Rejected from the Amazon Affiliate Program? Try This

If you've been rejected from the Amazon Affiliate program, don't sweat it. This article will help you get around that.

What's Included?

  • Make Some Changes to Your Website
  • Reapply
  • Move onto Other Affiliate Programs
  • Niche it Down

Make Some Changes to Your Website

First up, is your website too commercially focused? Amazon wants its affiliates to offer value added information, not just be another conduit for sales. The search engines and your readers both agree with this philosophy.

Also, consider adding more content to your website and do it frequently. The best way to make sure this happens is to come up with an editorial calendar. You simply come up with a bunch of headlines that you are going to write about and schedule them into the future.

Another alternative is to outsource your content creation. I am a content strategist and can help you with that. Reach out to me if you want me to help with your content creation needs.

Reapply to Amazon

Once you have made changes to your website, reapply to Amazon's Affiliate program (they call it the associate program.) You will more than likely get approved.

Move onto Other Affiliate Programs

Amazon really isn't the only game in town. Although they sell just about every product available in the world, there are plenty of others that can be good substitutes. Here is a short list:

  • Target
  • WalMart
  • BestBuy
  • Lowe's & Home Depot

Some of these will manage their affiliate programs via third party processors such as cj.com and linkshare.com.

Niche It Down

It can be really tough to compete if your market is too general. You will be competing with Amazon itself and maybe even the vendors listed above. If so, you may want to niche down your market. What this means is to narrow your focus. Instead of hockey, consider hockey sticks. If that is still too competitive than consider carbon hockey sticks, etc.

When you narrow the focus, you may be able to find vendors that specialize in that niche and apply to their affiliate programs. It's a heck of an easier market to sell to, anyway.

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Heather Montgomery - 7 months ago

These are great tips for someone who is either rejected as an Amazon affiliate or lives in a state where they don’t allow you to be part of the affiliate program for Amazon.

I am one of those unfortunate people and did not know about this until AFTER I joined the world of internet marketing.

I have applied and been accepted to Walmart/Sam’s Club, Target, and a few others with relative ease!

Jim - 7 months ago

Hey Heather,

Thanks for your comment. While Amazon does have many products for affiliates to sell, there are many other vendors that can fill the void when getting rejected by them. Walmart sells many of the same products.

Best Regards,



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