So what does Google have to do with affiliate marketing? More now than ever!
On March 2nd, 2021, Amazon took another step in its pursuit of global domination and launched a new storefront in Northern Europe, and another new Amazon affiliate program!
Amazon.pl was launched to support shoppers in Poland. This makes the 20th independent Amazon storefront worldwide now and the eighth in Europe (Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de, Amazon.it, Amazon.es, Amazon.nl, Amazon.se being the other seven).
Update: Approximately 12 days after first being reported, the author of the BestAzon WP plugin closed the open WP support tickets stating the issue has been resolved. We now see the demo links on their site working however, there are still ongoing complaints from BestAzon WP plugin users that the links aren’t working.
Recently we’ve been contacted by a growing number of niche and authority site publishers that were previously using the competing service BestAzon, but have found their Amazon affiliate links no longer work, and are looking for help ensuring their sites are fully functioning for the holidays.
From some quick research, we’ve confirmed there now appears to be something fundamentally broken with BestAzon’s service for Amazon affiliate links and we wanted to share a quick blog post about what we know and some advice for those affiliate publishers that are impacted.
If you’ve been adversely impacted by BestAzon’s CloudFront 504 error and your Amazon affiliate links no longer work, feel free to reach out directly or jump below to read about how to get your links fixed ASAP.
Updated April, 14th 2020 to reflect the recent notice of commission changes coming on April, 21st 2020.
The Amazon.com affiliate program (a.k.a. the Associates Program) is the most popular affiliate marketing program in the world with one recent source citing “millions” of affiliate publishers. The Amazon.com Associates program has also evolved significantly since its inception in July of 1996 (as anything Internet-related should in the ~ 23 years of its existence). One of the most impactful changes is in how the affiliate program rewards the affiliate publishers who direct customers to Amazon and recommend various products.
Update 05/28/20: We have finally received PA API access for Amazon.nl, which means that we will now automatically localize and affiliate any Amazon links to or from the Amazon Netherlands storefront! See below for more details.
On March 10th, 2020 we noticed that Amazon added an affiliate program to its only storefront that didn’t have one — Amazon Netherlands (amazon.nl)! “Amazon PartnerNet” as it’s officially known brings the total number of Amazon affiliate programs worldwide to 17 (16 of which are public and Turkey that is invite-only).