I don't know how realistic this is, but I think it would be really helpful to have Amazon sales data for individual Hubs. We do have this for eBay but not Amazon. This information would help writers make better decisions when editing their Hubs.
HubPages seems to think it is important to remove Amazon links that aren't converting and that makes a lot of sense. I have been trying to do that with my Hubs, but in many cases it is hard to tell whether or not a Hub is making sales. In some cases this information can be gleaned from the sales data we already have, but not always.
Just a suggestion.
There is actually a way to instrument our pages that would give us sales data by capsule and page. Amazon approved us and then asked that we wait on it as they work through a few technical issues. I'd love to do it at some point.
It's a large project to build all the reporting, but it's something we would like to do in the future. At least now it's possible.
At Squidoo we had data on ALL Amazon sales for individual lenses including the amazing stuff they buy after they've got going on their Amazon purchases.
I've still got the inventories for mine as I archived it before we left Squidoo) - and mine inventories include all the data for YEARS past - PER LENS!
It makes a lot of sense to review such data in terms of being able to work out what are the top converting links and which don't seem to attract any interest.
I downloaded all my Squidoo Amaxon data per lens back to 2006 before I left and it was very interesting to sort and spot trends as a result.
The way that the HubPages income split works means that this data is NOT made available to us either per hub or in its entirety (ie we lose out in two ways at present) because we only see
* the data which relates to the sales accredited to us as part of our part of the split
* AND and none of this is linked to hubs.
Hence a VERY substantial chunk of relevant data is missing.
Of course if HubPages did the income split in the same way as Squidoo did (ie split on the total not on the impression) then there would be every reason to think that we could have:
1) ALL relevant data so that better informed decisions could be made as to what to include and not include
2) all relevant data down to hub level.
Bottom line if you are asking people to make decisions about which products to include then they need ALL THE DATA FOR EACH HUB ALL OF THE TIME!
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