“Better to have tried and failed than to have never tried at all.” Humph. I hate failure. When I put effort behind something, I expect some level of success – a modicum of financial reward. See my post, this past August, 2017 – HERE.

Six months ago, I signed up as an “Amazon Associate,” (Amazon’s affiliate marketing program) with expectations of making a buck or two. Six months later, it never happened, and I was booted by Amazon from the program. Bummer. Here’s the “Dear Fred” email I received from Amazon:

Hello, We are writing to notify you that your Associates Program application has been rejected and you will no longer have access to Associates Central. This action was taken because we have not yet received qualified sales activities from your account.  As a reminder, Accounts that have not referred three qualified sales within in 180-days of sign-up are automatically rejected. You are free to reapply to the Associates Program at any time, but we recommend only doing so if your website receives consistent traffic. We wish you the best of luck with your website in the future.

I did my best to target products available through Amazon to the content and scope of my website – software, services, Internet, etc.,  just as Amazon advised. This strategy did not work for me, and now I am an Amazon Associates outcast. But, hey. I am not complaining, and true to my ways, I’ll try again – after I conceive a better strategy.

I’m still a big Amazon fan, and they continue to make money off me, particularly via Amazon Web Services. Here’s a few words about failure from the man himself, Jeff Bezos:

Jeff Bezos on Failure

jeff bezosAmazon founder and chief executive officer (CEO) Jeff Bezos treats his new projects the same way that venture capitalists manage new investments. “You need to be making big, noticeable failures,” says Bezos. “The great thing is that, when you take this approach, a small number of winners pay for dozens, hundreds of failures, and so every single important thing we’ve done has taken a lot of risk, risk-taking, perseverance, guts, and some have worked out. Most of them have not. That has to happen at every scale level all the way down.” Bezos acknowledges making billions of dollars worth of failures while creating one of the most dominant companies of all time!


Keep kickin’, people!

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