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I used to have my books listed on the Buy My Book app (offered by Free Booksy or something like that) on Facebook, until I realized it attached the app developer's affiliate code to the links so they got the affiliate commission and I missed out on the $.  Then I used links on my About page to get the affiliate commission.  But today, I think I found a better way...

I found this article and followed the instructions.  They worked pretty darn well.  You can go to my Facebook and see that I now have a little Amazon store of just my books on my Facebook page.  Kinda cool, since it's just an iFrame that goes right to my affiliate store, so any of the links clicked puts items purchased on my affiliate account.  And it updates automatically anytime I change my store through Amazon.  You can also put one of these on your website!  Amazon offers you the ability to use just a hotlink, an iFrame, and some other thingamajigger that I don't understand but you might.

Enjoy!

http://www.theindietimes.com/2012/05/get-an-amazon-store-on-your-facebook-page/

ETA:  my facebook!  http://facebook.com/ellecaseytheauthor
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Here is an example of an Amazon Affiliate store on my website:

http://www.veranazarian.com/goodies/store/

But I wouldn't dare use the affiliate codes on Facebook, since again, it's against the Amazon TOC to do that.



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Here is an example of an Amazon Affiliate store on my website:

http://www.veranazarian.com/goodies/store/

But I wouldn't dare use the affiliate codes on Facebook, since again, it's against the Amazon TOC to do that.




Where are you getting the information that it's against TOC to use affiliate codes on FB?

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I see where you added it on FB, but under what? Photos, places?
                  

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I see where you added it on FB, but under what? Photos, places?

No, you have to follow the instructions I provided in the original thread post.  You use an app that allows you to put iFrames on a Tab in Facebook.  It's all there in the article I linked.

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Elle, this is awesome!  Thank you so much!  Again!
   

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Elle, this is awesome!  Thank you so much!  Again!

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But I wouldn't dare use the affiliate codes on Facebook, since again, it's against the Amazon TOC to do that.

I've checked the Amazon terms of service for the affiliate program, and nowhere in there do I see anything to the effect that you can't use affiliate codes on Facebook.  If anyone has a link and exact language that disputes that claim, then I'd like to see it.  I'm finding the opposite, in fact.  Note that I am talking about a Facebook fan page which is a commercial enterprise, not a Facebook personal site.

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Oh, that is v cool. I've added the tab. Now, to update that icon...

Thanks for the heads-up on this. It's a vast improvement over the Freebooksy app and, bonus, ducats. :)

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Oh, that is v cool. I've added the tab. Now, to update that icon...

Thanks for the heads-up on this. It's a vast improvement over the Freebooksy app and, bonus, ducats. :)

Yeah, that icon is poo, but you have to pay to upgrade and get a custom one, I *think*.  Double check that.

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For anyone with questions about what's allowed and not allowed, here are the TOS for the Affiliate Program at Amazon.  I've searched them and not found any restrictions regarding putting affiliate codes on Facebook, and the Amazon aStore iframe is specifically designed to be dropped into websites, so I can't imagine it's a problem at all for Amazon.  They want shoppers!

https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/associates/agreement/

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This is super but she totally lost me on this part:

"go to your Facebook Page and use the Static HTML: iFrame Tabs app to create a customized Facebook Page tab."

I don't see this option anywhere.
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Thanks for this! I've been thinking over the whole FB thing since you had the giveaway post and mentioned it. It really has really put some perspective on the whole thing. Thanks again for sharing. :)

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This is super but she totally lost me on this part:

"go to your Facebook Page and use the Static HTML: iFrame Tabs app to create a customized Facebook Page tab."

I don't see this option anywhere.

She kind of assumes you will go get that app first.  Here's a link to it:

https://apps.facebook.com/static_html_plus/

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Well, now that I have totally embarrassed myself, I read the article, but alas, I don't have likes on my fb pages. Nice idea, though.
                  

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Thanks for this! I've been thinking over the whole FB thing since you had the giveaway post and mentioned it. It really has really put some perspective on the whole thing. Thanks again for sharing. :)

I'm happy to help.  A lot of heavy hitters use Facebook to be in front of fans.  I truly think that right now, anyone not using Facebook as one of their main avenues to connect with fans is making a big mistake.  That could change next month, but at least for now, it's a huge benefit.

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Well, now that I have totally embarrassed myself, I read the article, but alas, I don't have likes on my fb pages. Nice idea, though.

What do you mean you don't have likes?  Talk to me, Goose...

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Cool. That works.

Have to poke around some more. When I add eBooks, no price shows up in the ad. The prices do show for the paperbacks.

This is awesome, thanks.
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Cool. That works.

Have to poke around some more. When I add eBooks, no price shows up in the ad. The prices do show for the paperbacks.

This is awesome, thanks.

Be sure when you're building the store that you specifically select things from the Kindle store and that you check the boxes that allow you to show prices and reviews and stuff.  It's not the clearest store builder platform in the world, but you'll figure it out.

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Where are you getting the information that it's against TOC to use affiliate codes on FB?

My understanding is, it is against Amazon TOC to use Affiliate codes anywhere but on the actual website with which you signed up as an Amazon Affiliate.

I could go looking at the TOC wording now, but honestly, this has been discussed over and over, so hoping that someone else posts the exact wording...

Believe me, I would love nothing more than to use my Affiliate codes anywhere and everywhere...

Okay, edited to add:

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To begin the enrollment process, you must submit a complete and accurate Program application. You must identify your site in your application. We will evaluate your application and notify you of its acceptance or rejection. We may reject your application if we determine that your site is unsuitable.
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So, unless you identify your Facebook page to them as your Affiliate site during signup, I don't see how you can do this.

Please convince me I am wrong, I'd love to be wrong! I'd love to use my codes inside ebooks too! But I've been told repeatedly by everyone around here that we can't do that...
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My understanding is, it is against Amazon TOC to use Affiliate codes anywhere but on the actual website with which you signed up as an Amazon Affiliate.

I could go looking at the TOC wording now, but honestly, this has been discussed over and over, so hoping that someone else posts the exact wording...

Believe me, I would love nothing more than to use my Affiliate codes anywhere and everywhere...

If you find it, please let me know.  I notice in the language of the TOC, they suggest that you would be using it on other websites because they give you specific instructions on what kind of websites are okay and which aren't.  They say that if they discover you using them on "unsuitable" websites (aka "porn"), they will ask you to take the links down.  So I assume that means they expect you to follow their guidelines when putting them on other sites, not just the one you signed up with.  But exact language would be nice!

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Be sure when you're building the store that you specifically select things from the Kindle store and that you check the boxes that allow you to show prices and reviews and stuff.  It's not the clearest store builder platform in the world, but you'll figure it out.

I'm not sure they push the price for kindle books. I can't find a place to tick that off and I don't see them on your books either Elle. Maybe I'm missing something obvious?

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https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/associates/help/operating/participation?ie=UTF8&pf_rd_i=assoc_operating&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=&pf_rd_r=&pf_rd_s=assoc-center-1&pf_rd_t=501&ref_=amb_link_353005802_9

Elle and others, these rules also apply. Sorry for the ugly link I'm posting from my phone. I don't pretend to have read these carefully, but here they are.


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My understanding is, it is against Amazon TOC to use Affiliate codes anywhere but on the actual website with which you signed up as an Amazon Affiliate.

I could go looking at the TOC wording now, but honestly, this has been discussed over and over, so hoping that someone else posts the exact wording...

Believe me, I would love nothing more than to use my Affiliate codes anywhere and everywhere...

When I signed up for my AC, they asked wehre you will be using codes, I put my website, my twitter and my facebook.

So maybe that's what you mean? You have to add those sites as places you are going to use those codes on?

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I'm not sure they push the price for kindle books. I can't find a place to tick that off and I don't see them on your books either Elle. Maybe I'm missing something obvious?

No, you aren't missing anything!  I didn't even notice that.  But if they click on the Amazon buy button, they will definitely see it.  :)  I'm okay with prices missing, personally.

https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/associates/help/operating/participation?ie=UTF8&pf_rd_i=assoc_operating&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=&pf_rd_r=&pf_rd_s=assoc-center-1&pf_rd_t=501&ref_=amb_link_353005802_9

Elle and others, these rules also apply. Sorry for the ugly link I'm posting from my phone. I don't pretend to have read these carefully, but here they are.

Yes, I read through all the linked rules, that document being one of them. I still don't see the rule that you can't put affiliate links on FB pages there.  Do you?

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Be sure when you're building the store that you specifically select things from the Kindle store and that you check the boxes that allow you to show prices and reviews and stuff.  It's not the clearest store builder platform in the world, but you'll figure it out.

Nope, all I can do is add the book.  Maybe it's my popup and ad blockers messing things up.
I've just added the price it the "add text" box.

I also don't mind if prices don't show at all, but I do want to list the paperbacks and those do show up, so people might think the ebooks are the same price. Go figure :)
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