Affiliate Links Made Easy

Episode #6 in Gary’s “Top 10 Reasons for Article Rejection” video series!

Definition: Affiliate Marketing – An Internet-based marketing practice in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate’s marketing efforts.

In this video Gary helps take the mystery out of how to properly use affiliate links in your articles. He provides specific tips for affiliate marketers on correctly placing and formatting their links in accordance with the EzineArticles Editorial Guidelines.

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If you’re more of a reader than a viewer, here are the key points Gary makes in this video:

  • Affiliate links must be placed in the Resource Box
  • You, the author, must own the forwarding or redirecting URL
  • Links must be to the primary, or top-level, domain (ie:
  • These are unacceptable affiliate link formats:
  • Follow the EzineArticles Editorial Guidelines
  • Only write and submit high-quality, original content articles

To see all the videos in the “Top 10 Reasons for Article Rejection” series, surf over to our video archive page.

Were you once mystified by the affiliate marketing concept… or still are? You’re not alone! Share your question or comment with the rest of the EzineArticles community.




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Comment provided June 14, 2009 at 7:23 AM


Travis W. writes:

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That would happen on the first post I’ve ever commented on. I’m very new here and I just stated how grateful I am for all that you do here.

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Comment provided June 14, 2009 at 3:00 PM


Eslam Talaat writes:

Thank you Gerry , I have followed these tips and fortunately wrote an article about Classified ads and it was approved and published.
Thank you again.

Comment provided June 18, 2009 at 2:28 AM


James writes:

This is very confusing , the video says the redirection has to be from top level domain but there are articles which seems to have been published with complete affiliate urls for example I noticed it on Jan 13 , 2010

Get Boyfriends Back – Do it in Style and With Class
By George Tho

Link in resource box:

As per video only the top level domain should be allowed .

Can you please clarify .


Comment provided January 18, 2010 at 4:22 PM



You are right in how you understand the guideline for this. :)

I addressed this issue in particular.


Kerry Jarman writes:

Hi there, great post, thank you. Can I just clarify – I have a url that I own that redirects to a merchant page – – but I’ve had to amend this in the resource box having had an article rejected? Very keen to get this right!

Thanks ever so much, Kerry

Comment provided March 9, 2010 at 7:26 AM


Loren Woirhaye writes:

If this is the policy, why am I getting flack for not following it, when I follow it to the letter?

Comment provided March 26, 2010 at 10:07 PM



A team member from our Member Support team will be contacting you privately about the issue.


Gene Johnson writes:

These are unacceptable affiliate link formats:


So I cannot put my address in the resource box/ Here is my website:

Comment provided January 4, 2011 at 11:18 AM


Frederick James writes:

I am still slightly confused. This link was rejected even though I own the domain and the page (gift032710v1). There is no affiliate, distributor, or other third party relationship. Are you rejecting all links with the above format irrespective of having total ownership?

Comment provided March 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM


Frederick –

I’ve forwarded your question to our Member Support Team. They’ll be contacting you directly via email to help you resolve the issue.

– Marc


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