Since I know most of you here, I thought of asking here 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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wouldn't you get answers to your questions in the Amazon forums rather than HP?
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.
Thanks Relache, I basically wanted to know for my own site
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.
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.
I didn't get that you were not talking about Amazon-direct programs, mea culpa.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
No worries at all 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.
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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