Stupid question I'm sure, but still have to ask...

by marxwarfor 9 replies
Hi Guys,

Of course as we all know, that when promoting merchants' products, that they will most often provide you a variety of promotional tools other than just the link - typically speaking that is.

Now, the products I'm trying to market have to go through Amazon not the merchant's site, as they don't have their own in-house affiliate program. Plus, Amazon's page is not as feature-rich regarding what the product offers - hence my need to provide my visitors as much info as possible, to make up for what Amazon 'doesn't' have on its product page.

However, these products are kind of pricey and they have a list of features that are a mile long, containing God knows how many measurements, dimensions, numbers, facts, options, accessories, comparisons, Chinese arithmetic, Egyptian hieroglyphics, caveman drawings - you name it, they have it!

Therefore, since i really need to put as much info on my site as possible, not just a brief summary, am I allowed to 'copy and paste' the long list of features from the merchant's site, (please remember, that I can't redirect my visitors to the merchant's site for this info), or is copying and pasting in this case, a big no-no?

I realize asking them would be the prudent thing to do, but I'm just wondering if this is a common practice in general?

i look forward to your thoughts...

Thanks for listening ,
mark
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  • Profile picture of the author Monetize
    Yes. Normally it's acceptable to copy descriptions from
    merchant/manufacturer/distributor product pages for the
    purpose of promoting their products, but I would double
    check with my account rep just to be sure.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kym Robinson
      Im with monetize!
      Go for it with any of their promo material and good luck to you!
      Kym
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      • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
        I would use them, but don't straight copy and paste..summarize and analyse in your own words

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        • Profile picture of the author marxwarfor
          Thanks Jay, but ya see that's the thing...

          i really want to be more definitive to make up for what Amazon doesn't have.

          and if I just merely summarize, I really feel my visitors will be losing out on vital info, due to the product's long list of features, and if they click onto the merchant's site to get more detailed info, then I lose the commission, as they won't be going through Amazon, so in this case - summarizing might not be enough?

          Hence myself wanting to copy and paste, or, write for weeks on end - you should see these items - it's like tryingto give a run-down on the parts of a Boeing AND what each part does!
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      • Profile picture of the author marxwarfor
        i hope I asked my question comprehensively, because when I asked if I can copy the merchant's product's page and its material/content, I don't mean sitting there and typing it out word for word onto my site.

        I'm asking if I can literally copy and paste the whole thing - as is?

        That means the layout, font, format - everything, so it's a splitting image of what one would see if they went only to the merchant's site.

        if you did know what I was talking about to begin with - please forgive, as I just wanted to make sure we're all on the 'same page' - no pun intended
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        • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
          Originally Posted by marxwarfor View Post

          i hope I asked my question comprehensively, because when I asked if I can copy the merchant's product's page and its material/content, I don't mean sitting there and typing it out word for word onto my site.

          I'm asking if I can literally copy and paste the whole thing - as is?

          That means the layout, font, format - everything, so it's a splitting image of what one would see if they went only to the merchant's site.

          if you did know what I was talking about to begin with - please forgive, as I just wanted to make sure we're all on the 'same page' - no pun intended

          Hey there...

          Yeah sure.. I see your point, so summarize and analyse in your own words, explain the benefits as they are but not in a direct copy and paste fashion..

          I hope that makes sense

          Peace

          Jay
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          • Profile picture of the author Brad Spencer
            I definitely wouldn't copy layout and everything. Jay is right in saying summarize and write in your own words.

            Why not build a "presell" page that then forwards to Amazon's page. If you spice it up enough and the product is good...the niche will buy it. They get a taste on your page, then they get the rest of the meat on Amazon's page. You don't have to copy and you get to leverage Amazon's work they've put in to building the product page.

            Does that help?



            Cheers,

            Brad Spencer
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            • Profile picture of the author marxwarfor
              Hey Brad!

              I appreciate your answer and input greatly.

              Yes, I was already planning on creating a pre-sell page as you mentioned, it was just a matter of how much of one - if you know what I mean.

              I really want to give my visitors a really thorough piece of content, yet was just wondering if I could have saved just a little bit o' time by copying and pasting 'on top' of giving them my own views and words.

              I just didn't want to go ahead and do the copying and pasting until I got more advice to either go ahead with it, or pass it by, to avoid any negative repercussions.

              thanks for your input Brad. I appreciate your time!

              Mark
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      • Profile picture of the author marxwarfor
        Thanks Kym!

        however, it's not really promo material per se, it's just basic, yet extremely detailed info that's on each product's landing page, I wouldn't think it's info that would be considered truly 'promotional' in the pure sense of the term
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