Amazon and E-bay capsules

  1. HughC profile image80
    HughCposted 4 years ago

    Hello. When I insert a single searchword or search phrase into either an Amazon or an E-bay capsule, I see results immediately. But if I try to add a second (or a third,) word or phrase, I get no matches found. Is there a protocol for inserting words and phrases, ie, a space or a colon or semicolon?
    Also, when these capsules ask what number of results to show, what is a good number? It seems too few or too many would both be unwise. Is there a happy medium? Thanks.

    1. Dale Hyde profile image88
      Dale Hydeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I have never had a problem inserting more than one word. I tweak the results by doing so. By using more than one word I am able to narrow items down to make sure they are actually related to my hub topic.

      I have always used the default three for the amount of items I display in either capsule. I don't know why, but in the back of my mind, I feel the default may be set for the "best" amount? I could be wrong, lol.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image92
      Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Try doing a search on Amazon itself and see what happens.  Maybe you're just choosing the wrong words! 

      As for the number to display - it depends.  I will often show only one product, because I find the most effective thing is to say, "this is the one I think is the best and here's why" in my text, and then place the ad right next to it.  I may then add a para saying, "if your budget is tight, a cheaper alternative is .... and explain the pros and cons, with the ad right next to it. Get the picture?

      The big thing to remember is that it's pointless using Amazon capsules unless you can find products directly related to your Hub topic.  So for instance, if you're writing about garden rakes, you need to advertise garden rakes not garden hoses. And always put the capsules within your text, not right at the bottom of your Hub.