Update: After several requests with the affiliate manager, I am glad that HostGator has finally lifted my suspension. You can now keep using our HostGator Discount coupons listed on our exclusive HostGator Coupon Code and discount offers page.
Old post continues…
A few months back, I had written about the issues I faced with the thesis affiliate program. While those issues was mainly related to their shift to Share-A-Sale, today I got the shock of my life when I got suspended from the HostGator affiliate program. (In fact, I had praised this wonderful program in the thesis post)
I am not a professional blogger as in “I do not need to blog to earn a life”. I have a well paid job in the Software Industry and hence whatever money I earn online is going as donations, charity and cash backs to my referrals. Unfortunately this doesn’t seem to be going well with the HostGator affiliate ToS.
How I detected the suspension?
Unlike Google, nobody really sent me a mail stating that, I was slapped with a suspension. However, as pending referral money wasn’t getting paid so many days after the due date, I contacted the affiliate support and I got this news. It went like this “This account was suspended from the program for offering cash back rebates which is against our terms of service”
When I went through their affiliate ToS, there was nothing like this mentioned there. While I am still working with the support team to get the suspension lifted, I am not sure if it’s possible at all. The result is that, I am loosing a huge amount of money that are dues from HostGator side which I had actually agreed to share with some of my referrals. Basically I lost my face here!
Getting banned while dues are pending?
It’s a very common thing with Google AdSense program that they ban publishers without paying their dues. I wasn’t quite expecting similar behavior with HostGator and other affiliate programs. Anyhow, I feel it’s a pretty harsh thing from these affiliate schemes. Because, even when they aren’t paying your or suspending you, your referrals are still with them and hence you have created business for them. There has to be at least one warning mail sent out or cleared the dues, before such decisions are taken.
Anyhow, I am still a fan of HostGator shared hosting services and their wonderful affiliate program. But I hereby would like to apologize to my referrals that I am unable to pay back the promised rebates on HostGator signups. I have already sent you individual mails on this.
Over to you?
Have you ever got banned by any affiliate programs? If so, did they show the basic courtesy of sharing your dues before taking such a decision??
(PS: Rest of the rebate programs are still very much valid)