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My Amazon Woes

As a senior learning Internet marketing I have made no secret of what an uphill learning curve this has been for me. This summer has been no exception.

The focus of the summer has been to build backlinks by guest blogging. I would say this has been quite an enjoyable successful experience. Not only trying to find interesting topics to write about but also actually having them published on the blogs then interacting with the various people coming in to make comments has given me more a sense of community.

In amongst all this I have been having a disturbing problem with my sites that promote Amazon products. It is not a problem with the wide variety of available products or Amazon’s great customer service. It is something called “phantom clicks”. As best that I am able to determine this is something that some but not all WordPress sites can experience. It seems these “phantom clicks” give a distorted picture of traffic to your site and then on to Amazon.

If I go into my sites that have Amazon links to edit something (not the links themselves) then there are many more clicks from different posts within the site. Even if I do not enter the sites there are clicks but not just as many. Along with this sales have dried up.

I have been in touch with Amazon about this problem and they acknowledge that they are aware of it and their developers are working on it. However after two months with no resolution I am ready to tear my hair out.

On the discussion boards with the Amazon Associates I can see that others are having similar problems but no where can I see that there has been a resolution. I would be interested to hear from anyone else who has had this problem or has some ideas about a resolution for it.

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