If you have recently signed up for Amazon Associates, one of the things that you will want to do to stay compliant with Amazon’s Terms and Conditions is have a disclaimer displayed on your website. This is designed to tell people that you stand to benefit financially should they choose to buy things off Amazon using your affiliate links.
Does Amazon require that you have a disclaimer on your site?
Yes, Amazon states that if you are an associate, you should clearly state so somewhere on your website for the benefit of your readers. Here is what Amazon says;
“You must clearly state [that you are an affiliate] on your site or any other location where Amazon may authorize your display or other use of Content”
Examples of Amazon Associates Disclaimers
Below are two examples of Amazon Associates disclaimers. The first one is actually from Amazon itself. The second one is a modified version of the first one.
- “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.”
- This website participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. The program enables us to earn money by linking to amazon.com and affiliated websites.
There are many examples of Amazon Associates Disclaimers that you will be able to find out there. The good news is that Amazon does not really prescribe the wording in the disclaimer that you display on your website. As you can see in the above, Amazon has already given you an example of what your disclaimer ought to look like. You can tweak it to your liking, as long as it retains the basic meaning.
Where to place your disclaimer
The Amazon Associates disclaimer needs to be displayed somewhere prominent on your website. Don’t try to hide it, because that would clearly defeat the purpose of having the disclaimer in the first place. On this site, we are going to place the disclaimer on a sidebar to the right of our screen.
How to display the disclaimer
In order to display the disclaim, we are going to go to the Widgets section of our website. There, we are going to drag a text widget into the position where we wish to display the disclaimer. Then we are going to name out widget “Amazon Associates Disclaimer.” From there, we will paste the above text into the widget and save the entire thing. That’s it, now the disclaimer will appear on our site, as you can see on this page.