Information from amazon on family ordering from your website.
I asked Amazon and here is the response. To me, it makes no sense because if it is not for me or by me then WHY does it not count. I mean people you know trust you and people you do not know most likely don't have trust in you so will not order from you. Anyway, here is the official letter.
Your Account Amazon.com
Message From Customer Service
This is Christina from the Amazon Associates Program, following up on your inquiry.Orders can be marked because our system recognized the orders were placed by the Associate, or on their behalf. This can also happen if we have determined that the orders resulted from you requesting or encouraging your friends, relatives, or other people you know to purchase products through your Special Links. Due to the proprietary nature of the way we make these determinations, we can't share the full list of criteria by which we detect these ineligible orders.
The reason behind this is that the Amazon.com Associates Program is an advertising program rather than a discount program. Our goal is to have our associates refer new customers to us in return for advertising fees. Associates are not eligible for advertising fees when they place orders themselves, or ask people they know to routinely place orders through their links so they can earn advertising fees.
For more information on this, see the definition of "Qualifying Purchases" in Section 7 of the Associates Program Operating Agreement at:
See also Participation Requirement 29 at:
We understand that some orders you place may unintentionally be tagged to your Associates account as you are updating your sites and checking links. These orders are ineligible for advertising fees and will not show in your earnings report.
We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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