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    Affiliate account banned by a merchant or affiliate network without notice and details.

    The affiliate is truly innocent and no fault. ( being accused of fraud and do not know what is it exactly ?? )

    They do not notify the affiliate that his account has been banned via email. The affiliate continue to send them free traffic or just dead links left on affiliate sites.

    When investigate by the affiliate later, the merchant or network just give the reason " fraud " has been discovered. No further details given about what is the accused fraud. Then the merchant or network no longer reply to this affiliate's email.

    Do you have the above experience ?

    Even accused of fraud, i still valued the merchant or network will notify the affiliate that his account status has changed.

    In my experience,
    some of the reasons may be

    1. accused of fraud leads
    2. poor quality leads
    3. blamed the webmaster for bad credit card order
    4. accused of email spamming
    5. mistaken affiliate X as affiliate Y
    6. inflated clicks or duplicate leads done or submitted by the affiliate's competitors or strange site visitors

    Any other deactivated or suspensed account reasons ?

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> Any other deactivated or suspensed account reasons ?
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Here's a few more things I've seen commonly prohibited in various Terms.

    "Incentivized" leads/sales/clicks. Especially if the visitor MUST sign up for the offer in order to gain access to something (software, music, pictures...).

    Hacking, cracking or warez sites. Doing that stuff is illegal in the US, plus they often try to make people sign up for things in order to get at their content.

    Blatant BS in the ad spin.

    Generating fake clicks on click programs.

    Putting non-XXX affiliate links on a porn site.

    Linking to a porn site from a non-XXX site.
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    Leader,

    thanks for your additional examples,

    Do you think it is ethical not notify the affiliate when the merchant or the network banned the account ?

    Why they do not notify the affiliate via email as to terminate the affiliate agreement ?

    This is especially unfair to truly innocent affiliate being punished.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Do you think it is ethical not notify the affiliate when the merchant or the network banned the account ? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    NO. Especially if the affiliate links still work despite the ban (allowing free traffic to go to the merchant).

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> Why they do not notify the affiliate via email as to terminate the affiliate agreement ?
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    Some just want to steal free traffic for as long as they can.

    Other places just aren't very good at communication.
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