How Not To Get Banned From The Amazon Associates Program

In my post, I show you how not to get banned from the Amazon affiliate program. It is free to join the Amazon associates program, but Amazon has strict rules. Should you break any of these rules, you could find your account terminated.

Are you new to the Amazon affiliate program? Worried you might get banned? Then this is the post for you. I list some of the numerous rules that could result in a ban.

I recommend you read the Amazon Associates Program Operating Agreement. And the Amazon Associates Program Policies yourself to familiarise yourself with the program.

Let’s get started.

180 Days To Make Three Qualified Sales

Once you open a new Amazon affiliate account, you have 180 days to make three qualified sales.

180 days

If you have a new website with little traffic, I recommend not applying to the Amazon affiliate program until you have at least 500 visitors per month.

Should you not make the three sales within 180 days. Amazon terminates your account. You can reapply immediately and start the process again.

After you make the three sales, Amazon audits your website. Once the audit is complete, you are notified by email regarding your application to be an Amazon affiliate.

Downloading Images From Amazon To Use On Your Website

Images on the internet are copyright protected. If you download images from Amazon to use on your website, you could get into trouble.

Image copyright

Amazon affiliates get access to the SiteStripe. The SiteStripe allows you one image per product to use on your website. Amazon authorizes affiliates to use product images obtained from the SiteStripe.

Learn how to use the Amazon SiteStripe by reading my ‘How To Get Amazon Product Images For Your Website‘ post.

Link Cloaking Or Link Shortening

You can’t change the affiliate link you get from Amazon. It has to be clear at all times that you are linking to Amazon.

Use Your Affiliate Link To Make Purchases From Amazon

You can not use your affiliate link to make purchases. You also can’t ask friends, family members, or work colleagues.

Unqualified sales

When you get closer to the end of the 180 days and haven’t made the three qualified sales, it is tempting to ask friends and family to help. I don’t know how Amazon finds out you asked them, but they do.

Should you not make the three sales and get your account terminated, reapply.

Not Declaring Your Association With Amazon

As an Amazon affiliate, you must declare that you get a commission from purchases made through your affiliate links. The disclosure must be clear and easy to find on your website, preferably before affiliate links in your blog content.

Disclosure

Learn how to write an affiliate disclosure. Check out my ‘How To Write An Amazon Affiliate Disclosure‘ post.

Adding Affiliate Links To Websites Not Publicly Available

You can only add affiliate links to publicly accessible websites. You can’t use links on member-only sites or websites not available to the public.

Publicly available

Using The Amazon Brand Name

You are not allowed to use the word ‘Amazon’ in your domain name, a tag, a username, a group name, or an affiliate ID. I also recommend not using ‘Amazon’ in your text links.

Amazon brand name

Using Reviews On Amazon

You can’t use any part of an Amazon review or the star ratings for your website.

Customer reviews

Adding Affiliate Links To Emails, PDFs, And Ebooks

You can only add your affiliate links to your publicly accessible website. You can’t add links to emails, printed material, ebooks, private messages on social media networks, or attachments.

Links in emails

When promoting, I recommend adding links to blog posts that contain your affiliate links.

Displaying Product Prices

Amazon can change the price of their products at any time. Displaying the incorrect price on your website could potentially cause issues with customers buying on Amazon.

Unless you use an affiliate link in which Amazon updates prices automatically, I don’t recommend adding them to your content.

I have seen affiliate websites use dollar symbols to communicate if a product is cheap or expensive.

Prices

Offering A Reward To Click On Your Affiliate Link

You can’t promote your affiliate links by offering an incentive. Place your affiliate link within your blog content and let the reader decide to click or not.

Conclusion

I recommend you read through the Amazon operating agreement to familiarize yourself with its rules.

There are many rules. I have listed the ones I think new affiliates could miss and get their account terminated.

I recommend concentrating on producing content that offers value to your readers and adding affiliate links when it fits naturally.

It is essential to build trust with your visitors and not be pushy with your links. Once you have a loyal following, they will want to help you by purchasing through your links.

Do you want to join the Amazon associates program? It is free to join. To apply, check out my ‘How To Sign Up For The Amazon Affiliate Program‘ post.

I hope you found my article informative. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below. I check twice a day.

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