Creating an image link to an Amazon product page using the Associate’s Site Stripe tool is very simple. Amazon now includes a link to the image on their server, so downloading the image to your PC and then uploading to your images folder or Media Library is no longer necessary and is now disallowed.
Nevertheless, long-time users of the Amazon associates program have previously preferred to host product images on their websites to avoid extra server calls to Amazon, site slowdowns, and generic orange boxes that Amazon displays when their servers are overloaded, particularly by Text-plus-Image iframes.
Be aware that Amazon has recently changed the Associates Operating Agreement and related rules and policies to require you to use their images and now forbids Associates to host product images.
Some Associates have, indeed, been terminated by Amazon for hosting product images saved from Amazon.com and then uploaded to their web servers. To be safe use the following methods to display or obtain images for your website:
- Paste the code that Amazon provides via Site Stripe or Native Ads into your webpage.
- Use the Amazon Associates plugin for WordPress or a reputable plugin that accesses the Product API using your own API keys. If you use a third-party plugin, write your own reviews instead of copying Amazon product descriptions.
- Get permission from companies or publishers to use product images on your site.
- Take your own product photos.
Never insert an associate link directly into a product image (“cookie stuffing”). Doing so will get you terminated.
Read discussions on the Associate Discussion Board to clarify what seems like a confusing mess. Here’s a good explanation. It’s a good idea to keep up with discussions of changes to the Operating Agreement on the Discussion Board as well as reading the OA and related documents thoroughly.