Amazon Affiliates: Find Out What Amazon Is NOT Paying You For

Amazon Affiliates: Find Out What Amazon Is NOT Paying You For

Amazon Warning

Have you ever sent a ton of visitors to a certain Amazon product without seeing any commissions?

I’ve definitely seen this happen in the past. Both to myself and to students of mine.

Usually there’s a good explanation for it, such as not using an affiliate link, not understanding what your visitors are looking for, or promoting an out-of-stock product.

But here’s something most people don’t know about.

And it’s something you absolutely must know if you are promoting products on Amazon.

And that is…

Amazon will not pay you commissions for promoting certain excluded products.

I recently checked out the excluded product list, and was quite surprised. The strange thing is that I don’t see anything about these products that would make them not eligible for commissions.

For example, I would have never guessed that Amazon won’t give me commissions for selling an iPod (see below. Actually, I’ve sold plenty of iPods in the past, so this must be something new).

In fact, I never thought to check for excluded items. I always thought that excluded items would be really unusual products. Such as certain subscriptions or services.
But not an iPod…

But that’s the reason I’m writing this post. I want to make sure you don’t fall into the trap of promoting something without the chance of getting a return.

So anyway, if you’re sending visitors to a specific Amazon product and not seeing sales,
you might have picked a product Amazon will not give commissions for.

An excluded item.

The list seems to be updated monthly, and I recommend you take a look every once in a while to make sure you’re not wasting your efforts on something you can’t profit from.

Here are some of the items you will not get a cent for, even if you sell lots of them:

Apple iPods:

  • Apple iPod touch 16GB Black (4th Generation) CURRENT MODEL
  • Apple iPod touch 16GB White (4th Generation) CURRENT MODEL
  • Apple iPod touch 32GB Black (4th Generation) CURRENT MODEL
  • Apple iPod classic 160GB Black (7th Generation) NEWEST MODEL


  • Nikon D600 24.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
  • Canon EOS-1D X 18.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera
  • Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras


  • Garmin nüvi 50LM 5-inch Portable GPS Navigator (US and Canada)
  • Garmin nüvi 50LM 5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator(US)

Baby Products:

  • Pampers Baby Dry Size 4 Diapers Economy Pack Plus 192 Count
  • Pampers Swaddlers Diapers Economy Pack Plus Size 1, 234 Count
  • Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer with ExacTemp Technology

There’s also a long list of TVs. And alcoholic beverages are also included.

Check out the list here, and make sure nothing you promote is listed.

I’d hate for you to go through the effort of getting traffic and sending it over to Amazon without a chance for commissions.

If you do find your products listed there, just switch your links and promote another store instead. One that will give you commissions for your sales.

Don’t send traffic to Amazon for nothing!

Please help spread the word so other affiliates know about this. I wonder how many people tried to promote these products and quit affiliate marketing after not seeing any sales?

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 17 comments

Thank you for sharing this valuable information, Sara. Just wandering what is next on their list?

    by Sara Young

    Glad you found it valuable, Violeta.


I don’t send traffic to amazon because they easy banned.

    by Sara Young

    Interesting you should say that. I’ve taught thousands of people how to be Amazon affiliates and only 2 ever got banned. One for trademark infringement (they had a brand in their URL), and one for not having an affiliate disclosure (see this post here)


Wow! I wasn’t even aware of this. Thank you, Sara!


Hey Sara – brilliant post. Thank you for pointing out what so few marketing “gurus” will.

Good on yer!


I think you will find that it is changed monthly eg what was on the list last month isnt on it this month. Its a new thing that Amazon is doing I think it started in October.


Thanks Sara for the reminder! I do remember that e-mail from Amazon they also gave us this link “for a complete list of the upcoming Operating Agreement changes visit”

Thanks and Shalom.

Claude Bussieres

Well. This is useful information before unknowing students run out and spend time and other resources in hoes of making affiliate commisions.
Thank you Sara


thanks sarah for keeping us informed with the great info take care

Mike Sweeney

Hi Sara,

I just setup a site for an Amazon product, thankfully it is not on the list. I didn’t know about the excluded list either. Maybe I should read the Amazon affiliate programs emails more closely! Thanks again for pointing this out.

Enjoy being part of IPC.

Mike Sweeney

Joyce Knake

Thanks Sara, I got that e mail and didn’t even look at it. Then if they leave off an item that was exclude the month before, it’s going to be hard to keep up with it.

Alex Taal

Hi Sara,

This is exactly the reason why I clickbank products combine with amazon products.

I’m getting a little sick of amazon and they should be happy that we promote this shop.

Thanks for the update, Alex


Hi Sara

It really isn’t quite as bad as it first looks. I made a Squidoo lens, to give a visual display of what is actually happening at the moment.

More of a question is if this trend will continue, and how many items will be on the list by this time next year.


Hi Sara,

I read post about Amazon product but the link your provide for Check out the list here is not working
Any new link

Thank you


Thanks, Sara! Super helpful for bloggers just getting started. So was your article about their operating guidelines. I read everything I sign, so I knew this, but I didn’t know how it works out “in real life.”

FYI, iPods aren’t on the list anymore. 😉 Thanks again!


Sadly, Amazon have pulled the excluded list altogether. Even links in their own documentation that should point to the list now redirect to the main policies page. Seems they don’t even want to tell affiliates what products are excluded any more, except when they actually try to create a link using the SiteStripe.


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