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These Mistakes Will Get You Banned As An Amazon Affiliate (Most Do # 1 & 7)

Making money from Amazon can become a nightmare if you do any of these mistakes!

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For many bloggers and niche site builders, Amazon’s Affiliate program is a saving grace, a way to make serious money to support their writing and niche site investment.

But for some bloggers and niche site builders, making money from Amazon can become a nightmare. Like every ads network or affiliate programs, Amazon reserves the right to ban you any time.

If you break any of Amazon’s long list of Terms of Service (ToS), all of the hard work you’ve put into your niche site could fly out the window, and your niche site investment could take a serious hit.

If you are an Amazon affiliate, or planning to sign-up, read about these big mistakes that will get you banned from the program.

1. Send Amazon Affiliate Links In Email

Amazon explicitly bans any use of affiliate links in “offline promotion or in any other offline manner,” and it can surprise some new users that that applies to email too.

After all, email users use the internet to check their accounts, right?

While that may be true, most email platforms also allow users to access their emails offline once they have been read on a mobile device or downloaded on a desktop email client.

That means that using Amazon Affiliate Links in email can quickly land you in hot water. If you still want to make money from Amazon using email marketing, instead of sending traffic to Amazon, link to a page on your site that includes your Affiliate Links.

Some niche site builders allow readers to subscribe to site which results subscribers getting new post notification directly on their email inbox. If you use your Amazon link on the first paragraph, users will get a clickable link on their email inbox.

Example of Automatic Newsletter

Example of Automatic Newsletter

Clicking on the link later can get you banned. It is always advised not to use these kind of automatic email newsletter service.

2. Affiliate Link Shortening or Link Cloaking / Hiding

Amazon is very concerned with affiliates misdirecting audience, as the reputation of the Amazon depends on how affiliates are referring the site to visitors. The e-commerce giant wants users to know where they are being directed to.

For this reason, Amazon bans link shortening that doesn’t make it obvious that you are sending users to Amazon.

You will not cloak, hide, spoof, or otherwise obscure the URL of your site containing Special Links (including by use of a redirecting page) such that we cannot reasonably determine the site from which a customer clicks through such Special Link to the Amazon Site

Amazon explicitly states under their 30th Participation Requirement.

However, you can use Amazon’s default link shortener service, Amzn.to.

3. Including links in eBooks or PDF documents

Just like email, these two mediums are easy to access offline, which is a big no-no for placement of Amazon Affiliate links.

This requirement has been somewhat ambiguous in the past, with some users pointing out that Amazon expressly bans emailing links but never mentions eBooks. However, according to the Amazon account agreement,

In any printed material, mailing, SMS, MMS, email or attachment to email, or other document, or any oral solicitation

Document is specific here, so it’s assumed that the policy for any E-book will be same. So include Amazon affiliate links on your E-Book or any other PDF documents only if you want to get banned.

4. Using Your Affiliate Link for Items You Purchase

It’d be a pretty sweet deal if you could do all of your shopping online via Amazon using your affiliate link, and earn some Affiliates commission while you do.

Unfortunately for thrifty shoppers, Amazon has expressly forbidden this practice.  Rule #29 of the Participation Requirements states

You will not purchase any Product(s) through Special Links for use by you or for resale or commercial use of any kind.

That’s pretty clear cut language (not just the legal jargon), and an easy way to find yourself with a ban!

5. Operate More than One Account

In an effort to limit spam and make sure that their bans carry weight, Amazon only allows one account per individual.

If you create more than one account, expect to get banned promptly. Some business owners may qualify for an exception depending on the nature and scale of their business, so feel free to contact Amazon and ask for some leniency.

If you go ahead and create another account without reaching out first though, a ban is coming your way.

Some new affiliates do this mistake often. Amazon Affiliate Account BanThey think of new accounts for new sites to keep track of the site’s earning.

For this purpose, you don’t need new accounts. You can create upto 100 tracking ID from a single account and use 1 Tracking ID for new sites.

You can avail tracking ID wise report from the report section.

6. Use Amazon User Reviews as Your Own

Feel free to base your potential endorsement of a product based on how well that product is reviewed. In fact, relying on the user generated reviews on Amazon to determine the quality of products is a good idea overall.

I use user’s opinion and develop content accordingly. But I don’t copy them directly. I just take the opinion, and write of my own. I make sure to publish high quality contents that both Amazon and Google loves!

Don’t ever copy and paste those user reviews to your own site, or pass them off as your own. It might seem like an easy way to generate copy and bulk up the content on your site. Warn your freelancer about it before you hire them on freelance marketplace. Just copy-paste will land you with a banned account quickly.

Again, the language on this one is very upfront in participation requirement #28:

You will not display or otherwise use any of our customer reviews or star ratings, in part or in whole.

I have seen so many affiliates’ showing customer reviews on their site using WordPress plugins. This is a policy violation and any time can lead those marketers to ban.

Special Note

Some affiliates mention Amazon user rating on their site manually. Don’t do this. For rating, you can rate something similar to Amazon user rating naming ‘Editor Rating’ or something similar on your site.

8. Link from Sexually Explicit and/or Violent Sites

Under item 2 of the operating agreement, Amazon clearly forbids using affiliate links on site that contain certain materials.

One example of an unsuitable site “include those that: promote or contain sexually explicit materials.

While this can be a vague term, it’s better to err on the safe side.  Or, check in with Amazon before posting your links on a site that could be on the border line of explicit or violent.

9. Auto-Tag Amazon Sessions (iFrame, Automatic Cookie install)

Amazon by default stores cookie information for users who click on your links, saving your affiliate information in case that user buys your linked product within a 24 hour period.

But some savvy Amazon Affiliates have figured out ways to take advantage of this practice, and auto-tag users to make it look like a lot more clicks are coming in.

I want to share an interesting story I read a couple years ago.

Digital Point Solution founder Shawn Hogan followed a similar practice with eBay affiliate program, and he was the top marketer at eBay in terms of making money! eBay didn’t know the insight, so they offered Shawn a Private Jet! He made $28 Million with this system he found.

However, later eBay sued him, FBI arrested Shaw and taken to court.

If Amazon thinks you are engaging in this practice your account will be banned (and possibility of being taken to court 😉 ). To make sure you don’t trigger any false flags, avoid using iFrame’s on your site all together, as that’s how shady sellers use this trick.

10. Buy Paid Search Placements

Amazon defines paid search placements as follows in their Associates Operating Agreement

“Prohibited Paid Search Placement” means an advertisement that you purchased through bidding on keywords, search terms, or other identifiers

While paid placement of this kind can do a lot to make your site more successful, it can also lead directly to an affiliate ban. So be careful while generating traffic for your niche site using paid ads.

11. Violate Amazon’s Trademark Policy

No matter how big your Affiliate site is, Amazon can shut down things quickly if they believe you are in violation of their trademark rights. To clarify, Amazon owns a ton of trademarks, not all of which have anything to do with the phrase “Amazon.”

Proprietary products like Kindle are trademarked too, and you can quickly violate these trademarks by including trademark information in your site’s Domain name.

However, you can use trademarked name in your post permalink, as keyword in permalink is one of the on-Page SEO factors that help getting ranked in Google.

OK – Abc.com/amazon-kindle-ebook-reader-review

Not OK – KindleReviews.com

12. Mentioning Price in Niche Site Contents Manually

It might be tempting to discuss things like price and how great of a deal certain items are in your content directly, but doing so runs afoul of Amazon’s good graces.

Amazon changes the prices of items regularly, and putting price information right in your content means that your site will look obsolete when changes do occur.

And worse than that, discussing prices in your content directly could result in a ban.

I’m an affiliate marketer with Amazon for more than 2 years now. I didn’t even know there is any policy that might lead me to ban.

I learned this from Joseph Magnotti from EmpireFlippers while I listed one of my niche sites for sell recently. Here is the email screenshot Joe sent me.

Amazon Terms Joseph

Noticed anything?

Amazon affiliate accounts are getting banned for mentioning product price in content. An example how I was breaking Amazon’s term.

Amazon Price Policy Violation

How to comply with this term? Well, this is what I did in a different post.

Avoid Policy Violation

Here is what mentioned about price display in Amazon Operating Agreement

If you choose to display prices for any Product on your site in any “comparison” format (including through the use of any price-comparison tool or engine) together with prices for the same or similar products offered through any web site or other means other than the Amazon Site, you must display both the lowest “new” price and, if we provide it to you, the lowest “used” price at which the Product is available on the Amazon Site. You may not otherwise include price information on your site.

So it’s clear that we can’t mention price manually, and the only option to show price is using theme like AuthorityAzon (the theme automatically update price from Amazon using product advertising API) or plugin like EasyAzon.

13. Avoid Social Media Promotion without Knowing The Rules

While Amazon generally does not allow you to share affiliate links on sites you do not own, social network sites are something of an exception. However, there are a few important rules that govern sharing links on social media.

In general, avoid all of the bannable offenses above, like sharing links on a sexually explicit or violent Social Media page or using Amazon trademark info in your page titles (like creating a Facebook page named – Amazon Discount and posting affiliate links of product with discount).

In order to make sure that you are sharing acceptable links on your social media, be sure to click the “share” buttons from the Amazon Affiliates Stripe when you are logged into your affiliate account.

Amazon Affiliate Social Share

Note that, you will only get the option once you are login to your Amazon affiliate account, and your ‘Display Setting’ is on from ‘Associates Site Stripe Options’ which can be found in Account Setting.

Amazon Affiliate Display Stripe Options

14. Promote Amazon with Copy Content

In general, Amazon wants to be sure that Affiliates are sharing links on high quality sites only. That means that if your site is all advertising copy, or totally devoid of content, Amazon won’t look at you favorably.

When you first join as an Amazon Affiliate, you will need to meet quality guidelines on your site as far as content is concerned.

And as long as you maintain that high level of quality, and make sure that your site contains genuine content and not entirely copy content, you should be fine.

With copy content, not only Amazon will ban you as an affiliate, you will get a penalty from Google as well.

15. Offering Rebate

Offering rebate is one of the tricky ways marketers use to increase sales. While this works for digital product marketplaces like Clickbank, there is no way to apply the same technique for Amazon affiliate program.

You will not offer any person or entity any consideration or incentive (including any money, rebate, discount, points, donation to charity or other organization, or other benefit)

The agreement clears it all. Offer rebate only if you want to get banned.

16. No Sales In 90 Days

I run a Facebook group of Amazon Affiliate marketers in my country. This ’90 Day Sales’ term came to my notice once one of the members posted the following screenshot on the group recently.

Amazon 90 Days Sales Policy

According to the email, once you sign up for Amazon Affiliate program, you need to sell at least 1 product within 90 days, else you will no longer be an Amazon affiliate.

However, the good news is, you can re-apply to become Amazon affiliate anytime later only on this circumstances.

It’s Your Turn

For more information about all of these common pitfalls, and all of the other things that Amazon wants you to know about being an Affiliate, make sure to check out the full Amazon Affiliate’s agreement.

Have questions about any of the bannable offenses above?

The best thing to do is to contact Amazon.

Don’t risk it: your status as an Amazon Affiliate hangs in the balance.

Al-Amin Kabir
 

26-year-old, entrepreneur, marketing geek and an occasional traveler. Working with a goal of making 5 figure per month passive income as an Amazon Affiliate

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Fakharuddin

Hi Al-Amin Bro,

Thanks for the awesome post to protect our Amazon Affiliate Account.

I have a question, If I hang an affiliate disclaimer as graphical image in every single page, is there any problem?

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    Al-Amin Kabir

    Hi Fakharuddin,

    I’m glad that you loved the post.

    Adding an affiliate disclaimer with images will also work. Amazon wants your visitors to know they are being directed to the site with an affiliate link, and you will make money if they purchase any product from the e-commerce giant.

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Raihan

Thanks for sharing such an important post. I was wondering if I use plugin like easyazon or theme like authority azon where amazon Product Advertising API key is used to import the updated price of the products automatically whenever price changes, would that be violation of amazon associate TOS. I guess not 🙂

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    Al-Amin Kabir

    Thanks for the heads up Raihan.

    Yes, you are right. Showing data on your site using Amazon Product Advertising API won’t harm your Amazon Affiliate Account. So it’s safe to use AuthorityAzon or EasyAzon.

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Arafat Hossain

Really awesome post Al-Amin Kabir bro. Now Make Money from Amazon can’t become a nightmare for me. Thumbs Up

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Mahbub Osmane

know lot’s of ……… Thanks again for your great post……..

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Michael

At number #10, Buy Paid Search Placements is not allowed. Could u give us more explanation about this?

1/ PPC > Amazon Referral Links
2/ PPC > Review Site > Amazon Referral Links

I think the first option is not allowed by Amazon, but the second option is allowed. CMIIW

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    Al-Amin Kabir

    You are right, Michael.

    The second option is allowed, but you can’t buy search placement for branded terms 🙂

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    Dennis

    To add to what Al-Amin Kabir indicated – you cannot use a redirect in the second example. If a surfer clicks on a link in your PPC ad and is automatically redirected from your site to Amazon, a ban could be in your future.

    Bottom line is that PPC > Review Site > Amazon is OK if the surfer clicks the link on the review site, but not otherwise.

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      Spiro

      But what if I have a Display Network campaign where I advertise banner ads in Google Adwords in other websites? I basically advertise Amazon products on other sites through the Display Network. Surfer gets redirected to Amazon product listing page automatically. Is that illegal with Amazon? Cause Google approved the affiliate link.

      Thanks!

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        Jon

        Spiro, that is illegal with Amazon. Google doesn’t care what Amazon allows or not. You can link to your review page with an ad like that but not redirect directly to Amazon.

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Sabbir Ahmed

Everyday I try my best for know few new info about amazon from your Facebook group, I am new. So I want to know more about amazon, after then I will start. Thanks again for your great post.

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Theodore Nwangene

This is really very awesome Al-Amin.
The funny thing is that I’ve never taken the time to read the entire Amazon associates TOS and i just discovered some mistakes I’ve been making as well without knowing its against their TOS.

The major mistake being the issue of writing product prices on my pages especially on my product comparison table.

I know this post must have taken you lots of time to put together but the truth is that its really helpful.

Thanks for sharing.

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ijat

the true is you can mention/put the price in your site..but you must put the disclaimer under the price mentioning that tht price is valid as the date of the post been published..this is what amazon staff respones to my email..

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Nadya

Al-Amin, thanks so much for a detailed post! It is very helpful for Amazon affiliate beginners like myself.

I would like to inform you that 90 days mentioned in #16 is no longer true.

I applied for Amzon affiliate just a few days ago, and in my welcome email they mentioned 180 days: “If there has not been a referred sale through your Associates links within 180 days of sign-up, the application and your Associates Central access will be withdrawn.”
Which is a good news 🙂 When I saw 180 days I freaked out a bit, but I am now glad to see that they have actually extended this period

Thanks again for an awesome post!

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Mahdi

Thanka for this helpful article. I will be glad if you answer my below question abour baning amazon account.

Can I post my amazon adfiliate links in my facebook profile, facebook pages, twitter profile??

How can I send my amazon affiliate link of amazon home page to my us clients? So that they can use my affiliate link when purchase from amazon.

Will amazon ban me for these things?

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Jolie

Thanks for the great article.

I have a question about using Amazon’s product images – sometimes to get images to display nicely on my site I end up saving a copy of the Amazon product image, and then cropping or resizing it to suit. I will then upload the image to my wordpress media library and I use the image with a custom URL to the Amazon product listing.

Is this within the Amazon terms of service?

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lyana

Thanks for sharing AL Amin. I need your advice. Actually i have one mini site affiliate amazon, until know i did’t make any sale. So what should i do to earn more money from affiliate amazon? Tq

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Marko

Great post.
I was not aware that you cannot mention amazon ratings in your web posts.
But for the price, yes amazon did send me email about the prices, and that i must folow the rules, so i removed all of the prices.

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Touhid

Really a nice post. Actually it is kind of summarize of amazon rules and regulation. I will keep looking post like this. Best wishes bro

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Hasibur Rahman

Thank you for sharing the Amazon TOS in detais. I was looking for this kind of list for last few days. Your post is helpful to avoid the mistakes.

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M

Thanks for such a great piece of content.
There´s no translation of the Tos in Spanish so we can misunderstand some things.

I´d like to ask what´s the procedure of Amazon in the case you infringe:

– Do they send you an e-mail so you can correct them or do they directly close your account.

I guees that would depend on how hard you infringe the TOS

Thanks in adavance

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Abdullah Al Masud

Thanks for the tips and knowledge But still I have confusion on the very first point “Send Amazon Affiliate Links In Email”

You told not to place direct amazon link in emails. And also mentioned to place links in first paragraph of the newsletters.

So I’ve got few questions regarding sell via email marketing >

1) if I do email marketing to targeted people with my Niche site’s link is that okay?

2) if email marketing doesn’t work well, so why people inspire to do affiliate through sales funnel? ( as far as I concern, sales funnel is helpful to get customer’s emails/leads)

3) as you mentioned ” Clicking on the link later can get you banned.”, what is the meaning of the term “later” ? Does it means 1/2 days or something else?

Apologies for the too much questions, but i need these answers badly. You answers will help me to take the right decision.

Best Regards
Abdullah Al Masud

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Dennis

A little tongue in cheek humor? You mention in the title that the most common errors are #1 and #7.

The table of contents shows #7 is “Forget to Mention You Are an Amazon Affiliate” – but discussion of #7 is… missing 🙂

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Mark

Thank you for your great article but I’m a bit confused by one thing.
I understand that non-updated prices on an Amazon affiliate website can be a reason for banning, but what if you’re making articles for ‘best microwaves under 300 dollars’ or ‘this product costs just a little under 500 dollars’ and so on? It’s not specifically stating the price of the product, but the price range. What do you think about this situation, could this be a reason for banning?

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Matteo

Hi again Al-Amin,
I’ve read in several other websites that:

#2: it’s ok to obfuscate affiliate links, as long as your website states it’s an Amazon affiliate website
#7: the Disclaimer could be inserted in an apposite webpage (like Affiliate Disclosure), and it’s not needed to be inserted in any page

What do you think about hese 2 points?

Thank you
Matteo

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David

Hi Kabir

Indeed a great post about internet marketing mistakes.

I am glad that you have covered the major internet marketing mistakes which almost every internet marketers do.

Internet marketing is the best way of making money online and the best part about it is, It allow internet marketers to earn with few but potential visitors. We don’t need huge amount of traffic to earn. We only need 10 targeted visitors who can purchase the product.

The most common mistake which internet marketers make is, they promote so many products at once without having any experience with them.

To earn more, internet marketers pick every high paying product and start promoting them but don’t get any sales from them because they don’t focus on each product correctly that’s why they are unable to makes sales.

Every successful internet marketer suggest to promote only those products which you have personally used.

I would like to thank you for sharing such a great piece of content. 😀

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Effrosyni Moschoudi

Oh my goodness! I didn’t know these restrictions. Thank you so much for opening my eyes. I’ll make sure to blog about this to inform my own readers and will credit you on this post. Congrats on this terrific article.

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Anik Tangeer Mehedi

Very Helpful.
Thanks

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Carolina Go

Hello Alamin, Thanks for a Great Articles about Mistakes to get banned.

I have a Question about Mentioning Products Price. You wrote #15 Step about this. My question is if i used Amazon Banner. I mean “Native Shopping Ads”. Is its problem about this? Exm- http://prntscr.com/ad66hn

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Al-Rubel Rana

Many thanks, brother or the awesome post to protect our Amazon Affiliate Account.Your post is helpful to avoid the mistakes.

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Mohamed Shajid

I’m really really excited with your blog post and read twice and hopefully I’m not yet prepared for a niche site or amazon affiliate! Still finding a profitable niche without paid softwares. Thanks for your post! 🙂 Well written content! 🙂 I will visit your website everyday! 🙂

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Shamsul Anam Emon

Al-Amin Bhai thanks a lot for sharing such a nice informative post .

I have some issues to be discussed with you as follow :

1. Firstly, about the point no 10 – Buy Paid Search Placements – I have run an ad campaign recently on one of my sites , before doing this I mailed to Amazon customer support about this and they replied me :

Hi Shamsul,

If you are referring to Adword compaigns they are not against the Operating Agreement. Be cautioned your are not allowed to put your link directly inside of it though. You must refer them to your website only. Also be sure to add http://abc.com to your account. Account Settings>Edit your website list.

I hope this helps

We’d appreciate your feedback. Please use the links below to tell us about your experience today.

Best regards,
Jason J.

So, it makes me confused that driving traffic on my niche site by ad campaign may banned my account

2. About the Affiliate disclosure . I saw many top leveled niche site disclose their affiliate disclaimer on a different page and link of this page are visible on menu, or on footer . Do I really need to publish the disclaimer on every page or a page link naming ” Affiliate Disclosure ” will be okay which is shown on every page ?

All other information are really valuable and useful for us . Thanks again for this article .

Best
Emon Anam

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Mostofa

I read your post and it’s really very helpful for all of who use Amazon Affiliate Programme but I have a question if I use affiliate links to the Youtube videos description is amazon banned my account?

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Li Jing

Hi Al-Amin, I have a big question. Should I use funtion “cloak-hide” link of EasyAzon? Can I get ban with this?
Hope you answer. Thanks!!!

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Tanvir

Thanks for this very useful article Al-Amin. If I become an affiliate partner of other sites in addition to amazon and give buyers different buying options, will that violate Amazon’s rules? Thanks in advance.

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Rubel

Hello,

Well, I am trying to learn affiliate marketing from last few months, but I am finding it very difficult, specially the conversion part, as I am not able to attract any sales expect one or two.

Although, I am learning it quickly, and Now, I can say, I made a mistake by picking products without enough research and also, I reviewed the product without even using it, so all this resulted in failure.

But I hope, I will improve on my skills and will succeed in Affiliate marketing soon.

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Nicktechtt

Great post, can using WordPress plugins like Amazon-product-in-a-post that displays products in a list type format with price using amazon API get you banned?

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Peter

When I read this article, my Amazon affiliate account was closed because I violated some of rules that mentioned in this article.

Knowing Amazon’s ToS clearly is very difficult, its rule sometimes is changed/updated, this will make our account closed soon.

Thank you for your sharing

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Kajal Abdullah

Dear Al-Amin,
Your blog covered every single top on amazon affiliated Marketing. But, this very blog post is very exclusive. Thanks for writing such an excellent post. This is one of the best and rare post.

Keep shining….

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Salman

Your blog is great, itz very helpful to us. Realy bro proud of u. Please regular want to new post.

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mdmahmud

Brother Al amin i am trying to create amazon niche site ,many many thanks for published this article ,its so helpful for me .

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Alejandro Sanchez

Hi man, first of all great article.

I just wanted to clear something up. number 13 is not really complete. you CAN share your links on any social media with the normal link BUT you need to tell amazon that you will do so first! (that can be done adding your social media profile links in the “traffic sources” textfield.) i’ve built a few amazon niche sites here in italy and i’ve read and chatted with every single amazon staff there is (great support from them as always), just to avoid breaking the rules. i’ll actually pass this post to my clients from now on and save up some time =D

thanks again for the great blog post!

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    Rajan

    Hi Alejandro,

    I have been sharing Amazon ref links to my social media networks. However, I have not listed my social media sites in Amazon account. Is it mandatory to add all social media sites (fb, twitter, reddit, pinterest, etc) to Amazon affiliate account? And I didn’t find Traffic Sources text field in Amazon dashboard/settings.

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      George

      I’m wondering this question too. I’ve been making a bit of money on Reddit, but fear my account will be shut down. Should I stop?

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Himetric

Thank you for this valuable post on amazon affiliate. We recently started one amazon affiliate website and earned few bucks.
This info really helps us how to promote amazon products without getting banned from amazon and most of the info that you mentioned in this post really helps newbie like us. Thanks again for posting valuable to amazon niche marketers.

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Olufemi Akinfe

This is a powerful information. Thank you so much for this post, I have just found new tips to increase my knowledge about the amazon affiliate program. Thanks again.

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vinod

Hi,

I read your article, I observed that some mistakes always for newbie.thanks for kindly information from us.

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Carlos

List goes on:

1) Dont use texts “check Best price on Amazon”, “check cheapest price on amazon” etc. If your prices isnt the cheapest or best you get a ban.
2) When you write an article “best product under 100$” all products prices must be under 100$, Alwyas. These post types are very risky.
3) Dont use any pop ups with amazon links.
4) I dont recommend visitors send to category pages but only product pages.
5) Dont use customized amazon banners and buttons.

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    Gaurab Das

    Hi Carlos,

    Should not send visitors to category pages but only product pages.
    Can you elaborate on this ?

    Also about the popup stuff….If i monetize the pop ups with other CPA options then will Amazon have any problem

    Gaurab

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Md Dalour Faruque Thalukdar (Lawyer)

Very effective information you published for amazon affiliate marketing.
Thanks.

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Gaurab

Hi Al-Amin,

In Point No 9 , yu have mentioned that we should not use iframe….

But I stumbled across an amazon site which uses Iframe to dislay Amazon customer review which he pulls from Amazon website….
Check the Amazon Customer Reviews in Product Desription Page….You will find the amazon reviews displayed inside an iframe…..Is this allowed.

Gaurab

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Gaurab

Hi Al-Amin,

In Point No 9 , yu have mentioned that we should not use iframe….

But I stumbled across an amazon site which uses Iframe to dislay Amazon customer review which he pulls from Amazon website….
Check the Amazon Customer Reviews in Product Desription Page..http://zombiemerc.com/product/zombie-tattoos-from-fun-world/

..You will find the amazon reviews displayed inside an iframe…..Is this allowed.

Gaurab

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Quy

Hi Admin,

This is really nice article and helpful to me or anyone. But I still confuse about some thing, special “6. Use Amazon User Reviews as Your Own” rule.

In the review articles, I have mentioned to user reviews on Amazon site. But, I don’t just copy and paste. I rewrite it as my own. For example:
“D.Gushman, a satisfied Amazon.com customer says it is the best purchase decision that he has ever made. He has rheumatoid arthritis and now sleeps deeply for between 6 to 8 hours every day. He wakes up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. He equates sleeping on the comfortable, quality mattress to a relaxing and spiritual experience on a serene, heavenly cloud. He rated the Perfect Cloud memory foam mattress with a well deserved 5 out of 5 stars.”

It it right or wrong? If it’s wrong, what is exactly I need to do to make Amazon love?

Thanks for nice article and your help!

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Aravinth R Enrique

Hello,

Thanks for your awesome guide.

Can I use adsense? Is this safe for amazon affiliate account. Please let me know.

Looking forward to seeing your positive replyl,
ManyThanks
Aravinth

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Amina

I’d like know the impact of iframe on seo, is that not suitable to get good ranking on SERP? Amazon affiliate put three choices, firstone is text+image which contain iframe, secondone only text, plus thirdone is image. But im more interested by thev first choice, what i should do in this case?
Thanks for advance.

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Lalit

Hi, Thanks for detailed info. But I am little confused with price mention in the content. For example if I say, This earphone is awesome deal under $25 . and actual prices are is $15 which I don’t mention in the article. But as google has search query like above mentioned. Can I include in the article without risk of banning by amazon?
Waiting for the precious reply.
Thanks,

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NewAzonAffiliate

What happened to #7 – it seemed to be removed and the main article jumps from #6 to #8 – especially when #7 is featured as a main point in the title?

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gambutku

I really frustated with amazon, i got email from them, they say
“You are not in compliance with Section 2 of the Operating Agreement because the information in your Program application and otherwise associated with your account (including your email address and other contact information and identification of your site) is not accurate or up-to-date.”
So, must we update my website information? I think I was add and update it when i create new website.

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Eliz

Quick question (this pertains to the missing #7): I just read through the Amazon Associates user agreement, and it said something along the lines of “don’t say you’re affiliated with us”, and then immediately afterwards said “you must say you’re affiliated with us.

Which do I do….? I’ve seen plenty of others say that they are affiliated, but is there a limited way we can do it?

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Lalit Taparia

Hi, Thanks for the guide. A quick question, Can I buy real traffic and push that to a landing page of my affiliate site? Will this cause a risk of banning my amazon account?

Thanks,
Lalit

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Ken

Wow, thanks for guide – really answered a lot of questions for me!
BTW I signed up recently and can also confirm, it’s now 180 days of no sales will result in a ban, not 90 days.

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baw

What a great post! I have a quick question and it may be basic as I am new to affiliate marketing in general and amazon affiliates in specific.

Suppose I have a site abc.com, which has high-quality relevant to say, fitness niche. I am planning to build another site xyz.com, which is intended to be an amazon affiliate site, where I intend to have amazon buy now buttons. Now, my questions are: 1) can I place links to my xyz.com in the posts in articles in my abc.com? 2) Is it okay to have a squeeze page in between abc.com and xyz.com to collect user e-mail ID?
Is there anything else important related to my above questions? Thanks again for the helpful post!

BTW, I encountered ‘error in processing your request’ when i attempted to download your free ebook…

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vinoth

Hi,
Is this 90 day rule in effect in all countries. I ask because there are 2000+clicks in my affiliate admin panel. but no sales. can this zero sales be due to the 90 day thing. will amazon tell me in admin panel that I am blocked because of no sale in 90 days.
please reply

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Gaurab

Hi,

I have seen authority sites cloaking amazon affiliate links.

For example if you go to the website
https://www.healthambition.com/apple-cider-vinegar-drink-daily-better-health/

Search for the anchor text : “Drink apple cider vinegar like this”

This is a cloaked URL redirecting to https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001I7MVG0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001I7MVG0&linkCode=as2&tag=healtambit06-20&linkId=O3GUJSFRZW34Z3FX

Will it not get the account banned ?

Gaurab

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Dinesh Kumar

Thanks for sharing an awesome article. I have a question, Should we place a disclosure page like About Us in the footer, or it should be in the end of each article saying that you’re an affiliate.

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Robert L. Peterson

Very much helpful post. Thank you very much for sharing

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Mohammad Harunur Rashid

Thanks for this epic post vai.

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Meg

Is it OK to mention Amazon star ratings if you explicitly note that they are Amazon ratings? For example: “This product received a 4 star rating on Amazon.”

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Naveen

Thanks for the post. it is very detailed. when i joined amazon marketing a also made many mistakes. Now i will remember those points

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Daniel

In my about page it mentions that I use affiliate links, is that sufficient?

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jS

Regarding #12 about Prices:

I wonder if it’s OK to say something along these lines:

“If you buy it from Amazon.com You Save this Much: $110”

I Use easyAzon for the Prices, so I don’t have to write manually the exact price.

I’m not located in the US, so I write about the best deals/how much you save buying from Amazon US comparing it with those products you can get it locally where I live.

Anyone has any suggestion about that?

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kurac

Hi,

So, we cannot mention product price even in content and not comparison table, right?

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Kevin Johns

I am on my 3rd account. They never tell me why they ban my account, they just tell me to sign up again. Then I sign up, make more money and bam they ban me again. Now it’s 3rd time. I’m pissed because I’m reading all the fine print and they won’t tell me the problem, and it was on 5 sites and they won’t even tell me what site! God I hate them so much!

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Thomson

My welcome email from Amazon said that: “You must drive at least one sale within 180 days in order to be eligible for the program. Your site will be reviewed by our specialists for acceptance after your first sale”
Is this a new rule from Amazon? I haven’t seen this information on any Amazon affiliate tutorial.

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Brian

When you speak of sites having no copy content. Do you mean sites that are all pictures of products and then for example, a “view more” box and that links straight to Amazon?

I have tons of content in my site (http://pizzaspotz.com), but would like to create a pizza gifts store with a gallery of images like pizza related shirts, pictures of each one, a small description in the box below with a “view more” link and that going to the amazon product page.

Is that against the rules?

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Roman

Nice tips, but point 2 is not exactly right. You can use any shortener plugin to make links look shorter but you have to mention product name or Amazon so person know where he will be redirected. So you can’t name the link “brush-trends” but redirect to oral b brush. Avoid using bit.ly or goo.gl.

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oscar

Hi, what happened to number 7?

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Sebastian

Thanks for that comprehensive overview including new aspects for me to consider in the future. Especially that 90 days thing was new to me. I thought it was a longer period wenn I first signed in with amazon partnernet…

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Akshat

Thanks Kabir for this in-depth article regarding amazon affiliate policies. I need to ask one question is that can we discuss the product approximate price in the content (not in table format and actual price) ?

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Frederik Larsen

I was doing research for exactly this subject and this guide fullfilled all my needs. We are currently building a page for a client that wants to start affiliate with Amazon.
Thanks.

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Ray

How about just the original price? Is that alright?

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David

Thanks for the tips, i have a question, can i sell my items on amazon and use my own affiliate link?

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David

My site got rejected from Amazon after I paid over $300 in advertisement. They never sent an email, I sent them an email when I couldn’t log in and they never responded. After I call them they said it was rejected for like of content. I told them I paid writers to write content and them told me they are not allow to explain the details.

I’m not using them anymore. All the big companies out their will find a way to ban you for no reason at all. It does not matter how hard you try to follow the rules at the end you still get banned for no reason at all and you are always told its your fault.

I carefully read the rules over and over again and did research on Google to find to see if I miss anything. This took hours of my time and lots of money and the end result is still the same. Banned for no reason.

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Srinvasa Chaitanya

Can I use my Amazon Affiliate links in pop-up or exit intent Banners and ask users to buy from the links. I will also mention that I earn a little commission when they make a purchase.

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dema

Hi, nice article. Thanks for share. Can you give example, website affiliate that promote some product from amazon that never banned ? So i can know what should the content. When i read this article, i think my website Violate Amazon’s Trademark Policy. http://kindlevoyagee-reader.com/
Thanks.

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John

Great post!!!
One question though
In section 12 (about indicating pricing in camparison charts / table)
The agreement states:
If you choose to display prices for any Product on your site in any “comparison” format (…)together with prices for the same or similar products offered through any web site or other means other than the Amazon Site,(…)

The unclear part is:
together with prices for the same or similar products offered through any web site or other means OTHER than the Amazon Site

So if I have numbers in my charts (lets say I give something like “around $40”) but Amazon is the ONLY service I suggest, doesnt it sounds its ok to you?

Thanks for this tremendous post

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Kevin Smith

Hi, Great article!

I have a question to ask: Can we copy features or comparision table of amazon product page?

thanks for the post.

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Navin Prakash Israni

Hi Al-Amin,

I was going through your article and I must say it is really thorough.

But my curiosity has led me to ask these questions?

1) So can I use amzn.to short link in paid ads?

2) or these links on my Facebook page directly? In this case, can I use the word Amazon in the post?

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som

Is there any rule like we have to reffer some free and paid kindle e books.
After which we will qualified for payments?
i.e. our unpaid balance

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    John

    Just recently becoming an Amazon associate my self researching the ins and outs, I found within the condition of the program that promoting “free” kindle ebooks is ok but if found that you are prominently promoting free ebooks then you are asking for a penalty. No explanation is given why this is so, but it dose make sense.

    I have read a good few quality “free” kindle ebooks related to my niche that I have found helpful and can and properly will promote in my blog, solely as a good subject point for including quality content on my site.

    As you may know already, when ever you submit a google search a lot of the top serps placements contain the word “free” if you have included it in your search term or not. Human nature predicts that if it costs nothing then it is worth the risk. At the end of the gay there is always a cost. Not a big one. Singing up to a news letter tor receive further information for example. “Free” is a great marketing tool.

    There are many “free” ebooks available on Amazon Kindle. Once upon a time a budding writer had to convince a publishing agency to take them on. With the hight cost of print and production it was not an easy task for a writer to convince the publisher that their material was worth the investment. A lot of money could be lost and often the writer had to finance the cost of the first print themselves and only if they whey where able to.

    Kindle and other ebook providers have changed all this. With little expense to the writer they can now get their work published. Giving your creation away for “free” works well. No one knows who you are yet or how good your guide or novel is. But this doesn’t matter. If your subject and synapse attracts potential readers and they download it at no risk that they have made a financial loss then your book is getting circulated. Before you know it people are anticipating your next piece of work and are willing to pay a couple of pounds for the privilege.

    Now, Amazon doesn’t make money on free books. They are using “free” as a marketing tool. And in the same way so are associates that promote free books.

    When a person clicks your affiliate link to a free book they can download the book at zero cost to them selves, but wile they are on the Amazon site after being directed from your link you qualify for all purchases made during this session. They may not evan purchase the book you where promoting and by one for say £7 of which you get a

    They found your site because they where researching a potential purchase and they made one so it is win win all the way. wile they are there shopping they may also fill their basket with regular purchases or evan find a good deal on that TV they where looking at.

    So promoting Zero priced items can be good thing for both you and Amazon they don’t want you promoting to much of it as this can look spammy and give the wrong impression

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Furkan

can I have a screen shot of amazon rating ( with print screen) and put it to my site?

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Emeka

You said you can’t include amazon affiliate links in ebooks, but KDP begs to differ. They said any affiliate links are fine as long as it points back to Amazon.

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David Schneider

In your example are prices that Amazon displays, so those are fine. You have not added your own code to show the prices.

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Yuvraj

Hello,

This is a great post about what not to do to get banned. Do you have information about the use of push notifications to redirect to Amazon? Any ideas if affiliate links are permitted in push notifications?

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Tarik

I didn’t know about the manual price ban. Thanks for this post. It’s always good to know the exact TOS before scaling your amazon affiliate website.

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Victor Nyorani

I had no idea about the price and rebate issues. Thanks.

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Japheth Mwabili

With regards to no. 16: No sales in 90 days, can one still re-apply to become an amazon affiliate using the same website or you will be requured to use another domain name? Again, would Amazon give another 90 days to make a sale? Thank you.

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Luke

Thanks for the advice, just signed up as an affiliate to Amazon and some of these tips will save me for sure.

My site has had a makeover and the amazon banners work great with it!

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Thomas

Hi

I have a question, is it possible to be an amazon associate and only share your amazon link through your own personal social media accounts? Facebook? Instagram? Or do you need an official website to register.

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John

great post.

Was searching for t’s & c’s as I find the amazon ones hard to read.

Regarding the 90 or 180 day ting?

I set up my associate account like 13 years ago. Only just discovered the internet then. Started selling some of dads collectible on ebay for him and thought my own website might be a good thing. Signed up for assists placed a few banners didn’t really know what I was doing. Let it all slip before it got started and forgot about it.

Got involved in logo design a couple of years back. Been playing with WordPress for about a year now. I love blogging (despite of being Dyslexic)

Recently begun experimenting with Adsence and remembered my old amazon associates account. Not hard to forget really as they send me emails twice weekly for the past 13 years. I updated all my details including address. (had moved 3 times since lol.) payment details etc.

Thing is I have not had a sale at all and my account is still active after all this time. Shoddent be long though, had 30 clicks since I have posted links from two days ago.

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Asad

If it is against Amazon’s TOS to list prices, how about price ranges? Your post didnt explicitly say that Associates couldnt use a format like Price Range: $10 – $50 . Thoughts?

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PC Help

Thanks for this useful information to stay secure with our Amazon Affiliate Account.

I have one question, i have add affiliate disclaimer on my page, But do i need to add and Terms ? like terms of use ?
Thank you

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Aisha

Hi Amin

Thanks for sharing so much knowledge. It was the perfect guide for me to understand amazon affiliate program in a much easy way.

I was just curious to ask that is it fine if we send traffic only from social media platforms? Does Amazon allow only social traffic like Pinterest, Instagram? Will it result in a ban if we don’t add much content rather make it look like an e-commerce store?

Hope I could get the answer to my questions. Thanks in advance!

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moosestang

17. Do absolutely nothing wrong at all except not generating enough traffic to amazon. My account was canceled after my first sale simply because i did not have enough followers on my youtube channel and enough unique original content, wtf? My youtube channel is me flying drones, nobody else has videos of me flying drones, so how is that not original. Their loss, because i’m spending my thousands of dollars a year elsewhere now. I wonder how many millions of dollars they save in advertising by simply canceling accounts. Class action lawsuit soon i think.

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