Msg#: 3939430 posted 12:02 pm on Jun 24, 2009 (gmt 0)
amazon.co.uk and amazon.fr both sent me changes in their affiliate program, but it's interesting that these changes at first seem to differ significantly, however on looking deeper at the terms themselves are in fact quite similar.
Referral Fee Rates Increased - Earn up to 9% (and 10% for Amazon MP3s). significant for many 10% on MP3s is no surprise to me
Elimination of "Bonus" Structure I didn't even know they still had that in practice.
Standardization of Cap in Tiered Model Now this is for some out there going to be a big one: "starting July 1, 2009, we will apply a standard cap of £7.00 GBP across all product lines" ouch! The .fr version limits it to 10 EUR and list bunch of categories including computers, photography, sound and vision etc.
New referral fee rates for "Paid Search Placements" and "Downloadable Application/Browser Extension" Associates Apparently your account will be rolled into this if they think you use these means of sending them traffic. You can't roll back out without contacting them.
One account per Associate category Obviously to avoid the above to be worked around, although if you use multiple tactics you can ask to be allowed a second account it seems.
The categories your account can fall under (.co.uk list, but the .fr one is the same) are:
(a) Paid Search Placements
(b) Downloadable Application/Browser Extension
(f) Comparison Shopping Engine
(h) Non Profit/Charitable Organisation
Nothing from amazon.de, amazon.ca nor amazon.com yet ... [I'm not a amazon.co.jp associate anymore although I have visitors that are interested, I can't read Japanese]