Canary in the coalmine CROAKS ON AMAZON.
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.
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.
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.