Another site is using my Amazon affiliate tracking-id

by holzer
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I have a site that I used to have a few amazon affiliate links on. The site wasn't really converting very well so I just removed all the affiliate links about 6 months ago.

I recently logged into Amazon to start a new campaign for a different site and noticed I was getting clicks thru with my old tracking code from the site I removed the links from. I even had 8 sales this month!

So I googled my tracking-id and found out that someone has an affiliate site that is running several affiliate programs. I would say that maybe 70% of the affiliate links/ads are for Amazon and every single one is using my tracking id. Why would someone do this? The site is even fairly decent looking.

The site is indexed in Google but they have 0 pagerank and no alexa ranking. I don't think they get much traffic since Ive only had 40 clickthru's in the past 2 months but they seem to convert OK.

First off I'm curious why someone who appears to know what they are doing would add my affiliate id and second what do you think i should do about it?
#affiliate #amazon #site #trackingid
  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Have you raised this issue with Amazon? Might be a cookie problem?
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  • Profile picture of the author wmwoodie
    Hey Holzer,

    HaHaHaHa!!! That's a good one! I never heard of such a thing before. That's really funny, and very strange. I can't imagine why someone would want to do such a thing. It must be some kind of technical glitch or mix up of some kind. I think I would contact Amazon and inquire about it. Interesting problem though. Hey, if you are making some bank from it you may not want to mess with it!!! hahaha

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    • Profile picture of the author holzer
      It's definitely not a cookie issue, clicks have been trickling in for 3 months and when i hover my mouse pointer over any of the affiliate links I can see my ID. This person is not cloaking any of their links.

      Don't get me wrong I'm happy with the free money I am just a little perplexed on this persons motive. If they do something against Amazon's TOS I don't want to be held accountable for their actions, but as far as I can tell everything looks OK.

      So I'm trying to decide if i should just keep my mouth shut and enjoy the free commissions or I should contact amazon about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    Wish people would do this with my Amazon link? I am happy to share it if anyone wants it.
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  • Profile picture of the author marketingva
    Holzer,

    The problem is that they may very well do something against the Amazon TOS. If they do that your affiliate account will get shut down and you will be blamed. I would ask them to remove your affiliate link from their site.

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    • Profile picture of the author holzer
      Originally Posted by BradCarroll View Post

      Could be that someone is scraping your site but doesn't 100% know what they're doing?
      lol, nope! This was my first thought as well, but they are using ads that use the Amazon API to make. They actually had to add my ID manually somewhere. The thing that really boggles my mind is WHY? Why would someone do this? The site doesn't appear overly spammy and while not the way I would do it it looks like this person did put some effort into it.
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      • Profile picture of the author anton433
        Originally Posted by holzer View Post

        lol, nope! This was my first thought as well, but they are using ads that use the Amazon API to make. They actually had to add my ID manually somewhere. The thing that really boggles my mind is WHY? Why would someone do this? The site doesn't appear overly spammy and while not the way I would do it it looks like this person did put some effort into it.
        Maybe their ID is very similar and they have misspelled it? :confused:
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  • Profile picture of the author pogospring
    Sounds like the perfect problem to have.
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    • Profile picture of the author curly sue
      Well, good for you, someone is making you money. Or you can be the good hearted person and contact them about the issue.
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  • Profile picture of the author RobinInTexas
    It might be best to get a new associates ID. https://affiliate-program.amazon.com...=ATVPDKIKX0DER
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    ...Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just set there.
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  • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
    Are you certain they are adding new products? It kind of sounds to me as if they copied the code from your old site and simply don't realise they have to add their own ID. Are the items all things that you were trying to sell from your old site?
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    You should encourage them to expand.

    And then teach them better SEO techniques

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