Amazon affiliate experiment

When I wrote up refinishing my mother’s kitchen floor, I stuck in some Amazon affiliate links as an experiment. They close the account if you don’t generate a sale within six months, which I figured I might well not… but I did, which apparently is what triggers their review of your site for appropriateness. And I got a weird rejection “due to one or more of the following reasons:”

– Lack of content which is original to your site and beneficial to your visitors
– Pages that are mainly empty when advertisement content is removed

My content is all original and I hardly have any ads, so that doesn’t really make any sense. I was inclined to ditch the whole idea, but I’m going to try one more time. I may have submitted the root level of the site (, and that only has pretty old content… or maybe it’s that  my host was having database issues and giving a connection error. I’m making a few cents a day from Google ads on my concentration game and it scratches the same itch as picking up pennies from the sidewalk, so this attempt is another extension of that…

OK, and here’s a test. We’re going to buy this clock. Can I get a referral from myself??? I googled that and didn’t find a quick answer… 8/22/2017 edited to add: no, Amazon policy is no referrals for yourself. Not a surprise—what I really wanted to know is whether it triggers the review. I’m guessing not, but I have now ordered 3 items and not been rejected at least!

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