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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 June

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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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    • kitkat1141 profile image

      kitkat1141 19 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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      passionatelearnr 23 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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      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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      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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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      can i use amaozn ads for hubs to earn money?

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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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      Mary Norton 3 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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      Aaron Burton 3 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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      Peg Cole 3 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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      Sanjay Sharma 3 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      Thanks for introducing me to the world of Amazon.

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      Susana S 3 years ago

      Good luck then Steve!

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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

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

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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

      Thanks! What help do you need Steve? :)

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

      Very valuable information, thanks for sharing.

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      Susana S 3 years ago

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

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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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      RajasGov 4 years ago

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

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      Amber Kristine 4 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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      Susana S 4 years ago

      Thanks Earl - glad you enjoyed it!

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      Earl Noah Bernsby 4 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 4 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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      Susan W 4 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 4 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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      SpaceShanty 4 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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      Mary Wickison 4 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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      chukwunonso samuel 4 years ago

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

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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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      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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      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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      Barbara 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

      Good luck with it!

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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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      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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      Susana S 4 years ago

      Thanks mecheshier. Glad you found it useful :)

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      Fabulous Hub. Very informative. 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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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I never knew all of this about Amazon. Good information. 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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      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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      Frank Slovenec 5 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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      dannycarrey 5 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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      Wendy Golden 5 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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      Maree Michael Martin 5 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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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

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

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      Nancy McClintock 5 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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      Susana S 5 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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      Efficient Admin 5 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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      thoughtdump 5 years ago

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

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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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      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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      MarleneWheeler 5 years ago

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

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      sabrani44 5 years ago

      Awesome hub, definitely useful!!

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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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      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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      Brandon Lobo 6 years ago

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

      I'll do that

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      Emma 6 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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      Mary Craig 6 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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      Daisy Fabelo 6 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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      LindaSmith1 6 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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      Rob Winters 6 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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      Wendy Golden 6 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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      HennieN 6 years ago from South Africa

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

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      Susana S 6 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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      springz 6 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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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 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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      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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      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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      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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      ellahall2011 6 years ago

      Thanks for the review, Very interesting.

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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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      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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      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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      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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      Word Draw 6 years ago

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

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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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      sarclair 6 years ago

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

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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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      Scottie37 6 years ago from Hoffman Estates, IL

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

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      FCM 6 years ago from near the Equator

      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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      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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      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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      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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      imranhaider 6 years ago

      nice information

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      Sunnyglitter 6 years ago from Cyberspace

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

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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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      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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      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!