Amazon Associates Kills All Minnesota Based Affiliate Sites


Early this morning around 2:00am I rolled over after hearing my phone go off.  I then read this e-mail from my new favorite people at Amazon Associates:


This means that my niche amazon associates website is done.  I’ve lost.  The way that the website is set up I don’t have the option to simply change affiliate codes to a different affiliate provider.  I guess this might be the one downside of the WPZonBuilder plug-in.  The website is only generating roughly $20-$25 a month so it likely doesn’t have a resale value so im kinda in a predicament.

  1. Take the website down and move on
  2. Leave the site up and send free referrals to Amazon with the hope they allow Minnesotan’s back in the program.
  3. Try to find someone to buy the site. Any offers?

Sorry guys, i’ll start thinking about a new niche project to share.  The benefit of Amazon Associates program was that I could be 100% transparent to my readers.  That’s not something I can offer with AdSense without risking all my sites potentially going public.   We’ll see – I’ll keep you all updated as I find out more.  I wouldn’t hold my breath for anything soon though.

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15 thoughts on “Amazon Associates Kills All Minnesota Based Affiliate Sites

  1. I would say, “Sucks for you!” but I know you were probably just getting up to speed with Amazon. Oh well. It is on to bigger and better things for you unless you want to incorporate in Delaware or someplace else. 🙂

    Good luck my friend.


    1. Thanks Daniel – hopefully we’ll see an update in the future like Californians did a year or so ago.

  2. Hey man, I’m sure after Amazon gets things sorted with your state government, they’ll reinstate you, just like they did with us in California. Yes, we were reinstated and we got back in the game.

    Hopefully you can monetize using other companies in the mean time.

    1. Hey Tim, I hope your right too. Unfortunately the site is not really able to reallocate affiliate links (programs). I use a plugin WPZONBuilder that more or less imports exact product pages from Amazon.

      1. Well then, it’s possible that Daniel and Adam qave you your best options for the time being. Of course, if you want to retool the site a bit, you could export the posts, remove the aff links, leave the rest of the site as it is and build links while not adding content. 🙂 That way you won’t lose much, but can save the site for later while directing people to other revenue sources.

        And what plugin are you using for comments? I love it.

        1. The comments of this blog are custom to this theme.

  3. I may be interested in helping take that site off your hands. Hit me up.

    1. Hey Adam, i’ll shoot you an e-mail.

  4. Those bastards got me too. I think it was 2011. The affiliate nexus tax cost me about $1,000 a month at the time.

    In November Amazon will begin charging everyone that lives in CT sales tax as they are going to have a physical presence in the state soon.

    I’ve prepared by building out a site in the juicing niche and I’ve just started another in the shoes niche. I’m hoping to hit the ground running in November so I can drop my affiliate links and make bank on the traffic I can build between now and then.

    Hopefully the same will happen to you or they settle the matter. A bill has already gone through the house but needs to get trough the senate. I might have gotten that backwards. There is hope in the not too distant future.

    1. You are right Scott. There is always hope. I was reading up a bit on the bill too. Maybe just maybe a solution to be coming soon.

  5. Hi Nick,

    How about skimlinks as an alternative? Any thoughts? Give atleast a month before you decide selling the site.

    Take Care,


    1. I’m not familiar with Skimlinks. I’ll have to take a look at that. Thanks for the suggestion!

  6. This is bad news. If other internet retailers or service providers follow suit, it could be impossible for residents of Minnesota to make money online. What about Google Adsense and membership sites, web hosting and other affiliate programs? Are they going to drop Minnesota residents, too?

    1. Right now, Adsense and lead generation income seems to be safe. What’s been effected is any direct sales from an ecommerce site that doesn’t want to collect sales tax and pay to the state of MN.

  7. Skimlinks is similar to Viglinks (owned by Google). Basically it auto detects product links & inserts affiliate links on its own or you can choose a merchant. Saves time without having to manually link to individual products.

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