When do I tack on my affiliate code, when putting a link in hubs?

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  1. TamCor profile image80
    TamCorposted 7 years ago

    I'm not very clear on some of this.  Say I want to mention Amazon.com, or a page from the site, in a hub...should I use the link capsule and tack on my own Amazon affiliate code to the end of the Amazon link?

    Or is that unnecessary, as far as earning anything, if someone clicks on the link from my hub?

    I hope I explained that clearly enough! big_smile

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    Website Examinerposted 7 years ago

    If you have inserted your Amazon affiliate ID in the HubPages control panel, any Amazon capsules will automatically be tied up with your account on 60% of the page impressions. If you want to use textual links, then you will have to create your own affiliate links for Amazon, and no more than 2 of these are permitted in each hub.

    1. TamCor profile image80
      TamCorposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks W.E.!  That's what I was wondering about--the links that I add to a text capsule. I didn't realize that about the limit of two, though--that's good to know, thank you very much. smile

      If that's the case, then it's probably better to NOT put a link in the text, and rely on the adjoining Amazon capsule for earnings, then?  I mean if I do a hub on a variety of products, which would exceed the limit of two affiliate links that I'm permitted. 

      Some of this is still so confusing, even as long as I've been on here, lol...

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        Website Examinerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        You are welcome. The limit of 2 textual links is because of the rules about "overly promotional." There is no such limit for the Amazon capsules, where the page impressions are shared between you and HubPages. Textual links are not shared, and they could be efficient in the right places; so I imagine, as I'm not much of an Amazonist myself.

        1. TamCor profile image80
          TamCorposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Ah, I understand now!  Thanks again! smile

          What about links to sites that I'm not affiliated with--can income be earned off of those, if I put one in a hub, and someone clicks on it?  That's another thing I was wondering about, but haven't found the answer for...

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            Website Examinerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Again, you are welcome. By definition, getting paid per click requires an affiliate account; otherwise it cannot be reliably measured. Instead, some people do "rent out" links on their hubs; in fact there was a long discussion about that yesterday.


            If you are talking about links within HubPages, you can use the URL trackers to get about 10 percent of the page impressions for 2 hours after someone clicks on the link.

            1. TamCor profile image80
              TamCorposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              No, I meant sites outside of HP, unfortunately! big_smile

              I thought that might be the answer, because I didn't know how they could track earnings if I wasn't an affiliate.  I think I'll just put that idea aside for awhile, and stick to what I understand so far!

              Okay, no more questions, sorry to be a pest! I really appreciate you taking the time to help me--sometimes I get so flustered when reading all of the learning sites and informational threads, that I end up not absorbing a thing... sad

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    Website Examinerposted 7 years ago

    Very nice discussion!

    1. TamCor profile image80
      TamCorposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      It surely was!

      The little I've learned about all of this has been picked up in bits and pieces--I'm in awe of folks like you who are so knowledgeable! 

      But I'll just keep picking at it, and eventually I hope to know enough to open up a website of my own, so I can get make enough money for my husband to be able to retire... lol

      Ah, dreams...... smile


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