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Amazon's Child Directed Policy: How-To Complete Your Declaration (Pictorial Guide)

By Edited Jul 16, 2015 7 24
Amazon Associates Sign In Page
Credit: Amazon

Today I received a notification from Amazon that in order to continue my participation in the Amazon Affiliates Program, I needed to declare that none of my sites are directed at children under 13 years of age.

There are two important dates to keep in mind (if this new policy affects you):

August 31st, 2015: Amazon states they will "begin to withhold advertising fee payments to accounts that have not completed their declaration."

October 31st, 2015: Amazon will "close accounts that have not completed their declaration."

I'd hate to see any of my fellow writers online lose out on their deserved royalties, so I thought I'd put together this quick pictorial guide. It's fast and easy to complete.

Amazon Associates Instructions for Child Directed Policy Declaration
Credit: RoseWrites on InfoBarrel / All rights reserved

Step 1:

Sign In To Your Associates Central Account

As shown above, you simply sign in to your Amazon Associates Central Account.[1] The letter I received included a link (which you can also access in the bibliography at the bottom of this page).

At the top, near the right you click on "Account Settings" (this is the red circle shown in the screenshot above).

The next page shown is called Your Associates Account (shown below). You simply click on "Edit your website list."

Step 2: Your Associates Account

Your Associates Account Page: Click On Edit Your Website List
Credit: RoseWrites

Step 3: Edit Your Website List

Amazon will show you a list of your websites. At the top is a handy little bar that will eventually show a green checkmark to show your sites are in compliance with the Child Directed Policy.

Next is the list that Amazon generated for me. I decided to add my blog (even though I haven't placed any Amazon ads or products on it yet).

You Can Add or Remove Websites

Amazon Shows You a List of Your Websites (Which You Can Edit)
Credit: RoseWrites / All rights reserved

Ensure Any Websites That Host Amazon

Ads, Banners, Special Links, or Widgets Are Listed

Check over your website list. Any directed at children (under 13-years-old) should be removed. Those that remain must comply with the "Child Directed Policy" if you use Amazon ads, banners, special links, or widgets from Amazon Associates.

I was surprised that up to 50 websites can be listed.

I added my blog and then selected "No" and clicked on "Next."

Select "No" and Click on "Next"

Ensure Website List is Up to Date, Select "No" and Click on "Next"
Credit: RoseWrites / All rights reserved

Wait For Confirmation

Lastly, that little bar at the top will show a green checkmark where it states "Confirm Compliance."

Be sure to wait until this last page shows up. 

It also provides written proof that you have complied with this new policy. At the bottom of this page, under "Websites updated" it states: 

"Your site list compliance has been updated. Any sites you informed us were directed primarily at children under 13 were removed from your site list."

This is your proof, should you ever need it.

Green Check and Confirmation Statement

NB: Take a Screenshot of This Page Just in Case

Compliance Confirmed (Amazon's Child Directed Policy) Green Check and Statement
Credit: RoseWrites / All rights reserved

Have More Than One Affiliate Account?

A fellow writer, Deborah-Diane, mentioned in InfoBarrel's forum that if you have more than one affiliate account, be sure to complete the declaration for each Amazon Associates Central Account.

She suggested adding all of your websites/blogs (that comply with the Child Directed Policy) to each of your website lists. That way, you are covered by Amazon's policy on all of your sites.

Still Unsure? Have Additional Questions?

The nice thing is that Amazon is always ready and available to address any of your questions. At the bottom of my letter it states:

"If you have questions or issues regarding your Amazon Associates website list, please contact Amazon Associates Customer Service."[2]

Again, the link is included in my bibliography at the end of this page.

Keep Calm and Amazon On!



Jul 7, 2015 5:19pm
Thanks for the clear and concise directions! I did not get an email yet...glad to get this over and done.
Jul 7, 2015 5:57pm
Yeah, as soon as I read the email, I knew the good peeps on here would need this info. Glad to have helped.

Take good care,
Jul 7, 2015 6:42pm
Thanks, Rose! Your instructions were clear and reached me before the email did!
Jul 7, 2015 7:44pm
No problem, I'm sure you'll get the email soon or it could be in your spam folder? I just hate those summer deadlines (too easy to miss, especially at the end of August). Stay well, Rose
Jul 8, 2015 8:20am
I didn't get said e-mail yet. I went to Amazon, and found I had no notifications. Does that mean my "sites" are appropriate for those under 13?
Jul 8, 2015 8:27am
Vic, I did not get an email until this morning...they are rolling them out. I just took care of it so I could check that off my list.
Jul 8, 2015 12:34pm
I just sent your question and one from egdcltd (in IB's forum) to the Amazon support person. I'll update you when I hear something back. (I have a hunch that everyone must make this declaration though).
Jul 8, 2015 7:26pm
Vic, I just heard back from Amazon support, Mike M. wrote: "The email you received should eventually be sent to all Amazon.com Associates. We will require Amazon.com Associates to confirm their websites comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act."
Jul 9, 2015 8:19am
Jul 9, 2015 1:56pm
Thank you so much! This article made everything so clear and easy.
Jul 9, 2015 5:01pm
I'm glad it helps. Thanks for your suggestion in the forum, I just added it. Take good care, Rose
Jul 12, 2015 3:39pm
Thanks for passing this information along, I just went in and took care of it.
Jul 13, 2015 2:22pm
You're welcome.
Jul 13, 2015 9:22pm
Got my e-mail from Amazon today and spent all of about 6 seconds doing the compliance steps. Thanks for the head's up, Rosalita.
Jul 14, 2015 12:22am
No problem. Thanks for dropping by and confirming you rec'd your email from Amazon.
Jul 14, 2015 1:17am
Hi Rose, how to add a blogspot to the website list??, i have a few blogs in blogspot where i sell amazon products but i can't add them..

thanks for your help
Jul 14, 2015 1:35am
When you get to this page: http://www.infobarrel.com/Media/Amazon_Shows_You_a_List_of_Your_Websites_Which_You_Can_Edit

Just copy and paste your URLs into the entry field near the top (and click on "Add Website" after each URL you put there). You MAY need to try it with or without the https:// part (I can't remember). I vaguely remember that once it shows up on the list, the https:// part does not show. Some people might have http:// (without the "s") so be mindful of that.

Let me know if that worked for you.

Jul 14, 2015 7:07am
Hi Rose, i've managed to add all of my blog, i just put the blog address without using "the http", thanks again for your help...

i have another question for you, i know it sounds stupid, but how to identify if my blog doesn't target children under 13 years??, i run a gaming blog for general users, and obviously, i don't know who buy products through my blog..
Jul 14, 2015 7:18am
Well, if you run a gaming blog for "general users" does that automatically mean it is intended for users over 13 years of age?

I'm too much of a nerd to know what gaming blogs for "general users" mean.

But, I would be inclined to write a disclaimer that states: "Please note: This gaming blog is intended for users over 13 years of age."

More importantly, I strongly suggest you get feedback from Amazon though. I heard back from them within 24 hours when I asked questions.

Because if you make this declaration but then target kids with your blog (and I have no idea what your blog looks like), you could be in some trouble I think.

Better to get the final word from Amazon, here's the link: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/associates/contact
Jul 14, 2015 8:31am
Hi Rose, when i said "general users", i mean a mature gamer like me..
i sell gaming peripheral like monitor and video card in my blog, and of course i don't target children under 13 years,

the only thing that troubles me is, what if a kid accidentally buys a product in my blog...
Jul 14, 2015 11:38am
Dear alenalbert,

I am NOT an employee of Amazon at all. So, you reassuring me that you "don't target children under 13 years" is meaningless, really.

When you submit your question (or call) Amazon, they will require your Unique Associates ID(s).

ONLY Amazon can determine (by looking at your sites) whether or not you should continue "as is" with your sites and what you sell (from Amazon.com) on them.

I'm getting the sense that you want me to reassure you are "in good" with Amazon by making this declaration. But I cannot. I don't know your history with Amazon or your blogs.

Once again, I heard back from Amazon within 24 hours (the link was given in my previous answer above). You have a month and a half to contact Amazon and ask them for yourself. The deadline is August 31st, 2015.

Hope you understand now.

Jul 14, 2015 1:47pm
Hey alenalbert,

I thought I'd source out the phone numbers for you too.

Please contact the Associate Support Team at:

US and Canada
Sunday - Saturday from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific time

1-206-266-2992 (Please ask to be transferred to the Amazon.com Associates Program; long distance charges will apply)
Sunday - Saturday from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific time

Amazon.com is the one paying you (or not paying you); you want THEIR answer.
Jul 16, 2015 3:39pm
Thanks Rose. I really appreciated this.
Jul 16, 2015 4:35pm
You're most welcome. Take good care, Rose
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  1. "Homepage to Sign In To Your Associates Central Account." Affiliate Program | Amazon.com. 7/07/2015 <Web >
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