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Amazon Affiliate Risks

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by amazonbh, Apr 9, 2014.

  1. amazonbh

    amazonbh Newbie

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    Hello all-

    I'm starting to see some results with the Amazon affiliate program and want to protect myself the best I can. I'm aware of a number of risks, but unsure of the true level of risk of getting banned & how much I might protect myself.

    Here is what I'm doing:

    -paid traffic (from a site/method that may be against Amazon TOS) goes to my own landing page through a cloaked link
    -landing page is Amazon compliant
    -redirects to Amazon through affiliate link, in such a way that the landing page is the referrer, and redirect not initiated if you go to the site manually (not
    through the cloak)

    -Seeing great conversions this way (1-2%), still need to test more.
    -Amazon will be seeing thousands of clicks from my website per day. Site is not ranked and gets no organic traffic, just paid traffic (not breaking any PPC rules in regards to trademarks, etc)
    -Will keep each affiliate account to a few thousand/mo in revenue, with a few accounts


    If I continue with this method, what are the risks that I'm not thinking of? Is there anything I can't protect against? How do I best keep ban risk as small as possible?

    Thanks for any input, happy to trade ideas
     
  2. mancar487

    mancar487 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    As long as you do not break their TOS, you will NOT be banned. Several of our partners have been with amazon associates for years without any problems. AA are not like smaller, shady platforms that ban when you start making good cash.

    In your post you stated you may be breaking TOS - if this is the case, you will get caught and banned, just like it's almost impossible to sidestep adsense TOS without getting caught. Is it really worth it?
     
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  3. ok888

    ok888 Elite Member

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    Amazon shouldn't ban anyone because visitor actually need to purchase something before you get pay
     
  4. amazonbh

    amazonbh Newbie

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    Thanks for input.

    I've heard of people following Amazon TOS and still getting banned (not compliant after a change to TOS, competitor's doing black hat things to their affiliate link, etc). With companies like Google, Amazon, etc I think there is always risk, even when doing things 100% by the book.

    Is it worth more of a ban risk to be a little more grey/black hat? If I can make an extra $100,000 by having a few accounts making a few thousand a month, flying under the radar as best I can and being reasonably safe, I will do it for sure. Even if I get banned in a year or two, I'd still be way up.

    Curious to know what other's experience has been who have used blackhat methods to profit with the amazon affiliate program. In particular any use of pop-ups, redirects, cookies, etc. Is it possible to do these things in a very safe way, stay low key, and make good money without getting banned?
     
  5. peetrike

    peetrike Power Member

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    Hey, it will work as long as your landing page is done according Amazon`s terms and your cloaker/redirector won`t leak the referrer. Which redirector are you using to fake the referrer? I suggest you to send the traffic to Amazon`s best sellers page.

    Cheers
     
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  6. amazonbh

    amazonbh Newbie

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    Great point on the best sellers page! I didn't think of that!

    fakereferer is cloaking/redirect I'm using.

    One issue though is that I originally had my amazon affiliate page direct linked for a few days before I corrected. I think I'm untrackable and compliant to a manual look now, but if they track back they could see that I direct linked aff link from a site that wasn't my own for a few days. Is there an issue of a ban in a couple months from that? Or if I get past a pay cycle and am compliant going forward, is there no risk of future ban due to that from the past? Probably time to set up a few other accounts now....
     
  7. blackhatjohn

    blackhatjohn Regular Member

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    Curently i am building the cloaking site and redirect the traffic to my white hat landing page and from landing page there, the traffic will also auto redirect to amazon. I have been doing this for few month and so far so good cause just making around few hundred monthly on each amazon account only.

    So if i plan to make around 3-5k montly on each amazon account, will amazon start manually check my landing page?
     
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