Multiple Tracking IDs

Setting Up Multiple Tracking IDs For Amazon Affiliates

Setting up multiple tracking IDs for your Amazon Affiliates account can be a very useful thing to do once you have multiple different affiliate sites up and running.

It allows you to assign a different affiliate ID to products on each of your sites, allowing you to separate out affiliate revenue from each of your sites according to the ID you assigned to products linked off each of them. For example you could have one ID for your golfing site, another for your fishing site and so on.

The main benefit of this is that it allows you to track your different passive income sites to see how well each of them is doing separately. If you just had one affiliate ID for each Amazon Affiliate account you had, then the affiliate commissions from all your blogs would be bundled in together in your one ID and so you wouldn’t be able to tell which sites are earning what.

Once you separate your IDs out, you can see which of your sites are doing well and which need to improve, and allocate your time to producing content accordingly to improve on your weaker sites. Let’s look at how to do this below.

How To Set Up Multiple Tracking IDs For Your Amazon Affiliates Account

If you have not already done so, you need to set up an Amazon Affiliates account. The process is quick and easy; see our article on how to do it for more details. Here is the process of setting up a new ID:

  • Once signed up and logged in, a Sitestripe will appear at the top of the page. Click on Earnings.
  • This opens up your Associates page. Hover over your account email in the top right corner. Click on Manage Your Tracking IDs on the drop down menu.
  • Click the Add Tracking ID button.
  • Input the tracking ID you want your new site to have eg.bestgolfuk. The ID will have a preset suffix at the end depending on which country’s affiliates account you are signed up for.
  • Click Create and the new tracking ID is created. You now assign this ID rather than your main one to products from a certain blog and they will be tracked separately under this tag.
  • You will need to log in and do this separately on each of the Amazon affiliate programs you have signed up for in different countries.

Keep One ID Until Fully Accepted Onto Each Program

Setting up separate IDs once you have several sites up and running is a great idea. However, we do not recommend doing this until later on when you are seeing significant traffic and you have been fully accepted onto the affiliate program.

When you sign up to the program, you get access to the affiliate links straight away, but you still need to make 3 referrals within the first 180 days after signing up before they will fully accept you onto the program. If you do not manage to drive these three sales, your account will be closed and you will lose your affiliate ID and have to reapply.

For this reason it is better to wait until you have hit these three sales and been fully accepted before you start creating separate IDs. If you create a new ID early on but then later get rejected, then you lose this ID and any links which contain this ID will become invalid and you will not receive any commission for the referral.

You can sign up again later but you will be reassigned a new ID and so will have to go back and change any links containing the old ID, inserting the new ID you have been given. Amazon will never assign the same ID to you twice so it will always be different.

This is why in the early stages of blogging it is best to attach everything to your first ID and then start creating separate ones once you have been accepted onto all the programs for all countries and don’t have to worry about being rejected and starting over because you haven’t hit the required sales.

Check out our other articles on Amazon Affiliates here.