What are your tips for amazon and ebay ads.
What are your suggestions for ebay and amazon ads?
I literally have never had a sale, with almost 10,000 views now too! I have had a few views etc, but no winning bids at all! Where am I going wrong!?
I tend to add in books in baking hubs as well as kitchen aids or specific tools you need to do the recipes...
To be honest my suggestion is that you try getting Amazon sales on another site, I have a similar experience to yours, but I've had a few sales from my pages on Squidoo. It's been pointed by quite a few people that HubPages Amazon modules convert very badly. They were actually changed a short while ago, to try and make them less invisible to punters, but then traffic crashed and the new design was removed.
Having said that, there are people who get sales on HubPages. The way they achieve that is that they right hubs specifically for sales, either a product review, or a "how to" hub, where the solution to a problem involves a product from Amazon. I don't know what kind of hubs you write, but informational hubs,or recipes etc. don't tend to make sales. If somebody already wants to buy something, and is googling for "what's the best widget for......" and comes to your hub which explains what the best widget is, then you are halfway to a sale. If somebody comes to your hub just because they want general information, without planning to buy anything, they will most probably not buy it.
Some of the formats that seem to convert well to sales are top 10 lists, or best 10 lists, you want to give the readers a choice of products, preferably at different prices or arranged in a logical way. I think the rule of thumb for HP is that you write at least 50 words of original text for every Amazon product you are recommending.
I went through a few articles of yours. I think they are quite informative, photos and everything ... I actually saved your article on making bread (milk bread or something like that) for future reference, since I do like cooking from scratch.
The pesto article I found to be quite good as well. I like the first photograph; it is well structured and detailed - no complaints but at the same time, I could care less about Mortars, Electronic Scales, Sets of Knives and so on. Your article is great for making pesto, not for selling pasta machines. With an article like that, You should be selling Pesto (in my opinion).
I am confused about your intentions I think.
I think it took me at least a year to ever make a sale on amazon...there was no ebay then, except for the folks who'd been a part of Hubpages since its start.
It takes six months or so for a new hub to finally get to where it deserves to be in search results - so that is one major issue.
This earning money on the web thing is a very slow thing....takes a lot of patience....
I do make some Amazon and Ebay sales on HubPages but it doesn't amount to much. More of my Amazon sales are made on my blog. Definitely worth it.
I find that though I advertise products that relate to my content, frequently they buy something entirely different from Amazon after they click. Perfectly fine with me, they are buying!
For one thing, it takes a lot of patience to start logging referral sales on the web-- no matter where you start. Thruthfully? It's easier making money on eBay selling your own items for your own ticket than trying to earn referral income.
I do sell a few amazon items from my hubs... But they all tend to be hand-picked personal recommendations that tie directly into the text of the article... and generally limited to books I've personally read and used. Overall, though? It's not much, and I sell 10x more from amazon widgets on my blogs. Also, you have a much better chance picking up a sale or two if you limit the things in your amazon segments to items under $15 or so-- with an article like the ones we write here, your best chance is to pick up a few "impulse buys," UNLESS you're actually writing a product review for an item you then have an amazon link to.
I make many more eBay sales than I do Amazon. In fact, I'm thinking about just taking the Amazon off my hubs. I've heard of people that make a lot of money from Amazon though, selling with product hubs. I just can't bring myself to write many of those. I feel like I am pushing a product and I did enough of that when I did sell on eBay.
See my hub which specifically addresses this topic:
Advanced Techniques for eBay and Amazon Capsules
http://howards.hubpages.com/hub/Advance … es-Modules
First off, my tips utilizing ads for Amazon.com and Ebay.com will be the same as the tips for Ebay.com and Amazon.com. I couldn't help myself!
I understand your frustration. I am not sure you are doing anything wrong other than perhaps not relating articles to things popular to Amazon shoppers or Ebay. For instance, Kindle is a big deal now. If you had an insight into something or some feature of Kindle and explain that insight well, it should bring Kindle lovers to your hub. I believe I have seen my Ebay clicks come from folks interested, let's say in prospecting, and then noticing deals at Ebay on products also relating to prospecting but perhaps not their main motivation for coming to the article. I think it is impulse shopping.
When I started out, I signed up for Amazon and Adsense (Ebay wasn't interested I think since I hadn't many hubs or experience?) For months I got no clicks on Amazon.com ads. In fact, I have never gotten a click in 2 years! After awhile I just gave up and stopped the ads and went exclusively with Adsense. Then, I started to make a "little" more money. When the HubPages Ad Program came out I signed up and my earnings jumped again (I still was signed up with Adsense).
If it were me, I would forget Amazon.com (understanding that there are probably people making good money off of it somehow) and focus on Ad Program, Adsense and Ebay.
I make sure I don't put more than 2 Ebay ads on a Hub because I think three + gives the impression that the article is "spammy". That is, it gives the impression that instead of being focused on writing, you are only interested in a dollar. I actually believe if folks come to your article and see at first glance a bunch of ads, they are many times likely to just check out and go somewhere else. That's just my unscientific opinion.
Don't be too disappointed. Working hard at it really does improve your results. I almost make $1 a day now after 55 hubs and 2 years of participation. Not sure that will last with whatever is happening with the Google search engine because my views are dropping too. But, then again, we have seen that before, also. Hang in there!
Thank you for raising this question. It is bothering me too. [Smiles]
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