On October 28th, 2020, Amazon further expanded its global presence (again!) and not only launched a new storefront with Amazon Sweden, but also the new Amazon affiliate program!
Update 05/28/20:We have finally received PA API access for Amazon.ae, which means that we will now automatically localize and affiliate any Amazon links to or from the Amazon United Arab Emirates storefront! See below for more details.
Amazon continues to push towards global domination and bring its affiliate program along with it. Recently, Amazon has added affiliate programs for two more storefronts, Amazon.ae and Amazon.com.tr, bringing the total to 15 worldwide!
If you’re an Amazon Affiliate then you are likely familiar with the commission rates for referred sales. You get X% commission after you refer a buyer for a given product. But some may not be as familiar with the bounties that the Amazon Associates programs payout.
What’s a bounty, you ask? Besides helping Amazon sell products you can encourage your audience to things, such as signing up for an Amazon Prime trial, creating an Amazon Baby Registry, and recommending Audible subscriptions, which can earn you a decent-sized bounty. Amazon maintains a lengthy chart of various actions you can refer to, and the bounty paid for each. For example, successfully referring an Amazon Business account can earn you $15 per action. That could be much more profitable than referring video games with a 1% commission.
On October 8 of 2019, Amazon added a seventeenth regional storefront, Amazon Singapore, furthering its march towards global (retail) domination!
While this is yet another huge step forward for the Seattle-based company, what really caught our attention was their seamless launch of the Amazon Singapore Associates program at the same time as the store launch. As far as we can tell, this is the fastest rollout of an affiliate program yet (Amazon UAE was quick, but it took them a day or two, and Amazon Australia’s affiliate program launch was many weeks delayed). Amazon.sg marks the fifteenth regional, public, and independent affiliate program that Amazon supports (only the Netherlands storefront doesn’t have an affiliate program while the Associates program for Turkey is currently private).
As our world becomes increasingly connected, more and more people across the globe are turning to online retailers for their everyday purchases. Clothes, books, electronics, you name it – if it exists, you can probably buy it online. Unfortunately, with 195 countries, it’s nearly impossible for retailers to provide a local storefront for every country, which means the purchasing experience for consumers can vary wildly depending on your region. This disparity between purchasing countries and available storefronts is what we call “geo-fragmentation”.