… you can change your Amazon Associates links on Squidoo to Squidoo’s Amazon associates ID instead, and then get at least some commission. You know the drill: Squidoo collects about 8.5% commission due to its high volume, then pays us half of that, so you’ll be making less than before (assuming you were making 6% or more). But at least it’s something.
Flynn got on the ball before I did and wrote a Tutorial on How to Change Amazon Associate Links to Use Squidoo’s ID. Obviously, this will only work on Squidoo, which means “eggs in one basket” syndrome all over again, and we’re screwed if Amazon shuts down its New York program (where Squidoo is based).
Actually, there’s no reason this shouldn’t work anywhere – your sales will turn up on Squidoo, but the affiliate ID doesn’t care where it is.
Sent an email to HQ asking if there’s anything bad that might happen but haven’t got an answer yet ^_^
Anything bad that might happen: if you used the Amazon ID for a particular lens on sales that happened on other pages and websites, it would give an unfair advantage to lenrank and tier payouts for that lens, wouldn’t it?
It would… but that may not be something that is trackable.
I do recall, now, that you’re supposed to only put your referral on sites you CONTROL – but not necessarily that Amazon cares.
Actually, Amazon objects to using the id for website A on website B (I have two, one for squidoo and one for my blog).
Meanwhile, someone on the associates blog suggested Google Affiliate Network and Books a Million.
I assumed Amazon would object, but I haven’t found anything official addressing it. Have you got a link I could point to, by any chance?
I think this isn’t quite right – there’s nowhere to specify that various IDs are tied to a particular site. I think it’s that you aren’t meant to use your *entire account* unless it’s in one of the sites you list as yours.
But it’s not that strict; you’re allowed to use Twitter, for example!
I sit corrected. They don’t care if you use the same ID on multiple sites. I imagine it would get rather messy trying to track what came from where.
I skimmed the Operating Agreement and Section 11 says that “in connection with the Program, we hereby grant you a limited, revocable, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to (a) copy and display the Content solely on your site; “.
That leads me to believe that associates can use the content (images, buttons, trademarks, etc), but not anyone else. So, if you are not the associate, you can’t use their stuff.
Note, I am NOT a lawyer and do not play one on TV.
What a mess!