November 14, 2012

Before Your Amazon Affilate Account Got Banned, Read This Post Now!


For those of you who are monetizing your site with Amazon Associate Affiliate, you might worry you could have violated its Associates Program Operating Agreement. And have your account banned for good.

There are a few confusing issues like link cloaking, redirecting, the use of anchor texts, iframe, cookie stuffing and affiliate disclosure, which I would like to share with you.
Here are some quick tips and info which a buddy of mine has shared with me a couple of days ago which he has gathered from Warrior forum and also from this post at:  http://marketingwithsara.com/amazon/warning-to-all-affiliate-marketers.

Amazon Affiliate Link Cloaking
Don't worry about link cloaking. Amazon doesn’t prohibit the use of link cloaking, as long as the service doesn’t use methods which violate the Associates Program Operating Agreement, such as framing the Amazon site or automatically tagging sessions with your Associates ID.

In short, make sure NO iframing Amazon site and NO cookie stuffing.

Amazon Affiliate Disclamer
One important thing is you have to mention clearly that the link will take the user to the Amazon site when clicked.

Make sure that the site on which you have place the links should has the required statement to identify yourself as an Associate.

 In other words, you are required to put up a Disclaimer Page for Amazon Affiliate. Here is a sample which you can use:

“Your name or your site name" is 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 (“your site name” (amazon.com, or endless.com, MYHABIT.com, SmallParts.com, or AmazonWireless.com).

 Anchor Text Amazon Associate
As for anchor texts, you do not have to use the word Amazon. You can use any words as anchor texts.

For more details on Associates Program Operating Agreement click: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/associates/help/operating

Anyway, for those of you who are new in making money with Amazon Affiliate program, then watch this useful video below:



Written by: Kher Cheng Guan