Posted by William Charles on July 15, 2019
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Published on July 15th, 2019 | by William Charles

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We Got Banned From Amazon’s Affiliate Program

This is just a quick note to let you know that Amazon has banned us from their affiliate program, the official reason given was that “You are bidding on or purchasing Amazon’s proprietary terms (for example, ‘Amazon’, ‘Kindle’, or ‘ amazon prime deals’) for use in a search engine and, as a result, your ads are appearing in search engine results when users search for our Proprietary Terms.”

The problem is that we don’t use keyword advertising like that at all, despite sending in proof to Amazon that shows we don’t use this type of advertising they have still decided to ban our account. Going forward nothing will change, we will still post Amazon deals that we think readers will find useful and we will still be providing prime coverage (don’t worry, more of that to come shortly). The only difference is that our posts won’t have Amazon affiliate links anymore.

This was a large source of revenue for us, so I won’t pretend that Chuck & I aren’t disappointed. We can still appeal the ban (and we will) but given the size of Amazon I’m not at all hopeful that we will be successful. The main reason I wanted to write this post is so that users can choose to use Amazon affiliate links from other bloggers they find useful instead of ours. Thanks for the support.

[Update: we are now un-banned from Amazon. Shop on Amazon link.]



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Jess
Jess

Let us know if we can help in any way. That stinks.

Security
Security

Is there anything you’d like us, as readers, to contribute? Should we write to Amazon? Sign a petition, etc? Let us know!

Edit: also that’s Bull$#!+

Francisco
Francisco

Yeah let us know who we need to write.

Ian
Ian

Doc just let us give you money directly already!

kcihtred2
kcihtred2

donate all the low balance cancelations!

Jeff L.
Jeff L.

Sorry to hear about this. Chuck, Will, I think a lot of readers would be happy to throw in a couple bucks a month if you were to set up a Patreon

Gus
Gus

Agreed. I’m really wondering now why there isn’t a Patreon account.

Josiah
Josiah

Yeah. I’d give to a Patreon

sevillada
sevillada

that sucks. Let me help you (in spirit) by flipping the finger to Bezos 🙂

Andrew D
Andrew D

They chose a prime day to ban you…

sonia
sonia

🙁

George
George

That really sucks! Any way we can support you guys? This website provides us with so much value that it would be nice to give back somehow…

TheJester
TheJester

Write Bezos directly – show him the volume of your site in terms of traffic.

It may sound crazy but his email is public and he does read them and are plenty of news stories out there of examples of Bezos responding to comments/critique.

bot
bot

This is true. I have personal experience. We got screwed selling a perfectly good item that someone told us was defective and broken. We emailed Bezos and got an email back from one of his associates and the problem was resolved.

robertw
robertw

Don’t expect much from the exec team. My bet is you get the runaround . I am not aware of a single affiliate who was able to get back. A few were able to make a workaround with somebody else you hasnt been banned.

Zalmy

What’s the email address?

Matt Katakis
Matt Katakis

This. I have written them for smaller issues and they’ve always come through. Worth a try honestly.

Bobby Fischer
Bobby Fischer

Unlikely to work, as the reason to ban DoC from affiliate revenue is prolly that this blog mainly posts good deals that lose Amazon money (read: deals that are more advantageous to the buyer than the seller). After all, isn’t this why we read this blog in the first place? Amazon doesn’t want to financially support non-shill ‘gamers of the system’ (like DoC) to advertise deals that are net negative revenue and most people may not realize otherwise.

Matt
Matt

Email jeff@amazon when all the appeals fail.

Betelgeuse
Betelgeuse

That’s sucks. Maybe send a public comment on Jeff Bezos twitter.

AL
AL

Total BS. Im really sorry that happened to you. I wish you the easiest, speedy, and successful appeals process!

DM
DM

Please let us know if there is anything that we can do (though unlikely)

Alex
Alex

Amazon is now involved in the censorship game

Sideshowbob233
Sideshowbob233

Translation: we’ve had to pay you guys too much money – so you’re banned.

sam
sam

And, more importantly….they’re still getting the advertisement, but for free now :/

Bob Roberts
Bob Roberts

I wouldn’t be surprised if they reinstated Doc and a bunch of other sites they banned *after* prime day. I assume they are losing a ton of referral fees, so after the large sale ends they’ll reinstate them and not give them fees during the sale. Maybe not but Bezos didn’t get this rich by playing fair.

Peter
Peter

Interesting point. Sorry 😐 DOC and team.

Stephen
Stephen

That sucks man. let us know if there is anything we can do.

Information Booth
Information Booth

I’m not surprised they chose Prime day to do this to you. This infuriates me!!! You give them so much business. John 3:16

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