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Amazon Affiliate Terminated

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by naderhk, May 17, 2017.

  1. naderhk

    naderhk Newbie

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    I Had My amazon Affiliate Account terminated , after almost 18 months of hard work , over 5k unpaid fees
    This is the email i received
    "Hello from the Associates Program,

    We are writing to tell you that effective as of today’s date, Amazon is terminating your Associates account. Under the terms of the Operating Agreement, we may terminate your account at any time, with or without cause. This decision is final and not subject to appeal.

    It is important that you immediately remove all Amazon Content from your Site(s). Please be aware that any other accounts you have, or may open in the future, may be closed without payment of any fees. Amazon reserves all other rights and claims.

    Because you are not in compliance with the Operating Agreement, Amazon will not pay you any outstanding advertising fees related to your account. Amazon exercises its right under the Operating Agreement to withhold fees based on violations, which include the following:

    -Your social media page or account contains a trademarked term or a variant or misspelling of a trademarked term belonging to Amazon. In addition, any use of an Amazon logo outside of what is provided to you in Associates Central is not permitted.

    Thank you for your participation in the Amazon Associates Program.

    Warmest Regards"

    This Was a 100% White hat social page , i have amazing in the page name


    Is there any chance the account might be reinstated or should i just move on !

    If you have any experience or insight i would like to hear it , Thanks in advance
     
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  2. AceWallGromit

    AceWallGromit Regular Member

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    Had you been paid 18 times, once per month?
     
  3. XxUnivaxX

    XxUnivaxX Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    This line gave creeps.
    So you had a facebook page or a website?
    And did you used amazon logo in a custom created image?
     
  4. naderhk

    naderhk Newbie

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    I had a Facebook Page
    I did that when i started last year , i realized it was not right and i designed a new logo and cover page
    but after i received the email , i looked through my pictures and there was one with that logo still there
    that was buried under hundreds of pictures , and i didn't realize it till it was too late ...
     
  5. naderhk

    naderhk Newbie

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    i have been paid till February , March April and May has been withheld
     
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    Reaver Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    They dug that deep?

    That's...petty but not surprising.

    Sorry man. You can try to appeal but they said the decision is final so I wouldn't bother.
     
  7. naderhk

    naderhk Newbie

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    as matter of fact i am pretty surprised , one single little mistake that had no impact on what i was doing at all,
    I think i'll be moving on ....
     
  8. naderhk

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    I sent them an email saying i audited my page , i removed all violations and anything that might be related to their trademark , been a few days with no response
     
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    Not just with Amazon, every site out there be like this these days . They find smallest thing and send a "important" email either a violation or removal.

    Why aren't u getting paid what they owe you though ?
     
  10. naderhk

    naderhk Newbie

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    Apparently their user agreement strip you of any rights
    "Any dispute relating in any way to the Associates Program or this Agreement will be resolved by binding arbitration, rather than in court, except that you may assert claims in small claims court if your claims qualify."
    I can't even sue them , i can take them to small claims court though
     
  11. naderhk

    naderhk Newbie

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    Does Anyone know if i can use skimlinks in this situation?
     
  12. Calithran

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    Thanks 4 this info. This is the very reason why I want to dump Amazon and Adsense these days.
     
  13. naderhk

    naderhk Newbie

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    My pleasure , it's an expensive lesson , i don't wish it on anyone
     
  14. naderhk

    naderhk Newbie

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    I wouldn't dump amazon , just be very careful if you are using them
     
  15. AceWallGromit

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    Weren't you wondering why payments were suddenly being withheld three months ago? No offense to the OP but I see a lot of threads about people crying about being booted from Amazon who act super surprised and innocent as to why they were targeted.

    If you were getting paid in the past and earnings were accruing legitimately every month you should have been paid every month.

    If you saw payments being withheld a few months ago you should have sought answers then.

    They mentioned that you were misusing their trademarked terms or variations of their name in your social media pages.

    So many people claim their hands are clean but under a forensic blue light they are actually up to their elbows in GSR.
     
  16. naderhk

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    Amazon Pays after 60 days of earning , which means march was due to be paid this month .....
    https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/help/node/topic/202050210

    If you really don't know what you are talking about , then you shouldn't talk
     
  17. AceWallGromit

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    Ok well you made a few months good income at least. Try applying again with a clean site, you never know.

    I have waited long time to hear back from appeals so have patience and maybe they will have you back.

    Good luck!
     
  18. vt2011

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    just move on, u will be surprise to see some other aff programs will pay better than amazon with the same traffic and much less restrictions
     
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  19. Calithran

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    Yes, I agree. The advantage of using Amazon is the fact you have lots of niches to choose from. Other than that, let say you are into popular niches like dating, online games, health, software programs and make money online, you will realize that other affiliate / CPA networks will pay more commissions even better at much less restrictions.
     
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  20. vt2011

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    You're right but for any niche on amazon you can always find another higher payout affiliate program. Just use Amazon for scraping data but promote another aff program. In some niches commission is 3x higher than amazon, so the choice is obvious, glad I move from amazon and sleep better, without fear that in a morning all my hard earn commission are gone.
     
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