Got my first Amazon sale

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  1. Bill Manning profile image62
    Bill Manningposted 12 years ago

    I'm hardly a newbie to making money online, already working full time at home for the past three years.

    But for some reason I've never had any luck with Amazon sales. I see I finally got my first sale the other day. smile

    Like most of my other sales I think it came from one of my own sites, a Harry Potter store inside my tourist site.

    Does it take hundreds of clicks to make a sale with Amazon? Since my store is about toys I hope the next few months will be good because of Christmas.

    I'll have to make a lot more stores now inside my sites, they seem to rank well doing it the way I've been doing. Anyway it feels good to finally get an Amazon sale! smile

    1. nikmaya62 profile image60
      nikmaya62posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Congratulation Bill Manning. Keep it up,,,,

  2. Mikeydoes profile image45
    Mikeydoesposted 12 years ago

    Congrats, still waiting for my first. I'm sure it takes hundreds since I have visited thousands of sites and never bought anything. I am sure a lot of people are like me.

    1. Bill Manning profile image62
      Bill Manningposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah I made my first purchase from Amazon only a month ago and have no desire to buy anything else from them.

      Most items they have you can find up the street if you live in a big city, so I don't see the point. Most items I buy online are items you can't find close to home.

      1. Karanda profile image79
        Karandaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Ah, but you are forgetting there are thousands of people like me who detest shopping. Loathe it in fact. I would much rather surf the net and have it delivered to my door. Keep at it, you never know, I might be looking for something you are showing on one of your hubs.

        1. Bill Manning profile image62
          Bill Manningposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Yes that is true. Many love buying online, and buying from a trusted merchant like Amazon is a big plus.

          I actually have my own leather jacket website where I sell jackets. But sales are not great because many want to try on a jacket before buying. hmm

  3. profile image0
    ryankettposted 12 years ago

    "Does it take hundreds of clicks to make a sale with Amazon? Since my store is about toys I hope the next few months will be good because of Christmas."

    My conversion rate last month was 2.74%, so for me it is a sale every 37 clicks. But then I guess it is a numbers game, that was across 5140 clicks.

    1. Bill Manning profile image62
      Bill Manningposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Ahhh, that's a lot more clicks than my 284 total! I guess I just need to get a lot more content out there and many more products from Amazon. Thanks. smile

  4. Karanda profile image79
    Karandaposted 12 years ago

    Isn't it exciting! If you are anything like me you regularly check that montly total in Amazon and go, oh gosh, another month and guess what, no sales. My first sale, actually there were two in the same month, were for MP3 downloads that only made a couple of dollars but I was absolutely thrilled. Congratulations Bill, may there be many more.

  5. CMHypno profile image84
    CMHypnoposted 12 years ago

    Are you writing Hubs about the kind of things that people buy off Amazon in the States?  It is amazing the kinds of things that people do buy, so maybe it's worth having a think about what products you display in your capsules.

  6. lrohner profile image68
    lrohnerposted 12 years ago

    From what I've read, a 5% to 10% conversion rate with Amazon is good. My results have been in line with that. A bad month for me is a 6.5% conversion rate, and I've had many months with conversion rates of 12% or higher.

    Regardless of how your page is ranking, if you're not seeing at least 5% conversion on your Amazon pages, I think it's time to tweak the layout, copy or products.

    And CONGRATS on your first Amazon sale!

    1. Wendy Krick profile image65
      Wendy Krickposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      That sounds about right to me. Last month I was 12.61 % with and August was 7.77. My goal is to hit 10% each month.

  7. Bill Manning profile image62
    Bill Manningposted 12 years ago

    Thanks again everyone. I think I don't have enough Amazon products out there yet to really see how my % is doing.

    That always seems to be my problem, never enough time to get content out there. I spend too much time just maintaining my 15 or so websites. Time to cut out the non-productive ones I guess. smile

  8. skyfire profile image79
    skyfireposted 12 years ago

    Congrats. smile

  9. Randy Godwin profile image60
    Randy Godwinposted 12 years ago

    Great going, Bill!  Amazon sales seem to go slow at first but will pick up gradually, at least in my experience.  I'm lucky enough to sell an occasional $500+ item among the smaller ones, so this helps too!  It's a learning process to sell on hubs versus getting ad clicks.  But some hubs get both!

  10. oderog profile image47
    oderogposted 12 years ago

    Congrat on your Amazon sale, I just reach my first payout on Amazon and hoping that it will improve with time as I put in more effort

  11. Bill Manning profile image62
    Bill Manningposted 12 years ago

    Thanks, yeah everything has to start with the first sale! I've got a lot of ideas I'm working on for Amazon. smile

  12. Wendy Krick profile image65
    Wendy Krickposted 12 years ago

    Congratulations Bill and it's only going to get bigger!

  13. JP993 profile image70
    JP993posted 12 years ago

    Nice one! you should definately see a few more sales soon if your niche is toys.

  14. profile image50
    Mistress Cleanseposted 12 years ago

    Congratulations on your first Amazon sale. I haven't sold much via Amazon at hubpages, but I find with my own personal website the conversion rates to be around 2%. Not great, but it still makes me happy whenever I see a sale. smile

  15. europewalker profile image78
    europewalkerposted 12 years ago

    Congrats, I've sold a few things, but it is slow going.

  16. Cagsil profile image71
    Cagsilposted 12 years ago

    Good to hear. Congrats!

    Hopefully you begin to receive more. smile big_smile

  17. WoodsmensPost profile image63
    WoodsmensPostposted 12 years ago

    Whoo Hoo Congrats Bill I just checked my Amazon and found I too got my first sale 2 days ago!!! The conversion is only 4% but I started to think maybe something might be wrong. It is good to get at least one. Patience is the key.

    Now for some reason it does say that I have to refer at least 6 more items which I continue to do in my hubs but it doesn't change. Does this mean 6 more sales before my conversion rate goes Up?

    Keep Up the good work Bill and fellow hubbers!!!

    Ok I found the answer in the
    How are fees calculated in the Performance Fee Structure?

    Based on Fixed fees or Volume Based/Month

    I had read this before but now I understand it

  18. earner profile image84
    earnerposted 12 years ago

    I had no luck with the amazon on my website, so removed it.

    I had no luck with the amazon on hubs, so removed most of them.

    Then, only about 6 weeks ago, I found out that the hubpages amazon affiliate programme is a different one to the UK one I was in.  So my amazon ID number had been wrong for 3 years. 

    So I signed up with the (different) US Amazon programme and put the ID in my affiliate settings ... and made my first sale in September.

    Overall, few clicks, conversion rate from clicks wasn't too bad.  Made a whopping $1.20 smile

  19. richtwf profile image61
    richtwfposted 12 years ago

    Congrats on that first one and may many more follow.

  20. travelespresso profile image69
    travelespressoposted 12 years ago

    Good for you Bill - here's hoping for a LOT more for you.

  21. jeri741 profile image59
    jeri741posted 12 years ago

    congrats..I hope to make a sale someday too

  22. Derek D profile image61
    Derek Dposted 12 years ago

    Congrats cool


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