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Late last year, I got this email from Amazon:
We're writing to inform you that your website is not generating any referring sales to Amazon from your Product Advertising API (PA API) links. Regularly referring sales through your PA API links is a requirement for maintaining access to the API. In order for you to retain access to PA API, you must generate referring sales before xx/xx/xxxx, otherwise your access to PA API may be removed.
Please make sure that your referring sales through PA API are attributed correctly by checking for the following:
You are using the links provided by PA API when linking back to Amazon.
Your associates account and PA API account use the same Amazon account (i.e., email address).
You are passing your associates tag in all your requests to PA API.
For other frequently asked questions, please visit the Associates Help Page. You can also download the link code report from Affiliate Reports Page to check your PA API sales.
Amazon Associates Program
As a result I've had to pull the Amazon product listings from both Niche Laboratory (Lite and Pro) and the Product Laboratory online service.
It's a reminder that I've put a hell of a lot of work into making this website. If you want to show your appreciation then please do buy my Niche Laboratory Pro + Blog Spy SEO Tools Bundle which is currently priced at just $17.
The good news is that all my tools are still pulling data from AliExpress so you can see a whole load of products related to your niche. Also the Amazon API was only a small part of the overall functionality of my tools. Remember not to put all of your eggs in the Amazon Associates basket or you could also wake up and find you have a similar email in your inbox...
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Been around since 2009 means you've had so much experience in this space. I'm really considering expanding into promoting products in other niches using paid ads but my limitation is that I don't know how to speak a second language.
I agree with you that low gravity shouldn't be a criterion for selecting products to promote as there are some uncompetitive products with very low gravity. I'll like to add some characteristics of products you shouldn't promote:
1. Clickbank products that have (external) ads on their sales page
2. Products with buy buttons that do not go to the Clickbank order page
3. Products that exaggerate their promises, especially financial promises. Promises like these will lead to high refund rates (most MMO products have refund rates over 20% in fact).
4. Unresponsive vendors. Before starting to promote a product, ALWAYS contact the vendor (ask for a review copy, or ask a question about the product, or just introduce yourself). If you get no reply within 48hours do NOT promote the product.
Recently, I came across a course created by Clickbank's current #1 affiliate that claims to teach people how to drive traffic to Clickbank offers using Facebook Ads. I've seen some good reviews and positive testimonies online about the course. Here's one https://abayomioloyede.com/commission-hero-review/
What do you think about the course?