On Monday past I received the following email from Amazon.com
It has come to our attention that you are artificially increasing your advertising fee earnings by automatically tagging Amazon sessions to your account. This is a direct violation of the Operating Agreement to which you agreed when registering for the Program. You can find the complete text of the Associates Program Operating Agreement, including Participation Requirements, via this link:
We insist that you cease this activity and remove all Amazon content from your site(s) immediately. Moreover, because you are using the Associates Program in ways in which it was never intended, your account has been closed and you will not receive further payment. Any other accounts you may have or may open in the future will be closed and advertising fees withheld without notification.
I responded immediately with the following
I have just received the notification of my expulsion from your advertising program. I confess to being completely surprised and confused as I don't understand what is meant by "artificially increasing your advertising fee earnings by automatically tagging Amazon sessions to your account."
Can you please explain precisely what offense I have committed?
Your decision has a very definite "permanent" tone about it. Any transgression has been totally unintentional. I have committed a lot of time and effort to learning how to promote your products and would not knowingly jeopardize my relationship with a program I regard so highly.
Can you outline how I may appeal and/or seek reinstatement in the Associates Program?
Amazon.com prides themselves on their ability to quickly respond to queries. Given that I haven't received a response some four days on I'm going to have to assume that I'm not going to get a reply and they are not going to explain to me what my transgression is.
I am completely devastated - I have invested so much time, effort and money in getting to the $1k/month earning point and to have that taken away so abruptly has me still in shock.
I'm also very frustrated - I don't know what offense it is that I've committed and it appears I won't be told and I find that offends my sense of natural justice.
Any transgression was certainly unintended.
I think it would be simple courtesy to tell me what I've done in understandable language.
I have several questions I hope Warriors can answer:
1. The only clue I have to my transgression is this line, "you are artificially increasing your advertising fee earnings by automatically tagging Amazon sessions to your account. "
Does anyone know what that means?
2. What is the status of my websites? Are they blacklisted? Are they ruined for any owner? Will they be marked by Google too?
3. Are there any alternative affiliate programs for UK affiliates running sites in US for home and DIY physical products? So, that I might retain the sites.
I'm at a pretty low point at the moment. Any help no matter how small would be appreciated.