Normally I get Amazon earnings regularly, but for the past for days have had nothing coming in. Is this just me or is this happening to others. It's a bit concerning and I am wondering if there is some problem or if sales are just down for some reason. Would appreciate any input from other hubbers.
My views are holding steady, of course cpm is down so the views aren't earning as much--BUT Amazon is doing well, making up for the cpm losses. One thing I have been noticing is that sometimes Amazon is zero, then suddenly in the next day or so there will be several in one day.
This is the longest I've gone with 0 sales. Very strange. Possibly it's because of all the bad weather or the uncertainty about government issues, after all, I write about a luxury lifestyle to a certain extent. Guess I've been spoiled lol!
Update: Earnings finally kicked in today. It's about time!
I'm not seeing a problem. I've been getting Amazon sales the last few days.
Thanks, Glenn. This is perplexing because, as I said, I am used to seeing sales, but suddenly nothing for four days. The last time, other people were having similar problems, so I wanted to check. The irony is that my views are back up, so sales should be coming in. Maybe it's all the bad weather !
I'm getting Amazon earnings. Nothing spectacular, but only had three no-sale days and one horrible refund for the month so far.
I had two horrible refunds this month. People are retarded.
I just noticed Amazon editors have taken out many of my Amazon ads, not wonder revenue is down. And the Amazon ads I had were all books I referenced in the article and that I have read and used for many years.
The only thing I have noticed is that a lot of my Amazon links are getting snipped during the "quality control" and editing process. Every single thing was pertinent to the hubs as well. I emailed hubpages about it and after 3 days they said I could put the Amazon links back in. It's really frustrating
Yes, it is very frustrating. Many of the relevant amazon ads that were snipped out were some of my best sellers. And putting them back in takes time. And time is money.
Sam, let me ask you something. Did you put text WITHIN the Amazon capsule explaining that you had read those books yourself and the reason why you are recommending them? If you just referenced it from elsewhere in you hub it will most likely get snipped because the capsule itself looks spammy without your own content within it.
No I did not. The mentioned products were fully described in the article, as to how I used the book and or product. Wouldn't it be rather redundant to also put that in the Amazon capsule. In the article right next to the ad. I was very careful so the reader of the article would know exactly what I was talking about.
And I just noticed my score has dropped from 89 to 62. Not happy here.
So I should cut part of the article and put that part of the article into the Amazon capsule?
I’m not saying to be redundant. I’m saying to put the text about the product right there within the capsule. That’s how most people on HubPages have been successful with Amazon ads. And Google can relate it better too.
As for your score, there’s no certainly, but I’ve noticed you’re not keeping up with the latest HubPages standards. You have no bio and you’re using a lot of right floating capsules. Floating capsules will soon be automatically centered and most likely appear in the wrong place if you don’t fix it yourself for mobile viewers.
The warning about mobile friendliness was announced two years ago to give everyone lots of time to fix all their hubs. See my tutorial hub about it if you help. This month is the deadline.
EDIT: And listen to Marisa, above. She made it very clear what you need to say, in addition to putting it in the Amazon capsule.
I had a bio and I am not sure what happened. What is a right floating capsule. Can you please explain on one of my articles where I am wrong with capsules. Thank you,
Hi Sam, I just took a look at your GMO article since it is on the top. (What happened to your barking article?)
1. Bio--there is none. You can use one bio for several articles, but it should be related to that article in some way. Tell me about why Sam knows anything about GMO foods in the bio, and why I should even bother reading this article.
2. Right floated capsule: Look at the photo of the corn growing in the organic garden about half way down. That is a right floated capsule. All you need to do is go into edit and make that capsule appear above the text capsule. If you find any photos like that, fix them.
3. Amazon capsule: You suggest I buy a book but in the Amazon capsule do not tell me why. All you have to say is "I liked this because it told me..." or whatever. It needs to be a personal recommendation. If you just put a book in there, it is going to be snipped by HP.
IF you go in and fix those right floated capsules and add bios your hubber score is probably going to go up. If it does not, do not worry about it. Focus on getting more traffic. If you are writing these articles to help people, and no one ever sees them, what good are they?
Thank you Dr Mark. I went in and made the suggested changes to the GMO article. Would you mind taking a look at it and see if I did it all right.
I am curious, what do you mean, "what happened to your barking article?"
Your barking article is no longer featured. For that matter, only 7 out of your 14 hubs are featured. There is still a lot of work you need to do. Follow my advice in my hubs: “12 Overlooked Hub-Writing Techniques You Need to Use” and “21 Hub-Writing Success Strategies” that you can find in my profile page.
Hi Glenn, I am going to fix all my articles as Dr Mark suggested and go from there.
What confuses me is that I have never written an article about barking. So I don't understand a reference to my barking article.
That is not my article, so I am now worried about what is going on. Can you send me a link to that article.
I have never written an article about barking on any website.
I don’t know either. I assumed DrMark saw it before it was unfeatured. Whatever the case, I can’t see it to know what it was about. You have seven hubs that are not featured. My advice is to go through the 33 steps I outlined in the two hubs I mentioned. That should get your score up too, since you had been concerned about that.
I also just noticed that you only put your bio in that one hub. Don’t do it from the hub. Many people get confused doing it that way. If you manage your bios from the “about author” page then you will be able to clearly see where your Individual bios can go, and you can easily move hubs around from one bio to another as required.
I thought Dr Mark said I should put a bio in different articles. You are saying to put the bio in about author. Even though I have several articles about different topics.
Scroll down. You can edit the bios that individual hubs use.
Thank you, I now see that I can edit each bio for an individual article if needed. Okay got that fixed. I still don't understand the barking article. The reason I am concerned because back in about 2010, I had over 200 articles and my name stolen and put on AC. I had to contact their lawyers to get those off since I wasn't even a member of AC.
“About Author” is place where you manage ALL your bios. It’s much easier than doing it in each hub. I’ve seen some people mess up by changing a bio in their hub, not realizing that they are changing it across other hubs that share the same bio. That’s why it’s better to do it in “About Author”. You get a clearer vision of what bio is where.
Sorry it was someone who had a BC avatar similar to yours. My mistake. (Oops, just found another gray hair!)
I understand that, gray hairs can be disturbing
Glenn and Dr Mark, should I have different bios for my different topics. Now that I know how to change the bios for each article. Should I change them around. I think my current bio covers everything, except for my stock market article since I am a former stock broker. Still working on fixing my non featured articles. Thank you all, for your help.
Remember that the bio needs to show the reader why you are an expert in the topic of the article. So you should write different bios to cover each of the categories you write about.
For example, write a bio about your prior stock broker background and move the stock market hubs into that bio. Do the same for the other categories. Do it in the About Author Page, not in the hubs. That will help avoid confusion that I see a lot of people get into.
I know the pictures cannot be right floating. What about the Amazon ads, should they also be above the text capsule?
All right-floating capsules (text, image, etc) will be centered soon, but may end up in the wrong place. So go ahead an do it yourself to be sure you place it where you want it.
Sometimes above the text is not correct. If you talk about the image (or whatever) in the text, it might make more sense to place the image below the text. It's your call—whatever sounds better when you proofread you article out loud.
Make sure you've complied with the NEW rules for Amazon products. They must be related to the MAIN topic of the article and you must include a personal recommendation stating why you've chosen that particular product. You need to make it sound as though you've owned or at least tried the product.
For instance, you need to say "I really like this because..." not "this product is ideally suited to .....
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