Are you violating Amazon Policies? Outdated WA training could get you banned!

Last Update: May 14, 2019

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Online Entrepreneur Certification - Level 3 : Lesson 6 of 10

Kyle advocates that we include pricing in our review posts, but there is a problem with this.

Manual insertion of pricing for a product is not allowed!


In Amazon's policies: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/help/operating/policies...
You will see the following under:
2. Links on Your Site
(b) General Requirements Applicable to All Special Links

T
his cannot be clearer, any pricing being manually inserted into your posts will be considered a violation of Amazon's terms of use and they have the right to revoke your access based off of this policy. Only Amazon's API is allowed which updates the pricing for you.

Here is a post I found online that talks about 9 things that will get you banned on Amazon, apprently, showing pricing is one of them! https://marketever.com/mistakes-get-banned-amazon-affiliate/
(I have no affiliation to this site, it is displayed for educational purposes)

They also made another disconcerting rule in another section of thier policies:

Under:
6. Content on your Site

(t) You will not display or otherwise use any of our customer reviews or
star ratings, in part or in whole, on your Site


Basically, you can include star ratings on your site, but they cannot claim to be Amazon's unless they are automatically being updated by Amazon's API!

Apparently, I have a lot of editing to do. I've been including star ratings saying they are Amazon's and manually placing pricing for a long time.

Also, if you don't believe me, do a search for the top ranking reviews on something, I think you will find most if not all of them comply with these policies.

FYI: I love Wealthy Affiliate,I don't want to see anything bad to Wealthy Affiliate or it's members, this post is meant to help you not get banned by Amazon!

I want to see WA's training updated to match Amazon's policies immediately.

I think many people could get banned very quickly if Amazon sees that they have outdated pricing or star ratings on their posts!

As listed in Amazon's policies, I also include this in my affiliate disclosure and disclaimer forms:

***Amazon Content Disclaimer***

CERTAIN CONTENT THAT APPEARS ON (website name) COMES FROM AMAZON. THIS CONTENT IS PROVIDED ‘AS IS’ AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR REMOVAL AT ANY TIME.

Regards,

Jacob H.

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pmullinsj Premium
This is good to know even before I get to it. I've been writing online articles for a long time, so i won't have too much trouble with getting content, which is where I am now. But I will remember this.
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FlorencioQ Premium
Thank you Jacob H, had no idea about the pricing thing or the review stars. I have a lot of deleting to do, WOW! I can't believe this crap. Thanks again Jacob!
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MoneyMech Premium
As long as you aren't claiming that the review stars come from Amazon, you should be good on that note, but yeah, any manual pricing needs to be removed.
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FlorencioQ Premium
Thanks Jacob, I appreciate it.
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brichnow21 Premium
I love it!
Help, protect us! You don't know, what you don't know!
Barb
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MoneyMech Premium
Thanks, Barb :)
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RussellO1 Premium
Thank you for this update.
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MoneyMech Premium
no problem :)
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EandS2018 Premium
Thanks for the heads-up!
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MoneyMech Premium
Your welcome. :)
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ownonlboss Premium
To Kyle's defense, not all affiliate programs have these "harsh" requirements that Amazon is demanding from us. I believe that lesson 6 doesn't mention all that much about which affiliate program.

Also, if you use the Product API (only possible nowadays if you got your sales requirement through), in combination with those premium plugins that allow for it, you can display product pricing on your site.

The reason that Amazon has this rule has to do with that your content gets quickly outdated. They want to keep control over the price and prefer to use their systems to display pricing so that it is correct everywhere.

On top of that, if you use the SiteStripe code that Amazon provides for displaying text and image, I believe the price is also included in that little box for a product.

star rating by the way is also linked on the product API and can be accessed through plugins.

What it comes down to is that you cannot hardcode them in your blog, they should be dynamically updated remotely from Amazon themselves.

As for disclaimer placement, Amazon requires them to be visible at all times for every affiliate offer you have. So either you place the disclaimer in your footer of your site, or you make note of it within every blog post that you referral link something to Amazon.

Steven
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MoneyMech Premium
The lesson I linked to shows Kyle using an Amazon product and he still has his amazon product review linked as an example.
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midhunvm Premium
Instead of focusing his attention and more
content towards affiliate bootcamp/super affiliate
challenge,Kyle should give his attention to
"Online Entrepreneur Certification" too.

Not every member is here to "Promote" WA.
"Making money online" is not about promoting WA.

People have their own passions and interests.
Which they can monetize through a niche site.

If everyone is promoting WA and the referrals
end up with an outdated "Online Entrepreneur Certification"
to build their own niche site, what is the point of promoting WA?
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MoneyMech Premium
Another excellent point. As others have said in the comments here, people aren't paying for a training that requires they read updated terms of service and policies, they should be getting top of the line training.
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djriver Premium
I agree that the Certified Course needs some love!!!!
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midhunvm Premium
When we pay for something, even if it is not
"perfect", it must be "complete".

Complete in the sense that a paying member
won't have to do his/her own research to "make things work".
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GarryBrown Premium
Don't think Kyle spends all is time on the Super Affiliate Challange, I can tell you now he is not. You're all barking up the wrong tree there.

We have had 1 lot of large instructions for this month with videos, some dating back to 2016. I think the instructions are from last years challenge also. But the instructions and videos made some wealthy people last year, so why not re-use them. They work.

But Kyle is only human and can only do so much, I am 100% sure the training will be updated. I think a lot of WA time is going into making the platform better for us, with back end stuff none of us sees.
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midhunvm Premium
Sure, the platforms here-siteContent, comments etc
must be updated.

But more important than that is to keep the training
up-to-date.

Because there are other affiliate marketing courses
which do not provide services like hosting, writing
platform etc because there are several already providing
those.

What these courses provide is uptodate training.
We can get hosting and other services from different
companies.

Most people are primarily in WA to learn affiliate marketing,
which means the focus must be first on making the training
top notch.
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nathaniell Premium
Yes, this stuff should be updated.
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Sailorblue Premium
Wow, thank you for this information!
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MoneyMech Premium
Glad this was helpful for you!
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SteveMand Premium
The training about writing a product review isn't specific for Amazon - it is just generally about how to write a review.

You should always double check the Terms and Conditions of every affiliate when you join to make sure you aren't breaching any of them.

I do agree it might be worth updating the content to mention you shouldn't mention the price if you are an Amazon affiliate.

Also I believe the Affiliate Disclaimer used in Site Content I think (I don't use Site Content so can't confirm) is also not to Amazon's liking and will get you banned.
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MoneyMech Premium
"You should always double check the Terms and Conditions of every affiliate when you join to make sure you aren't breaching any of them."

Tell that to a complete beginner who's brain hurts just thinking about trying to write content.

Now you're going to tell them to read Amazon's extensive list of policies and to ignore clear instructions from Kyle on creating content?... Good luck with that.

Most people start with Amazon. I did at least.

I've also included a disclosure that is on Amazon's policies for your convenience since I too think the standard disclosure could use some work.
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SL77 Premium
Yes, because that's what a responsible affiliate does if they don't want their stuff banned. I read through every one of my affiliate Ts&C's even took notes BEFORE I decided to join. And I was new... Take the time to do it. It's your responsibility not WAs!
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SteveMand Premium
Well I made sure I did.

But that is another problem with this piece of training, when it was written there was no time limit for making sales with Amazon, now there is. People apply to be Amazon Affiliates too early.
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CheriJ1 Premium
Hey Steve...the product review training isn't specific to Amazon, but the training on adding affiliate links focuses on using Amazon. And some of that training is out-dated to the point of creating issues for people if they follow the training as presented. As you know, I'm a big fan of WA, but I do find some of the outdated training a real issue. And, again, newer members (that WA definitely wants us to bring to the platform) are paying the exact same money for the training, but they are not getting the same bang for their buck that older members got when they first joined and the training was more up-to-date. Everything on the web changes so fast, but, if WA is going to continue being relevant, it's got to make efforts to keep up. This is definitely one good example of that. ~Cheri (sticking her neck out again...let the lashing begin...lol)
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MoneyMech Premium
I'm not saying WA is without fault, but if your instructor is telling you to include something that violates Amazon Policies, while doing a review of an Amazon product mind you, I highly doubt people are going to check this.

And I stand by my original point, most people are not going to read through terms, conditions and policies when they are already being told about them from Kyle.
People are not that thorough, especially newbies with no idea about what they are doing.
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CheriJ1 Premium
Definitely agree with you, Jacob. At the very least, it seems the training should include very pointed and repeated instruction to ALWAYS review the Terms and Conditions closely for every affiliate program one joins because they do change so frequently. Because I think you are right...new members with no affiliate marketing/website building experience are simply going to be following the training, not questioning whether it's currently accurate or not. Because, really, they shouldn't have to question that when they are paying for it...
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SteveMand Premium
Totally agree - big chunks of the training do need updating (hope I am allowed to say that!).
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CheriJ1 Premium
I've said it too, so I guess we'll find out! lol
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ownonlboss Premium
Not to sound harsh, but beginners shouldn't really be looking into monetizing their non-existent traffic.
If there is anything that Kyle should be updating the guide on is to

- show the possibilities of monetization as in what the potentials are, but not show them yet how to do so and perhaps even go as far as suggesting people not to monetize at all yet.

Steven
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