Hello my blogging and techie friends! It’s been quiet around here lately but I received a question from a friend on Facebook today that I wanted to share with you. It is a common question for anyone who uses affiliate links to generate a little extra cash.
I spent some time going through Amazon’s Associates Program Operating Agreement today, as well as the Associates Program Participation Requirements, to find a concrete answer for my friend Rachel’s question.
To answer this, we need to ask two important questions. The may seem similar, but they are indeed separate. You will see why when we get to the second one.
whose site is it?
The first paragraph of the updated Associates Program Operating Agreement states specifically, “Your site” means any site(s) and software application(s) that you own or operate and link to the Amazon Site. (see screenshot below)
Who is responsible for the site?
Amazon wants its Associates to be fully responsible for where the content links are located. If you are writing a guest post for a friend or any one else, you are not responsible for the running of the site, and therefore have no control over what will happen to your post (and its embedded Special Links) once you hand it over to the site owner.
If you are a regular staff writer for a group site, but not the actual site owner, you are not responsible for the operation of the site. Even if you are an editor. If it isn’t YOUR site, you can’t use your Associate Special Links within the content you create. The site owner can, however.
And now I shall duck. I see the rotten tomatoes you’ve got aimed at me. Please don’t shoot the messenger! I know this isn’t the news you were hoping to hear, but if we want to continue to have Amazon as a thriving income stream, we all need to follow the rules.
Are you just beginning to dabble with affiliate links, and wondering how to monetize your site? I wrote a whole series on A Beginner’s Guide: 31 Days to Earning With Amazon!