Amazon affiliates: Do your Amazon affiliate links go bad?

by ncloud
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If there's any Amazon affiliates here, I have a couple of questions. I have no experience yet. I wanted to create a pdf with Amazon affilate links in it, and I wanted to have some Amazon affilate links in my newsletter. And I might want to have my own Amazon store on my website selling certain products that I mention in my newsletter.

But since they're are so many different sellers on Amazon and people sometimes switch to selling other products, it seems like your affilate links could go bad, couldn't they? Do you only link to products that Amazon's selling and not individuals? Even then there's no telling how long Amazon will sell the product. How do you keep your affiliate links good and working? Do you have to check all your affiliate links once a week or something? And switch for another link when the seller stops selling or runs out of the product? Do you have to switch links often?
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  • Profile picture of the author toydistrict
    I don't think affiliate links are allowed in PDFs/ebooks. Your best reading the operating agreement to make sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    There is a great community at amazon. you can access it through your dashboard. I would use that with all your amazon questions. Also, many amazon employees participate in the forums

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  • Profile picture of the author ncloud
    I don't see anyway to access a forum from my Amazon dashboard. I had to do a google search. There is a kindle forum which isn't relevant to my questions. There is a sellers forum which isn't relevant to my questions. And there is a affiliate forum which is relevant but nobody is using it. There is only 3 questions on that forum and 0 replies.
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    • Profile picture of the author agmccall
      Originally Posted by ncloud View Post

      I don't see anyway to access a forum from my Amazon dashboard. I had to do a google search. There is a kindle forum which isn't relevant to my questions. There is a sellers forum which isn't relevant to my questions. And there is a affiliate forum which is relevant but nobody is using it. There is only 3 questions on that forum and 0 replies.

      Sorry I did not realize I had to draw you a roadmap.

      Go to your dashboard. click dropdown from "Help Tab" Then click "Discussion Boards" a discussion board is the same as a forum

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    • Profile picture of the author ncloud
      Thanks a lot, that does help. So they do have another affiliate forum, you just have to have an Amazon Associates account to access it. I'm disappointed that I can't put links in a newsletter or PDF, but I guess I can work around that.
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  • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
    Pay attention to the Terms at Amazon and follow the,. They will occasionally make you change certain affiliate links. They give you plenty of time to change them and you have to do it. If not the link will no longer work or provide commissions. As others have suggest above Amazon is the best place to get that information.
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  • Profile picture of the author myob
    Besides being grounds for instant account termination by Amazon, it is never a good idea to put affiliate links in a pdf document or email. Instead, make interstitial webpages for each product you're selling.

    Otherwise, if the product(s) are out of stock or discontinued, your marketing collateral becomes worthless. Usually you can then swap out dead links on your webpages to comparable products.
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  • Profile picture of the author HellaLeadz
    That`s definitely a good idea. If you see that one of your products is sold out, switch over to something similar and promote that. As for links in pdf documents and e-mails, take a look at the Amazon ToS.
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