Hi, I received a proposal from someone who wants to advertise his company in some of my hubs (as a text link).
How much would should I charge him for that? Any ideas will be welcome.
Fellow Hubber TerryGl has written a hub about this issue.
I did it on one of my Hubs for a company that approached me, and they offered me $100, which I accepted (having first checked out their website as offering a quality product).
so companies just randomly come across your hub and made the offer, wow! amazing!
Oh Yes, I also have had two very large boxes of sweets come to me from two different 'Retro Sweets' suppliers in return for including their site links on my hub. I am still eating my way through one of the boxes of sweets now, aniseed balls, flying saucers, mint humbugs, black jacks and fruit salads, aniseed twists etc etc. Bad for my teeth, but delicious.
Yes, they do. Quite frequently, in fact. However, a depressingly high percentage want links to things you (or I, anyway) wouldn't want to be associated with.
So this is a 'permitted' activity? It seems a good way of marketting for me and would appear to be of benfit to anyone doing it for me. And nobody could object to what I am selling
I don't know that HubPages permits it or not. I've never had an offer I was willing to take.
Well, as far as I know it is, yes. You are allowed up to 2 commercial links to one domain per hub, but you are not supposed to link too often to the same domain across multiple hubs.
It is tolerated, but I am a little wary of it. If I do a product hub, I always want to link to something that I know is good, which will offer people actual value.
It's rather like amazon text links. I do them occasionally, on my really important hubs, because I hate the amazon capsule. It is far too intrusive, it feels like I am basically forcing people to click when I use it, but when I use text links I always feel like I am doing hubpages out of its fair share.
I simply much prefer text links, and i would love to have an option to share my clicks on amazon text links with hubpages.
Hubs must be informative to avoid falling into the "overly promotional" category. Links must be relevant to the contents. The site being linked to must be reputable.
If the product is of little interest to most people, so marginal that only a select few would want to buy it, that could be an issue.
Another issue is with the affiliate program itself: How to make it contractually and legally sound.
I was answering China Man in the abstract, based on the general criteria. Of course, his site would be reputable. Links would of course be relevant, but there may be some work involved in making an article informative - like writing about the market conditions or technology, and then zooming in on the specific product, for example.
Thanks for the info - the product would seem to be made for this kind of approach (which is why I am interested in it) I have a series of hubs planned for all the niches it can be promoted and they range from philosophy to photography to Tai Chi The more hubs in those niches (and any I haven't thought of yet) the more likely they are to be visible to the right people. In the main arena they would go unnoticed I suspect. The product is common enough but this one has an interesting twist, and its the twist that needs exposing.
Interesting question - I have a website outing soonish, should have already been out htere but you know webpeople !, I will have a product that sells for a couple thousand dollars and have allowed margin for affiliate sales (the product originates from me). I haven't yet done all my affiliate homework beyond what I needed to do to calculate the margin I needed to add to accomodate it. Is it allowed to offer this on hub ? I was thinking I could do a straightforward 'pay on actual sale' to the link it comes through.that results from someone coming through. This would mean that people could write hubs especially on the subject, still do the adsence etc, but with the link through as the prize as it were. 5% of $2000 is $100, that can take months to get to on adsence.
Before offering it on the forum, I would contact the hubpages team.
I've never been the other side of the affiliate agreement, but I would be very wary, and seek advice from people who had done it before. Because, there are a lot of conmen and sharks about.
There are probably a lot of ways to game the system, and so you need to be a real expert at the technology side, OR, belong to a existing affiliate network such as clickbank.
If you get the wrong associate, I imagine they could use black hat techniques to promote your offer, and the egg may hit your face even though it was not your fault.
I would be wary.
Of course I would ensure it was ok - but the product is unlikely to sell in big numbers but each 'sale' is high value and as it is only one step away from the provider (me) the % can be very significant, worth a gang of people writing relevant hubs with all the normal HP stuff, adsense etc just with one link pointing to my site. Clickbank etc does not cater for this kind of product of a few high value sales, it is geared to multiple sales of multiple things - it appears to me.
I understand that people pay for others to write hubs, this is no different except it would only pay on results ?
The main attraction is the minimum $100 bounty, and the product is normally mulitiple sales if you get one, more often two and 5 or 6 would not be unusual.
Anyway I have to get the damn thing out of the developers hands and onto the server yet and then set up the affiliate stuff and then I might come back and make an offer if it is allowed.
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