Sales hubs - could use some help here.

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  1. Beth100 profile image73
    Beth100posted 7 years ago

    Ok, writing is a snap but I've decided to try and venture into sales hubs.  Never done this before....could use some good pointers to improve these and future ones. 

    My first attempt:  http://hubpages.com/hub/Buy-Swarovski-C … Decorating

    My second attempt:  http://hubpages.com/hub/Buy-Swarovski-H … -Ornaments

    Thanks for your suggestions!

  2. WryLilt profile image90
    WryLiltposted 7 years ago

    Main tips: Continue to put an Adsense block top right on sales hubs just like informational hubs. This will get clicks from the 'lookers' while the 'buyers' will hopefully continue down the page.

    In the first hub, maybe add some more words on the left - there isn't much filler there, leaving some gaps.

    1. Jo Deslaurier profile image69
      Jo Deslaurierposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Beth100- Great post I'm trying to learn as much as I can as well.

      WryLilt- Could you tell me how to place a block on Adsense?

      1. WryLilt profile image90
        WryLiltposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Jo, if you leave a single text capsule at the top of the page, without anything beside it, the largest adsense block will display there when published.

        It takes approximately 75-100 words to make it show, so just go in and out of preview or edit mode to check. The block will show up when you have enough words.

        It's the best place to have the advert because people will see it first and are more likely to click.

        Edit: You've done it perfectly in your hub 'Buy Plus Size Wedding Dresses Online', Jo.

        1. Jo Deslaurier profile image69
          Jo Deslaurierposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks for your help!

  3. Beth100 profile image73
    Beth100posted 7 years ago

    Thanks Wrylilt!  I've turned Adsense off but will have to return to write the filler.  hmmm...I'm not much of a marketing writer, so this may take some time.  lol

    1. WryLilt profile image90
      WryLiltposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Good luck - I had written about 100 hubs before I finally decided to do product hubs.

      I always thought of it as  a 'lower' level of writing, but I've realized that, like every writing type, someone needs to sell items and explain their best points, so why shouldn't it be me! And it's also more of a challenge than informational writing, in a different way.

      Keep at it, although I always keep one thing in mind "The main aim is to get them to click through to Amazon."

      As long as you start getting clicks, that means you'll eventually start getting sales - and I've found that I get a lot more amazon sales from ~150 sales hub views a day than from 900+ informational hub views!

  4. Beth100 profile image73
    Beth100posted 7 years ago

    Thanks for the encouragement!  I need it.  A little over a year here and still haven't even reached payout with Adsense.  lol  Guess by Adsense doesn't make much cents!  lol  Oh well, I didn't initially join to make money, just to write.  Seems like I have been bitten with the money bug (for now).  smile

  5. livewithrichard profile image86
    livewithrichardposted 7 years ago

    Beth I make a lot of sales hubs and I can tell you that I have the most success when the very first module is either Amazon or Ebay.  Don't put a picture or video first.  And you're not optimizing them for adsense.  The first thing a visitor sees is a sampling of your products so they know right away this is a SALES hub.

    When you do this, you have to make sure that you un-check the calculated summary and create a unique summary with your product name and or keywords, otherwise you get stuck with product ads in your summary and that's no help.

    Here is a simple layout that I use:

    Ebay or Amazon (one or the other, not both and not 2)
    Text -> Photo
    Ebay -> Ebay (or Amazon -> Amazon) (2 products mods on same row)
    Text
    Ebay -> Ebay (or Amazon -> Amazon)
    Text (this is where I encourage visitors to become hubbers)
    Photo (image to encourage sharing and bookmarking)
    Photo (image to encourage rating the hub preferably up)
    Comments
    News or RSS (this is optional to keep the page dynamic)

    This layout puts a lot of product on your page to choose from, it encourages referrals, bookmarking, and rating. And, HP will optimize the advertising space for you.  Check out my latest hub on Lladro Figurines as an example.

    1. Beth100 profile image73
      Beth100posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      LivewithRichard -- I'm coming over to check out your hubs and your wording.  Thanks a lot for explaining your layout which really works for you.  I'm open for the right format to maximize the number of products but retain it's readability.  I hadn't thought of side by side, which would help me minimize the white space (which, in my opinion, is unsightly).  Again, thanks a bunch!!  smile

  6. Denise Handlon profile image89
    Denise Handlonposted 7 years ago

    Great question and request, Beth.  I have yet to do an ad hub, however, I've been curious about venturing down that road and wasn't sure how to get started. 

    Thanks for opening the door!   smile

  7. WryLilt profile image90
    WryLiltposted 7 years ago

    I'm sure you all know who Nelle Hoxie is - she writes sales hubs and earns quite a decent living from them.

    This thread by her may interest anyone looking to learn what exactly to put in a sales hub:

    http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/50840

  8. Appletreedeals profile image70
    Appletreedealsposted 7 years ago

    @Beth100
    Not a critique - just some thoughts

    1. Your text by each item does have descriptive "benefit" words, which is good, but the Amazon ad photos are small so - perhaps a 1/4-size photo above the Amazon ad to give the reader a better view? Or not, they can always click the ad to see it, but maybe they would have a higher interest level when they clicked? Just a thought.

    2. As mentioned, I think your text is enticing and interest-generating, but what about a blurb to tell them why they should buy from Amazon - with a "call-to-action" that tells them why they should Buy now! (remember you lose your Amazon cookie for them when they leave Amazon, generally speaking) I like to do this with a text capsule between two dividing lines, between 2 sales capsules. This link will show you a module like I am describing: http://hubpages.com/hub/AquaDoodle-Top- … d_10541701

    3. What is your purpose for the "Light Reading" links that send your readers away from your page? If it is just for the related-topic links juice, perhaps a links capsule below a comment module would work. You would get the same related topic link juice effect, but it would be out of sight, (most readers stop at the comments capsule), thus less chance of sending your readers away.

    Just some thoughts, I'm certainly not qualified to give "expert" advice, besides the reality of "different strokes for different folks"

    GA

    1. WryLilt profile image90
      WryLiltposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Just a note - the Amazon cookie is active for 24 hours after click through.

      Any items placed in the shopping trolley are on that cookie for 89 days after click through.

      (For the first sale only of course.)

      1. Appletreedeals profile image70
        Appletreedealsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        ...as I said, "generally speaking..." but, I think that that 24hrs is only good as long as they don't come back to Amazon through somebody else's link, in which case I think their link will replace yours

        regardless, I should think a motivating call to "Buy now" would be more beneficial than just hoping to hang on to a cookie for 24hrs.

        as to the second part about, interesting question, I think I'll do a post question on it. When I buy online I buy, I don't ever remember leaving things in a cart to come back to later. But maybe that's just a guy's way of shopping.

        GA

    2. Beth100 profile image73
      Beth100posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      GA, I'm here to learn how to do this.  smile  You're suggestions have me thinking of how to do this and roll it in with Richards format (above).  The point you made about the light reading is really on the spot.  I'll be moving both rss and newsfeeds to the bottom.  Thank you for some great suggestions (and link).  smile

    3. lrohner profile image79
      lrohnerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Not a good idea. You WANT them to click over to Amazon, regardless of whether they buy that product or not. It puts the Amazon cookie into play with your ID on it. Doing as you described is what's known as "too much information."

      1. Beth100 profile image73
        Beth100posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        That's what I was just thinking after rereading it... 

        Is there a way to enlarge the Amazon ad?  I don't think so, right?

  9. sofs profile image81
    sofsposted 7 years ago

    Thanks for this thread Beth...I had almost given up sales hubs after writing a few ... slowly getting motivated now... hope to write one very soon.

  10. sunforged profile image74
    sunforgedposted 7 years ago

    The Amazon "cookie' (they actually track on their end via refcode not a "physical" browser cookie) is pretty much a one shot, its pretty hard not to get your cookie overwritten. Everyone is an Amazon aff!

    The harsh reality is that you want to attract a visitor in a buying mood and then get them to amazon. Im not sure how much sales techniques are coming into play with this type of online product sales online.

    Personally, I think Richards template suggestion is far better than the one you are using. If you see a hub template as being 3 columns - 2 editable by us and one sidebar controlled by hubs, I think the tendency to use these squished 2 column layouts with products on the right and tiny strips of text on the left to be a design horror.

    But going back to the harsh reality - a ugly template like that may force a reader to just jump into amazon or a related adsense ad quicker- so could be a great sales vehicle.

    I have a dual screen wide screen lcd monitor set up and I still think reading in one little squished column is untenable. I cant imagine what it would be like with a more traditional monitor or a smaller laptop!

    Im no amazon expert - but last month I averaged 30 sales a day on seasonal products and exceeded 10k in gross sales (amazon alone) - I really think basic design sense has its importance - give a viewers eyes space to breathe, control where your reader pauses, be very specific and intentional with your exit points and dont just rehash the text(product description) that they will be reading when they head over to amazon!

    I half agree with lrohner - about why one would or would not use product images - but there are seo and trust values to using a few relevant images properly alted - so there is a balance to find between looking good and appropriate and driving your customer to the checkout!

 
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