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  1. theraggededge profile image95
    theraggededgeposted 11 months ago

    No Amazon earnings for six days! At this time of the year. I've not seen anything like this for years - it's usually a really good time for me sad

    1. DrMark1961 profile image95
      DrMark1961posted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Mine are very low but still there. Might it be related to descreased traffic/higher bounce rate this year?

      1. theraggededge profile image95
        theraggededgeposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        Traffic is way down, almost by half. My articles normally rank highly on Google but they've sunk. I'm not sure what to do - I've changed a few titles, but it made no difference.

        Amazon used to pay me around $200-$300 pm. Now lucky to get $30-$40.

        Moany moany moan big_smile

        Luckily, as a self-employed person, I am getting subsidised because of Covid, which is making up my earnings to 80% of usual profits so not really losing out financially.

        1. lobobrandon profile image89
          lobobrandonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          It is good that you are covered in that way. I just took a look and my amazon earnings for October are a fifth of what they were last year. Commission rate cuts are a part of it, I presume.

    2. powers41 profile image85
      powers41posted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Please tell me how to get Amazon earnings on Hubpages/  I would appreciate it.

      1. theraggededge profile image95
        theraggededgeposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        Hi Fran,

        You can add Amazon if your article references an item that is necessary to the topic, let's say it's a hub about the process of making jam and there is a certain pan that you use and would recommend.

        You would mention in the text why this particular pan works well for you and perhaps include any relevant information and even a photo of it in action. Highlight the name of the pan (as it appears on Amazon) then click on the chain link in the text capsule toolbar. A pop-up will appear. You'll see an Amazon tab about halfway down. Click it and you should see the item in the list. Click it, then click Save on the pop-up.

        Your anchor text should now be red with an A in front of it. However, if the article is moved to a network site it will now be just underlined with no indication it is an Amazon link - which I hope will get fixed in the near future.

        If someone clicks on your link and purchased the pan - or anything else within a 24 hour period, you will eventually receive the commission in your earnings. Commission is split 60/40 hubber/Hubpages.

        If you go to my profile and look at the top spinning thingy, you'll see article called, 'How to Write a Good Article for HubPages'. There's an example within it of an Amazon link to a mind-mapping book.

        Hope that helps.

        1. powers41 profile image85
          powers41posted 11 months agoin reply to this

          thank you so much for the info.

        2. Eric Caunca profile image94
          Eric Cauncaposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          Hi, thank you, Bev. Do we still earn if the reader just clicks the Amazon product but did not buy it as the CPC do?

          1. theraggededge profile image95
            theraggededgeposted 11 months agoin reply to this

            No, you only earn if they buy something. There is a built in two-month lag between the sale and when you receive your Amazon earnings. This is just in case the item is returned. Sometimes you might see a minus figure in your earnings report when there has been a return/refund.

            1. Eric Caunca profile image94
              Eric Cauncaposted 11 months agoin reply to this

              I checked back to your articles but I haven't seen any amazon links or products. Where are they? :-)

              1. powers41 profile image85
                powers41posted 11 months agoin reply to this

                I have one in the article Secret Life of Charles Lindbergh.

                1. Eric Caunca profile image94
                  Eric Cauncaposted 11 months agoin reply to this

                  I haven't seen the amazon link in your articles. It is highlighted in red with the capital "A".

              2. Eric Caunca profile image94
                Eric Cauncaposted 11 months agoin reply to this

                I've already seen them. They are the underlined words. I thought it is just a recommendation to buy in. I never thought that they're amazon links.

                1. powers41 profile image85
                  powers41posted 11 months agoin reply to this

                  Thank you so much for your help and kind words.  I appreciate it.

              3. theraggededge profile image95
                theraggededgeposted 11 months agoin reply to this

                They aren't in capsules. They are in line text links. I don't put Amazon in every article I write because it's not always appropriate to do so. Check out "How to Write a Good Article for HubPages" and look under the subtitle, 'Writing to the Title'.

                The reason I am using that article as an example is because it is still on HubPages so you can easily see the red A link. On the network articles it is much harder to see them as they are a very unobtrusive underline.

                1. Abby Slutsky profile image95
                  Abby Slutskyposted 11 months agoin reply to this

                  Yes, when they did that I started getting fewer clicks. However, I haven't sold very much through that program. Looking down a post. Lucky Glenn.

  2. Glenn Stok profile image95
    Glenn Stokposted 11 months ago

    That's strange. I'm seeing Amazon earnings every day.

    1. OldRoses profile image94
      OldRosesposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Me too and on my own site as well.  This year has been my best year year for Amazon sales and earnings despite the reduction in commissions.

      1. lobobrandon profile image89
        lobobrandonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        On my own site, I am doing the best I ever have on Amazon. Not here though. Even during the regular summer months where my HP income doubled year on year, Amazon was cut in half.

        1. OldRoses profile image94
          OldRosesposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          In my case, I think its because I write about gardening both here and on my own site and gardening became very popular thanks to the pandemic.

          1. lobobrandon profile image89
            lobobrandonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

            Interesting. My personal site is a home and kitchen site and the commission cuts on individual affiliates already happened almost a year before they were cut here on HP. I guess that and my niche not really changing (4% all the time) is the reason I am doing better on my site, but here on HP I dropped with the reduction in rates.

            It is weird that we differ on Amazon here because all or most of my Amazon sales are through my gardening hubs. HP ad earnings did increase year on year as mentioned in the last post. I'll have to wait and see how Amazon on HP performs for me.

  3. Shesabutterfly profile image94
    Shesabutterflyposted 11 months ago

    This should be the height of my Amazon sales as well and I made a measly 5 sales last month.

    My traffic is terrible, but I also think it is in part related to the fact that they still have yet to change the design of the links. The Amazon links are still simply underlined words and there is no indication that it is an affiliate link at all, which I thought was required.

    1. theraggededge profile image95
      theraggededgeposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      While I am sorry this is happening to you, it means I am not the only one. I think this whole site revamp has happened at the worst time.

  4. Sherry Hewins profile image93
    Sherry Hewinsposted 11 months ago

    I'm getting Amazon sales every day. They are not expensive products, and with the reduced rate we get for sales now I am not making much, but I do get them every day.

  5. eugbug profile image97
    eugbugposted 11 months ago

    I haven't seen any sales since Monday. Clicks are fewer than this time last year too.

  6. Abby Slutsky profile image95
    Abby Slutskyposted 11 months ago

    I don't think many people have a lot of money to spend in this environment. I am not optimistic.

  7. Eric Caunca profile image94
    Eric Cauncaposted 11 months ago

    I thought you intentionally underline them, you just emphasize the books' titles. Yes, it's difficult to see.

    1. theraggededge profile image95
      theraggededgeposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Yes, it's probably why my Amazon sales have sunk to nothing.

      1. Eric Caunca profile image94
        Eric Cauncaposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        It's very sad. :-( I think the Hubpages shall prioritize to solve this problem.

      2. lobobrandon profile image89
        lobobrandonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        I just noticed... They are the same underline colour as regular links. Not good.

  8. wilderness profile image96
    wildernessposted 11 months ago

    If anything the number of my Amazon sales are up, but the commission is way down.  Down to the tune of several hundred dollars each month compared to last year.

    The change in commission rates really hurt me.

    1. lobobrandon profile image89
      lobobrandonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      It's interesting to see different outcomes with the changes. I wonder how HP is doing as a whole.

  9. theraggededge profile image95
    theraggededgeposted 11 months ago

    Update: 16 cents since 31st October.

    Not sure what I will spend it all on.

    1. lobobrandon profile image89
      lobobrandonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      16 wall-stickers, apparently: https://www.amazon.com/REYO-Painting-Rh … 08B8VZHDQ/

      It seems like I will be able to buy myself a coffee and a half by the end of this month. HP's earnings are doing great, just talking about Amazon.

      1. theraggededge profile image95
        theraggededgeposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        big_smile But... delivery to the UK?! That'll take all my HP earnings too (jk).

        1. lobobrandon profile image89
          lobobrandonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          Maybe send them to HP lol

  10. theraggededge profile image95
    theraggededgeposted 11 months ago

    Yay! Six sales for yesterday.

    1. lobobrandon profile image89
      lobobrandonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Haha

    2. Eric Caunca profile image94
      Eric Cauncaposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      What's the average sale that you get before it got shrunk?

      1. theraggededge profile image95
        theraggededgeposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        Usually two or more per day. I used to get a lot more than that a couple of years ago.

 
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