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Amazon Program FAQ - updated

  1. Jason Menayan profile image60
    Jason Menayanposted 5 years ago

    Thank you for your patience, everyone.

    Marina has updated the FAQ entry on the Amazon Program. Please note that some of the existing sub-entries were updated, and some additional sub-entries were added.

    http://hubpages.com/faq/#amazon-signup

    If you have any unresolved questions, please feel free to add them in this thread.

    1. chicagoguy profile image60
      chicagoguyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Amason associates program-they don't allow in Illinois !! is that correct

      1. GiftedGrandma profile image60
        GiftedGrandmaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        It isn't allowed in NC either, Amazon closed mine. Unless that has changed in the past year.

        1. cclitgirl profile image95
          cclitgirlposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I just emailed them and they said that NC has some illegal tax legsilation and unti it is rescinded, amazon won't go to NC. :'(

      2. mediawizard profile image80
        mediawizardposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I don't know, amazon is probably correct.  But I do know that it's not allowed in N. Carolina.

        1. nyfamily5 profile image58
          nyfamily5posted 5 years ago in reply to this

          NC passed what they call is the Nexxus Law that requires online sales to be charged sales tax for the purchase.  There are a few other states that have passed similiar laws as well.  I live in NC and have been dropped by Amazon and quite a few others.

          1. cclitgirl profile image95
            cclitgirlposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Any idea if there's a way around this?  For now, I definitely put more "Ebay" capsules in my hubs than "Amazon" capsules.  Grr

            1. nyfamily5 profile image58
              nyfamily5posted 5 years ago in reply to this

              No way around it legally unless you incorporate in another state such as Delaware.  I also use Squidoo, who have an Amazon program through them such as the one HP is setting up.

    2. HikeGuy profile image84
      HikeGuyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for the update. I'd like to see an explanation for why the HP Amazon program is mandatory. Squidoo offers the option of using their Amazon program or my own Amazon account, so it's obviously possible to set it up that way.

      As I understand the new system, I'd lose access to fully detailed sales data, be under a system that can use any formula to determine my earnings -- a system that is no longer transparent -- and, the terms state that HP can change the terms at any time and I have no recourse. Why would I go there? I'm so curious as to the thinking behind this.

      People who are so confidently looking forward to 8.5 percent payouts under HP's mandatory Amazon program might want to read the new TOS and HP Amazon program details with great care.

      I used to think so well of HP. Why this new direction of obscuring the financial aspects?

      1. Browneesorchids profile image76
        Browneesorchidsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I'm not even sure what to do with the GoogleAds, eventhough I would like to learn how to set-up my accnt to make money. There is not clear instructions, explanations, examples, or confirmation of acquiring this incentive. I clicked on the icon to set-up for it but no luck inknowing if I did it correct and if it's active. I did however try and for some reason it says pending verification or something close to that.

        1. capricornrising profile image60
          capricornrisingposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I believe this is also my situation. I can't tell whether my application is still being considered - it's been a couple of weeks, and my last alert, which I got when I first applied, indicated that it would be "2-3 days," which was quite a while ago.

      2. Sinea Pies profile image85
        Sinea Piesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I am excited about the possibilities of higher payouts and more quickly. Where can I sign up now? I am on both programs.

      3. capricornrising profile image60
        capricornrisingposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I'm one of those who is ineligible for the Amazon program because I live in North Carolina 
        Is there any way around this?

        1. SimeyC profile image90
          SimeyCposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          You can join the HP Amazon program as you're not an affiliate of Amazon through this program - but are within the HP program...

          1. capricornrising profile image60
            capricornrisingposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Trust me, SimeyC, I tried joining through HP. I'm blocked because "residents of North Carolina are not eligible, ya da, ya da, etc."

            1. wilderness profile image96
              wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              You misunderstand.  Once the HP earnings program includes amazon, which it does not yet, then you can earn through amazon. 

              Once that program goes completely into effect, none of us will be an affiliate of amazon except through other, external, sites. 

              Of course, current affiliates will keep their standing with Amazon, unless they eventually kill our affiliation through lack of activity.  All the activity will be through HP, not our individual affiliations.

              1. capricornrising profile image60
                capricornrisingposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                Oh I see - there's a change coming. If indeed I can participate, this would be very good news. Thanks all!

            2. cclitgirl profile image95
              cclitgirlposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Capricorn - I live in NC, too.  It's maddening that we can't do the Amazon affiliate program.  I wonder if there's some petition we could sign or something.  :\

              1. cclitgirl profile image95
                cclitgirlposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                oh wait, I just saw what 'wilderness' said.  Thanks, wilderness!  That's good news.

    3. SimeyC profile image90
      SimeyCposted 5 years ago

      Just want to point out the line "Mandatory transition is not required at this time." - superb - while I am switching this is going to really benefit some people - thanks for listening to the community.

      I think you've basically covered most of the concerns I've seen - excellent FAQ!

    4. K9keystrokes profile image90
      K9keystrokesposted 5 years ago

      I look forward to the switch personally. Great FAQ section on the topic. I don't recall seeing a start date, how soon will it be before we can actually make the change to the combo-program Jason? cool
      Cheers~
      K9

      1. Jason Menayan profile image60
        Jason Menayanposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        We're still working with Amazon on that. Believe me, we want to get interested participants access as soon as possible! smile All I can say now is "soon"

        1. K9keystrokes profile image90
          K9keystrokesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Good enough my friend, thanks! smile

        2. Pcunix profile image88
          Pcunixposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          And all we can say is "Not soon enough!"

          In a nice,patient, understanding way, of course.

        3. lobobrandon profile image82
          lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I'm surely going to join and am interested. But, I've got 0 Amazon sales sad
          Will be writing lots more in Jan so hopefully then will get some

        4. Sinea Pies profile image85
          Sinea Piesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Soon is good. Will their be something in the "earnings" section to tell us that we can start?

          1. Pcunix profile image88
            Pcunixposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Soon would be good..

            Sheesh - premature announciation sure has caused plenty of storm and drang..

          2. Jason Menayan profile image60
            Jason Menayanposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            We will announce it via the blog, the newsletter, the forum, and likely an announcement in your My Account page.

            Sorry for the delay - when you're working with another partner, things can work quite a bit slower than if you're doing them all by yourself. smile

    5. Peggy W profile image89
      Peggy Wposted 5 years ago

      This sounds like another good reason to be writing on HubPages!  Thanks guys!  smile

      1. Sinea Pies profile image85
        Sinea Piesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I agree!

      2. K9keystrokes profile image90
        K9keystrokesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        +1

    6. Rising Caren profile image81
      Rising Carenposted 5 years ago

      This sounds great. Sure, it'll be sad to not be able to use my HP-driven sales toward my personal amazon's referral count (thus making it harder to move up commission rates), however getting the 8% commission rate will well compensate for it.

      It gives me an incentive to make more amazon hubs - quality ones, of course.

      Now if only there was a way for me to close down my 2 other accounts and have their hubs transferred to this one so I wouldn't have to worry about reaching 3 payouts (hey, I wanted to separate by research style, but that was before HP had its own revenue program. Now I'd rather have one big account...)

    7. Rosie2010 profile image83
      Rosie2010posted 5 years ago

      I'm really looking forward to the Amazon Program.  I was so close to hitting 7.5% referral fee in November, but this month, back to 4%... Waaah! not fair! http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Sad/sad-016.gif

      Thanks for the good news, Jason.

    8. Will Apse profile image90
      Will Apseposted 5 years ago

      I'm more interested in how things work out in practice but this is a clearer FAQ and there were no real surprises.

      Perhaps you should have mentioned that it is possible to enter the Hubpages earning program and the amazon program without having an adsense account. It was a source of confusion before.

      1. Jason Menayan profile image60
        Jason Menayanposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Yes, that's true. The Earnings Program and the Amazon Program do not require an active AdSense account; the Ad Program and eBay Program do.

    9. Randy Godwin profile image92
      Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago

      How long does the cookie last on the HP Amazon program?  Or is everything the same as the Amazon Affiliate rules and conditions we have now?

      1. Jason Menayan profile image60
        Jason Menayanposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        The same, no changes.

        1. Glenn Stok profile image96
          Glenn Stokposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          That's good news. HP has done a great job negotiating with Amazon to provide the best possible solution. I know it's not easy as there are so many different situations people have that needed to be considered. You're efforts are appreciated.

        2. Randy Godwin profile image92
          Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks Jason, that's good to know!

    10. mel22 profile image60
      mel22posted 5 years ago

      Good question !

    11. ThoughtsWriter profile image80
      ThoughtsWriterposted 5 years ago

      It looks promising but what benefit is there for hubbers whom paypal is nt accepted in there countries.

    12. RedElf profile image85
      RedElfposted 5 years ago

      Yay - no forced migration at a specific will allow for making payout before we join! big_smile

    13. Pcunix profile image88
      Pcunixposted 5 years ago

      What, it's not ready yet?

      Don't make me fly out there!  Neither of us wants that scene or the inevitable lawsuits.

    14. profile image60
      Pou Povposted 5 years ago

      I am now a new in this Hubpages and hope every one tells me how to do with amazon. Thank you!

    15. stephhicks68 profile image83
      stephhicks68posted 5 years ago

      I'm having problems figuring out how/where to make a switch. I have both HubPages Ads and an active Amazon affiliate code.  When I go to settings, I get a page that asks me if I have an active affiliate tracking ID and asks me to enter it.

      What switch do I make, and where?

      thanks

      1. wordscribe43 profile image94
        wordscribe43posted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I don't think it's live and ready to go yet, someone correct me if I'm wrong...

        1. theherbivorehippi profile image83
          theherbivorehippiposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          You're right. It is not yet available.

      2. Sinea Pies profile image85
        Sinea Piesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I don't even get anything asking for me to enter an ID yet.

        1. Pcunix profile image88
          Pcunixposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          As we keep saying, it's not ready yet.

          The rest of us are anxious too :-)

      3. Kangaroo_Jase profile image83
        Kangaroo_Jaseposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        G'Day Steph,

        HubPages is going to advise when we do the 'roll-over' and cease using our own Amazon affiliates and start using the HP provided ones on the site.

    16. frogdropping profile image86
      frogdroppingposted 5 years ago

      Still no possibility of allowing us to tie our separate HP accounts together. Why would that be - when Amazon already offers that to its affiliates?

    17. nanospeck profile image74
      nanospeckposted 5 years ago

      Does HP use the 40-60 commision sharing rule in this amazon capsules also? Will our total revenue be split between us and hp?

      1. wilderness profile image96
        wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Yes and no.  You will share impressions 60/40 with HP.  All income from your 60% of the impressions is yours - you don't split the actual commission.

    18. rochelj profile image79
      rocheljposted 5 years ago

      It sounds wonderful that we will get a higher commission.

      Will they announce when the option is available?

      1. Glenn Stok profile image96
        Glenn Stokposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Just make sure you are following this forum thread.  Or you could also check your "Account -> Earnings -> Settings" tab every day. You'll know it's available when Amazon appears under the "HubPages Earnings Program Settings."

    19. rochelj profile image79
      rocheljposted 5 years ago

      Thanks!

      I would recommend that they should announce when the option is available, so that all hubbers will know.

      1. Glenn Stok profile image96
        Glenn Stokposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        rochelj, That is what the "Official HubPages Announcements" forum is for.  It's up to you to keep an eye on that.

        If you specified in your email settings to allow HP to contact you, then you should also get the newsletter.

        1. rochelj profile image79
          rocheljposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Glenn Stok, thanks for replying.
          yes, I am recommending that when the option is available,
          they should announce it in the "Official HubPages Announcements" forum
          so that all will know.
          It's a good idea to put it in the newsletter as well.
          Just a friendly reminder.

    20. AEvans profile image70
      AEvansposted 5 years ago

      Read, reviewed, understood. Thanks for the information. smile

    21. prairieprincess profile image95
      prairieprincessposted 5 years ago

      Jason, I do have a question. Has there been any talk of getting other Amazon's in on this deal, as well? By that, I mean Amazon.ca and the U.K. Amazon. I know other sites have this capability, so that the buyer is directed to the domain in the country where they live. This would increase Amazon sales considerably for both HP and the writers.

      1. prairieprincess profile image95
        prairieprincessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I just wanted to ask again about the ability to use Amazon from other countries. Has this been considered, at all?

        1. Jason Menayan profile image60
          Jason Menayanposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          We are still working out details with Amazon; unfortunately, we don't have anything else to share yet.

          1. prairieprincess profile image95
            prairieprincessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Thank you for the reply!

    22. alphagirl profile image80
      alphagirlposted 5 years ago

      I use the amazon capsules. But I do not get how we can use the amazon associates program. I don't have a web business. It the amazon associates program more for that type of hubber.?

    23. rochelj profile image79
      rocheljposted 5 years ago

      What's happening with the Amazon transition? Anything new?

      1. Sinea Pies profile image85
        Sinea Piesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Mine appears to be the same. I'd love an update, as well, if anyone knows something more.

    24. HikeGuy profile image84
      HikeGuyposted 5 years ago

      Jason -- I still have the same questions I posted four weeks ago.

      I've stopped publishing on HP, and am checking back to see if making the HP Amazon program mandatory is being reconsidered. Because of the new  HP TOS and the loss of financial transparency, I don't expect HP to be part of my plans for 2012.

      It was an adventure.


      Happy New Year, all.

    25. Tricia1000 profile image85
      Tricia1000posted 5 years ago

      I already have an Amazon Affiliated Program and want to switch to the Amazon Programm under HubPages.  In my earnings settings there is no option to set up the new configuration.  I am not sure if one can already set up the new configuration.  I read the announcements and all the posts carefully, but cannot figure out how to switch.

    26. Anna Marie Bowman profile image91
      Anna Marie Bowmanposted 5 years ago

      I am surprised that we haven't at least gotten some sort of update about the Amazon issue.  I am curious as to when it will take effect.  December has come and gone, and still no news.  It would have been nice to have that before the end of the Christmas shopping season...

      1. Glenn Stok profile image96
        Glenn Stokposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Jason did leave an update in this forum.

        1. Anna Marie Bowman profile image91
          Anna Marie Bowmanposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Yes, but that was weeks ago.

          1. Pcunix profile image88
            Pcunixposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Yeah, but try to imagine it from his desk.   Amazon may not be getting back to him or if they are, he may be still trying to negotiate issues that might take some of the sting out of this for those who can be negatively affected.

            It would be silly for him to say anything either way.  If they are actively negotiating, he might even tick Amazon off if he said "We're trying to get..".  If he's waiting for Amazon to drop a shoe, what good does it do to tell us that he is frustrated himself?

            We'll know what we will know when we know it.

          2. Glenn Stok profile image96
            Glenn Stokposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            I realize that, but just like Jason said... "when you're working with another partner, things can work quite a bit slower than if you're doing them all by yourself."

            I can imagine the nightmare HP must be having trying to negotiate all the fine details with Amazon, trying to appease all Hubbers with the issues brought up in this Forum.

            From my point of view, I see why this is so slow in getting done. Hubbers who don't use Amazon outside of HP and are not in the top tier, will be happy to have it under HP and share the larger 8.5% commission. But there is a real issue for those who use Amazon on other websites and are in the 8.5% tier for all their combined traffic. When those people lose the additional traffic from HP, because it will be separate, their other commission may drop well below 8.5%. I see that this is a problem and I would not be surprised if HP might be trying to work out a solution with Amazon to account for this.

            I may be stepping beyond my limits by having said this, but please note that this is only my own guess. I have no actual knowledge of what really is going on.

            1. Anna Marie Bowman profile image91
              Anna Marie Bowmanposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              I understand your point, but at the very least a little post saying something like, "We are still working out the details, and we have not forgotten about you.  Please be patient, and we will keep you updated."  That wouldn't be too hard.  A couple weeks is a long time to be kept in the dark without even a word.

              1. Jason Menayan profile image60
                Jason Menayanposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                Believe me, we haven't forgotten, but we haven't wanted to litter the forums with "no news yet." Please understand that we continue to work on this from our end, and we will notify the community once things are ready to move forward.

                1. Anna Marie Bowman profile image91
                  Anna Marie Bowmanposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  I can understand that.  Thank you for the update!!!  I guess I am just a little impatient.  Sorry!!!  :-(

    27. BWD316 profile image85
      BWD316posted 5 years ago

      i have also been looking for the new Amazon program, i know it might not be good for some people but living in a State (CT) where Amazon has pulled out due to taxes on online sales i believe Amazon as a part of Hubpages earnings program would be great, at least i would get the chance to earn under Amazon like i do with eBay now! It's suppose to come out this month right?

    28. Will Apse profile image90
      Will Apseposted 5 years ago

      Many a slip between the cup and the lip.

      I would be happy enough if things stayed as they are.

    29. Sinea Pies profile image85
      Sinea Piesposted 5 years ago

      How soon now? What will we see to know that the transition to the new format has taken place?

    30. LoriSoard profile image79
      LoriSoardposted 5 years ago

      Interesting. Sounds like there are quite a few states that do this.

    31. Rik Ravado profile image92
      Rik Ravadoposted 5 years ago

      Thanks Jason - Appreciate that setting up a program like this is far from 'a piece of cake'!

      1. Pcunix profile image88
        Pcunixposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Is that eating a piece of cake or making a cake to get a piece from?

        I know that the latter is tricky, but I can do the former easily.

        Seriously, I'm looking forward to these changes but have all the patience in the world - for Amazon or that cake.

    32. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image92
      Wesman Todd Shawposted 5 years ago

      Despite the difficulty in getting amazon sales for some, I think the amazon program here is under rated.

      At one point I'd become so frustrated that I removed all of my amazon capsules - stupid move on my part.

      Since the time that I became convinced that amazon was well worth my efforts - my personal amazon revenues have done nothing but increase.

      Today, my Mom placed yet more orders for stuffs due to me giving her amazon gift cards.

      Amazon is well worth your time, and even if you are NOT a sales type of writer.

    33. habee profile image90
      habeeposted 5 years ago

      Thanks for the update, Jason.

     
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