Can I use Amazon Associates and Skimlinks?
Yep yep yep.
Oh! How does that work? Do you overwrite my links?
That means nothing will happen to existing affiliate links – Amazon or otherwise – once you implement the script and set it live on your site.
You said “not automatically”, what does that mean?
In the event you do want to overwrite Amazon US links, we do have an Amazon Overwrite which will only with your express permission and run existing Amazon links through Skimlinks. This means we track that data back to your Skiminks account.
In this system, Amazon operates like any other merchant in our network, rather than a separate entity altogether.
And what happens if I don’t switch that on?
Nada. In a small number of cases (and we mean small), some links may show as redirecting through Skimlinks, but this does not mean we are overwriting them or monetizing them.
It’s just for tracking purposes. These links will appear to us as “Unaffiliated”. We respect your pre-existing relationships and will make no effort to compromise them.
So obviously our preference would be that you’d run all your affiliate links through Skimlinks: it means all your reporting lives in the same place and we can provide you with the most granular insights possible to inform your affiliate strategy.
The easiest is to disguise the URL using a URL shortener like bit.ly which our code won’t recognize and will not affiliate.
Alternatively, you can actually code the exception yourself and we have more information on how to do that here.
Lastly, there is also the option of blacklisting yourself from certain merchant programs. We can allow this and it will remove you from the merchant program in question, but that will prohibit you from using that merchant program anywhere on site. If that’s something you’d like, you can submit a ticket for it here.
So that in a nutshell is how Skimlinks and Amazon US work together. You can use both services, or you can run everything through Skimlinks and receive consolidated reporting to boot. If you want to find out more about affiliate links, overwrites and all things that way inclined, head to this support page where you can find more information out.