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Amazon affiliate different countries - Help anyone?

  1. lobobrandon profile image83
    lobobrandonposted 4 years ago

    Since I know most of you here, I thought of asking here smile I already have a US affiliate ID and got sales too (Through my hubs). But, now I wanted to sign up for the Canada and US affiliates. Can I use the same login details? Because, it's giving me an error saying the account doesn't exist.

    If I have to create a new account - Do I have to reach payout separately for each of them? It would be confusing with various currencies big_smile

    1. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      They are all separate so you have to sign up for each one.  You could consider joining Skimlinks instead, because I'm pretty sure they cover the lot.

      1. lobobrandon profile image83
        lobobrandonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks Marisa, that's similar to Viglink but seems better. I'm checking it out now. But, just in case I don't find any info. Let's say I link to Amazon Product ABC from manufacturer XYZ and it's available both in the US and UK. If I'm viewing from the US would it take me to the amazon US site and if from the UK to the UK site?

        1. relache profile image87
          relacheposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          You're not quite getting the "entirely separate program" concept.  Amazon in different countries does NOT function like Google.  They do not auto-detect where you the visitor are, they function based on how the affiliate operator codes the page.

          If you put up a link to the product you would have to make completely separate links leading to the US and UK Amazon sites.  The two programs have nothing to do with each other and are completely unconnected, even if it seems like the same company is selling the same product in two countries.

          If you go to buy something from Amazon US and Amazon UK, those too are entirely separate.  Even as a shopper you have to sign up for entirely independent accounts for each country.

          1. lobobrandon profile image83
            lobobrandonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Relache I'm not talking about Amazon doing it themselves - I wish they did it themselves though. Viglink is a program wherein you just place a link to a product (Not your affiliate link) and they'd add their affiliate link based on the location of the visitors IP and also to their local amazon store.

            Marissa mentioned Skimlinks and I guess they do the same thing. But the bad part is that even though they're in the top tier, they give you around 80% (In case of Viglink) and so may not be the best option if you enter the second tier all by yourself.

            1. Marisa Wright profile image93
              Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Skimlinks pays you 8% on Amazon.

              1. lobobrandon profile image83
                lobobrandonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                That's the highest tier; but, from that 8% I guess they keep a certain amount right. Viglink keeps 25% of that 8% for them and the rest to us. I'll be opting for this option itself as they pay through paypal much better than a cheque in my case.

                1. Marisa Wright profile image93
                  Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  After deducting Skimlinks commission, Amazon works out at 6.3%.  They pay through Paypal.

                  1. lobobrandon profile image83
                    lobobrandonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    Yup signed up for them already smile Thanks for suggesting them

        2. Marisa Wright profile image93
          Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          As Relache says, you'll need to provide separate links, because the product will be on different pages on the US and UK sites. 

          There are ways to do geo-targeting with Amazon using software like phpZon.

          1. profile image60
            Markus fromBerlinposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            If you don't want any separate software or scripts, have a look at A-FWD Amazon Forwarder.

            You need to make sure though that you check if the ASIN (the amazon product ID) works for each of the stores you link to.

    2. galleryofgrace profile image82
      galleryofgraceposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Wouldn't you get answers to your questions in the Amazon forums rather than HP?

      1. lobobrandon profile image83
        lobobrandonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        First of all, I asked here as I know people here and can trust them for an honest reply. Secondly, I was seeking the best solution and I got it here. Wouldn't get the same replies on Amazon forums.

  2. relache profile image87
    relacheposted 4 years ago

    Amazon runs completely separate programs for each country in which they operate so that they can comply with all the different laws and taxes. 

    The only Amazon affiliate that works with the capsules on this site is the US one.  Creating manual links for another Amazon affiliate is possible but must follow the guidelines for outbound links and will be subject to the same potential publishing and hubscore penalties as with the "over promotion" of any commercial domain.

    1. lobobrandon profile image83
      lobobrandonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks Relache, I basically wanted to know for my own site

      1. relache profile image87
        relacheposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        You didn't say that in your initial question, and you posted in the forum for HubPages help, not help with your own site, so that's why I presumed you were talking about using multiple affiliates on Hubs.

        1. lobobrandon profile image83
          lobobrandonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Oops, Sorry about that.

  3. relache profile image87
    relacheposted 4 years ago

    I wasn't asking for an apology, just letting you know that how you chose to ask your question gave a certain impression, and thus shaped my answer.

    1. lobobrandon profile image83
      lobobrandonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Yup, got it.

  4. relache profile image87
    relacheposted 4 years ago

    I didn't get that you were not talking about Amazon-direct programs, mea culpa.

  5. LeanMan profile image81
    LeanManposted 4 years ago

    Hi Lobo...
    You can sign up to each Amazon program separately. If you are talking about your own site and it is on wordpress then there are plenty of plugins that you can use to input each of your different Ids and you will then get sales no matter where the visitor is from.. UK, Canada, china, US etc.. I use this on a few of my sites although the bulk of my sales still come via the US.

    1. lobobrandon profile image83
      lobobrandonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I just did it last night smile Us, Uk, canada, spain, ger, france and a few others.

  6. profile image0
    DigbyAdamsposted 4 years ago

    I use both Skimlinks and Viglink and there are a few differences to be aware of. Skimlinks also does direct deposit, where Viglink is PayPal only. Skimlinks does allow you into all of their merchants immediately, where on Viglink there are merchants (ebay and Wal-Mart to name just a few) that still manually approve. Skimlinks is much more transparent about their merchants and the commission each one pays.

    I only work with Viglink because it's an option on Wizzley. On my own sites I use Skimlinks.

    1. lobobrandon profile image83
      lobobrandonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Oh damn! Didn't know about that, thanks for the info all the walmart links I had on my blog were never being monetized by viglink then. Thanks for the info smile

    2. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Me too.  I also like the way Skimlinks lists the exact commission you get from each merchant, right up front.  Viglink is annoyingly coy about how much you get, and it's also not easy to find out what merchants they cover.

  7. 2uesday profile image86
    2uesdayposted 4 years ago

    That is useful to know - thank you DigbyAdams.

  8. profile image0
    DigbyAdamsposted 4 years ago

    Lobobrandon, you can still get in to Wal-Mart. Maybe you already are. I'd just confirm it with VigLink Support that's all. I just find their ways hard to figure out. So it seems I'm always contacting Support. Didn't mean to worry you.

    1. lobobrandon profile image83
      lobobrandonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      No worries at all big_smile My blog had just 5 pages and maybe 1k visits in total (I only used it to get backlinks to my hub basically). But, the website I began around 3 days back and wanted to get things right from the beginning.

      You're absolutely right just that it never crossed my mind. I remember it being discussed on the wizzley forums too.

  9. LindaSmith1 profile image61
    LindaSmith1posted 4 years ago

    Contact Amazon.  I must have deleted my email from them. They will tell you how to do it.  You have to apply for each Amazon UK, Amazon CA, etc separately.

 
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