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Confused about Child Directed Policy on Amazon

 
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happynutritionist
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on 07/14/2015

This week I received the following letter as an affiliate on Amazon...when I followed the instructions and reviewed my list of websites, I don't have Wizzley included as one of them...they want the top level url of any of my blogs that have Amazon ads on them...should I be adding Wizzley? I guess I'm asking because they say none of their banners and ads should be on blogs directed at anyone age 13 and under...I know the site isn't directed at that age only, but what if individual pages on the site are? I'm guessing it doesn't matter, but want reassurance, and to know whether I should add http://www.wizzley.com to my list of blogs.

Here is some of the letter:

>> Hello, Thank you for being part of the Amazon Associates program. We’re reaching out to remind you that sites targeted at children under 13 are not eligible to display links and advertising from the Amazon Associates program. To continue your participation in the Amazon Associates program, you need to declare that none of your sites are directed at children under 13. Important Dates: August 31, 2015 – We will begin to withhold advertising fee payments to accounts that have not completed their declaration. October 31, 2015 – We will close accounts that have not completed their declaration. To complete the declaration: 1. Sign in to your Associates Central account at: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com 2. Click on “Account Settings”, then click on “Edit your website list” 3. Ensure 'Your website list’ is accurate – by adding new websites or removing existing ones from the list. 4. Click on “Next” and complete the declaration process. If you have questions or issues regarding your Amazon Associates website list, please contact Amazon Associates Customer Service at: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/associates/contact. Thank you for your attention to this matter. The Amazon Associates Team


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candy47
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on 07/14/2015

I received the same email and I'm equally confused.

blackspanielgallery
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on 07/14/2015

I got the email, and handling this was easy.  I never trust email, so I went into my Amazon account.  Basically, children are not legally able to make a purchase, so if you ask a child to buy something instead of saying have your parents buy it for you there is a problem.  That might even be a violation.  So, buy it for your child speaks directly to the adult, and should be safe.  I never word things directly to children.  I believe this is all that they mean.  I would check for other opinions.  


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on 07/14/2015

Thank you blackspaniel, that makes sense, to not invite that age group to buy, but I'm still not sure whether or not I have to include wizzley.com in my list of sites? It is the only place other than my personal websites that I have my Amazon code directly linked.


Claudia L. Meydrech a/k/a happynutritionist
frankbeswick
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on 07/14/2015

You as well. I was asked to confirm that I did not advertise on sites for children under thirteen years of age. They could have seen that I only advertise on Wizzley. When I gave my list of one site they told me that I had been taken off any site which advertised content for children! It may be that they are just tactless in their language, but I felt offended. 


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Janet21
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on 07/14/2015

It won't let you input your wizzley profile page, did you guys just put in wizzley.com?  I was able to add my hubpages profile pages, though.

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on 07/14/2015

Haven't put anything yet because I'm not sure what to put.  I guess I should use the customer service link they provide and ask.


Claudia L. Meydrech a/k/a happynutritionist
Janet21
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on 07/14/2015

I ended up putting in wizzley.com.  It seemed to work.

Digby_Adams
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on 07/15/2015

None of my websites target children, so I just listed them and said no. Took about 10 minutes to list them. Went very smoothly. I too just said wizzley.com

LindaSmith1
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on 07/15/2015

Exactly!    That is all we have to do Digby!


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happynutritionist
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on 07/15/2015

So by putting wizzley.com we are trusting that no one else writing on Wizzley is violating any of the guidelines set forth by Amazon - and I suppose it is safe to do so as the owners I believe keep close watch on what is posted. I will consider putting wizzley.com


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Digby_Adams
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on 07/16/2015

Wizzley is the only shared writing site I use these days, because it is so tightly monitored. I'm sure they are aware of this requirement, because they are Amazon affiliates as well. I'm really not worried about using Wizzley.com in my list. 

If I read the instructions correctly, if you don't do this, by October, you wouldn't be able to put Amazon products on Wizzley. 

CruiseReady
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on 07/20/2015

I do have some articles that sell items FOR children.  But I plan to go through them and make sure the wording can't be mistakenly thought to be directed TO children, but rather parents or others looking for products or information of interest to kids.

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