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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JayFran Premium
This is kind of complicated! Basically it seems they want all sites you have associated with them to be working sites with content.

I would think you might contact them and tell them you made an error by including that incomplete site and are removing the site from the Amazon affiliate account. (?)
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SupportWorx Premium
I would pull my hairs out negotiating with Amazon. I'm already down the road fixing it and it's been a good excuse to clean up that site, but thanks for the suggestion! -Alexx
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JAHBOBCLATO Premium
Amazon will be the lat thing i will consider to put on my site.

I will buy from them, but that is about it .. for now.
II had the same experience too.
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SupportWorx Premium
Bummer... -Alexx
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cronkito Premium
That's a bummer! I'll definitely have to pay more attention to those Amazon notices. They couldn't let you just drop the one site? Can you drop a site from Amazon? Hmm.
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SupportWorx Premium
I don't know if I could've dropped one before they freaked out. I assume so but you should never assume anything with Amazon lol -Alexx
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cronkito Premium
It's a good heads up either way! :) (I poked around a bit on my dashboard and I couldn't find how to drop one)
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SupportWorx Premium
Oy... well if you find it eventually would you share it with me, Cronkito?
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cronkito Premium
Sure thing!
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dickw Premium
Whoa, this is cause for a double take. Thanks for the heads up.
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SupportWorx Premium
You got it, buddy! -Alexx
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KarenDemers Premium
Alexx, I've been with Amazon for a few months and also have experienced a few problems with them. For example....A visitor to my site purchased a few items on Amazon via a link on my site and sent me a thank you email for the recommendations. The sales didn't show up on my reports and I didn't receive any commission. This has happened at least 3 times that I know of.
I called them and they obviously didn't see the sales I was referring to. I do know that if an item sits in the cart for more than 24 hrs...we don't get anything for that sale.
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SupportWorx Premium
Yeah that danged 24 hr cookie sucks, but the opportunity for them to shop away all over Amazon and us to get paid on that continuium for 24 hrs is pretty cool, so it's a double edged sword. -Alexx
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TanjaRita Premium
I also had someone purchase 3 items through my link last week, but I am only getting credit for one item. I have no idea what is going on.

I was also told that if they are purchasing the item that the link referred them to, they can keep it in their cart for 90 days and you will still receive a commission for it. But it has to be the exact item that the link took them to and they have to have added it to their cart. This does not work if they used your link, then searched for another item and put it in their cart and then left, came back and purchased it several days later. In that case the cookie window is only 24 hours.
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uncleyeti Premium
I'm not sure their commission is worth all that trouble.
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SupportWorx Premium
Yeah they're cheap, but at volume and on lots of sites with the option to choose so many products and learn just one system as a beginner it's worth it to me right now, man, but I totally hear you! -Alexx
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Ericabried Premium
Oh my gosh - thanks for the info.
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SupportWorx Premium
No problem, Erica! -Alexx
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playfulheart Premium
Thanks for sharing your experience.
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SupportWorx Premium
No problem. -Alexx
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Martstervt Premium
Thanks for the heads up.

Marty
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SupportWorx Premium
You're very welcome Marty -Alexx
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AchuthanN1 Premium
Thank you for sharing. Its a lesson for all of us to take heed.
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SupportWorx Premium
Yeah, it's hard to remember everything so it's good to hear horror stories from people who really took a beatin' LOL. -Alexx
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tansa Premium
Thanks for sharing! Really sorry for all the trouble Amazon has given you. Meh.
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SupportWorx Premium
Meh!!! -Alexx
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GotBackupGuy Premium
Ouch! A very good heads up indeed!!
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SupportWorx Premium
There were 57 replacements of my code in the first widget I redid. This is a big ouch lol -Alexx
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MaryESS Premium
Thank you for sharing this; sorry for all the trouble you had. By sharing this , you've probably saved a lot of people here from having the same experience.
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SupportWorx Premium
Yeah, that's my role here. Point man for B.S. LOLOL -Alexx
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Ventures2000 Premium
I did just read here at WA that multiple accounts is not only possible, but recommended. I did learn from your lesson. Sorry for your misery. Robert
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SupportWorx Premium
Good. I will do that then, Robert, thank you. -Alexx
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Prestones Premium
... a little early for a New Year's resolution Alexx, but it's good to have goals ;)

It might be worthwhile to look for a way to do a search and replace for text sitewide. Check out http://www.blogmarketingacademy.com/search-and-replace-wordpress/ or http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/how-to-search-and-replace-wordpress-in-blog-post/ for a couple possible solutions - but there must be others.

Unfortunately, I don't have any first hand knowledge to pass on - just a suggestion to see if there's a better way :\

Dennis
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SupportWorx Premium
You never fail to be the MOST brilliant, D! How are you? I've been down with my head under me with some family death and aftermath stuff, and barely keeping up with my sites. MISS YOU ALL. I'm trying to be around once a week or so. -Alexx
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Sui_generis Premium
I don't find Amazon as an Affiliate easy to work with but they do have a LOT of products and people DO use them a LOT. Good luck. ~Debbi
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SupportWorx Premium
I know Debbi... that's why I just rolled with it. Well, took a sedative, THEN rolled with it LOLOL -Alexx
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Dmorrow Premium
Oh Alexx, I'm so sorry to hear that! What a bummer. It stinks that Amazon is such a good way for us to build a passive income, since they are so hard to work with and learn how they work! But I keep hearing over and over that they are one of the best ones to use. Thanks for the heads up.
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SupportWorx Premium
Yes, the temptation breeds THEIR contempt for us apparently. You're welcome! -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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