Amazon just changed one of the bounties it pays on new Audible subscribers to bring it more in line with how Amazon's other bounties are awarded.
Scott Carney brought my attention to the news that Amazon now requires authors to use affiliate tracking codes in order to get a bounty when a new Audible user buys the author's book as their first audiobook.
Under the previous setup, authors earned a $50 bounty simply because that new user got the author's audiobook as their first purchase at Audible, but now Amazon is requiring authors to show that they were the ones who actually got the new user to sign up.
From the ACX blog:
Today, ACX announced the new Bounty Referral Program, upping the payout to up to $75 for each new Audible member and providing advanced tracking on your ACX Sales Dashboard. You’ll receive new, trackable referral links, unique to you and each of your audiobooks, starting August 1.
Bounties for Royalty Share titles will be divided, with $50 going to the creator whose referral link enticed that new member, and $25 to their creative partner, whose performance or writing helped seal the deal. Bounties are subject to the ACX Bounty Program Terms and Conditions, which can be found here.
That means you’ll want to leverage this URL each time you promote your ACX audiobooks, which we at the blog hope is all the time!
Amazon offers a wide variety of bounties as part of its affiliate program. For example, I can get up to $10 if you sign up for Kindle Unlimited. I can also get $5 if you sign up for either Audible's general subscription or Audible Romance.
As a blogger, I can't get any bounty that is even close to what Amazon will pay to an author if they get a fan to sign up for a new Audible subscription, so I think authors should count their blessings.
That said, Amazon's new setup is not without its problems. Authors are either struggling to share the correct link or can't find the affiliate links in the first place. For example:
Just got our first bounty links, and it appears each book has a series of links, one for each of the Audible country sites. When I click on a different country’s site, the link does not redirect. This is a problem because I have customers for my ACX books all over the world, and it’s not practical for me to replace my .com links with four individual country links. Can you suggest a workaround?
I don't have this problem with Amazon.com affiliate links; they automatically redirect to the relevant Amazon country site (or at least they are supposed to).