Now that I’m finally recommitting myself to affiliate marketing, I logged into my long establishe and long neglected Amazon associate account to this unpleasant notice:
“This account is closed and will not generate referrals. Access to this site is for historical purposes only.”
What do I do about this?
Although I’m not one prone to panic, that did cause a little bit of uneasines.
I’ve never tried to cheat the system or use any special tools to help generate clicks and traffic, so I needed to figure out why the account was closd. Perhaps it was just inactivity from not making any sales in a long time.
I looked for emails from Amazon notifying me about my termination and did not find any.
FYI, if you have an account that was terminated due to violating Amazon’s terms, this post probably won’t help you much. Your best bet is to research the reason they gave, fix it, and beg, beg, beg for them to let you back in. They probably won’t and you will need to find alternatives. There are plenty out there.
After some Googling and further searching through emails, I realized that I missed an email from Amazon back in July:
Important Action Required – Child Directed Policy
Thank you for being part of the Amazon Associates program. We’re reaching out to remind you that sites targeted at children under 13 are not eligible to display links and advertising from the Amazon Associates program. To continue your participation in the Amazon Associates program, you need to declare that none of your sites are directed at children under 13.
August 31, 2015 – We will begin to withhold advertising fee payments to accounts that have not completed their declaration.
October 31, 2015 – We will close accounts that have not completed their declaration.
To complete the declaration:
1. Sign in to your Associates Central account at: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com
2. Click on “Account Settings”, then click on “Edit your website list”
3. Ensure ‘Your website list’ is accurate – by adding new websites or removing existing ones from the list.
4. Click on “Next” and complete the declaration process.
If you have questions or issues regarding your Amazon Associates website list, please contact Amazon Associates Customer Service at: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/associates/contact.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
The Amazon Associates Team
Somehow I missed this and didn’t take the required action. That led to my account being closed.
How did I get this resolved?
I logged into my associate account and started a chat with an Amazon Associate support rep.
She told me that she could not reactivate my closed account, but that I could reapply by going to https://affiliate-program.amazon.com and clicking on the Join Now link.
I did that and in just a couple minutes I was back up and running.
Definitely need to pay better attention to my emails. 🙂
If you’ve been through this or something similar, let me know in the comments on how you got it resolved.