How many Amazon Ads and How many Capsules per Hub?

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  1. sallybea profile image96
    sallybeaposted 5 years ago

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    It is my understanding that we are only entitled to have two Amazon Ads on a Hub.  I still see many Hubs with more than two Ads and also Hubs with several capsules which contain two Ads each.   What is the official ruling about this please?

    1. dailytop10 profile image92
      dailytop10posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Two products per capsule. How much amazon and ebay capsules you can include depends on your Hub's word count. A warning which says "too much product listing" will appear if you overlook this aspect.

      1. Susana S profile image96
        Susana Sposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        This ^^^

        ....well pretty much...

        You can have 2 products per capsule IF you select products via keyword.

        If you hand pick products then you can still add up to 10 I believe (not that you'd want that many).

        The 50 words per product listed is still the maximum limit overall. So a 500 word hub can only contain a maximum of 10 products no matter how many capsules you've used.

    2. Matthew Meyer profile image74
      Matthew Meyerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

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    3. rebthomas profile image80
      rebthomasposted 5 years ago

      With the new changes you can only have two but it seems the older hubs kept their original number of ads.

    4. rebthomas profile image80
      rebthomasposted 5 years ago

      I believe that changed a while back and it really is just two now.

      1. sallybea profile image96
        sallybeaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        It would be nice to have official clarification on this as the 'playing field' does not appear to be level if you can circumvent things to suit ones-self  - thank you for your comments rebthomas, susana5 and  dailytop10

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

          It is two per capsule, not two per Hub. 

          You can add as many capsules as you like, provided you've got the word count - the limit is one product for every 50 words.

          1. Writer Fox profile image48
            Writer Foxposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            You can have more than two products per capsule so long as the products were not chosen using the keyword function or seller ID.

      2. Susana S profile image96
        Susana Sposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Nope.

        I just went into edit mode for this hub and it has lots of products, one capsule with 3 items and no warnings.

        1. Marsha Musselman1 profile image85
          Marsha Musselman1posted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Susana, are all those products listed ones  you placed on there from Amazon, or might some of them be ones that hubpages placed there also? I was wondering yours have the white background and possibly the system used the blue background, or if all of them are yours, then that answers that.

          One thing others can't tell from your hub is how many capsules you've used, or at least I don't think so. Until they get used to putting in their own product capsules and then seeing how it looks when the hub is published, they might assume that more products are shown in one capsule than what there really is.

          On the other hand, if you wrote this hub years before things changed in this regard, then you might be able to keep the hub as you originally set it up.

          1. Susana S profile image96
            Susana Sposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            I placed them all. The revenue split doesn't work by HP putting in ads or me putting in ads - it's just the affiliate ID that changes in the links to amazon.



            The first amazon capsule has 3 hand picked products. All the other capsules have 2 hand picked products. There's a total of 9 amazon capsules and 15 products.

            The limit of 2 products that people are getting very confused about relates only to capsules where products are chosen via KEYWORD (or seller ID - but I've never used that). When you hand select the products there's a maximum of 10 per capsule.

            The overall maximum number of products allowed for the whole hub is determined by word count.



            When older hubs are opened in edit mode any new rules are applied to them.

            1. sunilkunnoth2012 profile image26
              sunilkunnoth2012posted 5 years agoin reply to this

              Some hubbers I've found placing two or three capsules of eBay at different places of the hub.  At each capsule they use two ads thus a total of 6 and in some case even more.  Is is ok?  I wish to know is the practice of two or three capsules per hub is permissible? Please clarify.

              1. Susana S profile image96
                Susana Sposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                Yes, it's ok. If it wasn't you'd have a warning at the top of the hub and you would not be able to publish it.

                You can have one product for every 50 words of text in the hub e.g. 500 words of text = maximum 10 products. Those 10 products can be split over as many capsules as you want.

                With Ebay there are different considerations though. It's only really feasible to select products via keyword, because otherwise you'd have to be finding new products every time an auction ends.

                Another important point is that it's only worth putting amazon/ebay capsules in hubs that are primarily designed to sell something.

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

                Yes.  You'll get a warning if you use too many.

      3. livewithrichard profile image85
        livewithrichardposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        As Susana pointed out, you are allowed ONE product per 50 words, however, you are also only allowed 2 products per capsule.  You can have as many capsules as you want but if you use the 2 max per capsule you will need a minimum of 100 words.  Plus, the products must be related to the hub.

        http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/crea … te-account

    5. rebthomas profile image80
      rebthomasposted 5 years ago

      "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."
      per the learning center

    6. rebthomas profile image80
      rebthomasposted 5 years ago

      so per capsule is confusing.  I guess you can add more than one?

      1. livewithrichard profile image85
        livewithrichardposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, you can have as many Amazon and Ebay capsules as your word count will allow.  It was confusing at first, thinking that you could only post 2 products per hub, but that rule only applies to capsules and not to hubs.

        1. sallybea profile image96
          sallybeaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks livewithrichard - that clears things up somewhat - wonder if adding more alters the conversion rate.  I have only ever had three sales in about six months.

          1. livewithrichard profile image85
            livewithrichardposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            It really depends on the topic but something that I find helps is to discuss a specific brand of a product that I have experience with instead of just using a keyword to select the products.  If I discuss a few pros and cons about my experience with a product and offer a recommendation, those links usually get the most clicks and purchases.

    7. sallybea profile image96
      sallybeaposted 5 years ago

      Amazing - I altered all my Hubs to reflect only two Amazon Products some months ago when it was first stated that two Ads were the maximum.  Some official clarification is definitely required.

      1. wilderness profile image98
        wildernessposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        It never did state that there was a 2 ad maximum for product specific links.  That maximum ONLY applies to capsules using keywords to find products.

        1. sallybea profile image96
          sallybeaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Seems like it was not clear enough as there are so many conflicting comments here wilderness - I received a notice to reduce the number of Ads from three to two when the ruling first came into effect so I altered all my Hubs accordingly.   I used the keyword search to find the products and guess I assumed this ruling applied to any Amazon Ads.  Thanks for your comments.

        2. sunilkunnoth2012 profile image26
          sunilkunnoth2012posted 5 years agoin reply to this

          I also wish to know the  method of finding ads like keywords or the other one and the logic behind it all.  Could you please clarify something more about the process of placing ads through eBay and Amazone?

      2. Kathryn Stratford profile image87
        Kathryn Stratfordposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        The ad capsules used to have the option of having several ads within one capsule, and it was reduced to 2 within each capsule, not 2 ads for the entire article.

        1. sallybea profile image96
          sallybeaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks Kathryn, I appreciate the input - it seems I must have misinterpreted the warning when the new ruling came into effect. I originally had three ads per capsule.  I did not realize you could have more than two capsules per Hub, also that it depended on the length of the Hub. You learn something new every day!

    8. Writer Fox profile image48
      Writer Foxposted 5 years ago

      I just published a new Hub with three Amazon capsules.  Two have five products each and one has four products, for a total of 14 products.  These were products I hand-selected, not using the auto-selection.  The Hub has about 3,000 words. The Hub was published without a problem and is featured.

      1. sallybea profile image96
        sallybeaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I for one would like to have the official word on this - with so many conflicting view points..  I wonder what the thinking was behind the keyword search selection - why should this differ from a hand selection one!

        1. Writer Fox profile image48
          Writer Foxposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          My 'unofficial' view is that hand-selected products will be more relevant to the text of the Hub and its targeted audience than something that is auto-selected just matching keywords.

          1. Marsha Musselman1 profile image85
            Marsha Musselman1posted 5 years agoin reply to this

            I went to amazon to try to hand select my own products but I don't really know what links to use to put those products in the ad capsule. Is this explained anywhere here?

            1. wilderness profile image98
              wildernessposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              You can paste the URL of the amazon product into the capsule.

            2. livewithrichard profile image85
              livewithrichardposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              You use the ASIN or ISBN number on the product page and copy/paste them into the module. You can then preview them to see if they appear in the module then save it.

              @sunilkunnoth2012  There is no big secret to finding products on Amazon... Just go to the site and select a product category, then select best selling... these are the most popular and best selling brands but also once you find a brand or product, you want to do a search for it on Google to see what your competition is and also search the brand or product in the keyword tool to see how much search volume there is.  You might come across the best selling brand of a product but if nobody is searching for it, its a waste of time to write about it.

              1. sallybea profile image96
                sallybeaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                Thanks for your comment livewithrichard, this is a helpful piece of advice.

        2. Kathryn Stratford profile image87
          Kathryn Stratfordposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Maybe on Monday one of the HubPages staff will answer this. I'm curious what the "official" answer to this is, too. I was confused about it at first, too, and want to make sure I have it right. Good luck.

          1. Writer Fox profile image48
            Writer Foxposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            I think your question is answered here:
            http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/crea … te-account

            The two-product maximum in a capsule just applies to products from the auto-keyword tool or from the seller ID.

            When you hand-select your products, they must be relevant to Hub and the number is limited by the word-count on your Hub.

    9. brakel2 profile image76
      brakel2posted 5 years ago

      My understanding is 2 capsules per hub as of the first time it is edited. It was adjusted to please Google after a Google refresh  Of course I could be wrong.

      1. Writer Fox profile image48
        Writer Foxposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        This is from the link I gave above:

        In order to maintain a standard of high quality, HubPages requires that every Hub contain 50 words per Amazon or eBay product, e.g., if you have three related Amazon products in your Hub, you need 150 original words. Hubs that fall below this threshold will be moderated and need to be updated before they can be republished.

        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.

        1. Susana S profile image96
          Susana Sposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks for posting that Writer Fox.

          It should clear up the confusion!

    10. lovebuglena profile image86
      lovebuglenaposted 5 years ago

      You are not limited to just two amazon products per hub. You can have many amazon products in your hub but they have to be relevant to what your hub is about and you have to refrain from overfilling your hub with Amazon products. If you do that Hub Pages will ask you to remove some products from your hub.

    11. lovebuglena profile image86
      lovebuglenaposted 5 years ago

      As far as capsules you can have many of them too. If your hub has many text capsules in it you may decide to have an Amazon product next to each text capsule and that would result in many Amazon capsules. That is fine to do and should not get you in trouble.

      1. sallybea profile image96
        sallybeaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks lovebuglena, I appreciate your comments.

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