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  1. glynch1 profile image68
    glynch1posted 9 years ago

    I have created an astore through Amazon, but have received very few hits (even to view the merchandise). What can I do to improve this performance, if anything?

    1. DrMark1961 profile image96
      DrMark1961posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You have hundreds of hubs,but based on your accolades have almost no traffic. You need traffic to your hubs. Since you are not generating interest on search engines, you really need to visit some forums that deal with the subject you write about, establish your name by answering questions, and then (a few months later--you need to determine this) start posting links to your hubs. 
      You also do not have many followers here, but even if you get them they will probably not click on your store. Focus on forums.
      No traffic=no clicks

  2. relache profile image72
    relacheposted 9 years ago

    The question you have to honestly ask yourself is "what benefits does your astore offer over going to Amazon itself or any other site offering the same products?"

    If you aren't offering a significant benefit (which would have to be informational or experiential since Amazon sets your pricing) that can't be found elsewhere, you probably will never see much traffic.

    1. glynch1 profile image68
      glynch1posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      The authors of the books are all well-known (even "famous") pastors and theologians. I think that is a significant benefit for anyone who wishes to learn the truth.

  3. lovebuglena profile image84
    lovebuglenaposted 9 years ago

    Where do you use the astore? If you  have a blog for example where you focus on a certain topic/category then having an astore that offers products related to your content may be a great idea as they can checkout the stuff without going to amazon...

  4. glynch1 profile image68
    glynch1posted 9 years ago

    I place the capsule for the "astore" at the bottom of each hub. Clicking on it sends the reader right to the bookstore. The store offers books mainly, but it also contains an occasional item containing music.

  5. PoeticPhilosophy profile image76
    PoeticPhilosophyposted 9 years ago

    I have amazon capsules also, quite a few actually and have had BARLEY any clicks.. I always wonder if I'm doing it right but seeing as It shows I have "other" clicks I must.. I just copy-paste the url of the page product, is this what you do?

    1. glynch1 profile image68
      glynch1posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Yes. I copy and paste the url of the "astore," but I also give the capsule a subtitle and provide a brief description of the kinds of books the reader will find in the store. I cannot understand why so few have clicked on it.

      1. PoeticPhilosophy profile image76
        PoeticPhilosophyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Hmm. I never made a "Astore" do you need one or is it just a bonus to have.

      2. galleryofgrace profile image69
        galleryofgraceposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        So you're saying you put an ad for your own "astore' on each one of your hubs? Isn't that self promotion- which we're not supposed to do?

        1. glynch1 profile image68
          glynch1posted 9 years agoin reply to this

          I am not promoting myself. The "astore" contains Christian books written by well-known theologians and pastors. Why would you think that I am promoting myself?

  6. glynch1 profile image68
    glynch1posted 9 years ago

    I determined that nothing else would be appropriate for the readers of my hubs to purchase besides books related to my subject matter. So, yes, I think if I want to earn something from Amazon, I would do best to try to sell books.

    1. PoeticPhilosophy profile image76
      PoeticPhilosophyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Sweet thanks.

  7. skear profile image93
    skearposted 9 years ago

    I've never had any luck with an Amazon Astore and from what I've heard from others this seems to be fairly standard.

    In text links to products have always performed better than anything else, including Amazon capsules.

    Amazon itself is very good at converting clicks into sales , I don't think the Astores have quite the same effect though.

    1. NateB11 profile image89
      NateB11posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Good to know because I've been wondering about this for my own blog. I'll have to look at putting links to products right in the text.

  8. WryLilt profile image90
    WryLiltposted 9 years ago

    Why don't you just use the Amazon capsules to sell the books?

    1. glynch1 profile image68
      glynch1posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I have a few hubs where I have posted Amazon capsules for individual books; however, they have not worked well.  It made sense to me to open a bookstore, giving the readers a greater choice. But I have had few clicks.

      1. wilderness profile image96
        wildernessposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Nor are you likely to.  A discussion of a particular religious viewpoint, followed by an invitation (duplicated over every hub) to visit a bookstore is not likely to produce any takers.  And even less likely to produce any buyers.

        A discussion of Israel's history of rebellion adjacent to a pitch to buy a book about the rebellions, might.  Even though the reader has come to learn and you are basically telling them "I won't tell you much - you will have to buy the book to learn more", you still just might sell one or two.

        But simply presenting a link to a bookstore won't.  It is likely, as well, to be deemed "unrelated" to the hub with time.  A bookstore has no relation to the topic of Israel's rebellions even if there might be a book or two about it, after all.  As you have duplicated the final capsule over every hub you could also run into trouble because of that duplication; certainly Google won't like it.

      2. WryLilt profile image90
        WryLiltposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Information hubs don't sell Amazon items; sales hubs sell Amazon items.

  9. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 9 years ago

    Glynch: Astores are essentially a waste of time,  Text links work best for conversions according to the research I have done.  I have a few that are not being used unless I want to find a specific product, I go back to my account and search my Astore to find it. 

    A stores: Do not provide a call to action.  People want to know why they should buy your product.  You are better off creating your own website and list your books separately, with information about each book and why your readers should purchase them, 

    Here is a tip: Orders report:  You will see Items with no orders: Click on that and you can see your products and numbers of hits on them,   I have used widgets such as the carousel, slide show ans some others recently and getting hits.   I use clickable images and text links which is where my sales come from.

  10. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 9 years ago

    Glynch: Wrylitt wrote some sales hubs.    People say to write a story, As a reader, or buyer, I could care less about a trip to Aunties house, and she loved this thing, blah, blah blah,.  I want to know about the product.  Unforunately, the various platforms are killing sales articles and want us to write about our dog, or aunt martha.  You can do sales pages best with your own web site.


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