The Amazon affiliate program, also called “Amazon Associates” can be an easy way to monetize your website or blog. Simply sign up, receive immediate approval, and place Amazon affiliate links on your site today. When someone makes an Amazon purchase via one of your links, you get the commission — it’s that simple.
But if you do something that is against Amazon Affiliate program policy your account may be suspended. Today in this article I will share some of the common mistakes that everyone does.
What is the Amazon Affiliate Program?
The Amazon Affiliate program, or Amazon Associates, is an affiliate marketing program. It’s free for website owners and bloggers to become Amazon Associates. They advertise products from Amazon.com on their sites by creating links. When customers click the links and buy products from Amazon, they earn referral fees.
Why Your Amazon affiliate Account Suspended?
If you break any of Amazon’s long list of Terms of Service (ToS), all of the time and work you’ve put into your website could take a serious hit.
These are just a few of Amazons Rules, It’s in your best interest to read all of the Associates Program Operating Agreement, Associates Program Policies.
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1. You Must Have 3 Qualifying Sales Within Your First 180 Days
You must make 3 sales in your first 180 days of starting your Amazon Associates Program. If you don’t make these sales you will lose your account but you can signup for a new one. And you will lose all your earnings.
Advice: For new sites and new Amazon Associates: Get your site built and getting traffic before applying for Amazon’s affiliate program.
2. Do Not Use URL Shortening Or Link Cloaking / Hiding
A lot’s of people recommend URL shorteners for affiliate marketing. Other affiliate programs may allow shortening URLs to direct traffic to their sites, but Amazon disallows this practice.
You may not use URL shorteners such as bit.ly, pretty link or other URL shorting services for your Amazon links. However, Amazon has its own shorten links and you can use them.
Advice: Use Amazon’s URL shorter when making your affiliate links.
3. Do Not Take Images From Amazon & Put Them On Your Site
Using Amazon’s product images on your website can get you banned from the affiliate program. The best practice is to take your own photos of the product. This can be a tricky matter as most product photos on Amazon are also available from the manufacturer’s website.
Advice: You may use Amazon’s own plugins or link code to display photos and prices of products or take your own photos of the products or ask the manufacturer of the product if you can use photos.
4. Do Not Click On/Use Your Own Affiliate Links
You can not use your own affiliate links to purchase products on Amazon. This can be tricky not to accidentally use your own links if you buy on Amazon a lot.
We recommend using a different web browser for building your sites, that way if you are testing your links you don’t accidentally use them.
5. You May Not Send Amazon Affiliate Links In Emails
Do not put Amazon affiliate links in emails.
Also, be careful of software that sends subscribers of your blog emails when you post new articles, your amazon link could end up in there.
Advice: If sending to an email list or a friend send the link to your public blog post that has your affiliate link.
6. Put Your Affiliate Links on Third-Party Sites
You must own and operate any site you add your affiliate links too. You also must register your websites with Amazon.
7. Offering A Rebate
Offering rebate is one-way marketers use to increase sales. While this works for digital product marketplaces like Clickbank, there is no way to apply the same technique to the Amazon affiliate program.
Offering rebates will also get you banned.
8. Do Not Ask Or Encourage Others To Use Your Affiliate Links
You may not encourage friends, family or anyone else for that matter to click on your links. This includes asking people to support you by using your links. I know a lot of people do this and you see it everywhere but is against the terms of service and will get you banned.
Advice: Only use Amazon Associates Program Disclaimer as listed above on your site.
More Rules of the Amazon Affiliate Program
Here are a few other reasons you may get kicked out of Amazon’s Affiliate Program.
- Violate Amazon’s Trademark Policy
- Use Amazon User Reviews as Your Own
- Operate More than One Account
- Link from Sexually Explicit and/or Violent Sites
- Buy Paid Search Placements
- Don’t Copy Ranking System
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