jadebox - 2:08 pm on Nov 3, 2013 (gmt 0)
"I get a feeling that Amazon would love to simply drop their affiliate program altogether but are reluctant to do so just yet. Perhaps considering a possible PR backlash, perhaps because sales through affiliates still account for several % of the total they don't want gone yet - who knows? Not allowing mobile would create a great way to lose affiliates gradually, without raising any red flags, as the total % of mobile traffic grows. "
I think that you're half right. Amazon is no longer interested in promoting the affiliate program. So, my theory is that they didn't bother making sure that sales thorough the mobile version of Amazon are tracked. Instead of admitting that you may not get credit for sales through the mobile site, they say that sites "optimized for mobile" (whatever that means) aren't permitted. It gives them an out for sales that aren't tracked.