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Making Money Selling Products Online with Amazon's Affiliate Program

Updated on December 27, 2014

My Love Affair With the Amazon Affiliate Program

As with many of the most enduring love stories, my love affair with the Amazon affiliate program started off pretty rocky. New to the world of internet publishing, earning money from home and selling products online, I had doubts that we were really suited to one another. I'd flirted with a couple of Amazon based, product oriented articles, which were resoundingly unsuccessful. I'd added related Amazon products to my informational articles, which again, made very few sales. Feelings of rejection and doubt in my ability to write sales copy, led to a brief break up - we were going nowhere. The charming beast that is the Amazon Affiliate Program was just not for me.

Despite being thrown only a few dollars a day, Adsense was clearly the lover to stick with. There's no doubt that he's a tightwad, but at least he is reliable and consistent!

Earn Money Selling Products with the Amazon Affiliate Program
Earn Money Selling Products with the Amazon Affiliate Program

So I'd made my choice, the brief fling with Amazon Associates was over. Or so I thought. Occasionally I would still hear a faint call from in my quieter moments. Quickly ignored, I'd aligned my loyalties to the big G and that was that. But the quiet, whispering calls became louder, "Give me another chance", "Please take me back", "Learn more about me and you'll like me, I promise". It was hard to resist.

Ever the optimist and a sucker for sweet talk, I realised that I hadn't really committed to earning money selling products - I'd been ambivalent and stood lamely on the sidelines which is no way to make a relationship work. It was time to give this charmer another chance and I'm glad I did. Far more generous that Mr Google, the Amazon Affiliate Program just keeps on giving.

You Just Gotta Love Amazon Associates at Christmas Time!

I Love Amazon Associates
I Love Amazon Associates

Earn Selling Products Through Your Website, Blog or Web 2.0 Articles

My love affair with Amazon Associates was rekindled with the 60 Day Challenge which took place in April/May of 2010. The 60 Day challenge was/is great (I'm still benefiting from taking part) and so thanks have to go out to sunforged, a fabulous internet marketer and top geezer, who came up with the 60DC and took some of us along for the ride into the world of making money online. Part of my personal aims for the challenge was to make a concerted effort to write more sales oriented, product review articles, based on Amazon products, to boost my residual income levels. I wrote 30 hubs (articles) in 30 days, 14 of which were product reviews. Added to the 16 other product review hubs I have written, that's a total of 30 Amazon based articles in my portfolio, that are consistently earning between $100 - $200 per month (and more recently over $300 per month).

So, since the challenge I've been pretty successful with the Amazon affiliate program here on Hubpages and my amazon earnings have started to overshadow my adsense earnings. I know that if I continue writing and promoting sales oriented articles I can increase my residual income earnings exponentially. Another 30 product review hubs could bring in an additional $100 - $200 per month and on it continues ...... Yes, product reviews can be a bit boring to write, but they earn and they'll help me achieve my real aims, which are to earn $1000 per month in residual income by the end of the year, and get on with writing that novel - it's going to happen!

What I've Learned About Selling Online through Amazon

If I can earn a few hundred bucks a month from Amazon, anyone can earn selling Amazon products through their blog, website or Web 2.0 site (such as Hubpages or Squidoo), as long as some basic ideas are followed. These are the top 10 things I've learned about selling through Amazon in the last year.


Adding Amazon Products to Purely Informational Articles Doesn't Work

In the 9 months from May 2009 (when I started at HubPages) to the end of February 2010, I sold a total of 21 items from non product orientated hubs. That's just over 2 products a month at an average referral fee of 0.50 cents per sale. So I was nowhere near being able to retire on my Amazon income! I also made the error during the health contest here at Hubpages, of thinking that my informational articles on particular ailments would make a lot of amazon sales - they didn't then - and they don't now! To make a decent income through Amazon you need to write specifically about products and there are a variety of formats to choose from.

Your sales hubs can be on:

  • One Specific Product
  • Top 10's, Top 5's or Top 3's - e.g. Top 10 iPad Accessories
  • A Range of Products within the Same Category e.g. Educational Toys for Under 5's
  • A Range of Different but Highly Related Products - e.g. Matching Kitchen Accessories
  • "Bests" - e.g. Best e-readers

I Use Market Samurai

When I got serious about earning online I decided to spend some of my income on a couple of tools to save me time. After lots of research I plumped for Market Samurai's software and I'm glad I did. MS has helped enormously with keyword research, assessing competition and keeping an eye on serps positions.


Ensure That Keywords Reflect What People Search For When They Want to Buy

All online writing that has making money as the focus needs to attract readers, but not just any old readers. To make money with product reviews we need targeted readers- ones that are highly likely to buy. So how can you tell if a search term is commercially viable? If it has the word "buy", "best" or "purchase" is in the keyphrase, then your chances of good sales conversions are pretty high.

Keyword research - If you're new to keyword research (which is a fundamental aspect of earning online), here are a couple of articles I recommend reading which each use different, but trusted, methods for finding good keyphrases: The can also be used in concert with each other, which is the method I prefer. The first article on the list also explains how to assess publisher competition, which is another underpinning skill you'll need to start earning online.


Choosing What Products to Sell

The first thing is to find your niche or niches. Are you going to write about baby products, dance wear, motorcycle accessories, interiors, gardening products or something else you know about? Depending on the strength of your research skills you might decide to write only about products you use, especially in the initial stages of learning to write sales copy. Later on you might feel confident about writing on a variety of products.

Strategy - Whatever products you choose to write on, one good strategy when choosing what products to sell is to have some high volume, low priced, product pages in conjunction with pages promoting both medium value items ($200 - $500) and higher value items ($1,000 +). Selling a lot of low cost items will not make you lots of money on their own, but will help you increase your referral rate if you are on the performance payment structure. This is something that was suggested by internet marketer extraordinaire, Mark Knowles - and it makes perfect sense.

Another trick that seems to work very well is to write 10 or more hubs on similar products within a niche and link them together through anchor text. So if you are interested in writing about motorbike accessories, you can write articles on motorbike leathers, motorbike jackets, motorbike gloves, helmets etc etc. The more articles you can write within a topic specific niche the better.


Make Your Sales Pages at least 700 Words in Length

Words, words, words! Google loves content, ie: words, and so ensuring that there is plenty of text for the Google bot to crawl is something to keep uppermost in your mind when writing sales copy. Take the advantage over other websites that sell products by writing at least 700 words for each of your sales pages. Most websites' product descriptions are around 100 - 300 words (if that) which means that you can often beat big retail websites with lengthier, well optimized and more informative content. I usually aim for about 1000 - 1200 words per article.


Use Plenty of Synomyns (related words)

When selling products on the internet, related to the amount you write, is what you write. Another top tip is to use as many related words in your text as possible and not simply sticking with your main keyphrases (though do make that sure your main keyphrase is in the url and page title). So if you have a keyphrase like, "best backpack", use other words in your text like "top", "ideal", "excellent", "cool", "knapsack", "kitbag", "rucksack". Use an online thesaurus to get ideas for highly related words to use in your article.


Write with Authority

Whether you use the product or not, write with authority and stick to the product you're writing about. You want to create a sense of trust between you and the reader and wandering off into your life story won't help. If you do use the product, tell them, but I would suggest being cautious about overdoing it with the use of "I". It can put a lot of readers off. A little personalization is good - too much is off putting.


Product Placement and Page Layout

There are of course hundreds of variations in page layout and as yet I can't say which layout is the number one to go for to get the best conversions, but one piece of advice I can give is this: Don't be shy! One little amazon capsule or widget can easily be overlooked by your reader and you don't want that. Make sure your amazon capsules (or product widgets if you're on a blog or website) are highly visible. Here are some good examples of product placement in hubs designed by hubbers making good money with Amazon Associates:


Choose the Amazon Performance Structure over the Classic Payment Structure

The performance structure payment method is far superior in my view to the classic payment structure. The more you sell the higher the % you get and it's very motivating. Currently I'm trying to get up to 7.5% referral fees which means I need to sell at least 320 items within a month. Once I hit that, I'll be pushing onto 8%.


Backlinks or Off Page SEO

There are two main approaches to making money with product reviews. One is to write lots and lots of product pages, do little or no promotion and get sales through the quantity of your pages. The other tactic (which I have gone for) is to write fewer product reviews but spend time promoting them to get them higher in the search engine results, which results in higher traffic and therefore more sales.

Without any backlinking I find that my Hubpages (which are optimized onpage for search engines) will usually naturally sit on the bottom part of page one or somewhere on page two of the search results for my chosen keyphrase. This is ok, but to make a lot of sales we need to get our pages in the top spot or at least in the top 5 spots of the serps. Unless you have found a completely untapped market or a promising new product, (if you have good luck to you!) backlinking is essential to get in the top spots for your niche.


Internet Marketing

Related to tip number 9, is using internet marketing techniques to get your pages higher in the search results and increase web traffic. There are various methods such as:

  • Article marketing (writing supporting articles on other article sites)
  • Creating a supporting blog or website
  • Building a Social Network
  • Creating Supporting Videos

I don't use all of these methods of internet marketing, so don't feel overwhelmed thinking you have to start doing all these new things! I've used article marketing, RSS feed distribution and creating supporting blogs and for me the most successful have been article marketing and RSS feed distribution.

How Much You Earn is Up to You
How Much You Earn is Up to You

Amazon Earnings April

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Amazon Earnings July

Made it to 7% - hooray!
Made it to 7% - hooray!

Amazon Earnings August

Sold well over $8,000 Of Products!
Sold well over $8,000 Of Products!

Make Amazon Associates Work for You

So the deal is sealed - me and Amazon are an item and it's going to stay that way :) Let the love affair continue and hopefully it will become a happy marriage.

If you are a Non US based Amazon Affiliate, make sure your account is with the right Amazon Program for HubPages.


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    • englightenedsoul profile image

      englightenedsoul 6 years ago

      Excellent hub as usual Susana. The 60 day challenge also rekindled my affair with amazon. Last month I sold 21 items and earned $16+ and this month I already sold 7 items. Though I have to be more specific in my approach now but Amazon is definitely way better than adsense in earnings if you target the right product and do the things you have mentioned in your hub. Bookmarked and rated up!!

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      Derek James 6 years ago from South Wales

      Excellent advice as usual, Susana. Thanks for the info.

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      NicheTrafficMastr 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I've dabbled with amazon it is the best affiliate program i think. The only flaw is that the payouts are so minimal on most products you have to work like crazy and may still not make a lot of money.

      All that said I do like the associates program.

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      Anuj Agarwal 6 years ago from Noida

      Great and very informative Hub. You have energized me to work on Amazon capsule. :)

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      Lamme 6 years ago

      Very informative! I rated it up and will bookmark. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks for this. It was very informative and well written.

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      Cheri Schultz 6 years ago from Midwest

      Thank you and I bookmarked this Hub!! Great Job.

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Thanks enlightenedsoul - Yep I'm definitely finding that I can earn more through amazon than google and so I'll be building on that. Good luck to you too with the amazon affiliate program!

      You're welcome scarytaff :)

      Hi nichetrafficmaster - it all depends on the retail price of the products you choose and how many you sell. My cheap pregnancy tests hub only earns cents, but it helps increase my % so that when I sell more expensive items I get more for the sales. One product I have that is doing well retails for about $130, so that brings in quite a bit and of course getting 6.5% over 4% referral fees helps.

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Glad to hear it anuja! Get on and make some cash!

      Thanks Misty, Lamme and Cheri - good luck to you all if you decide to write more product related hubs!

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      sunforged 6 years ago from

      This is fantastic news, Im really happy to see your Amazon sales are going well. You make your methods seems so easy, It can be hard to explain just ho important stick-to-itness can be, Congratulations! and well done. I expect the Christmas season will be quite exciting for you...

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      Brian Slater 6 years ago from Nottingham Uk

      Well done Susana, it just shows if you don't succeed at first try and try again- I have just made my first sale with Amazon so over the moon.

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      Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Great info - I too have been putting amazon on the back burner but now I am stoked to start following your advice. Thanks!

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      ankitkaulmachama 6 years ago from Pune ,India.

      very useful information thanks for sharing...

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      G L Strout 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Thak you for an encouraging article. i printed it out for future reference. Great information.

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      Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I'm going to give this a try. Are you sure you should be encouraging competition? LOL!

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      vaalion 6 years ago

      Great post, I also find that writing information articles does not work... I might just go for product reviews in the future.

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      Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Thank you. Very useful & informative ~ and encouraging.

      Well done.

      I'm in th UK and thought that I could only get Amazon 'payment' in Amazon vouchers, though, so I need to double-check that.


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      Dobson 6 years ago from Virginia

      This is a nice hub with some great information. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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      Paula Atwell 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Thank you for this very informative hub. I will definitely refer people to it.

      Amazon like any sales platform can be tricky, and selling online is an entire course in itself. You have made the explanation simple and understandable. :) Good to see your success.

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      Anath 6 years ago

      thanks for the tips. I still haven't quite got the hang of Amazon, this is what I was needing. Bookmarked to come back later and voted up!

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      5institutes 6 years ago from Nampa, ID

      "Astounding" undersells this Hub.

      Great tips altogether, and thanks for sharing them with the community.

      I might have missed it, but how many Hubs total for these numbers, or was it just the 30?

      Also: you know that copywriting itself is a very lucrative skill - button up your copywriting and you can sell $1500+ per sales page.

      Just food for thought, I think you've shown you have the ability, for sure! Great hub.

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      shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

      Well done Susana! This article on Amazon Affiliate is top notch! I have bookmarked and will be taking this further - thanks to you and the 60dc. *wink*

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      Cindy Vine 6 years ago from Cape Town

      Very cool, have bookmarked it for another looksee.

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Hi Sunforged - Thanks for your kind words, the share and for your help with the 60DC too :) Without that I doubt my amazon earnings would be where they are. Yep, I think earning online is all about the stick-to-it factor and continuing to learn. I am looking forward to Christmas!

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Great that you've got your first amazon sale Brian! Keep at it!

      Go for it Elayne - commitment is the key to this relationship!

      Hi Austinstar - lol! I get a kick out seeing others making money too and there are plenty of niches out there - enough for everyone :)

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Trish - I'm in the UK too. You can get paid by international cheque if you set your payment threshold to over $100. It's a bit of a pain putting them in the bank, but worth it!

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      Correen 6 years ago

      I could not stop reading this Hub from top to should see how many other pages I have open to read next :) Superb share, definitely one I will be coming back to again and again. Thank you!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your helpful advice. You always give clearly written and comprehensive tips. I have also done the same thing - started - no deal - but now will start again. Thank you for your encouragement.

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      travelespresso 6 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Fantastic hub as usual Susanna. I'm happy to see that you are doing well. Thanks for the tips and advice.

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      WildIris 6 years ago

      A timely Hub. Just when I was considering it time to pack it in and abandon the idea of online writing with HubPages and other online writing sites, your Hub inspired me to reconsider and refocus my plan. Thanks for sharing your tips.

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      Richard Stephen 6 years ago

      Susana, thanks for the great hub. I've had very few sales with Amazon but I see from your hub there is a lot more I should be doing. I was also doing mostly informational hubs but will now give promotional hubs a shot. Thanks for the advise!

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      ns1209 6 years ago from UK - England

      I have just started making a few sales from Amazon and earning a small amount - few dollars a month! I think the key thing is to write about products and when people will buy as you say. Also promotion is important.

      Thanks for this really good hub and I hope you (and I!) have more success with the Amazon Associates Program!

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      Glenn Stok 6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Thank you Susana for so much helpful info on making more out of Amazon. I now have more hope, just have to do what you said.

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Thanks to everyone for your positive comments :) I'm a little snowed under with work at the mo, (trying to get 2 months work done in one month so I can enjoy my holidays!) so I can't respond individually, but know that I really appreciate all of you who have stopped by and taken the time to comment here!

      Wishing you all the best of luck with the amazon affiliate program - get earning! x

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, Susana. I learn much from this hub. You always stay on top to achieve your dream to get income from amazon. I found your passion here. Thanks for share useful tips for us. I'll bookmark this one. Thumbs up for you.


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      freelancewriterva 6 years ago

      Susana, great article. It is going to take me a while to figure out all the golden nuggets in this hubpage.

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      oderog 6 years ago from Nairobi

      Hey Susana S, ma really learning a lot from you on Amazon, I also got a boost during the 60 day challenge by having the highest Amazon sales which I have never taken seriously but now I can see some light with Amazon sales, keep up the informative hubs that are helpful to people. I've watched the law of attraction and one phrase I like and apply to this hub is that if you help a few people realized their dream then yours will come automatically and the world has a lot to offer, great hub and lesson well taken

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      lender3212000 6 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      Excellent hub! Amazon is really a great resource for generating income when it's used properly. I wish I would have incorporated it more in my earlier hubs.

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      kev8 6 years ago

      Great hub!I have had a bit of luck with Amazon and intend to continue trying to build on my sales. This article will be a huge help to me. Thank you very much!!

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      Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      You've got me excited about perhaps tossing in a few product review hubs into the fold—they ARE boring to write, which is why I generally don't monkey with them. Still, having a steadier and BETTER income would make writing the stuff you want to write much easier considering the added money adds freedom. There's a novel or two wandering around in my head as well...

      Great info and well done.

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      Locker 6 years ago from

      What do you think about going after high price niches?

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      Research Analyst 6 years ago

      This is exactly what I was looking for, thanks for the wonderful hub and explaining how its done.

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      Don Simkovich 6 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      Excellent Hub. I've read a number of Hubs on Amazon affiliate sales. I know I've written mostly informational Hubs and Adsense is doing well. However, I have written some product oriented Hubs . . . I have traffic from search engines going to them . . . and in two years I've made 36 cents in commissions from Amazon. I decided I'll write another 10 product oriented Hubs . . . it's quite frustrating. I wonder if there's a problem with my account. I did order a product through myself to test it and the product showed in my report. I'll try again.

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      Aiden Roberts 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a fantastic hub, this is the kind of information anybody who wants to earn money on the internet should read.

      Thank you, thumbs up, voted up, bookmarked and twittered.

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      mquee 6 years ago from Columbia, SC

      Thanks for this tutorial, which I truly need. The information is great and I appreciate your sharing of it. I will begin practicing your methods. Thanks again.

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      beautyaddict 6 years ago from California

      This is a really great hub. I love all these tips and I'm going to give Amazon a shot. I also really like the way you've laid the hub out, it is so clean and easy to follow. Thanks so much for being so helpful!

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      TylersMomma 6 years ago from Maryville, TN

      New to HubPages and appreciating the advice! Thanks!!

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      L M Reid 6 years ago from Ireland

      Great information here. To be honest I didn't think it was possible to earn that much with Amazon. You have encouraged me to try the product review, thank you. The advice you have given here is invaluable. I am going to bookmark it for future reference and have rated it up.

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      TechnicallyADream 6 years ago

      Very good hub, learned a lot abaout Amazons affiliate program through this hub, thanks for info.

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      flighhigh 6 years ago from Beijing

      Great, informative and motivating hub!

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      Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi Susana :)

      Thank you very much for your helpful response! :)

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      Susannah Birch 6 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      Thanks for the awesome hub. Another one to bookmark! I've just started my third 30 day challenge and this one I'm going to just write sales hubs. I'm still learning a lot so I'm going for the "quantity" instead of the "tons of SEO". Thanks for the info, will come in handy.

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      Rob Welsh 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Good Work Susana As always. Thanks for sharing all that 'hard' proven work. Take Care.

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      viryabo 6 years ago

      Ive been waiting for this type of info on Amazon, but never knew i'll find one with so much detail. I must work at it as i find this great hub very inspiring.

      Thanks Susana.

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for this easy to follow set of instructions. My Amazon sales are just limping along, but I think I will have to try some review hubs, and see how they do. Bookmarked and rated!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow! Who would have thought there was so much 'strategy' to writing. I didn't. Gee, and all I really intended to do was write and get some feedback. Your article was helpful, and thought provoking. I'm giving writing for product sales some serious consideration. Thanks.

      I have one very important question (prob has an obvious answer) WHERE do I sign up for the amazon link-- or HOW do I do this? I am linked to google adsense, but that was a couple of months ago and frankly, I can't recall how I did that!

      Thanks Susana for your hub and help. :)

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      bill yon 6 years ago from sourcewall

      I tried Amazon but my account for amazon kept getting canceled and I would have to renew it.So the last time it was cancelled I just said to heck with it.Do you know why this happens?

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      Karen Wilton 6 years ago from Australia

      Brilliant hub Susana, I haven't spent much time on Amazon thinking it was unlikely to pay off but you have changed my mind. Great step by step instructions too, thanks.

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      Shopping-Online 6 years ago from Mumbai

      This is indeed a very inspiring and an eyeopener Hub as far as I am concerned. I hope I would get successful like you too! So far I have made only around $6 on Amazon. Thanks for sharing your success story.

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      pakpub 6 years ago from Ohio

      Glad to see you are doing so well with Amazon products. Thanks for sharing.

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Hi and many thanks once again for all these splendid comments. I really wish you all the very best in attaining your goals and I'm over the moon to hear that some feel inspired to work harder with amazon :)

      Nice to see you PD :)

      On hols from monday for a couple of weeks, (and still trying to finish all my freelance work!) so it will be interesting to see how my amazon sales are doing when I return. Think I might hit the 7% referral rate this month!

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      nick071438 6 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      I consider this hub a BIBLE for all people trying to take a part of the elusive dollar on the online marketing industry. How I wish to have you transfer a bit of your writing ability to me. Susana, laurels for your sharing this wonderful hub to hubbers like me who are seated in the backseat contented with dust in the online marketing car.

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      Jenna May Swan 6 years ago

      Cool hub. I think so many people are put off amazon by their tiny 30 day cookie but it really is a relatively simple way to make money as so many folks trust them. I have been very pleasantly surprised at how much you can make with them even with the hubpages split taken out.

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Thanks Nick - what a lovely comment :) Good luck to you, you can make it just keep working and learning!

      Thanks Jenna - that's the point really, if you can get the copy right and are targeting people that are ready to buy, then amazon does the rest by providing low prices and by being a trusted brand.

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      Shawn Scarborough 6 years ago from The Lone Star State

      This is a great hub! I've been looking for information about the Amazon affiliate program. I have my affiliate id but really didn't know where to start. You have answered the questions I had about this. Thank you for sharing this information.

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      Research Analyst 6 years ago

      This inspires me to create some more amazon product hubs, it is a nice challenge to find good items that people are ready to buy. Great tips!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I am impressed with the writing and information. Great job.

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      Japemwellows 6 years ago from 5ifth Dimensi0n

      This is awesome hub Susana! exactly what I was looking for. Thanks and bookmarked.

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      True Blue Tips 6 years ago

      Thanks so much for the information. No wonder I wasn't making money with Amazon!

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      sanurbob 6 years ago from Sanur, Bali

      Those are nice earnings you have there! Maybe Amazon should give you a job :) The problem with Amazon is their small referal fees. Imagine how much you would make promoting ebooks for example with a 50 per cent revenue share deal.

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      Sophie 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great hub with fantastic ideas... I think I should try this 60 day challenge as well later :).

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      techno-hub 6 years ago

      I am impressed

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      ansonabey 6 years ago from Bangalore, India

      its really informative and helpful

      thanks a lot

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      ansonabey 6 years ago from Bangalore, India

      its really informative and helpful

      thanks a lot

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Amazon is a great affiliate program. I am so sad they dropped my state NC,because of our tax policies. I am really missing out. Great hub.

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      adam212010 6 years ago from manchester

      This is brill very useful Great Hub :)

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      kellydove 6 years ago

      great hub follow me

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      shabarigirish 6 years ago

      Great hub Susana, thanks for sharing what you learnt. Your way of writing is very impressive; I wish you reach your goal of $1000 per month very soon.

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      TnFlash 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Great Hub! I have been trying forever to sell something on Amazon with no success. You have opened my eyes to a bunch of mistakes in my Hubs! Thank You! Thank You! Voted up, Awesome and Stumbleupon. I forgot Bookmarked.

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      Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

      as always great hub with great advice wish I has seen this a bit earlier, but now that is fixed, and I hope my amazon will be helped a bit more.

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      Piper- 6 years ago

      Thank you for the information.

      Sat Nam, **(-_-)**


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      MissE 6 years ago from Texas

      I to have had a bad relationship with Amazon. Such a tease! Thank you for this article and all the great advice. Maybe I will try again!

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      writtenbyshawn 6 years ago

      I hope you are not jealous - I plan on starting my own love affair with Amazon! Thanks for the excellent information.

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      James Flynn 6 years ago from Edinburgh

      One of the best hubs I have read yet. Voted up and bookmarked. Congrats on great info!

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      Martha Castillo 6 years ago from San Diego CA

      What an excellent tutorial for us beginners. Thank you so much....

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      Sterling Carter 6 years ago from Indian Mound, Tennessee

      Thanks, what a great and very informative article. I learned something today. :)

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      kandrawe 6 years ago from Tropical Country

      Thanks you so much, Great info!

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      Boomer60 6 years ago

      Susana, Your information on earning through Amazon has rekindled my desire in creating more Amazon hubs. I too struggle with Amazon, but now I think I will have to spend more time conquering this beast. Heck at this point I would be happy with the few dollars a day!

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      Shari 6 years ago from New York, NY

      Susana.. . amazing tips. . my amazon has been ok .. some weeks better than others. .but these tips you have here kinda turned the light bulb off for me. . not only am I bookmarking this one but going to print it out and really put your great tips to work .. wish me luck!!! Great job here, , ,rated up and useful . .oh and cant forget awesome:)

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      CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Like you Susana, I had a slow start with Amazon and then came to the conclusion that I needed to write some more sales-orientated hubs. Glad I did because I just had my first S200 month last month, which is really spurring me on to keep writing. I still like writing my history and ghost hubs, but I balance it out now with the sales hubs. Very interesting read and some great information.

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      rlaframboise 6 years ago from 1776

      This is exactly what I was looking for! Excellent article and it answered many of the questions I had about the effectiveness of Amazon's affiliate program. I too have just been throwing up the amazon capsule on informational articles and have seen no results yet. I will definitely have to give that web copy book a read and hone my skills.

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      Dedicated Content Curator 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for this, I am in the UK and had no idea... I'll get my friend's affiliate code for US Amazon and put that in... I can't be bothered to sign up for the US version and am happy to spread any income around to my friends.

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      Paula Kirchner 6 years ago from Austin. Texas

      Thanks I needed to read your write. I was about to give up on Amazon. I will try your tactics and hopefully see a change. GREAT hub!

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      Coollikeme 6 years ago

      Great tips, Thanks for sharing.

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      Moon Dancer 6 years ago

      Great information and hub :) Thanks for sharing this and it gaved me new ideas to write more hubs. Voted up and useful :)

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Excellent hub. Wonderful informative tips and advice. I rated up and useful an am bookmarking.

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      BennyTheWriter 6 years ago from Northeastern U.S.A.

      Susana, very awesome hub. I'll be taking up the challenge of writing sales hubs myself, so I find this information and encouragement to be invaluable.

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      sunforged 6 years ago from

      Now this is a hub that every hub writer and online money maker should read, Im about to do my part to make sure it gets seen and read,

      great , well organized and honest info - Thanks!

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      Dobson 6 years ago from Virginia

      I re-read this as some of the Amazon stuff is beginning to sink in. You have done us all a great service by sharing your knowledge!

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Hey sunforged :) No thank *you*! I don't think I'd be here writing this if it weren't for the 60DC and all I learnt from you then.

      A spot of promotion is very much appreciated and I've added a link to you from here as well. Hope the 2nd 60DC is going well!

      You're welcome Dobson - now get to writing some product hubs!

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      Paula Atwell 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Nice to see that your sales are really going up. Mine did too this month. Now if I could just get back to writing hubs.

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      Daily Matters 6 years ago from Portugal

      Great Hub! As soon as i "master" clickbank, amazon is next on the line. Bookmarked ;)

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      Glenn Stok 6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Susana, I have not been doing as well with Amazon. You gave me a lot of good advice here to try. Thanks.

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      tbsingh 6 years ago from INDIA

      very useful hub.Thank you Susana for sharing it.

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      Wendy Krick 6 years ago from Maryland

      This is wonderful! Bookmarked.

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      sofs 6 years ago

      Susanna thank you for sharing some excellent information. I am planing to try out most of what you have mentioned here.I am also book marking this hub for future reference.

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      lee 6 years ago from Worthing, west sussex, england

      Brilliant i have saved this to my bookmarks to peruse through again at a later date,thanks i will implement some of this in my hubs.

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      David 470 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

      This is a very useful hub. Thank you for this information. I have yet to write any sales hubs. I think I am going to wait until I make more how to or informative like hubs....

      I have sold a little on amazon with just with what I have now. Of course none of my hubs are sales hubs...

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      tommyur 6 years ago

      i wrote down every single important line on this article...just one word: AMAZIN!!! thanks a lot, it was great information, especially because i'm new :)

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great feedback everyone :)

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      KevCC 6 years ago

      Very comprehensive hub. Well done.

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      guy6lloyd 6 years ago

      That's some great information, Susana.

      Almost a blueprint which you would get charged for in other places!

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      Neverletitgo 6 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      What a great information! Susana I'll vote up.

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      Gous Ahmed 6 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Susana that was amazingly fantastic information without any BS! It has just given me the confidence to at least try writing a sales hub and slowly move away from informative hubs temporarily.

      I have book marked your hub and when i get time, which is very limited right now, i will use all of your advice and go fo it!

      Thank you very much for this very easy to read and understand information. All the best to you!

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Good for you G Miah! The amazon affiliate program is totally worth the effort :)

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      Anaya M. Baker 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Extremely helpful! Thank you so much!

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      charanjeet kaur 6 years ago from Delhi

      Susana, this is a goldmine if one were to tap the potential of Amazon. I have rated it up and thanks for providing great insights. I have been experimenting with Amazon on another id so agree a lot to what you have to say. Bookmarking it and thanks for a great hub.

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Thanks for the positive feedback charanjeet :) I'm still learning about making the most of the amazon affiliate program......always trying to up the conversion rate you know ;) This hubber is well worth checking out, she is doing fantasticaly well on hubpages with amazon:

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      Spacey Gracey 6 years ago from Essex, UK

      Lol - Hi Susana - I just swung by this hub to see what you could teach me and an embarassed to find my profile recommended :). Thanks for the hub. I just tried Microsoft Commercial Intent link and it didn't work, but when I tried to access it via Google it didn't work either - do you know if they pulled it? I never looked at it before but would love to see it.

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Hiya Gracey - don't be embarrassed, we can all learn a thing or two about earning from amazon from you :) And I hope you are going to write a hub on your approach!

      Thanks for letting me know about the commerical intent tool - I can't get to it either. Don't know if it's a glitch or they've pulled it. It would be a shame if they have as it's quite handy.

      BTW - I have lived in Essex for about 25 years, so not a true Essex girl but close enough :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      This is a fantastic hub with so much information. I will be reading this more than once as Amazon hasn't worked well for me but your suggestions are great. Thanks so much. Rated awesome!

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      Improvedmarketing 6 years ago

      Thx for the tip. That is very useful beacause I have been stumbling on amazon and didn't know what to do

      Thx a bunch

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      Daniela Daljac 6 years ago from AUSTRALIA

      A lot info great hub thanks!

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Thanks guys and girls - I hope you enjoy success with the amazon affiliate program!

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      jolisa 6 years ago

      Thank you for the great information you have here, really helpful. Please can I ask if you need to submit the url of each hubpage you do, to Amazon for approval before it can earn commission? I get the impression, from Amazon support, that this is required, however I have not read about it directly.

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Thanks :) No, you don't need to submit your url to amazon Jolisa.

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      jpwriter 6 years ago

      Excellent resources. If someone follows your advice they will convert into both a higher CTR and more sales.

      I just built my first astore. I'm doing better on Amazon. This month has been a few individual item sales that were expensive. It's kind of super exciting to see if I sold anything.

      Learning to optimize Amazon is really another lucrative revenue stream. Thanks for the great info.

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      Create Magic 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Well done Susana. Thank you for showing the way to newcomers such as myself.

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      N. Ramius 6 years ago

      And I thought I was doing good. Congrats Susana. You blew my 60dc product hubs away.

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      mikicagle 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      I used this hub as a guide to increase revenue-and it really did work. I went from $0 to $45 in November. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      Great hub! Thanks for putting a link up to - I'll be buying that book soon :)

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Hey Miki - that's very cool news! Keep up the good work :)

      Hi Izzy - I really wanted to reply to the forum thread but I couldn't get to my computer and by the time I did there were so many posts I couldn't answer individually. Anyhow, the book is definitely worth buying and if you buy through my link I will be happy as larry, lol :) Esp. as I have not made any money with yet!

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      Boomer60 6 years ago

      Susana, you made it! $1000 a month by Christmas and a month to spare. Good going!

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      coffeemadness 6 years ago from Japan

      Thanks for this Hub, it really helps all us struggling to get somewhere with Amazon affiliates!

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Thanks Boomer :) Yep, I got there! What I need to work on now is making sure that once the Christmas buying rush is over I continue to make $1000 per month but I'm working hard on more amazon hubs as I speak :)

      You're welcome coffeemadness :)

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      Ferdoush Chowdhury 6 years ago

      Fantastic article. We always says if we could just find people like us… we’d be set. It is so important not to prejudge people because you are absolutely right….You could be speaking to the Next Superstar Marketer and you don’t even know it.

      Love your stuff,

      Look forward to connecting.

      Nice Moral Stories

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      Autumn Lynn 6 years ago from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

      I found this hub from WryLilt's hub and I found both together to be really helpful. I have stumbled into this and can't tell you how helpful it is to have hubbers like you share your experience and knowledge so freely. I have tried just 2 product type hubs with no success but it is early in the game for me. After reading this I have some new ideas to try out. Thanks again for the information.

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      heidialissa 6 years ago

      very nice .. I should have read this long ago!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is GREAT information. Will definitely start my hand at writing Amazon sales hubs. Bookmarking this and sharing it! Thanks!

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      L Rosa 6 years ago from California

      I'm definitely psyched! Thanks for writing such an excellent and encouraging piece giving clear direction to a beginner like me.

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      Laura Writes 6 years ago

      Very useful hub!

      I just want to let you know that the "Microsoft's Commercial Intent Tool" link, does not work.

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      Andrew Orrell 6 years ago from UK

      Brilliant write up and very helpful, will save this to my favourites. Thanks for the help.

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      Nanalj 6 years ago from SouthCentral USA

      I will bookmark this hub, as it has been very helpful for me, but I know I will need to come back to it from time to time. Thanks.

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      Sparhawke 6 years ago from Manchester

      I am posting here to bookmark it, I just wrote one of my first Amazon focused hubs yesterday so am looking to improve, wish I had seen it earlier lol

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      TilenHrovatic 6 years ago

      Wow! This is one of the best hubs for sure! Great and very useful tips. You just answered to almost all of my questions! Thank you! Great work!

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      adjunct 6 years ago from The Big Easy

      This really is excellent advice. Your tips on writing a successful sales page will help me a great deal. Thanks!

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      CASE1WORKER 6 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      Thanks for the advice re sales hubs- just started doing them for real and co incidentally just started getting amazon sales! I agree that information hubs dont sell- i have not sold anything on them- just a few clicks on the G man!

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      shynsly 6 years ago from Sierra Vista, AZ

      Very, very, very useful information.

      A)Congratulations on your success, and may you not only continue to experience it, but enjoy an increase as well!

      B)Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and wisdom with us "newbs"... the simple fact your willing to freely give the knowledge you yourself have had to work so hard to accumulate says a lot about your own true nature!

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      Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN USA

      Question about the word count--

      You talk about the article and the item description in that section. Do you count BOTH words in text modules and words in the description text of the Amazon modules in your word count? Or is it just one of those?

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Thanks Shynsly - I love sharing what works here! And I would love to see everyone making some good money with amazon!

      Hi Jimmie - I'm counting all the words in the text capsules - I don't use the amazon description area much - maybe just for a few words now and again.

      I've found that if I write my amazon hubs with a 150-200 word intro, 100-150 words per product (usually 5 products) and a 150 word conclusion, then 800 words is easy to achieve.

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      Sunnyglitter 6 years ago from Cyberspace

      I love this hub, and visit it frequently. Excellent job!

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      imranhaider 6 years ago

      nice information

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      Rosefall 6 years ago from Ohio!

      I learned SO MUCH from you!!! I thought earning from Amazon was unlikely, but now I know how to get going. I am excited! Thanks so much for your article!!

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      Hunter Goodman 6 years ago from Texas

      just what the doctor of the best info hubs I have read yet. I really appreciate the exact details in your writing!



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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Thanks Hunter and All the other commenters :) Do be aware that while writing product reviews was a good earning strategy on hubpages for a long while, these kinds of hubs are taking a big hit due to the recent google algorithm changes.

      I'd advise waiting a while to see how things settle before launching into writing these kinds of hubs. They might pick up they might's a case of wait and see right now.

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      fcmosher 6 years ago from Here to Eternity

      I have been through a lot of affiliate program disappointment, mainly on ehow, but I am willing to try again after reading this. I can see how it SHOULD work -- now I'll try to actually make it work...

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      Scottie37 6 years ago from Hoffman Estates, IL

      Wow! I learned so much from this Hub! Awesomeness!

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      Jason 6 years ago from Jamestown TN

      Loved the article. I always find your information extremely helpful and a joy to read. Thanks for all you do.

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      sarclair 6 years ago

      Thanks for the information :) I think I will add more Amazon links to my hubs.

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      Paul G 6 years ago

      Wonderful article, highly motivational page,love to read these kind of articles, what a way to show others how to earn money online,mind blowing !!

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      Word Draw 6 years ago

      Wow, congrats on your success, I've made about $2.00 from Amazon so far...

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      CJamesIII 6 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      This is one of the best hubs I have read so far! You actually gave great, plausible tips to sell more with Amazon. Most people just give lip service, your ideas are practical. Thank you!

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      Bryce 6 years ago from Northern California Coast

      Inspiring -- thank you! I'm getting back to Hubpages after time away. Looking forward to the adventure.

      I appreciate all the helpful details -- your growth really motivates me.

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      force of habit 6 years ago from the Cloud

      So that's how to do it!!!

      Great hub... very informative! Kudos!

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      Fineprint 6 years ago from AL

      Great article! Hopefully I can use some of your tips to start making some conversions on my clicks. Has Panda affected your conversion any?

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      ellahall2011 6 years ago

      Thanks for the review, Very interesting.

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      Maggie.L 6 years ago from UK

      A superbly written and informative hub. This has really spurred me on to try to write some specific product reviews. Thanks for writing a very useful hub. Voted up and useful.

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      K.P. Ray 6 years ago

      Another stupendous and well written article. Thank you so much for taking the time to help others, like me, who are relatively new to this whole sphere.

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Thank you so much! I have been looking for more information on Amazon sales, and this really hit the spot. It's encouraging to hear that it's actually possible to make money from Amazon, and this inspires me to keep trying! Very useful.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 5 years ago from Oakland, California

      Fantastic and encouraging hub.Good to know somethings do really work.Thanks for sharing so openly.Rated UP and Useful

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      springz 5 years ago

      Hi Susana,

      I too started trying to sell amazon through hub pages and other places with little success but reading this makes me want to try again.

      2 questions though - now that it's what, 4months on from the giant google Panda algorithm, have you taken a big hit?

      Also, is it better to write product reviews on hub pages or set up your own site? As your amazon links benefits hubpages 1 out of 4 times or something but your own site would take all of it.

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      Susana S 5 years ago

      Hi Springz, Yep I took a massive hit after Panda. Amazon earnings have barely scraped $100 most months since then, though they have improved since the recent switch to subdomains.

      Personally I am not writing on hubpages at the moment and putting more effort into my own websites, but none of those are amazon based so I haven't got any solid info to give you a solid answer. does seem that since Panda it is very hard to outrank amazon who now always seem to occupy at least the first 3 spots on the serps for any product search.

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      HennieN 5 years ago from South Africa

      Great hub - voted up. Wow! Excellent information. Hope to apply some of this immediately.

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      Wendy Golden 5 years ago from New York

      Amazing amount of information in one hub. I just started dabbling in the world of freelance writing and I've been studying how to write good sales articles. Your post has given me some much needed direction in how to get started and what I have to do. Thank you!

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      Rob Winters 5 years ago

      Excellent resource here Susana, glad you've shared it. I've been thinking about doing some amazon sales hubs so this is very helpful.Thanks. Up & Useful & Bookmarked from me.

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      LindaSmith1 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks. This article is amazing and so helpful. Not even Amazon helps their own associates do better with sales.

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      Daisy Fabelo 5 years ago from miami beach

      Super duper awesome HUB, I am getting into reviews and selling products and ur hub is WOWSERS!!!!!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      I never looked at writing from this angle - promoting a product rather than just writing. Something I will definitely have to think about and study more about. Thanks for the tips! Voted up.

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      Emma 5 years ago from UK

      Such fabulous advise. I am ready to lift up on my Amazon Affiliating and actually searched for your hub for advise.

      Thank you kindly. ( Tweeted) x

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      Wow!! You inspired me to write some product reviews :)

      I'll do that

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      true-luv 5 years ago

      thank...its reallly is useful for some new comers like i feel i too can earn some money through it

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      weightlossnstuff 5 years ago from London, UK

      Some really great tips there thank you. Just getting started on my Amazon journey and these will definitely come in handy.

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      sabrani44 5 years ago

      Awesome hub, definitely useful!!

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      MarleneWheeler 5 years ago

      Thank you for the crystal clear Hub, I loved it.

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      Tams R 5 years ago from Missouri

      Thank you. You've completely turned around my idea on how to handle Amazon. Excellent article.

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      thoughtdump 5 years ago

      Just tried to sign up with amazon and my state isn't offered!! know of any way to fix this?

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      thoughtdump 5 years ago

      any idea on how to get amazon affiliates to accept ppl in north carolina?

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      Susana S 5 years ago

      No way to fix it I'm afraid. Hubpages are working on a work around whereby amazon comes under the HP earnings program - should be released soon.

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      grinnin1 5 years ago from st louis,mo

      You should write a book. Your articles are fantastic, clear, and to the point. Thanks again!

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      Hi Susana great hub you've got here and I got just one sales hub and I'm glad that I did it right :) It's currently ranked around 5-6 (moving up slow and steady). Got just 2 sales though and one month went blank - but, this month is when it actually moved up to the first page. Hopefully it will get me more sales :)

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Terrific hub,

      I get no sales from Amazon. Will try these ideas. Thanks

      Voted up and useful.

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      Graham Lee 5 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hello Susana. I can only echo all of the above. Thank you for your most informative and helpful information.


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      shuck72 5 years ago from Seattle

      I wasn't going to mess with Amazon but now reading your article I think I will give it a shot. Thanks so much for your very informative advice.

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      pythian2 5 years ago from UK

      I've just stumbled on your article after reading your account in the list of successful hubbers.

      I've only been with hubpages for 6 weeks and my earnings are still in cents.

      Your article is the first one I've read that actually says how to get the sales with Amazon.

      I'll try your suggestions and hopefully next year I can write about my success too.


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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      So you really made $19,661 in 1 month, from 12/1 thru 12/31/10?

      What kind of product do you sell and ship on Amazon?

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      Susana S 4 years ago

      The $19,661 is total product sales. Of that I received a percentage which you can see in "advertising fees".

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      Nancy McClintock 4 years ago from Southeast USA

      Your hub is very encouraging and well written. You did an awesome job presenting your premise and then showing us how to go about getting results as you did. Great writing.!!!!

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Fantastic hub. Thank you. I need to bookmark this.

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      Maree Michael Martin 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      So helpful, thanks. Hub challenges, here I come! My problem is with the pictures and how to load them onto hubs. Your encouragement helps.

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      Wendy Golden 4 years ago from New York

      I need some encouragement as I'm editing and preparing my first hubs written around around a product, sort of. I may be making the same initial mistake you made writing about ailments, but right now getting the first hub or two up is the most important step. I can fine tune everything later.

      This is such a great resource to help those of us who believe in earning a residual income from Amazon and what to make it happen. Thank you for spelling it out so clearly. :-)

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      dannycarrey 4 years ago

      Did something change since two years with the amazon affiliate? Do you do something different now than you did then?

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      Frank Slovenec 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Thank you for the Hub..this is the first page on HubPages that I Bookmarked...

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      Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

      HubPages was talking about including Amazon in the HP payment program back in 2011. But they never did and I'm glad they didn't... It's better for those of us who use the Amazon Affiliate program on other sites in addition to HP, because we get more than 4% by using the Amazon Performance Structure, as you mentioned. The Classic Payment Structure only pays a fixed 4%. I'm doing much better than that too, mainly because I get Amazon sales via my own site. So that adds to the total sales. Your hub was a great review. Voted up.

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      caseymel 4 years ago from Indiana

      Wow! I didn't think you could make that much money from blogging or writing articles. I will have to give your tips a try!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I never knew all of this about Amazon. Good information. Voted up.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very informative. I make an Amazon sale here and there since none of my hubs are geared to be product selling hubs. I'll try to see how I can do this.

      Thanks fro sharing these wonderful tips.

      Voted up all the way.

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      Fabulous Hub. Very informative. Voted up!

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      Susana S 4 years ago

      Thanks mecheshier. Glad you found it useful :)

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      This is a great hub with a lot of useful information on how to sell Amazon products online. Thanks for taking the time to explain things so clearly and giving a lot of relevant information. I'll be sure to refer to this hub if I ever decide to write a sales hub.

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      Mrs Clark 4 years ago from United States

      Great information! Thanks so much for sharing with us all! I'm trying to focus on amazon hubs for awhile, since I'm still unable to get Adsense. Hope you have a wonderful day~

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      Susana S 4 years ago

      Good luck with it!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      Now I know why I don't do that well with Amazon. Thanks for the help.

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      Susana S 4 years ago

      You're welcome Barbara :) This hub could do with a little updating but the basics are still very relevant.

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      Educateurself 4 years ago

      Hi Susana,

      This hub is very encouraging for me, I get some ideas from your hubs like writing hubs about products reviews. Its good to know that amazon affiliate will not work effectively on informational hubs.

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      Willette 4 years ago from Michigan

      Excellent hub and very informatve. Thank you for sharing. This looks like a great way to bring in some extra income. I plan to look into this further and give it a try. Thanks again.

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      chukwunonso samuel 3 years ago

      super-fantastic hub, i'm inspired but i think i need a mentor.

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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      This is just what I needed to read today. I was getting to the point of throwing in the towel. I hope, I too can be lulled to returning through Amazon.

      I am pleased to see at the end you said you had no training, that just shows we all have it in us.

      Thanks for the encouragement.

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      SpaceShanty 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Excellent Hub, one question, how can we avoid a sales Hub being flagged as overly promotional?

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      Susana S 3 years ago

      Thanks :) The overly promotional warning doesn't apply to sales hubs when amazon/ebay capsules are used. Though there are limits to how many products you can display - 1 product for every 50 words of text. But really you shouldn't be getting anywhere near that limit.

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      I found this hub extremely useful, and you know what you are talking about considering you are making hundreds a month. My experience of using Amazon capsules is getting better. Before, I wrote informational hubs and added a few products but made no sales. I followed your advice here and wrote a couple of sales hubs. A few days later, I am making sales already and lots of them too! Sales hubs are the way forward for me, I will definitely be writing more in the coming days and weeks! Thank you so much for these tips, I found them so useful!

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      Susana S 3 years ago

      I'm glad it was helpful Susi :) It IS out of date as there are some things that really need adding/changing to the advice here, but yes a good amazon hub that converts well can earn SO much more than anything monetised by adsense or HP's ad program with far less traffic. The main bits of advice that I'd add are:

      - write product hubs in the same niches as your info hubs

      - try to keep your account to a maximum of 60% info hubs 40% product hubs

      - product comparisons work much better than single product reviews in terms of google traffic

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      Earl Noah Bernsby 3 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      Hey Susana S! I really enjoyed your take on Amazon's Affiliate program as a metaphor for a relationship. Great idea infusing such a dry subject with the elements of a romcom! ;)

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      Susana S 3 years ago

      Thanks Earl - glad you enjoyed it!

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      Amber Kristine 3 years ago

      Absolutely excellent hub! I'm still pretty new and exploring. I know my niche, and know I want to make some money at it, and you gave me some wonderful ideas. I'm trying to write 1 article everyday and you gave me the idea to do some product articles a couple days a week, I'm thinking. So thanks again for your awesome hub here! I will be voting up for sure.

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      RajasGov 3 years ago

      A very informative and encouraging guide to a rather conservative sceptic on making money online.

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      Brandon Lobo 3 years ago

      Hey Susana, was still subscribed to this hub thanks to one comment I left 2 years ago which said:

      "Wow!! You inspired me to write some product reviews :)

      I'll do that"

      So, I'm not really sure if you were the reason I began writing for Amazon, but being a student and having limited time, I now see a great improvement and have a review site built up. Earlier it was just HP. But, my stats are now what yours were in April 2010. Things look good, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed and Just thought I should say thanks :D Just need to get some lower priced items in and my tier would go up. Never touched 7% yet. Was pretty close once

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      Susana S 3 years ago

      Hey Lobo - that's great to know! Well done you :)

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      Nathan Bernardo 3 years ago from California, United States of America

      Very valuable information, thanks for sharing.

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      Steve Witschel 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Great article! I'm just getting started with Amazon on HP. I'm a bit confused about how it works. I'm looking on my Amazon account but I can't find where my earnings report is. Can you offer any help for a newbie?

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      Steve Mitchell 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Hi, you are not wrong when you say that writing product reviews is boring. For $200 to $300 a month I wouldn't mind being bored when writing.

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Thank you so much for this! I've been trying to figure out what I've been doing wrong with my attempts at affiliate marking with Amazon and I feel like you've answered those questions for me. This has been really helpful. Now I'm going to go and try to put some of these practices to work for me!

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      Susana S 3 years ago

      Thanks! What help do you need Steve? :)

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      Susana S 3 years ago

      Pleased to hear that Everyday Miracles! I know you're quite prolific so what I suggest is trying a couple of different niches. Some niches convert much better than others but you never really know until you try. What I can say in my own experience is that video games, books and dvd's have the lowest conversions. It's also good to write about products that are tightly related to your info niches. E.g. someone was talking about writing about sundials the other day - how to make them, their history etc. if that were my niche I would also write a hub about sundial jewelry for instance.

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      Susana S 3 years ago

      It is hard work but worth it in the long term :)

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      Steve Witschel 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I wrote that comment several weeks ago. I'm happy to say that I've figured it out since then. Thanks anyway!

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      Susana S 3 years ago

      Good luck then Steve!

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      Sanjay Sharma 2 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      Thanks for introducing me to the world of Amazon.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Your numbers are quite impressive. This clearly tells me what I've been doing wrong these five years on Hub Pages. I'll definitely change my tactics and try some of these methods for Amazon sales.

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      Aaron Burton 2 years ago from US

      YES!!!! Im so doing this! I have written a few review hubs so far Feels great to know these can bring in sales in the future.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I will certainly apply some of these suggestions to my writing. I earn very little right now from Amazon so I want to improve that, just enough to pay for all my online engagement. Thank you.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks for the tips, i need to use best, buy, purchase

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      can i use amaozn ads for hubs to earn money?

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      Barb Johnson 2 years ago from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

      Regardless of changes that Amazon makes, your tips are still relevant. Thanks!

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      Mark Johann 2 years ago from Italy

      In a meticulous view, this is a hell of a job but a challenging one. In my 4 years, I only had 1 amazon sale. I believe this hub is very helpful to me. Thanks for sharing Miss Susan.

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      passionatelearnr 17 months ago

      Wow.Very helpful and informative article.Thank you for taking time to share your knowledge about making money from Amazon.

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      kitkat1141 13 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Excellent article. I am wondering if your sales are still as good 5 years later? Did you ever reach $1000/month? Do some of your older hubs still make money?

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