I do not have any websites that promote freebies or even a lot of coupons anymore. Over the past two years, many affiliate programs have started denying any site they deem as a “deal site” or “coupon site,” and I have had to make adjustments to meet the standards of those advertisers I want to market. But, I know there are many of my readers that do have blogs in the freebie, cheapie and coupon niche. If this is you, and you are promoting free Kindle eBooks you need to take a moment to read the new Amazon Associates Operating Agreement sent out this morning.
As of March 1, 2013:
In addition, notwithstanding the advertising fee rates described on this page or anything to the contrary contained in this Operating Agreement, if we determine you are primarily promoting free Kindle eBooks (i.e., eBooks for which the customer purchase price is $0.00), YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO EARN ANY ADVERTISING FEES DURING ANY MONTH IN WHICH YOU MEET THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:
(a) 20,000 or more free Kindle eBooks are ordered and downloaded during Sessions attributed to your Special Links; and
(b) At least 80% of all Kindle eBooks ordered and downloaded during Sessions attributed to your Special Links are free Kindle eBooks.
This does not take place until March 1 so you have a little bit of time to look at your reports and make any adjustments necessary. For me, I think I am going to get bit in the butt from the other side of the online business coin – as a service provider. eBook promotions are where I make a good chunk of money right now. One of those marketing avenues is the Kindle giveaway. I’m sure there will be some major changes with how these promotions are being advertised to the public. In turn, I will need to make changes as well.
Do you promote free Kindle eBooks? What changes will you be making?