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I was recently accepted into the Amazon affiliate program, as I'm planning on advertising books I read on my website. Before going live with my website, I would like to:

  1. test the whole affiliate program to make sure it's working properly.
  2. buy the books I will review and promote on my website under my own affiliate program in order to get some cash back and therefore save money.

To do so, I thought about setting up a simple HTML page which will just list the products I will buy before going live. That way I test, get some cash back, and don't expose my website before going live.

Can I do this without having my account suspended by Amazon (i.e. won't Amazon think I only applied to the program to get some cash back, will Amazon be happy with receiving affiliate traffic from an almost empty website...)?

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Amazon have a link checker tool on their associates website which will help determine if your links are valid, use that for testing.

As far as the books go, you need to read the Amazon Associates Agreement and decide for yourself if you're breaking the TOS.

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No, you are forbidden to purchase products through your own affiliate ID. See the "Associates Program Participation Requirements", section 29 (as of 25-jan-2013), it reads:

"29. You will not purchase any Product(s) through Special Links for use by you or for resale or commercial use of any kind. Similarly, you will not request or encourage any of your friends, relatives, or associates to purchase any Product(s) through Special Links for use by you or them or for resale or commercial use of any kind. Further, you will not offer any Products on your site for resale or commercial use of any kind."

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