Amazon Associate Skimming?

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each of you got mentors for amazon sales or a agent contact them...
 

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sorry but come on you think amazon doing this really come on.

there big boys out there earning millions from amazon trust me there be in court be all over the news sorry dont beleve amazon skimm

all sales are due to year month date and times in sales

heigh and low are normal that sales fullstop

save for rainy days dont look for excuse of low sales trust me been there done that not worth it.

most sales are based of sesseion and financial climate ...

you can go off your head thinking your being skimmed from afflicates go in a mad house suffer from depression be on pills be carefull.

You can believe what you want to believe, but the odds of the exact same thing happening to so many of us are astronomical. I've been an associate for several years now, I know the difference between regular highs and lows. Amazon is posting record profits, it has nothing to do with the financial climate.

Affiliates are consistently reporting the following

# Huge increase in refunds. I RARELY ever get refunds. Refund rate was less than 2% in 2016.
# Credit for accessories or warranties, but not the big ticket items people would buy them with.
# Traffic numbers, CTR and Amazon clicks are remaining consistent, yet conversations have dropped from 7%+ to 2%.

These results are very consistent for a lot of affiliates. This is not just some tough sales period.
 

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I am having the exact same problem as you guys, just thought I'd chime in as it is frustrating as all hell.

I have gone from $100/day and since mid-late October have had mostly $4-$11 days. Funnily enough, this is not reflective of the traffic whatsoever. Traffic has increased and clicks through to Amazon (jetpack stats) have increased.

In fact, my adsense earnings are now five times my Amazon earnings. Should be the other way around...
 

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In my best months close to the beginning of this year I had 1000-1200 shipped items and always less than 50 refunds. I had close to 150 refunds with 800 shipped items last month without changing the type of products I sell. Conversion rate is down by 5% too. I don't know what's going on but I don't like it.
 

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Guys, what kind of links are you using?

I use Native Search ads (great except that they are getting blocked by adblockers in most browsers) and manual, long versions of affiliate links. In November, I had only one day that it was clearly something wrong with the Amazon's reporting and one more day that I wasn't sure.

Other than that, it is going fine....
 

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Guys, what kind of links are you using?

I use Native Search ads (great except that they are getting blocked by adblockers in most browsers) and manual, long versions of affiliate links. In November, I had only one day that it was clearly something wrong with the Amazon's reporting and one more day that I wasn't sure.

Other than that, it is going fine....

Why are you using long version links? I only use shortlinks for having a clean look, perhaps that could be something... but i wouldn't think so haha
 

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I've been an Amazon associate for many years now. However, over the last few months, my earnings have plummeted. My traffic numbers and clicks are pretty consistent, however, looking at the reports I rarely see credit for big ticket items anymore (despite those being my target). I am seeing credit for add on items or items you would ONLY buy with big ticket items in the first place (which is why I suspect skimming). I'm also seeing credit for square-trade warranties for example, but not the item they're actually protecting with a warranty. Who buys the warranty for an item without buying the item?

There's a huge thread over here discussing exactly the problem I'm experiencing
https://engagedforums.com/discussions/Amazoncom_Associates/_/_/am-associhelp/49949.1

Is anybody here also getting the same? This is across all my niches and website types. Conversations have gone down from a consistent 7%+ to 1-2% and it's mostly only low ticket items I'm getting credit for.

I thought I'd put this thread out to see how widespread this is and potentially warn anybody thinking about starting up with Amazon associates. Don't get me wrong, I've had natural dips in conversations / sales in the past. However, this is different and seems more like purposeful skimming.
honestly, I never had an issue with Amazon
 

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honestly, I never had an issue with Amazon

OK. A few questions

#1: How long have you been an affiliate? If longer than a year, can you show a screenshot or report of 2016 (August to November) vrs 2017 (August to November). Have your conversation percentages remained roughly the same. Are your traffic numbers / clicks the same.

#2: What are you doing differently?
How do you link to Amazon
Do you get traffic via SERPs, social media or where exactly?
Do you focus on higher ticket items or lower?
Do you focus on one or two niches, or many?
 

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Lol i earn like 4$ a day down from 5$ a day so idgaf but i can see how a 20-50% decrease can fuck shit up for some of ya depending on that shit.
Tough luck bras, bezos got his company lit on your shoulders and now hes fucking you off plain and simple
 

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Why are you using long version links? I only use shortlinks for having a clean look, perhaps that could be something... but i wouldn't think so haha

Well, I make a 'call to action' something like: 'For the best prices, check <item> Amazon link'. Where <item> is the link I got manually from amazon: product linking -> product links -> (correct tracking ID if I have to> -> copy paste ASIN/ISBN -> click on the product I want and then copy paste their link (sometimes I correct the the naming of the item, and add no-follow, but that is all).

and again, I had only one problematic day this month and one suspicious ...

November 2017 is some 3x better than November 2016 in terms of clicks and sales, with somewhat better conversion.
 

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I've definitely had days where there seems to be a massive gap in sales showing up in live reporting - like the tracking has just stopped or something. Previously when this happened there used to be a kind of "catch up" where a bunch of sales would come in at once. The catch up doesn't happen any more though.

I haven't noticed a specific drop in conversions since summer like many people are talking about. My conversion rate still averages out at 6-7% throughout the year, and this week it has been been between 12 and 16% (products I sell are quite popular at Christmas). When I compare it to last year at the same time its pretty much the same. So I think my account is okay - although I don't know for sure, maybe I could be making more!
 
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