After Joining Amazon My Account Was Closed

Last Update: May 13, 2019

Recently I was searching through the many programs I use for finding good research topics for products to monetize my posts and pages. Some affiliate programs have much higher commission rates compared to the Amazon affiliate program and a few others.

When I joined Amazon my account was active for 180 days before it was promptly shut down for a lack of 3 sales within 180 days. This all happened before I ever joined WA and I had already built out a bunch of Amazons niche stores using a mobile site building platform.

I had completed about 20 plus of these niche site pages using Amazon widgets and banners for my niche product ideas. The whole time I had continued working building my storefront pages with very limited knowledge and I had no idea that it was all going to be for nothing.

The lesson I learned from this is to read the terms and conditions when you join any programs and not just check the box like I did when I joined. Not that I would've done a great amount of sales with my storefronts, but it's at least possible that I might of got a few sales.

No sooner had I finished the pages that I built in my spare time when I received the notice from Amazon my account was closed. Success is hard work and months of my work was now useless, I had no idea of Amazon rules, I had no experience and no traffic to my sites.


This became another reason for me to join WA, because I really had no idea of how to get traffic to my sites for free. Everything I was doing at that time involved a paid form of traffic and I had not yet sent any traffic to the storefronts I had created.

All of my work was more of a lesson learned for me, it was over before it begun and I had moved on to other things before I eventually joined WA. I had saved every storefront script code that I created and now I'm thinking of making a few revisions to those pages using WA.

I need to remind myself that Amazon is a great way to promote all of these niche products. Amazon offers many banners, widgets and tools to monetize your sites, but in the future I will keep in mind that their rules are much stricter for affiliates than most other platforms.

I use the Walmart affiliate program for a few products and they're much less restrictive with their affiliates compared to the Amazon affiliate program. Walmart is a well-known brand that offers 2-day free shipping on most products and they rank right up there with Amazon.

Since joining WA I have never promoted an Amazon product, but I may try to join the Amazon affiliate program again and recreate some of my old storefronts. I'll tweak my pages to be much better looking and change the code with my new Amazon affiliate links.

Each one of those pages had hundreds of products to browse within the niche as you scrolled down the pages of each store. Since these are storefront style and not a blogging review type of site I will have to tweak the SEO accordingly and add a bit more content.

I currently use platforms like JVZoo, Clickbank, Share A Sale, Rakuten and Commission Junction to find products to do reviews on my sites posts. With JVZoo or Clickbank it's common for the commissions to be as high as 70% per sale depending on the merchant.

I've also partnered with a few private companies that offer their affiliates high commissions.

Since joining WA I've created 3 sites with one site were I'm consistent with my creative writing for my content posts and I also have 2 sites outside of WA. After I applied a few tweaks with knowledge I learned from WA courses, my 2 outside sites are doing well.

Things are progressing in a very positive manner ever since I joined premium WA.

Thanks for reading and I wish everyone massive success.

All The Best

John


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BorisRoman Premium
Congratulations on your achievements!

Keep it up!

To your tremendous success!

Bob
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webcash2us Premium
Thanks Bob,
I know I'm in the right place here with WA.

All The Best
John
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Dhind1 Premium
Thanks for the lessons, John. Sorry, you had to learn it the hard way.
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webcash2us Premium
There's an old saying:
" you can't achieve success without first achieving failure".

The good thing is much of that old work is still usable now.
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GarryBrown Premium
Like we use this platform, to get comments for our website, there should be a group to help us get our first 3 Amazon sales. where members buy from each other's links. Why should we put all the work in for Amazon to then just shut down our account after 180days I bet they don't shut down the links, I bet they still work in Amazon's Favour.

Its a case of the big companies laying down their rules in their favour. Play at there own game, I know link sharing is not allowed but why should the big companies have it all their own way.
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Selenityjade Premium
This would be against the TOS of Amazon Associates. Friends and family aren't allowed to be doing this and having all sales come from WA or only having 3 sales and no more for months or something is suspicious and Amazon can track some of that with IP addresses and where the links originate from and a bunch of other ways I probably have no idea of. Some might get away with it, but it'll just cause Amazon to tighten rules again if they cotton on.
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GarryBrown Premium
I know it's against TOS, what is the answer then, You write post after post with Amazon referral links, for them to tell you sorry your account is closed for not making 3 sales....All that hard work for nothing.

I joined Amazon.com and linked it to my Amazon.co.uk account. I wrote posts especially for the Amazon.com audience, and now they have closed my Amazon.com for not getting the 3 sales.

I would not mind if the links did not work after they close your account.....but oh no that would not be in Amazons favour
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GarryBrown Premium
So, in theory, you could write a review saying the Amazon program is a scam, you have only 180 days to get 3 sales after joining or your account is closed. and all the hard work has been a waste of time. You will never get paid for referring sales after your account is closed.
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Selenityjade Premium
I'll write a blog or training post tonight about how I got three Amazon sales to keep my account open without consistent traffic to my site.

It's not a scam. Amazon has millions of active affiliates and there would probably be 10x as much inactive accounts without this rule. It saves them from having a ton of inactive accounts taking up space.

You're technically supposed to wait until you have decent traffic to apply. And you're allowed to apply as much as you'd like. But for every serious affiliate marketer looking to start with Amazon, there are probably 20 that give up or change their mind about blogging or whatever after they open an account. They give you 6 months to make three sales, so it's a good amount of time. I understand why they do it, and it is frustrating when you are one of the serious ones, but I can't imagine having millions or billions of inactive accounts on their servers or whatever is good business.

When I write my post, I'll link it here. I'm just at work on my phone right now so I can't.
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webcash2us Premium
Please do, I'd like to read the training.
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webcash2us Premium
Of course the links would still have worked for Amazon if I hadn't removed the pages. The thing is, this was my fault, not Amazons.

If I would of looked at the terms instead of just checking the box that I agreed to the terms than I would of known I only had six months.

I waited until over 20 storefront pages were done before I even thought of sending traffic and by then it was too late.

In the future I will get the traffic when I revamp my pages.

All The Best
John
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Selenityjade Premium
Sorry! I haven't gotten to it yet. I just replaced my laptop AND had to replace my phone, so I'm so far behind! I'm remembering this though! I haven't forgotten!
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ValerieJoy Premium
It was unfortunate you lost your Amazon account, John. But, it appears you are doing well now that you have some, if not all, WA training behind you.

I've had an Amazon account for a few years and although their commissions are very low, I will continue with it as long as they allow me to.

It sounds as though you are doing well with your three websites.

I wish you great success for many years ahead :)

Valerie
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webcash2us Premium
Thank you Valerie,
Yes, I'm doing much better now that I've completed my training with WA. Amazon booted me before I ever joined WA.
I've also backed off my sites to focus mostly on the one.

All The Best
John
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AffMktgRt Premium
John,

Sorry for the Amazon woes and thank you for sharing with us.

I personally would prefer promoting platforms or programs which offer recurring streams of income (such as promoting WA) which also tend to be less restrictive.

Wishing you continued success in all of your undertakings.
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webcash2us Premium
Thanks Gabriel,

I like residual commission best of all.
I have several that payout very nicely.

I'm now promoting WA as I build my site out.
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