I probably should have done this ages ago. I was wondering about the tier system with amazon and if my % would stay up once I made 7 sales. It seems not. There is a lot I did not know tho. Like the sale of some products is as high as 20%. CE products look to be 4% no matter how many you sell. This is all stuff that has gotten me thinking about how to use it to affiliate sell on a blog when I get to that point. While I am still in the class room that is HP I am wondering which of these types of products can we try to sell in our hubs? I know we can't do MP3's and I assume endless products are also a no go for our hubs. What about the game download products?
I do know that it is possible to text link in a hub (not in a capsule) and while I would love it if the amazon capsule would allow for all products including endless and game download products I wonder if we could link to say a kindle book in a text link and the physical book in the capsule? Or the physical video game in the capsule and the download product in a text link?
I know it takes time to build up a blog and get a following and earn trust and all that before you can expect to pay the bills with it, thus I am sticking with HP only for now but I do wonder if I can try to sell items for the higher referral rate?
Amazon makes it clear that the sales tier you earn is based entirely on units sold. They also spell out very straightforwardly what products have percentage caps, and which have sales specials.
I really, really suggest you read their FAQ.
It's the FAQ that has confused me
here is a link to the referral fee rates table
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BTW I find their FAQ confusing to read and have read it through about 10 times since having a look last night. I actually posted this because the FAQ confused what I thought I knew. I gotta say I don't see the point in saying read the FAQ when my OP stated that I had read the FAQ and that it was the source of my confusion???? With all respect I do wonder why you bothered?
Kirsten, you don't need to "get a following" on a blog to make money. It's nice to have loyal fans, but most bloggers find regular readers don't buy anything! The people who buy are the people who find your blog on a search engine when they're looking to buy something, just the same as HubPages. They may never come back to your blog again, but you don't care, because you've made a sale.
If you've worked out what you want to blog about (and you must pick a specific subject and blog just about that), then you could certainly start a blog now on blogger.com where you can use Amazon ads. As well as writing a daily post on your blog, you also need to create backlinks by writing Hubs on the same subject and linking them to your blog. Also put a link on your HubPages profile. It may take a while to take off, but there's no harm in giving it a try and you will learn a lot in the process.
You are doing amazingly well, my friend. Author score of consistant 95 only in 5 months with 80 hubs!
I am tending to think in terms of trying to refine my hubs at the moment. I do have some articles that need publishing, but am holding them until I have learned more. I am trying to see what happens when I promote more Amazon, whether I will get more sales, rather than just leaving product icons with not explanation. I dont know the tier system, but am trying to get my head around practicalities. for example, my truth mushroom hub is purely an imaginative short story. What I have done is incorporate Amazon mushroom products into the hub, with a hope that people searching on the net for mushroom material, they might buy something from my link. It is like offering something for free (my story) with an advert.
I am trying to compromise my art with marketing. It is difficult and am still on that rainbow learning curve... it doesnt seem to come to an end!
I dont know if this is way off the mark of what you want to know, but I hope that it might help. I am always glad if you can see flaws in my strategy... whether it actually hinders me or not, so am grateful for a return comment x
Thanks for the compliment Shaz! I do have a couple of hubs that don't get much above 50
I really don't think those hubs will benefit from anything less then a total re-build, delete and re-write with new url and everything. They were my first ever hubs so I don't mind to much
I think there is something to say for a good mix of hubs. Some written for the fun and joy of writing something that people will enjoy reading and commenting on. Some written as info hubs with the hopes of getting ad sense clicks (tho I am not really good at those as they need lots of traffic, seo etc). Then hubs with the aim of helping someone decide to buy something. Including the words buy and online seem good at making sure the traffic you get might be interested in buying. My best sale so far has been a sports sweat shirt that I think came from my buy fathers day gifts online hub. The product hubs that I have written about something I really love and think people should buy have yet to make any sales but they do get comments so it must be obvious that I really like the product . It is still early days for me as far as selling with amazon goes but I am bringing in steady traffic daily to the amazon site so I expect to see which strategies lead to sales soon. Feel free to have a look at my hubs, you might see an approach I have taken that appeals to you and gives you some ideas for product hubs, I can't promise that they will work but hey its all a learning process right.
The tier system is relatively straight forward.
For normal products the referral rates will increase as you sell more products, up to 8%. There are however some exemptions which you should be aware of, some areas are limited to 4%, and others have higher/lower percentages.
I wouldn't worry about it too much, just keep writing and watch the money flow in!
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