I keep wanting to update pages that happen to have Amazon ads but find it very hard work.
As soon as I see a page where editors have added intext links, my heart sinks. Pages with these kinds of links can only ever be seen as infomercials. I avoid them when I am browsing, clicking away immediately.
The Amazon capsules have disadvantages (most notably they bring unwanted, keyword heavy, duplicate content onto the page) but at least they provide a clear separation between the text and the ads.
You can write an honest, information-rich page and then provide useful ads.
Anyway, that is my gripe for the day -- profound loathing of intext ads.
Funny thing in my case.
I never make Amazon sales with the capsules, okay, maybe about half a dozen a year. However, after updating my hubs and replacing capsules with Amazon in-text links, I've started to make sales - roughly 5 a week!
Yeah, I'm not a big fan of in-text ads. In fact, Adsense has a rule that ads cannot look like they are part of content.
The team has stated that their research shows that in text Adsense ads do well. I generally use a combination of the two if I want to place several ads on a hub so the article doesn't look so spammy. Sales are brisk!
I haven't seen any reference to data suggesting that in-text ads do well, but I will take your word for it. I do see poorer read times on pages that carry them. I suspect in-text ads are alienating at least part of the population (though there is not enough data to reach a serious conclusion).
I suppose for me there are two, more or less, separate issues:
I really do try to write articles that serve the reader. Maybe I'm deluding myself since any page of of mine that contains Amazon ads was built to be monetized by Amazon ads. But I am certainly not setting out to sell somebody something. I am trying to provide info for people interested in buying stuff. I don't want the page to look and feel like an infomercial.
I would never choose to use in-text ads. So every single one is an alien intrusion on my page. And we are warned that changing Amazon ads can lead to unpublishing. So those aliens are dangerous.
Bottom line: I want to feel OK about working on a page.
I totally agree. I'm not fond of them, either, but can only go with what I've been told. I'm certainly no expert when it comes to ads.
Only a few of my posts even carry ads, but the ones that do bring in a fair amount of money most months. I never write to sell, but when things do sell, the extra income is very nice to have...especially now since I've switched to the Adsense model!
by Will Apse 2 years ago
I am seeing the kind of traffic I used to get a few years ago after pages have been moved to niche sites but I'm getting a fraction of the Amazon income. There are a lot of factors involved but a main suspect for a significant part of this issue this has to be the replacement of Amazon capsules...
by Sally Gulbrandsen 5 years ago
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?
by Christy Kirwan 23 months ago
Hi all, please stop by the HubPages Blog to check out our new updates to in-text Amazon links that will go live later today. Let us know if you have any questions.
by Catherine Giordano 10 months ago
I understand the rationale for removing amazon capsules. I'm very careful not to include amazon capsules unless they are 100% relevant, and I can provide a personal opinion. I rarely do more than one per hub.HP is not only snipping amazon capsules on hubs for niche sites, but also just to have a...
by Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago
Why is it that excessive links to Amazon products seem to be permitted when they are added to the body of hub rather than as a Module on the side? In my naivety, I did not realise that this was permitted. Will these links survive when hubs are selected and moved to the niche sites?
by Jackie Grant 13 months ago
I think I missed something here but have recently seen some discussions about in-text Amazon links v Capsules. How do you put in text links in, is there a special way? Do I just get the link that I get from Amazon when I go on there and choose the product? Or does this only work for people who have...
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