Amazon's Images as Feature Image? Don't Do It!
I've been reading and dis-secting Dylan's post about How To Create A 6 Figure Website, fantastic read, by the way... because I like 6 figures. If you do too, you can find his post here:
Anyway, the reason for this post is for people who may not be reading all the comments and responses below that fantastic post. One person mentioned the use of Amazon's images, and that you should not use them without the code, etc. And, I just wanted to reiterate that - unfortunately - yes, this is true.
If you read the TOS, Affiliate Rules, etc., which I even had to do recently to clarify this little nagging doubt in my head, Amazon explicitly states that all images must go directly to Amazon. Seeing that I do have other blogs, and yes, I'm guilty, I've used product images without batting an eyelash... I realize now that this goes against their affiliate rules. So, I did some further research into the matter, because... well, who the heck wants to go back and delete all their feature images.. ugh! But, it is true. I found further info from other blogs and such, and then I finally read it for myself. (If I remember correctly, I believe it's in paragraph "h".)
So, it is correct. If you use Amazon's images without code, such as taking a screen pic, or just saving the image on WA's servers (in your media file), you can be shut down. That obviously goes for Feature Images too. Amazon does not allow the use of any image UNLESS it goes DIRECTLY to Amazon when it's clicked, and it's being served by Amazon. So, unfortunately, that means that you cannot, or you're not supposed to, use their images for your Feature Image on your blog either - because when you click it, it takes you to your blog post and not Amazon.
So, what I'm doing.. for my newest site... and, not saying this is "acceptable" either, but if I must have an image, here's what I'm doing. I go to the mfg. site and snag one there. I make sure that is not the same as Amazon's images. If it is, or if that's all they have, I have also created a pretty sublime (bland) little colored box with fancy text written on it, shown above, that simply says "Product Review," and I've used that as the Feature Image which shows up on my blog roll. So, this way, even if a mfg. has a problem with the use of any images that I snagged, at the very least, you'll receive a legal letter telling you to take it down. This is far better than Amazon seeing it, and just shutting down your whole account without warning. Read your TOS people... yes, they can do that... because they can.
So, bottom line, don't use any of Amazon's product images at all, anywhere, on your site unless it's being served by Amazon and it goes directly to them when clicked. "Don't do it!"
P.S. And, here's yet another reason to join and remain a WA member. All these little tid-bits add up, and can save you a lot of grief later on. Cheers!