Hi. I wonder if anyone could tell me what type of products (eg. text books, music CDs, earrings...) sell through Amazon Associates units on Hubpages and similar sites so that I can create a few hubs with this in mind.
No one in my family ever buys anything online except for professional guide books that are not available in India. So, I need your help to understand how to integrate this (and Ebay) capsule properly with my content.
Information hubs rarely sell Amazon items - with rare exceptions.
For instance, if you're searching for "How to turn on the oven", you're unlikely to be looking to buy something. However if you're searching "How to choose the best oven brand", you're much more likely to be in the market to buy.
Hubs aimed at products, product reviews, product comparisons and the like get the best Adsense and Amazon clicks/sales in my experience.
I use the phrase 'sales hubs' sometimes myself but if you set out to write a 'sales hub' I think you are heading for disaster. The temptation is to skimp on the information and slip into copy writing.
Nowadays, pages monetized with Amazon capsules have to be a very high standard. If you cannot offer something that isn't already out there it might be worth avoiding altogether.
Panda gobbles up anything below par when affiliate ads become involved.
I have to disagree, Wrylit! I sell many more items from my informational or How-to hubs than I ever have on intentional sales articles. Once again, it depends on the subject and the writer's ability to gain the trust of the reader by giving pertinent advice or information. Everyone will see it differently depending on their own sales history.
I was thinking of you when I wrote "rare exceptions" Randy. Yes, it is possible but it takes time and skill - in general sales hubs often garner better sales than information hubs.
Okay Wrylit! I suppose I'm not really the average "how-to" hubber since I use hands-on experience and step-by-step photos to gain the reader's confidence in my recommendations. So you are perhaps correct in your general observation on sales vs. info hubs.
I only have one true sales hub and the rest are information or special interest hubs. I sell items on any kind of hub. You never know what a viewer will decide to click and buy.
The only things I've sold through Amazon lately...have been things I did not even have on the hub, but random stuff after people clicked through. And I'm not sure if they were from my hub or my ebook store on my website...
Yes, all of those things, whatever fits in with what I'm writing about. When I write, I write first about the topic, and may add Amazon links. I know a few people who do very well with how-to hubs. And they sell whatever is needed, like a car door handle or a shower head, etc.
I think Panda snapped down hard on spammy Amazon related hubs. Personally, I would never buy a big ticket $$$$ item from a random article online.
I'm sure no one wants to tell exactly what they sell or they may be folks trying to use their ideas to compete against them for the sales. Not a smart business decision, I would think.
Trick # 1 - your first job is to get people TO Amazon. People often click on interesting or cazy-looking product thumbnails just to get a better look.
I discovered this by accident when I wrote an article on Egyptian mythology and had a few Egyptian god action figurines (I kid you not, although I'm embarrassed to have done it) simply as a bit of visual decoration to keep it from being a Wall of Text. People don't buy them often, but the click on them a lot and sometimess buy something else. Funny posters work too, because people want to read the captions.
Another thing is collectibles. Everything has collectibles these days.
Actually, that's an awesome tip! Never thought of that. Something unusual that people want to get a better view of... great idea!
Yep, gotta get em in the store first! Anything you can truly relate to the hub, and catches the reader's eye in the process, can reap some nice rewards! Many readers are like crows. If they see something shiny they may investigate a bit more.
GG, you make a good point. Even before we get them to Amazon, we have to have traffic. I think it's been said over and over again (I know it's what I heard when I first joined.), write about what you know well and write on topics that people are searching for. And write on topics that you enjoy. It comes across in the writing as Will stated earlier.
I'm sure if there was a poll taken at HP, many hubbers have Amazon sales on information hubs. Not everyone posts in the forum. There would really be no way of knowing except on our own hubs.
I think it's safe to say "In general, without a lot of experience or luck" you get more sales from specifically aimed product hubs than informational hubs.
I've seen hundreds of posts from newbies (and even older members) questioning why their information based hubs never get Amazon sales, no matter what the topic or item.
I have been getting TONS, and I mean hundreds, of clicks when I try to sell mp3s on AA. However, not a SINGLE SALE. Not ONE. It's been almost half a year and I have had the equivalent of Alberta (exaggeration) click on my links, but not a single penny for my efforts. Any ideas? I've done most of my linking outside of Hubpages, which may affect my results.
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