Today, Walmart has pushed a contract update with many categories of affiliate rates cut from 4% to 1%, such as:

  • Furniture
  • Bed and Bath
  • Kitchen Appliances
  • Dining
  • Vacuums
  • Home Decor
  • Arts & Crafts.

It’s still not officially announced and you need to compare the contracts by yourself. It’s important to remember that the mentioned categories had a 4% affiliate rate for more than a decade. It’s time to diversify your income streams!

Walmart reduce affiliate rates dramatically
Pushed contract update from Walmart

The update is following no less dramatic affiliate rates cut from Amazon, that happened earlier this year, and took effect on April 21, 2020.

The affiliate rate cuts Amazon introduced were in the following product categories:

  • Furniture, home improvement, garden, pet products – commission cut from 8% to 3%.
  • Beauty, musical instruments, headphones, industrial goods – commission cut from 6% to 3%.
  • Tools, goods for tourism, and walking – commission cut from 5.5% to 3%.
  • Groceries – commission cut from 5% to 1%.
  • Sports – commission cut from 4.5% to 3%.
  • Goods for children – commission cut from 4.5% to 3%.
  • Health and care – commission cut from 4.5% to 1%.

The commission rate cuts look permanent and cast a dark shadow on the future of affiliate marketing from those sites. As an alternative, to diversify your income streams with affiliate programs that offer a much higher commission, you can consider the different affiliate plans by Repixel.co, ShareASale.com, ClickBank, and more.

As for non directly affiliate businesses, you can, for example, offer your services on Fiverr, start a blog on a non-EIG hosting, or even launching a new podcast on your favorite topic.

This big change also raises the question, with everything else being equal, when both Amazon and Walmart offer the same 1% affiliate commission rate, what’s the incentive to use the one by Walmart when the adoption and the conversion of the Amazon selling funnel are much better? Looks like Walmart management pretty much, Consciously or unconsciously, shooting itself in the leg.

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