How To Fix Amazon Affiliate Links (the best way)

Learn about how to fix your Amazon Affiliate Links to make the most Amazon Commission Revenue from your existing Amazon Affiliate Website traffic.

Fix my affiliate links

This article describes how to fix your affiliate links.

Click to Jump to How to Automatically Check and Fix Your Affiliate Links in this article.

I first wanted to explain more about affiliate link issues and errors, how they happen, and why they need to be fixed. 

Note: Part of fixing your affiliate links is checking your affiliate links too. We will cover that here too. 

Why should I fix my affiliate links?

Fixing your Amazon affiliate links ensures that they are accurate and uptodate. This is important because if a link is not accurate, it could lead to a customer being taken to an outdated page or a page that doesnt exist anymore.
 
This can lead to a lost sale, and could damage your reputation as an affiliate.
 
Fixing your links also ensures that you are taking advantage of the most recent Amazon features, such as tracking data and performance metrics. This data can be used to help you identify which products are performing well, and which ones need to be improved or replaced.

Why are my Amazon Associate clicks to Amazon decreasing?

There are two main reasons you are getting less clicks to Amazon:

  1. All of your Amazon Affiliate links are not healthy, broken, or missing your Amazon Associates Store ID.
  2. Your site articles are not showing up at the top of Google Search.

If you are experiencing a combination of #1 and #2, fixing #1 will can create more revenue regardless if your site has taken a hit from Google Search. 

If your affiliate links are not working, you are missing clicks to Amazon and referral commissions. 

Graph showing Amazon Clicks and Earnings decreasing
Graph showing continued drop off of Clicks To Amazon

Ever wish you could push a button and all your problems go away? Now you can.

What are common problems with Amazon Affiliate Links?

Amazon Affiliate links can have errors that prevent you from earning your Amazon Commission. There can be many errors in an affiliate link. Here are the errors Linkmoney App checks for in this article called “Linkmoney App Reports Link Errors“.

1. The Amazon Affiliate Link is missing the Query String

One of the most popular affiliate link errors we find is the link is missing the query string or it has been corrupted.

If your Amazon Affiliate link is missing the query string, is corrupted, or the link is not coded correctly, then Amazon will not recognize you as the one who gets the Amazon Commission.

Note: The link may click to Amazon, but you will not get your referral commission if it is missing the query string. 

URL Parser

Here is a tool on a site called URLDECODE.com that can check your Amazon Associates query string called “URL Parser”

Select one of your Amazon Affiliate links from your site, then copy and paste it into the “Enter the URL” field and click the button called “Parse URL”.

URL Parser enter URL 2
Enter the Amazon Affiliate link into where it says "Enter the URL" field

The URL Parser will decode your affiliate link and look something like this. Here are two examples, one that is missing the query string (Bad, no revenue) and one that has the query string (Good earn revenue).

Example 1, URL is MISSING the Amazon Associates query string (Bad)

This image is showing the Amazon Affiliate link you entered will go to Amazon, but is missing the query string. 

This means that whoever clicks on that link will be taken to Amazon, but you will not receive your referral commission when they make a purchase. 

URL Parser missing query string
Amazon Affiliate Link missing the query string (Your Amazon Store Tag)

Example 2, URL HAS the Amazon Associates query string (Good)

If your Amazon Affiliate link HAS the query string (Your Amazon Store ID that earns you commission) if will show here.

URL Parser HAS query string
Amazon Affiliate Link HAS the query string (Your Store Tag)

How do check the Amazon Affiliate link?

You can check an Amazon Affiliate link two different ways:

1. Use Linkmoney App and check (and automatically fix) all the Amazon Affiliate links on your site at the same time. 

2. To check a single link, you can use the Amazon Associates Link Checker (You must have an Amazon Associates Account and be logged in to use this tool).

Affiliate links can look fine to the eye, but still be broken

Example of an Amazon Affiliate link with a broken search query, but still clicks to Amazon and looks OK.

Example of an Amazon Affiliate link that is missing the correct query string.
The same Amazon Affiliate link from above was tested in the Amazon Link Checker and "Failed"

Amazon’s Affiliate program requires your affiliate links to be encoded in a specific way in order to get your referral commissions. 

In the example below, this link would click to Amazon, but still fail Amazon’s Link Checker. If one of your affiliate links fail, you do not earn your Amazon referral commission. 

Amazon Link checker showing a failes Amazon Affiliate link
Amazon Associates Link Checker showing Failed

The same Amazon Affiliate link from above was tested in the Link Parser and shows a missing query string.

URL Parser missing query string 2
Link Parser showing missing query string

As you can imagine, you will need to be able to identify this error with a tool because the link seems to be fine, and clicks to Amazon with no errors- and not earn you Amazon referral commissions. This is nearly impossible to do by looking at a link.

Many Amazon Affiliate sites have thousands of Amazon Affiliate links. Finding and fixing your Amazon Affiliate link missing query strings one link at a time would take FOREVER.

This is why we recommend Linkmoney App because we find all these query errors and fix them automatically for you. 

Are ALL your Amazon Affiliate links making you money from your traffic?

2. Amazon Store code issues in your Affiliate links

This is another huge problem Linkmoney App finds and solves.

Most common Amazon Affiliate link issues with Amazon Store Tags are:

  1. The affiliate links are missing the Amazon Store ID altogether. This is a clickable link that does not contain your Amazon Associates Tracking ID. 
  2. Your site may contain more than one Amazon Affiliate Store ID. This could be on purpose, like if you like to use Amazon preferred codes for tracking products, but if your site should only have one and you have more than one, you are losing site revenue. You may even be giving someone else the referral commission.

In most cases, Amazon Affiliate publishers have Amazon Store Codes that are not theirs or old archived store codes that are no longer in use- and have no idea they do.

The wrong store code on any of your affiliate links will prevent you from earning your Amazon Commission and may even be earning someone else the commission. 

Linkmoney App will find all of the Amazon Store Codes on your affiliate site and replace all of your affiliate links with the correct store code.

Example of Linkmoney App finding multiple store codes on an Amazon Affiliate site

The below image is an example of the Linkmoney App Dashboard after a site scan. 

To the left is the main Amazon Store Tag on the site under “Your Affiliate Tag” is “myamazontags-20”.

This scan picked up many different Amazon Store Ids on the site. 

Linkmoney App Dashbaord
Linkmoney App Dashboard after checking all the affiliate links on a site
Affiliate Links are Color Coded in the summary

The colors used in the Affiliate Store Tag Summary are there to visually explain if there are any issues with your Store Tags and explain what they are.   

Red means Linkoney App found and fixed Amazon Affiliate links that had missing Store IDs or were broken altogether

Yellow shows Linkmoney App found and fixed Amazon Affiliate links with Out Of Country codes

White shows Linkmoney app found and fixed Amazon Store ID’s that were not the main Amazon Associates Store ID

Example of Linkmoney App after automatically fixing the Amazon Store Tags

The below image is an example of the Linkmoney App Dashboard after a Fix Scan. 

To the left is the main Amazon Store Tag on the site under “Your Affiliate Tag” is “myamazontags-20”.

The Fix Scan automatically fixed all of the Amazon Affiliate links. 

Linkmoney App Dashboard Great Scan
Linkmoney App Dashboard after fixing all the affiliate links on a site

After running a Linkmoney App Fix Scan, your Dashboard will show your main Amazon Store and how many times it is being used. 

If your site uses more than one Amazon Affiliate Tag, your Dashboard will look like this:

Linkmoney App Dashboard showing prefered store IDs after Fix Scan

Linkmoney App will either check, fix and replace all of your Amazon Affiliate Store Tags, or reserve the ones you would like to keep. 

See this article called “Linkmoney App Reserved Store Tags” for more information on reserving multiple Amazon Store IDs.

3. Missing Amazon Store Codes

It is not uncommon for an Amazon Affiliate link to not have an Amazon Store Code at all. This can happen by just forgetting to add one in when writing your content.

In the example above of a site’s Amazon Store code audit, “Example of Linkmoney App finding multiple store codes on an Amazon Affiliate site”, you can see one line that says “no tag used 3 times”.

Dashboard no Amazon Store tag found on affiliate links

This happens a lot. Most of the time is is just an error of the content producer forgetting to add the store code into the affiliate link.

Many sites can have thousands of Amazon Affiliate links missing the store tag. Here is an example of a site that had almost 3,000 links with missing Amazon Store tags. 

Dashboard missing several Amazon Store Tags
Linkmoney App will find, fix, and replace all of your Amazon Affiliate links with missing store tags with the correct Amazon Store tag you choose.

After running a Linkmoney App Fix Scan, this site picked up referral commissions significantly.  .

4. Affiliate links with the incorrect region

If your site has out-of-region Amazon affiliate links,  and you do not have licenses in those regions, your will not receive your Amazon referral commission. 

This is another popular Amazon Affiliate link problem. Out-of-region affiliate links can get placed on your site by accident. 

Another way is if you use content publishers to create content and they do the affiliate linking for you. There can sometimes be mistakes made because they can be located all from over the world and sometimes they may accidentally place product links on your site from the incorrect region. 

Below are a few examples of out-of-region Amazon Affiliate links found on US Amazon Affiliate sites: 

Affiliate Link from the UK

Warning Report Out of region UK

Affiliate Link from India

Warning Report Out of region IN

Affiliate Link from Canada 

Warning Report Out of region Canada

In order to receive your Amazon Commission, you will need to have and qualify for an Amazon Associates account for each country you want to market your affiliate content.

Most of the time in the US, Amazon Affiliate Publishers just want to market to the United States.

This common error can cause you to lose Amazon referral commissions. 

Can Linkmoney App fix out of region affiliate links?

Yes, Linkmoney App can fix out-of-region affiliate links as long as the product is also sold in the US. 

If the product is not available in the US, then Linkmoney App will report this to you in the Warnings Report. 

If this is the case, see the article called “Linkmoney App Warning Report” to better understand how you can locate any out-of-region affiliate links on your site that have products that are not sold in the US.

Warning report region pill 1
Linkmoney App will fix and report your out of region links fast.

Without Linkmoney App, these link errors are incredibly difficult to find.

As mentioned early in this article, checking for any link errors one link at a time is nearly impossible.

The time involved for just a few links would be a negative net profit.

Want Linkmoney A.I. to Check and Fix your Amazon Affiliate link problems?

How do I fix my affiliate links?

The first step to fixing your affiliate links is know for sure what is wrong with your Amazon Affiliate links. 

Linkmoney App does this with the Baseline Scan. To understand more about the Baseline Scan, see this article called “Linkmoney App Baseline Scan“.

The next step is to automatically fix your affiliate links. 

Here are the steps to automatically fix your Amazon Affiliate Links. We created a complete “Step-By-Step Guide guide” here to get more information on how to setup and run Linkmoney App for the first time.

Step 1, Create a Linkmoney App account.

Step 2, Download the Linkmoney App Plugin

Step 3. Add your API Key to Activate Plugin

Step 4, Look at your Baseline Scan

Step 5, Finish setting up your License

Step 6, Start Your First Linkmoney App Fix Scan

Step 7, Run Linkmoney App again to get a clean report.

Are there WordPress plugins that can fix my affiliate links?

Only 1- This is Linkmoney App. As of the date of this article there are no other tools or plugins that automatically fix Amazon Affiliate links. 

There are 3 different ways to find and fix your affiliate link errors
  1. Find a plugin that exports your links into a CVS or Excel spreadsheet. Some can filter the information and wrap it up in a downloadable file. Then click and view each individual link to see if there are any errors.
  2.  Use Linkkmoney App to fix your site automatically. It will find all the affiliate link errors and issues, then automatically fix all the affiliate links on your site. Many sites take only a few minutes and Linkmoney App has a nice workable online audit report system that details everything about your affiliate links.
  3. Go to each page, look for affiliate links and click them. Click the link, look at the URL path and see if you can spot any errors.

Do I need to be an Amazon Associate link expert to find link errors?

Yes. For some affiliate links, the problems might be obvious to see.

On others, unless you are an Amazon link expert, you can go through all of your links and not realize you missed 1,000+ errors. So if you are going to fix your affiliate links manually, know everything about Amazon Affiliate links.

Note: Even if you are able to click the link and it goes to Amazon- exactly where you wanted it to, links can still have errors.

To test your Amazon Affiliate links, go to the Amazon Associates Link Checker and test your links.

Amazon Affiliate with link with errors

There are many errors Linkmoney App looks for and automatically fixes so you won’t have to be any kind of expert.

Do I lose Amazon Commissions if my affiliate links need to be fixed?

Yes. Every affiliate link error you are having with your affiliate site will block you from getting your Amazon Affiliate Commissions. Amazon.com is a huge sophisticated system that provides goods to billions of people every year. They make it easy to be an affiliate, but the links need to be the way they like them with no errors.

Fixing your Amazon Affiliate links can earn you a lot more affiliate revenue and site traffic. From our testing, over 75% of all WordPress sites had medium to severe affiliate link errors. Some of the errors are from malformed links all the way to incorrect or missing Amazon Store codes.

Why do so many Amazon Affiliate websites have links that need to be fixed?

The reason why we have so many affiliate links with errors that need to be fixed is that we have a lot of links on our sites. There are lots of WordPress plugins that come and go. It is not uncommon for an affiliate site to have well over 100,000 links.

With so many links there are bound to be errors.

How do the link errors happen?

The simple answer is, that we humans make errors with making hyperlinks, plugins can do strange things, wrong Amazon store codes get inserted, your V.A. has a bad day, and a host of other things can happen when we have so many links that are all held together by software.

Are there usually a lot of affiliate links that have problems?

Yes most definitely. A site with 100 posts could have more than 4,000 Amazon Affiliate links and another 5,000 internal and external links. The more links, the more potential affiliate link issues. 

Example: Using Linkmoney App, we can see one of my affiliate sites had 146,015 total links. 15,797 of those are Amazon affiliate links. The site has around 1,000 posts.

This is a screenshot of the Linkmoney App Dashboard Audit metrics

Within those 146,015 links, I had 5,002 Warnings and 81 Non-Product Report errors. To learn more about the Linkmoney App Dashboard and Reports, here are the links to each report:

Linkmoney App Dashboard

The Dashboard tracks, gathers, and displays all of your Amazon Affiliate link information and metrics.

Linkmoney App Warning Report

The App Warnings Report shows unexpected or potential link problems found on your site.

Linkmoney App Non-Product

The Unrecognized Report is specific to the Amazon Products on your site and shows errors and issues from your Amazon Affiliate links.

Linkmoney App Product Report

The Product link Report shows every “unique” link to Amazon.com discovered during the last scan and details any errors or issues with your Amazon Affiliate links.

Linkmoney App Detailed Report

The Detailed Report is a detailed view of all the updates made to your Amazon Affiliate links for the last time you ran a scan.

You can see the number of notifications on the report buttons

There are two paths to fix your affiliate links

Path 1, The easy way

If you used Linkmoney App to automatically fix your affiliate links, by the time you read this article on fixing your affiliate links, you would be done. This also means your Amazon Associates Commissions would increase at the same time too.

Path 2, The manual way

If you decide to take on fixing your affiliate links on your own, You will need to find and identify affiliate links errors then manually fix them.

When you find and identify an affiliate link error, delete the old link and paste in the correct good link(s). Then publish the page. It is a good idea to test the new affiliate link again in Amazon, to make sure there are no more errors.

Get acquainted with all the obvious and common, and the not-so-obvious and not-so-common Amazon.com errors to be sure the work you do fixing your affiliate links earns you a great return for your time.

Most Amazon Affiliate Publishers know they are losing money

The thing is, most site owners probably know they are losing money on their Amazon Affiliate Commissions but have no idea how to correct the problem.

Until now. 

How many affiliate sites have errors and need to fix their affiliate links?

We found that over 91% of all WordPress sites we scanned had errors with their affiliate links and needed to fix them.

I will update this percentage from time to time as more site owners use Linkmoney App to fix their site’s affiliate links. 

How did you determine the testing environment?

The Linkmoney App admin has a special scan mode we developed to run on any WordPress website. We can drop in a sitemap, scan any site and generate all the reports. The only way for Linkmoney to automatically fix sites is to have the plugin installed, which requires an account. 

I would go to SEMRush and look for WordPress affiliate sites and run them in batches. As of today, the sites scanned are over 1,000. As Linkmoney App goes live and the system runs thousands of times, I will update this article (the day of this article is December 16, 2022).

What kind of affiliate link errors are there?

There are many different types of affiliate link errors where either the links do not work and they get a 404 error, or are not working correctly and you do not get your Amazon Commissions.

Here is an article called “Linkmoney App Reports Link Errors (all detectable link errors explained)” that details all the affiliate link errors Linkmoney detects and fixes

Some of these link errors we look for are from that article are:

  1. Wrong or Missing Amazon Affiliate Store Tag– This is a very popular problem. Easily the biggest issue, but incredibly hard to fix manually.
  2. Malformed links– These are links that have some kind of format issue that cause errors. A site owner can look at their affiliate links and never know if the link earns them revenue or not. Often times a malformed link is formed from someone fixing a Wrong Amazon Affiliate Store Tag.
  3. Broken links- these are Amazon Affiliate links where the link destination gets a 404 error.
  4. Links with missing ASIN and product numbers– these are Non-Product links like “Amazon Searches”. See this article called “Linkmoney App Non-Product Link Report” for more details on non-product links. These may also be affiliate links you may think are going to Amazon.com, but aren’t.
  5. Links that go to your WordPress login. This is more common than you may think.
  6. Links that go to the wrong Amazon Store Region. If you only have an Amazon.com (United States) account and one of your links goes to Amazon in another country, you will not receive your Amazon Commissions if you do not have an Amazon Associates account with that country.  This can happen quite a lot if you have overseas content writers and VA’s.
  7. Many, many more. All of your affiliate link errors can be seen in your Linkmoney App Dashboard and Reports.

 

Conclusion

Fixing your Amazon Affiliate links by hand is nearly impossible to do. It is not impossible, but because we have many thousands of Amazon Affiliate links on our sites, it is certainly not cost-effective.

Use Linkmoney App to automatically find, fix, and replace the broken affiliate links that are costing you precious Amazon Commissions.

You can have all of your Amazon Affiliate links earning you more money today by the time you have read this article. 

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Charles Joyner

Charles Joyner

Hello, I am a fellow Niche Website Publisher. Like you, I’m always looking to earn the most revenue I can from Amazon Affiliate websites. We created Linkmoney App so we all could earn more revenue from our hard work and time publishing and operating affiliate websites. I love all things SEO and Publishing! Software nerd since 1998. Leave me a “whoot!” in the comments if you read the article, and please comment on what would make it better. Thank you!

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