Some Amazon.com Associates have noticed in their reports a sudden burst of clicks (and orders) dating to May 7th. I am not one of them, I'm sorry to say!
There's been a lot of speculation on the board as to what happened, with the most hopeful idea being that Amazon suddenly figured out how to block some kind of malware that was stealing commissions--"hopeful" because if so the boom in orders could be expected to continue. I'm doubtful about that explanation, though. If it were true, then should have seen a boost too.
Someone I trust has posted a note saying she thinks she's figured out what it is and has been able to replicate it on her site. I've emailed her to find out what it is--she didn't want to post it in public. Unfortunately she did say that it seems to be some kind of bug and that Amazon will most likely fix it and remove all the extra clicks and orders.....
Just the latest fiasco--Amazon's policy of keeping Associates staff to the bone had been back-firing on a regular basis this year.
So far as I am concerned the only drag is that I didn't figure it out sooner--if I had jumped on Valerie S.'s post, early in the thread, and put the script on my home page, I estimate that I would have reaped 100-150 extra sales over the course of the week....
Ian, it seems like it didn't work for you, but if the system counted a click it must have also planted a "cookie"--and a certain percentage of the people who viewed a page at a product preview site then went on to visit Amazon and buy something.
[added] In my experience from comments made on my forum over many years, people who decide Amazon represents best value to buy a specific book or product they have in mind come to my site via a bookmark then click into Amazon via the first link they see. It's called loyalty.
Doubtful anyone, even a casual visitor, would look at my links and then go direct to Amazon via another route.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/23/2009 11:25PM by Ian C. Purdie.