Why Your Amazon Affiliate Account Has Clicks But No Earnings

In my post, I show you why your Amazon affiliate account has clicks from visitors you sent to Amazon but no earnings.

Amazon affiliate accounts have clicks but no earnings when a customer cancels an order, Amazon can’t fulfill the order, or the sale is a non-commission item.

Let’s look at why your account has no earnings in detail.

Amazon Affiliate Account Has Clicks But No Earnings

#1. Customer Cancelled Their Order

When a customer purchases on Amazon. They have the option to cancel.

When a visitor to Amazon cancels after making a purchase, you see the click on your account but no earnings.

Sometimes customers receive their items but decide they want to return them. It appears on your account as a returned item. You do not earn a commission on returned items.

Returned item

#2. Amazon Can’t Fulfil The Customer’s Order

Once Amazon receives an order, they start shipping the items to the customer. Occasionally, Amazon has no stock and can not fulfill the order.

The item is sent to the customer once it becomes available. After shipment, you earn a commission.


Amazon also allows customers to pre-order selected products. Such as computer games or movies. Once the customer receives the item after launch day, you earn a commission.

#3. Non-Commission Item

Amazon affiliates can not use their links to buy on Amazon. This rule also applies to family and friends.

Amazon deems this as an unofficial discount. Should you ask friends or family to purchase an Amazon product using your affiliate link, Amazon won’t pay you.

Your affiliate account could get canceled if friends and family purchase items from Amazon using your link.

Why You Have Earnings With No Clicks

Each time a visitor goes to Amazon using your affiliate link, Amazon tracks that visitor.

For visitors that put items into their shopping basket but don’t check out, Amazon assigns a 90-day cookie. You earn a commission if the visitor returns to pay for the goods within 90 days.

Check out my ‘How Do Amazon Links Work?‘ post to learn about affiliate links.

How Often Does Amazon Update Affiliate Accounts?

Amazon Affiliate accounts are updated once every 24 hours.

Go to your Amazon affiliate account and hover your mouse over Tools.


From the menu, select Link Checker.

Link checker

Next, paste your affiliate link into the box and select Check Link.

Check link

A message appears below your link to confirm your link is working.

Link check complete

When Do Amazon Affiliates Get Paid?

Amazon pays affiliates on the first of each month. Payments are one month behind.

For example, January sales appear on your affiliate account on 1st February, then paid on 1st March.

To ensure you get paid on time. Select your preferred payment method and complete your tax information.

Check out my ‘Amazon Payment Methods‘ post to learn how affiliates get paid.

Amazon Affiliate Disclosure

Have you declared you are an Amazon affiliate on your website? If you have not, please visit my Amazon Affiliate Disclosure Example post to learn more.


The Amazon Affiliate program is one of the leading affiliate programs. It is free to join. There are thousands of products to promote.

If you have clicks but have no earnings, here’s why.

  • Number one – The visitor you sent to Amazon purchased an item and then canceled. Or they returned the item later.
  • Number two – The item is out of stock. There is a delay in sending the product to the customer for out-of-stock items. Affiliates get paid after the customer receives the product they ordered. Amazon also allows customers to pre-order selected products. Amazon affiliates must wait for the item to reach the customer before getting paid.
  • Number three – The item is a non-commission product. If Amazon thinks you let family and friends use your affiliate link, they won’t pay you a commission. I recommend you refrain from doing this. Amazon could cancel your account.

Should you have any questions about my post, please leave them below. I try to reply to everyone.

Are you interested in becoming an Amazon affiliate? Check out my ‘How To Sign Up For The Amazon Affiliate Program‘ post.