites such as Squidoo and Wizzley. Or better yet, you can purchase ready made websites from reputable sources. Fill out the required fields before you hit the next button.
This is a crucial, yet very easy part. You will have to verify your identity by entering a phone number where Amazon can call you. To receive the automated call from Amazon, click on the button labeled Call me now. When you do this, a 4-digit PIN appears. Take the call and simply enter the PIN and you're done. If you are outside of the USA enter +(country code) phone number.
When verification is complete, you can start logging into and using the Associates Central where you can have access to your orders report, tools, and other types of information.
As a brief conclusion, registration with the Amazon Associates Program is just the beginning. When choosing a product to promote, take time to target the right niche and to do proper keyword research to ensure affiliate success.