Amazon Affiliate Disclosure
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Amazon Affiliate Disclosure – What is it and where do I put it on my site?

The Amazon affiliate is one of the most popular affiliate programs out there. It is free to join and you get access to a massive selection of products. If you have a site that promotes Amazon products for a commission then as per the Amazon Associates Program Operating Agreement, you must have a disclosure on your site. I show you an Amazon Affiliate disclosure example and where you need to display it on your website.

Let’s get started.

What does the operating agreement for Amazon Associates state about disclosures?

Here is the section in the operating agreement that talks about the affiliate disclosure.

Amazon affiliate disclosure

The minimum requirement is that you identify yourself as an Amazon affiliate and state that you make money from qualifying purchases.

When you first sign up to the Amazon affiliate program you are accepted as long as you have a website. Amazon does not check your website until you have made three qualifying sales.

Once you make the sales, then Amazon will audit your site. If you do not have the disclosure displayed on your website, your affiliate account will be canceled.

I recommend you display the disclosure as soon as you open your affiliate account.

Amazon affiliate disclosure example

Here is a standard Amazon affiliate disclosure that is accepted by Amazon.

(Website name) 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

If your site does not collect any personal details from your visitors, then all you need is this text displayed on your site.

If your site does collect personal information from your visitors, then you will need the disclosure and Privacy policy on your website.

Where to put the Amazon affiliate disclosure on your website

I recommend you display your disclosure on every post and page. You can do that by putting it in a widget. I will show you how to do that.

Here is my example website. You can see that I have a sidebar on the right. I will add my disclosure to that sidebar.

My example website

To create a widget to go into that sidebar, we need to hover our mouse over ‘Appearance’ in our WordPress admin menu on the left and select ‘Widgets’ from the popup menu.

Like this.

Find widgets in the WordPress menu

After we select ‘Widgets’ we come to the available widgets page. We are looking for the ‘Text’ widget, then we drag that text widget to the main sidebar section on the right.

Text widget

To drag, left-click on the text widget, and drag it to the sidebar. Once you have finished, it will look like this.

Using the text widget

First, give the widget a title. I would call it ‘Legal Information’, then paste or type your Amazon affiliate disclosure into the blank space.

Like this.

Using a text widget to display your Amazon affiliate disclosure

Once you have completed the widget, select the blue ‘Save’ link on the bottom right.

After you save, your disclosure is visible on all your pages and posts on your blog.

Like this.

Amazon affiliate disclosure

As you can see, the disclosure does not have to be too long. As long as you identify yourself as an affiliate and that you make a fee from purchases made through your website, you will pass this part of the Amazon site audit.

When you add affiliate links to your posts, you need to let the reader know where they are going when they click on the link.

For example, if I have a review post about action cameras and I write the title of the product with an affiliate link in the text. Like this.

AKASO EK7000 4K WiFi Sports Action Camera.

The visitor to your site can see that it is a link but they have no idea where the link goes. It could go to another page on your website, a review site, or Amazon.

You should make it clear where your visitor is going if they click on your link. This for example.

You can check the latest price and reviews on Amazon. AKASO EK7000 4K WiFi Sports Action Camera.

Or.

You can find this excellent action camera on Amazon.

You will get a better click-through rate for your links if you sell the link. If you scatter random links throughout your post, they could get missed because the reader did not know they were a link.

Experiment with different versions to see what you have the best results with, and run with that.

Amazon affiliate disclosure video tutorial

Conclusion

The operating agreement states that you only need to have the disclosure on posts and pages that include affiliate links. I recommend having it on every page and post on your site, that way you are covering yourself in case you forget to add it to one of your posts.

If your theme doesn’t have a sidebar, then you can place the text widget in the footer section of your site. Your disclosure must be visible to your site visitors.

After you sign up for the affiliate program you are given 180 days to make three qualifying sales. If you don’t make the three sales within the 180 days, your account will be canceled. Don’t worry though, you can reapply immediately.

If you do make the three sales within the time limit, your site will be audited. When your site passes the audit, you will receive an email from Amazon welcoming you to their program.

If you would like a walkthrough of the signup process for the Amazon affiliate program in the United States, please check out my ‘How do I sign up for the Amazon affiliate program?‘ post.

For video tutorials about the Amazon affiliate program, using WordPress, SEO, and keyword research. Check out my YouTube channel.

Frequently asked questions

Do you have to disclose Amazon affiliate links?

As an Amazon affiliate, you have to have a disclosure on your site that states you are an affiliate and receive fees from qualifying purchases. I have an example disclosure in my post that you can copy for your site.

Can you be an Amazon affiliate in California?

Yes, you can be an Amazon affiliate anywhere in the United States. You just need a website and you can apply.

Where can I find the Amazon affiliate disclosure?

In my post, I have a disclosure example that you can copy and use for your website.

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