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Don't Get Sloppy With Your Main Amazon Account

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by mcgoohan6, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. mcgoohan6

    mcgoohan6 Power Member

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    I should have known better, but I was doing some blackhat stuff with Amazon links and some adult content and stupidly I was using my one and only Amazon account. I got slapped down and the account was closed (along with losing my earnings for the past two months). Since what I was doing was against the TOS, I'm not really upset by that.

    But I was pissed at myself because that was also the account that I had tons of links across my autoblogs on. I only made $30-$50 a month from Amazon with the autoblogs before I got sloppy. But those links are all useless now.

    I quickly regrouped and reset all of my future Amazon posts as well as fixed the links on a white hat site I launched recently. But I don't think I have it in me to replace the links across 30 sites that have been posting steadily for months.

    The lesson to be learned is to diversify your exposure if you are going to engage in risky behavior.
     
  2. popcrdom29

    popcrdom29 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Sorry to hear that. I'm willing to bet that at least 75% of us here have lost accounts before for not covering their tracks. Chalk it up as a lesson learned, move on and start with something else.
     
  3. mcgoohan6

    mcgoohan6 Power Member

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    Yeah, I'm not losing any sleep over it. I've taken it as a lesson, that for me, my efforts are best spent on implementing long term strategies instead of flash in the pan methods.

    I was wasting an hour or so a day on a short term sprint, when I should have been creating content and working on linking strategies for the long run.
     
  4. IAmAbomination

    IAmAbomination Newbie

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    Hey, don't give up so easily. I've got a solution for you - as long as you can add javascript to the autoblogs, and write a few lines of php.

    Code:
    <!--
    onload = function () {
    	for (var i = 0; i < document.links.length; i++) document.links[i].href = 'h-t-t-p-:-/-/-yoursitedotcom/redirectscript.php?' + document.links[i].href
    }
    // -->
    That code will rewrite all the hyperlinks on your page/site depending on where you put the javascript, and rewrite them to yoursite.com/redirectscript.php?URL. All you need to do is make a php script and host it anywhere that will capture the url from the query string, rewrite the affiliate tag, and then send: header("Location: amazondotcom/?AFFILIATEBLAHBLAH");

    That should be a 100% solution to your problem, hope it helps :)
     
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  5. mcgoohan6

    mcgoohan6 Power Member

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    Thanks IamAbomination. I'll try that on one of the younger sites next week with a few less links and see how it goes.
     
  6. IAmAbomination

    IAmAbomination Newbie

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    Not a problem man, glad to help.
     
  7. -Jericho-

    -Jericho- Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    If they're wordpress sites get the plugin search and replace. Find the part of the URL that's different which should just be your affiliate ID and do a search and replace. Easy fix.
     
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  8. Virus1

    Virus1 Supreme Member

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    just wondering what exactly you did that got you banned....???
     
  9. mcgoohan6

    mcgoohan6 Power Member

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    I got banned for linking adult oriented products from Amazon to adult images.
     
  10. clyde

    clyde Elite Member

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    +1 this.
     
  11. dummydecoy

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    if you're using WP
    check this plugin : Amazon Affiliate Link Localizer
    it will override any affiliate ID found in the post. simply update with your new ID
     
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  12. mcgoohan6

    mcgoohan6 Power Member

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    Search and Replace plugin worked like a charm. Thanks for the help guys!