The main way websites (especially blogs) make money is through ads. Even though as a reader we hate them, as website owners, they’re what pays the bills. Amazon is probably one of the largest affiliate program out there. They make it super easy to pick the content you’d like to display, and you just cut and paste the code. It’s hard to find a site that doesn’t have an Amazon link on it.
Yesterday I received an email from Amazon saying my Amazon Associates account would be closed by August 27, 2013. The governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, voted to pass a sales tax law on internet affiliate programs. This came as a complete shock to me because I hadn’t heard a word of it until now. And Missouri isn’t the only state to pass this new law. Apparently many others have joined the bandwagon as well. According to this article, Amazon isn’t worried about paying the tax, they just don’t want the hassle of dealing with each state’s tax law.
So, if you’re lucky, find a good affiliate program that won’t kick you to the curb. Amazon is going to lose a large chunk of revenue from this.