Niche Site Disaster or Amazon Associate Reporting Issue?

Updated: 11/25/2013, 8:30 AM ET and 11/26/2013, 3 PM ET

The latest reports seem to be updated and fully accurate.

Niche Site Melt Down

I have a slightly unhealthy habit of checking the Amazon Earnings Report each morning. Usually the numbers are updated by around 8 AM ET and I can see the newly shipped items, plus the orders for the previous day. It is very exciting.

I am also updating the daily reports here.  As you might recall, the total for November up to the 17th was $1,009 and that was published at Niche Pursuits.

What Happened?

I checked this morning, Sunday, November 24.  I expected to see a grand total for the month over $1,500 at least.  However, I was shocked to see a much lower earnings total!  If you have seen the same thing, please let me know in the comments at the bottom of the page.

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Amazon Earnings.  Wow! The total earnings, "Month to Date" has dropped to under $1k.

Wow! The total earnings, “Month to Date” has dropped to under $1k. Ouch. (Screen Shot from 11/24)


Update: You can see the same report executed roughly 24 hours apart results in different totals.  It has to be an issue with reporting…

Here is the earnings report from Nov 1 - 23, same as above.  You can see the total items shipped is different and so is the total earnings.

Here is the earnings report from Nov 1 – 23, same as above. You can see the total items shipped is different and so is the total earnings.


Why Did This Happen?

Disclaimer: I can only speculate what is going on. I really do think this is a reporting issue.  I have seen a few irregular reports before but nothing of this magnitude.

They usually occur in the morning of the US and the issues are gone by the afternoon.  I also know that most major companies update software in the middle of the night on weekends to reduce the impact to customers and users.

It is likely, or at least possible, that Amazon had some backend system(s) update overnight and there are issues.  Those are my best guesses.

What Am I Going To Do?


That’s right…I might go for a run later but just to clear my mind.  🙂

One thing that makes me feel good is the number of items ordered is still high, (451 from the image above) about where I expect it. The number of shipped items is the only thing impacted so technically if the ordered items are shipped then we are in good shape.

I will check later on this afternoon to see how things are going.

Update: Well, the earnings report still seems to be incorrect.  Check out the report I just ran for Nov 18th (which was the highest day of earnings, check here) and you can see the drop.

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This is a pretty big drop.  I am still very happy with the earnings if this report is correct but I hope the original report is correct.

This is a pretty big drop. I am still very happy with the earnings if this report is correct but I hope the original report is correct.


Project Management Notes


Informally, I am looking at this as a risk management exercise.

There is a risk that I have lost a chunk of revenue.

  • Quantitatively, I can specifically say that the revenue loss is over $500 and is probably closer to $700. Ouch…
  • Qualitatively, my ego is hurt.But seriously, the real probably of this loss is less than 50% by my estimation.


This risk is based on a report from Amazon that is known to be a little bit fluid. I see that the orders are holding steady at 451 and that has not dropped.  The bottomline is that the source of the data is suspect.  I need to wait before taking any action.

There is no need to scramble or panic.

Not yet.

The update is that our assumptions about the report being incorrect were right.   

Here is the correct report for total earnings on November 23:

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Amazon Associates had a reporting issue.

This is the correct total for the Month to Date earnings for Nov 1 – Nov 23.



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Show 14 Comments
  • Codrut Turcanu November 24, 2013, 12:42 pm

    hi Doug

    Just checked my partner’s Amazon account

    yesterday we had about 80 orders shipped already
    today there are only 61… I wonder how come?

    Is that’s what you also see?

    • Doug Cunnington November 24, 2013, 1:03 pm

      Hey Codrut – Yes, that’s exactly right! The shipped items are lower than they were previously reported.

      What do you see for your ordered items? Do they look right?

      • Codrut Turcanu November 24, 2013, 2:39 pm

        Yes, ordered items look as they were a day or two before.

        Did this happen to your account before?

        Should we see the actual valid shipping items tomorrow or so?

        • Doug Cunnington November 24, 2013, 5:18 pm

          It hasn’t happened before.

          I think things will get straightened out soon though… I hope!

  • Pritam November 24, 2013, 2:43 pm

    It’s technical issue affecting all associates. Reports will be corrected by 7 pm, Central time

    • Doug Cunnington November 24, 2013, 5:19 pm

      Hey Pritam – Thanks for the update. Good to know!

  • Codrut Turcanu November 25, 2013, 3:50 pm

    Shipping items show right at the moment.

    However, the reports only show till NOV 23…


  • Sigal November 25, 2013, 4:56 pm

    Haha, my report showed the wrong number yesterday. The wrong shipped items is corrected, but the site was never updated for the orders from yesterday. I guess Amazon are having some real troubles.

  • Sachin November 28, 2013, 11:52 pm

    Yes Doug,

    This week Amazon associate reporting system got seek and was having a high fever 😉 (Just kidding). I also experienced the problem in reposting. Ordered item was correct but shipped item gone down than previous day. I waited for a day and now everything is okay. This happens on last weekend.

    • Doug Cunnington December 1, 2013, 6:20 pm

      Haha, Sachin. It was great to see when the reports were corrected. I am glad it all got sorted out.

  • Nguyengiang310 November 29, 2013, 12:58 am

    amazing : D

  • Tuan November 29, 2013, 1:02 am

    Why your article is so short? I can’t see any valuable information at all.

    • Doug Cunnington November 29, 2013, 11:27 am

      Hi Tuan – Let me know if you have any specific questions. I would be happy to answer them.

      I outlined my observations, my plan to deal with the risk, and I also followed up with the conclusion. Tuan, did you see the same kind of reports for your Amazon sites?

  • Armaan December 4, 2013, 9:45 am

    Great going Doug. I, too, was shocked to see the glitch that morning but eventually realized that it was – well, a glitch!

    I had some 81 orders shipped before that and suddenly the next day the number changed to 63

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