Is Locally Safe to use with the Amazon Associates program?
Short Answer: Yes!
Just make it clear to your visitors that it's an Amazon Affiliate link where you post it!
The Long Answer
If you are worried about short linking not being allowed, it isn't. Section 6W of the Operating Agreement states:
“You will not use a link shortening service, button, hyperlink or other ad placement in a manner that makes it unclear that you are linking to an Amazon Site.”
So, if you make it clear it's an affiliate link, you are all good.
Doesn't it also say something about masking links not being allowed?
Section 6V reads:
“You will not cloak, hide, spoof, or otherwise obscure the URL of your Site containing Special Links (including by use of Redirecting Links) or the user agent of the application in which Program Content is displayed or used such that we cannot reasonably determine the site or application from which a customer clicks through such Special Link to an Amazon Site. ”
We don't intentionally mask the referrer data when we send you to Amazon. We do a standard 302 redirect like any other short-linking site. With that said, it is still your responsibility to make visitors aware that the link is an Amazon Associates link, and adhere to the conditions Amazon sets out in their Operating Agreements, which they may change at any point.
Will you set up my Amazon Associates accounts?
We have no direct interaction with your Amazon Associates accounts. You'll need to sign up for any and all of the countries you want to serve, then add your tag ID under the affiliates page.
A bit of help:
While we can't sign up for you, that doesn't mean we can't help! If you are signing up for Amazon.com.au, you'll need this form, a Statement from a Supplier. Some regions have more strict access to signing up. Most of the Asian countries require a local address, bank or similar to actually pay out, so you may not be able to sign up to them all!
A word of warning
It's important for us to note that we are not liable for you failing to adhere to Amazon's guidelines.
We will do everything we can to stay compliant with Amazon's operating agreements, but there are some things you need to do to stay in compliance.
You might want to consider:
Adding a disclaimer such as: "As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases, using the links below or other Amazon affiliate links here." You will need to make it clear when displaying Locally Amazon links that the visitor will be clicking through to Amazon. Depending on where you are from, you might be required by law to make it clear it's an affiliate link too. It's always good practice anyway, but something like "Check out this product on Amazon (aff):" is useful.