How to become an Amazon Associate Affiliate after being rejected 2 times before

Here is a true story. I have officially been accepted as an Amazon Affiliate after being rejected 2 times before. Each time I was rejected I was about to give up. I told myself I would not apply again. Since I cannot sit still, and I enjoy making how-to videos & making money as a side hustle, I could not help myself to keep trying.

I want to share with you a bit about my story.

First time I applied to be an Amazon Affiliate

  • When I applied, I put my best video that had the most views in my application
  • I had a Youtube Channel (4 videos total)
    • My top Videos had about 5,000+ views (So I saw the opportunity to capitalize on those videos)
  • I had less than 500 followers

With-in the first 3 weeks, I got a few sales. So I was excited. After your first few sales, Amazon will manually review your account. I was rejected, so I was heartbroken.

I reached out to Amazon and they told me:

Make sure you put your entire channel so we can review it. They do not just want to see your best videos.

Second Time I applied to the Amazon Affiliate Program

  • I applied with my Youtube Channel (I did not organize my page, I will share more about that below)
  • I had maybe about 10 videos now, 4 of them were getting good traction.
  • My best videos had about 8,000+ views and I had some other videos that had some good traction.
  • I had less than 1,000 followers

Again, after a few weeks, I was making a few sales, and when they reviewed my account, they rejected my account again.

I reached out to Amazon. They pointed me to an article. If you are only going to be a social media influencer through Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, ect… You will need to have a large following. 1000+ Subscribes ect…

I get it, Amazon wants true influencers & marketers and not wannabe affiliates.

So I went back to the drawing board and started to research on the best tips to get accepted as an Amazon Affiliate even after getting rejected.

The third time I applied to be an Amazon Affiliate.. I got accepted!! Third time was a charm πŸ™‚

Here is the playbook and the most important thing for getting accepted.

Step 1 – Lead with Your Website in the Amazon Affiliate application

  • I created this website and built about 15 pages of content.
    • I led my application with my website that was full of content. I highly recommend doing this. Do not lead with social media. I think having your own website with content shows that you are serious and they can really see who you are.
    • I put disclaimers in my pages where I had amazon links. This shows them I am serious and have read their Terms & Conditions!
      • I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

Step 2 – Organize Your Youtube Page to Showcase Your Influence

  • I organized my youtube channel page (Make yourself look big!)
    • Added a header/banner to my Youtube Channel Page
    • I organized my videos with the most views when someone goes to my youtube page.
      • Leading Videos has around 20,000+ Views
      • The Next 5 Videos on the page have around 5,000-1,000 Views
      • I built up 2000+ subscribers to my Youtube Channel

Again, after a few weeks, I am starting to get a few sales. I officially got accepted, I now I am super stoked!

Not much, but I am planning on building this to a few hundred dollars a month as I get better on my How-To Youtube Videos on the different DIY projects I enjoy doing.

Don’t laugh yet, when I first started dating my wife 10 years ago, I was excited when I used to make $0.04 per day with Google Adsense. I built that to over $50 per day a decade ago as a side hustle. They laughed until the checks started coming in! πŸ™‚

Here is a quick read on my journey to making money with Google Adsense.

Here is another article I wrote on the playbook of building your Youtube Brand & Views.

Do you need help getting accepted to the Amazon Affiliate Program?

Feel free to email me, I can help you. I can do a quick review and give you some tips for FREE! If you want, you can send me a tip on Venmo or Paypal to buy myself a coffee πŸ™‚

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