"Google Copies Amazon's Playbook"
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-co … 00495.html
Personally, if I had any nonperforming Amazon ads, I'd get rid of them.
Contemplating doing same with eBay, since they just pay pennies anyway.
Can't do anything about hpads, what with what I keep hearing about Google Adsense and their ongoing penny clicks.
I'd love to dump some Amazon capsules. Problem is I DO earn from Amazon but have no idea what product link is being clicked, or even what hub it's on.
Most of my sales are not the product I advertise, so I have no way of knowing where the income is originating from.
That income is coming from a cookie. If someone clicks your product and allows cookies while browsing, then you get the referral of that users for 24 hours.
So someone may not buy the product you advertise, but sometime in the 24 hours after they clicked your link they went back to Amazon and bought something.
PDS: My thoughts exactly.
That's right - it's from the 24 hour cookie Amazon gives us. It seems that clicking my links (and probably lots of other hubbers as well) starts a "surfing" spree on Amazon where they buy anything and everything that comes to mind.
I've sold kid's books, bras, car accessories and clothing - none of which I have ads for. Or for anything remotely similar for that matter. While I certainly appreciate that cookie it does make it really hard (impossible) to figure out where the clicks are coming from.
My bottom line here is...
Does Google rank pages that just have adsense ads higher than those pages that mostly contain competitors' ads?
Well, since I live in one of the handful of states that Amazon doesn't accept as affiliates due to tax laws, I can't say I'm terribly affected by this but it is definitely an interesting look into the back room of the affiliate marketing world. I'm about to start with Clickbank on my blogs, now I'm wondering how this will affect my rankings.
There is hope for you, you know - congress is considering a bill that would requiring tax collection for every state. If they pass that, Amazon will have to collect for your state whether they like it or not, whereupon all you "lost" affiliates can re-join the fold.
It may not happen - the Internet tax - I have read too many jurisdictions exist, making it too difficult a procedure to collect the tax. What have you heard?
I've been trying to keep up on it a little, and have read that each state would have to do sales-tax modification to reduce all of the rates to just a few per state before they could participate in online sales tax gathering. That way the internet businesses wouldn't overwhelmed with all of the jurisdictions.
I can't say I'm against having sales taxes for online buying, because people would buy local more. Of course, the big box stores would pick up part of, and in some products, most of that trade.
No internet businesses manage to pay their taxes even if they are national/international. I see no reason why Amazon can't do the same.
Problem is that Amazon doesn't owe the tax; the purchaser does. Along with the enormous number of constantly changing laws that must be conformed with. It is one thing to require your local grocery store to collect state, county and city sales tax and quite another to require someone else to keep track of what is owed in every one of thousands of locations, collect it and get it to the right government.
All the non-internet business pay that tax from their end and add it to the purchase price, including chain stores and emporiums that have sales volumes just as high and various. Including stores like Target and Walmart that sell online as well as offline. What makes Amazon so frail and incompetent that they cannot just do the same as everyone else?
It's not that they are incompetent... the current law does not require a retailer to collect a sales tax from online purchases unless the retailer has a physical presence in the state where the transaction was initiated. Some jurisdictions claim that the affiliate becomes the nexus that provides that physical presence, thus requiring the retailer to collect the sales tax on behalf of the jurisdiction. The problem is, which jurisdictions sales tax do you apply. ex. An affiliate in Texas places an Amazon module in his hub and the server to that hub is in California. Someone in Chicago purchases from that module. Which tax is paid, Texas, California, or Illinois? It's even trickier because Chicagoans pay a city sales tax, a county sales tax, and a state sales tax...
It can be done, of course, and I understand (without knowing for sure) that Amazon contracts out to take care of the sales tax for more than one large brick and mortar chain stores.
But it will cost, and why should Amazon pay the price for collecting and remitting Arizona sales tax? Because an Arizona citizen can't be trusted to follow the law themselves and the state (or county and city) doesn't want to cover the collection costs to get the money they are owed from their own citizen?
That is an issue of the entire tax system, which for every other vendor, involves the vendor paying the tax because that is the easiest method with the highest yield.
If we change the practices of every other company in the country to do what Amazon demands, look forward to paying more state tax directly out of your pocket to make up the short fall and pay the salaries of all those tax collectors that will come to your door for their 2% of the stick of gum you just bought at the corner store.
No... look forward to ingenious software that provides cloaked proxy redirects of online purchases to Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire or Oregon, one of the 5 states that have NO sales tax. Better yet... move to one of those 5 states and have no worries...
Actually, Amazon is pushing to have every vendor collect tax for every purchaser. They don't mind that much spending the money as long as their competitors spend it, too. This state by state thing is hurting them; changing it to a national requirement will help.
I guess my biggest objection is the thinking behind it. The state feels they have an innate moral right to my money, AND that they have an innate right to demand someone else get it for them. The attitude behind the whole nexus thing is quite objectionable to me - aside from the whole idea behind taxation in general, the state feels that they want money and doesn't care who picks up the cost. Except that it won't be the state, and that's just wrong as far as I'm concerned.
California was a restricted area...but they lifted that about a year ago....California residents were told to re apply and were accepted into the program.
Wow. This is all very interesting information. I'm new to HubPages and just trying to understand how all this ad stuf works. You guys are a wealth of information.
by Raye 7 years ago
Word is out... if you are a CA resident and have an Amazon associateship, you should be seeing an email very soon canceling said account. Amazon just sent out a press release,http://www.boingboing.net/2011/06/29/am … socia.html
by cameciob 5 years ago
and probably all accounts comming from MN, in the account that the state had passed a law to collect Internet taxes. So, that will not pay any advertising fees to accounts in Minnesota.I used to make some pocket change from Amazon every month....I am sad and mad ( I just lost my full time job with...
by Michael Willis 7 years ago
Woke up this morning to check the e-mail...and it was there.The dreaded e-mail of notification that my contract would be voided and I would no longer be able to make any money from the affiliate program!I was hoping something would change. Although it was not any real income to speak of, but any...
by Nelle Hoxie 8 years ago
The vote wasn't even close 35 to 18. While Amazon has not yet cut off affiliates, about one dozen merchants have. If you live in Connecticut this is the time to prepare to lose Amazon and a bunch of other affiliate programs. There are options. Here's a Link that will Help....
by Nelle Hoxie 8 years ago
Here's the email they sent outDear Colorado-based Amazon Associate:We are writing from the Amazon Associates Program to inform you that the Colorado government recently enacted a law to impose sales tax regulations on online retailers. The regulations are burdensome and no other state has similar...
by Liz Elias 6 years ago
Just saw on tonight's news that it's "on again" about California insisting on collecting sales tax from purchases direct from Amazon (as opposed to their out-of-state vendors), starting tomorrow! (9-15-12)Gee--seems to me the last time that went down, Amazon unceremoniously dumped...
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