Amazon just announced that they are lowering commissions paid to affiliates for eight major categories.
They have given people just a week of notice with change coming into effect on 21 April 2020.
The commissions before the changes announced on 14 April 2020:
The new commission structure from 21 April 2020:
There are a lot of angry and disappointed people on Facebook groups and other social media.
Rightfully so, especially that Amazon has done this during a pandemic when most people’s income is way down while Amazon’s income is up and their share price is skyrocketing.
I’ve been saying this will happen for a while. Here is a message I sent someone in a private community almost two months ago:
However, despair not!
There are many other affiliate programs that can help replace your Amazon income.
Best of all, you can deal with brands directly especially the smaller brands. You can form relationships with them that benefit everyone involved. And potential commissions are much higher too.
Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.
Top Alternatives to Amazon Associates Affiliate Program
Fiverr is the best alternative to Amazon Associates when it comes to digital goods.
They offer a wide range of digital products and services including design, development, courses, and software.
Fiverr offers a generous commission structure where you can earn up to $150 per sale.
Fiverr has been around since 2010, is a publicly listed company, and they seem to be investing heavily into their affiliate program.
You can read my case study to learn how to make money with Fiverr.
Niche: Digital services such as design, development, writing, data entry, illustrations plus digital products such as courses and software.
ShareASale is the best overall alternative to Amazon Associates because they have almost 4000 merchants and cover a wide range of categories.
Commissions depend on the merchant with the majority being between 5% and 15%.
Some merchants offer per sale/CPA commissions with some as high as $100 per sale.
ShareASale is been around since 2000 and is owned by another larger affiliate network – Awin.
I’m using ShareASale and have been happy so far with their service, tracking, and availability of merchants.
Niche: ShareASale is a general affiliate platform that doesn’t focus on any particular niche. However, some of the top categories with most merchants are Home and Garden, Food and Drink, and Sports and Fitness.
Impact is a great choice because you apply and deal directly with the brand you want to promote. Impact provides the platform – merchant management, tracking, and reporting.
There are almost 1300 brands on Impact including major brands such as Adidas, Avon, HelloFresh.
The commissions vary widely from 1%-20% or per action. If you have enough traffic, you can also do a direct deal with the brand.
CJ is the largest affiliate marketing network in terms of volume.
They have almost 3000 brands including Wayfair. Wayfair is paying up to 7% commission which can be a good direct replacement for those in the home niche hit by Amazon change which is now paying meagre 3%.
Niche: General with merchants in many large markets including US, Canada, UK.
HealthTrader is a premium CPA network. This means it’s mostly suitable for those driving paid traffic and may not convert as well if you are a blogger.
However, they accept search and social traffic and the commissions are pretty generous – 40%-50%.
The good commissions can lead to a good source of income even if you don’t have a large following or tons of traffic from Google.
HealthTrader pays out commissions twice a month so it’s great for your cash flow.
Niche: Health and Supplements.
Commission Factory is a good choice if you have Australian traffic.
They have about 500 merchants. Many brands offer 10% or higher commissions.
The platform interface looks great and is one of the easiest to use.
Niche: Home, Beauty, Fashion, General.
Sovrn is a great choice if you don’t want to bother inserting or replacing individual affiliate links.
You install a snippet of code and Sovrn automatically finds relevant products from their affiliate merchants and adds affiliate links to monetise your content.
You can earn commissions on a cost per action (CPA) basis, which pays a commission on any eligible sales, or a cost per click (CPC) basis, which pays a flat rate for clicks sent to eligible product links.
I’m looking more into Sovrn but haven’t used it so can’t speak about the experience.
Niche: General including AliExpress, and Macy’s.
The above are just some of the alternatives to Amazon Associates. There are many more as you can see in my Affiliate Networks Spreadsheet which you can download below:
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The Amazon change might be a good thing in the long run. It’s pushing you to diversify your income and never again depend on one large corporation for your livelihood.
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