Don't feel silly, I didn't know either Suzanne. I saw that most squids had been doing it, but I had no idea. But do you have to know the Amazon URL or ISBN for a product? Do you have to actually visit Amazon to find a product so you can include that?
If you're not doing that already, you're probably doing it wrong anyway!
Amazon products never sell unless they're very, very specific to the subject of your Hub, so you should always be visiting Amazon to suss out the absolute best you can find before you create a capsule.
They have helped me. Say I choose Keywords in a Hub I wrote on 'wild birds', any kind of book shows up, say a hardware book. So when I type 'Wild Birds' in Description wild bird books then shows up when I Preview Amazon Result.
What you need to do is choose Amazon capsule, then specific product. Copy and paste an ASIN or IBSN number into this field by visiting Amazon, scrolling down the page to where you can get the ASIN or IBSN number (usually on the left, below the product description). Then back in Hubpages, click on the right hand side description box within the Amazon capsule and add in your own description to make it more interesting. Then click preview Amazon results and done.
You don't actually need to copy the product number. The ASIN number is part of the URL, and if you paste the complete URL into the 'specific product' field, it will strip out everything except the ASIN and produce the item for you.
You are confusing using a description as your keywords vs. typing a description that displays in your hub.
More importantly, if you use keywords to select a product, you never know what product appears. It may be one thing when you look at it, and another day it's something else that doesn't quite match your hub's subject matter. If that happens, Google may consider your hub to be spam (* see link below). The latest rules consider a hub to be spam if it contains affiliate products that don't closely relate to the subject.
Suzanne, you have to choose a specific item at Amazon. Go to Amazon and find what you want. Copy the url of the item and in the Amazon capsule, click pick a specific item. The space for the url comes up and at the end of it the is a description link. Click that and it shows below the url. You can enter your own description or copy the description from the Amazon item. Keep in mind the Amazon description counts towards your 50 word count when it applies to how many amazon capsules you can have.
Thank you to all for your very useful information!
I would often use keyword related Amazon selection, as sometimes products come and go and it could be irriating going back to check on them and update. But I will keep in mind that Google thinks they may potentially be spam.
It's also interesting how the description counts in the 50 word limit for products, and that you can paste the URL instead of ASIN to get the product.
I used to use keyword selection too - to the point where I'd find a product I liked, then tweak my keywords so that particular product would appear. Like you, I felt that was the best way to ensure the capsule wouldn't wind up empty!
I'm now a convert to the ASIN number, because I do like the look of the new full-width Amazon capsule with the description inside it. Still a bit worried about the potential of the product disappearing but I do try to pick products that have been around for a while.
I'll tell you why. You write a description for specific items. But when you use keywords, you never know what is you get. It can change when you're not watching. If you were able to write a description for keywords and another item you don't expect gets shown, the reader will be totally confused. Is that what you want?
Hi Glenn, I beg to differ. If I put "delica beads" into the keywords box, it doesn't matter whether people get a book about it or a packet of beads. I would write something along the lines of "Delica beads are hard to find, yet they are fantastic in all sorts of beading projects. Their uniform appearance makes them particularly good for peyote and brick stitch".
I think what Glenn is saying is that description wouldn't be enough to persuade the reader to click - it's too general. If you really want to make a sale, you need to convince the reader of the value of that particular item before they click.
Yep, thanks for the read. But you started the "argument", I merely expressed an opinion and you jumped down my throat over it. But thanks for your input anyway and thank you to Marisa for clarifying. No hard feelings.
I didn't mean to sound like I'm jumping down your throat. But just to keep the record straight, you started this thread. I'm simply answering your question with respect to how Google handles it. My only desire is to help avoid being tagged as a spammer under Google's latest algorithm by using general keywords that end up displaying unrelated products. Using any affiliate advertising is becoming very tricky lately and we all have to be careful. No hard feelings. Have a good weekend, I'm signing off now, it's late.
I have never noticed the Amazon items I have searched for using keywords 'change'. Even ads I have had on hubs for over a year. eBay items searched by keyword however change all the time, after an item is purchased. This may not be the case, but I have never noticed it happen on my hubs.
It all depends how you use keywords. In the example Suzanna gave, she used a general search "delica beads" and didn't limit it to a particular category, hence she might get a book about the beads or the beads themselves. I'd be more likely to limit that by category, and in that case it wouldn't change.
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