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Updated on November 9, 2015

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How many Amazon products can you have on a hub?

Amazon capsules on HubPages are a wonderful way to make a little extra income when you apply them to your article (hub). You share the profit with HubPages in that comes to a 60/40 breakdown in your favor. Amazon affiliate ID is used on 60% of the impressions. And for each of those impressions you get your full commission, as high as 8.5%. According to what I have read is that for every 100 words that you have created, you can create one Amazon product from the capsule. In order to make Google happy you should only have one in each capsule (known as a module coming from Squidoo).

In the past, you were able to place many products in one Amazon capsule. When you see some articles on my main Sandyspider on Hubpages account you will notice that. With too many articles scattered across the internet and to try to divide up my time, I have left many of these as they were once allowed to be.

HubPages now suggest that you place these in separate capsules to go along with your writing content. This should bring up your Hub Score. But I have learned a long time ago that some Hubbers like me stay at a particular hub score no matter what they do to please HubPages.

This is the point to get across.

Hubpages is forever changing. What was once 50 words became 100. Presently it is one Amazon product in a capsule for every 300 words and do not add more than one in each area.

Amazon product capsules – beware of ad blockers

As a former member of Squidoo, when you would use the Amazon module it showed up. Even when you had an ad blocker set for your internet.

I cannot say for Firefox, Bing or any other browser types, but if you are working through Google Chrome there is an ad blocker APP that you can turn on. As mentioned for the Squidoo article, you could still see the Amazon products in their module. For HubPages, they magically disappear.

For this fact, I have in my newer hubs added a photo and a link to the Amazon product. This way it will show up if someone has an ad blocker on.

The problem with that is if I am not mistaken is that HubPages has on my Sandyspider hubs counted that as the two links per same domain site limit instead of the one Amazon product per 300 words when using the capsule instead.

If you have the ad blocker on, you will not see the Amazon capsules that are shown above the text here.

Mix - OK Go - The Writing's On the Wall

Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years

The writing is on the wall

The Amazon capsule to the left is the book by Tom Standage called Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years and states that social media is nothing is nothing new and has been going on since the Roman area. Social media are not only being on the internet, but it is how the media masses, such has television and in socializing among a group of people.

I chose this book for three reasons.

  1. To see if this hub will be noted as overly promotional because I originally had it as a photo with a link to Amazon. It was marked it as overly promotional because I past the two link per domain limit. Despite the fact that HubPages allows one Amazon product per 300 words, this only pertains to the capsules.
  2. To show my former Squidoo friends and everyone else how Amazon looks on HubPages. As both an Amazon capsule and as a photo with an affiliate link and how it looks if they had ad blocker on. (Or disappear!)
  3. For my friends from Squidoo, the writing was on the wall. We just did not get to see it!

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    • ThreeQuarters2Day profile image

      Dawn Romine 2 years ago from Nebraska

      Very good representation of how to incorporate Amazon links into a relatively short article. After reading this I don't think I'll have any problems with my Squidoo lenses when they transfer.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      ThreeQuarters2Day Glad that you have not had any problems. It really isn't as short as you think it is. States it has 950 words.

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      James Paterson 2 years ago from Scotland

      Nice Hub Sandy, good to see another good writer returning to Hubpages, I love the way you have placed your ads here too.

      Happy Hubbing and good luck.....jimmy

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 2 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Some good information-I do quite well with Amazon but will have to do some 50 word tweaking

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      Thanks for the hub. I'm still learning my way around the different ad and affiliate options so it's been educational.

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Sandy.

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      mumsgather 2 years ago

      I've been including my own Amazon affiliate link into the Amazon modules. Its that okay?

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      You are welcome. Lady Lorelei

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      jimmythejock happy to see you here too.

      MartieG 7 I use to do well with Amazon here. Need to work on that. Maybe I can get back to where I was.

      DealForALiving Good luck to you.

      mumsgather You probably should not put your Amazon link within the capsules. You do however have a choice to share with HubPages in the program or fill in your own affiliate ID within the settings. Then the Amazon capsules will have your ID in there instead of HubPages.

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      Brian Stephens 2 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      I format and publish Kindle books for authors that don't like the technical aspects of writing and publishing. But whenever I try and set up an Amazon module to a Kindle book it says 'no price was returned so it can't be added'. That's rather annoying as I know the product exists but I get around it by using a normal Amazon affiliate link, I guess I could add an image with a link as well, that might be better.

      What I would like it to be able to mix the ads up a bit and risk the blocker, but so far I have not found a way around this problem!

      Nice to see you here on HubPages by the way.

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      Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I picked up on a comment you made. No matter what I do my hubber score stays the same. I've been here 3 years. I would not have made that statement until about 6 months ago. I'd like to know what happened. Hang in there.

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      David Gardner 2 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Thank you for assembling this information. The switch from Squidoo to Hubpages is almost overwhelming. You've made it a bit less daunting. I'm going to follow you for more inspiration! :-)

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Kathleen Cochran, Of course this is my score for my Sandyspider account. There was a time it did hit 90 once and stayed int he 80's. But I have given up figuring it out.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      SciTechEditorDave, We really have no idea how those Amazon modules and every thing else will transfer. I am understanding that HubPages is going to do their best on our part.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      BrianS, That is strange with the Kindle books. Since I have found out about the blocker I have been using the other way with a photo and a link. Course I should do the Amazon capsules as well for those that don't have the blocker. Two links to Amazon does not cut it.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      The learning curve will take us time but we're going to masters at it at some point. Finding the best way to handle amazon products will be one of the things I try to get a handle on right off the bat.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello and welcome back. Nice to see you're helping others understand the changed rules concerning Amazon ads. Another important thing to consider is the relevancy of the ad to the text. This really factors into Hub scoring, at least in my own experience. Recently, some of my articles took a nose dive in scores and the only thing I had changed was I added some Amazon ads. When I removed them (they were similar to the subject matter but not relevant to the topic of the hub), the scores went back up.

      You said, "I have learned a long time ago that some Hubbers like me stay at a particular score no matter what they do to please HubPages." Using a grammar checker will help catch small things that can affect scoring. Please feel free to contact me if you want more details.

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      Scott A McCray 2 years ago

      Thanks for this, Sandy - very nicely done!

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Welcome to Hub Pages. I was never on Squidoo but it is always nice to make new friends. Thank you for your good advice about Amazon.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Brite-Ideas The Amazon products are treated different then they were on Squidoo.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      PegCole17 We could all use a good grammar checker.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Scott A McCray Happy to give out information that I know of.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Mel Carriere Even seasoned Hubbers can use advice too.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      PegCole17 I rechecked and found a couple of places that needed a comma. Thanks.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thanks Sandy, a lot to learn, this helps too

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Thanks Sandy, all of this is going to take some time. Meanwhile, earnings will suffer for some, unless something changes, or they use your method. Thanks for the help.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 2 years ago from Northern California

      Hi Sandy. (Comfortdoc on Squidoo). It looks like many of our Amazon heavy lenses on Squidoo may end up like your older hubs. I looked at the Garmin GPS and it looks like there are a bunch of pictures of Gramins with no links. Trying to figure out the kind of work involved in changing Amazon modules once the lenses land her as hubs. Thanks.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Brite-Ideas It will be something to see what they do since our lenses are so different.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nancy Hardin It isn't like Squidoo where you could have 20 Amazon links.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      HealthfulMD I have many hubs that do not have the Amazon capsules for the fact that they disappear with AD blocker. Doing it the other way, I can only have two links to Amazon. But I really should go back to those hubs like the one that you mentioned and add the Amazon capsules to them as well. Even my old account here needs work.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Yes I know, Sandy. I have 3 Hubs so far, and it seems to me it's 1 Amazon for every 50 words, or something like that.. It just is going to take time for us to get our lenses into compliance, that's all I was saying.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nancy Hardin It is one Amazon for every 50 words and they prefer if you keep them separate from one another if possible.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 2 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks Sandy. Didn't know about the AD Blocker. Makes sense then to at least try and include the two affiliate links out to Amazon. I had a notice for grouping three Amazon capsules together on one of the hubs I was writing. Very different style than writing lenses.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Absolutely! That's exactly what I tell my group, thanks Sandy!

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      Jean DAndrea 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Very helpful article - for some reason I had it in my head that we could only have one Amazon capsule per hub. Glad I'm wrong in this case.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Glad to help those who may wonder about this.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      When I had my Ad blocker on, I had thought the same thing. I thought they just took those off.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      HealthfulMD It is a very different type of format than Squidoo.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Very helpful. On the Writing on the Wall, the Amazon capsule is on the right, not the left, correct? Thanks for sharing!! ;-)

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 2 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks Sandy. I am getting the impression that it is very, very different. Trying to gather what information I can and see what lenses can be salvaged into hubs and what will have to go elsewhere.

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      bossypants 2 years ago from America's Dairyland

      Thanks for the instruction, Sandy! So much to learn, here -- but Squidoo felt that way at first, too. Will I ever get to writing, with all I need to read, first? :)

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      DrBillSmithWriter, Thanks for correcting that. I changed that to the Amazon capsules above the text here.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      HealthfulMD, HubPages is more of a content writing platform. More so than Squidoo was. Pushing products is not the main outlook here as it used to be on Squidoo.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      bossypants, There is a lot to learn. HubPages will give messages within your hubs for you only to see if something is out of place or needs to be fixed.

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      debW07 2 years ago

      Great information, SandyMertens. I like your idea about linking to a photo, but as you point out, it is counted as two links per same domain. I guess I'll "mix it up." :)

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Good to mix it up debW07.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 2 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Thanks for the useful info--I have mucho work to do IF/when my lenses ever arrive : )

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      awdur 2 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for the information. I haven't added any Amazon capsules as of yet, but I'm sure I will over time! Thanks for sharing..... A

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Squidoo did not give any of us time. Even though I do know how HubPages works, I didn't do much with the lenses. This means a lot of work for all of us.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Now you have an idea of how the capsules work.

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      David Gardner 2 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Hmm. From what SandyMertens has said, I might be in "better" shape as my lenses (all 430 of them) come over. Although I *know* it will be a huge amount of work. I've never really used my Squidoo lenses as a platform to *push* products .... and it was only through the urgings of SquidHQ that I added more "sales" *stuff* to my lenses. As some of my Squidoo buddies know, my lenses are more like magazine articles (because that's sort of my background) -- they are long and full of text and non-linked photos. So this may be a *good* thing for the HubPages. Still, I'm thinking I'll have a lot of *broken* lenses I'll have to fix. My lenses haven't transferred over ... but I've created two new HubPages in order to get familiar with this new platform. Those pages reflect much of what my old Squidoo lenses were like (but without all the Amazon, eBay, and other salesy links).

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Well. SciTechEditorDave you should be in better shape since your writing on Squidoo has been more with the platform of HubPages. Therefore, you may not have as much to fix as those with "salesy" links and tons of Amazon and eBay. Which SquidHQ pushed on us to do, especially in those previous years on Squidoo. Not something that I liked to do at first on Squidoo but something that I was taught to do by the Squid team.

      This is not to tell everyone here to have a "sale's hub." It is to show those who are used to using Amazon in their articles and outside links what the rules for these.

      I commend you for writing magazine type articles and know you will do well here.

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Sandy, you need to correct the first paragraph. It's not a 50/50 split. Your Amazon affiliate ID is used on 60% of the impressions. And for each of those impressions you get your full commission, as high as 8.5%. The commission is not split. This is as we discussed in the forum where you were asking about this.

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      missbat 2 years ago

      Sandy - thank you for writing this! I was confused when I went to edit my lenses...er, hubs?... and the Amazon capsule wouldn't work. I had no idea it was due to the Ad Blocker Plus add-on I use on Firefox. A simple disable made it okay. Now I can go back to fixing things.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Think of all the people who use Ad blocker and never get to see you Amazon capsules.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Glenn Stok Thanks I will fix that. I was not aware of that before.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the info and the visual how to Sandy. It did clear some things up for me.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 2 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This sort of made me tired reading it! I don't want to do the picture and link but it sounds like that's a good idea to do.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Glad it helped.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Not sure I liked that it made you tired. You cannot use the embedded codes for images and if you want to show a product with your link, it is the only way.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      For two of my hubs I ended up have to use my amazon link to a store I made because the products that I did use for each capsule ended up being taken off of amazon. So I gave the people who want to purchase things from those hubs a better choice. My other hubs still have the individual amazon product capsules.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I think it is good to have a combination. I didn't know for years that ADblocker would hide the capsules.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this information on ad placements. I do like your layout here and find it easy to read, even with the ads. I have not experienced much of a boost from the Amazon ads, I am going to try your one ad per 50 words.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      teaches12345, Glad it has helped. Good luck with your own Amazon ads.

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      Tony Payne 2 years ago from Southampton, UK

      So far I am using the Hubpages Amazon links, because I am unsure of how everything works. That means my own Amazon account is losing traffic, but I will revise this if I feel it's worthwhile.

      I haven't had any sales on my lenses yet, I assume Hubpages pay you separately if sales are generated on the link they generate for you.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      TonyPayne With my Sandyspider account I have it with my affiliate ID. I have seen the sales go directly to PayPal. But my two new accounts I am going with the AD program without my ID for the capsules. That is paid through HubPages. I have seen that I have sold some Amazon products on earnings here.

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      Cheryl Paton 2 years ago from West Virginia

      I guess if someone has their ad blocker on, that they're not really shopping anyway. That's okay with me, there are others who are.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      CherylsArt This is true. But you also need to make sure that your article reads okay if the Ad blocker is on too.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I agree with you that it would be better if HP optimized the site to override ad blockers for Amazon products. The staff claims that they don't want to force someone to look at ads they don't want to see. But, it does cut down on potential income and I think most people use ad blockers to stop annoying popups.

      In using affiliate links under photos, you are hurting your chances of showing up on Google search results pages if you don't use the NoFollow attribute for those links, which is a requirement under Google Webmaster Guidelines. Also, I find it works best to have links open in a new window because that increases the visitor's time on your Hub and makes it easier for them to come back to finish reading your article.

      I hope your articles do well on HP. Amazon is a great source of income for many of us here.

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      Shinichi Mine 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thanks for sharing this with us. Very useful indeed.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Writer Fox I did not know that about Google and affiliate links. I do know that the majority of social media sites automatically add the "no follow" to the link. I will have to check to see if it converts that way here.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      smine27 Glad that you find this useful.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      This was a very useful article about how we earn from the amazon links of the books we include in our posts.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nadine May I felt that it was good to share this to all new to HubPages.

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      Dan Harmon 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Unfortunately, if I use Amazon in a hub there is almost certainly more products than just one, which means that individual links is not a viable alternative to capsules for me. Nice hub, though.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      wilderness True. But if someone has the Ad Block on, they will not sure the Amazon product from your capsule.

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      Joyfulcrown 2 years ago

      This was very informative. I am relatively new to Hubpages and Amazon so I appreciate the information. Thanks.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Joyfulcrown There is a lot to learn. Glad to have helped.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for this informative hub Sandy. Happy New Year 2015!

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Thelma Alberts Happy New Year to you too.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i used to ad in amazon capsules but no text. Now I would write a brief info beside the capsule

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      peachpurple It is better to write something in the capsule. I am guilty of not always doing that.

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      Ken Kline 2 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Had never considered this before. I simply drop in the Amazon capsules. thank you for a more thorough review. And the future holds what in your opinion?

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      CelebrateUSA The future is sterner rules and less products.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I was not even aware that there is a limit to how many amazon links you could add to one hub. I have just added my four novels onto the hub where you mentioned that there were no links to these ( my own) books. Now we will see if I get a penalty for this?

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nadine May Good that you added those books. You won't get penalized but as I mentioned on FB, you need to separated those books. HubPages only likes two in a roll.

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      LindaSmith1 2 years ago from USA

      I know very little about ad blockers. I have moved all of my hubs. However, I am going to go to Wizzley and get rid of the Amazon modules, replacing them with clickable images and text links.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      This was a very informative post on the topic. I will have a look again at my old posts and see if I can improve on them. Yes I will add a text box, or a video in between the two novels.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      LindaSmith1, Good luck on Wizzley. I am there too. They all have there plus and minuses.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nadine May, Again I am glad to help.

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      poetryman6969 24 months ago

      Thank you for some very useful advice. I had shied away from using Amazon at all. I may dip my toe back into the water a bit.

      Voted up.

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      Sandy Mertens 24 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      poetryman6969 You never know if that Amazon product that you added could give you a little extra cash.

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      Nadine May 21 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Many thanks for your article Sandy. I totally forgot about the 50 words story and now that two of my posts have been un- featured- The Hanging Gardens of Clovelly and internet Hobbies Can Become an Addiction. I will again have a look at them to see if that was the problem.

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      Sandy Mertens 21 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nadine May, I am so glad that you had visited here. When I first wrote this, it was 50 words per link or ad. Recently HubPages changed it to 100 words. Now I have fixed this to the right terms.

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      Nadine May 21 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Wow 100 words, they are getting more and more difficult. I wonder why?

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      LindaSmith1 21 months ago from USA

      Staff posted the other day, that even with following the rules about products, hub can still be considered overly promotional.

      I have been so done with HP for almost a year and don't have to deal with the HP nonsense.

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      Sandy Mertens 21 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nadine, some of it has to do with Google and pleasing them.

      Linda, I know what you mean. I have many, many hubs within my three accounts with a few links and 1000 or more words and they are unfeatured.

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      Lorelei Cohen 21 months ago from Canada

      It seems even the 100 word rule is now out the window. It is getting very very difficult to have even a couple products on an article and keeping it featured. They really need some better explanations of the rules.

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      Virginia Allain 21 months ago from Central Florida

      I've been hiding a lot of my Amazon modules, just to get the content featured again. Even that isn't often successful. Depressing.

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      Catherine Giordano 21 months ago from Orlando Florida

      If I use my own affiliate link (the one I use on my blogs) HP wants me to label it nofollow. If it is not nofollow, it is a violation of TOS. Consequently, I have to use amazon capsules even if they do get blocked. Or do I?

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      Catherine Giordano 21 months ago from Orlando Florida

      I just checked using my chrome browser that has an ad blocker on it. You are right. The amazon capsules are just gone as if there were never there. no wonder sales are so few. Also sometimes I use amazon capsules not just for sales but to back up claims I have made. Your solution is a good one. I rarely use more than two amazon capsules in one hub anyway. HubPages needs to do a work around. Is your solution consistent with HP terms of service?

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      Catherine Giordano 21 months ago from Orlando Florida

      If you register to have amazon sales to use your own affiliate ID, you will only be paid for the purchases that occur in your 60% share of views. And it doesn't solve the problem of amazon capsules being ad-blocked. Using your own affiliate link in a text capsule is supposed to be no-follow.

      I'm thinking that I will use the amazon capsules, but also create a post on my blog and then tell people they can find some books for further reading on my blog post. I can link to the blog post. And there people can see the books. It's extra work and not many will bother to go to the blog, but I'll give it a try.

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      Sandy Mertens 21 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      Lady Lorelei, Virginia Allain I know what you mean and I am doing the same thing.

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      Sandy Mertens 21 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      CatherineGiordano, to answer you questions, I have been told to add the "no follow", which I often forget to do. This makes it so the product link is not followed by Google as in a search and only those reading your article will see it. Neither Google nor HubPages want it to look like you are selling something. HubPages wants it to be an article to stand up by itself without the products.

      You don't have to use the Amazon capsules. You can do it the ways that I have described. However, when you do add your own affiliate links for products and not the capsules, then it goes to the two links per site rule. Yes you can do it the way I have described. But limit it to two links.

      A large percentage of people do use a blocker, which eliminates these people from seeing the Amazon products in the capsules. Funny when there was Squidoo, the ad blocker did not eliminate these capsules (modules) from view. So it must be the way HubPages has it set up.

      Not sure that I follow you on the last part with 60% views. You can add your own affiliate ID for the Amazon capsules but it will pay off with the 60% views just the same way as if you allow the Amazon ID from HubPages. I found that out years after I was including my ID for their capsules.

      But to add a link with your affiliate ID separate from the capsule has nothing to do with view percentages. If a person buys off your link, then you get the percentage that Amazon gives to the affiliates. The more you sell the larger percentage.

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      Nadine May 20 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Wow this post of yours reached over a hundred comments. Now you and I know what people want to read. How to help promoting themselves and how to get their hub articles featured again. As an author I have added my novels through an amazon capsule if my post was describing my books. I have sometimes made my characters write a hub...They have so far not been un-featured.

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      Sandy Mertens 20 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nadine May, What is popular with the people who actually find my articles and what HubPages feels should be featured are two different things.

      This article is not featured!

      I have many articles that are not featured and yet they have a long list of comments. Plus my number one article under my Sandyspider account unpublished because I mentioned how Ryan Reynolds had gotten his six-pack abs. No a sales page! This had about 200 comments. Moved it to Seekyt where it died!

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      Nadine May 20 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      That is so sad Sandy because I found is post very helpful. Have you contacted the hub page team about it?

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      Sandy Mertens 20 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      I have contacted them about this and other articles and I get the canned "read the rules" answer. No real answer. Not worth writing to them about it.

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      Nadine May 14 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Read this article again after replying to you comment on my post about my USA Embassy experience. I'm shocked that this article is still not published! What I do with some of my posts that have a icon saying- not featured -traffic - I change the article title and add some new information and share it again on all my social media accounts. That usually works.

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      Sandy Mertens 13 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      Thanks Nadine for the advice. It has been some time since I have made new changes. But every time I have made changes and updates, and even changed titles...yes I have done everything that you have mentioned from my articles that remain unfeatured and it does not change.

      I have yet to change the title on this one. But no matter what I do, I am sure it will make no difference at all!!!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 11 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Very informative article about placing Amazon product capsules. I have not been so lucky to earn through Amazon. I would follow your advice and hope for the best.

      Thanks for sharing this helpful hub!

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      Sandy Mertens 11 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      Hope this helps for you, Chitrangada Sharan.

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      Audrey Hunt 11 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thanks Sandy for this information. Looks like I have some editing to do.

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      Sandy Mertens 10 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      Audrey, I have a lot of editing myself. Still no guarantee that the article will be featured here on HubPages. This helpful article IS NOT!

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      Nadine May 5 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I have read this article twice before and today I can relate to the frustrations of not having an article featured. My last article went through the same re-editing stages. Not only are we writers but we are also entrepreneurs aiming to build up a passive income from home through creative means, so yes it is very tempting to mix our articles with our other activities. Even my novels cannot be promoted anymore. See you on Facebook!

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      Sandy Mertens 4 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      Hi Nadine. Been a while since I have been here. Getting featured is a real problem. At least we have Facebook.

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      Robert Sacchi 2 months ago

      Thanks for the article. I do wish HubPages would find a replacement for Ebay. One person bought one of the items in my Amazon links.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      I agree Robert Sacchi. Would be nice if they found a replacement.

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