Apparently this is the place to post for "you need to ask the staff specifically about this situation" type things. (All the links I can find go to the same form. If I'm in the wrong place, maybe someone could nudge an email address under my nose.) First, some quick history: three months ago I started a book review blog on Tumblr. I recently started up a WordPress branch of this blog, wanting more control, a more sophisticated platform, and access to more stats. (The Tumblr blog still exists, has most of the same content, and I am maintaining both of them for the moment — if any of that is relevant.)
I've been in the habit of linking to sites selling the books I write about at the end of my reviews, to make things easier for my readers. Most of the links are to BarnesandNoble.com and IndieBound.org, which I slightly prefer to Amazon. I'd like to sign up for the affiliate programs on the sites I link to; since I'm linking there anyway, it would be nice to have a chance at getting money back from the time I put into writing reviews. :)
I have scoured the forums and support pages and come up with a conclusion along these lines: Amazon affiliate links are okay as long as the blog is primarily meaningful content, like book reviews. However, just about anything else is either banned outright or decided on a case-by-case basis. Yes?
My affiliate links would go mostly to booksellers other than Amazon (or would be in addition to links to Amazon, if that were acceptable and I decided to do it), but they would still be just a nice little extra for the readers at the end of a book review post.
How's my case looking?
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