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[Amazon Affiliate] What is your approach to International Amazon Affiliate?

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by Apsconsus, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. Apsconsus

    Apsconsus Registered Member

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    Title may not explain too well. What I am referring to is the fact that there are, obviously, multiple amazons across the world. ie. Amazon US/UK/CA

    Right now my site is only with US, and I am putting my entire focus into US customers and products. Same for rankings as well.

    While I don't want to go with every type of Amazon for my products, UK and Canada definitely have more potential buyers for my product, and I feel like I should set this up.

    Now I've heard there are some plugins that I can use on wordpress to detect where the person is visiting, and based off of that I can then change my Amazon special links accordingly. I was thinking of even getting a UK and a CA domain for my site, so that it would be .co.uk for UK visitors and .com.ca for Canada. Is there a way I could set this up so that google would still treat it like one site, or would it be considered more than one site?

    I was unable to find any specific guides on this process. While I am sure there are some it was difficult to think of the specific keywords to type in when finding it, so if any of you have a good guide for this I would appreciate it! Otherwise I'd love to hear what your own process is.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. engine22

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    Check out the Amazon Link Engine by Geniuslink. It's a plugin that will automatically geo-localize any Amazon link for the end user and send them to the product you're linking to in their local store. This allows you to show everyone the same site, but your Amazon links will by local for the end user. Hope that helps!
     
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  3. Aehs01

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    EasyAzon has a link localizer feature to automatically do this for you.
     
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    Used both Genius Links and Easy Azon. Easy Azon is better. Now Amazon has their own plugin (still on beta) for the same purpose.
     
  5. DJMS1

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    I use EasyAzon, it's great. As mentioned, Amazon has their own plugin now, but it's still way behind what EasyAzon does.

    I will say this about international sales, Amazon Canada sucks. Not only is product availability low, it's expensive as hell. I had a link for a product that was $20, after shipping it was $80. Some items that are $30 on US are $300 on CA (I'm not even exaggerating). The exchange rate is not good right now, so Canadians just aren't into Amazon.ca as much because of all this. And again, depending on the niche, you'll find 8 out of 10 products on US are not available on CA.

    Here's an example (no affiliate link) https://www.amazon.ca/Kingsford-30451-Charcoal-Briquets-16-6-Pound/dp/B007TATI4I

    A 16 lbs. bag of charcoal, which will run you no more than $10 at a store, is going for $82.44 + $34.50 shipping. That's $116.94 or a f****ing bag of charcoal. And yes, there are other charcoal options but I'm using it as an example because, with some products, there are no other options.


    If your site ranks in the US, it will most likely rank in Canada, and for the most part, products will ship to Canada from Amazon US for much cheaper. Using a localization for UK is worth considering, though.
     
  6. Jesse Custer

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    How about disclosure? If you use a plug-in, surely you need to change the disclosure most people put in the footer to reflect this?
     
  7. DJMS1

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    I use the regular Amazon disclosure. EasyAzon itself uses the Amazon API and implements a lot of things to make sure they don't break TOS. Example: when you hover over a link, price info pops up. Amazon doesn't let us use pricing unless it's through their API, or we show the "used price" as well, and it has to be up to date, including a disclosure and so on and so on (exhausting). But EasyAzon refreshes the price and automatically adds the disclosure in the info.

    Amazon TOS regularly changes, so you gotta keep up on it. With their new plugin, who knows, they might make it so EasyAzon is no longer allowed, but for now, everything seems to be legit.
     
  8. blogzandstuff

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    The official Amazon plugin doesn't geo target
     
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    With easyazon as long as your cron is set up properly all will be OK, it checks every 5 minutes the prices
     
  10. DJMS1

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    Not the way EasyAzon does, but you can set the default marketplace depending on who you're targeting. (You can do that with links anyway, but whatever)

    I haven't explored it too much myself because I have EasyAzon and the Amazon offcial is just too basic right now.
     
  11. Jesse Custer

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    What I don't get is do you have to add "Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk" etc etc in the footer to reflect where you're redirecting to?
     
  12. DJMS1

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    Actually yeah, you do. Sorry, I misunderstood.
     
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  13. Shaunm

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    I have been looking at Gen.ius but I don't like their price structure.

    I currently use a paid plugin called AAWP if I remember correctly and love it.
     
  14. blogzandstuff

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    Well I have never heard that before and I've been doing it for years, you just need a disclaimer to say it's an Amazon affiliate site
     
  15. DJMS1

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    I just found this out recently on the associate discussion board. It's like walking on eggshells with this program.
     
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  16. Jesse Custer

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    I'm checking with Amazon.co.uk as I use .com at the moment. The "Live help" on .com said naming the other sites was needed but to check .co.uk first.

    Makes sense when you think about it.
     
  17. Jesse Custer

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    And .co.uk doesn't have live help! :(
     
  18. blogzandstuff

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    EBay is a lot easier, less hoops to jump through
     
  19. Jesse Custer

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    Apologies for the rapid posts in succession. Amazon.co.uk have got back to me and have said I need to include this, which is completely different to the .com disclaimer:

    "“[Insert your name] is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to [insert applicable site name (Amazon.co.uk/Amazon.de/de.BuyVIP.com/Amazon.fr/Amazon.it/it.BuyVIP.com/Amazon.es/ es.BuyVIP.com)].”
     
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  20. DJMS1

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    I agreed, right now I don't have any niche sites where I could utilize eBay as much, but I have a couple of random links on my personal blog from years ago that still generate. I've been thinking of making an ebay related site, just find that Amazon converts so well if you do it right.


    Yeah, I was about to say that all of the international Amazons seem to have their own little differences to them, and then I see this. Glad I did though, because I still haven't changed my footers for some sites and was about to do it later today.
     
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