Is there any chance in the future that Hubpages could include an affiliate link to amazon.co.uk?
Amazon.com is for people in the Americas,(if it includes the Australias I'd be interested to hear) but .co.uk covers all of Europe (they will deliver anywhere here), the point being they are in English unlike all the other European language Amazons.
I'd like to be able to write hubs targetting the European market as well as the US.
According to google analytics, more than half of my traffic is coming from this part of the world.
Also, as an affiliate of .co.uk, can I put one or two links to them in the US orientated hubs?
I think it would be great if we could target hubs to the UK/european audience as well as the US
On the last part of your query do you mean add amazon.co.uk text links within a hub rather than using an amazon capsule? I hadn't thought of that - it's a bloody good idea if it's allowed. I think the problem with it might be that HP wouldn't get any of the revenue from sales though.
Will look forward to hearing the answer to this one.
I have links to my Amazon UK 'a' stores on my hubs and some individual product links, none of which have been pulled so far (or made any sales yet either!)
I have also tried using links to Amazon UK A stores, with nil results so far. In two years, I have earned about $25 on Amazon US, which is of no benefit to me whatsoever, since the minimum payout if I want cash not useless Amazon US vouchers is $100.
I was doing well on US Amazon pre-panda and had just cracked my first $500 payout, but the British market seems harder to crack even though I'm British!
CMHypno, I am in exactly the same boat as you. To refer to private blogs only, in order to draw fair comparison (given obviously that Hub Pages only has Amazon.com): I include every product I feature from both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, presented in exactly the same way, side by side. My US/UK traffic stats are of similar levels, if slightly better from the US. Taking in to account the revenue from these blogs only, they would take me to the payment threshold from Amazon.com most months. The last sale I had on Amazon.co.uk (from any source) was over a year ago - and the purchaser was my brother!
I honestly believe that this is a cultural thing and relates to lack of trust on Internet purchases in the UK. I was at a group discussion one night on e-commerce when I lived in London. It was mostly incredibly boring but I was roped in to attending against my wishes. One significant feature was that more than 80% of the group of more than a hundred professional people, when asked to vote, said that under no circumstances would they ever consider making a purchase over the Internet. (That was in 2008.) Food for thought?
I'm glad it's not just me. I've sprinkled my sales hubs with pictures and links saying "Shopping in the UK? Click here!" or words to that effect, but so far I've made a whopping £0.65 on Amazon UK!
You can get paid by cheque (although the cheque is in US dollars). Your bank will charge you to convert it, but it's a lot more useful than a voucher. I have mine set to pay out at $200, which makes the bank's $10 fee less painful.
HP and other hubbers were on about this before all the Panda disasters I think they may have shelved it for now, who knows?
Sounds like people in the UK need to get educated about buying stuff online so us affiliates can start earning more through Amazon UK!!lol!
Since my original request to HP to include Amazon UK in our sales hub, I have, over the past six months, been receiving regular bank transfers from Amazon UK.
In fact, this past month or two I have as many clicks daily from Amazon UK as I have from Amazon.com.
The sales are not comparable; the percentage who buy is much lower. It must be a British thing.
It seems that we'd rather be watching Coronation street and Emmerdale rather than shopping online, but then there are bargains to be had on the good old fashioned high street as that's what my Granny used to say!
I think it may be a security propblem, people in the UK must be scared of identity theft and bank details being passed to fraudsters online!
Not so daft then, are they? These are very real threats. My Dad buys nearly everything online, and especially from Amazon whose prices are excellent.
I think that is a major difference from US buyers. UK buyers just go directly to Amazon. US buyers type the name of the product in and see what is said about it, then follow a link through to Amazon if the site offers it.
Books and DVD's especially are the cheapest, I was telling a friend about how the price of Waterstones books are ridiculous compared to Amazon. DVD's on Amazon uk come out at around £10 and then a few months later they go down in price and most times they are half that if not less!
I now live 11 miles away from the nearest new and secondhand bookshops, apart from a couple of charity shops. I've found that my book buying has plummeted compared to when I lived in a city with a couple of decent shops selling new books and numerous excellent secondhand book shops. Yes, I can buy from Amazon, but that only applies to titles I have positively identified in some way or other. I used to buy a lot of books I found by leafing through various things on the bookshelves. That sort of serendipity doesn't work on Amazon. What is more, the Amazon search engine is so awful for anything, that searching for books on a topic usually gives fairly useless results and I cannot be bothered to dig through the hundreds of pages Amazon spits out at me. Amazon's suggestions are usually totally useless.
There hasn't been any decent bookshops for awhile around here, all bookshops that I can find charge the actual publishers prices, except The Works which offer a range of fiction and other books at around 80% off the publishers prices, but then they don't offer that many how to books or the specific range of books that Amazon does, although I do buy some art materials from the Works too besides some cheap books, I like Amazon best as I know that some books can be £20 and then reduced to under £10 and that's a bargain because some of the books I find on Amazon I can't find anywhere else, not even charity shops or the expensive book stores!
I even bought a TV bench from Amazon UK (It was pretty!!) and I live in London. It's sad, but my local bookstores and game stores (which happen to be chains) are expensive and the customer service sucks. Amazon seems more reasonable.
Follow-up: The Book Depository has an affiliate scheme which looks good:
http://affiliates.bookdepository.com/af … /index.php
It's based in the UK but ships everywhere - I'm in Australia and can get books cheaper from them than from Amazon, in spite of the distance! More importantly for affiliates, they have a 30-day cookie as opposed to Amazon's one day.
I see now why people were asking whether HP could sign up with them!
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