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Getting Set up with Amazon and Adsense

  1. stevenjs profile image75
    stevenjsposted 9 years ago


    I'm a newbie to this struggling with the very nomenclature never mind the concepts.

    Let me run some general (dumb) questions first:

    Someone said they saw ads on my post at http://hubpages.com/hub/PCMover but I can't see any. Even on posts about using Amazon or Adsense I don't see any ads. Are ads hidden from Hub posters? Is there no way to see as general public sees?

    I signed up for Adsense a few days ago and have yet to see an ad. I just got a confirmation from Amazon with their ID number or code, but when I put that into the Affiliate Code for Amazon, I get a Hub message saying this is not the usual format for Amazon Affiliate Code. What does one put in the Affiliate Code box for Amazon?

    Also, when you set up with Amazon, you're asked:

    "What is the URL of the main Web site you use to send traffic to HubPages?"

    The HUB cheat sheet does not give you an answer for filling this in, so I put in the HUB URL that Adsense is using (hubpages.com/profile/stevenjs). Is that right?

    I don't use any "web site to send traffic to HubPages." What are they talking about?

    I have yet to find a Hub post on or around the subject of Amazon and Adsense which answers these elementary questions.

    Then, regarding an Amazon product with an ASIN, they give you HTML to paste somewhere. Hub seems mute on the subject of Where? Is there some hidden interface for HTML I just don't know about?

    Please be specific with these questions and bear in mind I am generally clueless how all this actually works.

    "I am but an egg."
    --Stranger in a Strange Land

  2. profile image53
    Myrna1posted 9 years ago


    I'm lost too, I've got both AdSense and Amazon, and, like you have no idea how to find the HTML for my Hub.


  3. stevenjs profile image75
    stevenjsposted 9 years ago

    Okay, I figured out at least how to get Amazon ads there. Seems the Affiliate Code I entered is okay despite the Hub warning message.

    Guess I don't need to enter their HTML anywhere.

    Myrna, you need to add an "Amazon Capsule" to any given hub on the Edit Hub page. It appears at the bottom of the page. You then edit that, which gives you a tabbed interface for ASIN (specific product) or keyword-based Amazon ads. You can find a product's ASIN number under product details for a product on the Amazon site.

    I don't care much for Amazon's selection or prices. There should be a way to enter HTML for sites other than Amazon that have some kind of 'affiliate' program.

    Questions re: Adsense remain a mystery. Now that I see the Amazon ads on my Hub, where are the Adsense ads?

    Stranger in a Strange Land

    1. profile image53
      Myrna1posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Steven

      Thanks, I did end up figuring it out.  I put in an Amazon capsule into one of my hubs, went into the edit capsule section, chose 'keyword', then Books, and Gourmet Food.  Then Preview.  All these books showed up on my hub.  Looks like you have to do it for each hub, guess you can't just add it to you profile and it automatically showing up on each hub you do??


  4. lady luck profile image69
    lady luckposted 9 years ago

    wait stephen, im having trouble too, i added an amazon capsule but it still didnt show up on my page. what do i do after i add the amazon capsule exactly?

  5. Stacie Naczelnik profile image73
    Stacie Naczelnikposted 9 years ago

    When you added the capsule, did you add content to the capsule?  You either have to enter a search term for it to find items, or add ASIN numbers yourself.

    I suggest you do some reading on the forums to learn some more about HubPages.  Darkside (a hubber) has some great hubs for beginners.  Here is one to start:


  6. stevenjs profile image75
    stevenjsposted 9 years ago

    Honestly, darkside's article is great for capsules in general, but weak on the affiliate capsules. I could not get my Amazon questions answered there.

    There is a tendency to overshoot the most elementary (dumb) questions newbie like me are having. Like the html question that arises from the affiliate interface at amazon.com.

    Now that I more or less have that answer, I have to ask, Why are the ads at the bottom, not alongside to the right of the text? Is there no way to specify?

    1. darkside profile image82
      darksideposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      The hub is specifically about using capsules, not about setting up affiliate accounts.

      There is. I've outlined it in the Capsules hub. It's the "Toggle Width" feature.

      The Adsense ads are on your hub. I can see them.

      Maybe you have javascript disabled in your browser?

      1. Lissie profile image82
        Lissieposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Yes they are definitly there -have you got an add blocker on your PC maybe?

  7. Hovalis profile image85
    Hovalisposted 9 years ago

    Steven, if you are still trying to set up your affiliate accounts, then the step-by-step guide that HubPages have provided is a really good place to start.



    You should be aware that eBay is going to their own inhouse affiliate program in April, so it may be worth waiting until they get that up and running rather than signing up with Commission Junction, but that's up to you to decide.

    As for the capsules, the easiest way to start is to type in a specific search term and see what comes up. If you want to narrow down items then put a negative sign directly in front of the word the eliminate it from the search. An example would be if you were searching for Cooking with Lemons, and you got results on how to grow lemon trees as well. So, you'd type in, say:

    Lemon Recipes -growing -gardening

    Doing that will allow you to eliminate those terms from the search.

    As for the ASIN on Amazon, you need to change the search criteria on the first page of the capsule from "keyword" to "ASIN" and then go to the tab just above and go to the ASIN screen. You can paste it in there. I have noticed that Amazon doesn't always display all of the  products in the capsule using the ASIN, even though they have a number on their webpage. It may depend on who they are getting the product from, I think.

    Oh, and you need just the number! there's no need to go back to their links etc in the Affiliate section of Amazon's site. You need just the ASIN, if you're going that way.

    I hope that's not all as clear as mud!

  8. Eileen Hughes profile image87
    Eileen Hughesposted 9 years ago

    Thanks hovalis, for that information.  I did not know you could put - before words to get exactly what you want. 
    Still learning after 6 months.  Thanks

    1. Hovalis profile image85
      Hovalisposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I only recently found that out myself. Even better, if you are getting results that you don't want, and they have a unique word in the title, you can put a negative beside that word and get rid of the listing. It's a handy thing to know. You can do the same thing with the eBay listings, but they are a bit more unpredictable due to their nature, as you'd expect.

  9. stevenjs profile image75
    stevenjsposted 9 years ago

    Thanks, darkeyes, I played around with that toggle switch along with the other green arrows and the drag & drop layout box, but it seems like trial and error with little logic.

    I still do not see any way to get the ads all the way to the right side of the window where the long empty space is. I would think this is where they should go by default.

    I have to protest, in the interest of all newbies, being bounced around from one Hub or Help page to another in the hope of finding an answer to a simple question. If you guys and gals know the answer, cough it up. Or paste it in. Helping each other out is what this forum is for, no?

    Come to think of it, I may have an ad blocker on somewhere (duh ;-) -- let me check.

    "I am but an egg."

    1. darkside profile image82
      darksideposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Unless I'm mistaken helping each other in the forum is what we've been doing long before you arrived. Nothing has changed.

      1. Stacie Naczelnik profile image73
        Stacie Naczelnikposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        And, our intent is not to bounce you around.  I referred to darkside's hubs because they offer more details than I can provide.  I only linked to one hub because I simply didn't have the time to link to all of the different hubs that could help you. 

        I suggest that you do what all of us have done: take the time to read the help page, different hubs, and search the forums for relevant information.  The hubbers who do know a lot get tired of posting the same information all the time for every new hubber.

        ETA: My first post on this thread was meant as a reply to lady luck's question.  I should have quoted it to make that clear.  I didn't answer the other stuff because I wouldn't have been able to provide a good, clear, helpful answer.

    2. Jason Menayan profile image62
      Jason Menayanposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      The Hubbers who help out here do so voluntarily. Might I suggest a lttle more tact and graciousness if you still want them to help you?

      HubPages and Hubbers help those who help themselves. big_smile

    3. Hovalis profile image85
      Hovalisposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Is it so hard to click on a link and read the page? The help pages for eBay and for Amazon are very clearly set out and they include screencaps, which I don't have the time to copy and paste. Sometimes you have to go to more than one help page to learn how to use a webpage, or set something up. I don't mind pointing the way to where the information is, and helping with supplemental information where some points aren't clear, if I know the answer, but I don't have the time to redo things from scratch and that is a lot to ask of anybody.

      Perhaps you weren't clear with your question, did you ever think of that?

  10. stevenjs profile image75
    stevenjsposted 9 years ago

    Nope, no ad blocker is on, javascript is certainly enabled, and I still have yet to see an Adsense ad.

    Where do you see them? Are they along the blank space on the right side of the window?

    Very odd, I wonder what the problem is.

  11. BeatsMe profile image67
    BeatsMeposted 9 years ago

    Hi, as far as I know, you should be able to see your advertisements on your hub.  In adsense, your ads are added automatically by Google.  But in Amazon, I think you would be the one to choose the advertisement. But I don't know how to do that.  Good luck. wink