Setting up Your Amazon Affiliate Account for Pinterest Tracking

 

pinterest-amazonYesterday I wrote about Making Money with Pinterest, if you missed it you can read that post here.

Tomorrow I’ll share with you How to Add Your Affiliate Code to the images you Pin. For simplicity sake I’ll just be talking about Amazon affiliate links although it can be done with many others.

Today I’ll share how to set up your Amazon Affiliate Account for those who don’t already have one, how to set up Pinterest Tracking, and the Associates Site Stripe Option.

 

 

Setting up Your Amazon Affiliate Account

  1. Log onto https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/
  2. Click the yellow Join Now for Free button
  3. Enter your email address and click the “I am a new customer” radio button
  4. Follow the steps to set up your Account Information. You’ll see that you can change your password and email preferences, and then edit your website information.
  5. Set up your website information (Site Profile) with the Subject & Content
  6. Go back to the Account Settings and set up your Payment Information so that Amazon knows where to send your hard earned cash

 

Setting up Pinterest Tracking

  1. Okay, notice the box in the upper left corner that shows how you are signed in and your Tracking ID, let’s set up a new Tacking ID
  2. Click the word “manage
  3. Click the yellow button reading Add Tracking ID as you should have a separate ID for your Pinterest activities
  4.  Enter what you want to call this ID, something like “mypinterest123” and click Search. If the ID is taken Amazon will make three suggestions.

 

Setting up the Associates Site Stripe Option

While logged into your Amazon affiliate dashboard where it reads “Your Associates Account” click the text that reads “Associates Site Stripe Option”.

With this feature turned on you can link to any page while you browse Amazon products without even opening your affiliate dashboard.

Associates Site Stripe Option page opens – click the yellow button that reads “Turn on Site Stripe”. Now when you log into Amazon this site stripe will appear and look like this –

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Check back tomorrow when we look at how to Add Your Affiliate Link to Pinterest

 

To your success,
Marilyn T

workathomemarilyn

 

Comments

  1. Good post Marilyn.

    Something everyone needs to be aware of is that if you cannot put the required Amazon disclosure on the page/site then it is against their TOS to use an Amazon affiliate link.

    Also the person needs to know they are going to Amazon so if you use a url shortener like bit.ly without explicitly letting them know that, then that is also against the TOS.

    https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/associates/help/operating/participation?ie=UTF8&pf_rd_t=501&ref_=amb_link_353005802_8&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=&pf_rd_s=assoc-center-1&pf_rd_r=&pf_rd_i=assoc_operating

    Last sentence of #9 and all of # 30 spells this out but all of this is important. For example, you cannot use an Amazon affiliate link in an email or a document (#6).

    I know lots of people ignore these requirements on sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. but just know if they want to get strict you can lose your Amazon Associates account.

    Sorry for the ‘soapbox’ but I see so many people making mistakes that I just wanted to give you a ‘heads up’.

    • Rhonda, thanks so much for mentioning this!
      I should have pointed out that I do say something in the comments about the product being available through Amazon but re-reading your TOS comments let me add that we should always use wording such as “this image link contains my Amazon Affiliate code”. It is not the strict Amazon wording but I believe it should work. Would you agree Rhonda?

      Thanks again!

      • Marilyn, sorry for the late reply. I was out all day.

        They want this exact disclaimer: You must, however, clearly state the following on your site: “[Insert your name] is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to [insert the applicable site name (amazon.com, amazonsupply.com, or myhabit.com)].

        https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/associates/agreement/ (#10)

        The problem is where do you put this on sites like Pinterest, Facebook, etc.?

        I don’t have the answer. I don’t link directly to Amazon from sites like these but others do so it is whatever you feel comfortable doing. 🙂

  2. You did a great job of explaining this in a simple, easy-to-follow manner.

    I’ve been hearing some things about changes at Pinterest that affect affiliate marketing there. Have you heard anything about that?
    Katie S recently posted…You, Too, Can Create a Video BlogMy Profile

  3. What a beautifully crafted post, Marilyn. I hear so much about Amazon affiliates and I can’t be one. My state is such a boor. Anyway, it’s an excellent post and my thanks.

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