I’ve signed up with the Amazon Associates program about a mount ago in the hopes of building some beer fund and started slowly building up a niche site. At the same day( out of curiosity, more than anything ), I’ve posted one of my affiliate links on a forum. After got a couple of days I got an email from amazon stating “Congratulations, your application to the Amazon.com Associates Program has been approved…” I logged in to my associate account and watched that the link I posted actually made a couple of sells and that I accumulated more than 10$ in earnings. In the following days I read up more and more about Amazon and saw that posting connects on websites that are not your own is not well perceived.
From the Amazon Associates FAQ: “Yes – the Associate Program does pay referral fees for qualifying marketings generated from social networking sites like Twitter. As with all other means of driving traffic, Associates have to be sure that the method is permitted by the terms of the Associates Operating Agreement and, if applicable, the Product Advertising API License Agreement, as well as the terms and conditions of the specific site on which their linkages are posted. For example, MySpace does not permit its users to post affiliate marketing connects on their profiles.”
I’m a member of that forum for got a couple of year’s and I just didn’t remember if the community’s regulations stated something about “posting affiliate links” by our own member. I have clearly seen users post links to products and promote their own websites/ monetized YouTube channels ecc ecc … So I thought nothing of it at the time. But since I’m paranoid I’ve decided to re-read the community rules. The community rules stated “no advertising” and not specifically affiliate links( but I’m presuming its the same in their eyes ). I panicked and deleted my post and account and I started seeming up online about people being banned from Amazon. I didn’t find anyone telling a narrative similar to mine, I did find people complaining about being banned with no previous notification , no “Please stop what you are doing or we will discontinue your account” email from Amazon. So plainly I started panicking even more. I considered a post on / r/ Twich that a guy called lethalfrag get banned from amazon by apprise his viewers that he is an Amazon Associate. Amazon stated that he was giving incentive to buy products using his connections, which is against the rules. Does that mean that they actually go to where the affiliate links were posted and they read what else is posted on the website? Is it an automatic process( bots )? Do they double-back to the source of each connection you post or do they only check the website you put in when you sign up for the program? In my suit the original page where I posted my connection does not exist anymore because i deleted it, but they could hypothetically go to the main website and read if the community rules … Am I being too paranoid or am I doomed? If I’m doomed, when will they let me know?
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Posted an amazon affiliate connection on a forum that doesn't permit ad. Deleted the post a couple of weeks later( about a week) Am I going to get banned from amazon in the future, or if I was going to get banned I would know it already?