Bald Move no longer an Amazon Affiliate
Hey everyone, Amazon terminated it's affiliate program with Bald Move last week. We were in technical violation of a few points on the affiliate agreement, but I think the bottom line is we were making too much money for too little apparent gain. I say this because we've made a few phone calls and sent a few emails stating that we've always made a good faith effort to direct people to Amazon's services in an appealing and engaging way, and are more than willing to make the changes necessary to be in compliance with their program, yet they've declined to work with us. I've long questioned how long Amazon would continue essentially funneling free money to content creators as their traditional advertising kicks in, and for us, the answer is, "up until last week." Effective immediately, all affiliate links are broken, and if they aren't broken, they're not actually generating any income for us.and 6 others.
Now, obviously, this is a pretty big blow to us. Amazon represented about a third of our operating income, and it's going to hurt until we find a replacement for this. Plainly stated, if we can't find a replacement for this income, it's a threat to us continuing on with business as usual. On the other hand, we're not exactly panicking at Bald Move HQ, as we think there are several ways we can turn this into an opportunity. We've never been comfortable relying on money that is beyond our control, so long term, this will only be good for us.
DO NOT SEND AMAZON ANY NEGATIVE OR "HATE" MAIL REGARDING THIS MATTER. It won't change anything, and the last thing I want to do is burn a bridge with a giant internet company that is getting more and more involved with content creation. While we're disappointed in their decision, they're perfectly within their rights to make it, and we're taking this professionally.
We've got more info coming out later this week. We've been promising a deeper look at our financials for awhile now, and this seems like an excellent time to, as Burt Cooper would say, "open up our kimonos". But until then, don't panic. Bald Move will be around for as long as people see it worth supporting. And much thanks to everyone who has supported us with Amazon up to this point. It was our first way to generate money, and it along with Kickstarter were the seeds we used to grow us to the point where we are now, which continues to amaze me on a daily basis.