How to Bulk Change Amazon Affiliate Links Quickly for FREE

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If you’re here, you must be looking for a quick and easy way to change your Amazon affiliate links in bulk quickly and safely. This happens when you re-apply and are given a new affiliate ID but all your product links refer to an old affiliate ID.

As we all know, those links are very important because for each product sold a commission is earned. Read on to learn how you can update your links FREE and quickly.

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What are Amazon’s Affiliate Requirements?

The Amazon Affiliate program is a program that allows individuals to earn commission by promoting Amazon products on their website, blog, or social media platform. To earn commissions, the individual (affiliate) must refer customers to Amazon through their unique affiliate link and have those customers make a purchase on Amazon.

To receive payment, Amazon requires that affiliates make at least three qualifying purchases within the first 180 days of signing up. These purchases must be made through the affiliate’s own referral link, and each purchase must be from a unique customer account. The purchases must also be shipped and not returned or canceled.

Once an affiliate has made the three qualifying purchases, they will be eligible to receive payment for any commissions earned through their affiliate links. The payment threshold for the Amazon Affiliate program is $10 for direct deposit and $100 for checks.

Note that the requirements for the Amazon Affiliate program may vary by country, so it’s always a good idea to check the program terms and conditions for your specific location.

Can You Re-apply to Amazon Affiliate Program?

The short answer is yes. Although, Amazon recommends that you re-apply to become an Amazon Affiliate once your blog is more established and has more traffic.

If you are like me, your traffic goes up and down. Right when you think it’s the good time, you go to re-apply and then your traffic plumets.

Don’t despair! I’m going to share with you today a quick and easy way to update your Amazon Affiliate ID in bulk quickly.

Rather than go post by post and manually update your Amazon Affiliate IDs, you can do it quickly in bulk without touching a single post. To put things in perspective if you had 200 posts filled with amazon affiliate links, you wouldn’t want to go into each post to update all the links in that post x 200 posts.

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Can You Quickly Change Affiliate IDs for Any Affiliate Program?

This method also works for any affiliate program provided that the you are only changing your affiliate id. Since every affiliate program has it’s own product linking to a specific product, you would not be able to change your affiliate id from one program to another.

For example, if you have only been using Amazon links, but now want to use Shopify links this method will not work, because each referral hyperlink links to a specific product on a specific page with a specific product id. It would be extremely unusual for even the same two products on each platform to have the same product id.

Note that this method will not work if you have shortened your affiliate links using the Amazon Site Stripe short link or a link shortener like Bitly. The reason it will not work is because in a shortened link you can’t actually see your affiliate ID. The method we will be using essentially uses a search and replace function and if you can’t find your old affiliate ID, then there is no way you would be able to find and replace it in bulk.

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How to Update Your Amazon Affiliate ID in Bulk Quickly FREE

So you’ve re-applied to Amazon, you’ve been assigned a new Amazon Affiliate ID and you realize that your old Amazon Affiliate ID is still attached to all your Amazon products.

Well don’t despair, today I’m going to show you step by step, how to bulk change or bulk update your old Affiliate link IDs so that they have your new affiliate ID and you can keep earning commission on all your product hyperlinks.

Step 1: Go to your WordPress plugins page and select the Add New Plugin.
Step 2: Search for the Better Search and Replace Plugin by WP Engine. Don’t worry, you only need it to update your links, once done, you can de-activate and delete the plugin.
Step 3: Install and activate Better Search and Replace Plugin
Step 4: Go to the Tools section of the Admin console and find the Search and Replace Plugin section.
Step 5: In the Search for section, place in the old Affiliate ID
Step 6: In the Replace with section, place the new Affiliate ID
Step 7: In the Select Tables section, select the database tables that contain your affiliate ID, e.g. xxxx_posts
Step 8: Go to the bottom and select Dry Run and check to see if the results seem normal. If they are not normal, repeat the above steps.
Step 9: If all is ok complete steps 6-7 again and then proceed with the live run (leave Dry Run unchecked) by pressing the Run Search and Replace –> button.

Caution: When entering in your affiliate IDs be careful to key in the correct corresponding letters and number combinations. If you are nervous or unsure, do not proceed, stop and get professional assistance.

Step by Step Video Instructions on How to Change Your Affiliate IDs in Bulk

For those of you who are visual learners, watch this video on how to bulk change your affiliate IDs in 5 minutes using a FREE plugin called Better Search and Replace.

In conclusion, the Better Search and Replace Plugin by WP Engine is the best plugin I’ve found to update my old Amazon Affiliate IDs quickly and for FREE. It’s stress free and I recommend this method wholeheartedly to anyone in the same situation.

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