Amazon Pending Four Days Straight

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  1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
    Kenna McHughposted 11 months ago

    Anyone else experiencing "pending" on Amazon Revenues?

    1. bravewarrior profile image90
      bravewarriorposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Yes. My Amazon earnings show pending status from 12/14 thru 12/17.

      1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
        Kenna McHughposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        Same here. I just wish HP had it together.

    2. Amara Hassan profile image88
      Amara Hassanposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      I recently signed up for Amazon, and added some books and products related to mountaineering, in some of my mountaineering articles, but staff snipped my articles, and removed all products. I still cant figure out how can I earn through Amazon here! lolz..
      Any suggestion Kenna?

      1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
        Kenna McHughposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        When I add Amazon links, I write the link in to flow like I am not trying to sell the product. I write about my personal experience and how I benefited from the product.

        1. bravewarrior profile image90
          bravewarriorposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          That's exactly what's recommended by HP. If we don't have personal experience with a product, we shouldn't be promoting it.

      2. wilderness profile image95
        wildernessposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        Mountaineering books in an article about mountaineering are certainly pertinent to the article.

        But have you used them and found them useful?  And why are you telling readers to buy them - did you not provide sufficient information in your article?  Was it just a tease to buy the book?

        At least I think that is the philosophy behind the HP response.  Had you talked about tents, given recommendations and a link to one you have used and particularly liked, it would probably have been left in.  Had you discussed a particularly hard to find tool that you have used and liked, and given a link, it would probably remain.

        The key is to discuss the product, indicating why you like it and only then link to Amazon.  If the product is off-beat, hard to find, or different than anything else all the better.

        As an example, I wrote an article on how to change the battery in a specific car (unusual car, unusual project).  I talked of the battery - it was only available from the manufacturer (at double the price) and Amazon.  Only two brands are available anywhere, and auto parts stores do not carry them.  A link has produced several sales per week for several years now and HP has not complained.

        Hope that helps.

        1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
          Kenna McHughposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          A good example, Wilderness. I have a racquetball article that sells starter kits because the article is about teaching kids how to play the sport. I have experience with these kits, which offer everything you need to play your first game. The kits are more expensive at sporting stores than at Amazon.

        2. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
          PaulGoodman67posted 11 months agoin reply to this

          Wilderness is generally a wise voice on here and I believe him to be correct in this case.

          It's tempting to, say, write an article on Switzerland and add links to books on Switzerland. But HP want something much more specific nowadays.

          If you add an Amazon link, you need to add personal experiences, it needs to be more than relevant, it needs to be integral. It's actually not a bad idea to write the entire article around the link(s). You should at least write a section that integrates the link.

          It wasn't always like that. But nowadays, anything that could be seen as not fully integral gets snipped in my experience.

          1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
            Kenna McHughposted 11 months agoin reply to this

            If you're writing about stretches, take stretches from a book. Talk about the author. Talk about how often you refer to the stretching book.

            If I am writing about caring for an indoor plant, I mention the fertilizer I use and why with a link.

          2. Amara Hassan profile image88
            Amara Hassanposted 11 months agoin reply to this

            Thank you Paul for your advice. Its really helpful. I will definitely do the same.

        3. Amara Hassan profile image88
          Amara Hassanposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          Thank you Wilderness, thats really helpful. :-)

    3. Matt Wells profile imageSTAFF
      Matt Wellsposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Sorry for the delay! This issue has been resolved and your Amazon Earnings have been updated.

      1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
        Kenna McHughposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        Thanks, Matt! It's nice to see some earnings, too.

  2. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
    PaulGoodman67posted 11 months ago

    My expectation is that everybody is pending. I certainly am.

    1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
      Kenna McHughposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      It appears to be that way. I don't get it. What is the difference between tracking/reporting both?

  3. EricDockett profile image96
    EricDockettposted 11 months ago

    I see it too. It is probably no big thing, but then again the last time there was an Amazon delay around this time of year I ended up losing thousands in annual income.

    This is one of those cases where a few well-placed words from staff can put the community at ease.

    1. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
      PaulGoodman67posted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Yes, that was appalling. Confused situation for weeks, then Amazon income slashed in half. That must have impacted HP earnings as well as us writers.

      Hopefully, it's nothing like that. My non-HP Amazon earnings are being reported normally on a daily basis, so it's presumably an HP techno issue?

      1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
        Kenna McHughposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        My non-HP is reporting, too.

        1. bravewarrior profile image90
          bravewarriorposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          Yep. Ad program earnings are current.

    2. Kenna McHugh profile image90
      Kenna McHughposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      I agree. Few placed words will help so much.

  4. Carb Diva profile image94
    Carb Divaposted 11 months ago

    Me too.

  5. Glenn Stok profile image96
    Glenn Stokposted 11 months ago

    This pending issue has happened before. It’s usually due to a delay with Amazon sending the final data to HubPages. But my activity report (set the filter to see that)  shows unshipped sales, so I’m not worried.

    Amazon sales account for roughly half my earnings, so it would be terrible if it disappeared. I don’t think HubPages would allow that though, since they make decent income from our sales.

    1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
      Kenna McHughposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      I agree. HubPages would not discontinue Amazon.

    2. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
      PaulGoodman67posted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Unfortunately, I don't think HP get to "allow" or not allow Amazon anything, Glenn. Amazon are by far the bigger player and need HP far less than the other way around.

      I think HP thought they had a deal with Amazon regarding commission rates, but it didn't stop Amazon halving them.

      It's a similar thing with Google. They are way too big to worry too much about HP.

      HP keeps its relationship with Amazon and Google, because it basically has to to survive, but it's one of ever-diminishing influence and returns. That's the problem.

      1. Glenn Stok profile image96
        Glenn Stokposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        Good points, Paul. I have to agree with your logic. All the reason to avoid full dependence on ad revenue. Hence—Medium.

        1. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
          PaulGoodman67posted 11 months agoin reply to this

          Yes, the weakness of HP is that its business plan relies on fair treatment by Amazon and Google.

          The weakness of Medium is perhaps that it seems erratic. The owner seems to be constantly trying new approaches. I'm never sure where the site is going or what changes are going to be announced from month to month.

          And that Medium writing challenge was just plain weird. The winners seemed to parachute in, write stuff that was unlike articles that normally appear on the site, then, in many cases, they didn't write anything else and just disappeared again after pocketing thousands.

          What the heck was it all about? The strangest thing ever!

          I think I'm going to keep writing for HP and Medium, but put more effort into non-writing earning stuff. I earn a trickle from merch designs, but maybe I could boost that, now that I have some idea what I'm doing...

          It's a difficult balancing act. Don't want to put all my eggs in one basket. But don't want to spread myself too thinly, or throw time into things with low rewards.

          But I'm certainly thinking about it all.

          1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
            Kenna McHughposted 11 months agoin reply to this

            Paul/Glen,

            You both offer some excellent points.

          2. Glenn Stok profile image96
            Glenn Stokposted 11 months agoin reply to this

            I feel the same way about Medium as you do, Paul. I have conflicting views about both platforms. HubPages is great with attracting Google traffic and we earn from that. Medium attracts Google traffic too, but we only earn from paid subscribers. So, that's why I feel conflicted.

            The thing that keeps me interested in Medium is the fact that there are no ads, and HubPages/Arena Group is messing up too much with ads that turn readers away, in my opinion.

            That's why I need to keep my eggs in both baskets. But I'm losing hope for Medium as time goes by, for the reasons you mentioned, and also due to the ongoing problems with their server, Such as the numerous 500 Internal Server Errors and slow page load speed.

            1. theraggededge profile image96
              theraggededgeposted 11 months agoin reply to this

              Medium working well for me. Increasing income daily and now level-pegging with HP. Although, of course, I have to write for Medium much more frequently. I've also got a few paid referrals, which helps my motivation, if not my income (much).

              Adsense also coming through my website, higher than usual. I might get back up to 2018 levels (4 figs) at this rate big_smile

              1. Glenn Stok profile image96
                Glenn Stokposted 11 months agoin reply to this

                Yes, I discovered the same thing about the need to write frequently on Medium. That's one thing that makes HubPages better, since organic traffic builds up over time for each individual article. It looks like both platforms have good and bad issues. None have it all.

            2. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
              PaulGoodman67posted 11 months agoin reply to this

              For me, Medium's fun because you can write opinion pieces, rants, pretty much anything that stirs emotions. HP material generally has to be fairly dry in its tone and presentation.

              I think that the Medium techno problems are partly to do with all the changes of direction. The techno team are always playing catch-up with the ever-changing vision.

              My earnings at Medium have plateaued. I still earn way more from HP and don't see that changing much anytime soon.

              1. Glenn Stok profile image96
                Glenn Stokposted 11 months agoin reply to this

                My earnings are better on HubPages too. That's mainly because we continue to earn from old articles with organic traffic, while Medium requires constant writing of new content to keep the old stuff alive.

  6. poppyr profile image94
    poppyrposted 11 months ago

    The few days before Christmas is the worst time for this to happen as well.

  7. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
    PaulGoodman67posted 11 months ago

    Amazon earnings now updated and no longer pending.

    1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
      Kenna McHughposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Yah!

  8. Glenis Rix profile image96
    Glenis Rixposted 11 months ago

    The sale of three gift vouchers with a total value of 162 dollars has recorded on my Amazon sales account - but no sales commission has been earned

    1. eugbug profile image96
      eugbugposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      0% commission on gift cards according to this unfortunately.

      https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/he … 8U84RAYDXZ

    2. Kenna McHugh profile image90
      Kenna McHughposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      The purchased vouchers or bought items with vouchers?

    3. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
      PaulGoodman67posted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Yeah, they show gift cards in sales even though you get no commission earnings. It's cruel.

 
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