I am not doing that well on Amazon Affiliate earnings at the moment, I only make a couple of sales a month and I have made payout once ($10 giftcard) throughout the year. I would like to heavily increase my earnings, maybe enough to make payout every 2 to 3 months. I have integrated Amazon capsules in a lot of my hubs and I have written some reviews also.
Earning on Amazon is not my strong point and I would like to improve it somehow. What should I do to increase my sales and earnings? I was thinking of writing some reviews on products but I don't know if they will really sell anything. Should I add more capsules? I need some help, please. I am looking forward to your responses and any tips at all would be appreciated. Thank you!
Search the forums and you'll find plenty of advice on how to make sales. The bottom line is - ask yourself, "what can I offer that will be useful to people reading this Hub?". Yes, it really is that simple.
For instance, don't waste time trying to sell the finished product, if your Hub is all about helping the reader make something themselves. Instead, include a capsule for every ingredient or item the reader will need to complete the project. Align your capsules so they appear right where that ingredient or item is mentioned. So, if you're writing a Hub about how to make your own gift basket, don't put gift baskets in your capsules - put a basket making kit there instead.
If you're explaining the usefulness of something (e.g. your Healing Crystals Hub), look on Amazon to see if they have relevant products. Having understood the value of a particular crystal, it's quite likely the reader will want to buy some of it - so have a capsule for each type, next to the explanation.
If you use this strategy, you're going to have Hubs that simply don't lend themselves to using Amazon capsules at all. That's normal. But you may be surprised how often you can find a relevant product or two.
I'm not an expert by any means but I can tell you that the majority of my Amazon income comes from my Hubs and blog entries that present a product as an effective solution to a common problem.
The Amazon listings in my Hubs and blog entries that are in information only do not do that well at all. For example, I have never made an Amazon sale from a recipe hub, ever.
Another thing that I have discovered that increases my Amazon earnings is to post items that have funny reviews (and there are a LOT of those products on Amazon) onto social networking sites with my affiliate link embedded into the url. People will click on it to read the reviews and then if they go back to Amazon and purchase anything within the next 30 days, as long as my link was the most recent one they clicked on, I get the commission for those sales. By doing that, I increase my Amazon sales by an average of 30% and that is the reason why I will not switch over to the HubPages Amazon program.
I also post free Kindle books which does the same thing as the funny reviews. Amazon always has Kindle books that are free for a limited time which produce a lot of clicks and opportunity for future sales commissions.
Bic Pens for Her is an example of products on there that have REALLY funny reviews that people like to read. The funny reviews have been trending on the site for quite some time now.
One more thing to remember is to mix it up on the prices of your items. You want cheap/free products from the site because they make it easier to reach the number of sales required for the next tier on the commission scale. The higher priced items will obviously bring in the bigger commission dollar amount. For example, if you sell 100 MP3 downloads at 99 cents and one leather jacket at $200.00, your commission on the jacket will be larger than it would have been had you not offered the MP3 downloads at all and only sold the jacket. Don't just go for the dolphin because the minnows can turn that dolphin into a whale. Hopefully that makes sense and will help you make more money with Amazon.
The best way to ensure you make sales from Amazon is to write about things that people are actively looking to purchase, or about something someone might find interesting and be persuaded about purchasing (for example: someone looking to learn about the civil war through an article you'd written could be likely to purchase civil war related products through an Amazon sales cap somewhere in your article).
Writing about things that cost more will cause you reach the payout threshold faster since you'll be getting a larger slice in commission.
Holiday's do the HP community well, especially those who have lists of gift ideas or reviews and information about things that people are really crazy about at the moment.
Hi Suzi, You need to write in a way as if you are not selling a product rather you are just giving a general information about it- its merits and demerits. Reader should not think that you are forcing him to believe that yes this is the best. Also, dont add too many capsules in one hub, it might lead to what may be called 'capsule blindness' just like ad blindness. Keep them few but take out time and pick only what you think looks the best esp. if you are writing holiday hubs. Hope this helps a bit
Successfully making money through Amazon takes patience, knowledge and proper keywords. I have found that when I keep the Amazon items I link in my hubs low price items that relate to my hub, I see better results than when I place high priced items that have a small market. It is also helpful to do some research ahead of publishing your hub so you know what hot items are selling that relate to your hub. If you go this route, keep it updated with different and current items.
I am still new here and I do not use Amazon at all so you don't have to listen to me if you don't want to, but I know a bit about product placement. I would say, that you should only advertise cheap items under $5 on your hubs and that are relevant as somebody is more willing to buy a cheaper product than a more expensive one - especially through an article. Also place your products next to the relevant content so they know what you are on about and try it for themselves. Finally, make it stand out to your reader. If it blends in then why would they make the extra effort to notice it? Just don't list too many items to make it look spammy or it will draw the customers away.
As I said I am no expert, and I don't use amazon affiliate links on my hubs.
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