Yep, our commission rate is drastically reduced.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You mean the popup ones? They're awful. They might bring in money, but they cheapen our articles, in my view.
CPMs have been rising steadily since May for me.
I see that as well. I hope it continues.
So happy Amazon sales are coming through again!
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!
Yep, they are all showing up through May and June. Unfortunately the new rates are in force, cutting our commission in half.
Are the new rates permanent for the foreseeable future, or intended only during the pandemic? Probably the former, but worth a check.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As long as they continue making lots of money, I doubt whether they'll revert to the low rates.
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.
Mixed blessings. It's exactly what I expected, but a little part of me hoped that we'd somehow keep the higher rates!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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/
CPM and impressions are up, which is excellent. Amazon is working now, which is good. But it's revenue sucks.
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.
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.
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.
Yeah, I don't know why Bezos raking in the money bother's Trump. I thought he was pro-billionaire.
Bezos owns The Washington Post, which is often critical of Trump.
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.
by Paul Edmondson 7 years ago
We are going to increase Amazon earnings for most of you! Amazon is becoming part of the HP Earnings program. In early November folks will have the opportunity to switch to get paid their Amazon earnings through the HP Earnings program. For new Hubbers, this will greatly simplify...
by Will Apse 12 months ago
What will happen if the Amazon affiliate earnings remain unresolved?Will we only be paid the earnings from the HP ad program?Will HP estimate our Amazon earnings and make a payment on that basis too? Given that we can do nothing about the Amazon problem ourselves, I think it is reasonable to expect...
by Shadaan Alam 6 years ago
It is happening for the first time ever that i am seeing no amazon sales for the past 7 days. Is it me alone?
by Brandon Lobo 9 years ago
It's been a while since I made any amazon sales, finally the ice was shattered; but, even though I sold 2 items (They're ordered) my earnings show as $0. Do they have to be delivered before I get the commission?
by GreenMind Guides 2 years ago
A few weeks ago my earning percentage dropped from about 10% to about 5%. Is it just me?
by Dan Harmon 10 months ago
With the cut in commission rates I fully expected to see a big drop in earnings. It hasn't happened, though - my Amazon earnings are nearly what they were in Nov. of last year - because the sales are way up.Are others seeing this, or am I just lucky? Did something happen that Amazon is...
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