In the last two or three years, Amazon has made many changes in the way its associate program works and how associates may link to product pages and images. As a result, outdated or unnecessary content on this site had to be deleted, shrinking the number of posts by two-thirds.
Most of the obsolete content was about using link building tools that have been withdrawn and replaced by fewer, easier-to-use, and more streamlined tools. Also, many of the questions that new associates routinely asked are no longer of any concern, and changes to the Operating Agreement have made it risky to keep doing things the same way they’ve been done in the past.
The remaining content has some value but is somewhat off-center from what seems to be the current focus of new and on-going associates, so it’s likely that I’ll remove the rest and either re-purpose or retire the site altogether. It was great fun, but has become a different ballgame, with more emphasis on rules and legalities. Technical help and problem-solving is less in demand and discussions of ever-changing rules ever more uncertain.
I would urge Associates to pay attention to the Discussion Forums as a timely source of information, one that gives you a better opportunity to hear differing opinions and solutions. A lot of websites promote third-party products. Some of them are good, but others may lag behind changes in Amazon’s Operating Agreement and get you in trouble. Your best chance for success is to follow the rules and use Amazon’s Site Stripe link building tools for simple text or image links. Banners and iframe links are more likely to be hidden by ubiquitous ad-blocker browser extensions than in-context image links; text links are not blocked as ads. If you’ve built up some traffic to your site, look into using Native Ads for a store-like user experience, if that’s your goal.