Do I need to be approved by a merchant to display their products?
Yes, you must be approved by a merchant in order to receive a commission for sales your website refers to the merchant.
While technically you can show products on your site from merchants who have not approved your affiliate account, none of those products' affiliate links will work. Most likely they will lead to a 404 or error page.
However, if you have an account with Skimlinks or VigLink, you could use our custom Skimlinks and VigLink code.