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Amazon Associates Review of Program Details

Launched in 1996, Associates is's affiliate marketing program. By linking to Amazon products and services you can add compelling content for your site visitors enjoyment and receive up to 15% in referral fees for doing so.

As one of the first online affiliate marketing programs, Associates has a very long track record of developing solutions to help website owners, Web developers, and Amazon sellers make money. Over the years some of their innovations include aStore, Omakase™ Links, and Product Previews.

Current participants in the Amazon Associates program include large, well-known sites, niche content sites and blogs, comparison shopping engines, search engine marketers, and everything in between.

In-house tracking software is used.

Program Details

Review Of Amazon Associates Service Data
Name:Amazon Associates
Minimum Payout: $100
Payment Methods: , ,
Payment Frequency:Monthly
Currencies: USD
Commission Types:
Tracking Software:In-house
Cost To Join:Free
Official Website:

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Amazon has been around since the 1990's.

They have support for affiliates in the members area.

How To Join

  1. Visit The Program

  2. Read over more details including 'What's New'
  3. Click the 'Join Now For Free' yellow button.
  4. Sign in to your Amazon account.
  5. Complete the process.
  6. Grab your links and get promoting!

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The main problem and the only problem I have with Associates is that they come up with so many different excuses as to why they can’t pay me, meaning as to why my referrals are not eligible for receiving a fee. I have gone to great lengths to prove to them that the referrals were legit and why they were eligible for receiving a fee or getting paid. They simply do not care as well as refusing to budge on the subject.

I’ve never had any problems getting in touch with them by phone or email. They are very responsive whenever I have contacted them.

Their reporting and their tools for the Associates program are all very user friendly and they give you step by step instructions for everything you need to do to get started and to stay on top of all they have to offer. I feel they have a lot of great ways to create links and I find they do make it very easy to do that. The only hard part about the program is getting paid for all of YOUR hard work, time, effort and legitimate referrals you send their way.

I would have to agree with Diane’s review in saying that I’m not going to advertise for them for free.


Here is my experience…

I built a drupal site using Amazon store module…bad move, there is no way to track AWS purchases or traffic. Amazon technical service for this product was not there. Low level techs couldn’t answer any questions and said all the coding was wrong, told me I needed to scrap the site. I did a test purchase via this site and got no credit. So I removed all the amazon products and started using linkshare. Everything is tracked and although I haven’t purchased anything, I have made some sales.

Next I tried a WP site using WordPress Amazon Associate plugin. I installed the Amazon search wizard as a widget. I ordered two products, each product was selected direct from my website using the widget. Then I added each product to my Amazon shopping cart. Low and behold I can see the order but it is for only one of the products. I submitted feedback to Amazon, not really looking forward to their response…What can they say…opppss?

I am not going to freely advertise for Amazon. So eventually I will remove all Amazon products and find a better affiliate program for this website.

Amazon a scam? Seems to me that they are very disorganized and they don’t care that they are disorganized. Is it intentional…I don’t think so, but it isn’t right. They obviously don’t listen to the questions and honestly, the techs that I talked to really didn’t seem to care. It is difficult to get a human like answer, but they are really good at pointing you to incorrect documents in the FAQ’s.

I guess Amazon is just so big that they don’t give a shit about us small affiliates, as long as their ad/product customers keep paying.
I wonder how many other affiliates get clipped like this, there really is not a way to know for certain because Amazon’s record keeping is incorrect. As a matter of fact, back to the drupal site…in comparison the impressions now show numbers in the hundreds where as Amazon was not showing any.

Another affiliate program to be leery of is clickBank. You have to have 5 sales with 5 different credit cards before they pay you and they don’t roll over your balance, they deduct one dollar per week until you reach the five or until you have a zero balance. ClickBank should be called ClipBank, they got me for over 50 dollars.

I am thinking more and more that the best way to become an affiliate is to find a company with the products you want to sell and do it on an individual basis. Takes a bit more work but with the many tracking plugins available for wordpress, I think I would have more control.


The Amazon Affiliate program is a well known Affiliate Program in the USA, but not so much in other countries, such as the United Kingdom. I would like to write this article to let people know about this Affiliate Program because it can be useful to both advertise other peoples products and earn commission off the item sales, or advertise your own items and sell them on Amazon and advertise for free to give Amazon a small commission.

Amazon can pay in a number of ways. They can send you a cheque (Check), which can be mailed to any major countries, such as the UK, and other European countries. You can also recieve gift vouchers to spend in store or direct deposit. The Direct Deposit can only be paid if you are in the US.

So what’s so good about Amazon Associates?
You have a huge selection of products to chose from. You can sell electronics if you run an electronics blog, World of Warcraft games, and Game cards if you run a World of Warcraft Blog/Site and loads more. It is easy to advertise products which relate to the site you are running, which increases your chances of having the advertisements clicked on and gives you potential buyers.

The payment system is very reliable too. It is especially good if you are a US citizen because you can have the money you have earnt transferred straight into your Bank account through direct deposit. The cheques are also sent out in a reliable manner, and should arrive in the UK within 5-7 working days. If you do not wish to recieve money you can also recieve the amazing gift vouchers and buy what you’ve always wanted on Amazon and have it delivered straight to your door.

The Amazon Associates program is easy to use as well. You can easily add the necessary code to your website which the potential buyers need to click.

There is also a variety of different linking tools. You can set up text adverts, scrolling adverts, animated banners, and loads more to encourage your users to click the adverts and make a purchase.

Most important of all, Amazon is a very trusted business. If you ask someone about Amazon, they will be sure to have atleast heard of or accessed the site, and they will most probably know someone who has purchased or sold an item on the site. This makes the users and customers want to use a trusted business and gives you more potential purchases.

So, what are the bad points about this Affiliate Program?
Payments are made every 3 months. (Quarterly). Most other affiliate programs and publisher sites will offer monthly payments. This can cause issues if you require the money for financial stability.

The Commission earned is not very high, so you may have to make a lot of sales to get any decent type of payment.
Some of their adverts are a little outdated, and may not blend in well with your modern website.

After writing this article we can see that there are a lot more advantages to using this affiliate program than there are disadvantages. I would recommend this affiliate program for an extra advert because Adsense only allows 3 adverts per page.

*Information correct at time of posting to best of Affpinions knowledge.



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