*ARGH!* After having searched the help guides, FAQs, and old forum posts, I simply have not had any luck in finding an answer to my question about Amazon/eBay affiliate payments. If someone could answer this question for me, or perhaps provide a needed kick in the keister towards the relevant forum post(s), I would be much obliged!
About the 60/40 split. Does that pertain to the affiliate capsules, as well? If so, does that mean that 40 percent of the time, when people purchases products through the capsules, 100 percent of the earnings goes to HP? Let me just apologize right now if the answer to this question is apparent to everyone in the class except me ... sitting in the back ... with my "Dunce" cap on!
Oh and to answer your original question: HP has nothing to do with the Amazon payout or percentage that we know about. The 4, 6 or 6.5 to 7% is yours entirely. If HP gets anything that is between them and Amazon.
Thanks for responding. It seems like there is some debate to the matter, however!
I have limited experience with Amazon and none with Ebay - so here goes.
Amazon pays you a percentage of what you sell based on the number of products you sell per month. They give you credit for folks coming over and buying things via your link as well. So the first tier would be 4% of sales you generate. Then you move up to 6% (I think that is at 15 products sold) and then up to 6.5% at 30 products sold. I believe you max out at 7% of products sold that month, but I have not come near that number, so I don't know what it is.
A tip for selling on Amazon. In the beginning I was very anal about matching ads with my subject matter. I wanted it to enhance my article. I sold nothing.
Then I decided, Amazon knows what I do all over the web, so why not let them pick products for me in the same category as my article. Now I sell 15 -25 items a month with an average payout of $25.00. So I recommend using Amazon keyword and letting them make the product choice for you.
FYI: Amazon waits 60 days to pay you as well. They want to be sure the product is not returned. $10.00 is the minimum payout, unless you want a physical check and then it is $100.00.
Good luck with the holidays coming!
Yes. Capsules also give 40% of views to Hubpages. During those views, all sales go to Hubpages.
As WryLilt says, for 40% of the time, all earnings from Amazon Capsules goes to Hubpages. However, if you wish to place an amazon link containing your affiliate code in the body text of your article (as an anchor text link), you will keep 100% of the earnings 100% of the time from any purchases made through that link. Obviously, you will only be able to put one or perhaps two in any hub to comply with Hubpages TOS.
To get the affiliate link you want, go to the amazon product page when signed into your Amazon account. From the top bar on that page, select 'link to page', then select the 'text only' link option in the box that pops up. You will see the html code for embedding a text link in your own site, but if you take the part starting from the first http: right up to (but not including the " which comes immediately after your affiliate code, you can use this as the URL to make your anchor text link with your affiliate code embedded. Hope this helps! If not, message me via email and I will show you an example.
Cool! Thanks Alison Graham. Should I create and use another tracking ID separate from my default HubPages affiliate code for this process?
I don't think there would be a problem with creating a new Amazon tracking ID for that purpose - I haven't done so myself, I just keep the default one for hubpages and have different ones for my own sites.
I think this doesn't pertain to amazon but I am not sure of ebsy
Boy, Earl--you and me both! I'm terrible at understanding anything about how the money part works here at Hub Pages. I'm still trying to make some of that "green stuff." I haven't signed up for Google Analytics, either. So, move over--it's my turn for the dunce hat!
You both know more than I do. I have not seen any of the greens either.
You both know more than I do. I have not seen any of the greens either.
In the past I have read in the forums here that just adding an Amazon product link to an article will not produce sales in the way that an article written for that purpose will. This may be repeating something already well known but for anyone finding this post after searching for information about Amazon sales it may be helpful.
Are you referring to a specific clause in HP's operating guidelines, or the standards of quality? I have read about standards of quality in the learning center, but I suspect my reasons for this inquiry were a little less common: I had planned on writing a review of a unique item (a work of art), and wanted to know if, by placing an Amazon capsule on the review page, there was a 40% chance that I would not receive a commission for the sale of the painting (were someone to buy after reading my review), due to the 60/40 split.
If you meant the standards of quality aspect of the whole thing, though - don't worry! I'm not planning on polluting HP with a bunch of random anchor links out of context!
It is important for your Amazon account that any text link to an amazon product page is from a page about that product or relevant to it. Providing random links say for example, from an article on house cleaning to a page on digital watches is against Amazon TOS and could jeopardize your account.
I think that the Amazon capsules are now much better than they used to be and more likely to drive sales - however, I think that the text links still have their place.
Alison, I didn't know anything about the text links. Are these covered in the Hub Pages Learning Center?
I don't think so, or not specifically anyway. They count as 'affiliate links' and the same rules apply
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