It has been a while since I added new content and published two new articles today (the Valentine articles). I got emails "Your article could be featured", so I went in to remove a couple in-text links I added, leaving two Amazon capsules for each article (they range between 1,000 - 1,200 words).
I noticed the images were removed from all the photo capsules on both articles, including the photo's I created for the main image. Can anyone explain why, or it is just me, because when I went to add the photo back, it shows it's already in the capsule?
It might have something to do with quality or their relation to the articles. The 'HubPages' team has very specific standards, That isn't to state that your work is bad or anything like that; sometimes it is just not what they're looking for at the time. Could you, perhaps, provide more detail so I can give a better answer?
Thanks for the response (and follow). The article in question has since been fixed - I simply removed the two Amazon capsules and that seemed to fix it.
I suppose unless I decide to start writing product reviews or product specific hubs, I'm no longer able to include Amazon capsules.
This is the case now, Bills Place. You actually have to show that you've read the book, used the product and/or how you've benefitted from it as it relates to the central point of your article. It's a very strict policy for the niche sites.
I didn't realize that until I started reading things in the forums around the time I posted this. Kind of makes sense that targeted affiliate links would have a higher CTR, but at the same time makes it impossible for anyone not writing product specific articles to take advantage of Amazon earnings.
In the end, it doesn't really affect me much as I always made more from traffic and ad views compared to Amazon anyway.
Exactly. I don't use/sell Amazon products in my articles anymore either.
In order for them to earn you need to write on topics that lend themselves to buying certain products. Not many products relate to relationships (other than books, which don't sell well and are easy to buy offline), but when talking about car repairs and the like, you've got endless opportunities to make money with Amazon and even Adsense. I actually got a 1099 from Google last week! First time ever...due to my Adsense earnings last year.
Good for you, TIMETRAVELER2! Wow. You have the perfect niche to earn outside of the HP ad program. I realize that my niche doesn't lend itself to selling anything successfully. It's cool though since that's not really my goal anyway. I've done a few articles on products and recipe ingredients, some are not on niche sites. I removed all products a while ago, per HP request. I never took the time to put them back in the text or otherwise. Not a priority at this time.
Cheers to your success! I know how hard you've worked to get to this point.
Thank you. I think it's hard to do all of the required work to create a good hub when you're working full time. For me, as a retiree, it's something to help fill my hours that I can do and also make a few dollars. Couldn't do this if I was still teaching.
Having just "refreshed" a huge number of articles I can tell you that images have become very important. They must be clear, properly sized and appropriate to the content. You should also accredit them properly and add a caption that includes key words related to your article. They should also be properly placed. As for Amazon ads, the team will allow capsules still, but they prefer the in text type. Much depends on whether actually seeing the product is important. It rarely is. Also, articles look much less spammy when you use in text ads. As Jan said, however, you need to limit them and make sure that having them benefits the reader in some way. For example, I try to use ads for products that are difficult for people to find in stores, such as specialty items one uses to clean RV sewer tanks. It also helps if they cost less on Amazon than in RV stores. Visually seeing them helps the reader know what to look for as well. Furthermore, I never push a product I don't or have not used myself or know that really works well. When I first started writing here, I had no idea about how to do images or ads. It's taken a long time to realize what I needed to do. When I looked back at my older articles, I was actually startled by some of the dumb things I did, but I've learned after more than 7 years that if you take the time to do these things, your work will look better, be more credible and get better views.
I didn't think about using the caption section to include keywords. I'll have to remember that.
I usually get my images from Pixabay as their royalty free, large and clear quality. Is it still required to include the accreditation link, as with my list articles I tend to have an image for each thing on a list.
I can relate, looking back at several of my unpublished articles from when I first started writing and publishing on here (2011 - 2012).
For instance, my original article "List of phobia's" was literally 500 words, and just 2 - 3 bullet lists with names of phobias. I'm kind of surprised it's even got 900 views since 2012.
I decided to simply write a whole new article in my free time and finally published it (10+ Types of Phobia's). I think it's a much better version, roughly 3100 words, makes use of images, keywords, all the things I didn't have a concept of when starting.
Up next is figuring out if I want to delete my old hub or just leave it for the random views.
Any knowledge if it's better to update old hubs or publish a new hub when rewriting a full article or writing a new one with a different direction?
If possible, just update the old hub because it already has aged and therefore will accrue views more rapidly. I do this sometimes even when I completely change the contents because I can still keep the photos and ads, if good. Saves some time. Just make sure to update the title to reflect the change in contents. I've been able to save many hubs in the past by doing this. No sense wasting the framework you've already established AND Google loves seeing hubs updated.
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