Want to know the EXACT impact the changes to the Amazon Associate Commissions will have on your site?
With the new changes how much money are you going to lose or more are you going to make moving forward?
With the help of some geniuses I have put together a tool that will show you quickly and easily the exact impact on your account!
What Would Have Been The Impact For Me?
For Nov & Dec Only I Would Have Had a 24% Drop in Earnings!
Find out how much your earnings will be impacted by, it takes under 5 minutes and you can stop guessing at the impact!
I like to say it is pointless discussing a hypothetical impact when the data is available to know. The data above is from my account in Nov and Dec 2015. This post and tool will show you the exact impact these changes will have for you and your site and hope will add some data to the discussions which are occuring online now!
On Feb 23rd Amazon announced a very big change to the Amazon Associate program. Moving forward instead of having a tiered commission structure people now will have a flat structure defined by category and not related to the volume they drive.
Variable Standard Program Fee Rates
With a very limited segment of categories at a lower commission…
So the bottom line is that many products will now get a flat 4% vs what might have been 8.50% if you were doing substantial volume.
Now that you know what the change is… the potentially million dollar question (if your site is big enough) is what will be the change to your earnings?
This tool will allow you to upload your data from your Amazon Associates account and determine what your earnings would be under the old vs new commission structures.
You will see if this policy was in place for whatever time period you select what your earnings would have been.
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Who Will This Change Help?
Who Will This Change Hurt?
How Will This Impact Website Valuations?
Who knows, we will have a month where this gets talked about and the sale of site will likely slow then a process for establishing fair value (hopefully this tool will help that) and things will be back to normal soon I predict.
5 Clever Ways to Benefit From This Change:
First, don’t over-react. Things will be back to normal soon and even though I believe this will ultimately take money out of affiliates pockets and into Amazons the change is not substantial enough that there will be a mass exit from Amazon Associate Sites.
Additionally whenever there are changes it provides a unique opportunity. Here are 6 clever ways you can benefit from this change…
Please use the tool and comment below/take the survey on how this will impact your site! Do you have any ideas on how to benefit from this change?
So the big question…. ARE PBNs STILL WORKING IN 2017???
See the case study process and results below and how I generated 800 organic visitors in a day!
This post is a case study aimed at identifying the potential power of expired domains with actual traffic data and link metrics revealed.
Some of the results are pretty surprising…
PBNs have been a very controversial subject to talk about but have also been the most systematic way of ranking a website I have found.Continue reading
In this income post I layout the goals for 2017 for my business and what parts of my business will be getting my focus and energy!
January was by the numbers not the start to the year I was looking for but as we were still getting a lot of the orders from a massive November wrapped up it is understandable.
Many new tests are looking like they are winners while several cash cows of my businesses seemed to stumble a bit in January.Continue reading
The day I forgot my sons name was a wakeup call that my work/life balance, or whatever you want to call it, was seriously out of whack!
It was a few years ago and during one of my VERY busy times at my previous day job (80+hrs/week for 2 months) my wife was 3 weeks from her due date with our first child and I was hoping to be done the project that had me busy before she popped.
We were woken up very early that it was go-time and baby was not waiting for 3 weeks and was on its way now.
It was an incredibly exciting day having our first child born! Even during that day there was still time I put into the day job with calls from work needed to keep the project moving in the field.
Doing a little work in the delivery room wasn’t the embarrassing part (although it should have been) the embarrassing moment/wake up call came the next day…
Everyone was doing well and I was heading back in to work with the intent of getting some critical information handed over to the team, grabbing my computer and heading back home to spend a couple days with my wife and son.
My plan was to slip into work quickly get done what was needed and get out.
However, as I rounded a corner several of the ladies on my floor swarmed asking questions, I got most of them…
“yes everyone is doing well”
What is his name….
(oh crap – I draw a blank!)
So feebly I say…
“we haven’t named him yet”
A blatant lie, maybe it was the lack of sleep, maybe it was my wife convincing me she thought we were having a girl or maybe my mind being focused on the 10 critical things I wanted to get done quickly before getting home. But regardless of my weak excuses the fact is that in the first 24hrs of parenthood I had a serious parenting fail!
Reflecting on it shortly after it was clear that for me to be the parent I wanted to be devoting as much mental energy as I was to my day job would always leave me with less capacity then I wanted/needed for my family!
It is tough to say when the idea of working for myself running an online business became more than an idea and turned into an obsession but I think this point is likely as good any!
So ~3 years later I quit and am now running my online business full time. (full story here)
It didn’t happen overnight and took many years of working the schedule outlined below but the goal was achieved…
Below is a side by side comparison of my schedule when I had my day job and now when I am working online full time.
I still work a lot of hrs but I am able to shift a good chunk of hours to spending time with my family in the afternoon to do fun activities!
Breaking down the hours by activity this is the result…
I don’t intend to say that my current schedule is better than my previous one for everyone or even that my current schedule is ideal for people. Many people would still think I work too much and don’t have enough fun/socialize time in there but for me the ability to have the freedom to design the schedule that is best for my family and me is a very clear improvement in quality of life!
If you are working towards a similar goal hopefully this post shows the level of effort that needs to be sustained and for how long to give you an idea that it won’t be easy but it is possible!
After a record month in November I knew it was going to be hard to top!
Although the numbers were not as impressive as the previous record income report and a few of the numbers show reason for concern it was another solid month with a couple projects paying off nicely!
Overall this is the final income report in a year that saw the business double in total income over the previous year!
The plan is to keep pushing hard in 2017!
Here is how my business is broken down…
The Business “Divisions” For My Online Business:
Below is my businesses main goals for 2016…
3 Goals in 2016 for my Website Portfolio Business
Dec Update – This one I can happily say was achieved in 2016 by hiring a manager to help with the running of these sites and then building systems to manage the process.
Dec Update – No new sites were purchased in Dec but I achieved my goals in 2016 of buying 1 site per month.
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I have found the right sellers are those…
If you have a profitable website you are looking to sell fast please let me know
Dec Update – The unique deal was a win-win for both parties in 2016
PRIMARY GOAL – OVERALL INCOME FOR WEBSITE PORTFOLIO ABOVE $10k/MONTH
Dec Update – Not having my Amazon account definitely resulted in this month not being as awesome as I would have liked but I am happy with a couple of the sites really generating a LOT of earnings! In addition several new tests I will write about soon seem to be doing well also.
3 Goals in 2015 for AuthorityWebsiteIncome.com
Dec Update – Although I pushed hard in 2016 to get 1 post out per week I did not achieve this goal. It was close and I am happy especially in the second half of the year with the quality posts that were getting published!
Dec Update – Not achieved for 2016
PRIMARY GOAL – GROW TO 30k VISITORS PER MONTH
Dec Update – 15,164 users up 15% over the previous year. Overall the traffic for the year grew by 63% but I did not achieve the 30k/month goal.
Dec Update – Achieved this goal for 2016 with a lot of work done by the team leads Kelley and Maddie.
Dec Update – This is one of the failed goals that I wish I
Dec Update – A great year for BrandBuilders! Andrew did a fantastic job and we have BIG plans for 2017!
PRIMARY GOAL – STAND ALONE SYSTEMATIZED SERVICES BUSINESS IN 2016
Original Monthly Net Income Target (original goal $15k/month reliable income by age 35)
Gross revenue is a vanity number for my business and I do not share it.
December was a very solid month with a couple BIG successes but there were a couple concerning parts of the business I need to focus on. The growth on a few parts of my services business was slower than I would like and my inability to find a solid alternative to Amazon Associates really hurt my portfolio’s performance in Dec!