Even though Amazon Associates Program is not the most generous one in terms of commissions, affiliates still enjoy working with it for a number of reasons.
First of all, no matter what your niche is, you’re sure to find something interesting you can promote to your audience. Secondly, Amazon as a brand is really easy to promote. It’s highly respected, so customers are not afraid that they might get scammed.
What’s New in the Associates Central?
The Associates Central has a new look now, which makes interacting with the platform a lot easier.
Among the new things you’ll find:
- Reports summary on the homepage – you get immediate access to your performance data.
- Reports configuration – you can set data preferences once, and they’ll be remembered as you switch between reports.
- Served promotional graphics – you don’t have to download and maintain individual banners.
- Help section – really improved, now it’s easy to find the information you’re looking for.
We strongly encourage you to take advantage of various promotions going on at Amazon. There’s a special selection for seasonal promotions, top picks, deals, trends, and all sorts of other things.
Amazon is pretty confident about their commissions, and the structure rarely changes.
By the way, the word “commission” doesn’t exist at Amazon. Instead they use “advertising fee.”
As an affiliate you can select if you want to receive commissions in the Performance or Classic fee structure.
Classic offers a flat rate of 4%.
Performance offers rates ranging from 4% to 8.5%, depending on your shipped items volume. Here’s the table:
International Affiliates and Tax Laws
Essentially, everyone can sign up and start earning money. Amazon lets in affiliates from all over the world.
If you’re a US citizens, a US resident, or a US organization then you need to provide certain tax information before you can get paid. This information is: your tax ID, tax registration name, and tax classification.
International affiliates who are not US citizens or residents, are not required to file US tax returns, and don’t have a business that is taxable in the US don’t have to provide any tax information at all.
In the end, the best thing about Amazon and their affiliate program is that they sell virtually everything. No matter what market you’re in, you can always make a couple of bucks on the side from a handful of Amazon affiliate links. And of course, people who are making fulltime income are not that uncommon either.