Making commissions on your personal purchases and your friends

Last Update: April 21, 2014

If you are an Amazon affiliate, you probably know that you will not make any commissions on your personal purchases. They have very sophisticated tracking software. You might not even get paid on family and friends.

I recently joined the Linkshare network. I signed up as a Walmart.com affiliate. They will pay you 4% on all purchases, even your own. I tested it on a small order and they did pay.

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Gopika1 Premium
Is this still up to date?
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JMupanguri Premium
I think so. Can it Jim
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Kipps Premium
Amazon's Rule #29 of the Participation Requirements states
You will not purchase any Product(s) through Special Links for use by you or for resale or commercial use of any kind.

So break this rule, if your intention is to be banned by Amazon:)
Hope this helps.
Cheers,
Kipps
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Gopika1 Premium
My question is about Rakuten. Can a friend purchase via my link there?
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Kipps Premium
Oops, sorry, my friend. Just the other day my nephew ordered a book on Amazon via my link. This is not the first time he did. Until today I have not encountered any problem from Amazon. If there occur any issue later I will report to you and to the wider WA Community. In my own logic, this should not be a problem. My nephew used to buy books on Amazon. Now that he knows I am an Amazon Associate he buys books via my site. I think Amazon has no way to know he - the buyer - is my nephew. Even if they know, why should my relatives be barred from buying books via my link and why should I be penalized?

But if I buy books or any other items using my own link, that is a sure way of making Amazon mad at me.
Cheers,
Kipps
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Gopika1 Premium
Thanks a lot Kipps to take the time to explain this to me :)
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Kipps Premium
ou are welcome.
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JJCarter1 Premium
Good to know, thanks for sharing!
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6packJim Premium
You're welcome.
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LisaMcMahon1 Premium
Hello 6pack I love to have a beer every now and they lol. I have a ? can I promote walmart and amazon on the same website and use text links on different post. or do I need to have another website. Thank you for any help. God Bless
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qbjack01 Premium
Very helpful, Mr. 6PackJim!
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6packJim Premium
Glad it was useful for you Mr. Quaterback.
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gmegs Premium
... that's an added plus!
Every little bit helps.
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