If you downloaded Julia Dweck’s Kindle eBook Zombie Kids yesterday for free, then you will be excited to know that the book’s sequel Zombie Kids Go Green is now free today.
Zombie Kids Go Green
But, I do have a difficult announcement to make for my readers. I wrote a full explanation below, but here is the short scoop for those who don’t want to read all the details:
- Amazon changed their operating agreement today beginning on March 1st.
- My free eBook lists will be heavily penalized under the new agreement.
- Continuing the free eBook lists will jeopardize any income that I receive from Amazon.
- My blog will continue, and hopefully be even better. But, I won’t be blogging about free eBooks. I may still share an occasional great free book though via social media provided that the hits into Amazon don’t jeopardize my earnings.
I know that many of you have been waiting patiently for me to finish my web design and start posting again frequently about free Kindle eBooks for kids. Today, however, I received an email from Amazon notifying me that Amazon has changed their Amazon affiliate program to penalize websites that send large amounts of traffic into Amazon to download free eBooks.
I disclose openly on my site and free eBook posts that I’m an Amazon affiliate. What that means is that my links into Amazon have an ID in it that allows Amazon to track the purchases that are made through my site. I receive a small commission for each purchase made at no cost to my readers.
I don’t make any money off of sales of free eBooks, but I do make a small amount of money from other purchases that my readers make while on Amazon. While this has never been a large amount of money, especially compared to the huge investment of time on my part, a major part of my blog’s business plan was that as I grew that the time spent would provide a comparable amount of income to support it.
I always thought this arrangement was perfect. I provided information at no cost to my readers while receiving payment from Amazon.
What I have been doing is completely ethical and was allowed by Amazon, but with the new changes Amazon has decided to penalize blogs like mine by disqualifying our entire earnings in a month if we sell too many free eBooks. In other words, if I continue to post free eBook lists even occasionally and still remain an Amazon affiliate any given list could jeopardize my entire month’s earnings.
I’m not sure I understand Amazon’s reasoning, since I’m still only making money off of actual purchases, and I believe that I drive them valuable traffic. But, the fact is, Amazon has the right to govern their affiliate program however best benefits their company, and they still have a very generous affiliate program. I’m still happy to be an Amazon affiliate, so I’ll have to play by their rules.
I know this whole Amazon affiliate issue probably is difficult to understand, but I hope that you will understand at least that this policy change is outside my control. Not only do I hate to disappoint my readers, but I’m also disappointed to see so much work built on one concept go to waste.
I’m not sure exactly what No Twiddle Twaddle will look like once I re-brand. But, here’s the GOOD news!
- I still have an awesome new design soon to be revealed.
- I still have lots of ideas for new and original content.
- I still have loads of book recommendations for you.
So, what do you want to see in the future on No Twiddle Twaddle? Let me know, I’m listening!