How not to get banned by Amazon

by zonkow
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I have recently become an Amazon affiliate and built my first site ever.
I really made great effort on this site. I tried to upload only qualified content.
I got all my articles written to good, native writers most of which are 1000+ words.
As for Seo, so far I have only bookmarked my posts,uploaded my articles to document sharing sites and built a squidoo lens to get backlinks. I assume they are all white hat SEO techniques.
However, nearly everyday I see people on this forum complaining that their Amazon acoount are banned due to different reasons and I'm very scared that this may happen to me as well.
I read Amazon Associates TOS for many times but couldn't understand most of it as English is not my native language.

I will be very grateful if you could tell me how to avoid from getting banned by Amazon.
What precautions should I take for that?
Thanks for your help in advance
#amazon #banned
  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Originally Posted by zonkow View Post

    I have recently become an Amazon affiliate and built my first site ever.
    I really made great effort on this site. I tried to upload only qualified content.
    I got all my articles written to good, native writers most of which are 1000+ words.
    As for Seo, so far I have only bookmarked my posts,uploaded my articles to document sharing sites and built a squidoo lens to get backlinks. I assume they are all white hat SEO techniques.
    However, nearly everyday I see people on this forum complaining that their Amazon acoount are banned due to different reasons and I'm very scared that this may happen to me as well.
    I read Amazon Associates TOS for many times but couldn't understand most of it as English is not my native language.

    I will be very grateful if you could tell me how to avoid from getting banned by Amazon.
    What precautions should I take for that?
    Thanks for your help in advance

    Read the terms of service and follow it. And if you have the slightest feeling something you want to do is wrong, it probably is. Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author dsouravs
    Dont do BH SEO...thats it
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  • Profile picture of the author karoubalou
    I think you have to avoid back hat seo techniques and keep doing the actions you mention above.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
    Zonkow, it sounds like you are taking the correct course of action in creating your site. Continue on as you are. The Squidoo lense and backlinking will both be very helpful in getting you great traffic over time.

    Make sure that you check each and every article to be sure that it is authentic. During rare times when I buy articles from someone else, I always check 3-4 sentences in Google to see if I can find the same article elsewhere online. If I can't then I know it was written for me. If I do find it, I reject the articles and either get a refund or stop payment.

    As dsouravs says, don't black hat either. Stick to the legitimate tactics you're already doing and you should be just fine.

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  • Profile picture of the author Tadresources
    The most important thing to do is read the TOS and follow it to the letter. I think as long as you are following all white hat techniques you should be fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author zonkow
    Thanks for all of your great answers.
    Just two more things:
    1. Do I have to have a page on my site specifying that I'm an Amazon affiliate and earn money through Amazon affiliate program?

    2. As for images, I copy them from the product page and paste on my site with my affiliate link. Am I doing it right?
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    • Profile picture of the author dsouravs
      Originally Posted by zonkow View Post

      Thanks for all of your great answers.
      Just two more things:
      1. Do I have to have a page on my site specifying that I'm an Amazon affiliate and earn money through Amazon affiliate program?

      2. As for images, I copy them from the product page and paste on my site with my affiliate link. Am I doing it right?
      for 1st point.... yup...in ur privacy policy page or disclaimer page...
      2nd pt.... yup correct
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by zonkow View Post

      Thanks for all of your great answers.
      Just two more things:
      1. Do I have to have a page on my site specifying that I'm an Amazon affiliate and earn money through Amazon affiliate program?

      2. As for images, I copy them from the product page and paste on my site with my affiliate link. Am I doing it right?
      1) If you have a discloure link on your home page that links to a full disclosure page, you will be fine.

      2) That's fine!
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    • Profile picture of the author EasySt
      Originally Posted by zonkow View Post

      Thanks for all of your great answers.
      Just two more things:
      1. Do I have to have a page on my site specifying that I'm an Amazon affiliate and earn money through Amazon affiliate program?

      2. As for images, I copy them from the product page and paste on my site with my affiliate link. Am I doing it right?

      Regarding question #1;
      The reason that a lot of people have had issues lately is because Amazon recently updated their TOS, but didn't let anyone know about it.

      The update they made was pretty important because it now requires very specific wording on your website stating that you are an affiliate and receive commissions.

      Read item #10 to get the exact wording that every Amazon associate website now needs to have.
      (tried to insert the link here but don't have enough posts to help you out, sorry...) Go into your associates account and check out the "Associates Program Operating Agreement"

      Aside from that what you have done is great, so keep up the good work!

      EasySt
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  • Profile picture of the author JasonGiorgini
    Stay away from blackhat techniques such as cookie stuffing. Follow the rules. I've never been banned.
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    • Profile picture of the author zonkow
      Originally Posted by JasonGiorgini View Post

      Stay away from blackhat techniques such as cookie stuffing. Follow the rules. I've never been banned.
      Can you explain briefly what exactly cookie stuffing is and how to avoid it?
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      • Profile picture of the author Sojourn
        Originally Posted by zonkow View Post

        Can you explain briefly what exactly cookie stuffing is and how to avoid it?
        You can read this post for a definition on cookie stuffing as it applies to Amazon: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5841974

        Also...don't put your affiliate links in emails/newsletters, don't buy through your own links, and be very cautious about which plug-ins you install that have anything to do with manipulating associate links. Just make sure they adhere to the TOS (read the plug-in code, quiz the creator, etc.). I'm not downing plug-ins but they're not all in compliance so just be cautious.

        Read the TOS, read the TOS, read the TOS. If you don't understand any of the phrases, look them up or ask Amazon directly what they mean. There's a support section in the Amazon Associate dashboard and they're good about helping out.

        So far, sounds as if you're in good shape.
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        • Profile picture of the author iamClueless
          Going to slightly hi-jack this thread, got a question about the following part in Associate Program Linking Requirements;

          Because prices for and availability of Products that you have listed on your site may change, your site may only show prices and availability if: (a) we serve the link in which that price and availability data are displayed; or (b) you obtain Product pricing and availability data via the Product Advertising API and you comply with the requirements set forth in the License Agreement that are applicable to that data.
          Does that mean if I have a page with a product, I cannot manually write in its price, and % saved vs buying retail?
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          • Profile picture of the author dfs_dean
            Originally Posted by iamClueless View Post

            Going to slightly hi-jack this thread, got a question about the following part in Associate Program Linking Requirements;



            Does that mean if I have a page with a product, I cannot manually write in its price, and % saved vs buying retail?
            Yes, that's what it means. There are plugins available to pull the information that you can use to post prices and such on your site that use Amazon's data feed. Make sure that they pull data from the API at least once every 23 hours to remain current.

            Also, many folks smarter than me will tell you that it is better not to post prices anyway. You would rather have your visitors click on your affiliate link to see the price at Amazon.com. Your job is to get folks to Amazon.com. Amazon's job is to sell 'em stuff.

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        • Profile picture of the author dfs_dean
          Zonkow - I echo what everybody else said.

          It is great that you are trying to read the guidelines, even if it is somewhat of a struggle for you. That's a lot more than many folks do. Since English isn't your native language and you're finding it difficult to understand Amazon's guidelines don't hesitate to contact Amazon directly for clarification.

          One more caution. When reading stuff here on the forum you will find a lot of very helpful people. But not everyone who tries to be helpful has a complete understanding of things. You will see answers to questions that begin with words like: "I think it is probably okay...." or "It seems like I read someplace...." or "I don't see why it wouldn't be okay to....." You get the idea, if someone doesn't give specific information then be careful applying the advice. They most certainly are trying to be helpful, but it is YOUR business, YOUR income, and YOUR account that you have to protect.

          Good luck. It seems like you've really got the attitude and desire to be successful. Don't give up and try not to get discouraged when things aren't moving as fast as you would like them to.

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    • Profile picture of the author iamClueless
      Also another question...can somebody explain what this part means;

      You may not use links to link to the Amazon Site from references to products on your site that are not "Products" as defined in the Operating Agreement.
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    • Profile picture of the author zonkow
      Originally Posted by joseph7384 View Post

      Just wanted to add, stay away from plug-ins that cookie stuff and redirects that use I-frames.
      Joseph thank you for your answer.
      How can I understand that a plugin cookie stuff and use I-frames?
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  • Profile picture of the author michleadwing
    i think the best solution is to read the TOS and always check that what is going to against the TOS.good luck.
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    • Profile picture of the author cjreynolds
      I'll add to this something I have read in other "my account got canceled" threads - It seems Amazon gets real cranky about plagiarism of their sales pages. You may run into trouble if you cut & paste their product descriptions, or especially their testimonials.

      Not sure why that's a problem for them, if you're using it to make them (and yourself) money, but that's what I've heard - besides, it's not good practice anyway. You don't want your customers seeing dupe content on your page and on Amazon's - just doesn't project a good image for you.

      Of course, as said before, Amazon's TOS and customer service should be the last word on this - don't trust hearsay (like the posts on a forum).

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      • Profile picture of the author iamClueless
        Originally Posted by cjreynolds View Post

        I'll add to this something I have read in other "my account got canceled" threads - It seems Amazon gets real cranky about plagiarism of their sales pages. You may run into trouble if you cut & paste their product descriptions, or especially their testimonials.

        joe
        Can't quote customer reviews apparently too.

        You will not display or otherwise use any of our customer reviews or star ratings, in part or in whole, on your site unless you have obtained a link to that customer review or star rating through the Product Advertising API and you comply with the requirements set forth in the License Agreement.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Good luck with not getting banned by Amazon. You could have a 100% feedback score, many sales, and then BOOM... your Amazon account is closed. All the money that was locked in your account is gone. And if you shipped out your items to your customers before receiving your funds... sorry for you. Amazon could care less.

    But dont take my word for it. Look below:

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    • Profile picture of the author tylerherman
      I'm going to piggyback on this post.

      Has anyone tried or are you even allowed to create ads to place on your site that link to amazon products. As in picking a product from Amazon and designing an ad for it. I'm not talking the text or image links that everyone does, I'm talking actual ads with a nice design, tagline and maybe the price.

      For sites with Adsense ads that aren't getting a lot or any clicks could you create your own ad of that size to fill that space, not through adsense obviously, to try and get some revenue from that spot.

      I've never seen anyone do it and it seems like it would convert better than Adsense ads if you picked a really relevant product. And it is definitely better than the ugly ass Amazon sidebars and banners people are using.
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  • Profile picture of the author geraldsoh
    I have never been banned by Amazon but I think the best way is to use white hat methods and read their terms and condition.

    Nevertheless, they have a lot of tools to help affiliates!
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  • Profile picture of the author foxtrot3
    Place the following in your "Compensation Disclosure"

    X 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 to (“your website name” (amazon.com, or endless.com, MYHABIT.com, SmallParts.com, or AmazonWireless.com).

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  • Profile picture of the author debratorveny
    What I usually do is that I read the FAQS first.
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  • Profile picture of the author breex
    Is it OK to use amazons product photos on your site? I have to admit I have used a few and figured they wouldnt care as it was thier product I was selling but I just wondered if anyone knew.
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