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Amazon Affiliate Question

  1. Earl Noah Bernsby profile image88
    Earl Noah Bernsbyposted 3 years ago

    *ARGH!* After having searched the help guides, FAQs, and old forum posts, I simply have not had any luck in finding an answer to my question about Amazon/eBay affiliate payments.  If someone could answer this question for me, or perhaps provide a needed kick in the keister towards the relevant forum post(s), I would be much obliged!

    My question:

    About the 60/40 split.  Does that pertain to the affiliate capsules, as well?  If so, does that mean that 40 percent of the time, when people purchases products through the capsules, 100 percent of the earnings goes to HP?  Let me just apologize right now if the answer to this question is apparent to everyone in the class except me ... sitting in the back ... with my "Dunce" cap on! sad

    1. Solaras profile image89
      Solarasposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Oh and to answer your original question: HP has nothing to do with the Amazon payout or percentage that we know about.  The 4, 6 or 6.5 to 7% is yours entirely.  If HP gets anything that is between them and Amazon.

      1. Earl Noah Bernsby profile image88
        Earl Noah Bernsbyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks for responding.  It seems like there is some debate to the matter, however!

        1. Solaras profile image89
          Solarasposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Wrylilt knows better than I do lol!

          1. Earl Noah Bernsby profile image88
            Earl Noah Bernsbyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            LOL! wink (Still, thanks for taking the time!)

  2. Solaras profile image89
    Solarasposted 3 years ago

    I have limited experience with Amazon and none with Ebay - so here goes.

    Amazon pays you a percentage of what you sell based on the number of products you sell per month. They give you credit for folks coming over and buying things via your link as well.  So the first tier would be 4% of sales you generate.  Then you move up to 6% (I think that is at 15 products sold) and then up to 6.5% at 30 products sold.  I believe you max out at 7% of products sold that month, but  I have not come near that number, so I don't know what it is.

    A tip for selling on Amazon.  In the beginning I was very anal about matching ads with my subject matter.  I wanted it to enhance my article.  I sold nothing.

    Then I decided, Amazon knows what I do all over the web, so why not let them pick products for me in the same category as my article. Now I sell 15 -25 items a month with an average payout of $25.00.  So I recommend using Amazon keyword and letting them make the product choice for you.

    FYI: Amazon waits 60 days to pay you as well.  They want to be sure the product is not returned.  $10.00 is the minimum payout, unless you want a physical check and then it is $100.00.

    Good luck with the holidays coming!

  3. WryLilt profile image87
    WryLiltposted 3 years ago

    Yes. Capsules also give 40% of views to Hubpages. During those views, all sales go to Hubpages.

    1. Earl Noah Bernsby profile image88
      Earl Noah Bernsbyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks!

      1. Alison Graham profile image92
        Alison Grahamposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        As WryLilt says, for 40% of the time, all earnings from Amazon Capsules goes to Hubpages. However, if you wish to place an amazon link containing your affiliate code in the body text of your article (as an anchor text link), you will keep 100% of the earnings 100% of the time from any purchases made through that link. Obviously, you will only be able to put one or perhaps two in any hub to comply with Hubpages TOS.

        To get the affiliate link you want, go to the amazon product page when signed into your Amazon account. From the top bar on that page, select 'link to page', then select the 'text only' link option in the box that pops up. You will see the html code for embedding a text link in your own site, but if you take the part starting from the first http: right up to (but not including the " which comes immediately after your affiliate code, you can use this as the URL to make your anchor text link with your affiliate code embedded. Hope this helps! If not, message me via email and I will show you an example.

        1. Earl Noah Bernsby profile image88
          Earl Noah Bernsbyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Cool!  Thanks Alison Graham.  Should I create and use another tracking ID separate from my default HubPages affiliate code for this process?

          1. Alison Graham profile image92
            Alison Grahamposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            I don't think there would be a problem with creating a new Amazon tracking ID for that purpose - I haven't done so myself, I just keep the default one for hubpages and have different ones for my own sites.

            1. Earl Noah Bernsby profile image88
              Earl Noah Bernsbyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              I just wasn't sure if the rake was capsule or code specific.  I'm quite new to monetizing, actually.  Until now, I've mostly written how-to's and editorials.  But, I figured with the Holidays coming up, I should take the plunge!

  4. Adept2012 profile image48
    Adept2012posted 3 years ago

    I think this doesn't pertain to amazon but I am not sure of ebsy

  5. Marie Flint profile image91
    Marie Flintposted 3 years ago

    Boy, Earl--you and me both! I'm terrible at understanding anything about how the money part works here at Hub Pages. I'm still trying to make some of that "green stuff."  I haven't signed up for Google Analytics, either. So, move over--it's my turn for the dunce hat!

    1. Earl Noah Bernsby profile image88
      Earl Noah Bernsbyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      LOL! Well, I'm finding that it's a process with a lot of learning involved.  But then, most worthwhile ventures are!

  6. Shyron E Shenko profile image85
    Shyron E Shenkoposted 3 years ago

    You both know more than I do.  I have not seen any of the greens either.

  7. Shyron E Shenko profile image85
    Shyron E Shenkoposted 3 years ago

    You both know more than I do.  I have not seen any of the greens either.

  8. 2uesday profile image87
    2uesdayposted 3 years ago

    In the past I have read in the forums here that just adding an Amazon product link to an article will not produce sales in the way that an article written for that purpose will. This may be repeating something already well known but for anyone finding this post after searching for information about Amazon sales it may be helpful.

    1. Earl Noah Bernsby profile image88
      Earl Noah Bernsbyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Are you referring to a specific clause in HP's operating guidelines, or the standards of quality?  I have read about standards of quality in the learning center, but I suspect my reasons for this inquiry were a little less common: I had planned on writing a review of a unique item (a work of art), and wanted to know if, by placing an Amazon capsule on the review page, there was a 40% chance that I would not receive a commission for the sale of the painting (were someone to buy after reading my review), due to the 60/40 split. 

      If you meant the standards of quality aspect of the whole thing, though - don't worry!  I'm not planning on polluting HP with a bunch of random anchor links out of context! wink

      1. Alison Graham profile image92
        Alison Grahamposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        It is important for your Amazon account that any text link to an amazon product page is from a page about that product or relevant to it. Providing random links say for example, from an article on house cleaning to a page on digital watches is against Amazon TOS and could jeopardize your account.
        I think that the Amazon capsules are now much better than they used to be and more likely to drive sales - however, I think that the text links still have their place.

  9. Marie Flint profile image91
    Marie Flintposted 3 years ago

    Alison, I didn't know anything about the text links. Are these covered in the Hub Pages Learning Center?

    1. Alison Graham profile image92
      Alison Grahamposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I don't think so, or not specifically anyway. They count as 'affiliate links' and the same rules apply

 
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