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Encourage people to enter Amazon through my site

     
10:19 pm on Oct 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi there!

I am thinking about encouraging my visitors to enter Amazon through a simple "ENTER HERE" text link from my site. I will not be using product links.

This would be a way for the visitors to "make a donation" , without spending more than they usually would (provided they already are Amazon costumers).

What do you guys think about this? Would it be against Amazon's terms of agreements? Since I get a fair amount of donations I figure it might be a good idea for me..

Cheers!

3:06 am on Oct 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I don't think it's against Amazon's terms of agreement - Amazon is pretty reasonable. You might, however, also want to include a few text links related to your site's topic.

And if you have time to do direct links to individual books or other products related to the site, along with information for your visitors on those links (even a few words), you will probably get a good response. Links to new books related to your topic might be especially popular. It's a service to your visitors. I prefer text links and find they work well.

5:29 am on Oct 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Sorry I didn't make myself clear enough.

I have tried building standard amazon textlink and image links. The point I was trying to make here was make the link look something like this:

>Please support the site:

Buy you US Amazon products by entering the site HERE (We will get a 5% comission)

Maybe this idea isn't very original. I just hadn't thought about it..

/K

11:35 pm on Oct 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Better check amazon's tos. I don't think you're supposed to directly ask people to give you a commission by buying through your links instead of going directly to amazon. There may be some leeway in how you word it and/or present it, but check the agreement.
4:12 am on Oct 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yes, check the agreement definitely, but I don't think Amazon is going to have a problem with this. I have a note on my site explaining that I get a commission from sales. When I added it with a link to Amazon's homepage, sales through my site went up.

It isn't like Adsense where you're getting paid for clicks. You're only paid for sales, and Amazon wants any customers you can send because that means they're not going to other sites to shop. So you're not harming Amazon in any way by giving customers a reason to go to Amazon (ie to support your site).

However, as I said, you might find links to certain products or sections more profitable. Amazon sells tons of stuff and many people don't even know all the different things they sell. Giving your visitors a little info relevant to their interests can't hurt and usually helps. (I mentioned text links because I find them to be better than image links.)