So my affiliate account with Amazon was just closed. Here's what they sent me:
"Hello,

While reviewing your Amazon Associates application, we noticed that your web site announces that a portion or all proceeds of Amazon.com orders will benefit a particular group, charity, or organization. Associates are not allowed to offer incentives to visitors to purchase through their links by stating a certain amount will be donated, rebated, etc.

We are unable to approve your application and have closed the account under which you had been temporarily approved and that approval has now ended."

My original disclosure looked like this:
"Some of the links on this website are affiliate links, which means that I may earn a commission if you click on the link or make a purchase using the link. When you make a purchase, the price you pay will be the same whether you use the affiliate link or go directly to the vendor's website using a non-affiliate link. By using the affiliate links you are helping support the MavicMainiacs.com website, and I genuinely appreciate your support.

Amazon affiliate disclosure: Scott Hinkle is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Assocfiates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com plus other affiliate programs that he finds useful to his readers."

Based on the contents of the e-mail they sent me I'm guessing they took issue with this line:
"By using the affiliate links you are helping support the MavicMainiacs.com website, and I genuinely appreciate your support."

I called and spoke to a rep and he said that's probably what it is (of course he's not in that department) but he also went on to say that mentioning commissions and such was probably an issue too.

I want to make sure I'm doing what's legally required in regards to letting my visitors know that I use affiliate links but I need to make sure that I'm not violating Amazon's terms as well. To this end I have taken their default disclosure and modified it just slightly in hopes that this is sufficient for both:

"Affiliate disclosure: Scott Hinkle is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Scott is also a member of other affiliate programs that he finds useful to his readers."

The original one provided by Amazon as as follows:

"Amazon affiliate disclosure: Scott Hinkle is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com and other affiliate programs that he finds useful to his readers."

What are your experiences in this matter and what do you think of my current disclosure (is it sufficient, should it be worded differently, etc.)?

Thank you,
Scott Hinkle

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merlynmac Premium
Update - I was rejected again. Again it was the same form letter with no specifics as to what was the offending page, content, etc.

I called again and again they don't send you to the approval/review department that rejected you, but to the affiliate support group. They pulled up my rejection and said well it might be this or that but we're not sure....not much help.

I suspect they want only their little excerpt and nothing else. The problem with that is Amazon isn't the only affiliate program I use and I have to alert my visitors that I work with affiliate programs and offer affiliate links so I need more than just the Amazon line.

I finally did a rework. I removed the disclaimer from the sidebar widget that shows on all my posts. I created an Affiliate Disclaimer page containing the following language:
"I, Scott Hinkle, participate in affiliate programs. Some of the links provided on this site are affiliate links. I may earn from qualifying purchases when you follow these links. The cost to you is same regardless of whether you use the links I provide or go to the selling sites directly. You are not required to follow these links, however, if you choose to do so, I appreciate the gesture and thank you.

Amazon Affiliate Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Apple Affiliate Disclosure: Apple, the Apple logo, Apple TV, Apple Watch, iBooks, iMac, iMovie, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro, iPhone, iPhoto, iPod touch, iTunes, iTunes logo, Mac, Mac logo, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, macOS, QuickTime, QuickTime logo, Touch ID and watchOS are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store, Apple, Apple Store, iBooks Store, iTunes, and iTunes Store are service marks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries."

That page is on my main menu. I also placed a small line at the top of each post (originally I had an add-on to do this but chose to go back and enter it manually so I don't have yet another add-on running on my site) which I now have in my template so I don't have to remember to put it in each time. That line reads as follows:
"THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS. PLEASE SEE OUR AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE FOR MORE INFORMATION.". Of course the Affiliate Disclosure is a link to the disclosure page.

Once I had all this in place, I contacted Amazon and asked them to have the team check it one more time to see if I'd pass.

This morning I was reinstated.

In the end I think removing reference to my web site and only having my name was the resolution. I think when they saw my web site in the disclaimer, that constituted an organization.

Anyway, I hope this helps someone else out who may face the same situation.

Thanks,
Scott
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GeeEss Premium
Amazon has specific wording for the affiliate disclosure and exact reproduction of the same will ensure prompt approval
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merlynmac Premium
Yes...I was finally able to rectify the issue. It’s just a shame they’re so cryptic as to what they reject you for.
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GeeEss Premium
Its the same with Facebook, Google etc. They will never give you full reason. Probably they want to avoid prospective litigation that way 😏
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MarionBlack Premium
Amazon are very picky about the exact wording in your Amazon affiliate disclosure. Do not alter it in any way except for adding the domain name of your website and the countries you have Amazon accounts with. Any other affiliate disclosure should be additional and separate.
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merlynmac Premium
I updated it again. I don't like not letting my viewers know I could make a comission. I just removed any reference to supporting my site.

"I, Scott Hinkle, participate in affiliate programs. Some of the links I provide inform the destination sites that you were referred to them by me. In return, if you make a purchase within a certain time frame, I may receive a commission based on that purchase as a thank you for the referral. The cost to you is same regardless of whether you use the link I provide or go to the selling site directly.

Amazon Affiliate Disclosure: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Apple Affiliate Disclosure: Apple, the Apple logo, Apple TV, Apple Watch, iBooks, iMac, iMovie, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro, iPhone, iPhoto, iPod touch, iTunes, iTunes logo, Mac, Mac logo, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, macOS, QuickTime, QuickTime logo, Touch ID and watchOS are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store, Apple, Apple Store, iBooks Store, iTunes, and iTunes Store are service marks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries."
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