Following the signing of California statute AB 155 (which I discussed a week ago here) Amazon has invited California-based affiliates — over 10,000 of which were terminated from Amazon’s Associates program in June 2011 — to re-enroll in their affiliate program. As Sarah Duxbury — who, apparently, was one of the booted affiliates as well — wrote in San Francisco Business Times yesterday afternoon, Amazon “told” her the following when she “went to re-enroll”:
The Amazon Associates Program has invited all California Associates whose accounts were closed as a result of now-repealed legislation to re-enroll in the Associates Program.
To re-enroll in the program, please agree to the terms and conditions of the program by clicking the check-box beside the link to the Operating Agreement and clicking the Re-Enroll button. All of your Associates accounts will be re-opened right away. [source]
Per the Associates Re-Enrollment FAQ page, upon the re-enrollment Californian affiliates get back their old Tracking IDs, as well as the previous Associates ID they had before the termination; so they “don’t need to make any changes to special links created … in the past”. Unfortunately “traffic referred” during the closure of the affiliate account “will not be eligible for advertising fees”.
While the latter isn’t that great of a news, the good news about the possibility to reinstate your Amazon affiliate account certainly overshadows the bad one, especially in light of the upcoming holiday shopping season.