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Why only two products for eBay and Amazon?

  1. mary615 profile image93
    mary615posted 4 years ago

    We used to be allowed to show more products from eBay and Amazon.  I think the number depended on the total words in the Hub.  Now we are limited to only two from each.  I think having only two lowers the possibility of more earnings from them.
    On some of my older Hubs I have several, but when I go into "edit", I have a warning I have exceeded the number and should have a maximum of two.  I comply and only include two.
    Any ideas of why we are limited?

    1. wilderness profile image98
      wildernessposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      You are not limited; you are limited to two per capsule, but ONLY if you choose to find the products via keywords rather than specific products (the only way you can in eBay).

      Can't answer why, but can give some possible answers.  It's very easy to stick in a keyword, accept whatever comes out and show 10 products.  Of which 9 may be irrelevant, and that's especially true of eBay. 

      It take some effort to choose individual items to advertise; if it isn't worth your time to do so, it isn't worth the readers time, either.

      The maximum is one product per 50 words, but that's a maximum, not an accepted norm.  Using keywords it's too easy to figure that that's the minimum, rather than a maximum.

      Mostly, then, it's because too many hubbers are too lazy to do it right.  Or think that the more, the better.

  2. The Dirt Farmer profile image99
    The Dirt Farmerposted 4 years ago

    wilderness, are you sure you're only limited if you find products via keywords? I always select products, and I'm getting the same unpleasant message as Mary.

    1. wilderness profile image98
      wildernessposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      From the learning center on how to set up Amazon:
      "What's more, the maximum number of keyword-based products that can be listed per capsule have been reduced to two as of April 2013. Amazon or eBay Capsules featuring more than two keyword or seller ID-based products will not be altered by this change, however if they are edited, the maximum number of products featured will automatically be reduced to two."

      Seems pretty straightforward; the number of keyword based products is limited to two per capsule.  No mention of how many specific products.  I just looked at one on my bigger sales hubs in edit mode.  It has a lot of capsules, which vary from 2 to 4 specific products per capsule.  No indication anywhere that it will be changed if edited.

      1. mary615 profile image93
        mary615posted 4 years agoin reply to this

        So, if I want to list four Amazon and four for  eBay products, I would just open a new capsule and insert two products, then open another capsule and insert two more giving me a total of four products for Amazon and four for eBay? 
        I've been busy editing old Hubs trying to spruce them up, and I was running into this problem on every one of the older Hubs. 
        I'm going back and reedit and try your suggestion, wilderness.  Thanks.

        1. wilderness profile image98
          wildernessposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          Either that or use specific products, called for by URL instead of a keyword search.  Of course, you can't do that with eBay; it will require 2 capsules.

  3. Bedbugabscond profile image99
    Bedbugabscondposted 4 years ago

    I was only getting it for keywords until lately. Yesterday I got the message for selecting my own products. Then on another, I didn't get the message at all. I am sure this has something to do with the hard work and changes the staff are making. I am sure it will work itself out in the end.

    I can't answer why for sure. However, I believe it has to do with trying to make hubs seem less promotional. I think it is just apart of the grand experiment.

  4. Barbara Kay profile image89
    Barbara Kayposted 4 years ago

    I'm wondering about the product comparison hubs. The more of something you compare, the better. If you create individual capsules for each product, can you have more than 2 Amazon products on a hub?
    Anyone know the answer to this?

    1. mary615 profile image93
      mary615posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Good question!  I'm anxious for an answer on this.

    2. wilderness profile image98
      wildernessposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      You can have one amazon/eBay product for every 50 words in the hub.

  5. Thelma Alberts profile image86
    Thelma Albertsposted 4 years ago

    Thanks a lot Guys. Like Mary I was  busy reducing my ebay products to maximum of 2. Then I realized that we are allowed 1 product for every 50 words and added again more ebay capsules in my hubs. This forum has cleared my confused mind. Thanks a lot;-)