Something is telling me my Earnings Program isn't set up the way it should be because of the various green buttons on the different lists. I'll list how it looks and maybe someone will be able to tell me what I need to do next.
HP Earnings Program Settings
configure (button) - Ad Program - affiliate code present - status = not active
get started (button) - ebay - no affiliate code - status = not active
get started (button) - Amazon - no affiliate code - status = not active (but external code active)
External Affiliate Settings
configure (button) - Google AdSense - status = disabled (gives reason)
configure (button) - Amazon - affiliate code present - status = active
When I hit the "configure" button for the ad program it shows I have the one required published hub (I actually have 80+ now), I've completed the sign up for the HP Earnings Program, but the step to associate a Google AdSense account is incomplete. Every time I try to get AdSense, I'm being told my account isn't any good and I decided I don't care if I have it or not.
Do I have to have AdSense in order to activate the HP Earnings Program? If my external affiliate link to Amazon is active, will I still earn money? How do I get the Amazon code activated under the HP Earnings section? Without Adsense, how do I get my HP Earnings Ad Program to show it's active?
Hi sheilamyers! You don't need AdSense to activate the HubPages Earnings Program, but this is just the payment mechanism. AdSense is a requirement, however, for the Ad, eBay, and Amazon Programs. Please take a look at this chart for a list of complete requirements: http://hubpages.com/faq/#hep-requirements
Thanks for the answer, but I'm still a little confused. Does this mean I need AdSense in order to earn from Amazon or is what they call the affiliate program something different from HP's Amazon program? If I'm active in the Amazon Affiliate Program and have Amazon products listed on my hubs, will Amazon pay me directly for anything ordered through those links?
You need to have an Adsense account before you can earn from the HP Ads program, eBay, and the HP Amazon program. So without Adsense, all you can do is use your own personal Amazon account, which you've got correctly set up.
Most people find that Amazon alone isn't enough to make money from. Looking at your Hubs, most don't lend themselves to Amazon capsules anyway. It would be well worth trying to fix the Adsense issue - it may just be that you applied too early, didn't get accepted and all you have to do is apply again.
Thanks Marisa. I may try getting AdSense up and running, but I'm not that worried about it. The reason I did the Amazon affiliate was because I have written a few hubs that gave a few details and then I added a book from Amazon I thought would give readers more in-depth information if they're interested. For some reason, when I read through things, I thought I also had to have the HP program in order to get paid either way. Thanks for the explanation. I'm sure it will also help other people with the same question.
Marina, I've seen moderators say this before and I know this may be strictly correct but it's very very misleading. Look at Sheila's response - she obviously doesn't understand what you're saying, and I've seen other people confused by it before.
Most people will read that sentence as saying "You don't need Adsense to earn from the HubPages Earnings Program", which is not the case (as you know).
How about saying something like "You can activate the HubPages Earnings Program without Adsense, but you do need to have Adsense before you can earn from the programs within it."
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