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Building for Voice vs. Screen

When you build for voice, you can’t simply add voice to your app and call it a voice experience. Learn how to reimagine the entire experience from a voice-first perspective.

7 Tips for Building a Standout Skill

What makes an Alexa skill engaging for customers? What keeps customers coming back over time? Learn the qualities of top-performing Alexa skills, then build your own standout skill that delights customers.

6 Tips for Building Stellar Kid Skills

From fun games to educational lessons, build Alexa skills that engage young minds. Learn what kids find compelling when it comes to voice experiences, then start building to reach a whole new generation.

Make Money with Your Alexa Skill

Learn how you can make money with your Alexa skill using in-skill purchasing (ISP) and Amazon Pay for Alexa Skills. Learn the basics on how to design a premium experience, which products to use, how to build, and how to measure and optimize your earnings. Hear from developers who have found success monetizing their skills.

Create Voice-First Games for Alexa

Developers are adding voice to their wildest gaming ideas, imagining a whole new way to engage players, while making money and even building a business. Download this whitepaper to join the pioneers building voice-first games.

How to Design a Voice User Interface

A voice user interface (VUI) allows people to use voice input to control computers and devices. Learn the 7 steps you can follow to design a voice experience, from idea to dialog flow to voice interaction.

How to Scale Your Skill Using AWS

Leverage Amazon Web Services (AWS) to build a professional-grade backend for your Alexa skill. Ensure your skill can handle both unexpected traffic spikes and increased usage over time.

Voice Design Tips from 12 Developers

When we look at some of the most engaging Alexa skills, we see a variety of voice experiences that stand out from the rest. Explore voice design tips from top Alexa developers with some of the most popular skills.

10 Things Every Alexa Skill Should Do

There are technical aspects to building for voice, as well as creative concepts that go into designing conversational Alexa skills. Discover the 10 things every Alexa skill should do.

Enhance Skills with Dialog Management

A conversational user interface is at the core of engaging voice experiences. Discover how you can enhance your Alexa skills with dialog management and build natural voice-first interactions.