Amazon Affiliate ID not needed for Amazon capsules

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  1. DancingBells profile image59
    DancingBellsposted 6 years ago

    For my first hub I asked my mom if it would be alright for me to do a review of her book. She agreed and I wrote one up. I intended to post a link from my hub to her book on amazon, however, upon further reading I read it is generally a good idea to have one or two hubs already posted before I try and apply for an amazon id. Does this mean I can not post a link from my hub to my mom's book on amazon? Should I wait to post my hub until I get an amazon id?

    1. Marisa Wright profile image95
      Marisa Wrightposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I think you're confusing the advice for Adsense and the advice for Amazon.  You should be able to apply for Amazon now.

      However, you can use an Amazon capsule even if you don't have an Amazon ID.   You won't get any commission on sales, but if your main goal is to advertise your mom's book, that probably doesn't worry you.

      1. DancingBells profile image59
        DancingBellsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you so much Marisa! I finally got up the courage to post my hub yesterday, but I am disappointed that after reviewing my page I did not see my mom's link? I clicked on an amazon capsule and added it to my page. I then looked up my mom's book on amazon, copied the url, and pasted it in my amazon capsule. I don't know what I did wrong and I am so confused! sad I have not applied for an amazon id yet, might that have something to do with it?

        1. Matthew Meyer profile image70
          Matthew Meyerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          @DancingBells Sorry to hear about your problems linking to an Amazon product.  I looked at the one Hub you published and do not see an Amazon capsule.  There are two links in the Hub, but they link to http://www.hubpages.com and not to specific Hub content.

          Here is general information related to the Amazon capsule:
          http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/amazon-capsule

          Let us know if you are still having problems after reading the details about the capsule.

        2. Marisa Wright profile image95
          Marisa Wrightposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Edit your Hub and check to see that the Amazon capsule is still there.  Maybe you didn't save the Hub after you added it?

          Your Hub is really too short.  Can you expand your review a bit?  Perhaps you can find an appropriate photo or two?

  2. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 6 years ago

    You need to have an Amazon associate ID before you get commission from sale of book. Then set up your Amazon account with HP if you want to.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image95
      Marisa Wrightposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      She's not worried about getting commission, her main objective is to publicise her mother's book.

  3. DancingBells profile image59
    DancingBellsposted 6 years ago

    I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for all your help! Despite my difficulties, knowing I have such a supportive group of hubbers is truly inspiring! I am very grateful! Well here's what I have discovered so far. My mistake was posting the URL where the product description was supposed to go. (Ooops!) I fixed the mistake but then encountered ANOTHER problem! Hubpages can not display the product because amazon is not providing a price! I tried entering the URL.  I tried entering the ASIN. I couldn't enter the ISBN because it's not displayed. Both yielded the same results: Hubpages can not display. I don't understand how this is possible as the eBook is clearly advertised for .99 cents. I'm going to try signing up for amazon id and hope that fixes the problem!

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Signing up is unlikely to help.  This is a known glitch in the amazon capsule.

      You can try again tomorrow, or you can simply put it in and hope for the best. Eventually it should work, especially if the product is relatively new to Amazon.

    2. Matthew Meyer profile image70
      Matthew Meyerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      @DancingBells as @wilderness pointed out, this is a known issue on Amazon's end and is not related to you having an Amazon affiliate ID.

      This is related to the API information that Amazon supplies and not to the prices listed on the site.  The are currently two issues on Amazon's side.  One is related to pricing and seems to affect ebooks more than other products and another is related to images.

      Here is the existing thread relating to prices:
      http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/106718

      We implemented a workaround to deal with the lack of images for some Amazon products as well:
      http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/106755

    3. darkside profile image79
      darksideposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Signing up for Amazon won't fix the problem. I've just discovered this bug myself and I've been signed up to Amazon twice as long as I've been a hubber.

  4. Nursey profile image60
    Nurseyposted 6 years ago

    I wish I could understand what you are all talking about here. Marisa understands everything. She is so clever. ♡ ♡ ♡

  5. DancingBells profile image59
    DancingBellsposted 6 years ago

    Thanks everyone! I mostly have it figured out now. I just posted two other books that my Mom has published. Sadly, not the one I did a review on, but something is better then nothing smile Anyway, I know this is off topic but I was hoping someone here could help me with another issue I am having? It's not really an issue, just a question. I have posted reviews of both the Hunger Games and Red Dawn. Do any of you know where I can get pictures of these movies without getting in trouble? I was also wondering, am I allowed to post movie trailers from youtube onto my hub? Thanks so much, I hope I'm not bothering anybody with my questions!

    1. darkside profile image79
      darksideposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Yes you are. Unless my information is outdated and my experience is superseded.

    2. Matthew Meyer profile image70
      Matthew Meyerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      You can post YouTube and other 3rd party video content in Hubs using the video capsule.
      There is an entry in the Learning Center:
      http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/contents

      http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/video-capsule

  6. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 6 years ago

    First of all: You need an Amazon account to use the Amazon capsules here.

    Secondly: You don't put the URL of page the book is on at Amazon.  You place the ASIN number in the capsule.

    1. theraggededge profile image97
      theraggededgeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      You can use the product URL or the ASIN - both work, just preview the results to make sure wink

  7. brakel2 profile image75
    brakel2posted 6 years ago

    I had trouble a month ago. The URL finally worked. It took many tries  on a product hub.

  8. brakel2 profile image75
    brakel2posted 6 years ago

    I had trouble a month ago. The URL finally worked. It took many tries  on a product hub.

 
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