I live in Minnesota, which is one of the states that Amazon has chosen to stop doing business with due to a state tax imposed upon Amazon, for Amazon affiliates in this state. For this reason, I can no longer monetize the Amazon module. I wanted to suggest the possibility of another affiliate program in place of, or as an additional option for those of us who can no longer use Amazon. Perhaps if HubPages could establish a relationship with Commission Junction to establish a similar program for us to use.
ClickBank links are not allowed, but many other affiliate programs are OK: ShareASale, Commission Junction, Zazzle, AllPosters, etc.
Thank you for your response Writer Fox.
Are you sure about this? I see you’ve got a lot more hubs and accolades than I do, so it may not be my place to question your knowledge on the topic, but to be on the safe side, it was my understanding that the only external links we were allowed to use were those going to our own personal external site. I always thought that affiliate links were not allowed.
Is there a resource you can point me to that would clarify this for me?
I'm sure there is an article somewhere but HubPages buries it deliberately - after all, if you use other affiliate links in your Hubs, they earn no money from them, so they're not keen to encourage it!
I can tell you, from experience, that HubPages allows affiliate links. If you search the forums, you'll find statements somewhere which say that HubPages allows links from "reputable affiliate networks". They don't publish a list, however it appears that most networks qualify. I've used ShareASale and Linkshare without difficulty. Others have had a problem with Commission Junction in the past, but apparently that was a mistake and CJ is now allowed.
Clickbank is not allowed, or any other affiliate link which leads to a landing page rather than a proper website.
If you're looking for an affiliate program for books, try the Book Depository. It used to have a good scheme - however it has also been bought by Amazon recently so I suppose it's possible they've imposed restrictions. Otherwise, how about Barnes & Noble.
Thank you for your very well written response. I will definitely look into the ideas that you mentioned.
You may be able to use the Ebay program if Amazon if prohibited in your area.
We are considering no new programs and have no plans to implement any other affiliate programs.
Ok, Thank you Mathew. That's what I've been doing. I'll just have to keep it up then. I know I haven't gotten any results at all from eBay in the three years I've been using HubPages. But, I'll just keep my focus on writing good hubs and working with the AdSense ads.
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