Amazon Rules: Amazon Affiliate Links You Should Not Attempt
As you know, Amazon has its own TOS.
As an Amazon affiliates, you need to strictly adhere to these rules. Breaching one of them will cause you a pain as it only takes one mistake, you will be banned forever.
While most of us agree there are so many grey areas with Amazon TOS, there are straight forward operating guidelines that you should not compromise.
I am sharing with you the answers to two (2) questions which may be seldom discussed but you might have the idea to attempt on your Amazon niche site.
Link redirection is a method to redirect your site visitor when they click a link to another page or site. Normally, this is done by a plugin. There are a lot of plugins which can do this task.
If you try to make a redirection of any link on your site to Amazon affiliate link, Amazon will know.
One day, my old Amazon site made 38 sales. And the sales were made through a method which redirected visitors who opted to leave my site to Amazon page embedding my affiliate link.
Can you guess what happened next?
None of the sales were credited to me. And I was lucky my Amazon affiliate was not suspended.
So, play safe. No redirection is allowed.
Links In Pop Up
If you are using a pop-up on your Amazon site, make sure there is no affiliate link on the ads.
As you can see above, it is a no-no for Amazon. You can use a link to one of your post or page, but not your affiliate link.
Again, better play safe than sorry.
For Amazon, there is no such thing as an 'appeal'. Once your account get banned, its forever gone. And being one of the top affiliate merchants, Amazon will not entertain any request to appeal, regardless your site performance.
If your site is making good money now, its good to have a self-audit from time to time to make sure all the TOS are in compliance. Bear in mind that Amazon will update their Operating Agreement from time to time and as Amazon affiliate its your own responsibility to get your site updated.
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