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How to Become an Amazon Affiliate in Colorado, California or Illinois

How to Become an Amazon Affiliate in Colorado, California or Illinois

Do you live in one of the ‘banned states’ where Amazon won’t let you become their affiliate? These currently include: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. It’s not your fault – you didn’t make the stupid tax law that tries to gather more sales tax revenue from online sales, but now you’re being punished. There is a ‘workaround’, if you will, that I found, and it seems to work.

What Not To Do

My first idea was to form a Nevada corporation. I would then register that entity as an Amazon affiliate, and that corporation would pay me as a shareholder.  But that w

ould not only add time, but cost several hundred dollars. Not to mention this process would add more red tape at tax season. This intimidates most affiliate marketers of the badlands to just forget about it and move on.  Then I found a secret weapon to use for my sites.

What TO DO

I found Viglink. To put it in simple terms, Viglink is a very large affiliate aggregator.  They’re not registered in one of the banned states, so they qualify for Amazon affiliate.  Also, due to their volume, they get the top 8.5% commission rate on all Amazon items. What they do is allow you and I to monetize our sites with their affiliate account, as kind of an ‘affiliate’s affiliate’. So you’re not actually an Amazon affiliat

 

e, but you’re kinda a contractor for Viglink.

You install a snippet of code on your site and from that point on, any links you post out from your site (that can be affiliated) will automatically convert to an affiliated link.  Have a WordPress site? It couldn’t be any easier.  Just install the plugin and add your Viglink key.  You can also set it to automatically add affiliated links to your pages.  For example, the application saw that I typed ‘Amazon’ on this page, but I didn’t create the link, Viglink did. This makes affiliating your pages much simpler- and automatic.

Viglink Dashboard

A quick snapshot of the Viglink Dashboard

The bonus, Viglink has thousands of merchants, not only Amazon! You don’t have to apply to dozens and dozens of affiliate programs, only to be rejected, then weed through the specific pages and products you want to link to.  Simply go to the page you want to link to, copy the URL, paste it into your site, then Viglink will automatically convert that link to an affiliate link.  Viglink takes 25% of whatever the affiliate program pays.  The good news for someone in an Amazon ‘banned state’ is even after their 25%, due to the fact they get the 8.5% tier, you actually get 6.4%, which is still more than most Amazon affiliates make at the bottom tiers.  So what are you waiting for? It’s a very simple workaround, and trust me, it will make your life easier.

Update (June 18, 2013)

On the morning of the 18th, we all got the following email from Viglink:

Hello,

We are reaching out to inform you that Amazon has requested we enforce their ineligible publisher policies on our network. Amazon’s Operating Agreement explicitly forbids publishers in North Carolina, Illinois, Colorado, Rhode Island, and Arkansas from participating in their affiliate program; as such, we’ve had to cease Amazon affiliation for your account.

We have recently announced a new product that may help you continue earning revenue from your Amazon links. You may have seen our announcement last week to launch what we call the Link Optimizer. This technology will be an optional feature that recognizes product links and can rewrite the link on the page to the same product sold by a different merchant. The ultimate goal of this product is to create a competitive market where your links always point to the merchant that will pay you the highest commission; at the moment, it primarily redirects Amazon links, making it the best solution possible to their policy and an opportunity to continue earning from your Amazon links.

If you’re interested in giving this a shot, you can join the Beta waitlist here. Please let us know if you have any questions, and we’ll let you know if anything changes as far as Amazon affiliation. Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely,

VigLink Customer Success

So it appears the solution we’ve been using the last year is currently not going to work anymore. So I’m actually doing some research and contacting Viglink as well as competitors of Viglink, and other affiliate marketers to collaborate on getting a new solution. Please follow me on Twitter because as soon as I’ve had time to research this issue further and offer a 2.0 version of this solution, I will post a blog and tweet that post. Hang in there guys it’s not over yet.

Update (September 16, 2014)

To those still looking for a solution to the problem this post addresses – You’re not forgotten. Unfortunately the few solutions I was exploring never panned out, however I have one other lead I’m chasing down and will report back as soon as I have more info. If you don’t follow me on Twitter, feel free to do so for quicker updates.

Update (May 11, 2015)

It never ceases to amaze me how much attention this post gets, but it proves that this is a major issue. At this point, I have come to a dead end with this, although there were a few leads I was chasing, they really just cut Amazon out of the mix and monetize the links into affiliate programs of non-Amazon sites that compete in price and value. But those don’t offer the same brand power Amazon comes with (ie. people want to order more than what they saw on your site, and use their Prime, for example – Those people won’t use another site, no matter how reputable).

The current path seems to be to have an address in another state, so that you can have a business presence there. The question now becomes: How can this be done feasibly and affordably, without creating a logistical nightmare. I’m open to any feedback on this. If you have any leads on a solution, please reach out to me on Twitter and I will post any updates I have here.

Please comment and rate my post!

Written by: Kyle Marvin

Kyle is a digital marketing consultant with 12+ years experience in SEO, social media and paid traffic. He currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife and three kids. Kyle consults small and medium sized businesses with their digital marketing needs and is the Digital Marketing Manager of RapidVisa, Inc. Reach out to Kyle on Twitter.

115 Comments
  • Hal
    Reply

    Thank you a lot for sharing this with all people you actually understand what you’re speaking about! Bookmarked.

    June 7, 2012 at 9:12 am
  • Hey, thanks for this great info. I signed up with VigLink through your blog. Can’t wait the start using it.

    July 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm
  • Levi Painter
    Reply

    Thank you for your post. I have been looking for a solution and this seems to be it. However, there one thing related to this topic that I cannot figure out. If you are affiliated with Viglink are you still able to use amazon plugins on wordpress?

    September 17, 2012 at 1:38 am
  • Mario
    Reply

    Thank you very much Kyle Marvin as this something that I have been looking around for months.

    October 5, 2012 at 2:08 am
  • Jon
    Reply

    HI Kyle:
    I live in Colorado, and what a pain to try to get Colorado to reverse the House Bill passed in March 2010 taxing products on the internet, which led to Amazon banning Associate Accounts here in Colorado.

    My questions are below this: When you say to do this: You install a snippet of code on your site and from that point on, any links you post out from your site (that can be affiliated) will automatically convert to an affiliated link. Have a WordPress site? It couldn’t be any easier. Just install the plugin and add your Viglink key. You can also set it to automatically add affiliated links to your pages. For example, the application saw that I typed ‘Amazon’ on this page, but I didn’t create the link, Viglink did. This makes affiliating your pages much simpler- and automatic.

    Question 1. What do you mean by Just install the plugin and add your Viglink key?

    Question 2. And where do I get the VigLink Key??
    After signing up through your Site or blog at http://www.kylemarvin.com/how-to-become-an-amazon-affiliate-in-colorado-california-or-illinois/, I did get the snippet of code from VigLink.
    Question 3. Is that the same Snippet of Code to Copy and Paste on all sites, whether they be WordPress Blogs, or Regular html Pages created in an HTML Editor, like Adobe Dreamweaver 6?

    November 17, 2012 at 4:58 am
      • Jon
        Reply

        HI Kyle: Thank you for the prompt reply. I appreciate it.

        Jon Lutz
        Promoter Power LLC

        November 19, 2012 at 5:50 pm
  • sandy
    Reply

    if i have a residence in wisconsin – is there a way around this law?

    December 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm
  • I signed up with viglink from your affiliate link. Thanks for the info. I’ve placed a couple of orders from Amazon from viglink, but I don’t see the commission. The viglink dashboard does show # of clicks, but no commission yet.

    January 2, 2013 at 7:10 pm
  • Ted Clayton
    Reply

    Scott,
    Does the Vigilink dashboard show your commissions?

    January 5, 2013 at 4:29 pm
  • Kyle,

    Thanks for checking back with me. Yes, Viglink missed my Amazon conversions and they did reconcile with me. They explained that they have a limited Amazon Affiliate Click IDs, and there are times when the Amazon conversions will be missed and they will be thrown into a bucket.

    I have a few conversions since so this is a good addition to my passive income stream. Once again, thanks for sharing good tips with me.

    Scott

    January 24, 2013 at 11:17 pm
  • Thanks Kyle, I came to your blog thru the Warrior Forum, Coolice HarwareClone offer.
    Your info about Viglink Network is much appreciated and useful for me as Amazon affiliate here in California, and other States, with similar Internet Tax Laws.
    The nice thing about VigLink, not only it solves the Amazon affiliate problem, but it also includes eBay and many other major and well known merchants. It is a time saver !
    I’ll be using its WordPress plugin to build Amazon and eBay niche sites.
    Thanks again.

    February 24, 2013 at 7:12 am
  • Thanks, Kyle!! As a Colorado native, this is great news.

    Also, you should be glad to know that if you were to Google “amazon affiliate colorado,” your post is #2, right behind the official amazon page. You are doing it right.

    February 25, 2013 at 1:07 pm
  • Kyle, this was a terrific solution to the Banned Amazon States problem. I have been really frustrated by the ban and not sure what to do. I bought a Kindle recently and got caught up in the Amazon Prime fever – and have started to use Amazon a lot personally – and wanted to use their stuff on my sites.

    I’ll sign up for the affiliate account as suggested. Glad to meet you fellow Coloradoan. I’m on my way to Ukraine again for a few months – but the blog liveth and Ill tell others.

    Also, I hit you on all the social media links from FB to LinkedIn post. Best wishes.

    February 26, 2013 at 6:58 am
  • Does VIGLink via Amazon payout for automotive products? I didn’t see that on the VIGLink site…

    Thanks

    March 11, 2013 at 4:22 pm
  • Hello Kyle,

    My name is Jimmy and I currently reside in the western suburbs of Chicago. I’m mentioning this because I went to both high school & college in Colorado during the early to mid 80’s. High school was in the Cherry Creek District and college up in Ft Collins. I miss it quite a lot so when I see someone like yourself living out there I mention all of this so that you will eventually feel compelled to invite me out for a visit! lol

    The real reason for my commenting on your post is that I wanted you to know that I think your idea is absolutely brilliant! When all of this first happened it immediately cost me over $1500-$1800 per month! I wasn’t too thrilled about the change. My lawyer set up an LLC for me in Nevada and I have used that for all Amazon related activity since then. As you mentioned, this is a possible remedy, but it is somewhat complicated and expensive and most importantly, if you are not diligent with keeping records you could end up easily qualifying for a free visit from a friendly IRS agent. That’s always a real treat.

    Your solution on the other hand is so simple and easy to implement that it should immediately open the doors back up for everyone who wanted to sell on Amazon but thought they had been shut down forever. Great job. Keep up the good work. This is another excellent example of how truly powerful information can be. I feel blessed whenever I have an opportunity to give back and help other people to discover a much better way to live by working for themselves and creating multiple streams of income. I hope we have a chance to talk someday soon. Thanks!

    Take care & God Bless.

    James Stanitz

    March 22, 2013 at 8:32 am
  • SO happy to find this! I’m here in Colorado, and growing a blog. I’ve wanted to send bizness to Amazon (and collect affiliate checks too, not gonna lie) but I thought it was bookoo unfair that I couldn’t do it as a Colorado resident. Going to vigilink right now… Thanks for posting this info. Permission to quote you and repost this info on my blog as well? Thanks Kyle.

    Keep Stepping,

    Kurt

    May 1, 2013 at 5:10 pm
  • bill
    Reply

    I’m new to all of this. I have a blog on blogger and have installed the viglink. I have also followed the steps of adding the url links. Am I supposed to hit publish or save after that. I did hit save but what happens now? In other words, are these links supposed to be shown on my page? Guess I’m confused as I thought a link is supposed to appear somewhere for a reader to click. Help…..

    May 9, 2013 at 5:45 am
  • bill
    Reply

    Here is an update. I have some links that I placed in my blog and they are showing up. When the link is clicked the reader is taken to the website (amazon, macy’s, etc.) Here’s my main question; do i need to sign up with any of these affiliate programs or is viglink going to do it for me? Thanks for any help you can provide.

    May 10, 2013 at 3:07 am
  • Thanks for sharing this. Hopefully Amazon will let up on some more states as it did with California recently.

    May 15, 2013 at 2:36 pm
  • William Frederickson
    Reply

    How do I deal with the software I will be installing that needs to get to Amazon with out the three codes Amazon requires? Do I get them from Viglink?

    May 26, 2013 at 3:17 am
  • how cool is that new there had to be a way thanks
    A grateful Colorado Resident

    June 7, 2013 at 7:39 pm
  • Jim
    Reply

    Kyle,

    I live in a state where amazon does not allow affiliates as you indicated.I recently purchased a wordpress theme that pulls products from amazon, ebay, etc. When setting up this site, it ask for an Amazon ID. Will Viglink work for me in this type scenario and if so where do I obtain the amazon ID?

    thanks,

    Jim

    June 8, 2013 at 8:05 am
  • Vea
    Reply

    Thanks for providing this insight, and coupled with all the additional comments, I feel like I know exactly what to do, understand how it will work.. and I haven’t even been to the affiliate site yet.. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

    June 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm
  • So did you get the nasty-gram from Viglink this morning? Sounds like Amazon has thrown their weight around and Viglink is no longer offering the Amazon affiliate services to those of us living in Colorado (and other states…).

    I’ve considered getting a mailbox in another state (I know there are services that offer this), but I’m unsure as to the legality of this. If you have any brilliant ideas, I’m all ears!

    June 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm
    • I’d like to know the answer to the mailbox question too. I’m in North Carolina and I got Viglink’s email regarding Amazon pulling out as well.
      Would a mailbox in let’s say South Carolina work or an LLC formed in another state?
      Even though I live only a few miles from South Carolina, I don’t necessarily want to move just to get back into Amazon’s Affiliate Program.

      What’s the backup plan, Kyle?

      June 21, 2013 at 9:11 pm
      • Thanks, Kyle. I was afraid you got the letter and ran for the hills…

        If it’s any help to you, I’ve checked with Skimlinks. They said the same as Viglink. And as far as mail goes, I’m leaning toward Virtual Post Mail. You can get a box for as low as $10 a month. As I understand it, it would require some taxes to be paid in California for commissions paid, but that’s no problem since it is after the fact.

        Anyway, I look forward to whatever you come up with.

        June 22, 2013 at 3:48 am
        • Thanks Ryan and Kyle.
          Yeah, Skimlinks would have been my back up, but since Ryan already checked, this plan fell through, too.
          I read in Pat Flynn’s article “Alternatives for Amazon Affiliates – Life After the Tax Bill” a comment, that “according to 4 different attorneys, the only way to legally get back to being affiliated with Amazon again is to move out of state.”
          This comment was from 2011, but I doubt anything has changed.

          June 24, 2013 at 2:47 pm
  • Bob
    Reply

    Your information is great thanks for providing a simple solution.My question
    is if I create an ebook, will I be able to use Viglink to sell the book on Amazon.
    Thanks
    Bob

    June 24, 2013 at 3:10 pm
    • Bob, with Viglink you can only sell what’s already on Amazon. It’s a tool to earn commissions off of other people’s products. You would have to get your ebook to be listed at Amazon first, before you could start referring to it through Viglink.
      Hope that helps.
      Dan

      June 25, 2013 at 4:37 pm
  • Anaa
    Reply

    I live in an allowed state, but I use to live in Arkansas, and therefore my business still operates in Arkansas. Is my amazon account banned now? Should I move my business to the state I reside in now?

    Thank you,

    June 25, 2013 at 2:42 pm
  • i dont get it…why are they doing this to illinois…someone needs to show amazon this:

    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120425/NEWS02/120429861/judge-strikes-down-illinois-amazon-tax

    June 27, 2013 at 2:50 am
  • Thanks for this page. I eagerly wait the solution for the banned states solution! I’m just getting some websites together and am trying to add recommended reading, and wanted to monetize what I could off of it! Seems like residents of Illinois are always getting screwed out of money and that they don’t want us to make money.

    June 30, 2013 at 11:10 pm
  • Appreciate this article. Am now following you on Twitter. People like you make my life easier and my learning curve shorter. Thanks!

    July 1, 2013 at 8:26 pm
  • This was excellent! Thank you much.

    Question: I bought my website from someone. They had the Amazon Affiliate set up, but I live in Illinois, and of course can’t use that. I set up Viglink (I have WordPress). Do I have to make sure the Amazon Affliliate is canceled from the person I bought it from or does Viglink trump the existing Amazon Affiliate so that I will be getting credit….

    July 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm
  • Jeremy
    Reply

    Bob, I live in Colorado and just learned of the Amazon blacklisted states. I’m not slow, just new to the affiliate marketing world. REALLY NEW!! I was so disappointed to learn I’m ineligible simply because I live in Colorado. I’m wondering, does that LLC option that you initially suggested “not to do” look a lot better now? I’m thinking of going that route but I don’t know which state would be the smartest to go with. Any recommendations?
    Thanks.

    July 24, 2013 at 6:36 pm
  • Dan
    Reply

    I jumped for joy! Then I cried a little. I thought you had figured out a way for me to monetize my blog here in Colorado until I got to the “update.” : ( So sad. I will try to keep an eye on you and hope you find a new solution soon. Thanks!

    August 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm
  • champ007
    Reply

    I’m from the Philippines can I use Viglink to sell amazon products since our country is not yet cover by Amazon affiliate program,thanks in advance,God bless.

    August 12, 2013 at 10:07 am
  • Hello all, I am a new refugee from Missouri which has joined the list of ineligible for AA. Any advice for someone with 4 sites. D-Day is August 28, then they pull the plug.

    August 17, 2013 at 10:29 pm
  • jan
    Reply

    So, we can sell a book we write on Amazon — and get paid a percentage of the price they collect? But we can’t act as an affiliate — even for our own book. Is that correct?

    August 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm
  • Wayneious
    Reply

    Thanks for the snippet of information. trying to put together little streams all the time and this with other information will make the journey far better and faster.

    August 21, 2013 at 3:40 am
  • Kyle, thanks for the good info on Viglink. I’ve only been using them since May but I’m disappointed that VigLink no longer works for affiliates in states impacted by the tax laws. I live in one of those states (Arkansas), if you hear of any alternatives to VigLink please post it on your site or Twitter. I was just reading about SkimLinks.com today but I have not used it but read it supposed to still work for Amazon in banned states.

    August 26, 2013 at 7:27 pm
  • I ran into this doing something else and I’m on it like stank on bad breath! Man thanks for sharing this vital information! I live in North Carolina and this has got my mind rethinking now! Thanks, will keep in touch.

    September 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm
  • Very helpful. Would love to be kept informed. Am new to I-marketing and sales.

    September 5, 2013 at 1:37 am
  • Kerah6
    Reply

    You, sir, are a genius! I wish I had found your post before Amazon put at an end to it, but what an awesome secret weapon.

    September 5, 2013 at 8:03 am
  • AjiaJinn
    Reply

    Darn Illinois! I hope we can get be a part of Amazon Affiliates with Viglink or something like them again.

    September 5, 2013 at 8:26 am
  • Bill
    Reply

    Looking at Covert Store Builder and Fresh Store Builder 4.0. Does anyone know if these get around the Amazon problems in Illinois?

    September 5, 2013 at 7:52 pm
  • Thanks for this write up and June update Kyle! Just yesterday, Michigan politicians voted to pass a similar law to the laws in the current banned states. I am very fearful that my life as an Amazon Associate is about to be ended as a result :( This really frustrates me because I’ve been working really hard for the past few weeks on a site that was intended to be monetized soley by selling Amazon products. I still have hope. It hasn’t happened yet – but it sure looks like it’s heading in that direction.

    My other hope is that as this happens in more and more states that maybe Amazon will re-think their policies and just submit to all the stupid state laws and open their affiliate program back up to everybody.

    Adding you on G+ and Twitter – hopefully I’ll see an update if you come across another workaround (if I’ll need it)

    September 12, 2013 at 10:33 am
  • an
    Reply

    Hi Kyle Marvin,

    Thank for your post, may i ask you this question?
    How long you waited to see your link be affiliated with viglink tag, and what i need to do to find my viglink tag??

    I installed viglink code to my wordpress site and see some words like amazon, ebay were linked by viglink, but when i click to aff link (http://www.amazon.com/dp/asin?tag=mytag-20), it didn’t change my amazon tag (mytag-20) to viglink tag (viglink-20).

    Follow this link : http://support.viglink.com/entries/20318878-How-do-I-know-if-the-VigLink-code-is-installed-properly-

    it said : ” If you think you have VigLink installed correctly but the install checker is not confirming it, you can always build a link to Amazon.com and see if a Viglink tag (e.g., “tag=vig-20″) is appended to the URL after you click through that link to Amazon.com. If it is, you are good to go!”

    Thank for your helps

    September 19, 2013 at 7:49 am
  • OK this might be a stupid question, but how does Amazon actually know what state you’re in? And say I am in a banned state, is it not possible to set up an account through someone I know who lives in MA for instance or some other pemitted state?

    September 24, 2013 at 5:23 pm
  • I have family that moved to Illinois and can no longer do Amazon Affiliate. I’m going to be sharing your post with them. Thank you!!!

    November 3, 2013 at 2:59 am
  • Hey Kyle, thanks for this awesome article!

    Too bad Amazon cracked down again..

    Did you find any new solution in 2013?

    Would so appreciate hearing back!

    Thank you :-)

    November 17, 2013 at 1:57 am
  • http://www.viglink.com/blog/2013/10/18/illinois-nexus-unconstitutional/

    I hope this help you guys out in Colorado soon.

    November 25, 2013 at 12:42 am
  • Hi Kyle Marvin,i am Bangladeshi,Have any opportunity to affiliate for me?Are help me,I want to get start affiliate program ,have any source for me?

    December 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm
  • Hi!
    Thanks for this article. Not sure why Amazon has blocked some of us from there affiliate program, but are there other good programs out there I should look at? Also, do you think that Viglink is still worth doing, despite the Amazon issue?
    Thanks,
    Angela

    December 16, 2013 at 6:11 pm
  • Thanks for trying on this, I have been trying to find a way for my site to be an Amazon affiliate for a while and still can’t. Hoping for a solution soon.

    January 10, 2014 at 7:16 pm
  • Sally
    Reply

    I’m in Colorado and used Skimlinks starting in 2012 (because of the laws – it *was* a workaround) – and then a few months ago, Skimlinks seems to have been told by Amazon to crack down on those of us in Socialist Colorado and terminate our ability to make $$.

    Just to be clear… it’s *not* Amazon causing this… it’s the &%^$#$@ Democrats that are all for people *not* making money but taxing them to death. The internet tax has been deemed unconstitutional here by a court, but until the time for appeal runs out, (and I don’t remember when that is supposed to happen), Amazon really doesn’t have a choice.

    At least California repealed their law and people could get back to work with Amazon.

    It’s long an complicated.. but here in Colorado, our &%*$ing Democrats were told (if they passed the law) that Amazon would terminate affiliate agreements. Dems have no problem with people losing jobs. Moreoever, the Republicans (too bad they were in the minority), tried to make the point the law was unconstitutional – which was affirmed in court.

    None of this stops the Dems from trying to slam more taxes which in turn hurts small business/independent people.

    I hope our host allows this post to stand on his blog.

    January 16, 2014 at 2:27 pm
  • Kyle, Amazon announced that they will start collecting sales tax from NC residents beginning Feb. 1, 2014.
    North Carolina is one of the “banned states” when it comes to affiliate commissions. Does this new announcement mean, that Amazon will start paying affiliates again in NC??

    January 20, 2014 at 3:53 pm
    • Macky Kyle
      Reply

      Hi Dan, I am from North Carolina and just chatted with Amazon and they are still not going to reinstate NC affiliates because of existing legislation. It is maddening to be caught in this battle!

      Macky

      January 23, 2014 at 7:50 pm
  • Great post. Too bad the work around stopped working.

    Where in CO do you live. I’m in Denver and would love connecting with a fellow internet marketer nearby.

    January 22, 2014 at 3:27 pm
  • @Dan and any one else interested, I contacted Amazon asking if they would be reinstating the affiliate program in North Carolina and got an expected answer:

    “I cant offer any specific information at this time concerning the reopening of the Program to North Carolina residents.
    We will be sure to notify you if we do decide to reopen the program to North Carolina residents”

    Let’s hope Amazon is done with this craziness and starts allowing us again as affiliates.

    January 22, 2014 at 9:53 pm
  • Hey Kyle, curious if there is an update yet. Found your article pretty fascinating and I’m definitely interested in learning more.

    January 31, 2014 at 1:34 pm
  • Amazon recently announced that they will start collecting North Carolina sales taxes for items purchased from them, but they still have us blocked.

    February 5, 2014 at 12:03 am
    • Alford Elliott
      Reply

      Illinois just lifted the banned so people in Chicago Illinois can be amazon affiliate again

      February 23, 2014 at 4:43 pm
  • Alford Elliott
    Reply

    I heard that they reinstated the affiliate program in Illinois so marketers in Chicago Illinois can become Amazon affiliates again

    February 23, 2014 at 9:29 am
  • Hi Kyle, thank you for the information. I too am in Colorado and am hoping we can get affiliate links back again soon. I am following your blog and hope you get some good news soon.

    February 24, 2014 at 7:38 pm
  • Hey Sally, It’s not just the Democrats. I live in Maine and we have a self proclaimed “Hard Core” Republican as a governor who loved passing this law to “Make it fair for the small businesses in Maine who compete with the internet.” It’s still a joke. But not just by the Democrats.

    February 25, 2014 at 1:26 pm
  • OMG you’ve saved my life and so much time and effort, I can finally put back my psychic store section! TYTYTYTYTY!!!!!!

    May 12, 2014 at 11:23 pm
  • Hi there, thanks for this article and your continuing efforts to find a work-around. I too live in Colorado and it’s quite maddening that this has been going on for several years now.

    My parents live in Florida and I have considering asking them to set up an account for me but then I am afraid of the complications when it comes to taxes. Has anyone done this or considered doing this by chance?

    May 19, 2014 at 7:43 pm
  • So this actually does not work because they check to see where you are from and if you are from those States that can not be apart of Amazon affiliate they wont let you be apart of it still. So this is a no go!

    June 8, 2014 at 12:32 am
  • Josh
    Reply

    Anyone know if North Carolina will be reinstated into the Amazon Associates program now that they’ve been collecting sales tax for 4+ months?

    June 11, 2014 at 3:20 am
  • YESSS!!!!! North Carolinians can be Amazon Affiliates again!!!!! I just signed up :)
    Residents of Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, or Rhode Island are still not eligible to participate in the Associates program.

    June 16, 2014 at 12:30 am
  • I wonder if Colorado will ever be accepted again. I have not heard the subject brought up in a long time. I will stay tuned here for updates.

    July 4, 2014 at 3:56 am
  • Aaron
    Reply

    This seems to be the most active area on the internet for updates on Colorado’s ongoing amazonian fiasco. Any updates Kyle? Or anyone? Looks like some states are coming to their senses and allowing affiliates again. Please Colorado, do the same!

    September 3, 2014 at 3:48 pm
  • Just discovering this and I’m so sad! I’m in Colorado as well :( What a bummer to not be able to access that affiliate program!

    September 9, 2014 at 5:23 pm
  • I live in Hawai’i and was researching for a friend who lives in Colorado. It would appear to me that Viglink would be beneficial to someone like me as I would be getting the higher rate as opposed to my meager 4%. Thanks for the info and I’m hoping that something comes up for my friend as well. Actually I’m wondering if you know. I actually own his URL and I created his webpage. He does a lot of updates on it with blogging activities. If I add in my affiliate links and collect the money and then split it with him, would that go against the policies of Amazon? Anyone know?
    Thanks, Deanna

    September 23, 2014 at 8:24 pm
  • Anon Girl
    Reply

    If you go to an out-of-state school, you can use your address there. After all, it’s where I live! 😉

    September 28, 2014 at 9:58 pm
  • John Keller
    Reply

    I, too, am a resident of Colorado and looking forward to the day when we will be able to participate in Amazon’s affiliate marketing programs!

    October 9, 2014 at 11:14 pm
  • Ali
    Reply

    I’m following along on this post. I’m from Missouri and am losing literally thousands of dollars that I used to be earning from Amazon affiliates each month. Hoping that if you find an answer for CO that it will work for MO too! Thanks for your work on this.

    October 13, 2014 at 5:36 pm
  • John Boy
    Reply

    I too live in Northern CO and I was just signing up to become an affiliate and WAM!! Stopped dead in my signup tracks. CO HB 10-1193. So I started researching and researching and have not heard of any changes.
    Kyle and anyone else does this mean I cannot sell anything on Amazon or become an FBA or is just limited to being an Amazon affiliate?
    Also since I live 35-40 miles from Wyoming could I not become an LLC in WY. Pros and Cons anyone.

    Thanks
    John
    Boy
    By the way excellent!!! information on this blog

    October 26, 2014 at 7:37 pm
  • I’m in Arkansas and checking in to see if there are any new work-arounds this crazy law. I have drupal site do you know if viglink works with drupal? I can sell a lot of my stuff through scholastic instead of amazon do you know if viglink will be good for this? Any word about the ‘link optimizer’ viglink mentioned?

    thanks for helping with this

    November 11, 2014 at 2:51 pm
  • Nate
    Reply

    Great work and thanks for trying! Very bummed! – Nate in Denver

    November 19, 2014 at 8:51 am
  • Anyone heard any updates from Colorado?

    December 20, 2014 at 6:11 am
  • John
    Reply

    Has anyone in Colorado thought about incorporating in Wyoming?
    From this article it seems better than Nevada.
    http://www.myllc.com/which-state-to-form-llc.aspx
    Wyoming – A Hidden Jewel…
    Wyoming is most famous for its national parks, geysers, expansive prairies and cheap land, but this state is always ready to lead the pack when it comes to business issues. It’s a wonder that it hasn’t exploded yet, but just wait…it will happen. Wyoming is also a tax haven and has many of the same benefits that Nevada has – including no business or franchise taxes of any sort. Officers are also allowed to maintain their privacy and remain anonymous. What’s more, with an annual renewal fee of $52 and Nevada’s recent imposed business license fee, I expect to see many new start-ups in Wyoming!

    But there’s more! One of the advantages that Wyoming offers that Nevada doesn’t is that it allows for what is called a “lifetime proxy.” A proxy is someone that you elect to vote on your behalf. This opens the door to a common asset protection strategy in which you can hide your identity by having someone else hold your stock (or membership shares) while you still control the vote by having a “lifetime proxy” over them.

    Wyoming isn’t as popular as Nevada and I am not certain for the exact reason; however I have a sneaking suspicion that Las Vegas, “The Entertainment Capital of the World” has something to do with it. Wyoming may not be the most glamorous place in the states to domicile your corporation or LLC, however don’t underestimate it as a tax haven. The Wyoming state government is working very hard to push Wyoming into the position of being the most business friendly state in the union. They are pioneers in the truest sense of the word. After all, they were the first state to adopt and legalize what we now know as the Limited Liability Company!

    January 4, 2015 at 10:57 pm
  • It sucks that greedy lawmakers, who can’t take enough of people’s money, passed such laws in the first place. All these bozos did was hurt the people they supposedly “care” about, you know, the common, everyday person. Of course these smeghead, “caring” politicians will try to shift the blame to Amazon, but the root cause was them, and they know it. So the greedy politicians pass their Amazon tax law, they still collect no tax, AND they aren’t getting the income tax that people like myself reported on Amazon earnings.

    Fortunately, I see that the legal proceedings are still going on, and that as of March 2015, things are looking a bit better to have the Colorado law overturned. http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_27636421/supreme-court-kicks-colorado-online-tax-case-federal?source=pkg

    May 3, 2015 at 12:51 am
  • Hey Kyle thanks for this explanation about Viglinks, seems I had looked at it before then held back and was trying to remember why I did so. Using Viglinks is against their policy for those who live in states hit by Nexus. Just explored there a bit and found this info about Nexus Laws and states hit by them:
    “Can everyone affiliate with Amazon and eBay through VigLink?
    All sites are evaluated individually before we assign them a unique tracking ID for Amazon and eBay affiliation. In general, these sites need to have original content and be updated regularly, and for Amazon affiliation, you can’t be located in states restricted due to Nexus Tax laws (these currently include Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Missouri, Rhode Island, or Vermont). We go through every new site sending clicks to these sites daily.

    Here’s the link:
    http://support.viglink.com/entries/23754557-Can-everyone-affiliate-with-Amazon-and-eBay-through-VigLink-

    May 20, 2015 at 4:36 pm

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