Canary in the coalmine CROAKS ON AMAZON.

Last Update: February 10, 2016

Hey guys.

Yes, I'm the danged canary. LOL. I've actually begun to laugh at this stuff now.


OK so I got a notice from Amazon late January that one of my sites (inactive, under construction, no real content) didn't qualify and therefore my application was denied.

I THOUGHT THEY MEANT FOR THAT WEBSITE. Did I care? No. So I went on with my business.


----- NEVER, EVER TAKE A NOTICE FROM AMAZON LIGHTLY -----

As I'm logging in today I get: THIS ACCOUNT IS NOT RECOGNIZED....

"WHAAAAAAAT?" squawked the canary, and promptly called them.


So they tell me that if EVEN ONE of your sites on an account is sucking it, the ads stay on your sites but they CANCEL YOUR ENTIRE ACCOUNT FOR ALL TH SITES and codes all GO TO NOWHERE... TO AMAZON'S POCKETS I GUESS.

FOR ALL SITES. DOWN, GONE, NO ACCOUNTING, NO FEES, NOTHING.

THIS MEANS YOU START OVER.


For me this means one of my sites with about 180 pages has to be redone with the new affiliate code from the NEW ACCOUNT I HAD TO SET UP.

And another one that's busy right now is obviously a super-rush to fix...


HOW TO FIX IT AS FAST AS POSSIBLE?

  • Copy and paste code from your page containing ads into a text doc.
  • Search your OLD Amazon code and replace with your NEW code.
  • Copy this corrected coding and paste it back in it's entirety into your page.
  • Save.

AND DO AGAIN, AND AGAIN X 180? X 1000?

And don't forget to fix it on your WIDGETS, TEMPLATES... EVERYWHERE. That old code, if used, will go to nowhere's land and you will get nothing for it. Get it off EVERYTHING.

The more successful you are trying to be and the harder you've been busting your ass making sites and using Amazon ads, the more ridiculous work you are going to have to redo to stop losing income if this ever happens.


---RIDICULOUS---


ALSO, after this lovely experience I realize that the convenience of having just one Amazon account for all sites is utter stupidity. What will they pull next? I'm going to do a different account for each site. If they let me, that's probably the next thing.

Hope this heads off BS for you guys. Now, I have some searching and replacing to do... See ya next year LOL.

-Alexx

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ClareG Premium
Aww Alexx, so sorry you've had to go through this. What a waste of your time. That really sucks.
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SupportWorx Premium
Yes, but so many things are learning experiences here I think I am just getting used to being smacked with the unthinkable. -Alexx
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Amanda914 Premium
Hello Alexx, I'm so sorry for your horribly frustrating experience. Thanks for the warning and your advice on how to fix it ASAP and your good idea to set up a different account for each site. I'm not at the point where I have an Amazon account, but I will remember this if / when I have more than one site.

Amazon has become almost essential to digital life. Maybe that's why they feel they can get away with doing this kind of thing. I was listening to part of a show on National Public Radio. I don't remember the details, but one man said that people who work in Amazon's warehouses suffer from almost slave labor conditions.

Best wishes, Amanda
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MaryESS Premium
I read a very detailed article ( sorry, forgot where) on how Amazon is pretty rotten to all their employees. I thought it was a case of "sour grapes", but the issue keeps coming up and makes one wonder.
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SupportWorx Premium
Yeah Amanda, they're the big dogs and have zero mercy. I was very aware of the need to be polite even though the customer service was abominably slow, stupid and... just a dullard. And I just thanked her and went on my merry way! haha -Alexx
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SupportWorx Premium
They are kind of the evil empire of the internet, eh, Mary? -Alexx
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Amanda914 Premium
Hi Alexx, you did the right thing! Amanda
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ralphhusa Premium
Thanks for the heads up on this. I sure did not k now this.
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SupportWorx Premium
You're very welcome. -Alexx
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GeorgeEkman Premium
Thanks Alexx I will keep this in mind.
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SupportWorx Premium
Good George. -Alexx
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TanjaRita Premium
Sorry to hear you had to go through that. But thanks for sharing this with us. I had no idea. I assumed once your account was approved you could add on various sites. As long as commissions are coming on from somewhere I assumed it didn't matter.
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SupportWorx Premium
I assumed the same. When they asked for website NAMES I gave them to them. How silly of me. -Alexx
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TanjaRita Premium
So much for being honest!
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