In March, 2011, I received an email from Amazon telling me that I could no longer participate in their affiliate program. While I’m not a hot shot affiliate marketer by any means, it was disappointing to see that state lawmakers were negatively impacting online commerce in the state of Illinois. I have since sold the site mentioned in my original article.
Just minutes ago, I was pleased to receive the following email from Amazon.com:
“We’re pleased to announce that the Amazon Associates program is again open to residents of the State of Illinois. We’re now able to re-open the program because the Illinois State Supreme Court recently struck down legislation that had forced Amazon to close the program to residents of Illinois. Amazon strongly supports federal legislation like the Marketplace Fairness Act that’s now pending before Congress, which is the only constitutional way to resolve interstate sales tax collection issues.
Residents of Illinois who would like to participate in the Amazon Associates program can submit an application here:
Thanks for your past participation in the Amazon Associates program. We hope to see you again soon.”
Although I don’t currently have any affiliate focused sites, this is a great return for affiliate marketers who had previously depended on a portion of their income from Amazon.