06 Apr 17 4:16 am
Using Amazon trademarks inappropriately
Hi Y'all! Just got rejected from Amazon with the chance to re-apply. No biggie, just thought I would get your opinion. The email reads like this:
We have completed our review of your application to the Amazon Associates Program, which included a visit to the website where you planned to create links to our store.
We found you listed the URL for your web site as: http://www.mysite.com/?s=amazon (*note: They link to a page equivalent to someone typing in Amazon in our in built search bar on our site)
. Your web site includes the unapproved use of Amazon.com trademarked words, images, or reviews.
We do not allow the use of URLs, trademarks, logos, etc. that include words that are trademarked by Amazon.com LLC. This includes variations or misspellings of any trademarked words. We are therefore unable to approve your application. Accordingly, we have closed the account under which you had been temporarily approved and that approval has now ended.
Now after some research it appears that we may be using some buttons that are in appropriate as they contain the Amazon logo but are not official Amazon buttons. Probably problem solved right?
A few questions that someone might want to chip in with some advice about:
1. Why did they link to that search URL? Do you think it's a way to show us all the places that Amazon shows up on our site or do you think they are saying there is a link on our site that points to this search which is inappropriate? Kind of confusing.
2. When using in-built theme buttons, do we have to be careful about our wording? EG, is it ok to have a rectangular button with a red background that says "Check out this product on Amazon?" or should we just throw in the official Amazon buttons just in case?
3. Any other mention of Amazon do we have to be careful of our wording? Even if we just mention them? EG "Amazon is probably the best place to get this product" or something similar?
Thanks for taking the time to read through this and happy affiliating!