I tried signing up tonight as an Amazon affiliate, and ended up with an error message telling me that thid program was not allowed in North Carolina! I've seriously lost an opportunity to make money this way? Does anyone know why this program is prohibited in a handful of states? Looks like my only option for making money is with AdSense!
Appreciate any input!
Your state legislature has decided that your Amazon affiliation means that Amazon has a "physical presence" in the state, which in turn means that Amazon has to collect NC sales tax from any residents buying from them and turn it into the state.
Amazon in return said "Oh no I don't!" and canceled it's affiliation with anyone in NC. Neither Amazon nor you are alone; there is quite a list of states pulling that scam and there is a long list of companies that canceled out of each of them, leaving their former affiliates without that income. Thank your legislature for destroying your income with their greed.
Thank you for the feedback, wilderness! I appreciate understanding the background. Thanks for taking the time to let me know! People here, including yourself, seem very helpful, nice, and friendly! I like that! dj
It might interest you to know, then, that the game isn't over yet. Politicians are beginning to push for a federal law forcing mail order places (Amazon) to collect sales tax for every state. Amazon is actually on record as supporting this and if it does go through will undoubtedly re-instate their affiliates everywhere.
In the meantime, I've written my state congressmen (Idaho), requesting a vote against any similar state plan and giving reasons. You might collect some good information and data, showing the plan has resulted in a loss of income to the state, and do the same - you never know what might happen. Or look around the net for a NC group fighting it - those have sprung up everywhere.
Don't worry so much about it. You would have only been making a few cents a month anywyay. Affiliate pay is very very poor.
Don't forget you are better off using HP Ads as your main program (well most people are anyway), even though your Adsense income will drop due to the change in Ad ratios. Basically overall you should earn more than if you relied on Adsense alone. Also you can earn from ebay too although it won't be a great deal.
can you tell me where to get more info on HP Ads? Don't recall seeing it when poking around! Thanks, misty!
Try this link, and if you want more info just do a site search using the box at the top of your screen for 'HP Ad program' or similar. You have to have an active Adsense account to be eligible for the HP Ads program, but for most people it does make them much more money than relying on Adsense alone. Please just remember that naturally your Adsense income will drop proportionately because most of the Ads shown on your hubs will be HP Ad ones, so when you read people moaning that since they went onto HP Ads their Adsense income has dropped through the floor, it is because they fail to understand that overall they are better off, but that now their income is coming mostly from HP Ads and not from Adsense. You will need a Paypal account in order to get paid from HP Ads.
Sorry about the state-to-state differences, djohns! Rest assured there are still plenty of earnings opportunities on HubPages for you.
The same thing happened to me. I tried signing up for Amazon in the meantime while I was working on hubs and getting approved for Adsense. I live in Rhode Island and tried signing up and it basically told me the same thing it told you. Figures! It's so unfortunate, especially because we read that others can do very well earning from Amazon.
It kind of makes me more determined to get some more hubs created so that AdSense will pick them up and approve me. I've been a part of this for a few days now, and have finished one hub. Haven't published though, until I have at least five ready. Read somewhere on here that it will improve my chances of getting approved if I have a deeper presence. Oh well! We have to move on, right?
Djohns: You state that you won't publish until you have at least five ready. Wouldn't it be to your benefit to go ahead and publish what you have so that you can learn any mistakes that you could correct in future hubs.
Ten or fifteen hubs would be good and enough time for them to settle so google will pick them up.
Good idea. I would even try publishing closer to 10 hubs if not more before applying to Adsense. I applied twice before I finally got approved on the third time after having published 10 pubs.
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