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UPDATE: Audible’s Affiliate Program Is Now Part Of Amazon Associates

Hey, there!

For the last few years, I’ve been advising you to create links to your finished works on Amazon, and on Audible, that are affiliate links.

That way, when someone purchases something you’ve narrated or acted in, you get paid a commission.

Well, Audible just threw a wrench into that process – they killed their Audible affiliate plan, and are now using Amazon’s Associates plan.

Which means all of your Audible links need to be replaced with Amazon links. Here’s how to do it from now on.

Oh, your Audible links will still take them to your works on Audible.com, but you won’t get any referral money for them.

So, you need to start using Amazon Associates links for all of your products.

Amazon Associates is Amazon’s program that pays you money whenever you refer people to stuff they sell. It doesn’t cost them any more, and you get between 5% and 15% on each sale.

Audible, which is owned by Amazon, had their own plan, separate from Amazon Associates, but as of last week, those Audible links no longer give you commissions.

They switched over all of their affiliate payments to the Amazon Associates program. So, you’ll need to change over to links with the Amazon ASIN for the Audible version, not the Audible ASIN.

(An ASIN is an Amazon Standard Identification Number – each product, each version of each product, has a unique ASIN.)

If you’re not yet a member of the Amazon Associates program, it’s fast and free to join, and once you do, you’ll be assigned a unique code, so they can track your sales. Just go here:

https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/

I use the Redirection plug-in here on the VO2GoGo site for these sorts of links, so if Audible changes the process again, I can do all the updates on one screen.

Here’s the process you can use:

– Go to the Amazon page for the book
– Choose the Audible version from the versions listed – the page will change and a new ASIN will be shown
– Replace the ASIN in this sample link with the Amazon ASIN for the Audible book (it’s not the same ASIN as on the Audible site):

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W1S9A6O/?tag=vo2gogo-20

The ASIN and the unique code are bolded above: B00W1S9A6O is the ASIN for this particular audiobook – use the ASIN for your book when you build your link, and vo2gogo-20 is my Amazon Associates code – use yours, obviously, when you build your links.

That will be the new link format that will work, and give you a percentage of sales on your titles.

And if you were never part of the Audible affiliate program, then you have nothing to update, and you can just start creating Amazon Associates links from here on.

Hope this helps!

David

10 Responses to UPDATE: Audible’s Affiliate Program Is Now Part Of Amazon Associates

  1. Eugenia Care July 17, 2015 at 6:52 am #

    Thanks so much David. You are such a beacon to us out here in the sea of VO and I am filled with gratitude and appreciation for all you give. :)

  2. Bill Johjnston July 17, 2015 at 7:31 am #

    David,

    When I follow your instruction, I don;t see the same format. I see this instead:

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Lakeshore-Evil/dp/B00X4TTI02/ref=tmm_aud_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1437141657

    What do I do?

    Thanks.

    Bill

    • David H. Lawrence XVII July 17, 2015 at 11:25 am #

      Just after /dp/ in that URL is the ASIN you’re looking for – B00X4TTI02 – the URL may appear different depending upon where you came from to that page on Amazon.

      • Bill Johjnston July 17, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

        Thanks, David. I’m afraid I’m too dense to see where to put my code in that mishmash.

        • Bill Johnston July 25, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

          The fog cleared.

  3. Erin Neumeyer July 17, 2015 at 11:05 am #

    Hi David – You are awesome! Thanks for the info and for helping us all stay on top of this rapidly changing industry.

    Also, I heard Heroes is coming back – maybe they’ll start playing all of the original episodes to get people excited!

    Have a great day,
    Erin

  4. Linda Roper July 21, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

    David, Thank you for keeping me up to date. Linda Roper

  5. Martin Jurča November 23, 2015 at 5:48 pm #

    Thanks for the info.

    Are you also using some localisation plugin that shows people from UK links to Amazon.uk, people from France links to Amazon.fr et cetera.

    • David H. Lawrence XVII November 23, 2015 at 7:01 pm #

      I am not – is that what you’re seeing, or is that where your browser is taking you (more likely) based on your Amazon cookies?

      • Martin Jurča November 24, 2015 at 10:02 am #

        I don’t see it, but I know some people are using this technique to maximaze their revenue.

        So i was just curious.

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