Amazon Commission Increase not Being Passed on?

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  1. Will Apse profile image88
    Will Apseposted 2 years ago

    I see no evidence that the increases announced by Amazon for its affiliate program in April are reaching writers here.

    The commission rates shown on my earning reports for March and April are nearly identical.

    This is the first week of March 2022:

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    This is the first week of April 2022:

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    The average commission rate for March and April are both around 3 percent.

    Is HP getting the increase? Is it keeping the increase for itself? Or can we expect an earnings adjustment down the road?

    1. Matt Wells profile imageSTAFF
      Matt Wellsposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      The Amazon rate increase is passed on to Hubbers.

      1. Kenna McHugh profile image92
        Kenna McHughposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        big_smile

      2. Will Apse profile image88
        Will Apseposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        This can only be true if the items in my Amazon reports are outside the categories that Amazon has given a boost to.

        It is hard to make sense of Amazon's categories but it would mean that, for example, garden hand tools are not included in home or home improvement.

  2. PaulGoodman67 profile image95
    PaulGoodman67posted 2 years ago

    When the rates were slashed, it took HP a number of weeks for HP to cut theirs, so I guess we give them a little time. It's tempting to insert some of my own Amazon links, though.

    You're right to ask what's happening, Will! This sort of stuff should be tackled in an official announcement: in the forums, or the email newsletter or both.

    You would think that they would be in trumpeting mode: publicly celebrating and keen to publicize.

    1. Will Apse profile image88
      Will Apseposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Well, personally, I am disappointed. Assuming Matt is the honest soul that he appears to be, none of Amazon's largesse is coming my way.

      I should definitely join a union.

      1. PaulGoodman67 profile image95
        PaulGoodman67posted 2 years agoin reply to this

        I can tell that you're miffed, because you've awoken from your slumber and posted a forum thread!

        I'm p*ssed off, too. It's only a few percent, but it would make a pretty big difference to earnings.

        1. Will Apse profile image88
          Will Apseposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          I haven't really woken. This is just a bad dream, lol.

          1. PaulGoodman67 profile image95
            PaulGoodman67posted 2 years agoin reply to this

            I'm just relieved that your ticker's holding out.smile

            We can only hope that HP are currently negotiating a better rate for hubbers!

            I held onto my own links (the old system) for a long time, HP still got their share, but I wasn't part of their system. Then I was persuaded to switch links to HP system. It never gained me anything, as almost immediately after that, Amazon changed their system so that the rate no longer depended on the number of products sold.

            Now I'm in a situation where I'd be better off with my own/old links.

            1. DrMark1961 profile image96
              DrMark1961posted 2 years agoin reply to this

              The situation is so bad that I wonder if we would be better off with no links.There are so many ads though that I am not sure we would have any better page rank if the Amazon ads were removed, so at the moment  I am just leaving them.

              1. Will Apse profile image88
                Will Apseposted 2 years agoin reply to this

                I've gotten to the point where I just think "let the young people deal with all this cr*p". A few of them must know what they doing.

                1. DrMark1961 profile image96
                  DrMark1961posted 2 years agoin reply to this

                  I just keep imagining a group of young people in a room somewhere saying "I bet there is some guy in Thailand that can figure out all of this crap"

                  1. PaulGoodman67 profile image95
                    PaulGoodman67posted 2 years agoin reply to this

                    So it appears we are reaping the benefits, they're just more underwhelming than we thought.

                    I still get a bit chunk of my earnings from Amazon, it's just not the big chunk that it used to be. My feeling is that Google/Amazon will never give us that again.

                  2. Will Apse profile image88
                    Will Apseposted 2 years agoin reply to this

                    Sadly, that person is not me. I am just grateful that HP allowed me to live well in a semi-paradise for a decade and still gives me a reasonable trickle of extra income.

                    All things must pass.

      2. Kenna McHugh profile image92
        Kenna McHughposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        The promotional rate increase only applies to Home, Health & Personal Care, Home Improvement, Beauty, Office Products, Kitchen, Business & Industrial Supplies, Shoes, Handbags & Accessories.

        1. Will Apse profile image88
          Will Apseposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          Rationally, garden-related products would be included in the home category but clearly that is not the case for the stuff I get commissions for.

          As far as I can tell, my stuff gets sold through "sports and outdoors".

          Not many people take a hedge trimmer on a ski run.

          1. Kenna McHugh profile image92
            Kenna McHughposted 2 years agoin reply to this

            My highest sales are "sports and outdoors" as well.

  3. eugbug profile image95
    eugbugposted 2 years ago

    Don't forget if any articles are more relevant to UK readers, you can use your own Amazon UK links and not have to split the commission.

    1. Kenna McHugh profile image92
      Kenna McHughposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Good point, eugbug.

  4. Solaras profile image95
    Solarasposted 2 years ago

    Amazon accounts for 5% of my earnings.  A meal for two at Burger King before any coupons have been applied.  HP earnings are 60% of what they were in December and January and 60% of what they were a year ago on an average monthly basis. 

    I'd like to know how those who moved their content to their own sites 2 years ago are doing now.  I'd like to know their hard dollar earnings, since there is no law that prevents them from telling us on HP how they do overall with Media Vine or Ezoic and Amazon or whatever affiliate combined.

    I'd like for someone at HP management to tell us that they have examined The Spruce and have determined why their lesser articles are kicking our's asses. I'd like a game plan from management other than, we are sucking the last yummy out of HP and preparing to toss the withered husk aside.

    I see blog style articles, where content just keeps scrolling down with similar articles winning the 1st SERP spot.  I see The Spruce winning the first spot.  Why? Has anyone spoken to Google in a few years?  No word makes it seem that management believes it is a hopeless downward spiral that cannot be reversed with any action on our or their part. 

    Writers here are willing to do the necessary.  Communicate with us, and we will respond accordingly.

  5. wilderness profile image94
    wildernessposted 2 years ago

    I came searching to see if anyone else had seen an increase in commission rates from Amazon as many of mine have gone up a couple of percent or so.

    I also noted above that home improvement items is on the list to increase, which is probably why mine went up.  Most of them are from that category.

    1. Kenna McHugh profile image92
      Kenna McHughposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Some went up 2%, totaling 5 or 6% commission, while Beauty Care only 1%, totaling 2% commission.

    2. eugbug profile image95
      eugbugposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Some of my sales in the Home & Garden category had a 5% commission rate. However they were 3rd party sales and they can be higher anyway.

 
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