I wrote one Christmas-related Hub at the beginning of the month, figuring I'd pick up some seasonal traffic. It ended up petering out after about a week and has been out performed by two horror movie Hubs that I wrote after it. Go figure. Guess I'm better off writing about what I know.
I just checked my other article site,and it is travel, and home remodeling/decor that is getting the most traffic. Seasonal articles are pretty well done for by now. But, it is hit and miss, you never know. Travel has always been a good one for me. Gift ideas of any kind are also big for me.
Same traffic, but the first time in two years that I have broken into the second level of Amazon commissions. Pity I will never see the money since I will not reach $100 required to get a cheque outside USA before it is all swept into the HP Ads programme.
The problem, Cags,is that I have money under my current Amazon affiliate ID. When HP moves to the new scheme, it will issue a new ID but my current earnings will not be moved into it. Unless I can find other platforms onto which I can move the hubs that having been doing well with Amazon, I will never get to the point where I can cash in those existing earnings.
Wouldn't it be easier to just use HP's new id instead of moving the hubs? Your current hubs will keep earning through HP's new amazon program. A 50$ payout (combined with HP ads - and perhaps ebay) would be easier to reach, and you can just make new material on other sites to help your current account reach the 100$ mark.
Yes, but I have nearly $50 in the name of my current ID!!! I am not earning anything through Amazon elsewhere. Partly because I promote a better bookseller on my own site, which usually matches or beats Amazon prices and offers free delivery worldwide.
It will be far simpler to transfer hubs which have finally started to do well with Amazon to a site where I can use my existing ID rather than try to create something new which might or might not earn.
I only need $10 more by my reckoning to reach payout with Amazon after 3+ years. I am just praying it happens before I am forced into the new HP Amazon program, as then I would have to start writing new stuff to place on other sites. I don't want to move my Hubs right now as they are still earning for me through HP Ads, and better than I would get through Adsense if they were published elsewhere.
Wow! it's hard to believe you haven't made payout on Amazon in 3 years, especially with the number of hubs you have. Even with my account in the sandbox I still sell quite a few Amazon products each month.
I guess I just didn't write with a view to Amazon Randy. I put Amazon Ads on hubs after they were written as an additional way to make money. If I were writing 'sales' hubs I might have done better, but I wrote for the interest in the topic, not the earning potential. Fortunately from Adsense/HP Ads I hit on a few popular topics accidentally, and do well from them to this day, but for Amazon sales, not so much as those articles don't really 'sell' anything tangible.
Yes, but I have a lot of sales totally unrelated to the particular hub subject, Misty. I suppose visitors click on my ads and then find something else they like. Not long ago I sold 20 Kindles which netted me almost $200 on one sale.
I have never advertised or wrote about a Kindlebook at all. It pays to put some sort of related Amazon product on each hub if you can. You'd be surprised at the unrelated items I have sold on my relatively small number of hubs.
I do try to put related products on my hubs, but I only get a few cents here and there, nothing significant. I do actually have a digital book reader hub, and I don't think it has ever sold a kindle yet! (one of the few hubs I wrote with sales in mind). Don't get me wrong, I do make sales, but they generate tiny amounts of money because of the nature of the articles. Pretty much like you said, I need people who click on one of my Amazon Ads and then buy lots of other unrelated stuff instead (hint hint, only need $10 to hit payout lol).
Don't get me wrong, most of my sales are related to the hubs, but not all of them. I do sell quite a few $80 plus items on a couple of related hubs and some $700+ items on others. The commissions add up quickly on those large items. But as I said earlier, Google has me sandboxed at the moment so I'll only make about $50 or so this month on Amazon unless something changes soon.
I guess another thing that makes a difference is which setting you opt for in Amazon with regards to earnings. Because the items I was selling were usually low value items I was not earning much although I was selling quite a few bits and pieces, so I changed by setting from 'Classic' to 'Performance'. Classic is a flat rate of 4% but Performance is the 4 to 8.5% rate depending on volume. I did notice my earnings went up when I did this, although still not by a great deal more.
I'm seeing it. My traffic has been going up since October. Reached its peak last week and now it's down by 25%. Still higher than October but I'm expecting it to go down to pre - October levels. Hope it will not go down that much though .
All my business related stuff is way down, but that is to be expected as who wants to talk about work during Christmas!!!! Most of my searches appear to come from people during work time, one of the reasons my views drop significantly at the weekends also.... Not too worried - maybe next year I will do a few more christmas shopping type hubs to compensate!
At least it shouldn't turn into what happened last winter with the intro of Panda.. It will be cold and people are online. I've definitely had my best months this last half of the year. I know what I'll be writing for next Christmas.
I'm sure on Christmas weekend, we're going to see lots of blue on our account page! They're starting to appear now.
BTW, Merry Christmas and enjoy the holidays, hubbers.
Yes - that was terrible when Panda kicked in. Everyone kept saying traffic would return from Xmas in mid January, then early Feb., then mid February, but min didn't. I had just one week of increasing traffic and Boom! The Panda took everything away.
Habee, I've already written off January and probably February. Maybe that will keep me sane during those months when earnings drop from their stratospheric current levels to near nothing.
December is over, essentially, then New Year's next week. Lots of ideas there.
But next big holidays are very close: Valentines Day, Easter, Then Mother's Day. Money tight this year, those who did less spending and didn't buy the gift for somebody they wanted to buy, may very well be waiting for one of the above holidays or birthdays.
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