Affiliate marketing is the other major way to generate "passive income." Integrating affiliate links into your PREselling content - what works? What doesn't? Which programs work best for travel sites? Not getting paid? What is the best way to use your Solo Build It!! site to PREsell SBI! itself? If it's affiliate-related, it's here!
#1371274 by Anton from Alberta
Wed May 17, 2017 3:39 am
I listen to a podcast called "Waking Up" by Sam Harris. He discusses all manner of topics like artificial intelligence, morality, politics, and religion. (Don't worry, this post isn't about any of those topics.) ;)

One of his revenue streams is through the Amazon affiliate program so he earns a commission on sales of his own books and others he recommends. On his podcast he mentions to listeners that in order to help support his work they can go to his website and purchase through his Amazon links.

Sounds reasonable... Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't see it that way and has deleted his affiliate account!

Apparently, you are not allowed to tell people that purchasing through your links supports your site. :shock:

I know I have mentioned that on my site and in newsletters. I deleted what I could find and hope I'm okay now but I'm not sure.

Anyway, if you have been encouraging your site visitors to use your affiliate links in this way—heads up! I know you can't induce people to click on Google AdSense ads but had no idea about Amazon. I don't know about the policies of other companies either. :(
Last edited by Debs from SiteSell on Wed May 17, 2017 3:52 pm, edited 1 time in total. Reason: Added to FAQ sticky.
#1375819 by Tracey from Du Toitskloof
Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:23 am
Can you please clarify - isn't there a difference between saying

"please go to my site and click on my amazon ads to buy something to support me"

and

"These are afflliate linkies. if you buy something through this link, I will receive a small commission which will support the running of this site"

? One is asking directly for support through clicking on the link, The other is pointing out that we will be supported if you use that link...
What do you think?
#1375821 by Juri from plainlight.com
Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:20 am
Tracey from Du Toitskloof wrote:One is asking directly for support through clicking on the link, The other is pointing out that we will be supported if you use that link...

I think this is exactly the case. Actually, Amazon require site owners to mention that they are their affiliates somewhere on the site.

Asking/making people to click on the links is another matter. Google don't tolerate this either with AdSense, AFAIK.

Kind regards,
J.
#1391765 by Martin from Big Flats
Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:36 pm

Since I last looked at the USA Amazon Affiliate "Associates Program Policies"

https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/help/operating/policies#Associates%20Program%20Participation%20Requirements

they have slightly changed the wording.

It now says...

9. Identifying Yourself as an Associate
You must clearly state the following on your Site or any other location where Amazon may authorize your display or other use of Content:
"We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites."
Except for this disclosure, you will not make any public communication with respect to this Agreement or your participation in the Associates Program. You will not misrepresent or embellish our relationship with you (including by expressing or implying that we support, sponsor, or endorse you), or express or imply any affiliation between us and you or any other person or entity except as expressly permitted by this Agreement.

I've changed my Privacy Policy page to reflect this slight change of wording.


Martin
#1392338 by Holly from Rainbow Flat
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:38 am

Thank goodness this was in this weeks SBIX!!! YIKES! And thank you for this thread. I've just changed all my affiliates over to Amazon as none were performing, and now Amazon is adding up bit by bit. Ok - so I will change my Privacy policy to say something like:

"I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites."


And is this allowed?

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Oh, I get so nervous when my income is threatened :oops:

Look forward to reply.
#1392340 by Holly from Rainbow Flat
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:52 am
Upon further review, I've added it to my disclosure and advertising page, and just added the word Amazon on my privacy policy. Hope that's sufficient.
#1392595 by Tracey from Du Toitskloof
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:55 pm
Hi Holly,
For peace of mind, I also put words to the effect of "this is an affiliate link" whereever I post links to products on Amazon (like next to the image link, or after a text link). I also have the disclosure statement in my footer as well as my affiliate disclosure statement . I don't think you can be too careful. And people do appreciate the heads up that you are sending them to view the product and that you earn commission through the sale of hte product.

I also think your recommendation (as per your essential oil example) is fine - but if you said "please support my site by buying this oil through Amazon", that would not be ok. You should be safe with saying what you recommend, and showing them where they can get it on Amazon, and adding that this is an affiliate link.

Good luck!
Tracey
#1392803 by Holly from Rainbow Flat
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:05 am
Thanks Tracey, those are all really great ideas. I LOVE your site... what a great idea.
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