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December 09, 2006

Jeff Bezos You Just Lost Your Biggest Fan. Amazon.com Inc. Affiliate Program Is A Scam

posted by MR WAVETHEORY at 12/09/2006 04:08:00 PM
I have been running Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq AMZN) affiliate ads on my site ever since I was invited to joing the program. In fact, when Omakase links launched, I wrote a glowing review of the new Amazon Omakase links program which serves contextual ads to my blog. In fact, I still have it on my site. However, lately, I have been very disappointed by the business practices of Amazon affiliate program. I believe I am being scammed by Amazon.com. Inc.

My affiliate commissions are not truing up. Typically, I check my Amazon.com affiliate reports twice each day, usually early in the morning when the day is over and then in the middle of the day around noon. Lately, I've noticed that the two reports have been different depending when I run them. At first, I didn't believe that Amazon.com could possibly be scamming me for a few dollars. After all, my commissions have never amounted more than a few dollars a day. However, I noticed so many times that my reports were different based on the time I logged in, that I decided to take screenshots to prove to myself that I wasn't just being paranoid.

Here's a screenshot I took earlier this morning of my affiliate commission for December 8th, 2006 which is yesterday. You can see that the total earnings for December 8th, 2006 came out to $17.91. The total number of items shipped was 18 orders.
I ran the same report again this afternoon and the total earnings for the day were $0. The total items shipped was 0 orders.Seeing is believing and I can't believe my eyes. The same report now says that I earned $0 after telling me that I earned $17.91 earlier in the day. I don't intend to get rich from the Amazon.com affiliate program, but I hate being scammed. Like many bloggers, I put alot of passion and time into writing my blog. My blog is a way for self expression. I do it because it's fun. Being scammed by Amazon is not fun.

I am so surprised that Amazon.com is scamming me this way. I was a big fan of the Omakase links program since it launched, because I saw Amazon as an underdog seeking to provide an alternative solution in the contextual advertising market which has been cornered by Google. However, after this experience, I don't know what to think about Amazon.com. Maybe Amazon.com is just another big bad corporation. With this bad experience behind me, I am seriously rethinking whether I want to be a publisher in the affiliate game. (Read about the BlockBuster affiliate scam.) Jeff Bezos, you should be ashamed, because you just lost your biggest fan.

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Blogger Davis Freeberg said...

First Blockbuster, now Amazon. You might be better off cutting out the affiliate networks and selling your own ads with all the trouble you are having.

I've read that Shopping.com pays the most, but I can't remember where I saw it. Supposibly it's because people make more purchases when they click.

If it turns out that Blockbuster does end up scrwing you on their affiliate program you should sell Netflix ads just out of spite.

7:04 PM  
Blogger MR WAVETHEORY said...

Thanks for the tip. I'm going to try out Shopping.com. I hope they are better than Amazon.com.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

From the Associates discussion boards, http://forums.prosperotechnologies.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=am-associhelp&msg=17276.1&ctx=8192. Reports during December are not updated until the afternoon because of the volume of orders. Until reports are updated in the afternoon for the prior day's orders, quarter-to-date data is displayed.

10:12 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Yeah, you probably did not have any commissions on 12/8. So when the data got loaded for that day it shows $0 commissions. You've probably made $17.91 in commissions since 10/1.

8:15 AM  
Blogger MR WAVETHEORY said...

It is totally unclear to me why Amazon cannot do realtime reporting when AdSense is near real time. I guess this clears the confusion. I think it would serve Amazon well to at least make it very clear what they are doing. They really should post it on the associates home page or dash board. I would have never guessed the reason why my reports weren't trueing up.

I guess the real reason for the $0 is that the amazon affiliate code is not converting very well. I have been playing with the UI and placement to no avail. What can I do to improve the conversion?

2:36 PM  
Blogger dt said...

I noticed this issue also. Sorry to disappoint you, however it is because amazon has multiple servers and some of them are updated sooner than others. eventualy they all contain the same reports. but in the period between 6am and 7am you may get different reports everytime you reload the page.

7:06 PM  
Blogger cristian said...

There are many afflilate programs scams, and there always will be because a successful business always will find pretenders of scamming people in their own interest using a text or program for a successful business.
Affiliate Network

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