You are planning to sign up with Amazon Affiliate programs………….
Or… already have one and got banned/ suspended.
………and trying to find a way to get back on the program fresh.
This article is just for you.
Here you will get the answers to your questions like——-
##What mistakes gets an Amazon Affiliate Account banned?
##How to get back a suspended Amazon Affiliate Account?
Before hitting the ground let’s be clear on three keywords related to your account.
- Account suspended:the first shock. You have kept away from selling. You can appeal if you want to continue with Amazon.
- Account denied:your appeal for your suspended account is unsuccessful and just have one more chance to get back your account.
- Account banned: Your affiliate account and amazon both are gone. You cannot retrieve your Amazon affiliate account if they banned your account.
Now….. know your situation and approach accordingly.
You know, many Amazon affiliates get banned without understanding their mistakes. So, if you can identify what to do and what not to do, then you can run your business smooth without getting banned.
If you are suspended anyway, then follow the steps enclosed at the end of this article.This can help you to get your account back.
Like most of the companies, Amazon has their own terms and conditions which you should follow.
Otherwise, you may get suspended or if unlucky, banned.
I think you won’t like to get your Amazon Affiliate Account closed at all.
Let me start by sharing some major mistakes that the affiliates often do and get banned from Amazon. Later I’ll add some steps that should be taken to get suspended account live as promised earlier.
Reason to get your Amazon Affiliate Account Banned ……
Not mentioning your Amazon Affiliate identity:
Don’t be shy.
There are a lot of people who wants to work unnoticed. Personally, I do also.
But Amazon doesn’t like it at all.
You have to mention on every page of your site that you are an Amazon affiliate. This info lets the audience and buyer know that you are getting a commission from their every purchase.
Amazon will ban your affiliate account if you hide this.
Disclosing your Amazon reports in your niche:
Well, you may want to show others that you are a Great Amazon Affiliates by disclosing your reports from Amazon in your site.
Wrong, it is.
Amazon doesn’t permit to do this so don’t put yourself on trouble doing this.
You must know that this is against the Amazon policy.
If you really want to add something, then do only your earnings. It is allowed.
Link from Sexually explicit and potentially Violent sites:
Amazon never allows you to sell their products through the site that contains or promotes sexually explicit materials and violent objects.
You will get banned in no times if you are associated with those activities.
If you want to be more cautious regarding this, check out the complete list of sites that are not suitable with Amazon on Operating Agreement.
Auto-Tag Amazon Sessions:
Amazon really cares about you and stores cookie information of your visitors.
Let me clear the situation…….
Suppose someone visits Amazon through your link but doesn’t buy it.
If he visits it again within 24 hours and buys that thing, you will get a commission.
But some tricky affiliates auto tag users to take advantage from that.
This is wrong.
Amazon may ban you for this practice.
Having Several Accounts:
As an amazon affiliate, if you have more one account at a time For an Amazon affiliate, having more than one account at a time is the easiest way to get his account closed.
Well………you may think that more account means more money.
But for a few times………
Amazon will find you out and seize your accounts.
No money at all. How’s that…….????
There are some exceptions. If you are running a large business, you may have more accounts.
But contact Amazon first to be sure.
Using your Affiliate Links for your own Purchases:
How about purchasing from your own shop?
The money stays with you.
You are making a great mistake.
Amazon doesn’t allow to purchase any products from them through your special links.
Rule no.29 of the Participation Requirements says…..
“You will not purchase any Product(s) through Special Links for use by you or for resale or commercial use of any kind.”
Listing Prices Manually:
There is a good chance of getting banned from Amazon Associates if you tag the prices in your niche site.
The reason is Amazon changes the prices often and they don’t want their buyers to get wrong information.
You may find this crazy but they don’t allow to state the exact prices of the products in your content.
Crossing the limits of Ads:
If you have a popular website, certainly you will get more offers from ads.
But don’t be tempted by them.
Amazon will suspend your account if you cross the limit and place numbers of ads.
You’ll notice that they allow only 3 ad units, 1 link unit, 2-3 search tabs, different 4 referral buttons to place on one page.
Amazon doesn’t allow their affiliates to promote their links offline.It’d be a direct violation of the rules prescribed by Amazon.
They don’t allow to send your affiliate links in emails
Amazon doesn’t allow you to send your affiliate links in emails as well as pdfs and ebooks.
Those materials can be accessed offline and are restricted by Amazon.
Well, some confusion over this term is very common. I often heard people saying that Amazon only instructs not to use Affiliate links in emails.
Let’s have a look what Amazon is saying about this—-
“In any printed material, mailing, SMS, MMS, email or attachment to an email, or other documents, or any oral solicitation.”
I think everything is clear enough after reading the statement.
Violating this agreement can get you in serious trouble.
Shortening the Affiliate Link:
Don’t ever try to make short your affiliate link on your own. They don’t allow it at all.
Many affiliates do it to look their links more attractive and finally, amazon banned them.
Amazon is very strict on this and in their 30th Participation Requirement they stated it clearly.
”You will not cloak, hide, spoof, or otherwise obscure the URL of your site containing Special Links (including by use of a redirecting page) such that we cannot reasonably determine the site from which a customer clicks through such Special Link to the Amazon Site.”
Using the Review of Others as your Own:
Amazon as well as Google is very much concerned about this kind of plagiarism. For this type of activity, there is high chance for both of them to ban you.
Write the review on your own. Don’t copy the review from Amazon and publish on your site claiming it as your own.
You can borrow the idea and some basic info from other reviews. All you have to do is just rearranging them and giving them your own opinion.
Here comes the statement from Amazon,
“You will not display or otherwise use any of our customer reviews or star ratings, in part or in whole.”
Using paid Ads:
You can generate more traffic by paid search placements that can boost your business. But Amazon doesn’t allow that.
“Prohibited Paid Search Placement” means an advertisement that you purchased through bidding on keywords, search terms, or other identifiers.” ……….according to Amazon.
My point is……….
You can’t hire a third party to promote and advertise Amazon’s product for you without their permission.
So, using this technique can lead your account to the way of banning.
Promoting on the Low-quality Sites:
Amazon is conscious about their prestige and any violation to this subject can get you a penalty from them.
Make sure that you are sharing links to high-quality sites.
Avoid your site from getting poor and copy content.
Otherwise, Amazon will suspend your affiliate program or account.
Providing direct links to music and video on your site:
As an Amazon Affiliate, you should not provide such links that directly relates to audio or video result.
This is clearly mentioned in the TOS of Amazon and you mustn’t disobey the rules.
Once done, you are on the hot list of Banning from Amazon.
Promoting fake products:
If you are doing this, a ban is on the way for you.
This is a direct violation of the terms and conditions of Amazon Affiliate programs.
Violating the trademark policy of Amazon:
You will be amazed to know that there are some trademarked products which have no connection with the title ‘Amazon’ directly.
For example, ‘kindle’ is a trademarked name of Amazon. But you see it is not associated with Amazon by title.
If you use this name in your domain name, that will be the violation of their trademark policy. It will get you in trouble.
But you can use a trademarked name in your post permalink as keywords and that is ok with Amazon.
This is a great technique for booming the sales but Amazon prohibits such activities. You can not offer any kind of benefits on your site.
They may ban you for this.
Amazon clears it in this way,
“You will not offer any person or entity any consideration or incentive (including any money, rebate, discount, points, donation to charity or other organization, or other benefit).”-by Amazon
90 days without Sale:
Amazon will close your affilaite account if you don’t get any sales within 90 days.
So try to make your site more appealing.
Change your marketing policy.
Anyway, you can re-apply for the program in future.
These are some common mistakes that the affiliates do often. There are much more like them.
Remember that Amazon is smarter than you and aware of the shady users.
So, read the terms and conditions carefully before you start with them. And keep practicing a fair business if you are already with them.
Now I’d like to discuss;
what to do, if your Amazon affiliate account gets suspended:
If you want to work with them, never go for another account without trying to retrieve the first one.
Opening another account is useless in a way……….. It won’t last long.
Moreover the chance of getting back your old account is going out of your hand.
You can deal with some formal steps if Amazon suspends your account.
They are as follows—
Find out the reason of suspension:
Well, you won’t have to work hard on that. Amazon will let you know the reason of your suspension. Most probably you have violated their policies or something like that.
Find out what was your mistake and on which point you are disobeying the TOS.
You can ask Amazon for help if you need more clarification on your pointed reasons.
But why not finding it in your own way? After all, this is a good chance of learning about that.
There are some issues that can get your account in trouble. Such as—
- Low rate of selling from your account
- If promote a banned product of amazon.
- Potentially harmful actions and behaviors by you and etc.
Do a little research on them once you have identified it.Don’t stop till you find why that happened and how. Have a plan not to let this happen in future and clearly, mention it at the time of appealing.
This will make your appeal stronger.
Never try to exaggerate your sincerity because that is not a smarter way.
Appeal for the suspension:
You can appeal the suspension through Amazon Seller Central.
Since you’ve understood your mistakes, confess it boldly and include it in your plan of action.
Write in a polite way so that you can convince them.
Be specific, professional and relevant.
Write that this mistake won’t happen again and you really didn’t mean that to happen.
Do your best and then submit your written plan to the team.
Go to Seller Central.
Click on performance.
Then go for performance notification.
Look for your suspension notice then click on the Appeal.
Submit your written plan of action.
Now wait for their reply. This may take 48 hours max.
If you are lucky…… Amazon authority will activate your account.
If not, try another day and follow the same steps.
Hope this article helps you…………….!
Don’t forget what you have learned. Feel free to ask me any question.
Thank you & Good luck……!!!!!!