In many previous forum posts there have been people who have given up hope with their Ebay and Amazon capsules on their hubpages, because they don't earn any money from them, some have even removed the capsules from their hubs. I don't really make much money from either but I keep the capsules on my hubs because they are free to use and take no time to set up and if someone does buy something I get a small payment as commission.
To all of those hubbers who have taken the capsules out of their hubs especially I would ask them to reconsider their actions and put them back because 1 sale can make a massive difference to your earnings.
Today one of my hubs made a sale on Ebay and I made a commission from that one sale of $43.91 not bad for one click I am sure that you will agree.
2008-10-06 2008-10-07 Winning Bid (Revenue) 43.91
Keep the capsules guys, they could pay off big one day.....jimmy
I feel ya! I sold a new imac computer from an ebay link. I don't remember what hub it was from, but I don't have a mac hub. Keep the links people, but keep them relevant and let the user buy something that's not relevant still using your cookie.
I had an Amazon sale on a hub for market bags. The sale was for something unrelated. I didn't make much, but it was my first ever Amazon sale, so I was excited. Since then, I've gotten a couple more Amazon sales. Don't know which hubs they are from, though.
Heh, I also barely got a click on Amazon or Ebay, I will not remove the capsules but nonetheless it isn't what I would call "Good" in the least as it is. Maybe it doesn't blend well, or people don't further click on them because they know we placed them there, I don't know. I do know that I have never had a sale from any of them, while Ad sense keeps delivering.
What I have been pondering immensely is the fact that Ebay and Amazon Capsules aren't working (like no click at all >.<) and what has even shown any money at all is Ad Sense and Kontera. I believe the information I put in a Hub should be read and taken seriously, aka not just for money, and by eliminating ads, more people (outside of the community) may stay and revisit more. By eliminating those capsules and just having Ad Sense and Kontera would encourage more people and clicks, and a cleaner appearance.
Glad you made some money Jimmy, but I'm afraid I agree with Thranax. (Haven't seen you round much. welcome back)
Have a look at the very prolific hubber Hal Licino's hub on his Amazon profits.
http://hubpages.com/hub/Adieu--eBay--Am … or-Nothing
Well placed and topically relevant amazon and ebay capsules can perform quite well indeed. On the other hand amazon and ebay capsules simply added as an afterthought probably will not do much for you. There is one subtle downside to the strategy of adding them to every hub that I'd like to mention. For lightly trafficked hubs, they will significantly slow down the load time of the page. This is because the amazon and ebay data can only be cached for a short period of time and requesting it from their web services can take anywhere from 0.5 to 1.5 seconds (not to mention the additional download time for the images).
So with that in mind, the strategy I'd suggest is to leave them off your new hubs unless they are directly relevant and prominently featured. Wait a week or two, and see if your hub is generating decent traffic (say 30+ views a day). If it is, go back and add a well tuned capsule or two. In general eBay pays a bit more per click than Amazon.
I didn't think Amazon clicks per se paid anything unless the mark actually buys the book.
It seems to me that in order to generate $$ from Amazon the hub can't just be something related to the book, it's gotta make the visitor dying to buy the book. Well book salesman I'm not, so no Santa Clause for hot dorkage this year.
That's what I thought too! I have never seen any revenue from clicks but only from items shipped out. Can anybody clarify how you can get paid by click?
Ya can't get paid by click, the click will only pay if it leads to a sale. But as others said, if used properly it can make money, it just hasn't even if you plan where to put them. More testing of how to get a sale on them is needed. Eric there could answer it us for a hub if he was nice . But alias, unless he does then you must conduct your own study and blah blah blah, I hate making "test" hubs that are real hubs but really for the purpose of seeing how they have been reacted to (while demonstrating and giving a real topic and real information in the hub). What can ya do? Its hard, find a solution. I know Eric and Paul said well planned ones can be profitable, and to not just have them if there an after thought, well I always add ad's last because the content comes first to me, although Paul, Hubpages is advertised as a place where people can make revenue and Hubpages provides the tools (the two capsules), might be nice to get one of the Hubpage staff to make a *detailed* Hub on how to use these resources correctly AND make a PROFIT from them
I mean, it isn't that farsighted of a request Paul, you did teach us how to use Kontera and make money with it, same with Google, so why not the two other capsules as well?
As others have said you only get paid when a sale is made, but that doesn't mean you can't figure out what you're earning per click -- just divide the dollars you made by the number of clicks.
We've done just that for all the HubPages Amazon and eBay clicks, and eBay pays a bit more per click. We don't have readily available impression data, so it may be that one or the other type of capsule is more likely to be clicked on. So, I'm not saying eBay is better -- you probably just want to pick the one that has the products most relevant to your hub.
I have signed up one ebay account, and made one sale on amazon. I think they certainly can't hurt, and like Whitney pointed out, can be useful for future sales.
Adsense and Kontera are doing much better though!
Good for you Jimmy. The commission on motorcycles is pretty good as well.
If the capsules are used properly, you can make good money from them. I make $200-300 a month with Amazon.
You only get paid from Amazon and Ebay if you make a sale...
I agree with Thranax.
I used to have eBay and Amazon capsules on all my Hubs, because even if they weren't selling, I thought they added colour and variety to the Hub. But then I realised - I want the reader to exit my Hub by clicking on a profitable ad, not an unprofitable one! Adsense seemed to convert better, so I decided to change my strategy.
These days, I've removed a lot of Amazon capsules (because as an Aussie, they won't pay me in cash, just in gift certificates). I've left the ones where I can feature high-priced goods, or where they are highly relevant to the content and I feel like they're providing a service to the reader.
I've retained my eBay capsules because I also have an eBay affiliate site, so my combined eBay earnings are worth having.
Interesting point about the slower loading - I may now review them again!
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