Amazon Associates! Free money for your favorite charity when you add Smile to your affiliate account!

If you have an Amazon Associates account, you’re doing your favorite charity a disservice if you’re not stacking your affiliate links with Amazon’s charity program: Amazon Smile.

Background on Smile

From Amazon.com:

Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.”

Again from Amazon.com: Smile’s donation percentage is .5%.

What’s the procedure for stacking Smile and your affiliate link?

Couldn’t be simpler. For example, here’s my affiliate link to Amazon’s home page:

https://www.amazon.com//ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll2&tag=thegeequiandh-20&linkId=b095b1efc81cd690e4a382a6e01ce1dd

Note the part of the link in bold: “tag=thegeequiandh-20”. That’s my affiliate ID.

If I copy that link, paste it into, say, a blog post, and replace the “www” in “www.amazon.com” with “smile”, I’d have this:

https://smile.amazon.com//ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll2&tag=thegeequiandh-20&linkId=b095b1efc81cd690e4a382a6e01ce1dd

Now my favorite charity–in this case an animal rescue program–will get .5% of my affiliate purchases. Not .5% of my commissions, but .5% of the gross.

Is this allowed by Amazon?

Absolutely. From Amazon’s program overview:

“Amazon Associates may earn referral fees by sending traffic to smile.amazon.com or www.amazon.com.”

So you MUST do this. Takes just a few seconds to set up, and you’ll be doing your favorite charity a solid forever after.

How to sign up for Smile:

If your favorite charity isn’t signed up for Smile, you can create a gateway for them in just a matter of minutes by going here.


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