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Does Amazon Verifiy if You Own The Site You Apply With

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by kboxer7, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. kboxer7

    kboxer7 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Ok, so when I sign up for Amazon Affiliate accounts I have always used "real" sites that I own. But recently I've been taking on clients and offering full service marketing for their amazon affiliate accounts.

    Some have asked me "If I don't have a site right now can I just use any random URL to get approved to their affiliate program." Initially my instinct was to say "no, best we keep it whitehat to ensure payouts."

    But...in thinking back, Amazon has NEVER once asked to have me verify any sites I applied with for proof of ownership.

    So, does it really matter?

    Otherwise for clients that do not have sites I have to build sites for them to get approved (yes I know this is more money for me, but it is typically something I offer on the backend after I deliver more value). Charging more on the front end also creates a greater barrier to entry for newbs. And my target market are those making under $100 a month from the Amazon network.

    Appreciate the advice BHW team!
     
  2. scottx1995

    scottx1995 Regular Member

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    nope,
    I havent been asked for one
    but it only takes 1 smart staff to figure out there are multiple applicants with the same site so its a hit and miss.
     
  3. kboxer7

    kboxer7 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Makes sense. I appreciate the response. I suppose I could always play it off as "oh, I sold that site and forgot to update it." OR, if they check the ownership info/history you could always say "I used to rent that site to market my Amazon ID."

    Thanks man.
     
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    kidis21 Newbie

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    nope, agree with scottx1995
     
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    I have never been asked. All the you need is a webpage(s) where you can put those java scripts to show up the ads from amazon.
     
  6. kboxer7

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    Thanks for the replies. In thinking about an alternative. I suppose I could require those clients not wanting to "purchase" a site from me to start up a FREE Blogger Blog and use that to sign up to Amazon with.

    *I only need them to have a site to get approved to Amazon, not to actually market and generate revenue. I use my network of sites/Web 2.0s to do that for them, and later on upsell developing a portfolio of sites/traffic producing properties for them.