How long do Amazon affiliate links last?
With as many different affiliate programs out there as there are online merchants, keeping track of which links are still active and which have expired can be a challenge.
That being said, if you take the time to set up your affiliate links properly from the start, the length of time they remain active shouldn’t be much of an issue. Let’s take a look at some helpful tips and tricks to keep your Amazon affiliate links active for as long as possible.
Don’t use “-” or “_” in your affiliate link
Amazon’s search engine will automatically remove any hyphen (“-”) or underscore (_) characters from your affiliate link. That being said, it may also replace the minus sign in your link with a “+” sign, which will end up redirecting to a completely different product. If you have your own custom link that you’d like to keep, don’t use hyphens or underscores in the URL.
Keep your links short and simple
Amazon’s search engine will automatically replace any question marks (“?”) in your affiliate link with an “&” sign, which means it will take the entire link and replace it with “amp;”.
If you’d like to keep your link short and simple, avoid using question marks in the URL.
Amazon’s search engine will also automatically replace any “$” sign in your affiliate link with “%”. It’s best to avoid including dollars in your links altogether, but if you’d like to keep them, make sure they’re at the end of the link rather than in the middle somewhere. To keep your links short and simple, it’s best to avoid any special characters, numbers, or characters that would require a “%” sign.
Use banner ads that point to your links
If you’re using banner ads to promote your Amazon affiliate links, make sure you include the entire link in the ad. Again, avoid using hyphens or underscores in the link to avoid having Amazon replace them with “+” signs.
If you’d like to keep your link short and simple, it’s best to include a picture of the product along with the URL, rather than the entire link. Again, avoid including any special characters, numbers, or characters that would require a “%” sign, and be sure to keep your banner link short and simple so you don’t run the risk of Amazon replacing your link with something else.
Be sure to track the length of time you have before expiry
Keep track of when your links first become active so you know how long they have before they expire. If your link expires before you have the chance to recoup your investment, it’s best to create a new one. Keep track of the amount of time you have left, so you have plenty of time to create a replacement link.
Keeping your Amazon affiliate links active can be a challenge, but with the right information, it’s not too difficult. Follow these tips to keep your affiliate links active for as long as possible.
If you’re looking to create an affiliate marketing campaign around Amazon, it’s best to start with a product that already has an established audience.
If you choose a niche with low competition, you may find it difficult to make a profit, but if you choose a product with a large audience already dedicated to the product, you can rest assured that you’ll see a return on your investment sooner rather than later.