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Amazon Affiliate Experiment

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by jmb123, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. jmb123

    jmb123 Newbie

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    Hi!

    I'm a very experienced developer but new to this world. I (naively) thought it would be quite easy to make an amazon affiliate setup and coded up a robust scraper which I used to build a database of millions of amazon items along with all customer reviews for the items (reviews are not typically available via amazon API's). My database includes details, rankings, etc. It is also indexed and quickly searchable.

    I built a very quick template based site which can serve up a specific amazon category and show items with their reviews. Each of these categories has hundreds of thousands of items in it with lots of review content. (I'm happy to provide URL's but the forum system seems to limit that).

    I then (again, perhaps naively) submitted sitemaps for these all to google, and after a few weeks they indexed a half million pages or so. For a few weeks I was making several hundred dollars a day on amazon affiliate links and it was growing quickly. Then google gave me a 'manual spam' action and my traffic is now 0. Presumably trigger by scraped content or sheer volume of pages.

    I realize now that it may be impossible to ever keep these sites in the google index, but I wonder if all this great text/data on products might be valuable to someone who knows more about this stuff?

    (Or perhaps I'm not on the right track at all and wasting everyones time!)
     
  2. flexnds

    flexnds Power Member

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    I had the same issue back when I was experimenting with API's and meshing API's to generate massive content rich sites. Some got out of control and grew to 50k pages in a few nights. Needless to say, indexing became a huge issue.
     
  3. SkyrocketSEO

    SkyrocketSEO Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    And we should PM you to buy that bot of yours?
     
  4. silvermember

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    have you tried contact mama G? they might have a bot running for "Spam actions" - have you contacted amazon for that matter? you came that far, write those 2 mails dude
     
  5. jmb123

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    So I submitted a 'reconsideration request' and removed a few mild spinner behaviors I had on my content that may have made some 'gibberish' and acknowledged this fix in my request.

    Indexing was going well, I had 600+k indexed pages with a 30k per day index rate when the manual action was applied, then everything was 100% pulled from index.

    Reconsideration request to google was submitted 3 days ago, no reply yet.