If you are like me and live in a state where Amazon terminated its affiliate program due to a legislature trying to cash by taxing online purchases, you may be using VigLink on your site in order to monetize links from your website. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about in terms of affiliate links and uninformed legislatures, you may want to read this old post I put up a couple of years back. Needless to say, no state that has passed one of these laws has had a happy result.
Until today, VigLink was an amazing workaround, working as an intermediary by using a bit of code to make regular links into affiliate links, including Amazon links. However, earlier today, I received this email from VigLink:
We are reaching out to inform you that Amazon has requested we enforce their ineligible publisher policies on our network. Amazon’s Operating Agreement explicitly forbids publishers in North Carolina, Illinois, Colorado, Rhode Island, and Arkansas from participating in their affiliate program; as such, we’ve had to cease Amazon affiliation for your account.
We have recently announced a new product that may help you continue earning revenue from your Amazon links. You may have seen our announcement last week to launch what we call the Link Optimizer. This technology will be an optional feature that recognizes product links and can rewrite the link on the page to the same product sold by a different merchant. The ultimate goal of this product is to create a competitive market where your links always point to the merchant that will pay you the highest commission; at the moment, it primarily redirects Amazon links, making it the best solution possible to their policy and an opportunity to continue earning from your Amazon links.
If you’re interested in giving this a shot, you can join the Beta waitlist here. Please let us know if you have any questions, and we’ll let you know if anything changes as far as Amazon affiliation. Thank you for your understanding.
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That’s depressing news, to say the least. While I don’t earn a ton of income from VigLink, it is significant, and virtually all of it comes from those Amazon links. I’ve tried other affiliate programs. Buy.com was a disastrous waste of time. Ebay was ok, but not on the level of Amazon.
There is another VigLink type of service, Skimlinks. I will be checking them out to see if they can work around this problem, but frankly, I would assume they will soon find themselves in the same situation as VigLink, if they aren’t already. If anyone out there has a good suggestion, I would love to hear it in the comments below.
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