Is there a Correlation in AdSense Performance to Amazon Affiliate?

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  1. melbel profile image95
    melbelposted 13 years ago

    I have noticed that upon removing Kontera from my hubs that my AdSense earnings went up. Kontera seemed pretty useless even when I was earning with it because the click were not really all that profitable. One AdSense click seems to be worth more than a Kontera click even when it's like one of the WORST earning ads on AdSense.

    That being said, is there correlation between having (or not having) Amazon affiliate links on Hub and AdSense earnings? Just curious because I'm really not selling any thing on Amazon with my hubs and I'm wondering if I removed the Amazon widgets if my AdSense earnings would go up. What is YOUR suggestion?

  2. WryLilt profile image89
    WryLiltposted 13 years ago

    I put Amazon capsules on all hubs (although on informational hubs they go at the bottom) - for two reasons:

    1. Occasionally a buyer will come across the page and click.
    2. Amazon items add to your word count and keywords with search engines. I'll often get clicks from searches for "avent 260 bottle" or some product that is shown only in my amazon products, not in my text.

    That said, I have found that Amazon and Adsense are two different areas entirely and should be treated as such if you wish to make money with one.

    1. Informational hubs (how tos, recipes, guides etc) are best for adsense.
    2. 'Product' or 'sales' hubs are best for getting amazon clicks.

    I put adsense and amazon on all my hubs to cover bases, but I get the most on Amazon (alright, 98%) from product hubs and nearly all my adsense clicks from informational hubs.

    The crossover? I often get adsense clicks on sales hubs.
    I rarely get amazon sales on informational hubs.

    1. Csanad profile image71
      Csanadposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Also, from time to time (every 30 days, I think) the products in the amazon ads change, so it make hubs more dynamic, making it fresh, thus helping your SERP.

      The other reason I add it (and I almost always add it after my text capsules), is that it adds some color and variety to the layout of my hubs, so it is easier on the eye. I add only 1 Amazon capsule at most, so my hub isn't overly commercial.

      I never add Kontera, because the intext links distract my readers.

      I never add e-Bay, because they just sell too much junk, and, to me, they don't have the image that they are all about quality.

    2. profile image0
      EmpressFelicityposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Same here.

  3. thisisoli profile image73
    thisisoliposted 13 years ago

    Sales are better than adsense clicks in my experience smile

    1. melbel profile image95
      melbelposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Oh definitely. I mean, yeah occasionally you'll come across a five dollar click, but not too terribly often. That being said I currently earn more with AdSense than I do Amazon.

      I just don't want to be putting Amazon ads on hubs if doing so hurts my AdSense.

    2. WryLilt profile image89
      WryLiltposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Maybe in YOUR experience Oli. Send some more sales over here please!!!

      Although I've got 23 sales this month, best month yet. But my Amazon for the month will only total about 25% of my adsense earnings.

  4. GarfieldGates profile image78
    GarfieldGatesposted 13 years ago

    While generalization can be made about earnings/correlations, etc - this one is really a case by case basis.

    It really depends on what you are trying to accomplish with your hubs - active promotion of products vs. info hubs that tack on related products.

    I am really not a good example of this as both my Amazon and AdSense earnings grow significantly month over month - making me hesitant to really tweak the capsules and experiment.  If my earnings level off in the next few months, I will do some experimentation and get back to you then!

  5. sunforged profile image72
    sunforgedposted 13 years ago

    amazon ads could detract from your adsense earnings.

    after a careful evaluation of your own content, its not a bad idea to remove any distractions from a good adsense earner that is not a good amazon earner.

    Your only earning $7-8 per $100 in sales with Amazon, so if your not making high end sales or high volumes and dont expect that to change ...might be worth the experiment for you.

    .5 to .7 epc is probably quite below your adsense epc -

  6. KeithTax profile image73
    KeithTaxposted 13 years ago

    I agree that Kontera is worse than useless. I wrote a hub on blocking Kontera when you browse. Kontera wrote a comment and I allowed it to publish. Kontera is pathetic. If interested, here is the hub:

    Kontera Scam: Safely Remove, Block, and Disable Kontera Conceptual Ads

  7. thisisoli profile image73
    thisisoliposted 13 years ago

    Haha, yes if people click on Amazon, then they will not click on your amazon ads.  Try removing them for a while.  If teh extra money you earn on adsense is more than what you were earning with adsense and amazon combined you could be on to a winner!

  8. Len Cannon profile image88
    Len Cannonposted 13 years ago

    While it is true that you might earn less "per click" with Amazon, it is a mistake to assume that an audience will click on a Google ad in the same proportion as an Amazon link.

    Mathmatically, I get  about 80% more clicks with Amazon than I do with Adsense over a day.  Amazon ads are more precisely targeted and less likely to be something someone just skips over.  I can assure you if I removed all of my amazon ads I wouldn't be getting several hundred more Adsense clicks.

    1. WryLilt profile image89
      WryLiltposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Yes but a lot of those amazon clicks might be 'tire kickers' - people who are just clicking stuff because they see it but have a short attention span or are just bored or just wanted to know where the link went.

      Wouldn't you prefer tire kickers clicking on your adsense?

      This is why on informational hubs I usually put Amazon at the very bottom under the info.

  9. thisisoli profile image73
    thisisoliposted 13 years ago

    The only real way to tell is to do severl before and after tests, The proportion of people who click on an amazon ad but would NOT click on an adsense ad is pretty small.

  10. DrumsAcousticMuse profile image63
    DrumsAcousticMuseposted 13 years ago

    One thing that has worked for me so far is to have the adsense ads optimized so that they occur in the first paragraph of your text, and then place your amazon ads strategically throughout the rest of the hub- that way someone who is impulsive might click on your adsense right away, or you might slowly convince them over the course of the article to buy from your amazon items.


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