Don’t Get Banned from Amazon Associates!

Don’t worry, I didn’t get banned from Amazon! That would’ve been pretty terrible, and I don’t want to have to write another post like this.

From what I’ve been reading lately, Amazon has also been doing a fair amount of banning, so I wanted to be a little bit proactive and make sure that I’m not in a position to have my account banned.  Also, I wanted share with you a fairly quick and easy way to keep your account from getting banned.

Although I haven’t been banned, I’ve seen some other bloggers talk about this lately.  Here’s an example of an e-mail that Amazon has been sending to certain affiliates:

“Dear Associate,

While reviewing your account, we have noticed that your website contains links to Amazon that are not properly labeled, which makes it unclear that you are sending customers to the Amazon website.

The Associates Program Operating Agreement that governs your participation in the Associates Program requires that links to an Amazon Site must not be confusing or misleading, and must be clear that they link to an Amazon Site. For more information, please review the Participation Requirements and Linking Requirements found here:

http://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/associates/help/operating/participation

https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/associates/help/operating/linking

We insist that you cease this activity and remove all Amazon content from your site(s) immediately. Moreover, because you are using the Associates Program in violation of the Associates Program Operating Agreement, your account has been closed and you will not receive further payment. Any other accounts you may have or may open in the future which are found in violation of the Operating Agreement may be closed and advertising fees withheld without notification.

Best regards,
[                  ]
http://www.amazon.com”

Pretty scary, right?

While I know I’ve done my best to disclose affiliate links for Amazon, most of my sites don’t have any sort of “blanket disclosure” on all pages, so it’s possible that there are pages that don’t have any sort of disclosure.   Fortunately, it’s very simple to make the appropriate disclosure.  Here’s how it needs to read:

The owner of this website, [your name here], 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 [your site address here] to Amazon properties including, but not limited to, amazon.com, endless.com, myhabit.com, smallparts.com, or amazonwireless.com.

You can add this to the footer of your site so that it appears on all pages.  Very simple, and keeps you from getting banned.  

If You’re Lazy Like Me…

I have a handful of Amazon sites and wanted a more automated way of putting this text in, even though it’s very easy to do.  I couldn’t find a free plugin (please let me know in the comments if you do know of a free one),  I did find this WordPress plugin that makes it pretty easy to add (yes, this an affiliate link).  The plugin is only $7 for one site (or $17 for unlimited sites), so I was okay with buying it.

Here’s what it looks like when you have the plugin installed:

Although I don’t really use Amazon affiliate links on this blog too often, I decided to add the disclosure just to be safe (you can scroll to the bottom to see what it looks like live).

Anyway, if you’re lazy like me, you can use this plugin, otherwise, just add the text to the footer of your site.  And if anyone out there knows of a free plugin for this, please let me know, and I will gladly replace my affiliate links with a link to the free plugin.

Thanks!

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31 Responses to “Don’t Get Banned from Amazon Associates!”

  1. Thanks for the heads up man. Been using AA for quite some time now and have completely forgot to add the privacy policy outside of the usual affiliate disclosure and such.

    Seeing that a lot of the marketplaces and programs seem to be on a banning spree – might as well take the few minutes to get it setup to make sure nothing gets wrecked.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Murray. Yeah, I don’t know what’s going on lately – these rules (speaking generally about various advertising/affiliate programs) have been in place for a long time, but the companies involved seem to be cracking down more than in the past.

    Time to cover our bases and make sure everything is 100% “by the book.”

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  2. Thanks for the post. I need to do this for all of my sites.

    Three weeks ago I got my account unfairly closed on Amazon Mechanical Turk. I didn’t do anything wrong and they refuse to tell me why they closed it. I had $200 in my account that I earned fair and square and they won’t let me withdraw it to my bank account. I’ll be emailing my state attorney general and I’ll probably get a lawyer and sue their sorry asses. I’m not going to let them steal my money and get away with it.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    That really sucks, I’m sorry to hear that Ally. It’s unfortunate that the big companies can make such swift decisions without any detailed explanation. As for losing your $200, I know how it feels – When Google bans people from AdSense, they take back any unpaid earnings.

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  3. I’ve been using AA for quite some time and have completely forgot to add the privacy policy outside of the usual affiliate disclosure and such.Thanks for the great post.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    No problem, thanks for the comment Carmen!

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  4. Its really easy to put this in a text widget, to be displayed on all pages. No need to buy a plugin…but if you really want a plugin, there’s one called “bottom of every post” that works great – on posts. Doesnt’ work on pages, though….

    However if you do a search on “edit WordPress footer plugin,” you’ll find several mentioned.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    I agree, it is very easy to put the text in yourself. I just liked this plugin because it already takes care of the exact language needs, and also places the text as low as possible on every post/page.

    Thanks for the suggestion though – I will dig around and see if I can find any good free WoodPress footer plugins.

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  5. Thanks for the good tips provided here!How timely i was looking for tool like this.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    No problem Becca – thank you for the comment!

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  6. I am glad I know that Amazon does this as well. At least they give you more information than Google does though.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Very true, and I don’t think they’re so quick to ban you without reason.

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  7. Hi Eric,
    I heard this news few weeks ago and I think it’s a good act by amazon and thanks for making post on it so that many bloggers will aware of it form reading your post.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Pete!

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  8. Eric, thanks for the alert here! Amazon hasn’t done much for me yet, but I’m hoping to improve my results with them and can’t afford to be banned! I’ve now added the appropriate language to my sites!

    My sites have already generated nearly $100 in passive income and I’ve only been going for 12 days! I’m working on them in the evenings on top of a full-time job, but I’m a believer. Plus, blogging about my successes and failures is a great way to stay on track.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    No problem, Mike, glad to have helped! $100 of income in 12 days is great, considering you’ve just recently started. Keep it up, and you’ll be making good money in no time. :)

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  9. Great tips Eric, I always put up privacy/disclosure statements on all my Amazon sites before I add content. Just a good habit to get into.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    That’s a great point, Matt – that way you’ll never have to worry about it. Thanks for the comment!

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  10. It is a great thing that you did not get banned. I think with anything you are using your sites you should be trying to follow the rules not get around them. I would hate to lose my affiliation with Amazon.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    I agree – thanks for the comment, Sara!

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  11. I think putting this phase on EVERY page of the site make my site very ugly, isn’t it enough if we put it on our site disclaimer?

    No offence but I saw your page footer and it doesn’t make your layout look nice too.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    You could maybe get away with just putting it on one page, but if you want to be safe, I’d have it on all. I don’t think it looks bad, considering it’s at the far bottom (where most people usually don’t scroll). The reason you want it on all or most pages, is because someone may land on a page that has an affiliate link, but if there’s no affiliate disclosure on that page, this could be an issue for Amazon. Again, no way to know for sure, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.

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  12. I got myself banned from Amazon Associates… They said that I was incentivizing clicks or something…

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  13. Whoa! Sorry to here that Harold. That is rather scary. I haven’t set up any amazon links yet though I am in the associates program.

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  14. Just reviewed Amazon’s terms and it says that you need to include the disclosure on your website. Did not say on every page so i’m guessing that putting it on your privacy page is ok.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    You may very well be right, but I wouldn’t want to take any chances.

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  15. Eric,

    Thanks a ton, for this post! I have some pages that don’t have the Amazon Associates disclosure on them.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    No problem, thanks for the comment Casey!

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  16. Nice article, this is very useful. I see lots of sites that don’t have AA policy.

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  17. Hi Eric,
    Thanks for this post.
    I just try my luck with amazon affiliate program and i use blogspot. From what i know from the internet, google will delete my blog if i use blogspot as amazon affiliate site. is it true??
    and about amazon link, everyone said i must use nofollow, is it also true??
    and i just add a privapcy and policy page that contain about my site that use as amazon affiliate site, can this way prevent me from banned by amazon?

    thanks for your answer, eric..
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    Eric G. Reply:

    I think if your blogspot site is legitimate, and happens to include some Amazon affiliate links, Google should be OK with it. Nofollow is recommended for affiliate links.

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