Amazon Advice Needed.

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  1. mailxpress profile image53
    mailxpressposted 10 years ago

    Hello Hubbers,

    I do have an Amazon account but never added Amazon capsules to any of my Hubs.  I've tried but I was not grasping it.

    Do you choose specific products or do you choose keywords that Amazon will use to generate a list of items?

    I would appreciate any suggestions.

    If you use Amazon capsules do you place them on all of your Hubs?

    Thank you very much.

    1. wavegirl22 profile image39
      wavegirl22posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      It is relativity easy. It is your choice to choose specific products or to choose keywords that Amazon will use to generate a list of items. Personally I rather pick my own.
      Think of it this way, if you owned a store, how would you fill the shelves of your store.
      It really is an easy process, and you can make lists (listmania) and so many other tools are available.
      I find amazon is one of the easiest capsules to do here. And with a little bit of digging for your products the returns are well worth the time picking and choosing.

      1. mailxpress profile image53
        mailxpressposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        OH, so you choose specific products that fit your Hubs?

        1. Aficionada profile image89
          Aficionadaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          It makes sense to choose products that fit the hubs, because people who read your hub are more likely to be interested in that kind of product and therefore more likely to purchase it or them.

  2. Aficionada profile image89
    Aficionadaposted 10 years ago

    I too like Amazon capsules, and I also prefer choosing specific products rather than keywords.  Both ways have advantages and disadvantages.  The disadvantage with keywords is that you can't deselect any item individually.  You have to clear the whole capsule, if you decide there are 2-3 items you don't want to include.  Also, you may get a bunch of items that are not quite as appropriate to your Hub as you would like. But it's an easier process (easier than choosing specific products) other than that.

    With the specific products, you find what you want on Amazon and copy the URL or ASIN or ISBN numbers and put them in the correct place in the capsule and voila!

    1. mailxpress profile image53
      mailxpressposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Both of you, thank you so much.  I will add capsules to all of my Hubs.  I will let you know how it works out for me.  I'm sure it will take me a little while to add an Amazon Capsule to all of my Hubs.
      I read how people earn money with Amazon but I've always had this fear of pushing forward with it.  I look forward to seeing what comes of it.  I'm excited again.  Another revenue stream soon to come I hope.

    2. mailxpress profile image53
      mailxpressposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I do have another question.  Do I sign into Amazon, browse around to find the product I want to use then copy and past the URL or ASIN or ISBN numbers into the capsule field?  Thanks.

    3. akeetlebeetle profile image60
      akeetlebeetleposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Hi, I know this is an old thread, but I thought I'd put my 2c in - haven't seen this addressed anywhere on the forums.

      You can deselect keywords. True, you can't get rid of individual products, but you can add keywords and remove keywords this way:

      Say I wanted to put in a search for a toilet, but didn't want brushes coming back, here's how I wold do it -

      toilet -brush

      If I wanted only black toilets, I would do this:

      toilet -brush +black

      That means that only toilets with the word black in them (and not brush) would be displayed.

      It doesn't always give you the expected results, but it does help to narrow it down a bit.

      1. thisisoli profile image75
        thisisoliposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Yep I use conditional search ona  lot of my Amazon capsules, it is very handy in ensuring the right kinds of products are placed on your hub.

  3. nicregi profile image70
    nicregiposted 10 years ago

    I do like Amazon but always kinda lazy to put specific products. Maybe that's why I never get sales sad

    1. mailxpress profile image53
      mailxpressposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Lazy I am not.  I want to finally get past this hurdle.

  4. Aficionada profile image89
    Aficionadaposted 10 years ago

    You don't actually have to sign in as a member or customer; you can just browse as a visitor.

    I have been doing it the hard way (below), and I've learned an easier way, but I haven't broken my old habit just yet.

    What I have done (the harder way) is to scroll down on the product page to the details section; that will give either the ISBN or ASIN number.  I just highlight it and copy and paste it into a notepad, and I do this for a whole bunch of items I like for a particular hub.  Then I just copy or cut and paste each number into the capsule field.  The reason I get a lot of them is that sometimes a product will not show up for some reason or another.  It helps, after adding the numbers, to run a preview of the capsule.  I have heard that the best number of items to have is about 4-6.  I haven't always been good about using that best number - sometimes too many.

    The easier method, which I'm trying to change over to, is just to copy the url from the address bar, without scrolling down to the product details section.  It saves a lot of time.  The rest of the process is the same.

    Sometimes, though, I do like to look at the product reviews - that gives me a better idea of whether it will work well with my hub or not.

    I hope this helps.

    1. mailxpress profile image53
      mailxpressposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      All I can say is thank you.  I do appreciate you taking the time writing and sharing how you do your research.  This will help me conquer Amazon once and for all.  Thank you again.  I'm copying and pasting your instructions in my notepad.  I hope this helps many others learn how to use Amazon capsules too.  Have a great night.

  5. sunforged profile image73
    sunforgedposted 10 years ago

    As referenced above, it is good to know that the ASIN # of any item can be clearly seen at the end of any Amazon URL

  6. wilderness profile image97
    wildernessposted 10 years ago

    I prefer to use keywords as I'm always afraid the particular item from a particular seller may disappear.  Judicial use of keywords in smaller capsules almost always gives me what I want.

    At the same time there are always a few items I just can't seem to get using keywords and I will put in the numbers for them.

  7. WryLilt profile image93
    WryLiltposted 10 years ago

    Using amazon capsules to get sales can depend on the type of hub.

    Informational hubs rarely sell amazon items.

    Review and sales hubs do.

    For instance a hub about how to plant roses probably won't sell many items whether they are pots, seeds or fertilizer. On the other hand a hub called "Buying roses online and how to grow them" may be more likely to attract people in the market to purchase something.

    1. sofs profile image88
      sofsposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Wrylilt you broke my heart, I have only amazon affiliate approval and write only informational hubs. Now I am not sure of sales  hubs or review hubs what do I do???  hmm

      1. Marisa Wright profile image95
        Marisa Wrightposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Sofs, you can make Amazon sales with informational Hubs BUT the products you feature must be directly related.

        For instance, I have a Hub about learning to belly dance, which has Amazon ads for beginners' belly dance DVD's.  I wouldn't choose belly dance DVD's that were suitable for intermediate students, or DVD's of the Bellydance Superstars in performance.

        If I wrote a Hub about how to garden organically, I'd look for books and DVD's about organic gardening. I wouldn't choose gardening gloves or shovels or books about how to kill insects.

        In the example WryLilt gave, I actually think you might make some fertilizer sales - if your article recommends using one while planting. You can be more certain of sales if you set out to review products and then feature those products, but informational Hubs can work too, if the products are truly relevant.

        1. mailxpress profile image53
          mailxpressposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          Hello Marisa,

          I'm so happy I took the time to finally ask for help with Amazon.

          Your examples of directly relating to the Hubs topic has made it so much more clearer to me.

          I too have many Hubs which speak about information.  I always felt Amazon would not be a good fit for most of my topics.

          I've always been impressed with Hubs that sell products.  Everyone writes differently.  I've come across many Hubs written to sell products and they all have Amazon ads on them.

          Thank you Marisa for the detailed examples as to how you use Amazon on Hubs.

          1. Marisa Wright profile image95
            Marisa Wrightposted 10 years agoin reply to this

            I'm not a power seller by any means - I know I'd probably make more sales if I wrote a more sales-focussed Hub.  But my suggestions will give you some sales if you look at existing Hubs and ask yourself what is directly relevant.

        2. WryLilt profile image93
          WryLiltposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          Marisa is right - carefully selected products will sell on informational hubs.

          But it's like trying to sell chocolate bars at a newspaper stand. Yes you probably will get impulse buys or buys from readers or just people who probably would have bought something anyway.

          But if you try and sell chocolate at a chocolate stand, chances are your customers are more targeted and ones who are in the market for chocolate, raising your sale rates.

          That's how I see it, anyway! (And after doing a 30 days sales hub challenge - woooow sales hubs certainly sell amazon products better!)

          Edit: Sofs - informational hubs are great for chasing the adsense dollars. I worked on informational hubs first and now that I've got a steady (er) stream of adsense coming in I've started working on getting the same for amazon.

        3. sofs profile image88
          sofsposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          That is little more positive, I might get a sale or two at the news parer stand I suppose, after all chocolates are chocolates aren't they?
          No, I need wait for a while before worrying about making money actually.  I am still polishing my skills, just getting a few organic searches now so it might take a month or two I guess!!

          Thanks WryLilt and Marissa you are always ready to help!!

  8. Flightkeeper profile image67
    Flightkeeperposted 10 years ago

    I pick specific products because I want to feature those products that were rated 4 and 5 star.

  9. EmpressFelicity profile image76
    EmpressFelicityposted 10 years ago

    I'd hardly describe myself as an Amazon expert although this the first month where I've moved up to 6% commission, giving me a whopping total of just under $5.00 in income for August lol

    But I have noticed that you're more likely to make sales on small items (i.e. under $20).  And if in the same session they then go on to buy a diamond ring or an iPad, then you're laughing.  (Hasn't happened to me yet, but I live in hope.)

  10. thisisoli profile image75
    thisisoliposted 10 years ago

    An informative Hub can be a sales hub.  As I mentioned in a post recently, I have actually got so used to finding a selling point in any hub, I seem unable to write for adsense any more!

    1. sofs profile image88
      sofsposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Oli can you remember where you posted this so I may read it up, I thought you said you couldnt write sales hubs anymore.... Am I getting confused, or are you changing your mind too fast ?

      1. thisisoli profile image75
        thisisoliposted 10 years agoin reply to this
        1. sofs profile image88
          sofsposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks Oli I am off to check this!!

 
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