How To Retrieve Your Amazon Product Advertising API Access Key & Secret Key

If you’re an Amazon affiliate and you don’t already have a copy of our awesome AZON importer add-on for ThirstyAffiliates, you should definitely check it out. It will change the way you use Amazon as an affiliate.

If you’re reading this then it’s likely that you already own the ThirstyAffiliates AZON add-on and want to know how to get your Amazon Access Key ID and Secret Key to make the thing work.

You need these keys to give the AZON add-on authority to communicate with Amazon on your behalf. They are necessary for the add-on to work. If you have any questions about the Product Advertising API or problems with retrieving your Amazon Access Key/Secret Key please contact them directly as we cannot support you in this process beyond the guide we have below.

How To Get Your Access Key ID & Secret Key

Getting your Access Key ID and Secret Key pair is easy enough, but it involves a number of steps.

Step 1

Goto the Amazon Associates Program home page and login to your account. For the purposes of this tutorial, we assume you are already an approved Amazon affiliate.

https://affiliate-program.amazon.com

Step 2

Click on the Product Advertising API link at the top of the page:

Click the Product Advertising API link
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Step 3

Click the “Sign Up Now” button on the far right. Log in to your Amazon login. Follow the prompts to create your Product Advertising API account.

Click "Sign Up Now"
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Step 4

Once you have created your account you will be presented with the final screen, click on the Manage Your Account link.

Click on Manage Your Account
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Step 5

Once logged in, click on the link under the Access Identifiers section.

Click on Access Identifiers
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Step 6

Create an AWS (Amazon Web Services) account or log in to your existing AWS account. We recommend using your existing Amazon Associates login.

Login to AWS
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Step 7

Amazon recently changed the way they handle access keys and secret keys in AWS and they will likely present you with this prompt. Check “I Understand” and click Continue.

Click I understand and continue
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Step 8

The link to the proper management page isn’t that obvious but there is a link in a notice at the top as shown in this screenshot. Click on the “Your Security Credentials” link.

Click Your Security Credentials
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Step 9

If you get a prompt on the next screen, click on Continue to Security Credentials.

Click Continue to Security Credentials
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Step 10

Expand the “Access Keys” section. This section contains all of your current access keys. You will likely need to make a new one (you can have 2 active key pairs per account). Feel free to use an existing one if you have the secret key already, otherwise click on the Create New Access Key button.

Click Create New Access Key button
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Step 11

A dialog will appear with your new Access Key and Secret Key. Copy these into the ThirstyAffiliates->Settings page under the AZON settings. We also recommend clicking the Download Key File button and storing this in a secure location.

You cannot retrieve the Secret Key from an existing Access Key after you click Close so make sure you have it otherwise you will need to de-activate an old key and create another new one.

Grab your Access Key and Secret Key and put it in the AZON settings
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Your keys will look something like this:

  • Access key ID example: AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE
  • Secret access key example: wJalrXUtnFEMI/K7MDENG/bPxRfiCYEXAMPLEKEY

Still having trouble getting your Access Key and Secret Key?

Another alternative method of retrieving these (after you have signed up for the Product Advertising API as above) is to go to the AWS management console directly.

You need to retrieve the root access keys, not the user keys. This is because the Product Advertising API isn’t fully compatible with the AWS user management yet.

Login to your AWS console, then go to the top right-hand corner:

AWS console security credentials link
AWS console security credentials link

 

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