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Banned on Payment Day: Lost over $1500 : Feeling Like Shit!!

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Madruga, Jun 14, 2011.

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  1. Madruga

    Madruga Senior Member

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    This gotta be one of the most fucked up days I ever lived. Just came from the cinema, excited that today was the payment day so I was planning to work on a few projects that some threads in here inspired me to apply. I open my account, and I saw that my account was on minus, such as all the previous earnings were lost too, even if I cashed them out already. I won't mention with who I was collaborating~ as an affiliate because of personal reasons, but I'll tell you their reason of why I got banned.

    It has come to our attention that you?ve promoted your affiliate code via third-party sites (xxxxxxxxx). This is a violation of our TOS bla bla bla..

    And you know what? I checked the site they pointed, and I saw a comment (such as a spam) with my affiliate code in it and stating something like: "oh hey. this is the best and only one working discount code~ [code here]" or something like that. The comment even had in the url one of my websites... I was so shocked! I never lost my time to spam forums with that, considering my website was generating a lot more than a simple stupid comment. Logical, who an earth would promote someone's else affiliate codes? I don't think that you would go to ezine, articlebase, or even write on your own blog an original article, and link it to someone's else affiliate id, so that he can earn. So, I realize now, that this gotta be the most sickest way to sabotage your competition. Someone, maybe my competitor, did it and he was aware that by that, he will remove me from the game. I wrote them a fucking +1000 words message, telling all sort of things and that I'd even provide them access to my own site, and see for themselves what kind of traffic I had, and also where the people were coming from, which keywords they used to find my site and so on.. so that they can understand that I wasn't that stupid to lose my time with spamming and such. And I don't even know how to demonstrate to them, that I wasn't the one who entered that comment.. either they did it, but I doubt about that, since they are a big company and not some minority. This is really shitty, as it was quite a permanent-increasing income, and almost on autopilot. I didn't broke their TOS and I know it.. but what else can I do? This ruined my day..my week... my summer? It sucks, as these 1k-2k~ per month, were easy money for me, for my real life and also for investing in other projects. Of course I do have other projects from where I can extract money.. but for that, I need some other money to invest...

    Ruined my fucking day (month, summer..w/e)
     
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  2. ruicosta

    ruicosta Regular Member

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    man, that sucks bigtime...hopefully you'll get to talk to someone and clarify your situation..

    its fckd up that anyone can ruin their competition by spamming their link around
     
  3. guarino12345

    guarino12345 Newbie

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    i got banned from effin go0gle to... dang!:zx11pisse
     
  4. thefreshmaker

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    man that sucks
     
  5. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    I don't know who you were working with but that happened to me with a CJ advertiser a couple of years ago.
     
  6. Madruga

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    The thing is that if I knew I'd do something wrong, that could violate the TOS, and then get banned, well yes, I'd feel sorry about it, but in the end of the story, it would've been my fault so I'd just have to clean my own shit. But how can you feel when you are clean, and yet blamed? Well.. I guess that is the same feeling that innocent prisoners have.. if there are any..
     
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    I hear you man, I had something like this happen to me a couple of weeks ago, it's most the horrible feeling at the time. All the work you put in, all the plans you had made and in an instant it's all gone.

    The universe does have a funny way of messing with you. Try to take it easy over the next few days and sleep on it, shift your attention to other work and take it as a lesson or develop a plan as to what you could do to prevent it happening again.
     
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  8. The Captain

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    don't under estimate crooked AM's, they take you out of the game and use your techniques for their own gain.
     
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  9. ruicosta

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    newbish question alert!
    from your experience, is there a chance to reconcile with the network and get you money back after explaining and showing proof of traffic sources?
     
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    don't email them, call them. email is a lot more impersonal, and gives them more confidence to deny your claims. Also by talking to them you'll show your not a third world scammer. And most importantly, you'll get a lot quicker response in a phone call. Affiliate terms state that when TOS is broken, the burden of proof is on yourself. If you are dealing with a reputable network, they will seriously consider appeals. Good luck!
     
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  11. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Almost never.
     
  12. ruicosta

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    thats what I thought :(
     
  13. BassTrackerBoats

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    A very good point; this would be a much better opportunity than just an email.
     
  14. Madruga

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    I don't know why but it was very hard to find their phone number. As strange as this might sound, they have a big reputation, even disregarding that they only offered email support. However, I found a number, and I'm planning to call them now..I don't know if the number is still good or not, the thing is I don't know how to act. Initially, I'd just try to explain them while being worried and kindly asking them to reconsider their decision.. almost beg? :/ Or should I just try to act professional? The thing is I can handle diplomatic and professional discussions over the phone, but sometimes if the other doesn't want to understand me, I just feel like saying 'Fuck You and your whole..".. but that won't be a good idea.. I'll try now to call them, while still waiting for a reply.. :(
     
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    who banned you if you don't mind sharing that way knowone else does the same
     
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    Do that and swallow your pride if they are A-Holes.
     
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    you can call them

    but you need to provide google analytics and other evidence to support your case - otherwise you wont get paid

    happened to me with neverblue.
     
  18. Madruga

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    Now they replied me shortly that I should need to contact them in 100 days, to reevaluate my affiliate account status.. wtf? In 100 days, or after... what about these money... what about until then? Fuck. I'm gonna call them right now.
     
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    seen it happen before.
    Gut tells me that they posted that comment/link and used it to skim that money back to their coffers.
    Never underestimate the power that money can wield over a person or company.
     
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    Sucks man! Let us know how it turns out. That would suck of a competitor is attempting to sabotage your account. When were the spam comments made? Maybe if you look a little deeper you could possibly identify the culprit!