Be nice. Or else.
They don't really offer explanations as to why they reject you (which I can understand given the amount of applications they get). But I do know, they prefer sites that are essentially blog that link out to products. For example if I had other pages on my site detailing how to decorate a child's room in a Space theme, and other things like that, then I might have been accepted. Plus I might have applied too early. Without driving a ton of traffic in reality they don't need my $200 a month I'd send their way.
And I think they just dislike "catalogue" sites. Mine was curated, which at least offers some value, but I can see people abusing this and essentially rebuilding Amazon and linking out to them. It would weaken their brand.
Well That was short lived. Amazon reviewed the site and won't allow me to be an affiliate :( Thankfully I didn't invest too much money into this website (about $20 total).
But hey, you live and learn!
To learn more make sure you click on the assets link. Much more detail hidden in there.
SSL Update : It's finally fixed. What should really have been a simple fix proved to be a bit of a head scratcher.
The problem... people were getting security errors on the site. Solution - Install LetsEncrypt Free SSL certificate
Since I'm building this as cheap as possible I'm hosting it on Media Temples shared hosting. Their SSL certs are $70 a year. It was a one click solution but would eat away at the marginal profits, especially at the start. When following Media Temple's own guidelines on installing an SSL from LetsEncrypt I found myself way out of my depth in the land of Terminal, Home Brew, etc… To even generate a cert required a bunch of steps where I was essentially walking blind, just following onscreen instructions. One of MT's own commands caused me to get flagged when SSH'ed into my server, since I forgot to change a url in the command. In all it was adding up to a 2hr time sink that I'd have to repeat every 3 months. $70 was looking more and more like it would be leaving my bank account.
Until I remembered Wordpress has a plugin for everything. As a developer I rarely rely on plugins unless used for special functionality. This was one of those occasions. Sure enough LetsEncrypt have a WP plugin. I installed it and a few clicks later my certs were generated. Easy as pie. Now to install them in Media Temple.
In your account settings you can add an SSL to a domain. You have to manually copy in the Private Key, Cert and Chain. After grabbing the certs off the server using FPT I opened them in Sublime text and began copying and pasting in the text into MT's required fields. But no luck. I was getting errors that the Key was invalid. Totally frustrating. After a google search turned up that I might have to edit the text at the beginning and end of the Private Key to say something else I though I'd try that before pulling out my wallet. And lo and behold it worked. The SSL cert was accepted and installed. A silly 'gotcha' on Media Temple.
Now I can finally get back to working on building the audience.
Total Cost $0, but a whole lot of time.
UPDATE: So I'm working on installing an SSL - Media Temple don't make it easy since they want you to buy a $70 a year one from them. Since I'm trying to make this as cost effective as possible I'll be going the painful manual route. LetEncrypt for the win (hopefully).
Thanks all. I can't replicate the SSL issue here on the mac but it's clearly an issue. For now I'm going to disable the Facebook like button as I suspect that's the issue.
I did a bit of research into this and it appears to be a Safari browser issue and not a website issue. Here's a link to learn more: http://osxdaily.com/2014/03/26/fix-safari-cant-verify-website-error/
hmmmm good to know. Cheers.
We're not doing any of the credit card processing. Amazon and Etsy will handle all of that … but probably still a good idea to get one. Cheers.
Soundtrack is awesome.