I accept that it's my fault, and, from what I've been reading about Amazon, they have no mercy here...
99% of my amazon earnings have been coming from this one site, it's been earning on average, just over $1,000 per month... so, I'm a little upset
So, I'm just looking for some advice, on what to do with this site, and also, what's my future with Amazon? I have a couple of other amazon sites I've been working hard on, and would like to stick with Amazon in the future.
So... here's the options I'm faced with.
It would be sad to see it go after so much work, but, this may be the best option.
Would it be ok to sell, I've no problem being honest with buyers. With new hosting and affiliate ID, it should be ok?
2. START AGAIN?
Amazons wording in the email makes it sound like it's ok to do business in the future, Any other accounts you may have or may open in the future which are found in violation of the Operating Agreement may be closed and advertising fees withheld without notification.
So, can I just start again, open a new associates account, and don't do anything shady? I've a couple of other sites I've been working hard on, that are climbing the rankings, so, I would like to be able to stick with Amazon.
3. ANOTHER AFFILIATE PROGRAMME?
This could be an option, but I don't really think any of the others really measure up to amazon... I'm looking at cj, buy.com, walmart, shopping.com... any advice here?
3. DO A DEAL WITH PRODUCT MANUFACTURER
My site focuses on 1 main group of products, in the household appliance niche.
There's one product that does the best, so, I approached the manufacturer, who is also trying to market it online. I was just looking for permission to use their video on their site, and some better quality pics.
They were quite interested, and asked me about promoting their site... we talked a bit about me helping them with their promoting, but it didn't really come to anything. I need to work on my negotiation skills.
So, maybe there's an opportunity to rent/sell the site to them?
So, there you go... lesson learned.
If you're an affiliate, be very careful how you market your site... I'm not going to go into details, it was bad advice, I checked it out online, and it seemed to be ok... but, I guess it wasn't.
I've over $3k in commission that I'm not going to see... I've a feeling that once you earn over a certain amount, they put you under a microscope before releasing the cash. I made close to $2k in Jan... so, that must have done it.