Hello again and Happy ______ (insert day of week here)!
So, you may notice all of my Amazon content has been removed from the blog. I used the Amazon Associates program which is an affiliate program to help direct readers to specific products that I was recommending as well as generate a small amount income to help pay for my website hosting for the blog that way I’m not coming out of pocket for it. (Can you blame me?! Who doesn’t love free shit?!)
In February, I got an email from the program stating that they could not access my site. I wrote back shocked because I had pretty good traffic considering how infrequently I had been posting and had never had an issue with accessing my website. After a few back and forth exchanges of me saying “Uh, nope – my site IS working – here is the address again.” and them saying “We can’t see your site.” the communication ended with a very curt response from them stating that the issue was closed and they would no longer respond to my messages.
I figured it may just be an error or a stupid rep on their end so I started a new account and spent many hours creating custom ads and links to product recommendations. A few of you started to use the links to Amazon and had generated a small amount of income for me to use towards the blog (THANK YOU FOR THAT!).
Less than a week ago I received a similar email from Amazon Associates stating that they could not access my blog. I responded pointing out that I was starting to get the impression that it was not them having issues accessing my site and that it was discrimination against my content. I got an email ignoring my suspicions again, yet stating that when I signed up I entered my website address incorrectly. Um, nope. I’m very OCD so I know I checked that fucker at LEAST 4 times for accuracy to ensure it was correct before I submitted it.
I FINALLY had someone respond to me with this:
-Your Site does not qualify for inclusion in the Associates Program because the content promotes unsuitable activity. For example, your Site may contain sexually explicit, violent, libelous, or defamatory materials, or promote discriminatory or illegal activities.
Here comes the rant…… There is no nudity on my blog (at least not yet LOL!), and some references to sex but I am not promoting anything unsuitable. Camming is a LEGAL profession! I know this because I sent the IRS $XX,XXX last year to pay my taxes (after deductions!). If the IRS is taking my money it’s valid and legal! If it’s suitable for the IRS to take my money it’s suitable enough for an affiliate program, right?! Alcohol is legal and is way more destructive than porn LOL. I doubt they would have stated my blog was unsuitable if I was telling people how to be bartenders.
If you are familiar with my blog and are aware of my content you will note it is is WAY less sexually explicit than these books they sell:
Hrrrrmmmmmhhh, then there is this stuff:
I guarantee there is more “unsuitable” content on Amazon, I just didn’t feel like digging in any further. Although searching “extreme dildo’s” got me all of those books – LMAO!
Someone please explain to me how the stuff I showed above is more suitable for Amazon to sell but too “unsuitable” for me to use as an affiliate for a blog that informs open minded women (who are more likely to use those toys/read those books) how to make money and keep themselves safe?????
You WILL run into discrimination in the adult industry, even going as far as Amazon not allowing you to use their affiliate program to assist others who are either in the industry or have interest in joining the industry.
I call bullshit Amazon. This is discrimination and “do as I say not as I do”. I’m pulling my account and canceling my Amazon issued Visa now. I spend THOUSANDS of dollars a year on Amazon and am happy to stop doing so because of how hypocritical this policy is.
Straight up bullshit.
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