The Amazon Associate program had become one of more reliable online income streams for a few months now. I have a blog in the home improve niche that pays anywhere between 5% and 8% per sale. I had big plans for that website this month.
Imagine my surprise when I opened an email from Amazon today. I thought it was just something about technical updates or Coronavirus changes. Nope. It was the disappointing news that they will be cutting commissions down from 8 percent to 3 percent and if you are in the health and wellness niche your commissions will be one percent from now on.
Imagine selling $1000 worth of products only to earn $10. A company built on the backs of affiliates is now ditching us. Not to worry I have a strategy.
Even though Amazon pays very little commission their affiliate program is more consistent than many other online retailers. This is partly due to the fact that they are now a monopoly online and most consumers trust them. People will always buy from Amazon.
The beauty about working online is that once people are buying there is always money to be made.
So my strategy is to build up my site with more content and focus on higher priced items so that I am make a decent commission on each sale.
To do that I will have to burn the midnight oil for a few nights, not really a problem because since we are under lockdown I barely know the difference between night and day.
Should people still build Amazon Affiliate websites?
I think people should build websites about things they know well. And then implement Amazon as a way to monetize. I don’t think any forward thinking online entrepreneur should depend on just one source of income for their business.
In addition to Amazon affiliate program, I also have links from Maxbounty and Shareasale.
So if Amazon fails I can easily swap out the links with products from other affiliate programs.
What are your thoughts on the Amazon commission reduction? Let me know in the comments below.