How to sign up for Amazon affiliate program and obtain Amazon access keys


  1. About Amazon credentials.
  2. Amazon Associates program - get affiliate ID.
  3. Product Advertising API - get Amazon access keys.
  4. Migrating from AWS / Managing access keys in Amazon Web Service.
  5. Saving Amazon credentials in RSS Ground account.

About Amazon credentials

To successfully search for targeted affiliate products and generate Amazon feeds you need: Amazon Associates ID, Amazon Access Key, Amazon Secret Key.

Amazon Associates ID - is you personal affiliate ID embedded to product links to track commissions. 

Amazon Access Keys - is a pair of Access and Secret keys to sign programmatic requests to Amazon products database. Read more here.

To obtain all needed Amazon credentials you need to sign up for Amazon affiliate program and Amazon product advertising API.

Before the recent changes on Amazon, you also had to sign up for Amazon Web Service. Right now you can obtain your Amazon access keys just after you join Amazon affiliate program and Amazon product advertising API.

If up to now you were using Amazon Web Service keys in RSS Ground you can continue using them. But you will manage your keys through aws.amazon.com account.

If you wish to manage your Amazon access keys through your Amazon associates account, press to read this article.

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Amazon Associates program

If you wish to promote Amazon products and receive your fair commissions you need to sign up for Amazon affiliate program.

Amazon affiliate program is called Amazon Associates.

In registration form you need to enter your website URL, other profile information and specify preferred Associates Store ID. This will be part of your Amazon associates ID.

Every time you login to your Amazon affiliate account you can see your associate (affiliate) ID in the upper right corner:

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Product Advertising API

In our service we use programmatic access to Amazon’s product database. But each call to this database has to be personalized. That's why you need to join Amazon Product Advertising API to obtain your personal access keys.

Go to your Amazon associates account and in main menu choose Tools > Product Advertising API

On the next screen press Join.

You will receive a pair of Access Key and Secret Key. These two keys work only together and can't be used separately.

You can copy and save these keys or use Download Credentials option.

The Secret Key is available only when you first create an Access Key pair. For security reasons, a Secret Key cannot be retrieved at another time. Please ensure that you save both the Access Key and its matching Secret Key. If you forget either of your keys, you must create a new Access Key pair.

You will use these keys along with your Amazon associates ID in Amazon feeds generator in RSS Ground.

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Managing access keys in Amazon Web Service

Migrating keys from AWS.

Once before, in order to obtain your Amazon access keys you had to sign up for Amazon Web Service. And if you did so, you can still use these keys in RSS Ground Amazon Feeds to and continue manage them in your AWS account.

But now you can migrate from AWS and manage your Access keys in your associates account in Product Advertising API section. To do so login to your Amazon associates account, go to Product Advertising API. Then press MIGRATE button. You will be offered to generate a new set of access keys. 

But be aware! As soon as you generate a new set of access keys in Product Advertising API section your previous keys from AWS account will stop working and all your generated feeds will also stop working. You will have to regenerate your Amazon feeds using your new keys. 

But if you still wish to migrate from AWS to Product Advertising API and keep your feeds running, please contact our support team for further instructions.

Managing access keys in AWS.

Login to your AWS account, press your username in the upper right corner and choose My Security Credentials.

Open up Access Keys (Access Key ID and Secret Access Key) section.

You see the list of Access keys. You only need a key which has Active status.

But together with Access Key you also need Secret Access Key.

Access Key and Secret Access Key always come together and can't be used without each other. You receive a unique Secret Access Key when you create a new Access Key. If you don't have it saved there is no way to retrieve it. The only way is to create a new pair of Access Key and Secret Access key.

Amazon allows only two active access keys at a time. So if you already have two active access keys in the list and you don't remember their paired secret access keys you need to deactivate or delete them.

To create a new Access Key press Create New Access Key button below the list.

You will see a success message.

Use Download Key File option to save a file with your keys on your computer.

Use Show Access Key option to copy and save your keys to a saаe location.

Be careful with your pair of keys. You won't see them together again. If you don't remembers which Secret Access Key associates with your Access Key you will need to generate them over again.

If you wish to manage your Amazon access keys through your Amazon associates account, press to read this article

No matter if yгo manage your Amazon keys under your AWS account or under Amazon Associates account, we recommend using default settings option in RSS Ground to save your Amazon keys.

Reade more about managing Amazon keys in AWS

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Saving Amazon credentials in RSS Ground account

You need your Amazon Associates ID and Amazon Keys every time you generate new Amazon product feeds.

You can save your Amazon credentials in RSS Ground account and avoid entering them manually over again

Go to MY ACCOUNT > My Profile > Default Settings menu.

Add your Amazon credentials into appropriate fields and press Update button.

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