Amazon changes their policies regularly. They keep updating or adding new rules to the system. Nothing stays longer in their book. There is a big update in the Amazon affiliate commissions pay rate. If you are doing Amazon affiliate niche site business and rely on it, then it might be a big drawback for you.
Amazon Associates Commission Change in 2020
As of April 14, 2020, Amazon emailed to their affiliates, notifying the commission changes, which will be implemented from April 21, 2020.
Here is the recent commission changes chart for Amazon affiliates –
For the last ten years, Amazon is offering their affiliate business model to anyone with a website who are promoting their products. Specifically, for the previous few years, it becomes a big-time business model in the world. From small marketers to the giant company, everyone started doing Amazon affiliate marketing and scaling it up in a big way.
I believe the model was offered for the small marketers, but the giant like NYMag, Business Insider, Buzzfeed, and others enters the business as well. This change will bring a significant impact on their affiliate business.
Here is the full email from the Amazon –
We hope you are staying well during this time. We are writing to inform you of upcoming changes to the Amazon Associates Program Operating Agreement, which governs your participation in the Amazon Associates Program. All changes are effective as of April 21, 2020. Visit the What’s Changed page to see a summary of these changes. You can also find the Operating Agreement, Program Policies, and the Fee Statement if you would like to refer to the current, pre-change versions.
The Amazon Associates Program”
Impact on the model – Positive Way
This model is one of the best passive income models for all small marketers. When the big goons started working on it, they ruled out from the market. The competition level went up to the sky, so any new marketer not able to survive long enough. I know many of you will not agree with it. You might say there are tons of marketer doing well and that, but I am talking about from my end.
So this change will at least create an impact on the big business because the big question is now the investment is worth enough or not. It might also create an opportunity for small marketers to try harder again. The changes are enormous, but you have to act according to it. We have to set our investment in calculating the new commission rate. Because I believe the market is still out there, and we can do better now—all we need to focus more and try harder.
Best Alternate Affiliate Networks We Can Think
Amazon is not the only affiliate network, but there are tons of other options. We prefer Amazon because of its brand, trust, sell, and secure payouts.
As things are going hard, we have to find some other alternatives as well. Here is the list of other top affiliate networks we might try –
- Shareasale –
Shareasale is in the market near around for 20 years. They got over 3900+ affiliate program to choose which you can promote via your website. They are one of the trusted names in the affiliate world, so no need to worry about payments.
- Clickbank –
Clickbank is the most famous name in the affiliate world. I believe every market at least tried once to promote their products. It’s maybe the high time to check it out again. They provide the top-notch commission (up to 75%) and on-time payments.
- eBay Partner Network
If you are into Amazon affiliate, then eBay is another option easy to blend with it. They got around 1.1 billion listing and a wide range of options for the promoters.
if you are into digital goods and services, then Avangate will be the best option for you. They got around 22000 software products to promote, so you have a vast opportunity to choose from.
Giddyup is the affiliate program for the highly specific niches. You can test your campaign before it goes live.
- Rakuten Marketing
Rakuten Marketing is running for over nine years in the affiliate world. in 2016, they claimed to have 100 million order around all over the world. They got some big-name under their banners like Best Buy, Lacoste, Wal-Mart, and more.
JVZoo is a Saas company, and it focused on digital products mostly. You can signup for free, and the material will teach you how to start without taking any significant risk. They got real-time tracking of traffics and earning stat.
- CJ Affiliate by Conversant
CJ affiliates are one of the most prominent players in the industry. They are a big company promoting products all over the world. Their program is easy to navigate and free to sign up. You should check it out now.
So there are some other affiliate programs but above the best to check out now. Diversifying our affiliate network will help to stabilize our income flow. Based on your niche, business model, and your working level, try to find one or two other systems that fit the best.