Amazon Links for Professionals Health Connection
This is the first time that I am not writing about a fitness topic since starting Professionals Health Connection. But I am writing as we sincerely hope that Amazon’s actions to our Affiliate ID does not cause any issues for you when you click on our Amazon product links. Please let us know if you do experience any issues with our Amazon links and accept our apologies.
Starting From the Beginning
Let me tell you the story. It’s not a secret that we sell Amazon products to help offset the costs of our website. And truth be told, my sister is the only person that has ever bought anything from us. We’ve had clicks, sometimes hundreds, but no purchases. We are trying though and we won’t give up.
And I always buy my fitness products from Amazon (I absolutely love my Ab-Carver Pro, Fitbit and now my workout clothes), but my purchases are excluded from getting the advertising fees as Amazon said they ‘are not a discount house’. I get that. I have always tried my best to be a fair person and would think they would at least count towards the activity on our site. Although, I do feel that most companies give employees discounts when they buy their products, because they are working for them. Technically, we are working for Amazon when we try to sell the products they offer. But I digress.
So… Amazon said that we’re cut off (see email below) because we haven’t had sales within their timeline. Ok Amazon, we get it! Tell us something we didn’t know! But, they said, we can reapply after getting consistent traffic. But we
love our readers and appreciate every view! And I think 14k is pretty darn good anyway.
And on top of that, we work hard to keep everyone interested in their commitment to a lifetime of fitness. But we don’t want to sell our readers just anything to get a sale. We only sell the Amazon products that will help them attain their fitness goals…
We Read This and It Ruined Our Weekend…
Ok, Will Amazon Please Tell Me Something I Didn’t Know…
I’m wondering why Amazon thinks I didn’t know that we haven’t sold anything yet. Do they think that we wouldn’t love to sell products so that we aren’t paying all the bills? Shouldn’t a company as large as Amazon help a small business who is trying to help them in return?
What I don’t understand is – what would it cost Amazon to keep a website that is getting clicks (BTW, Amazon tries to sell the same products to that person after someone leaves the site – it happens to me all the time. So ultimately, we are giving them free traffic – ok, at least a little traffic, but traffic is traffic – right?). So they are getting free advertising and then they cut us off… I don’t think that’s right… Do you? What do you think I should do? I have thousands of links that I would have to change – but truthfully, I’d rather research the latest fitness trends than do non-productive work!
A Further Explanation
So, let me show you what I’m talking about. We find products on Amazon, they have a great API which creates the links. And you choose the countries you want to sell to and apply for an Affiliate ID. That ID is put on each link by their API. We select the products and you know from shopping online, this can take hours to find the right item. Especially when you find a great product but then you cannot find it in another country. Knowing that our native language may refer to something different, you look up what they call leggings in Italy, Spain, Canada, United Kingdom, France, and Germany and the terms are just a little different so you check translations to see if you missed something. So you see, it’s not for lack of trying…
This is what a link from one of our recent posts looks like:
It looks like this when you see it online:
What Amazon is proposing is that we check each post and change the link’s manually (there is no Change-All button on WP). We did this for Canada’s links once before, but we were just getting starting with the API method so although it deviated from our goals, we may have missed a post so it wasn’t too terrible. But at this stage, this is awful! Just look at all the links in our Bookstore alone!!
Before the API, we downloaded each picture and attached a link. Then I found that the links were only good in the United States. What! Well, that wasn’t good at all – but I realized why with the exchange rates and different currency’s, we felt it was in the best interest of our customers. So, we signed up for the different countries we listed on our side-bar and went to work. We’ve had fun and found some products we really like (I’ve gotten some of the activewear and love it!), but thought that we were past the issues with Amazon.
I have met a lot of wonderful people who care about their fitness through ProfessionalsHealthConnection and wonder if any of you have thoughts on this, or words of wisdom? Do you have a site that sells products in hopes to keep your passion alive to help others? What would you do? What do you suggest we do?
Thank you so much for stopping by and helping us with this issue… Wishing you the Best of Health!