Published author with 'real' blog: can I link to Amazon as an affiliate?

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  • #987028

    I am a published author on the Amazon affiliate program, trying to link my books from my blog so that readers can buy them. This seems impossible. From what I can understand, I should fall into the ‘permissible’ category because I have a ‘real’ blog and I am the creator of the books being sold on Amazon. I am not permitted to sell my books direct so this seems like the best way to go for me. Please advise! Regards, Lucy Courtenay (www.phraseandfable.wordpress.com)
    Blog url: http://phraseandfable.wordpress.com/

    The blog I need help with is phraseandfable.wordpress.com.

    #987141

    timethief
    Member

    Advertising outside of WordAds at WordPress.com, http://wordads.co/ including affiliate links, is not allowed. For full details, please see:
    http://support.wordpress.com/advertising/
    http://wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/
    The only exceptions are in italics:

    Affiliate marketing blogs: Blogs with the primary purpose of driving traffic to affiliate programs and get-rich-quick schemes (“Make six figures from home!!”, “20 easy steps to top profits!!”, etc). This includes multi-level marketing (MLM) blogs and pyramid schemes.

  • To be clear, people writing their own original book, movie or game reviews and linking them to Amazon, or people linking to their own products on Etsy do NOT fall into this category.
  • Here is a thread in the support forums that talks more about which affiliate links are OK or not OK. http://en.wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/

    #987143

    timethief
    Member

    I’m sorry I clicked the wrong button so there are no italics above. Note the bullet point as that’s were the italics were meant to begin.

    #987144

    Thanks, timethief. But I still don’t understand. *techy numbskull* Do I therefore fit into the category that IS allowed…?

    #987166

    timethief
    Member

    I flagged this thread for a Staff response.

    #987171

    raincoaster
    Member

    Basically, to sell your OWN book, yes. To sell other books, maybe. That’s what you’ll have to wait to hear back on.

    #987176

    Do I therefore fit into the category that IS allowed…?

    Hi phraseandfable!

    Yes, timethief is spot on. If you’re not adding the affiliate links to the sidebar for your book, it should be fine.

    #987303

    Timethief: thanks for flagging it for a Staff response. Look forward to what they think. Thanks everyone else for your time and expertise.

    #987417

    Howdy phraseandfable,

    I just wanted to double–check if you saw my above reply. Does that help? :-)

    #987419

    Hi bryanvillarin. Thanks for your comment. Being a techy numbskull (see above) I’m afraid I don’t understand what you mean. I want to add the affiliate link to the “about” page on my blog, but I can’t copy the code that Amazon has supplied. If you could explain in Slow Capital Letters what I should do next, I’d be much obliged!!!

    #987420

    pcrumm
    Member

    Hey there,

    Can you please post the code that Amazon has provided?

    Best,
    P.

    #987421

    <OBJECT classid=”clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000″ codebase=”http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/swflash.cab” id=”Player_03a62474-4515-480a-81db-362a2b6dae68″ WIDTH=”160px” HEIGHT=”600px”> <PARAM NAME=”movie” VALUE=”http://ws.amazon.co.uk/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=GB&ID=V20070822%2FGB%2Fwwwphraseandf-21%2F8003%2F03a62474-4515-480a-81db-362a2b6dae68&Operation=GetDisplayTemplate”><PARAM NAME=”quality” VALUE=”high”><PARAM NAME=”bgcolor” VALUE=”#FFFFFF”><PARAM NAME=”allowscriptaccess” VALUE=”always”><embed src

    #987422

    pcrumm
    Member

    Hey there,

    You won’t be able to embed flash-based Amazon affiliate links on WordPress.com blogs. You will need to use a text or image-based affiliate link option, which Amazon should provide.

    #987423

    pcrumm: hi there! Thanks for this advice. I’ve just emailed a request to Amazon for a text or image-based link option instead of the flash-based one I’ve been given. I’ll probably be in touch again when I receive it as I’ve never done any of this before!

    #987424

    raincoaster
    Member

    There IS a text based option. Go to your Affiliate log in, search for the product, ie your book, then click to get the link. JUST the text link; there are usually four tabs: Picture, text, text and image, and something else I forget. Just get the Text link. And be sure to put it in the Text editor, not the Visual editor.

    #987425

    I have 121 books (amazing but true) on Amazon, so I have put together a slideshow widget that I want to use on my blog. I can’t find a text-based option for the slideshow. Advice?!

    #987426

    raincoaster
    Member

    Yes: give up on the slideshow. NONE of the Amazon widget codes will work here.

    You can use plain old links, to each product at a time.

    #987427

    Crikey. I may be some time… Thanks so much for your advice. I’ll come back if I’m still stuck!

    #987428

    raincoaster
    Member

    You’re welcome.

    #987444

    Yes, you can have Amazon affiliate links.

    Via: http://en.support.wordpress.com/affiliate-links/

    “There are exceptions to this policy. Amazon.com and other select affiliate links are permitted so long as they are not the primary content of the blog in question. Other exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis.”

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