I think I just got busted by Amazon.
They did it very nicely in this mass   automated email but I do know from this that 
I am in quite a bit of trouble with Amazon.  I am an Amazon affiliate, or an Amazon associate 
– that's how they prefer to call us – but what   that means is that I have an account where I can 
put links into my YouTube channel descriptions   and into blog posts, and it even means that I 
can put those nice boxy Amazon product boxes…   And what that means is that when you click 
on one of those links I get a small very   small percentage commission from what is sold.
Amazon make it very, very clear to everyone   doing this that you are supposed to declare this.
I absolutely knew I’m supposed to say if you click   on this link I get a bit of commission, 
but I didn't know the exact wording.  Well I know I haven't worded it correctly 
because I got this email but it's totally   clear and I completely get that I’m 
supposed to declare it correctly…  Because if you don't do this, Amazon can 
absolutely shut you down and then I will   have 100s, literally hundreds of pages and 
posts with links that don't do anything.  So in this video I am going to fix absolutely 
everything and I’ve got to do it quickly before   I get another one of these emails.
I’m going to show you how I’m   fixing my Amazon associates links…
I’m probably going to go through about 200 videos.  I’m going to show you the exact wording, the 
exact disclaimer that you're supposed to write   every time that you use one of these links…
And through all of this I’m going to show you   exactly how much money I earned this month 
from Amazon Associates – So you're going   to see my entire revenue for how much money 
being an Amazon associate brings in for me.  By the way hello, I’m Neil Mossey – I’m a 
development producer helping high achieving   creators and performers just like 
you to get ideas out of your head   to make more people happy right here on YouTube 
and oh my goodness do we need your ideas.  Look here's some footage of me in 
trouble before trying to keep up   with a movie star who's well off his face in 
a speeding limo that's well over the limit.  Now we're going about…

About 70… 75.
What's the limit?  65.
I had hair back then. Not for much longer.  So let's first look at this very friendly 
reminder that I get from Amazon associates.  “Hello associate”
That's nice and personal.  “This is a recurring reminder that any time 
you share an associate link it's important   to disclose that to your audience”
Maybe I need some like more serious   music under this?
[HAPPY MUSIC]  You must include a legally compliant 
disclosure and identify yourself on   your site as an Amazon associate with the 
language required by the operating agreement.  I can't even say it.
So “on your site”? Does that mean   in– in my channel description?
I– I guess it probably does.  Now it says a clear disclosure 
“could be as simple as”.  So it doesn't even say that this is 
the absolute wording you must use.  So it could be (paid link) 
or #ad or #commissionsearned  It should be placed near any associate 
link or product review in a location   that customers will notice easily.
In some places that it says you must   put this disclaimer just before the link, 
never after the link – but here's where   I’m going to play it really safe.
The following statement is clearly   inconspicuously appearing on my site:
“As an Amazon associate   I earn from qualifying purchases.”
I should put a bit of echo on that, shouldn't I.  “As an Amazon associate I earn 
from qualifying purchases.”  I know this is me wanting too much, but 
I wish that whatever link triggered this   email…

I wish they could hint at which 
post, which blog post, which link or which   YouTube video has triggered this!
It would be so helpful.  So let's go into my YouTube studio 
dashboard and we're going to click   on “videos” to see how much damage there is.  I’m not looking forward to this at all.
I’m going to do a search on the word   “Amazon” and if you click on this upside 
down triangle it brings up this menu.  We'll go down to “description” and then we want 
the description to contain the word “Amazon”  Let's see how many there are — oh it's 117.
117 videos to check and change.  The other cool thing that we can do is to click 
on date – if you click on this arrow it rearranges   this list to bring the earliest videos first.
Let's dive into this first one just   to see what's here.
This is from my video   of how to remove marker pen but if I go into 
the description: I’ve already done this one.  I’ve got to go through every single video 
to check that it's got this wording:  As an Amazon associate I earn 
from qualifying purchases.  Let's run some music and speed this up a bit.
[MUSIC]  Okay so it's 191 videos.
Let me show you how to put this   onto your channel level.
I’ve gone into customization   in my YouTube studio and then “basic info”
This is the channel description.  Maybe I’ll just put it here: “As an Amazon 
associate I earn from qualifying purchases”.  I just changed 191 YouTube videos.
It took well over two hours.  I’m really glad though because at 
least I know that those are finished,   so now I’ve got to check all the other 
places where I might have put these links.  This is my blog.
I don't think the   instructions are that clear because if you have 
these boxes surely those are clear ads for Amazon?  But just to be safe I’ve put the declaration 
that Amazon associates want me to put there.  I just need to do that about 200 times now.
Don't worry I won't make you watch that but I have   put this disclaimer on my actual website itself 
– so I’ve put the “as an Amazon associate   I earn from qualifying purchases”
I’ve put that onto my website so   that the website itself is super clear 
but I know what you want to see next!  It's this!
This is the   hallowed dashboard of Amazon associates.
I’m going to show you how much I earn in a month   with Amazon associates as an Amazon affiliate 
– like there aren't enough a's in those words.  This is the…

The cause of all my 
worry right now, and oh my goodness   I’ve just sold something quite big!
So on the on the main dashboard   I’m showing my earnings overview for the last 30 
days – a little bit similar to YouTube except on   this graph the green line that doesn't go 
up very much that's where the money is…  And if I hover my cursor over this 
one – this looks nice and juicy.  £14.70.
Now I get a quite a small percentage   so that must have been quite a large item.
The other thing to bear in mind is   that Amazon associates has an Amazon 
associates in every single marketplace.  So for every pretty much every country that 
you want to provide links for, has its own   Amazon associates site, and you have to 
be approved by each territory one by one.  But let's go to my earnings report…
So in the last seven days I’ve earned 18 pounds.  What is good is they've just introduced a 
thing so that you can see all your accounts   in one place – so in the United Kingdom 
I earned £15 in the last seven days   and in the US I earned four dollars.
What's not to like about that!  I wonder if I can change that to last 30 days?
Right, wow that's good…

So in the last   month on the US Amazon associates site I 
earned $72. And here in the UK I earned £22.  I’m glad I’ve captured it on video with you.
You can see more detailed reports give   you a summary at the top and fees.
It's a really misleading word “fees”   because it implies that I owe them some money but 
I believe these are the fees that will come to me.  If I don't get banned and 
kicked off and busted by Amazon!  So I think we're good right Amazon?
You and me?  The squiggly graphs show the 
clicks, so the red line shows the   number of times my links have been clicked on.
For instance on the 13th of September my links   were clicked on 35 times and one item was ordered 
from which I earned one dollar and one cent.  Let's go to this big one up here.
My links were clicked on 18 times,   12 items were ordered from that.
That's quite a high ratio for which I earn   and it sort of adds it all up 
and gives you these figures.  It's not something I’m glued to – it's probably 
something I only check every couple of months.  My link clicks have been responsible for 
2020 dollars worth of items being shipped   and that was on 461 clicks of my links and 
50 items were ordered so that conversion rate   I believe is 10.85 percent.
What I love just browsing through   is this table here because it actually lists 
every single item that has been bought.  Some strange stuff there which I haven't put links 
to, but what happens is if someone goes to Amazon   using one of my links and they don't buy the 

But they then go on to buy something else   I believe I earn a commission on that instead.
If I click on this button here “earnings” – this   one's a bit more understandable for me 
because it's in order of total items shipped.  I can reorder this list to see what brought in 
the most revenue so if I click on total revenue –   look at that – I sold a camera!
Oh my goodness and for that one camera   I picked up 29.92 so I’m – I’m really pleased 
with that and I also sold an air purifier, so   you know the goodness just doesn't 
stop on this channel does it!  These are my squiggly lines 
for the United Kingdom sales.  On the 5th of October I earned 14 pounds 70 
on two ordered items which came from 18 clicks   of my links but what could it be?
Let's click on the earnings button   and order it by total revenue.
My link was responsible for the   sale of one dehumidifier at £174.99 
which meant that I received £12.25.  I sold seven spool lines!
If you've seen any of my videos about how   much I earn on YouTube my biggest problem right 
now is that I am “garden tools guy” because my   most popular videos aren't about helping creators 
and performers just like you here on YouTube.  They're there to help you how to change a 
trimmer line for cutting down the weeds in   the garden and that brought in £2.85.
This is probably why I really need to   wind that down and if you subscribe to 
this channel you will see my ongoing   story with how I am niching this channel.
I think the next video is going to be about   me deleting videos and removing videos so if 
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