How to get Amazon verified from the UK when you get this message we are sorry, but there was a problem while we were trying to call you. Please try again in a few minutes.
We are now officially partners of the Amazon Associates or Affiliate program! Go us! And so will you in just a few minutes. So I finally went over to Amazon to sign up to the US associates program, (remember we live in England, UK) went through all of the registration process until I hit a roadblock when I was asked to enter my phone number to verify my account. As requested I entered my mobile number with the +44 country code form the drop down. Clicked the “Call me now” button. Where I received this very annoying message;
“We are sorry, but there was a problem while we were trying to call you. Please try again in a few minutes.”
How frustrating. At first I thought, oh maybe the number was entered wrong, then I thought I’ll try later they must be busy or there’s a glitch. So I went back and still the same issue.
So I searched YouTube and Google where I found people with the same issue outside of the US but not the UK for some reason, I didn’t look far though to be honest. The solution. For some reason, even though they have country codes, you need an American number for the call verification process. So I was advised by a few forums to download an app called TextPlus App. So I downloaded it, signed up and it doesn’t work in the UK. So I found another one called textnow.com this time it’s a web based account. I Sign up and get the same message. Not available in your region.
Say hello to the GrooVe IP app.
So frustrating. So after some time digging around I find this app called GrooVe IP. Let’s try that. Which upon installation it gives you the choice to either choose a region code which was French to me or to let them select one for you. I chose to do this. And hey presto I was given a selection of American numbers.
So all you have you do is choose a number and you’re in. With the app open on your phone head back to your laptop, PC or Mac and enter the new American phone number it will be +1-xxx-xxx-xxx if you can’t see it there’s a hamburger icon in the top left. Click that and you’re number will appear at the top. Type that number into the Amazon associates phone verification field and click call now. When you enter it there’s no need to put the dash in between the numbers just. Choose plus one from the drop down box and then put the 9 digits into the number field.
Amazon will call you. It should ring in the GrooVe IP app. Answer it and follow the instruction from the operator. It will ask you to use the keypad to enter the verification code displayed on your laptop. Enter it when it says to do so.
If all is well the screen on your Amazon Associate Verification page will change to “complete”. Tick the check box to say you agree to the Terms and hit next to continue the application process.
That is how you get past the “We are sorry, but there was a problem while we were trying to call you. Please try again in a few minutes.”
This also works for the Canadian Amazon associates program.
So there you have it you are now a member of the US Amazon associates program. Once you are in your Amazon associates account there should be Tab or button name “Onelink”. If you can’t find it it’s under tools-onelink. From here you can link your UK and Canada Amazon Affiliate ID’s. This is a great feature that allows you to gain commission from users from different countries. I haven’t experimented with it yet but it’s linked. Once I know how it works I may write a post on it. Hopefully it will work like a treat!
One more thing, you must make three sales through your link within 180 days or Amazon will kick you out of the program. So make some quality posts, get those links up, drive some traffic and get selling!
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