Is Google Adsense and Amazon Affiliates really just useless?

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  1. Keith Ham profile image60
    Keith Hamposted 5 years ago

    I've never generated a cent from these two programs and they've also never really worked properly. Constantly my adsense claims its active then I'm not approved, then it just mucks up everything. I'm not making any money on hubs as it is but this isn't helping anything.

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Both can be a hassle, but they definitely can be beneficial if one puts in a lot of effort and is patient- I make over $10 a day (without publishing much of anything anymore) and much of that money comes through Amazon Capsules and AdSense ads.

    2. FatFreddysCat profile image100
      FatFreddysCatposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      AdSense is impossible to figure out. I've been averaging the same amount of views per month for quite a while now, yet some months I make a couple of bucks via AdSense and then other months I make less than a dollar. Either way, I'm still a hella long way from making a payout...good thing that's never been a major reason for my writing on this site. I just like posting goofy sh*t. smile

      As for Amazon, I've sold a few things here 'n' there but never enough to make a big whoop about (and again, never enough to make any kind of payout). I just throw the Amazon capsules in my Hubs out of habit more than anything else nowadays (I figure I went to the trouble to sign up for the Amazon Associates program, I may as well use it...)

      It's a nice idea in theory that someone will be so moved by my review of, say, "Jersey Shore Shark Attack" that they'll click the Amazon link and order a copy of the DVD as soon as they're done reading, but realistically, how often is that going to happen?

    3. Marisa Wright profile image97
      Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      If your Adsense isn't working, then you definitely won't be making any money on HubPages.  You can't be in the HP Earnings program unless you have an active Adsense account. 

      Sounds like you need to sit down and work out what's happening with Adsense before you go any further.

    4. tmbridgeland profile image82
      tmbridgelandposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Remember, in some states Amazon cannot pay you. I used to use Amazon, and had a few bucks, but then Amazon stopped all programs in my state, Illinois, so I lost that money. I believe California is another where Amazon does not make payouts.

      1. paradigmsearch profile image89
        paradigmsearchposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, California was formerly doomed. But they have since become re-formerly un-doomed again.

        1. paradigmsearch profile image89
          paradigmsearchposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          And I know my previous sentence is a syntactical mess, but I just couldn't pass it up. big_smile

          1. tmbridgeland profile image82
            tmbridgelandposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Made perfect sense to me.

    5. kschang profile image86
      kschangposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Merely different.

      Adsense, if you do the popular genres, can pay quite a bit of money. I deal with a fairly esoteric topic on my blog, so I get a check of $100 every few months.

      As for Amazon, it took a while, but I did get a couple gift certificates out of them.

  2. timorous profile image84
    timorousposted 5 years ago

    Adsense is nonsense. I've been with Adsense through Hubpages for almost 3 years, and I'm still only half way to a payout ($100). Whereas, with Hubpages ad program, I regularly get at least $20 a month or more.

    Amazon is even better for me. I get at least 120 clicks a month and usually half a dozen or more sizeable purchases. So I get a payout from Amazon about every other month. Keep in mind, the amazon ads need to be completely relevant to the subject of your hub. Even so, only some types of products seem to lead to purchases. For me, it's power tools and expensive tech gadgets, it seems.

    Don't give up yet..just write some product hubs and choose the most relevant product(s) available from Amazon.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image97
      Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      If you've got the HP Ads program turned on. you'll make next to nothing with Adsense - because the only Adsense ad on your Hub is right down the bottom, where no one is likely to click on it.  Those Adsense ads you see near the top are actually part of the Ads program.

      I make very little with Adsense these days - but remember, without an Adsense account you can't participate in the Earnings program, so it's still very necessary.

  3. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    Adsense is the anchor to earning here.

  4. Keith Ham profile image60
    Keith Hamposted 5 years ago

    I'm not too sure, there are a lot of contradicting comments and I earn money from Hub-pages Ads, not Google Adsense Ads at all.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image97
      Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      What do you mean by "contradicting comments"?

      Can you log in to your Adsense account and view your stats?  If so, then you have Adsense and it's working.   If you can't, then there's a problem which you need to address.

      If you have the HP Ads program turned on, then you'll earn almost nothing from Adsense because there is only one direct Adsense ad on each Hub - the one right down at the bottom of the page, where hardly anyone will see it.  The Adsense ads near the top are part of the HP Ads program.

      1. Keith Ham profile image60
        Keith Hamposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Contradicting as in people say you can't make money without it, meanwhile a majority do fine without it and still make money with just HubPages Ads. It seems you can use HubPages and make money without it as I always have.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image97
          Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          That's the nature of a forum, you'll get some people who get it wrong.

          If you do not have an Adsense account, you are not eligible to take part in the HP Ads program.  It's that simple.  You won't earn much from Adsense while you're in the HP Ads program, but if you don't have the Adsense account, you can't use HP Ads.

          1. Keith Ham profile image60
            Keith Hamposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Well I found I do have a Adsense and I'd forgotten it due to the fact it was under a different e-mail. I don't believe you need a Ad-sense do to the fact its under 'External Affiliates'.
            I've found to have made 13 cents in 10 months using it, so, to me it is pretty much completely useless.

            1. Marisa Wright profile image97
              Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              Adsense is needed in two ways on HubPages.

              One is as an 'External Affiliate', where you earn directly from Adsense ads on your Hubs.

              The other is as a prerequisite to participate in the HP Ads program.  You have to be a member of Adsense because the HP Ads program has an Adsense component:

              "2.  What are the requirements for enrollment in the HubPages Ad Program?
              To opt-in for the HubPages Ad Program, visit the sign-up page and follow the step-by-step instructions. You will need:

              - To be enrolled in the HubPages Earnings Program.
              - An approved Google AdSense account."

              http://hubpages.com/faq/#hpads-requirements

              Like I said, if you're in the HP Ads program, you'll earn almost nothing from Adsense direct, because you have only one direct Adsense ads on each Hub, and it's where most readers won't click on it.

    2. psycheskinner profile image83
      psycheskinnerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hubads is an Adsense program,  So whether you use Hubads or Adsense--it is an Adsense program. And this is the core earning program on Hubpages.

  5. MountainManJake profile image85
    MountainManJakeposted 5 years ago

    I feel like if you write articles more about products, then you will benefit more from affiliate marketing.  If you write more "How to" type articles, you will gain more profit from AdSense because people viewing your hub are looking for a large amount of information.  If you write a combination of both, or neither of the above, you probably won't greatly benefit from either.  It is all about how you write!

    1. Randy Godwin profile image93
      Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      There again it depends on the subject, Jake.  I have some hubs which do well with both product sales and Adsense clicks.

  6. MountainManJake profile image85
    MountainManJakeposted 5 years ago

    I have just seen those style of hubs be more successful in their related fields.  There are always exceptions to the rules.

  7. page1articles profile image60
    page1articlesposted 5 years ago

    re-formerly un-doomed... hahahah... paradigmsearch.. you should write cartoons!...   I think that if you do great keyword research and you find a way to wow your reader you will do fine... I also wonder about all the clutterd domains here... too many topics under one heading would make it difficult to index a site.... just me rambling outloud abit...

  8. sharingknowledge profile image75
    sharingknowledgeposted 5 years ago

    Seems there is a very long way to with me still. I am one of those who hardly make any cent from Adsense and to be honest, I have ever got a single click which was not even $0.10 which means that it is hard to earn with adsense. Well, last month i did earn some few dollars although they were less than $6 on Hubpages Ad program and I am happy for that being my first month to earn that from cents. Will stay tuned and see what others have to say

    1. baja2013 profile image69
      baja2013posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      What affect CPM on Ad program here?
      And will it change up since I've just started last week?
      Thanks!

  9. Bedbugabscond profile image97
    Bedbugabscondposted 5 years ago

    I get a regular (but small) check from Amazon every month and have had one check from adsense. So I do not think they are useless. Maybe it has to do with your niche? I notice many of your hubs have no Amazon Capsule and you promote a lot of books. You may want to rethink the way you promote items with Amazon.

 
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