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Amazon affiliate disclosure example

What should an Amazon affiliate disclosure include? When do you need an Amazon associate notice? In this post, we’ll look at how to write an effective Amazon affiliate program disclosure to comply with the platform’s requirements and the law. 

amazon affiliate disclosure example

Amazon Associates: what are the legal requirements?

Amazon Associates is an affiliate program that allows members to earn money from sponsored ads. It addresses content creators, publishers, and bloggers who are willing to monetize their traffic. 

Since it’s an affiliation program, the membership must be well disclosed. 
It is a requirement of many data protection laws – the so-called principle of transparency – but Amazon itself also requires it.  

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.”

Amazon’s Associate’s Program Operating Agreement, Section 5: Identifying Yourself as an Associate

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How to write an Amazon affiliate disclosure

Amazon’s affiliate disclosure can be a simple statement, like the one we quoted above:

“As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.”

A short disclosure, written in simple language, will clarify to your audience that you are earning money from the sponsorship. 

This particular disclosure needs to be included in an easily accessible location of your Site. Best practice would be to include the disclosure clearly and conspicuously on the same page as the particular affiliate link you’re using. The closer this disclosure is to your recommendation, the better

If you’re making a sponsored ad on social media, you’ll need to add the disclosure to your post.

Example 

Here’s an example of an Amazon affiliate disclosure, taken from a YouTube video:

amazon affiliate disclosure example, youtube
Source: YouFact Tech

Is an affiliation disclosure enough?

While Amazon does not explicitly state that you need any other legal document to take part in the affiliation program, it does say that you’re expected to comply with applicable law:

You represent, warrant, and covenant that (a) you will participate in the Associate’s Program and create, maintain, and operate your Site in accordance with this Agreement, (b) neither your participation in the Associate’s Program nor your creation, maintenance, or operation of your Site will violate any applicable laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, orders, licenses, permits, guidelines, codes of practice, industry standards, self-regulatory rules, judgments, decisions, or other requirements of any governmental authority that has jurisdiction over you (including all such rules governing communications, data protection, advertising, and marketing)…

Amazon’s Associate’s Program Operating Agreement, Section 4: Warranties

This means that not complying with the laws that apply to you may be in violation of Amazon’s terms (and the law, of course). 

Here’s what you may need to do to avoid that:

  1. Under most countries’ laws (including US and European laws), you’re required to have a valid privacy policy in place. This policy should include the relevant information related to your status as an Amazon Associate and which data you collect.
  2. If you have any Europe-based users, you’ll need to comply with the Cookie Law, since Amazon uses cookies to crawl your site. This typically requires:
  • having a notice or cookie banner informing your users of your use of cookies;
  • a link to a cookie policy;
  • a mechanism to block scripts that may install cookies before consent is obtained; and
  • a means of registering/collecting the consent to cookies.

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