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#1 on Google ... Till I got the Amazon slap

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by adstractor, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. adstractor

    adstractor Regular Member

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    A salutory tale ...

    Last month I had been waiting for the new Amazon Kindle Tablet to be released and a couple of days before the big day, heard it might be called "Fire", seemed to fit with Kindle so I rushed out and bought about 10 TDLs all with combos of Amazon Kindle Fire in the title.

    A bit of a gamble, but it paid off when they confirmed the name.

    Using my favorite 2 SEO programs and a couple of SB blasts I got several #1 on Google & all in top 10 in less than a week, which I thought was pretty cool since I was up against Amazon, Youtube & several other big News orgs.

    All was going swimmingly till yesterday - Amazon complained - very nicely - and want them back - Offering to pay the registration costs too !

    So nothing lost 'cept the time setting up, and since I got a cool prog that builds WP's in seconds not too much of that.

    Moral of the story - You can get #1 on Google for competitive KWs but steer clear of Trade Marks.
     
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  2. neo

    neo Power Member

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    If they have offered to buy them from you, it is nice. Give it to them and collect your money.

    Usually big guys like Faceb00k, will send you a threatening email. Atleast Amazon was nice enough to offer the registration fee.
     
  3. LBrown

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    You were really lucky. They could have shut down your Amazon affiliate account since it was a breech of the TOS.
     
  4. adstractor

    adstractor Regular Member

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    Yep - They could have really gone to town, but they did not.

    Their email was polite to the point of being concillatory.

    I have already replied with NP to returning the domains.
     
  5. Dj Co2

    Dj Co2 Elite Member

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    Hats off to Amazon for not being an ass
     
  6. v7znay

    v7znay Junior Member

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    good guy amazon
     
  7. MKelly

    MKelly Regular Member

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    Amazon receives great business from it's affiliates, so it's good of them to be nice about this.
     
  8. orzyman

    orzyman Senior Member

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    wow that was smart of you and amazon was also reasonable
     
  9. july23

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    not to be off topic bro. but how much did they pay you? I was curious :)
     
  10. adstractor

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    It only happened in past 24hrs - They said they would re-imburse registration costs in full.

    I have just replied today asking how they want to proceed.
     
  11. july23

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    sorry to hear that bro :(.. I was about to buy a domain related to kindle fire while ago but i was hesitating to get because of issue like this. At least lesson learn :)
     
  12. ThopHayt

    ThopHayt Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I don't see why all this praise for Amazon? They should at least pay a scalper's fee of a couple grand per domain if they want to be looked at as nice. What does a couple grand mean to a them? Otherwise they're being assholes too.
     
  13. shizat

    shizat Newbie

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    More companies should do this instead of suing or filing an wipro trademark suit. Hat off to Amazon for doing things professionally
     
  14. logical

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    I'd have told them where to go, then made various blogs about amazonian wildfires.

    Once they had given up and gone away i'd have switched back or sold them on.
     
  15. Xyz01

    Xyz01 Regular Member Premium Member

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    Yep, I almost bought a few domains myself however decided to go down a different route instead (writing good articles about the Kindle fire to try and gain conversions.

    My friend ordered a few and one for me as well since he's in the US at the moment and I'm in AU.... so looking forward to that.
     
  16. Jeanne

    Jeanne Registered Member

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    That was a clever idea! I'm glad that Amazon treated you good. I see some auctions on Flippa with trademarked domains. I wonder how they get away with it.
     
  17. the_demon

    the_demon Jr. Executive VIP

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    Lucky it wasn't eBay... they C&D you within 2 weeks of a domain registration if that. I'd hand over the domains or park them if you feel like being a d!ck. lol
     
  18. CenTex Hosting

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    I would go ahead and sell them. then go back in a few days and see what they put up on the links.

    Then i would go and buy new ones and do the process over again. Maybe change up amazon a little
     
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    First company, which thinks affiliates are also human
     
  20. erroronline14

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    In my experience, amazon is really one of best companies online. They are very friendly and easy to deal with.