Look at this Amazon Affiliate "business model" I found

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Check this guy out:
Code:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A3UIH7DCQRA21L

This guy has hundreds, possibly thousands, of product "reviews" that consist of nothing but posting a long post with Amazon Affiliate links to other related products.

Just look at how all his "reviews" are basically identical. All he does is fetch data about related products and post them in a review template with tons of affiliate links to those related products.

In other words, this guy doesn't have to generate any of his own traffic, or even write anything creative or unique at all. All he does is post affiliate links and copy/paste data that anyone could find on their own, to the Amazon review section of products.

Frankly, I am surprised that Amazon allows people to post affiliate links to the customer review section. It really seems like they are just giving away money by doing this, since most people reading those reviews were probably going to buy one of the products anyways.

Why am I sharing this with you?

Well, because I just found it and thought it was interesting. It certainly looks like an easy "business model" that anyone could outsource to some cheap writers from a third world country.

And frankly, I am sharing it because I hope everyone that reads this starts doing it, so that Amazon decides to shut down this spam method. This guy is contributing literally nothing at all - no personal experience, no personal review - to the people reading reviews in the product review section. He is clogging it up with spam that just gets in the way of the people reading reviews. So, I'd like to spread awareness of his spam-based business model in order to help shut it down.
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  • Profile picture of the author onSubie
    Your link is just a generic link to "Profile" and it invites me to create one.

    Your observation/discovery is very interesting. It would be good to see RMW's profile.
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    • Profile picture of the author Curtis2011
      Originally Posted by onSubie View Post

      Your link is just a generic link to "Profile" and it invites me to create one.

      Your observation/discovery is very interesting. It would be good to see RMW's profile.
      Yeah I noticed the link wasn't working. I replaced it with raw html that you can copy/paste into your browser and it should take you to the right page.

      The guy I linked to is currently #40 on Amazon's top reviewers list. Every single one of his reviews is just spam.
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  • Profile picture of the author onSubie
    Yeah, it's crazy. I am taking a close look....

    Edit: One observation - and I haven't checked for myself if he is embedding affiliate links- is that an affiliate link from a website to Amazon sets the cookie and gets the visitor to Amazon.

    The primary goal is to get the visitor to Amazon with your 24 hr affiliate cookie set.

    But for this guy the people are already at Amazon, already shopping and already reading reviews. He doesn't have to send traffic to Amazon, he's just dropping his cookie on people who are already there.

    Talk about targeted traffic....
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  • Profile picture of the author salegurus
    I reported him to Amazon. Lets see what they say....
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    • Profile picture of the author DermotByrne1
      Very interesting post.
      Out of interest I did some fishing around on amazon for info. This info is copied & pasted directly from amazon.

      "Customer Discussions

      What are product links?

      In the text of your discussion post, you can link directly to any product offered on Amazon.com. When you click on the 'Insert a product link' button, you'll be able to search for any product that you'd like to reference. Selecting an item from the search results will insert text in your discussion post that looks something like this: [[ASIN:0545010225 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) (Hardcover)]]. When your discussion post is displayed on Amazon.com, this text will be transformed into a hyperlink, like so: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) (Hardcover).

      You are limited to 10 product links in your discussion post, and your link text may not be longer than 256 characters.

      How do I include product links if I don't see an 'Insert a product link' button?

      If you do not have a Javascript enabled browser, you won't see the 'Insert a product link' button, but you can enter the text that creates a product link directly. Start with "[[ASIN:" and then include the ASIN (an Amazon identification number that can usually be found in the Product Details section of a product page). Next, type a space and then the text you'd like to appear when the link is displayed. Finish up with "]]". For example, if you type "[[ASIN:0545010225 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) (Hardcover)]]" (not including the quotes), you will see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) (Hardcover) when your discussion post is displayed on Amazon.com" End

      So I guess his "product links" are actually his amazon affiliate links.

      Very interesting.....
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  • Profile picture of the author Jennifer Hutson
    Really interesting...that would be giving free money away on Amazon's part.

    If he's the #40 reviewer for the entire site, I'd think Amazon would have noticed his profile and spammy reviews by now. There's always a chance they haven't, though.

    @salegurus: Perhaps you can let us know how the report ends up?
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  • Profile picture of the author onlineleben
    Are you sure that are affiliate links?
    I am missing the affiliate ID in it.
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  • Profile picture of the author cooler1
    I don't know you mean.

    The way he's formatted his Amazon links, it says ref= after the ASIN number. A short affiliate link says tag= like this-

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/ASIN#/?tag=YOURID

    If you type "ref=cm_cr_asin_lnk" in Google, it comes up with 49,500 results. It doesn't look like an affiliate id.
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    • Profile picture of the author Curtis2011
      Originally Posted by cooler1 View Post

      I don't know you mean.

      The way he's formatted his Amazon links, it says ref= after the ASIN number. A short affiliate link says tag= like this-

      http://www.amazon.com/dp/ASIN#/?tag=YOURID

      If you type "ref=cm_cr_asin_lnk" in Google, it comes up with 49,500 results. It doesn't look like an affiliate id.
      It's possible that I was mistaken. I thought the ref= thing was an affiliate link.

      That said, if they aren't affiliate links, why the hell is the guy bothering to post all those reviews?
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  • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
    This is called round-tripping and I used to make $500+ per day doing it as an eBay affiliate years ago before they outlawed it specifically. This practice is against Amazon TOS and will likely result in the ban of the affiliate once the affiliate is reported.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    This is the first time I heard Amazon allowing people to post affiliate links on Amazon review page. This is disturbing. The ref thing is definitely an affiliate link.
    I was given all of these products to test and evaluate.
    I doubt about this particular statement.
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    • Profile picture of the author Curtis2011
      Originally Posted by Adie View Post

      I doubt about this particular statement.
      I saw this same statement on many top reviewers' reviews.

      Maybe they make a living off of writing professional reviews for Amazon-based products. I can imagine a business owner who releases a new product saying "we need some great reviews to help it sell" and paying these guys to write them.
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