It's high time for you to look for Amazon Associate alternatives.
On Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Amazon sent out an email to their associates.
The categories like outdoor, furniture, home improvement, that were considered lucrative are now no more.
People can expect a 47% – 70% slash in their income. There's no question of rolling back.
It was not the first time.
Back in March 2017, Amazon put an end to its performance-based commission slabs where top affiliates were earning up to 10% commission in the highest tier.
And also the electronics category was slashed down to 3%.
Due to these changes, some blogs that were reviewing electronic devices and PC components saw a sharp decline of 70% in their revenue.
After this change, people started flocking into home improvement, outdoors and pets as they can easily earn an 8% commission on every product sold. But now, no more.
Advantages of using Amazon affiliates
Advantages of using other affiliates
Amazon Affiliates Alternatives
So, what are some of the good Amazon Affiliate alternatives that you can consider? I’ve carefully researched some of the strategies and affiliate programmes that you can consider joining in, and maybe test them on your live site to test the conversions.
#1. Manufacturer’s website
Let me put this way. Forget that your site is “Amazon affiliate site”. Relabel it just as an “Affiliate site”.
In your site you review many products. Some of those products’ manufacturers have their own inhouse affiliate programs.
For example, if you're into treadmills, there are some of the well-known treadmill brands that are offering in-house affiliates in their own site.
Here’s the kicker.
Some of the manufacturers have a hidden invite-only affiliate program, or will be happy to set up a partner account if you promise to drive them some sales.
Because, the fact is that, manufacturers always wish people to buy from their own site rather than Amazon sellers, retailers, and Amazon, which keeps some percentage.
So you can always contact the manufacturer to set you up a partner account.
Conversion rates will be good almost like that of Amazon when people buy it on the manufacturer’s site as they will be buying the product directly from the manufacturer.
#2. Niche affiliate programs and marketplaces
You know about large affiliate programs like Amazon, Walmart, etc. But many people underestimate the power of niche affiliate platforms.
Here are some
- If you are promoting products like photography, videography
equipments, lightings, audio equipments, camcorders, projectors, TVs, etc, you can consider joining BHPhotoVideo’s affiliate program. It offers you a commission of up to 8%. This affiliate program covers most of the niches in the electronicscategory.
- If you are promoting computer components and products, you can consider NewEgg’s affiliate program.
- If you're into weight loss, health, and bodybuilding you can consider marketplaces like MoreNiche, MarketHealth, etc.
- For outdoor niches, you can go with AvantLink or some other inhouse affiliates that you can research.
Just a simple Google search can yield you great results.
<your niche> affiliate programs
This can be a game changer for you if researched properly.
Again, let me take an example of Survival niche.
As they only deal with a specific niche, conversion is good. Not to mention – the longer cookie duration.
Commission Junction is one of the most popular physical product affiliate platform.
For example, if you take treadmills as your niche, here are some of the well-known treadmill brands that are part of the Avantlink affiliate network – Bowflex,
If you are in the fitness niche for quite a while, you know that these are the best brands. In fact, Nordictrack is the first brand that comes to my mind when I think of treadmill brands. All these merchants offer 7% commission.
This is significantly higher than that of Amazon’s commission rate on fitness products that is 4.5%.
Commission rates are accurate as of October 30, 2017.
Avantlink is one of the reputed affiliate networks that’s been around from a long time. Like that of ShareASale, you can find merchants in every possible category.
Here are some of the treadmill merchants – Sole fitness, Bladez fitness, Diamondback Fitness and JohnsonFit.
For example, CJ and Avantlink combined covers almost 80% of the major treadmill brands.
Please note that the treadmill is just an example. I’m sure that you’ll find similar affiliate merchants other than Amazon for any of the niches.
#5. Target’s affiliate program
Target is one of the major competitors to Amazon in the US. They offer a very competitive commission rates for their affiliates. They still have a performance based commission model in place.
Refer the below table for the commission structure of Target’s affiliate program.
As you can analyze, the Target affiliate program is not at all suitable for fitness niches. It is very suitable for home improvement and outdoor living niche. This may be one of the reasons why Amazon has not yet lowered the rates on these niches.
If in future, Amazon lets you down on outdoor niches, Target will be your go.
Target is a well-known brand in the United States, so the conversion will be good.
This is the affiliate program that is making a lot of noise in the affiliate marketing world. Unlike other affiliate platforms like CJ or Clickbank, ShareASale deals with both physical and digital products. It is my favorite affiliate platform for a reason.
In ShareASale, you can search for your niche keyword and you will come across affiliate merchants who are selling products in your niche.
If you are in the gardening niche there are some of the high paying merchants like Houzz, WayFair, Raised Beds, Tmart, 5amily, and much more which offer commissions upto 10%.
#7. Rakuten – Formerly Linkshare (Included Walmart and BestBuy affiliate programs)
Rakuten was formerly called Linkshare. It’s a fairly popular affiliate platform.
Walmart’s affiliate program is hosted on Rakuten. Without signing up for Rakuten you can’t access
Walmart pays a flat commission of 4%. If you are promoting products on Amazon that fall under 4% rate, it’s time to give Walmart a shot as they also give you 3-day cookie duration.
I personally hope that Walmart takes Amazon seriously and boost the commission rates to like 7% to give Amazon a serious competition and prevent monopoly. In fact, many Amazon affiliates are actively looking for an alternative. The heat is on.
You also get access to the BestBuy’s affiliate program by signing up for Rakuten. But I won’t recommend you promoting BestBuy as they offer lowest commission rates I’ve ever seen 0% – 1%.
Some tips to increase conversions when promoting other merchants
Let’s face it.
In spite of you following all the affiliate CRO tips, you may be struggling to convert your visitors to other affiliate merchants instead of Amazon.
Here are some of the tips:
These are some of the best alternatives to Amazon associates. The affiliate program by Amazon is undoubtedly a great affiliate network. For most of the people, the switch isn’t even necessary as of now.
But it’s unsure whether Amazon is going to further lower down the commission rates due to the growing amount of prime users, Amazon app, Alexa devices, and monopoly. Amazon is slowly turning to be a Google of eCommerce.
It’s better to scatter your eggs to several baskets and be prepared for the future. Before starting any niche site, make it suitable to all merchants. Don’t lock yourself down only to Amazon.
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