I'm a new Hubber, and I tried applying for the Amazon Associates programme but I received an email this morning that goes like this:
As of June 1, 2013 we will only be able to approve Facebook.com “Fan Pages” and/or “Verified” Twitter.com pages in the Associates program. All other social network sites are not eligible to add Associate links, or for use to create an Associates Account.
Unfortunately, because of this we will not be able to accept your application, your Associates account has been rejected.
Thank you for your interest in Amazon.com Associates."
As far as I understand, Amazon.com should not reject my application on the grounds of what was mentioned in the email. Might it be because of other reasons that my application was rejected e.g. I'm based outside the U.S. or I don't have enough Hubs yet?
Can anyone advise me on what to do?
It sounds like you were applying for social media rather than with your HubPages site. Could that be what's causing the problem?
The way I read it, Amazon is classifying HubPages as a social networking site. The only social networking sites they allow are Facebook and Twitter.
You'll note others are saying they've received the same email so perhaps some clarification is needed with Amazon.
I've received the same email. Their reason was that I don't have enough content or followers. Also the same thing about it being form a social network site.
What I don't get is why HubPages says we can apply for it, then Amazon says we can't, on our Hub pages.
I have 11 published hubs, several linking to Amazon already, so I don't know what their issue is either.
This email says nothing about a lack of content.
It suggests Hubpages no longer qualifies to get an account as of June 1st.
I think Hubpages needs to works this out with Amazon.
In the meantime you could use a personal blog or website to get an account.
It may relate to this recent change?
““Your Site” means any site(s) and any software application(s) that you link to the Amazon Site.”
““Your Site” means any site(s) and software application(s) that you own or operate and link to the Amazon Site”
We're looking into this and will hopefully have some answers soon.
A few people have reported this. If you look at the email it says facebook and Twitter *is* permitted and it seems Hubpages is now not?
I would suggest creating an account for a personal blog or some other site and then using it here.
I have asked for an amazon account several times. One for US another for UK, Spain, Germany, Italy and France, I was using an old Blogspot blog that it has some disordered content and they have always approve.
I believe that you should use something else instead of Hubpages or social pages like Facebook or so
True, but if HubPages includes Amazon as one of its external affiliates, by right one should be able to apply using HubPages as well
No not really. Things change, and if Amazon has changed its rules it won't notify every site which might be affected.
Adsense and eBay change their acceptance rules all the time. When I started, I applied for an Adsense account the day I wrote my first Hub - and got approved. Same with my eBay account. Gradually, both those companies have tightened the rules - and they never announced those changes publicly or sent out notifications. So if Amazon has tightened its rules and hasn't told HubPages, I wouldn't be at all surprised.
I have just been looking at the list of 'approved' advertisers on the Facebook advertisers platform. Interestingly, neither AdSense nor Amazon Associates shows up as approved, because they refused to sign Facebooks new rules.
Yet my rejection email specifically states I can sign up with Facebook.
I wish these people would all get their s**t together, because I don't know where I stand right now.
Also, I just found a Facebook page for Google AdSense, where you can sign up your FB page. Why is that page even allowed if FB doesn't have them on their approved list?
Blogging with Google’s Blogger platform is a great way to get started with AdSense and Amazon Associates. I had pre- existing accounts prior to joining HubPages which allowed for a speedy acceptance.
after all blogspot is google´s favorite child
That's a complete myth. If it were true, blogspot blogs would dominate the search results and they don't.
Google knows that most people who blog on blogger are amateurs. They'd be daft to feature them above other sites because that would mean featuring dross.
True Blogspot does not dominate the search results, it's simply a good way to get started with AdSense and Amazon Associates. Hubpages appears to be more effective for generating income.
So, if I were to use my Blogger page as a means to get accepted onto Amazon Associates, I could then link my Hubpages account to it and it would work on there as well?
Or if I tried through a facebook page, for which I have over 13 000 fans?
i mean that it is when we talk about entering adsense
Any blog is an equally good way to apply for Adsense. Google doesn't give Blogger any special favours. The advantage of Blogger is that it's free - and if you're just going to create a blog to apply for Adsense, then abandon it, you wouldn't want to pay for it.
I was able to get the Amazon deal, but I had the following advantages:
1.) I'm already registered with Amazon.
2.) I waited until I had 10 articles.
So am I, and I have 11 featured hubs. Still no deal...
I'm going to try again, using my Google Blogger site that was set up ages ago.
I also have a Facebook page with over 13000 fans on it - so maybe I'll try using that.
I got the Amazon associate membership before June, after I published 5+ hubs and I am also from outside US. Number of articles might be a reason in your case. Or they have changed their Policy starting June. I got mine in May '13.
It could be the date thing. I have 11 hubs published, so it can't be that!
I did apply when I only had 3 featured hubs. Perhaps I might try again after publishing more featured hubs. In the meantime let's wait and see if the admin can help get this rectified as soon as possible.
I agree. We shouldn't have to jump through all kinds of hoops to be an Amazon affiliate. If Hubpages says it can be done through them, then that is how it should be. I hope they get this worked out. I haven't applied yet but it seems I keep reading how hard it is to get approved to Adsense and now Amazon...not good.
HubPages doesn't say it can be done through them. They say that members can apply to join Adsense and Amazon, and if they are accepted, then they can use those programs on HubPages. Both are completely independent of HubPages.
The only program with which HubPages has a special relationship is eBay.
Another quick update.
I just got approved for the Amazon Associate program through a Facebook page.
It is just a fun/entertainment page where I post funny things every day, but it has roughly 13 650 followers at present, and I'm guessing that's why I was accepted: the numbers count.
Now I'm wondering whether I can somehow add my HubPage account to that Amazon Assoc. number? Does anyone know if it can be done?
Or if I can add a blog to it?
Once you get approved you can use Amazon anywhere you like. I have inserted Amazon associates in my hubs like this: http://reviewstop.hubpages.com/hub/Miel … um-Cleaner
My account was approved with a blogger blog
Once you're a member, you can use your Amazon account on any site, anywhere.
Just enter the number in the "affiliate settings" in your account, and you're done. The code will be added automatically to any capsules you use.
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