I’m sure this comes as a surprise to NO ONE. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not proud of this at all. But let’s be honest here – until the Jetblue Amazon link dies, not many people would use my affiliate link anyway.
Hello from the Associates Program,
We are writing to tell you that effective as of today’s date, Amazon is terminating your Associates account. Under the terms of the Operating Agreement, we may terminate your account at any time, with or without cause. This decision is final and not subject to appeal.
It is important that you immediately remove all Amazon Content from your Site(s). Please be aware that any other accounts you have, or may open in the future, may be closed without payment of any fees. Amazon reserves all other rights and claims.
Because you are not in compliance with the Operating Agreement, Amazon will not pay you any outstanding advertising fees related to your account. Amazon exercises its right under the Operating Agreement to withhold fees based on violations, which include the following:
-You are incentivizing others to visit the Amazon Site via your Special Links by offering rebates, discounts, points, donations to charity, or other incentive.
-Purchases resulting from Special Links on your site have been for personal use, resale, or commercial use.
Thank you for your participation in the Amazon Associates Program.
So what happened?
Don’t you love the “warmest regards” at the very end? Anyway, what happened was that 1 reader was using the link a bit too aggressively. Amazon, as smart as they are, figured there’s no way 1 person can generate that much volume w/o something suspicious going on, so they just assumed that I’m using it myself (which I wasn’t) or I was giving that person some kickback (which I wasn’t either). I don’t plan on appealing and will just chalk this one up to another lesson learned.