Why the low eBay earnings?

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  1. Laura Schneider profile image82
    Laura Schneiderposted 11 years ago

    I've earned only $3.11 since I set up the eBay program, in contrast with a couple hundred from the Adsense program during the same timeframe. (1) is something set up wrong somewhere? If not, (2) can I opt-out of the eBay program, leaving the old EBay space free to hold Adsense content? (Or does it not work that way?)

    1. livewithrichard profile image72
      livewithrichardposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Ebay earnings were based on quality traffic sent to them through our links but even that is diluted now because it has become part of the HP Ad program to help those that could not get into the Ebay program.

      If you have or were a member prior to joining Hubpages, you might notice that the earnings are much better when sent from your own sites where you do not have to share with thousands of other members.

      You do not have to place ebay modules in your hubs... if you feel you earn better with Amazon then just use Amazon.

    2. Simone Smith profile image86
      Simone Smithposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Are you using eBay Capsules in your Hub, Laura Schneider? You aren't going to earn anything (via HubPages) through the program if you do not feature eBay products. Same goes for Amazon.
      While AdSense and HubPages Ads show up on their own, it is up to Hubbers to determine when and how they feature Amazon and eBay products.

      1. Laura Schneider profile image82
        Laura Schneiderposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Wow, all this time I never understood that because of the way the earnings page is set up. This is where my misunderstanding occurred, though I get it now (I think):

        There is a top group and a bottom group shown on the page in boxes:

        There are two programs: one that we don’t control (HubPages or whomever handles this). This is called the HubPages Earnings Program Settings. Within this program, there are two programs:
        1)    the (Google) Ad Program and the
        2)    eBay Program

        The other program box is something we hubbers have control over: The External Affiliate Settings program. Within this program are also two programs:
        1)    Google AdSense and
        2)    Amazon

        However, it's then very confusing because we can add ebay and Amazon content capsules to our hubs. That’s the part we have control over. (But not Google Adsense).

        Hopefully my description makes sense. It's like the programs are defined/described/implemented 3 different ways in the three different areas: in the editing tool capsules, in the top boxed group, and in the bottom boxed group. This, then, makes descriptions in the instructions for how to set things up really confusing. I thought that eBay ads, just like Google ads, were being served to my pages by HubPages software all this time and that I could add more eBay ads if I wanted to include that capsule and I could also add Amazon capsules, but I couldn't add Google ads (no capsule for it).

        Can they find a way to redesign that earnings page to box related items together and then update the docs to indicate how to set things up? Also, a clarification on why Google Adsense doesn't have a capsule to add whereas Amazon and eBay do would really help!

        If I'm not making sense, please let me know, too. :-) (I plead hunger--past dinner time for me.)

        Thanks again, Simone! (P.S. You can just call me Laura, unless we get two Lauras in the same discussion on the page.  :-) )

        1. Marisa Wright profile image84
          Marisa Wrightposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          I think you're still confused.

          As a Hubber, you have no control over what Adsense and HP Ads programs appear on your Hubs. All you can do is make sure you split your text over several capsules, so the automatic system can optimise the location of those ads.

          eBay is also part of the HP Earnings program (not the HP Ads program).  However, you can't earn anything on the eBay program unless you add eBay capsules to your Hubs, in the same way that you add Amazon capsules.

          1. Laura Schneider profile image82
            Laura Schneiderposted 11 years agoin reply to this

            Thanks, Marissa, the lightbulb finally came on in this old brain! Your explanation helped a ton!! Hopefully they can get the explanations/tutorials laid out a little more clearly.

            Indeed, I encapsulate almost every major paragraph, or at least every section, in my articles to allow them room to place ads on my articles: that's definitely a big key I've learned!

            Thanks again for your help!

  2. profile image49
    olivia13posted 11 years ago

    yeah there should be something done about that.

  3. las81071 profile image60
    las81071posted 11 years ago

    I have not earning anything on ebay and just a few cents with adsense? What am I doing wrong?

    1. paradigmsearch profile image61
      paradigmsearchposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      If you are not already on the HP ads program, I'd give that a shot. smile

  4. peachpurple profile image82
    peachpurpleposted 11 years ago

    when i started to register HP earning, I registered Ebay too. Some of my hubs, i do add in ebay capsules but never had a single click nor sale from ebay. At least, i had earned 81 cents from Amazon for the past 3 years. Still, i can't figure out why no click from ebay.

    1. Laura Schneider profile image82
      Laura Schneiderposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I've all but given up on adding links to Amazon and eBay since they bring so little revenue compared with the targeted ads that the Google programs bring in. However they work their magic, it's GOOD magic: those folks at Google and Hub Pages are geniuses!

      1. Marisa Wright profile image84
        Marisa Wrightposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Laura, I had a look at one of your Hubs on pet brushes and I think your problem is your placement of the ads.

        It doesn't work to randomly sprinkle your Hub with Amazon or eBay ads.  You need to place them carefully, next to a paragraph that draws attention to the product.  With the pet brushes, I would've placed one of the Amazon  capsules right at the top of the Hub, in case the reader is ready to buy as soon as they arrive at the Hub.   I certainly wouldn't hold off until two-thirds of the way down.

        1. Laura Schneider profile image82
          Laura Schneiderposted 11 years agoin reply to this


          Thanks for looking into this further!!

          That's actually where I originally placed the ad when laying out the capsules, but other adds screwed up the formatting and the ad I'd placed got moved around. I've removed almost all of my ads since they aren't staying in place or making me any money anyway. I just thought that's how it worked--your ads could be bumped by adsense/HP at any time. In any case, I'm fine with the way it currently is and I'll probably try experimenting more with placing specific ad capsules since we've had this discussion. :-) Thanks again!



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