We're excited to officially launch the HubPages Amazon Program, a new way for you to earn from Amazon products on your Hubs! The Amazon Program offers a very high Amazon commission tier because the volume of sales across all of HubPages is aggregated for the benefit of the entire community. Most Hubbers who participate in the existing Amazon Associates Program will benefit from switching because they sell only a few products each month and earn at a low commission tier.
We realize that some Hubbers are doing very well with Amazon Associates already which is why the switch is not mandatory. If you like, you can give the Program a shot and switch back at any time.
More details (including a FAQ) are available in the blog announcement.
However, if you have questions or want to report a bug, please do so on this thread.
I am part of Hub Pages program and I was part of Amazon Program until a while ago until Amazon closed my account because I live in a state that adopted the internet sale taxes. Does the new program apply to people like me or not?
I thought I already made a switch to HPA Program so why am I being prompted to do again? Is there a way to find out if the switch went through correctly or was there a glitch?
Amazon was just added to the HP Earnings Program this month. Go to your Earnings/Settings page and look at the Amazon Status. If active, then you're all set. If you see it listed under the "External Affiliate Settings" then you are still using your own affiliate ID. You can leave it or switch to HP. You have a choice now.
Bakulesh, it looks like you successfully activated the HubPages Amazon Program. As Glenn mentioned above, you can turn it off or switch to using an external affiliate ID at any time by going to My Account > Earnings > Settings.
Looks good. I have signed up. I think I've got two possible hubs that have potential with this. And if those two show promise, there are a set of 12 more that might be worthwhile for me. This is all assuming of course that I am coordinated enough to pick exactly the right product.
I signed up too! Question. Do we need to change the current Amazon adds or do they convert to the new program?
Good question. We will take care of the back-end work to make sure that your capsules transition correctly so there is no additional work required on your part.
As far as Amazon links go, those that were created via the Amazon tab in the Text Capsule will convert to the new program automatically. However, any ad hoc links that you may have copied and pasted on your own will not convert. The entire conversion process can take up to 4 hours so give it some time!
I did notice my HP ID didn't show up in the URL. But I won't hop up and down about it until tomorrow.
It's possible that the conversion process is not yet complete for your Hubs (please allow up for 4 hours) or that you checked the URL on HubPages' share of impressions. We reloaded your gopher Hub a few times and did see your ID in the URL.
Keep us posted, though.
The gophers will no doubt be thrilled.
Btw, I noticed the new Amazon reports show clicks even when something isn't ordered. I think that is excellent. I was going to ask to have that included, but HP was way ahead of me.
"What about open balances with Amazon if I switch?
Open balances with Amazon after the switch will be paid out per the Amazon Associates Program guidelines."
What does that mean? Will open balances be added to future earnings via HubPages? Or do we have to redeem such balances prior to switching?
By "open balances with Amazon" we mean the Amazon Associates program in which Amazon pays you directly. If you are considering switching to the HubPages Amazon Program, it's a good idea to ensure that you're not leaving an open balance with Amazon Associates that is below their payment threshold. Open balances with Amazon Associates will not be added to your HubPages Earnings Program balance.
Then, I don't understand how making the switch can work because there is always going to be an open balance with Amazon. February earnings are not paid until April.
Also, what happens when you have more than one user account on HP?
The payment threshold for Amazon Associates is really low, so some Hubbers can simply wait it out. If you're someone who uses an Amazon Associates ID off of HubPages, you can continue to do so. Also, you can switch back to Amazon Associates at any time. It really depends on your individual situation.
Each account on HubPages needs to register separately (same as the Ad and eBay Programs) but you can use the same AdSense ID, phone number, etc.
So, if I did switch now, are you saying that Amazon will still pay my earnings from HP for February (paid in April) so long as I've reached the minimum payment amount today (which I have)?
And, what about two user accounts? Can you make different choices for Amazon on each account?
Yes, I see no reason why they would not pay you in April if you already reached the payment threshold. If you switch to the Amazon Program you don't cancel your Amazon Associates ID, you just stop using it on HubPages. Please give the blog post and Amazon Program FAQ a read if you haven't already! They answer some of these questions.
Yes, you can make different choices for Amazon on different HubPages accounts.
And as long as you get no returns. Watch out for that!
Hi Marina, I use my Amazon Associates HubPages ID for advertizing on some of my other websites. So are you saying I can still use those ads and links, and just my HubPages ads will change? Or do I need to start with a new Amazon Associate ID for my other sites?
Yes, you can absolutely continue to use your existing Amazon Associates ID off of HubPages. Please note, however, that if you switch to the HubPages Amazon Program, you can only use your newly-issued HubPages ID here on HubPages.
Yes, but if you wait until you're over the threshold, you'll get paid most of what you're due?
The key is not to close your own Amazon affiliate account, just let it continue until all the money has been paid to you.
That's what I thought. I'm just over their threshold this month, but will let it increase some in case there is a return (and jump into the 6% tier as well). Maybe another sale or two; the loss from not being in the new program isn't that large unless it is a giant purchase.
I'm not good at this sort of thing. Does the balance in our Amazon account stay in our Amazon account but just not get added to the HP Amazon Program balance? Also, if we opt into the HP Amazon Program do we have to shut off the old one we were using (that had our old Affiliate ID) here at HP?
Hey Nate, to answer your questions:
1) Correct, your balance will stay in your Amazon Associates account and can continue to accrue earnings if you use your external Amazon Associates ID off of HubPages. Your Amazon Associates balance will not be added to your HEP balance. Consider the two programs separate. With Amazon Associates, your relationship is with Amazon. With the HubPages Amazon Program, your relationship is with HubPages.
2) If you opt-in to the HP Amazon Program, we will automatically update your Amazon capsules. You do not need to do any additional work unless you made a habit out of adding Amazon links to your Hubs in an ad hoc fashion. Those links won't be updated, but the products in your Amazon capsules (and any links that were created using the Amazon tab in the Text Capsule) will be.
If Marina is away, I'll answer for her and say yes, because this was one of the reasons HP considered amalgamating Amazon into their earnings (many states banning Amazon affiliates).
This was in answer to Camiecob, sorry.
The top tier is 8.5%.
Are you saying that if I join the HP program, I can expect this level of commission instead of my usual 6.5%?
We probably won't reach 8.5% on day one each month, but the HubPages community of participants collectively will reach it faster than you would on your own. I'd suggest giving it a shot and compare the results. If it's not making you more money, you can switch back!
This means that unlike our own Amazon account, the final tier does not apply to the entire month (sounds like it in the FAQ)? That early on the tier will be lower than later in the month - early sales will go at maybe 6% while later ones will likely see 8.5%?
Izzy, does that mean that you think it is a good program to switch to, or not?
I think it is great for the majority of hubbers.
I will need to think about it. I already did well with Amazon.
I think unless you do phenomenally well on Amazon, you will still do better if you switch. I bet you HP reaches the 8% tier very quickly (631 items shipped). I'm assuming the 7% (111 items) will be reached on the first day.
Plus remember that you get paid when an item is shipped, and not when it is ordered, most items are not shipped on the day they are ordered (depends what the item is I guess). I would expect to earn 7% on items on first day, then 8% after the first few days, and finally 8.5%. Usually I reach the 6.5% tier every month (except in December), so I will earn more.
Unless you sell so much that you reach the 7.5% tier on the very first day, the switch will make you more money.
Well, this is what worries me.
Normally under Amazon we get 4% but if our sales exceed a certain number it goes to 6% and above, so by the end of the month you get the higher rate on ALL your sales.
Are Hubpages planning on only giving you the % rate of your sale according to the time of month - ie sell a $1400 greenhouse at the start of the month and get 4%, make another 60 sales of plant seeds before the month is out and get the higher rate for the seeds, not including the greenhouse which was sold at the start of the month?
Or do they mean that we will all get the appropriate % payout according to Amazon on the total sales over the month? This could well be 8% or above.
Sorry for being a bit dim, 2 am, I am allowed! lol! does this mean that what we earn through Amazon will appear in our Hubpage earnings? In other words what I earn each day with the Hub Ads will add together with the Amazon money and show up only there and not on the actual Amazon page?
Amazon has several promotions and special banners associated with them. For example, their Valentines day stuff. Would this increased integration with Amazon come with an update to the capsules themselves to set up those promotions?
I thought what HP were suggesting, was that grouped together we should all get the highest rate, combining all our sales together, and that the higher rate would apply throughout the month.
We may well all start with at least 6% but it would rise from there up to the maximum of 8.5%.
They are paying us two months behind, so plenty of time to sort out the commission rate for the month.
But from what I am reading, the $1400 greenhouse, which most people would buy a few days after their pay-day at the end of the month, would be at the lower rate.
If, on my own, I sold this greenhouse at the start of the month, I would hope to make another 30 sales to get to 6.5%.
Under the new program, it wouldn't matter if I did. It might show at 4%, because who am I to argue that HP didn't make 7 sales that day?
Any further sales wouldn't matter. I'd still be stuck on the commission rate of that day. HP would of course collect the difference.
This is great for all people who live outside the US! Right now in the UK the only way to be paid by Amazon is through $ cheques, which cost a fair bit to get deposited into UK accounts!
Of course one can set one's threshold higher than the minimum, so one doesn't lose as much money, but getting paid every month through paypal will be fantastic.
The fact that we don't get paid at the highest tier is a bit of a downer, and really I can't understand why. However, I can't imagine the HP collective not reaching 6.5% on the first day. So now I get paid at 6.5%. With the HP program I will get paid 6-6.5 percent for purchases on the first day(s), and higher tiers later in the month, so still more than on my own.
Well, I just took a little mad turn, and signed up for it on this account. Many of my sales are from other accounts, but no harm in trying it!
PS I haven't sold a greenhouse for 3 years!
If I add the Amazon program to my HP account, do I need to cancel my external, individual Amazon Affiliate account?
(I do not use it on any other sites, nor do I plan to--I am lucky to make 10 cents from them, anyway)...
Should I just let the individual account languish, ignored after making the switch to the HP version here?
If you switch, you don't need to do anything with your external ID other than remove it from HubPages. I don't see the harm in keeping it active, but at the same time, if you're not getting much from it, it might make sense to cancel it down the road. It's totally up to you!
Many Hubbers have more than one HP account. Is it possible to enable this program in one account and disable in another?
I wondered the same thing, then saw Writer Fox asked the same question and Marina said that you can make different choices for Amazon on different accounts. It's under Sue Adams' question, several comments down from it.
I'm not monetising yet but I thought maybe I should get around to Amazon soon. I really like this idea, I can test the waters with the HP program (probably make more with the better commission) and then go from there. Awesome idea.
Congratulations! Hope both of us benefit in the days to come! Good Luck!
I need to wait a week or so until my amazon balance reaches the minimum payout ($100 in my case), then I'll probably change over.
I'd rather have 8.5% commission over 7%! I'll also save a bit of money on cheque cashing as that costs me £10 a month.
This is brilliant. As always, with Hubpages the user interface for the changeover is is very simple and user friendly. This is a massive win for me:
* No more dollar cheques from Amazon (I live in the UK)
* Better commission paid
* Makes Hubpages payout even easier to reach
Well done Hubpages!
If someone who has joined this program does something that is against Amazon's terms of service, how will that affect the entire account?
I just joined, looking forward to making more with the Amazon program. Still unsure about what will happen to the few dollars I have with Amazon. I signed up to get gift cards when it reaches $10, if I recall correctly. It's also connected to my website but I never set it up correctly to make money. There is only one ad on my website. So clueless about this. I hope I get my gift card soon.
If you have less than $10 in your existing Amazon account, it may be better to wait until you reach $10, just so that you get paid. Then switch to HEP after that.
When you get the gift card, which is emailed to you, quickly redeem it (so you don't forget) by adding the funds to your amazon account. The funds will safely remain there until you buy something and apply it to that purchase.
Too late, already joined. But I can always return. So, does this mean I will lose those few dollars?
I had read through this entire thread before asking questions just to see if the answer was posted. I had a concern about being worse off under HP since I'm already in the 6% tier. Izzy expressed the concern very well:
I was also concerned that I would get less if I switch to Amazon under HP, especially since I reach the 6% tier each month and my rate is retroactively increased on sales made earlier in the month.
Under HP it seems we are locked into the lower tier on a sale by sale basis as each month start out (if I understand correctly). But even if that's true, I think the solution is clear as aa lite gave a really good explanation that makes perfect sense:
Based on aa lite's explanation, I can see that it's not really a problem as long as HP's total sales for all Hubbers pushes us up to the 7% tier on the first day of each month, which I would expect is feasible.
In that case this is a great deal for everyone who's getting at least 6.5% already. And for those who are in the 4% tier, it's no-brainer.
It sounds good. But couple of questions.
Can you still see what items you sold?
Is there a chance of Amazon closing your personal affiliate due to no / low sales?
When I click on my Amazon Sales Report it just takes me back to the general earnings page. But I just signed up this morning, so maybe that will correct over time?
Also, are we still considered full-fledged Amazon associates while we are operating under the HP program, bound by the rules and privileges outlined in the Amazon Associates Agreement? I'm thinking specifically about the ability to use images, but there might be other issues. My guess is yes, but since this is separate thing I'm just hoping for clarification.
The bug with the Amazon Sales Report was fixed. Can you access the page now?
Yes, you are still bound by the rules and privileges of the Amazon Associates Agreement when you participate through HubPages.
I must not be thinking clearly .... how do I tell how much is still owed me by amazon. I logged in, but cannot seem to locate the information from the reports page ... how much they still owe me, and what is the payout amount?
Thanks so much.
You should log in and then go here: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp … story.html
Top right figure shows "unpaid balance" in orange text.
Marina, when you come back to work on Monday, could you please give an answer to this question on the Forum:
Just a note. Something I knew and had forgotten.
Negative keywords work in the Amazon capsules.
You go with the keyword, "diamond".
Amazon happily serves up a pair of $4 zirconia earrings.
Changing the phrase to "diamond -zirconia" fixes that.
Thanks so much for adding this option. It's greatly appreciated. Now I just need to work on updating old hubs and creating new ones as time allows.
I noticed that the Amazon Program Summary report was changed in the past couple of days. But I don't see any posts about it.
When the program was first started under HP, that report showed a column for the cost of ordered items and another column for the Shipped Items Revenue. I was able to compare these piques to see when ordered items were actually shipped.
But now the ordered items revenue column had been removed. In its place you added a "Shipped Earnings" column, which is redundant with the "Earnings" column and wasting space that could have been better used as the original layout.
If you would consider feedback, I suggest to go back to the prior layout.
The ordered revenue column was removed due to that information not being available via the web version of the tracking report provided by Amazon.
As far as "Shipped Earnings" and "Earnings" containing the same info, that is not always the case. The "Earnings" column can include negative earnings amounts caused by items being returned to Amazon, in which case the two columns would be unequal. This does not happen often, but it does occur.
Thanks for the explanation Matt. But I'm confused by your statement because the info was available at the start. And it was helpful to determine which orders were not shipped by comparing prices. It wasn't perfect solution, especially if two things are shipped on the same day. But at least I found I was able to find the missing shipments by subtracting the price of shipped items from the total pending revenue. Then I used the remaining amount to match one of the orders from a prior day. Now I don't have the information to do that analysis anymore.
Your explanation about the difference between the "Shipped Earnings" and "Earnings" is clear and I understand that one now.
I got 4 clicks from the HP Amazon program yesterday. For me, that is very good. I am herewith and officially promoting myself from dork to semi-dork.
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