Hello WA-Family,

I know it is "not done" to copy and paste pieces of content from a site. But my question is the following: as an Amazon affiliate, can I still do that? See the clause from their "Conditions for Use" in attachment.

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JeffreyBrown Premium
Great answers for you, Peter!
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LMH1968 Premium
No you cannot do that
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kevinmwaniki Premium
If you're asking whether you can lift content straight from Amazon e.g product descriptions and features, then probably not. That's because the vendors usually use the same descriptions from their parent website to describe what they're selling on Amazon. So you may get a plagiarism strike. However, people do it... I'm not sure whether they get punished or not
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - no, you are not a "content supplier" - that refers to the manufacturers of the products or those who have written the product descriptions. Amazon are extremely strict and if you make even one mistake, you will be removed from their program.
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Peterke Premium
Thank you very much!
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Peterke Premium
I understand but it is double sided ... So I only use the html code that they offer (containing my affiliate link) and then I should not be allowed to use content to sell those products? It's all in Amazon's favor, isn't it? Very strange!
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Emmo1968 Premium
Not really. If we all copied the content then how could we rank on Google.
Don't think of it as selling their products, that would be a big mistake.
The best bet is to understand a reader's problem and then recommend the product you are affiliated with.
Not everyone is searching for a product, in fact, most of the time they won't know what it is they want.

To help this make more sense - if I knew I wanted a pair of Altra Lone Peak running shoes, I would go straight to Amazon and buy them.
But if I was looking for 'a good trail running shoe for wide feet' then I might read some content you had written that eventually points me to the Altra Lone Peaks on Amazon through your link.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Despite the fact that Amazon more or less invented affiliate marketing, they are not very friendly to their users.

I presume you know you have to make 3 sales in your first 180 days? If you don't meet their target, you can apply again but will be given a new ID. That means none of your links will work, you will have to swap them all.
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Peterke Premium
But that is exactly what I do ... I use the links provided with html code from amazon containing my affiliate ID at Amazon. So if someone types in, for example, "where can I find a fish finder" they can eventually land on my site and from there they can click the link to that Amazon product ... As you write in your last paragraph. Then what am I doing wrong? It's all so unclear ...
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Peterke Premium
I understand but it is so unclear....
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DianeScorpio Premium
What is unclear? We have had several conversations about this. You clearly understand that people find your site by the use of typing in a keyword in Google.

However, using your example, you would need to have a long blog post on "where can I find a fish feeder" - otherwise, Google won't rank you high enough to be found by visitors.

Simply having links to hundreds of fish finders won't make Google suggest your site to potential visitors. Everything hinges on you having lots of blog posts.
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Peterke Premium
That's what I'm doing right now; i already created 6 or 7 posts with 1000+ words...

My website : https://topnewestgadgets.com
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DianeScorpio Premium
Excellent! Sounds as though you are now on the right track, assuming you are using good keywords and that none of your content is copied and pasted.
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Peterke Premium
Thank you very much!
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EmakAmelia Premium
Hi Peter,

I'd just like to share this from Amazon Associate page. They said you should have at least 10 articles. So you're on the way there. Soon you can join Amazon Associate, but then again, you need to meet the 3 sales within 180 days requirement in order to stay in their program.
Once you meet the requirement, Amazon Associate will email you with a congratulations email that says your application has been approved. (Those 180 days are trial days to see if we can be a part of their program).
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Peterke Premium
Hello,

I'm already an affiliate at Amazon...
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EmakAmelia Premium
Great. Hope you get those 3 qualified sales within 180 days so you'll stay with Amazon Associate program so you'll get their official email saying your account has been approved.
When I got mine, it was after 7 days they reviewed my sales report.
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Peterke Premium
That was very quick ! I'm just starting my website and I think i was too early to subscribe to their affiliate program...
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EmakAmelia Premium
I first joined Amazon on my 5-month mark so I have more than 80 articles on my website. My mentor advised me to be patient, keep building my website, and apply when I have plenty of articles which means I have traffic to my website which will give me more chances to get sales. So last month (my 6.5 month mark), I got my 3 sales, I contacted Amazon Associate and asked if my account can be reviewed. Then they email me, they'll review my sales report within 7-10 days. So two days ago, I heard back from them with the official email saying that my account now has been approved (it becomes permanent). Yay!
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Peterke Premium
Very good !!!!
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Emmo1968 Premium
The short answer is no you can't.
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Peterke Premium
Then : what are "content supliers" ?
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techhound Premium
I think "content suppliers" in the paragraph above refers to vendors who send their images, videos, and product descriptions to Amazon for the purposes of selling their products. It doesn't appear the phrase refers to us as affiliates. I have read before on Amazon's website terms, that Amazon only allows images via it's SiteStripe mechanism, which comprises the affiliate link for you and will include an image which you can then use. Unfortunately, the images they include are usually not very useful for selling purposes.

Another thing you could try is to reach out directly to the manufacturer for permission to use images for selling. You may even discover they have a dedicated affiliate program outside of Amazon that probably pays a higher commission. If you are accepted into that program, they may provide you with digital assets that can help you sell.
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Peterke Premium
Thank you very much!
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