How to Share Amazon Affiliate Links on Facebook and Twitter

Updated April 29, 2016

If you want to share Amazon affiliate links on Facebook and Twitter, you can do so easily easily with just a few clicks. Of course, don’t forget to disclose properly and on Facebook, don’t forget to tag! (More on that below.)

Not sure what an affiliate link is?

It’s one of the ways bloggers make money. For more, read my post, Affiliate Marketing: The Ultimate (Free) Guide

How to share Amazon affiliate links on Facebook & Twitter

1. Make sure you’re logged in to Amazon Associates. (You can sign up for the Amazon Associates program here, if eligible.)

2. Go to the product page of the item you want to share on Amazon like I did below for my ebook, Tell Your Time (affiliate link). At the top, you’ll see a gray-ish bar called the SiteStripe.

If you don’t see the SiteStripe, visit your settings here.

3. To share quickly on Facebook or Twitter, simply click the appropriate logo. You’ll get the standard sharing window for Facebook or Twitter. The Twitter share box is pretty straightforward. For Facebook, make sure you specify if you want to share it on your Page or on your personal Profile (if you choose Page, make sure to indicate the correct Page):

4. Type any commentary. Also add indication that it’s an affiliate link, according to FTC regulations. I explain those here.

5. Share!

Update: Can I share affiliate links on Facebook?

This is a question asked often, especially since the changes in Facebook’s Branded Content policy as of April 2016.

I contacted Facebook directly on April 29, 2016.

Here are the questions I asked in the conversation. I took these snippets from screenshots of our chat. (I did remove inconsequential chit chat like “Wow, there’s a lot of crazy information floating around out there among bloggers who want to post affiliate links on their Pages!”)

Q: I have an unverified Page…Can I paste an Amazon affiliate link into a post on my Page?

A: Yes.

Q: So using Amazon’s Site Stripe to grab my affiliate link to use in my Page posts (with proper disclosure, of course) does not go against FB’s new Branded Content policy?

A: No, it does not. Branded Content would be like trying to sell a Starbuck’s Gift Card, that would be against our Policy, because the item belongs to Starbucks, and another person or company is trying to sell their product/brand.

Q: Sure, but just to be clear, it’s OK to use my affiliate links (Amazon or otherwise) in my posts. I just have to have (a) proper disclosure and (b) I must tag the company? Is that correct?

A: Correct!

Q: Is it OK if I share our conversation with my readers?

A: That’s fine, I can send you a copy of our Chat within the email as well!

Update 2: Waiting on more specific answers from Facebook

I have contacted Facebook once more after hearing more questions. I will update again when I hear back. These are the questions I asked in my email:

Q: Can I post sponsored content on my Page? If so, what do I need to include with it (disclosure, tag, etc.)?

Q: Can I link to sponsored content on my blog? If so, what do I need to include with it (disclosure, tag, etc.)?

Q: Do I need to worry about getting verified if I want to use Facebook to share sponsored content?

On May 1, I received a reply. Unfortunately, the questions were not clearly answered so I contacted them again via Live Chat and I re-asked the questions above. I did my best to get direct answers but again, it seems even internally, the policies are not 100% clear with regards to these circumstances.

This time, I was asked not to share the contents of my chat as a chat is considered private and for personal use only. So, to keep on this side of the law, LOL, I won’t share the transcript of the chat. Instead, I will share with you what I’m going to do as a result of my chat.

  • I will not post sponsored content directly on my Page as my Page is not verified with a blue badge.
  • If I publish a post on my own site and that features 3rd-party content (i.e. review, giveaway, sponsored post), I will share that link on my Facebook Page very carefully and sparingly. I will watch to see if that post gets flagged by the Policy Team as being against the TOS.
  • If such a Facebook Page post does get flagged, I will consider appealing the decision.
  • I might consider changing my Page’s category to see if that might help my Page get verified. To do this click the “About” tab on your Page. Hover over the “Category” line under “Page Info.” Click “Edit.” Choose the appropriate category.

Next, boost your affiliate sales

Check out my top affiliate marketing tips for more ideas. And if you’re new to affiliate marketing, don’t forget to read affiliate marketing basics.

Sometimes I share affiliate tips in the Useletter too, like in this issue (see #1). Don’t forget to subscribe to the Useletter if haven’t done so already because I share many more tips as well!

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44 thoughts on “How to Share Amazon Affiliate Links on Facebook and Twitter”

  1. Hi there, I was wondering – if I use the Facebook share button – will my merchant ID automatically be included in the code? Is there a way to test this? Thanks

  2. Hi Amy,
    Helpful post! Can you post any direct affiliate link on a Facebook fan page?
    Thanks for your help!

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  5. from the amazon aff policy, most of users worried about account spam, and many of us do not know the key point. could you please give some examples for me. Thank you!

  6. Hi Amy and thank you for the great info on posting affiliate links to twitter/facebook.

    I am trying to do the same thing but I cannot figure out how to put a link to my blogs disclaimer like you did. Basically I want to add sort of the same thing like:

    *There are affiliate links in this post.

    And I’d like the words affiliate links to be a link to my disclaimer page so how in the world do I add that to twitter? I’m fairly new to twitter and I don’t want to just add a huge link on the end to my site’s disclaimer page but I cannot figure how to turn a link into a word for twitter.

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  9. Hi Amy,

    I have managed to get a Link from my Amazon Affiliate associates page, But when i go onto my facebook page and click onto the link it brings me back to my Amazon page (Signed in). If someone else clicks on the link will it open them up there owe Amazon page but have my HTML info in the to get the % commison on sale ??

    Hope this question makes sense, Sorry new to all this affiliates.

    Regards, Paul

    1. If you used the Facebook link in your Associates bar, your affiliate link is embedded so when someone clicks on it, they will be taken to the product page on Amazon but your link is in there. I hope that makes sense!

  10. Great tips. I am wondering the following:

    1) can one add an image as with any other FB post?

    2) can one can use the FB post with the affiliate link as a promoted post targeted to specific keywords.

    Thanks in advance for your brilliance.

  11. Hi I was wanting to make sure when you share the link is your affiliate link from amazon already in there or do you need to add it to the link of the product?

  12. Hi Amy, Thanks for the tip. I wanted to share a book on Facebook but when I sign in to my affiliate page I do not get that grey bar or the FB/Twitter options you show. I get a page with Links & Banners, Widget, aStore etc. Do you know how I get to the page you show?

  13. I usually use robot or another plugin to generate the content of the site amazon. This was new to me, and worth a try his luck for me. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Thanks for the great information, I had never thought we can share the amazon affiliate link to Facebook. Thanks !

  15. I am pretty sure Facebook is now removing our affiliate codes from the links now and adding their own in this syntax (/ref=tsm_1_fb_lk). Try posting one of yours and see if you ge the same results. I just noticed this today. I tired using to shorten it to an amzn short think with the same results.

  16. Hey,
    Thanks a lot for the superb tutorial on how to put affiliate link on facebook,this helps me a lot. previously i was editing the url and pasting the affiliate link and then posting on facebook. You made my work so easy thanks for sharing superb article with superb tutorial 🙂

  17. Kristin Granger

    G’day Amy,
    I’m in the fledgeling stage of building a website/blog with wordpress but have not yet published it. I also have a facebook inspiration page which is about 4 months young that is fast approaching 4000 fans… is it possible to affiliate link to a facebook page if you dont have a webpage ??
    cheers, Kristin

  18. Now this is an area I haven’t considered before. To take it a step further you could use ‘genesis simple urls’ plugin to track and mask the affiliate urls. Thanks for the tips Amy!

  19. I just used this information to post a link. It’s just so fun to learn these little tricks and you do have a way of making much of it easy for my brain to grasp. 🙂

  20. Amy, what I’m trying to figure out is how to get the Amazon product image from a blog post to show up as a thumbnail when I share that post on Facebook. For instance, I recommend lots of books on my blog. I use the Amazon Affiliate images of those books in my post. When I share the post on FB, the book images do not show up as a thumbnail option. So, in a post where my only images are those of books (from Amazon), the only thumbnail option I have for sharing on FB is my lovely, smiling face. 🙂 I don’t want to use my face as the thumbnail, but I don’t want to share a post without a pic. Am I missing something really obvious here?

    Here’s an example of a post I just wrote today, with the image of a book as the only pic. I want to share this post on FB, with the book image as the thumbnail image.

    1. When you use the sharing links, as described in the post, doesn’t it show up with the thumbnail in FB?

      1. Well, I think what you’re describing in this post is different from what I want to do. I could share photos to FB by starting on Amazon (as described above). But what I want to do is share my own blog post that contains AA images. I don’t want to simply offer folks a chance to buy a book I recommend, I want them to read my post about a book I recommend. (And in the post, they can click through to Amazon to buy the book if they want.)
        Does that make sense? I can’t seem to find anything helpful by googling the issue…I must not be using the right key words when I search…I was hoping you might have some tips. 🙂

          1. Ok, I’ve been playing around with this and here’s what I’ve found…
            –Using Featured Image might work in some cases. I’m still experimenting.
            –I also tried copying/pasting the image from Amazon directly into my post, and then adding the link to the image. When I did that, the thumbnail showed up perfectly when I shared the post to FB. The only problem is that when you copy a book image from Amazon, the “click to look inside” graphic shows up, too. I’d rather it didn’t show up (which is the case when you insert the html link instead of copy/pasting the image), but I like that this way lets me share the post to FB with an image.
            (Here’s today’s post, with a book image that I copy/pasted and added the url link:

            Hope this makes sense! I’ll keep experimenting with the Featured Image thing…thanks for your help!

          2. FYI–For some reason, the Amazon images started showing up as an option when I share on FB. Hooray! Hopefully it’s not just a fluke and will continue to give me the option to share a book cover image from Amazon when I share my post on FB.

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