I don't really write sales hubs - did maybe one, but I am getting quite a lot of views on some of my hubs, but I have no Amazon Capsules on them.
Should I put amazon capsules in my hubs, even though they are informative/how articles mostly?? Will it hurt to add amazon capsules to non-sale hubs?
I doubt many clicks would convert, but considering the views I am getting, I contemplate the idea of adding amazon caps to them...
I would say yes. For one thing, you say that you write informative articles. That means you are writing quality content which is important. You also write about games. So add capsules for the various games that you write about for a game or two, any accessories, and if there are any cheat books etc, add them. The kids are always looking for shortcuts to win. So quality content with a few products pertaining to what you wrote about, you just may have a winner. I got 2 sales after starting here within the first month. The funny thing is that they had nothing to do with my articles or products.
If you can offer products that are tightly and directly related to the Hub topic and which would be useful to the reader, why not do so?
I do use amazon on a few of my informative hubs. As Relache says they push products that are very applicable to the hub - a volt meter, perhaps for someone doing electrical home work.
I don't know that I've every gotten a click from any of them, though. Any sales are either unrelated to anything on my hubs or I have a sales hub that pushes it or something very like the sold item.
Kept to a minimum I don't see they can hurt. I wouldn't load up an information hub with a dozen amazon products, but one or two seems fine to me.
I see that you write about games and gaming components. You could easily put ads for related games and gaming components in those hubs. Also, a book about the games., any collectibles related to the games, etc.
I don't really do sales hubs, at least not successful ones.
However I have 180 hubs, and a few visitors.
Seems to me I need to make the most out of any potential for sales from those visitors.
So carefully, and gradually I am going through my hubs and putting an appropriate Amazon capsule or two which may fit what the searcher was looking for.
If nothing else it gives them somewhere else to go, so I am considering placement. I think at the end is obvious - they read the article and who cares whether they share or vote / whatever? They might just choose the Amazon route.
And also around the beginning. I figure if they land on me and read the first bit thinking "what the hell is this garbage" they might want a quick exit to an Amazon choice.
This is what passes for marketing in my book.
Not that I have written a book.
There's two parts to the sales process - 1) when people seek general information and 2) when they've found the product/service they want and are looking for the best price or best brand.
Amazon only works with part 2 (as the cookie is just 24 hours).
Don't put amazon on on "how to" hubs unless the "how to" process requires purchasing a product. So if your hub is "how to play xyz game" - well they already own the game and are just looking for info, so pointless adding the "buy this game from amazon" capsule. But a "how to make a wooden cabinet" hub will probably require tools and wood and stuff in order to make the cabinet, so add those products in so that after they've read your instructions they can buy them in order to carry out the task.
Amazon works best when you have a buying keyword in your title - "buy xyz", "purchase..." "order... "best price..." - when they type that into the search engine they are on the verge of buying.
A word of caution - you've largely escaped the plunges and this might have something to do with the fact that you have very little amazon on your account. As far as I can tell, those who have plunged have about 80%+ amazon hubs and very few informational hubs. So be judicious about adding the amazon and make sure a goodly portion of your account stays informational.
That's really good balanced advice from Silver Rose. I too have seen no fruits of my labour with Amazon as all of my hubs are informational.
Perhaps Amzon capsules would also be useful for revies of books, CDs or DVD as people sometimes search for reviews of a product before buying, or having read a review of a good book they are inspired to buy it.
Yeah, I don't want to add amazon capsules if Google is not going to like it. My traffic actually has been going down, I hope it's not because I added Amazon capsules.
It could just be a coincidence though.
it does look like google has classified hubpages as an informational site, so any adverts may have to be applied with a light hand.
Thing is tho, people really do like to buy from Amazon, but with a 24 hr cookie, conversion do rather require visitors ready to buy
I had to use a capsule to try to sell the Kindle Flame. It felt kind of dirty but then think of the money.
I don't care if Google slams me. I don't get any traffic anyway.
Do ya worst Google.
Whoa! This is interesting, I just checked my Amazon and see that I sold a few hundred dollars worth of exercise equipment! I wonder what hub it was...
Can anyone tell me how I can check how much money I made with Amazon total? I have money from them, but have no idea how much I made. Maybe there is a million dollars waiting
Go to your affiliate account. There is a box, top right where you can see traffic, earnings etc.
Go to Amazon, click account sittings (upper right) and then "view your payment history". This will show everything up to last month ago. For the last month you will have to put in specific date ranges in the earnings report.
You can change the dates on the earnings page to cover the period of time you have had Amazon on your hubs to today's date. If you cannot remember when you first used Amazon just put the date you started writing here. Hope its good news.
Whilst many hubbers claim that amazon doesn't affect rankings, I have been hit, and I think that Amazon may be partly to blame.
I will be going through my hubs and removing amazon from any hubs which are getting no traffic. That'll keep me busy, since i am in the 90%+ category for using amazon on my hubs. I cant help but think that it has played a role, even if the hubs are related to products, and I go easy on how many products I add.
Who knows, but no traffic = no sales = therefore no need to have amazon. Worth a shot I reckon.
The best thing to do is test it. I recently added Amazon capsules to one of my information hubs, then went back and checked my earnings a few days later. My Hubpages Earnings Program income was down significantly and I had no Amazon sales so I took the capsules back off. The only way you will know is to test it yourself though, because Amazon works better for some articles than others.
Good Tip. I am trying to remove capsules to see what happens.
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