Yay! Amazon earnings coming through

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  1. theraggededge profile image98
    theraggededgeposted 12 months ago

    Yes!

    The rates are crap though sad

    1. Sherry Hewins profile image94
      Sherry Hewinsposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Yep, our commission rate is drastically reduced.

      1. wilderness profile image96
        wildernessposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        Looks like our maximum is now about 4.5%, as opposed to 8.5%, with a great many coming in at much less than that. That will cost me several hundred per month. sad

        1. Sherry Hewins profile image94
          Sherry Hewinsposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          In May I earned 1/4 of what I earned from Amazon in April.

    2. Robie Benve profile image98
      Robie Benveposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      So glad to see it was resolved. I hope once the economy gets better rates will readjust to a higher level, but for now I'm just happy the program is still on and I don't have to go through each article to remove the links.
      Yay!

      1. Alison Graham profile image96
        Alison Grahamposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        I don’t think the rates are going to get better - I think that Amazon.com believes that with even more people shopping online due to Coronavirus, it no longer needs to pay ‘big’ commissions to it’s affiliates.

    3. DrMark1961 profile image98
      DrMark1961posted 12 months agoin reply to this

      I went and checked mine when I saw your post, and besides the dismal Amazon numbers noticed something else. CPMs are way up, twice what they were at the beginning of the period. Have you noticed this? I am wondering if this a general increase for advertising revenues.

      1. Glenn Stok profile image99
        Glenn Stokposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        I noticed that too DrMark. I'm guessing it might be due to the video ads that appear lately on hubs. They probably bring in some decent revenue.

        1. Sustainable Sue profile image98
          Sustainable Sueposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          You mean the popup ones? They're awful. They might bring in money, but they cheapen our articles, in my view.

          1. Glenn Stok profile image99
            Glenn Stokposted 12 months agoin reply to this

            Yes, the popup ones. I agree with you and I find them a nuisance. I was just saying that they probably bring more ad revenue. They might be involved with Header Bidding.

      2. OldRoses profile image96
        OldRosesposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        CPMs have been rising steadily since May for me.

        1. lobobrandon profile image91
          lobobrandonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          Same. A few dollars lower than last year at this time though.

          1. OldRoses profile image96
            OldRosesposted 12 months agoin reply to this

            Definitely lower than last year but so much better than April's debacle.

      3. Sherry Hewins profile image94
        Sherry Hewinsposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        I see that as well. I hope it continues.

    4. Stephanie36 profile image66
      Stephanie36posted 12 months agoin reply to this

      So happy Amazon sales are coming through again!

    5. robhampton profile image94
      robhamptonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      They sure are. Not a good time to jump into an Amazon FBA business. They screwed ALL their affiliates. Just happy to finally see some earnings though!

  2. viryabo profile image97
    viryaboposted 12 months ago

    Thank goodness.
    Dismal commission though.

  3. Glenn Stok profile image99
    Glenn Stokposted 12 months ago

    Yep, they are all showing up through May and June. Unfortunately the new rates are in force, cutting our commission in half.

    1. Jeremy Gill profile image95
      Jeremy Gillposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Are the new rates permanent for the foreseeable future, or intended only during the pandemic? Probably the former, but worth a check.

      1. Glenn Stok profile image99
        Glenn Stokposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        Amazon announced the new rates starting April 21st and didn’t indicate anything related to the pandemic. It’s permanent as far as we can tell.

        1. Jeremy Gill profile image95
          Jeremy Gillposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          Thanks, that's unfortunate. I found that Amazon "declined to comment on whether the decision was a result of the coronavirus pandemic", which gives some hope, but it'll probably stick around, profit is profit.

          1. Sustainable Sue profile image98
            Sustainable Sueposted 12 months agoin reply to this

            Have you read that Bezos is making money hand over fist, because of the pandemic? I doubt VERY much his decreased rates are because of it . . . unfortunately. It looks to me like he's caught the greed bug.

            1. PaulGoodman67 profile image97
              PaulGoodman67posted 12 months agoin reply to this

              Because Amazon have been working close to capacity, they figured they didn't need lots of affiliates sending them traffic. It's always a win-win situation for them.

              1. Jeremy Gill profile image95
                Jeremy Gillposted 12 months agoin reply to this

                I didn't know until I looked him up that Bezos is (and has been for years) the richest man in the world and modern history. For whatever reasons, I haven't heard about him nearly as much as, say, Bill Gates.

                1. Sherry Hewins profile image94
                  Sherry Hewinsposted 12 months agoin reply to this

                  That's surprising, Trump mentions him often. He's a big reason why Trump wants to get rid of the US postal service. He feels that Bezos is taking advantage of it.

      2. eugbug profile image99
        eugbugposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        As long as they continue making lots of money, I doubt whether they'll revert to the low rates.

  4. Solaras profile image97
    Solarasposted 12 months ago

    My May numbers show that I earned 60% of the "shipped earnings" and 100% of the "returns." Can someone look into that glitch; it appears to be on the hubpages side of things.

  5. PaulGoodman67 profile image97
    PaulGoodman67posted 12 months ago

    Mixed blessings. It's exactly what I expected, but a little part of me hoped that we'd somehow keep the higher rates!

    1. Glenn Stok profile image99
      Glenn Stokposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Ha ha. I was hoping that too! I actually was thinking the delay might have been due to negotiations going on with Amazon to try to keep the old rates. But HubPages lost. That’s my guess.

      1. PaulGoodman67 profile image97
        PaulGoodman67posted 12 months agoin reply to this

        We'll probably never know what, if any, shenanigans took place. But this was apparently a "technical/data reporting" problem that ended up with the percentage rates being dramatically lowered, which does sound a little incongruous...

        1. Glenn Stok profile image99
          Glenn Stokposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          Paul, The lower rates were not because of a reporting issue. Amazon announced the lowering of rates way before that.

          Their announcement said as of April 21st the rates would go down, and they gave us list of all the effected categories. But I noticed I was still getting 10% from April 21 to the end of April on HubPages, before it all stopped dead—until now. 

          That's why I suspected that they were negotiating in an effort to try to keep the higher rates. But we'll never know if that were the case or not.

          1. PaulGoodman67 profile image97
            PaulGoodman67posted 12 months agoin reply to this

            Yes, I assumed that you would assume I knew all that, as I've commented on this topic multiple times in forums, and have been around for years. smile

            This is one of my main income streams, so I'm generally pretty much on top of things. smile

  6. Kierstin Gunsberg profile image97
    Kierstin Gunsbergposted 12 months ago

    Relieved to have the issue resolved for now but yes, of course, the rates are awful which isn't HubPages fault. Perhaps in the future they'll add in some more affiliate partnerships. When I first came here I know we at least had Ebay.

    1. letstalkabouteduc profile image97
      letstalkabouteducposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Does anyone know why Ebay was discontinued. I'd much rather give them business than greedy Amazon. Also, I read on the forums that HP had a special deal going with Amazon. What happened to that? Did it allow Amazon to change the arrangement at any time? I feel bad for HP. Their staff has put in a lot of time and effort to get the Amazon links just right.

      1. Glenn Stok profile image99
        Glenn Stokposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        If you want to know why eBay was no longer allowed on HubPages since 2009, see this article:

        https://lissowerbutts.com/ebay-not-allo … s-squidoo/

  7. Kenna McHugh profile image91
    Kenna McHughposted 12 months ago

    CPM and impressions are up, which is excellent. Amazon is working now, which is good. But it's revenue sucks.

  8. eugbug profile image99
    eugbugposted 12 months ago

    Mine are about 40% lower than May and June of last year. Possibly because science and maths tutorials have lost viewers. Views were about 20% higher than last year for the same period.

  9. Sustainable Sue profile image98
    Sustainable Sueposted 12 months ago

    Weird. I try to reply to a particular comment in this thread and it takes me back to my status page.

    Anyway, speaking of affiliate programs, I wonder if HP has approached Etsy.com at all? That seems like a good potential affiliate.

    1. theraggededge profile image98
      theraggededgeposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Great suggestion smile

  10. Sustainable Sue profile image98
    Sustainable Sueposted 12 months ago

    Who isn't taking advantage of it? That's what the post office is for. In any case, most of the things I order through Amazon are being delivered by Amazon trucks, so Trump is probably wrong.

    1. Sherry Hewins profile image94
      Sherry Hewinsposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Yeah, I don't know why Bezos raking in the money bother's Trump. I thought he was pro-billionaire.

      1. eugbug profile image99
        eugbugposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        Most likely childish begrudgery and jealousy that Bezos is higher up in the billionaire list than him.

      2. Sustainable Sue profile image98
        Sustainable Sueposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        big_smile big_smile big_smile

  11. letstalkabouteduc profile image97
    letstalkabouteducposted 12 months ago

    Bezos owns The Washington Post, which is often critical of Trump.

  12. Novel Treasure profile image91
    Novel Treasureposted 12 months ago

    Anybody else have unexplained negative earnings in their Amazon earnings? It's almost as if every 7-10 days they would reverse exactly what I had earned in the prior days. Just curious is anyone else saw that too.

    1. PaulGoodman67 profile image97
      PaulGoodman67posted 12 months agoin reply to this

      The only way to legitimately get negatives is when people return products. It is a common thing to happen, but shouldn't be happening all the time.

 
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