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How to Improve Your Affiliate Revenue with Amazon Associates on HubPages

Updated on June 12, 2011

Resolution Season

The new year will be here before you know it. There's something redeeming and cleansing about the idea of a new year. You can "start fresh," resolve to make this year better than the last. Many people resolve to lose weight, make new friends, read more literature, save more money. All noble goals to strive for throughout the new year.

But those are hard to do. Here's an easier resolution to keep: Increase your ad revenue from the Amazon Affiliate program on HubPages.

Here is a list of 5 simple steps you can take to improve your success rate with Amazon Affiliates. This will be your year to make more money through your Amazon revenue capsules! (Below this list is a more detailed explanation of each piece of advice.)

  1. Choose individual products, not keywords.
  2. Research what's popular.
  3. Be smarter about capsule placement.
  4. Take advantage of HubPages' rules.
  5. Expand beyond HubPages.

Long list of New Year's resolutions? (image source: agnice.blogspot.com)
Long list of New Year's resolutions? (image source: agnice.blogspot.com)

Personalized always beats generalized.

Choose individual products, not keywords. Yes, simply typing in a keyword into the Amazon capsule and accepting whatever comes up is much easier and less time-consuming. But you get what you put into it. If you don't spend time finding products appropriate to your hub and appealing to your readers, your readers won't spend the money on the items that don't cater to their interests. And by extension, you won't get the percentage of their purchase.

For example: Say that you are writing a hub on how to keep your New Year's resolution to exercise more. So, you write your hub, and as an afterthought, stick on an Amazon capsule. Your choices are to search by keyword or choose individual products. You're in a hurry to get your awesome hub published, so you just type "new year's resolution" and save the capsule.

Here are the first four Amazon results for "new year's resolution":

  1. Amelia's Must-Keep Resolutions for the Best Year Ever! - an illustrated children's book
  2. This Next New Year - another children's book about the Chinese new year
  3. New Year's Resolution ( LP Version ) - an MP3 download by Otis Redding
  4. Relieving Your Holiday Stress and Achieving Your New Year's Resolutions - a CD audio book on relaxation techniques for the holidays

If you chose to read a hub about keeping your New Year's resolution, would you buy or even click on any of these products?

Of course you wouldn't.

Instead, choose products that are more suited to the needs of someone who would be reading your hub. To continue my example, choose a combination of exercise videos and equipment with books on motivating yourself as your Amazon products.

Online shopping cart (image source: GetEntrepreneurial.com)
Online shopping cart (image source: GetEntrepreneurial.com)
Amazon Associates logo
Amazon Associates logo

Do Your Research

Now, before you groan about how boring and time-consuming research is, know that this research doesn't have to be complex or in-depth. You just want to know what people are more likely to buy.

To research what's popular and what sells, take a look at what Amazon is promoting. What's on their front page? Also, observe what is on the first page of results when you search for particular keywords. Generally, the first page contains the more popular and/or relevant items.

Also, as an affiliate, you have access to some tools that I imagine many people either don't know about or don't use to their advantage. At the bottom of your Amazon Associates Home page, they list the Best Selling products, which you can browse by any category.

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Place the capsules in appropriate areas of your Hub

To figure out where would be the best area to place your Amazon capsule, think about Hubs that you've read. Where are you most likely to actually look at the Amazon capsule?

There is no single best place for an Amazon capsule. The best place for you may depend entirely on the relationship between the content of your Hub and the products you are trying to get people to buy. Which brings us to the next tip...

HubPages Lets You Post More Than One Amazon Capsules Per Hub

You are allowed to place a few revenue capsules in each hub. Take advantage of that. What people are willing to buy at the beginning of your Hub may be different from what they are willing to buy by the time they've finished reading your persuasive content. If they let you post more than one, for goodness' sake, post two or three or four!

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Spread Your Wings and Fly Beyond HubPages

Did you know that, as an Amazon Associate, you can place Amazon links in places other than HubPages? Do you have a blog? Once you are an Amazon affiliate member, you can place HTML code on your website or blog to sell products as an Amazon affiliate.

If you look at the tabs at the top of your Amazon Associate Home page, you'll see that the second tab is titled "Links and Banners." If you click on that, you'll find a whole new world of possible advertising that you can do for Amazon. You can link to general Amazon banners or specific products, and you'll still make a percentage of what is bought from that link, just like you do from the Amazon capsules on HubPages.

This year, resolve to improve your financial life through your Amazon affiliation.

PS: For more ways to make money on HubPages, check out jimmythejock's Hub How To Make Money On HubPages.

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      Darence 2 years ago

      Walking in the prcenese of giants here. Cool thinking all around!

    • EmmaMedu profile image

      EmmaMedu 7 years ago

      I use keywords most of the time, but not so generic like the one you described. I type something which is related to my hub. Anyway, I'm looking for a way to improve my Amazon earnings, and from now on I will try searching for specific products for my articles.

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      Research Analyst 7 years ago

      This is really helpful and I will be working on this as a goal to achieve.

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      Dobson 7 years ago from Virginia

      I will try this as i have only sold one Amazon item in three plus months on Hub Pages. Thanks for the information!

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      Laura Deibel 7 years ago from Aurora

      Also make sure that you are not operating in a state subject to the Amazon tax like Colorado, North Carolina, etc. See https://hubpages.com/community/Deibel-Affiliate-Ki... for more.

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      Akhil Anil 7 years ago

      It's a really realistic hub! I've also experienced better result in narrowing the products to be solved. As Its Said "Try To Sell One Product At A Time"!!!!

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      nikipa 7 years ago from Eastern Europe

      Thank you for for sharing! I signed up for Amazon account last week, so it was very useful.

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      affiliate millionaire review 7 years ago

      helpful suggestions and great hub :) found the information really beneficial. Thanks!

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      DanPowers 7 years ago from Tokyo

      Nice article although I think you can have more than 2 Amazon capsules per hub. I usually add one to each text hub, and sometimes one at the bottom of the page (above the comments).

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      SwiftlyClean 7 years ago from Texas

      News News for the pocket! food for the wondering mind. You gave so much info in so less reading Thanks!!!

      Sharon Smith

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      kirstenblog 7 years ago from London UK

      You can actually add more then two amazon capsules. I often times have 5 or 6 or even more. I may add one or two items to one then have another next to with one or two since I want them to go across the screen instead of down, and if its a product hub I always am sure to have a product or two next to each text capsule too, the more text capsules I can use the more amazon ones I use. I guess I go for heavy advertising but I figure that if half way through they wanna buy something I want something visible at that second with not scrolling :)

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      Wag The Dog 7 years ago

      This is some very good info. And you made it flow very well. Good job. I rateded it up and you made a fan. Wag

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      bahman_vip 7 years ago from earth

      thanks

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      Carla Jones 7 years ago from Spring Hill, Florida

      Great Info!

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      scheng1 7 years ago

      Great advice. No wonder I dont have any success using affilate marketing for my blog

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Great hub and fantastic information to absorb. thanks for sharing it with me. creativeone59

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      travelespresso 7 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Hello

      Thanks very much for the hub. I will definitely put this into practice....when I can find out what URL to on Amazon's sign up pages that is! LOL.

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      Great suggestions. Have book marked this hub and will return to try them!

      Much thanks

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      1AutomationWiz 8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Use Amazon research for lots of marketing here, too. Good ideas, thanks!

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Good point about the 2 Amazon Widgets per hub

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      jayb23 8 years ago from India

      Very Informative and should be of great help to newcomers like me. Thumbs up

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      sammyaddams 8 years ago

      Great advice, I agree with personalizing your amazon capsules.

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      ciscopower 8 years ago

      Thanks a lot, this is what I need to know and what I did last time. Amazon affiliate program is one of the best program I involved.

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      forlan 8 years ago

      i am a newbie can we put other amazon shop into our capsules?

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      Thanks for the great points on ways to enhance your Amazon adds. Placement is another area I was not aware of and had no idea we had that control on hub pages...

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      Marisa Wright 8 years ago from Sydney

      Good points. Also worth mentioning is that you can now add a description to the products, too - e.g. write your own review of the product. Thatmakes the selection more obviously a personal recommendation and encourages people to buy.

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      Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great hub, Profoundpuns. For my Christmas hubs, I chose individual products and wrote about them to stimulate ideas for gifts. It was incredibly time consuming, but it paid off. I finally made some money through Amazon.

      You're right about a new year feeling like a fresh slate! It's a great feeling!

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      Ricardo Nunes 8 years ago from Portugal

      Great tips on this hub. Unfortunately it was not published a year ago lol, I had to learn the hard way :)

      BTW, are you sure that "HubPages Lets You Post Two Amazon Capsules Per Hub."? Are you saying we can only post two amazon capsules per hub? I have hubs with more than that and I have seen other`s with more also.

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      SiddSingh 8 years ago

      Thanks a lot for the absolutely useful information. I must admit that I was not quite sure what to do with the Amazon capsules. I definitely look forward to put this in practice.

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      Reynolds_Writing 8 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      What i've found is that certain products and brands sell well and others don't. There are also some internet users/readers that don't know that you can click on the photos or links to Amazon. So, I often put a headline that includes 'Click on a picture below" Thanks for the hub!

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      Happy World 8 years ago from Slovenia, Europe

      Thanx, Like your hub.

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      ocbill 8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      amazon has always been a toughie for me. good hub

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      Ashley Joy 8 years ago

      Great advice! I was already doing better with Amazon than I ever did with Adsense so hopefully this just revs it up more.

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      roastedpinebark 8 years ago from Iowa

      Thanks for the info., im just starting out and actually just started using that strategy before I found this hub, lol.

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Loved your advice, taking it all in! Thanks.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      Already number 1 in Google!!! Well done :)

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      pgrundy 8 years ago

      Thank you for the ideas! I've done fairly miserably with Amazon, but I confess I do just stick the capsules in as an afterthought. This year I'll try your suggestions and see what happens. :o)

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      Purple Perl 8 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Thanks,Profoundpuns for the insight.I want to improve my Amazon sales this year.

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      Carolina Dursina 8 years ago from Spring Green WI

      Thank you for the post; it has very insightful info.

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      ezybuc 8 years ago from Hyderabad

      very well written, thanks for sharing. Could you also tell how did you put amazon associate link within the text.

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      ProfoundPuns 8 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Thanks for the other suggestions, waynet! And Bruce, thanks for the positive feedback.

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      Bruce Elkin 8 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

      Well written, to the point, useful. THanks!

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Targeted content that is specific is always a good horse to back, relevant content works, as does specific log tail keywords and brand names mixed in, people reading the right articles that interest them may want to buy something that is relevant on the page.

      Nice hub page

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      ProfoundPuns 8 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Thanks for all the feedback. Babarushe, interesting commentary on re-strategy.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      Some good advice in here. Chosing individual products as opposed to the general ones from the keywords is giving me better results.

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      babarushe 8 years ago

      Hallo ProfoundPuns,

      I believe this hub came right on time. One, the year '09 is still fresh with our resolutions very hot espacially the desire to create wealth online for those who have not and more wealth for those who have been doing it before now.

      Two, evaluation and re-strategy are the anchor to online success even in everything be it personal, interpersonal or team work, spiritual or secular-whichever.

      So we go back to the drawing board and make it better.I guess will make more pay this year.

      cheers. its quite informative.

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      katyzzz 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I shal return and try to put your recommendations to good use. Good hub. Thank you.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      It is very true that doing research results in more amazon sales. I have not done real great with them, only about five dollars, but I really do not try very hard either. The ones that did sell well were popular electronic devices, such as cell phone covers.