Affiliate links on the Kindle etc?

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Hi all,

Just a question that popped into my head. Yesterday I posted on here as I am just starting out in the world of internet marketing, and someone asked me if the free ebook I have written on pregnancy could be uploaded onto Amazon Kindle publishing.

I already have some books on there that I self published (two for my other half, and some *ahem* erotic fiction that I wrote). They do okay for themselves without any promotion (not going to retire anytime soon, but a bit of pocket money).

My question is, if I add affiliate links to my new ebook, when someone downloads it onto their eReader, would the affiliate links work?
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberAlien
    I'm not sure if they would work, but remember that you'd also have to expect them to make the purchase on their Kindle since that's where they clicked on the affiliate link, a lot of people would likely get on their computer and make the purchase.
    • Profile picture of the author DLStreet
      hmmmm yes, that is a good point.....a very good point!

      Wondering if maybe I could put it on Amazon, but at the end of the eBook write a bit on (for example) if you would like to be kept up to date with new hints and tips for baby and beyond, join FB page here blah blah blah.............
  • Profile picture of the author Amy Harrop
    You can and should have links for people to get more information about the subject in your Kindle book. A better idea would be to have a link where they can sign up for a free report, then you can market to them once they are on your list. You can also have a link to your author website as well. Consider putting these types of links in both the front and back matter of your book-valuable real estate.
  • Profile picture of the author The Real Deal
    Originally Posted by DLStreet View Post

    My question is, if I add affiliate links to my new ebook, when someone downloads it onto their eReader, would the affiliate links work?
    I would advice against using direct affiliate links in your Kindle book. Although a lot of people are getting away with it at the moment I think it's only a question of time before we are due another "Kindle slap" like the one on PLR and to some degree on the recipe books.

    To add affiliate links I would suggest the following:

    1. Create a review page on your website, (with a pop-up offering their free gift for opting in to your list) and on that page you compare maybe 3-4 different products/services and then have affiliate links from that page.

    That way you both capturing (some of) your book buyers onto your list and can continue to market to them for a long time, and you stay within the Amazon TOS by linking to your own website.

    2. Alternatively, if you are determined to add affiliate links to your book, at least make them links to your website like this: www.mywebsite.com/coolproduct and then redirect that link from your site to the affiliate link.

    By doing this you are accomplishing three things:

    a) It looks better to Amazon when they review the book.

    b) You can re-direct the link after your book has passed through the review process.

    c) In case you ever want to switch affiliate programs in the future you can easily do that by changing the re-direct of your link.

    As I said though, I would strongly advice against using affiliate links directly in the book since it is against the TOS, and it's not worth jeopardizing your account with Amazon.

    Don't forget to add an amazing free gift as a "thank you" to your buyers and make them opt-in to your list to get it...
    • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
      Originally Posted by The Real Deal View Post

      I would advice against using direct affiliate links in your Kindle book
      This. From Kindle Direct Publishing's Terms of Service (Section 5.1.2):

      You may not include in any Digital Book any advertisements or other content that is primarily intended to advertise or promote products or services.
      If you put in a link that can be construed as advertising, you're pretty much asking for it. I agree with what another poster said: they may not catch you now but the slap will come.
    • Profile picture of the author fsweet
      Wonderful clarification of a very "Sticky issue"
      Many thanks...this is the way to go, folks.
    • Profile picture of the author sweetdreamfactory
      Originally Posted by The Real Deal View Post


      To add affiliate links I would suggest the following:

      1. Create a review page on your website, (with a pop-up offering their free gift for opting in to your list) and on that page you compare maybe 3-4 different products/services and then have affiliate links from that page.

      Don't forget to add an amazing free gift as a "thank you" to your buyers and make them opt-in to your list to get it...
      I guess creating a review page on your website is something that must really be considered well. So that people will get ideas about the books and so that they will not regrets things.
      Anyway, free gifts are cool too. I actually like that idea.
  • Profile picture of the author iSoftware
    Putting a link to your other work seems quite reasonable. As Amy said a link to your mailing list is the ideal way to do it. Then have the redirect (the page the user gets to after they subscribe be to your author page or another amazon product page). Does this make sense? Let me know
  • Profile picture of the author LillySage
    You should definitely have affiliate links inside your kindle books...I do and it works great. And then at the end of every book, I write a sales letter that's essentially selling a related product that I've developed myself at a steep discount.

    So if the book is about SEO, at the end of the book I'd write a sales letter offering 50% off my SEO Membership site...etc.

    Works great!
  • Profile picture of the author Guru_Marketing
    What if I add CPA offers inside the Kindle book? Does anyone do it? If so, how's that working with Amazon and their terms of service? If you have an approved example, please submit it here :-)
    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      As I see it, CPA offers are no different than any other compensated offer.

      Even if the affiliate slap never comes, here are a couple of other things to think about.

      > While web capabilities on Kindle devices are getting better, older models have a very rudimentary browser with a clunky interface for entering info (think texting on a regular telephone keypad).

      > If some types of reviewers catch the affiliate links, they will crucify you. I've seen a ton of one-star reviews for "publishing a thinly disguised ad." Kindle buyers are different than your average freebie hunter. They've paid for their read, even if it's only $0.99. They don't expect ads. They'll explore a free offer or a follow-up list. They seem to love resource pages. But straight up affiliate links, CPA or otherwise? You're playing with firecrackers and jeopardizing you ability to count to ten...
    • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
      Originally Posted by Guru_Marketing View Post

      What if I add CPA offers inside the Kindle book? Does anyone do it? If so, how's that working with Amazon and their terms of service? If you have an approved example, please submit it here :-)
      I have seen authors use their books pretty much as squeeze pages.
      Just saw one the other day on how to get bountiful breasts (yes you too can get the big breasts you have always wanted) which led to a breast enhancement product.

      With a little sleuthing I could see the author was writing multiple books on problems he solved with pricey products under different names using similar bios etc. The books were floundering in the rankings and getting slammed in the reviews and rightly so.

      It is one thing to help someone with more information and another to turn a book into a long advertisement.
  • Profile picture of the author Guru_Marketing
    Here's a clarification from KDP staff regarding Kindle Books and promotional links inside the Kindle book's content:

    "Our KDP Terms and Conditions do allow for linking within the content to other books that you own, this is not in violation with our policies, you can link the detail page of another Amazon title of yours for sale on Amazon with no problem, you could direct them to the Amazon detail page or to your own website if you sell your books in your own website.

    Also, it's fine to include a link to your own website within the content of your Kindle book, but not links to any Amazon Affiliate. This is how our policies work and we reserve the right to determine what content we consider to be appropriate. We don't believe it will be good customer experience to go into an external website to click on a link that will direct them to Amazon again. This is why we don't allow linking to Amazon Affiliates.

    So, clarifying the email from my colleague, it IS allowed for you to link other titles that you have within the content of your books, CPA are not allowed!"

    Hope this clarifies the issue here :-)
    Chris
    • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
      Originally Posted by Guru_Marketing View Post

      Here's a clarification from KDP staff regarding Kindle Books and promotional links inside the Kindle book's content:

      "Our KDP Terms and Conditions do allow for linking within the content to other books that you own, this is not in violation with our policies, you can link the detail page of another Amazon title of yours for sale on Amazon with no problem, you could direct them to the Amazon detail page or to your own website if you sell your books in your own website.

      Also, it's fine to include a link to your own website within the content of your Kindle book, but not links to any Amazon Affiliate. This is how our policies work and we reserve the right to determine what content we consider to be appropriate. We don't believe it will be good customer experience to go into an external website to click on a link that will direct them to Amazon again. This is why we don't allow linking to Amazon Affiliates.

      So, clarifying the email from my colleague, it IS allowed for you to link other titles that you have within the content of your books, CPA are not allowed!"

      Hope this clarifies the issue here :-)
      Chris
      That's what I said
  • Profile picture of the author luane
    I agree about building your list...I have lots of book on Kindle and I am able to make sales from the links to a website that offers an affiliate product. It is a great way to build a list and make sales at the same time, but follow the advice above that is detailed about the best way to go about this.
  • Profile picture of the author Robert999
    Originally Posted by DLStreet View Post

    Hi all,

    Just a question that popped into my head. Yesterday I posted on here as I am just starting out in the world of internet marketing, and someone asked me if the free ebook I have written on pregnancy could be uploaded onto Amazon Kindle publishing.

    I already have some books on there that I self published (two for my other half, and some *ahem* erotic fiction that I wrote). They do okay for themselves without any promotion (not going to retire anytime soon, but a bit of pocket money).

    My question is, if I add affiliate links to my new ebook, when someone downloads it onto their eReader, would the affiliate links work?
    1- Affiliate links to amazon products is not allowed.

    2- Affiliate links to products not on Amazon are allowed.

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