The commission system isn't opaque any more - it's a straight percentage of the sale again. It's still worse than Amazon because the rules for auction sales are stupid, so I've earned almost nothing on the HP eBay program - but I have my websites set to show "Buy It Now" items only, and am getting reasonable commissions. My best since the change to the new system is $246.
Yes, but it takes a lot more work - and it also depends on whether the product you want is commonly sold that way. All the software available for websites, and eBay's own ads, allow you to tick a box to "show Buy It Now items only", and you're done.
I can see that many of your Hubs aren't suited to Amazon so that's one reason you don't make much. The other thing is - when trying to identify Amazon products, don't think about the title of the Hub. Think smaller - think about what people might need during the Hub. So for instance, you have a Hub about how to do your own skin analysis - can't think of a relevant Amazon product. Hey, but you say they need a big mirror, a magnifying glass and a camera - where are the ads for those? I wouldn't do image and capsule for those - I would just do an ad for each to replace the existing photo.
It is a great idea to use Amazon pictures as well as capsules, but only if you've got enough text to fit them. If you're using lots of photos and capsules and don't have enough text, then you wind up with a Hub layout that doesn't flow well, and looks amateurish. Your rasta and t-shirt Hubs are good examples. You make it worse by putting customer reviews in capsules (which makes them too big) and product descriptions in highlighted text boxes.
Don't be afraid to refer to the product in the text, and include customer reviews there too (e.g. general product description then, "This version from Amazon is a ..... with ..... and has received several 5-star ratings. One customer even said, "...). That will allow you to beef up your text to fit better around the pictures.
You should also link the large images to Amazon using an Amazon affiliate text link (just paste it in "Source" and put "Amazon" as the Name). As it's your own ID, you may be limited to two such links per Hub - which may be a good reason for limiting the number of big photos that you use!
I suspect those two Hubs were written some time ago and you've moved on since then, but they could really do with a revisit.
The Rasta hair and t-shirt hubs were a test after reading a post by WryLilt, but I totally messed that up...lol. The analysis hub was written a while back and I could never think of what to put in there...thanks for the tips....much appreciated
I doubt very much I'll ever go over to ebay on Hubpages whatever their commission structure, and off site I prefer higher paying affiliate programs, so I guess I'm not destined to ever make much with ebay.
It was - someone bought a whole outfit. I can't remember the details but when you consider flamenco shoes cost about $250, dresses cost $400 and up, and a genuine Spanish embroidered shawl costs at least $150, you can see where it came from.
I'm glad to hear about this. After more than two years I finally sold a few items on Amazon. I couldn't believe it! Nothing, of course like what most here are talking about, but it gives me hope. I've never paid much attention to selling on HP, but I'm getting it now. So, I'm slowly going back into my hubs and adding ads where appropriate. I've only made about $7 so far, but that's a lot more than I had before lol!
That was a review hub... Now i removed that as the same has become old. Getting more traffic to the hub is the only secret to increase the sales. I am planning to begin new set of hubs' publishing soon only to increase my eBay and Amazon sales.... Congrats to you and i am really inspired by your achievement.
TV's are great! I used to sell quite a lot of them "back in the day" - at least a couple a month. My highest commission ever was for a TV - it cost about $3,500. The only thing is, as with pretty much all tech products, they go out of date VERY quickly and so do the pages advertising them.
That's the way I felt, too - even at only 4%, that one commission paid for the time writing the hub and then some. And I knew which hub, too - the one with a direct link to that product and the only one selling anything like it to boot.
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