Applying for Amazon Associates

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  1. JamesAng12 profile image88
    JamesAng12posted 5 years ago

    Hi,

    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:

    "Hello,

    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?

    1. Christy Kirwan profile image96
      Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi JamesAng12,

      It sounds like you were applying for social media rather than with your HubPages site. Could that be what's causing the problem?

      1. Marisa Wright profile image97
        Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        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.

    2. profile image0
      LeighMCposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. psycheskinner profile image83
        psycheskinnerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        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?

        OLD LANGUAGE
        ““Your Site” means any site(s) and any software application(s) that you link to the Amazon Site.”

        NEW LANGUAGE
        ““Your Site” means any site(s) and software application(s) that you own or operate and link to the Amazon Site”

      2. Christy Kirwan profile image96
        Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        We're looking into this and will hopefully have some answers soon.

        1. JamesAng12 profile image88
          JamesAng12posted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks very much. Hope this can be rectified soon. Like LeighMC I've also linked my hubs to Amazon already, and my Earnings Settings says that my Amazon program is active despite the email, so I'm quite at a loss.

  2. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    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.

  3. reviewstop profile image58
    reviewstopposted 5 years ago

    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

    1. JamesAng12 profile image88
      JamesAng12posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      True, but if HubPages includes Amazon as one of its external affiliates, by right one should be able to apply using HubPages as well

      1. profile image0
        LeighMCposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Exactly.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image97
          Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          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.

    2. profile image0
      LeighMCposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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?
      Fishy...

  4. rainsanmartin profile image91
    rainsanmartinposted 5 years ago

    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.

    1. reviewstop profile image58
      reviewstopposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      after all blogspot is google´s favorite child

      1. Marisa Wright profile image97
        Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        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.

        Now, Youtube...

        1. rainsanmartin profile image91
          rainsanmartinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          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.

          1. profile image0
            LeighMCposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            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?

            1. Marisa Wright profile image97
              Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              Once you have an Amazon affiliate account, you can use it anywhere.

        2. reviewstop profile image58
          reviewstopposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          i mean that it is when we talk about entering adsense

          1. Marisa Wright profile image97
            Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            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.

  5. adecourv profile image93
    adecourvposted 5 years ago

    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.

    1. profile image0
      LeighMCposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    2. profile image0
      LeighMCposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I also have a Facebook page with over 13000 fans on it - so maybe I'll try using that.

  6. myefforts profile image82
    myeffortsposted 5 years ago

    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.

    1. profile image0
      LeighMCposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It could be the date thing. I have 11 hubs published, so it can't be that!

    2. JamesAng12 profile image88
      JamesAng12posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. New Understanding profile image78
        New Understandingposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        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.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image97
          Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          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.

  7. profile image0
    LeighMCposted 5 years ago

    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?

    Leigh

    1. reviewstop profile image58
      reviewstopposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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

      1. profile image0
        LeighMCposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks reviewstop.
        I'm going to try it too. Just strange that they won't allow you to apply through HP, but then allow you to use it anywhere once you have been accepted.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image97
      Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. profile image0
        LeighMCposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks Marisa.

  8. lovebuglena profile image87
    lovebuglenaposted 5 years ago

    You should apply for Amazon Associates for HubPages and then once accepted you can use it anywhere else you want. It should not reject your application if you apply with HubPages...

    1. profile image0
      LeighMCposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Well that's been the problem all along. I tried through HubPages, but since 1 June their rules have changed and they are only allowing associates through Facebook and Twitter accounts, apparently. That's why I went through the FB page.

 
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