Earn Money with Alexa Developer Rewards

Get Paid for Eligible Skills that Customers Love Most

Every month, developers can earn money for eligible skills that drive some of the highest customer engagement. Eligible skill categories include: Education & Reference; Food & Drink; Games, Trivia & Accessories; Health & Fitness; Kids, Lifestyle; Music & Audio; and Productivity. Developers can increase their level of skill engagement and potentially earn more by improving their skill, building more skills, and making their skills available in the US, UK, Japan, and Germany.

Not only can developers make money, they can save money too with AWS promotional credits. These credits can help you build and host your Alexa skills for free. There’s no better time to bring your ideas to life.

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Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What Alexa skills are eligible?
    We will select skills to be rewarded from among the top performing custom skills based on customer engagement, that are correctly categorized in any of eight eligible skill categories:

    • Education & Reference

    • Food & Drink

    • Games, Trivia & Accessories

    • Health & Fitness

    • Kids

    • Lifestyle

    • Music & Audio

    • Productivity
       

  2. How will I know if my Alexa skill has earned money?
    If your Alexa skill qualifies, you will receive an email from the Alexa team by the middle of the following month.
     

  3. How much will I get paid?
    Payment is based on the skill’s customer engagement. If your skill qualifies, the email you receive from the Alexa team will include your payment amount.
     

  4. Will I continue to get paid every month?
    We evaluate customer engagement on a monthly basis. As customers discover and share new skills, the top engaging skills will change, allowing new developers to earn money.
     

  5. I have skills in the US, UK, Japan, and Germany. Am I eligible to receive payments for each geography?
    Yes. If you have eligible skills published in the US, UK, Japan, and Germany and they are among the top engaging skills, you will receive payment for each. The email you receive from the Alexa team will include detail about payment for each skill.
     

  6. When will I get paid?
    If your payment information is up-to-date, you will be paid no later than the last day of the month in which you were notified that your skill has earned rewards. You will need to ensure that your payment and tax information is up-to-date in the Amazon Developer Portal.
     

  7. How do I set up my payment information?
    You can add your payment and tax information to your Amazon developer account by following the steps below:

    1. Log in to developer.amazon.com and under the Settings section go to the Payment information tab. Or, click Payment information.
    2. Select Yes to the question: “Do you plan to monetize your digital content, such as charging for apps or games or selling in-app items or in-game items, or by receiving cash rewards for your skills?"
    3. Complete your payment information.
    4. Under the Settings section, go to the Tax identity tab. Or, click Tax identity.
    5. Update the details in the Royalty Tax Identity Interview section.

  8. What happens if I do not provide my payment information?
    If you do not provide payment and tax information within 90 days from when you were notified by email that your skill has earned rewards, you will forfeit the reward.
     

  9. How do you measure customer engagement?
    We consider a variety of factors to measure customer engagement such as minutes of usage, new customers, recurring customers, customer ratings, sessions, and more.
     

  10. How can I monitor my skill’s engagement?
    Developers can sign into the Amazon Developer Portal to view skill engagement data. The Alexa Skills Kit section lists your skills, whether completed or in-progress. Click the Metrics link for each skill to see data about: unique customers, sessions, utterances, and intents. You may view data for a select time interval (e.g., within the last 30 days, within a custom range) or aggregation period (e.g., hourly, weekly). You can also monitor customer reviews of your skill in the Alexa Skills Store.
     

  11. Can I make money through in-skill purchasing and Alexa Developer Rewards for the same skill?
    At this time, yes, you can. Please note, that in-skill purchasing is currently only available in the US.