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, and Germany.
You can also make money with Alexa skills using in-skill purchasing (ISP). With ISP, you can sell premium content to enrich your Alexa skill experience. This feature is available for Alexa skills in the US.
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When Tom Hewitson began tinkering with the Alexa Skills Kit, he never imagined his skills would make enough money for him to build a six-person studio in just six months.
Paul Wehner has been able to bring the power of meditation to the masses with voice and make enough money through the Alexa Developer Rewards program to scale and enhance his company’s skills.
Gal Shenar had no idea that building a skill for fun would earn him more than $25,000 in only six months. With more than 30 published Alexa skills, Shenar has “cracked the code” for building top-earning skills.
David Markey built his first custom skill in only one day. Within a month of launching his second skill, he had earned almost $1,500 in Alexa Developer Rewards.
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
Music & Audio
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.
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.
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.
I have skills published in multiple countries. Am I eligible to receive payments for each geography?
Yes. If you have eligible skills published in the US, UK, 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
I’m not located in the US. Can I still earn money for one of the most engaging skill for kids?
Currently, skills intended for kids under the age of 13 (i.e., child-directed) are only available in the U.S. Alexa Skills Store. That said, developers from anywhere in the world can publish an eligible kid skill in the U.S. and earn money, as long as it is one of the top performers in terms of customer engagement.
Can I make money through in-skill purchasing and Alexa Developer Rewards for the same skill?
At this time, yes, you can.