joined:Nov 24, 2018
Currently on my site, my backup to Google adsense ads is to solicit for donations or sell one of my products. But, I am wondering about Amazon's affiliate/associate program. I've used it in the past, but never as a backup to Adsense.
Has anyone here ever tried it? If so, was it worth it?
Also, for the life of me... I can't get a straight answer to this question. Even when chatting with someone at Amazon about it: Am I permitted to actually ASK users to click on the Amazon banners? Since they aren't CPC, but rather pay a commission for things people buy on Amazon, I would think this is okay?
Ideally, what I would like to be able to do is say something like, "If you're going to be shopping on Amazon anyway, use the banner ad to your left. When you do so, my site earns a small commission of the sale."
All the customer service person at Amazon can do is refer me to this section of the operator agreement:
"5.Identifying Yourself as an Associate
You must clearly state the following, or any substantially similar statement previously allowed under this Agreement, on your Site or any other location where Amazon may authorize your display or other use of Program Content: “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” Except for this disclosure, you will not make any public communication with respect to this Agreement or your participation in the Associates Program without our advance written permission. You will not misrepresent or embellish our relationship with you (including by expressing or implying that we support, sponsor, or endorse you), or express or imply any affiliation between us and you or any other person or entity except as expressly permitted by this Agreement."
So, I guess I'm not allowed to say anything BUT "As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases." Yet, at the same time, it appears to allow any statement that is "substantially similar." Thus, they allow different wording, as long as it was something allowed in the past?
Ugh... could they be any more confusing or ambiguous?
Anyway... any insight anyone has into using Amazon as a backup to Google would be appreciated. Thanks!