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Amazon Affiliate Links In Email = Ban?

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by Mastery10, Dec 13, 2016.

  1. Mastery10

    Mastery10 Newbie

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    Is it ok to place Amazon affiliate links in emails.

    I see some high-level marketers do it, but if you read the Amazon TOS it says that all offline promotion (including e-mail) is prohibited.

    What do you guys think?

    Is it safe to place Amazon affiliate links in emails or will this likely get you banned?

    Thank you in advance!

    Alternative options are appreciated as well
     
  2. Maxxpowa

    Maxxpowa Registered Member

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    No - it's not safe.

    This is specifically prohibited in their terms and conditions.

    It's a sure way to get banned.

    I believe this is the appropriate part of their agreement:

    You will not engage in any promotional, marketing, or other advertising activities on behalf of us or our affiliates, or in connection with the Amazon Site or the Program, that are not expressly permitted under the Operating Agreement. For example, you will not engage in any promotional, marketing, or other advertising activities in any offline manner, including by using any of our or our affiliates’ trademarks or logos (including any Amazon Mark), any Content, or any Special Link in connection with an offline promotion or in any other offline manner (e.g., in any printed material, mailing, SMS, MMS, email or attachment to email, or other document, or any oral solicitation). Upon our request, you will provide us with written certification that you have complied with this Section 6. We will specify the form of, and content required in, that certification in our request. Any failure by you to provide the certification in accordance with our request will constitute a material breach of this Operating Agreement.
     
  3. Troshi

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    No, because emails can be downloaded and accessed offline which is against their TOS.

    Just include a link to your site where you post the Amazon link you want to post in the email.
     
  4. Mastery10

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    Thank you for the responses.

    The problem is that CTR to Amazon is much lower if I send them to my site first.

    Are there other solutions? Like redirects? Or is that also not allowed?
     
  5. Troshi

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    Yeah, unless you're The Wire Cutter, you can't get away with this.

    Not allowed. What type of emails are your writing?
     
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    Informational/educational emails in the fitness/male health niche.
     
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    No, I didn't mean that your niche mattered. I meant that unless you're the owners of TheWireCutter.com and send millions in revenue to Amazon, you're not goign to be able to cut them a deal to email links.