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Can you put Amazon links in description?

Discussion in 'YouTube' started by florflor, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. florflor

    florflor Senior Member

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    I heard that Amazon don't mind Youtube traffic at all, after someone wrote to them.

    Then I heard from elsewhere maybe they don't, and maybe Youtube don't like Amazon links in the description box?

    Thing is, there must be tons of white-hatters doing this so they wouldn't frown on it, right?

    Because I am planning a mass video campaign advertising Amazon stuff. I did it a long time ago for one video and I was surprised how well it worked.

    Plus amazon links are highly trusted, and they are so long that surfers don't really notice your affiliate id in the url.

    Or am I going to have to set up a ton of php domain redirects?

    Anyone know?
     
  2. jackpinion

    jackpinion Newbie

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    It works GREAT IF your competition leaves your videos alone.

    They don't.

    Be warned not to upload too many videos into one YouTube account and implement Azon links whether you're using the longer affiliate link or going to bit.ly and shortening them with the amzn.to links OR even using Azon's own link shortener code -- amzn.com

    If you peruse Google's YouTube forum, you're just going to get confused because if you search long enough, you'll see YouTube users who have posted every kind of Azon link possible and had their videos AND complete channels and accounts TERMINATED.

    However... Based on a TON of my own research, it is not clear from YouTube's terms if placing an Azon affiliate link is in fact a violation or not. I say this because MANY YouTube users have had their accounts flagged and or accounts terminated and then days later, completely reinstated and their video descriptions included Azon associate links in them.

    And of course if one searches through YouTube long enough... One is going to find thousands if not millions of live Azon associate links working right now. I know because I have plenty of them myself.

    This is why I say not to put all your videos in one account. And unfortunately, there is no way I personally know of to keep your video from being flagged if it contains an Azon affiliate link in the description. It might get flagged -- and then again, it might not.

    Seems to depend a lot on LUCK. LOL.

    I've done a lot of experimenting and thus far, most of my successes i.e. nobody flagging my videos is when I upload the video but do not include an Azon link at that time.

    From there, I increase the views, comments, likes, etc. and when the video is finally ranking in Google (I don't worry about ranking in YouTube), I go back in and add the Azon associate's link to the product in the video.

    So far, this is working very well.

    Another thing I have done just as an experiment is to upload the video and add a link to a Squidoo lens about that same product or a product very similar to it and then come back later after the video is ranking and substitute the Squidoo link for a new Azon associate's link.

    By the same token... You could easily add a direct link to an Azon review blog and post if you have the inclination to build one i.e., click here for a more extensive review of said product... Or something along those lines.

    But placing any kind of Azon associate's link in your YouTube video description after uploading can easily get your video flagged and taken down. After that happens three times within six months, your account is terminated.

    You name it... It's happened to me but I still have a hell of a lot of videos up and running with direct Azon associate links in them that were never flagged and they convert very well.

    I guess the best advice I could give if I was giving advice is to simply be careful and not rely on one YouTube account to sell Azon products. Make an account -- upload 4 or 5 videos -- try them with links if you want to take the risk -- or try them without links and get them to rank -- then add the links later on.

    No matter how you do it though... Having many accounts is the way to go.
     
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  3. georgelouis5

    georgelouis5 Junior Member

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    To: jackpinion

    Is it me or I just read a full YT-Amazon master class in 5 minutes??

    THANK YOU very much for such an informative post!

    To contribute a little:

    One thing I noticed regarding Amazon-YT videos is that the videos that last long (and continue to last today) are the ones that DON'T use any kind of Call to action image at the end.

    Now you may think.... "Well, then how I tell them to click on my link??"

    Answer:

    Annotations

    Use the annotations at the begining/end of the video to tell them what to do.

    For some reason that tactic has made my videos last much much longer (the videos I've uploaded using Call to action images, ended up banned)
     
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  4. maddy_i5

    maddy_i5 Junior Member

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    Thank you jack but how do you get your youtube views, likes?
     
  5. maddy_i5

    maddy_i5 Junior Member

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    Thank you for the annotation tip george!
     
  6. jackpinion

    jackpinion Newbie

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    I just use Vagex and EnhanceViews for likes and comments... Unfortunately, EnhanceViews isn't working at the moment for comments but I really liked them because they allowed CUSTOM comments i.e., you could write the comment specifically to the video.

    And if you want subscribers, you can do fine with YouLikeHits. Remember, I just use the above to get the video ranked for its keyword phrase and NOT to make the video popular or viral.
     
  7. obeselizard

    obeselizard Regular Member

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    if i link to a dummy blog in my youtube description that once clicked redirects to the amazon associates link, will this be ok, or would youtube ban this?
     
  8. cmax99

    cmax99 Regular Member

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    I would like to know this to.

    -cmax99
     
  9. seospunge

    seospunge Newbie

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    I recently sent an email to Amazon with these questions:
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    Associates Program Operating Agreement

    Section: 7
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    Quote (1):
    "a link to the Amazon Site, including a Redirecting Link, that is generated or displayed on a Search Engine in response to a general Internet search query or keyword (i.e., in natural, free, organic, or unpaid search results), whether those links appear through your submission of data to that site or otherwise."

    Quote(2):
    "?Search Engine? means Google, Yahoo, Bing, or any other search engine, portal, sponsored advertising service, or other search or referral service, or any site that participates in any of their respective networks. "
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    Question 1:
    Does the term "redirecting link" in Quote 1 above refer to any redirecting link, or redirecting links that appear in SERPs?

    Question 2:
    Does amazon consider Youtube.com to be a "participant" of the Google network, or a separate entity?

    Question 3:
    Does amazon allow the placement of a "special link" in the "comments" section below a youtube video that is for the purpose of reviewing an Amazon product, which links directly to a product page on Amazon? It's a "naked" link (not cloaked).

    Question 4:
    Does amazon allow a C-Panel redirect from a "special link" to the Amazon product page?


    This was their answer:


    Oct 13, 2012 (2 days ago)

    Hello Richard,

    I'm sorry for the time it has taken for me to get back to you regarding your questions. Since you asked your questions in a numbered format, I will respond in the same way.

    1. Within our program we do not allow the use of any redirecting link. In short, a site visitor of yours will need to actively click on an Associate's link embedded into your site which will forward them into Amazon.com. If you choose to build your own Associate links you must make it obvious to the visitor that they will be forwarded to Amazon.com once they click the link. If the link does not indicate such, this will be considered redirecting. The quote below may be helpful as well in indicating what we consider a redirecting link.

    Quoted from the Operating Agreement: ?Redirecting Link? means a link that sends users indirectly to the Amazon Site via an intermediate site or webpage and without requiring the user to click on a link or take some other affirmative action on that intermediate site or webpage."

    2. and 3. While we would consider Youtube to be part of the Google network, we do allow Associates to post links on their Youtube profiles and videos. You will want to keep in mind the reference to Google was made in regards to Paid Search Placement with search engines, which we do not allow. In short, you will be able to post Associate links on your Youtube profile page and videos.

    4. All information we are able to provide regarding redirecting can be found in our Operating Agreement. Since we are unable to interpret any sections of the agreement for you, I would suggest contacting a legal professional if you have any further questions of this nature.

    Thank you for contacting Amazon.com.



    Best regards,

    Jenn J.
    Amazon Associates Program
     
  10. SpiderBlast

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    You only need 2 redirects. One from youtube to your site, then 1 from your site to amazon. Thats the better way to do it anyway, so you can build a list in the process.
     
  11. KingMonkey

    KingMonkey Regular Member

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    Amazon confirmed to me that they didn't have a problem with me posting my aff links on Youtube. Youtube probably do though.
     
  12. lysun

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    I have some youtube videos with call to action image. What will i have to do. This video will be banned or my account will be ban ???
     
  13. mixery

    mixery Registered Member

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    There are no rules.
    I've had quite legal videos, but are deleted after some time.
    Shitty flaggers with bots.