It’s True. MailChimp Does Not Allow Many Links

So in passing conversation, at a meetup, John turns over to me and says, you know, Oscar. MailChimp doesn't allow affiliate links. (jawdrop)

For all this time, I've been telling everyone, yeah, go ahead, get MailChimp. Build your list, send them emails! Ya! Sell them stuff. And then John tells me this. I'm like STFU. No way that Mailchimp doesn't allow affiliate links. So I tweet it out and I wasn't the only one surprised. Go figure.

This morning I went to check to make sure it was true. And it is, no affiliate links allowed in malichimp and if you use it like that you'll likely be banned and blocked out of your emails, data & list. Better get your butt out of there if you care about making any kind of money from your website.

So here's proof, and it's true. What sucks is that it's not just affiliate marketers that are affected, but other industries as well. I have a friend that is a kick-ass work at home mom blogger and even she is banned from using mailchimp. Seriously mailchimp, that's not cool. punish all for a few?

Well anyway, I'm moving on to the industry standard aweber. Not sure why I took so long.

No Affiliate Links for you!
No Affiliate Links for you!


  1. Did you see this from the Mailchimp Blog? –

    • No, but thanks for pointing it out. But until they fix the wording in their TOS it is clear that you cannot take the risk of building a successful list with them only for them to nuke it if they feel you violated the terms. Who cares what you send to your audience if they signed up for it? There is always the subscribe/unsubscribe option. But I have a feeling that this is in place because they allow you to add people to their system without double-opt in. That in itself is both good and bad, but too deep of a topic to cover in a comment.

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  3. I was just researching both MailChimp and Aweber and weber seems to be the winner by far. It does make sense that they don’t want scam offers pushed through their network but like you said the TOS isn’t exactly clear on what they are terminating accounts for. I’ll pass on MailChimp.

    • Yes Chris, even though they say they don’t enforce it… it would just make me nervous that it’s stated in the TOS that they’re not allowed. Until they clearly change their terms I wouldn’t recommend Mailchimp for any kind of online marketing.

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