Amazon Affiliate in Nigeria: How I Earned $18,586 in 18 Months

Since mid 2016, I’ve been somewhat inactive on this blog due to two major reasons.

First, medical school became tougher than ever, and I barely had enough time for anything else but lectures, clinical postings, and studying. Second, I needed to focus more on my passive income channel — the Amazon Affiliate Program.

Amazon affiliate in Nigeria

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So, the little time I had for other things except studying Medicine, I channeled into maintaining my Amazon affiliate niche sites and creating new ones. You know why I love this model? It’s the easiest way to realize the “make money while you’re sleeping” dream.

It’s not that I lost the zeal to continue sharing helpful information on this blog (of course, I’ve just resumed doing that). But it’s just normal and intuitive for anyone with very limited time to spend that little time on the most financially rewarding tasks. That’s why the little time I had then for online business went into crafting content for my niche sites, publishing outsourced content, and monitoring my progress with the Amazon affiliate program.

To say the Amazon affiliate program has been financially rewarding is an understatement. Only few things could be more fulfilling than raking over $1000 monthly from few niche sites.

And guess what…Two of my three niche sites that are presently earning that monthly total have less than 20 articles published on them. And the cumulative traffic that generates that income is less than 500 daily visits.

Here’s a screenshot of my earnings from the Amazon Affiliate Program between January 1 and December 31, 2016.

And here’s a screenshot of my earnings so far in 2017.

As you can see, my earnings so far in 2017 — with 5 months left — has already surpassed my total for the whole of 2016. Good for me. And it can always get better.

How can you also tap from this?

For some time now, I’ve been thinking of teaching some serious-minded fellow Nigerians how to make money from the Amazon affiliate program, just as I’m doing. But I really don’t have the time to develop a detailed e-book or e-course on the subject.

Each time I feel like starting something in that line, I quickly get tempted to channel my efforts into creating more content for my niche sites or rather set up new sites based on the ideas I already have that are begging for my attention. You might call that selfishness, but you’d be caught in the same dilemma if you were in my shoes.

Imagine that you have two options:

  1. Create an e-course or e-book that would go for N10,000, and would sell to at most 40 people over the next 12 months (generating a total of N400,000).
  2. Set up new Amazon niche sites that would start earning a cumulative total of $500 per month after 6-7 months (and would therefore have generated at least $2,500 over the next 12 months).

Now, tell me which of the options you’d choose.

But I came up with another idea.

Since all of the information you need to succeed with the Amazon Affiliate program is available for free online, I’d direct you to some detailed resources on the subject. That way, I would have helped you a great deal without necessarily having to craft a new course or e-book.

But before I drop the links, I need to tell you some important things you should know about this amazing income stream:

  • You’ll be promoting products available on Amazon to a native English-speaking — majorly American — audience. These are products you’ve most likely not used or seen before, but you can get detailed information about them on their respective pages on Amazon.
  • Since your audience has no time for crappy English, you must be an exceptional writer. If you’re not a good writer, you must be ready to pay generously for top-quality content (it’s not cheap!).
  • You must be a fast learner because you need to get used to some tools such as keyword research tools, special plugins, and so on.
  • You must be ready to start with a self-hosted WordPress blog. Blogger and other free platforms just won’t cut it!
  • This is not a get-rich-quick thing. Sometimes, it takes up to 8 months to record your first sale. So, if you have no job at the moment, this won’t start paying you by next month!
  • There’s no guarantee that this would work. That’s one harsh truth that applies to every business. But a smart way to reduce your risk is to plan to set up multiple niche sites, so the one or few that succeed would compensate for those that fail. But if you play by the rules of the game, your chances of failing are slim.

Now, to the links…

Take your time to read each article in detail. I understand that some of them are very long, but if you really want to learn how to make money from the program, you have to pay the price in time. Those resources were crafted by experts who learned by either trial-and-error or by paying heavily for courses and mentorship. So, if you’re only paying with your time and that’s still too much for you, I think you can wait for the next opportunity.

Questions? Questions?? Questions???

Now, I understand that you’ll have questions to ask after reading those resources, especially since they were not written specifically for Nigerians. That’s why I have crafted this post in the first place.

Here, you’ll have the opportunity to ask all the questions you have about the Amazon affiliate program and how to make money from it by setting up niche sites.

So, feel free to ask me anything, and I’ll try to answer your questions to the best of my capacity. But let me sound two notes of warning:

  1. Don’t ask me any question until you’ve read all those resources (I can tell if you’ve read them or not).
  2. Don’t ask a question that has already been asked by someone else and answered by me. So, before asking your question, read through the ones already asked and answered in the comments section.

So, I’m waiting, guys!

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Updated: July 13, 2017 — 11:36 am


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  1. I’m here again Abass. I need your help, please how did you activate the notify me of follow up comments and new post by email check box on your blog.
    I’m trying to incorporate it on my blog and I don’t know how. Thanks.

    1. Abibat,

      All you have to do is install and activate the Jetpack plugin (I want to assume you’re using WordPress). Once you do that, you’ll find the options to activate those checkboxes in Settings >> Discussion.

      1. Yes I use WordPress, I will check it out. Thank you so much.

  2. Abass, i love reading your blog post, i find it very valuable, its brings clarity to my querries.

  3. Hello,
    Thanks for the article, but how exactly do you get paid, will Amazon pay into a Nigerian account?

    1. Chioma,

      Amazon doesn’t pay to a Nigerian account. You have two options: Request your payment via check, which will be sent to you, and which you can subsequentlky credit to your domiciliary account. The second option is to use a US virtual bank account, which comes with Payoneer cards.

  4. The post is very educating, please how can you receive payments without the tax id

    1. You don’t need the tax ID. All you have to do is check the box in the settings tab indicating that your business is not based in the US. With that, you won’t be prompted for a tax ID.

  5. Hey Abbas, how do you go about link building for your amazon affiliate sites?

    1. Interestingly, I don’t do link building. I just target low competition niches and craft very long and detailed posts. I agree that this doesn’t work all the time. But for the few Amazon sites I have at the moment, I didn’t build links.

  6. Hello Abbas.I must say you pretty much hit the nail on the head with every post. Might not have visited all Nigerian sites on online businesses but this one is simply “class act”. Welldone!

    1. Abdulrasheed,

      Thanks for taking your time to read the post. I’m glad you found it helpful.

  7. Thanks for this post. It’s really enlighten
    Just Solve a problem for me

  8. Thank you sir. I will give this model a shot. But for now, I want to start with mini importation. I will need you when I’m ready to setup a blog for this.
    please what happens to your friend ‘Akaahan’. I want him for his eBook on mini a importation. His blog site — with eBook link— is not loading. Please help me get to him (if possible).
    Ben Ben

  9. You are always awesome, Thanks for your effort

  10. Hi Abbas, Nice case study. I’m a little bit curious on how you did offpage SEO, mainly link building.

    I’ll be glad if you can reveal some of your best offpage tips?

  11. Thanks bro. You too much!

  12. Good day sir! I have a few issues that I want you to help me clear us sir!

    1. I am having problem getting to verify my amazon affiliate account. I typed TextPlus app on google play and it came up with these words: “this app is not available for download in your country.” Please do you know of any other app I can use in place of TextPlus?

    2. I see from the materials you listed for us to read on Amazon Affiliate that they all favor Bluehost as host provider. Please I cannot afford BlueHost hosting for now. Can I go with Namecheap?

    3. I have plans to invest by the end of the month on a good theme for this purpose, but before then do you know of any free theme that is amazon compliance or friendly that I can use to begin with in the main time?

    I have done my homework, do some keyword research and ready to go. I just need to clarify this points. I still have a slot with Namecheap where I can host one site. May I begin with that?



  13. Thanks sir for this great inscription. With your recommendations i have decided to set up a niche site using eleven40 Pro
    Theme but i can’t show image preview on homepage after purchasing this theme

    pls how can i preview thumbnails on homage along with post description ?
    I will be glad if you can help

  14. Weldone Mr Abass, you have been doing a great job here.
    Please I want to inquire, which website can you recommend to me,because I wish to take a step and begin affiliate marketing too.

  15. Hello Toriola,Thank you so much for this information, I’m blessed by it. I’ve read through it and working on it. I have a challenge with phone/PIN verification from Amazon Associates. I’ve tried it severally and have not received a phone call to complete the registration. How do I solve this? Thank you.

  16. Hello Abass, Can I use a sub-domain for the purpose of Amazon niche affiliate, or is it always advisable to register a new domain name each time one wants to set up affiliate sites?

  17. Nice one Abass, you are welcome back. I will definitely check out the links. I have really missed your posts.

  18. Nice write up. Keep it up
    I am trying to signup for amazon associate. I have filled the application form up till where I will verify my phone number which I have been unable to do.
    I just found out that there is option of amazon .jp, .ca, .uk, or .us
    Which one of them should I join so I can verify my number and complete the sign up.
    Thank you.

    1. Abibat,

      Read through the earlier comments; I’ve explained a proven solution to the phone verification problem to someone who asked earlier. As for the various Amazon locales, your best bet is (US). For a start, you have no business with others.

      1. Thank you so much.
        I will give it a try and get back to you.

  19. Abbass, this is another topnotch post from you.

    To be sincere, it has been long I visited your site…

    But am back for real.. Amazon has never been easy for me until now.

    Thanks bro…

    1. Hey Joseph,

      Thanks for checking by. I’m glad you found the post helpful.

  20. Hi Bro. I have a lot to say, but i don’t know how to write the way am feel about you, all I can say is ALLAH will reward you.

    Baba please you have what entails to be one of the riches Man in the world. Just think of it if you can be a riches man do you know how life will be easy for common man.

    I know you can do it, you too know you can do, Just try to add it to your dream.

  21. Hello, thanks for this post. Please give me your amazon affiliate blog let me take a look at it.

    1. I already revealed one in a reply to one of the earlier comments, where the commenter made the same request.

  22. Mr Abas its nice to read from you once3 again, great post even though i have not fully digested the links you referred, I want to know if you still design websites, i am not that techie and would need a site for my Amazon Affiliate, once again welcome back!!

  23. Abass, there you go again. Since I contacted you last year, I have been able to do somethings online though I have not thought of building a business. Now I want to build one, and you have just given me the place to start from.

    Thank you Abass

    I have also visited and checked on to see what and how you do it, I think I can put something together following your example.

    Thanks once again

  24. Thank you so much for this. You have really helped to solve a lot of problems I have been trying to figure out. Putting these up together? That’s an amazing job.
    Well done bro!

    1. Joseph,

      Thanks for checking by. I’m glad you found the post helpful.

  25. Thanks for this wonderful post. About hosting and designing such blogs. Would hosting my blog by a Nigerian hosting company impede the credibility of my blog. Again ,which hosting company would you advice, and is there any one you can recommend to design an efficient blog for this purpose for for.

    1. Hey Martin-Joe,

      I would strongly advise that you steer clear of Nigerian hosting companies. You’d be far better off with any of the reputable hosting companies. Better yet, you can hire me to set yours up for you.

      1. Thank you for your reply, thanks for accepting to set mine up for me. This is my email so I can get further information about it., thank you once more.

  26. Thanks for this great post that said it all on how to make money on autopilot on Amazon

    1. You’re welcome, Adebayo. Thanks for checking by.

  27. Hi Abass, I always have this problem when ever I try to register on Amazon Affiliate Program:
    “We are sorry, but there was a problem while we were trying to call you. Please try again in a few minutes.”

    I am sure my phone number is correct, I have search online with no possible solution…

    What do you advice. What can I do. To be honest this is the only thing stopping me from building Amazon Affiliate Online Business.

    Your response is truly valued.


    1. Hey Jeremiah,

      I’m aware that a lot of Nigerians face this challenge when trying to register for the program. The only solution I’ve found that works is this: Go to Google Play Store and download an app called “Text Plus App”. Then create a virtual number with the app, and submit that number for your registration. The next call Amazon makes to that number would ring on your phone, and you’d be able to get the requested verification code.

      1. Thanks for this, I will give it a try.

      2. Thanks Man.

        Finally was able to setup an Affiliate Account. I need to make a request of you, I don’t know if this is the right channel where I can Ask you to be my Coach on building successful affiliate business. Let me know your thought please.

        once more am grateful for the hint.


  28. Nice info sir..
    but please can you show us one of your affiliate site i just want to learn your style pls sir

    1. Kennedy,

      Although most affiliate marketers keep details of their niche sites secret because the model is very easy to replicate by competitors, I’ll take the risk. Here’s one of my niche sites: Best Wake Up Lights

  29. Thanks for this Abass. Well written content.

    1. You’re welcome, Jeremiah.

  30. Thanks for this post.

    I want to start an amazon affiliate site.

    Shopify and WordPress. which is more better.

    Also amazon disables your account if you don’t make a sale for 90 days. How can I overcome that.

    I blog at

    1. Hey Ikechukwu,

      Thanks for taking your time to read the post. In my opinion, Shopify isn’t necessary for this model. You’d be fine with WordPress. Id Amazon disables your account after 90 days, you can always reactivate. Better yet, you can wait until your site starts to get some traffic before you add links. A far smarter option is to actively work to generate sales before SEO results start showing up.

      1. Thanks for your reply.

        The problem now is growing your traffic. I need to learn it before I create review sites or online stores.

        Also, can you show us how to fill their tax form for those outside the US

        1. As for the tax form, there’s nothing difficult in filling it. In fact, the non-US version is not so detailed and anyone can easily fill it without having issues, although I can’t remember the details.

          As regards traffic, your best bet is to work towards generating SEO traffic. And that’s one of the things I’m sure you’d learn from the resources I cited.

  31. My role model. You just solved my problem sir. Too much information online and I was only looking for a site that would synchronize all of them together. I write for a site that sells string instrument (affiliate. They have been making mad income and I am thinking of opening same for myself. Thanks sir. I know one day, I will personally come and shake hands with you 🙂

    1. Hey Jo,

      Thanks for checking by. I understand that there’s a whole lot of information on the web, and finding the right resources can be a huge challenge. And that’s why I listed the carefully hand-picked resources that detail how to create a successful Amazon niche site.

      You shouldn’t be comfortable writing for people who make money from your efforts. You can’t do that forever. Think of how to start your own online business, taking advantage of your writing skills. Before now, I worked as a freelance writer for years, too. But I always wondered what my clients were doing with the articles they requested from me, and how they were making money from those articles. Some gladly paid me $50 to $100 per article, and I was sure that they would make much more from those articles. So, my curious mind dug deeper until I figured out the secrets. That curiosity took me to where I am right now. Now, I hire writers, too.

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