New Developer Alexa Skill

Submitted by Peter on Mon, 10/30/2017 - 22:47

A new skill has appeared on the Alexa Skill Store aimed at skill developers. The new Dev Tips skill has the following description:

This skill answers questions about Alexa development, gives you the latest developer news, and even provides contact information for the Alexa Education team.

You can try things like:

"Alexa, ask Dev Tips about SSML."

"Alexa, ask Dev Tips about office hours."

"Alexa, ask Dev Tips how to use a database."

Arrival Of Premium Alexa Skills

Submitted by Peter on Wed, 10/25/2017 - 21:04

Many have wondered and considered how you can earn money for creating Alexa Skills. In the past there have been attempts in some level of monetization such as advertising, however, these have been shut down due to Amazon's terms of service. Some skill developers have earnt rewards such as t-shirts and Echo Dot's. In August Amazon also announced an extension to their rewards program based on skill usage however overall the potential is fairly limited.

Earn Money With Your Skills

Submitted by Peter on Sun, 08/27/2017 - 15:31

Recently Amazon removed the ability for Android app developers from earning money based on popularity and use.Previously app developers could release a free app that had no advertising and still earn money. The money earnt was based on usage of the app. The more it was used the more money that could be earned.

Well, that bad news for app developers has turned into good news for skill developers. Amazon has extended an incentive for skill developers. Previously skill developers could earn money if they posted a skill in 1 of the following categories:


June 2017 Skill Developer Rewards

Submitted by Peter on Sat, 06/03/2017 - 20:07

Amazon regularly gives rewards that can be claimed by skill developers when they publish a skill.

For US skill developers June will be a very special month. Thins months reward is actually an Echo Dot. This is an absolute amazing reward and is a great opportunity for developers that do not have an Echo yet. Apart from the skill being published between the 1st of June and the 30th of June, there are no limitations upon what the skill does.

For the UK, German and Indian skill developers you can grab yourself a t-shirt.

New Tool For Evaluating Your Skill Logo

Submitted by Peter on Sun, 03/19/2017 - 00:42

When creating a skill 1 of the often overlooked aspects is the design of the logo. I have been guilty of this myself and ended up with an image that did not work out so well.

An issue that I had not considered originally was the fact that Amazon encases the skill logo in a circular frame. This will leave some aspects of the original image hidden and it is, of course, important that vital aspects of your logo are not contained within these hidden regions.

New Alexa Skills Contest

Submitted by Peter on Wed, 03/01/2017 - 20:40

Dev Post logoI completely missed this after the original announcement however Amazon have announced a new Skills contest. This time the contest is in partnership with Dev Post.

The contest is extremely open and any type of skill can be submitted providing the skill is unique. The overall prize value for this contest is a whopping $40,000.