I've been an amazon associate for a little over a year, and to be honest, didn't really bat too much of an eye, until my first referral fee was deposited to my account. It was a very pleasant surprise, and well, lets just say that it got me to a level of motivation I hadn't experienced since I became an adsense publisher.
In any case, I get an email from them today, I've pasted it below:
Greetings from Amazon.com.
It has recently come to our attention that you are using a domain
name in our Associates Program that contains a variation and/or
misspelling of the name AMAZON, including but not limited to
AMAZONWEBSHOP.COM. Please note that we do not allow anyone with a
URL containing the word "amazon" or any misspelling of the
word "amazon" to participate in the Associate Program (see Section 1
of the Associates Program Operating Agreement at
Such use violates Amazon.com's trademark, proprietary and other
At this juncture, we are willing to assume that you have registered
and are using this domain name without a full appreciation of the
above, provided that you are willing to assign this domain name over
to Amazon.com. Please advise whether you agree to transfer ownership
of the AMAZONWEBSHOP.COM domain name to Amazon.com. If so, you will
be contacted with further details.
If, however, we do not hear from you regarding the above within ten
days from the date of this email, we will have no alternative but to
terminate your associates account effective as of the date of this
email and you will not receive payment for Q1-2006.
Please know that we value our relationship and we look forward to
hearing from you. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have
Amazon.com Account Specialist
Sure enough the agreement did say that I can't use the amazon name in my domain name to serve in the associates program. Fine, I've replied back that I agree to change the domain name and their letter says that I have a full 10 days to comply, but does that mean I have to give up the domain name?
I was totally shocked that the name AmazonWebShop dot com was available, and I'm sure that if the name were appraised, it'd be worth a whole hell of alot more then my associates account. Do I have to give up the name? I mean I could always use the domain as a marketing platform to refer traffic to other shops. I'd make more money doing that, then I actually make from the associate program.
Lastly, could I in fact use a loophole, and simply forward all the traffic from the domain to my new one awswebshop dot com(yeah, i register nice domains)? Since it would not be breaking the assosciate's agreement any longer, and my new name wouldn't violate their IP.
I could use alot of replies on this post.