Does anyone else have this problem? I get lots of visitors to Amazon, but never earn income.
I’m new here, so I don’t have a lot of experience, but I don’t think it’s a case of just attracting visitors, with Amazon you need to attract visitors in a buying mood. I’ve had a look at your hubs and they are all great and informative. However, they are mainly how-to articles and interesting info type articles.
I think you are attracting people who want to learn something interesting, and you are delivering on that promise.
You can get the occasional purchaser from that crowd, but more often than not they aren’t interested in buying at that moment... that are still researching...
From what I can see, if you want to attract more money via amazon, you either need to write a lot of hubs, and play the numbers game, or you need to aim to specifically attract buyers. And that means sales hubs and product hubs.
But your articles will attract lots of visitors because they are interesting and well written, so I think if you do what you are doing you will still make good money via adsense.
I used to have loads of traffic and the odd sale here and there,then every hub i did in the last moth i have added amazon too and done some specific sales type hubs and hey presto sold 12 items in November!! Keep at it you will get there.
Don't feel like you're the only one.. I struggle with this myself. Hopefully someone can add a few good pointers that'll help us Amazon-less hubbers out.
I had a quick look at your profile, though didn't read your hubs - from just seeing the titles I can tell that your hubs are probably not really optimised for Amazon. I believe it is quite hard to make money on Amazon unless you have written quite specific, product-based hubs, otherwise you are not attracting a buying crowd.
Actually this is my second account - I have another which started out as my main account. I do not have any product based hubs on there and made no money eith amazon. On this account I'm doing really well with amazon in quite a short base of time (although of course it is christmas).
In my short time here on HP, I have learned one very important lesson:
Write it and write it well, amazon/adsense it, promote it (within TOS), and sit back and wait for it to mature.
If you post it, they will come!
I have to agree with ThomasE. I also mainly write "how to" hubs, and started out putting Amazon capsules in them. I got some Amazon traffic, but earned about $16 in 5 months while Adsense produced over $100.
Later, I began to write sales hubs, dedicated to selling a product or products. November alone has seen over $80 in Amazon income - my best ever by a huge factor. I understand the Xmas season is here, but an increase of 1000% still says something. I had never reached the 7 sales needed to increase the commission rate; Nov. saw 43 sales.
I also note that very nearly all my Amazon sales comes from "sales" type hubs rather than "how to" hubs. I don't particularly enjoy writing sales hubs, and I do enjoy writing how to hubs, but for that kind of income increase I will do it. Plus the surprise factor is always fun; in Nov. I sold 8 charlie brown DVD's and a huge pack of baby diapers. Neither of which even remotely comes from my hubs!
Thanks for commenting. I guess I'll need to start writing sales hubs, but it sounds terrible to me. I enjoy writing what I want to at the moment, not a profitable way to go.
On the plus side, Barbara, I find that sales hubs for Amazon are quick and easy to write when compared to my preferred "how to" hub. They only take 1/4 of the time and effort or less.
On the down side, they won't be evergreen. Even if the product line sticks around for years, the Amazon ads you use in the capsules probably won't. I try to use the "keyword" function rather than "specific products" but it often isn't possible and even that will deteriorate into nonsense in enough time.
But...you can make money at it, so I write them. Most of my effort, out of necessity, goes into making money here, not just having fun.
If you prefer writing how to and infomational articles that's fine. You can still earn money from them it's just that the majority of the money will come from adsense rather than amazon.
I also prefer other kinds of hubs...rather than sales hubs but one thing that has helped me is finding products that I really like. Look around and write a hub about a product you are excited about already.
If it is any consulation I have yet to earn a cent from Amazon
Wilderness is correct. Amazon product review hubs take a lot more "bird-dogging." It's inevitable that some of your products are just going to fall out of favor, as they become less trendy. And as he said, if you enter specific ASIN's, sometimes those will disappear over time, and you'll be left with a blank spot on your capsule where a product should be. I can't imagine what it would be like to have to watch and update 200 Amazon hubs.
If you feel that you can't honestly recommend a product because you don't own it or you've never seen it demonstrated, you can always review something that looks good, but has no moving parts and nothing to break down or require a software update. You may not make a lot on commissions though. Oh well. I'm really torn about the whole Amazon thing. I kind of enjoy writing a sales hub if I relate to the product personally. I actually sold a couple of books the other day, which stunned me.
In order to do well with affiliate sales, it certainly works best to attract visitors who pretty much have their wallets out and are ready to purchase your item. Targeting certain keywords and creating hubs, such as "buy xy and z online" or "x y and z reviews" will convert fantastically. Over time you will find out what works and what doesn't. Keep on it!
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