Sunday, May 23, 2010

Step 3 : Selecting Amazon Products To Promote

So, now you know everything you need to know regarding Squidoo and Hubpages. What next? How about promoting some products related to the topic you wrote? Since Step 1 includes signing up with Amazon Associates, I am guessing here that you already have an account ready to use and benefit from.

How To Select Amazon Products To Promote

1. Go to Amazon.

2. Select a category which goes with your topic. Do you want to promote books or other items related to your topic? Select the category appropriately. As an example, I will choose Electronics -> TV & Video.

3. Go to the bestsellers list. These are the items you can earn a profit in because they are popular and people are actually looking for them online!

4. The more customer reviews there are for the product, the better! People like to read around a bit before they purchase stuff, so if you direct them to a product page you have to make sure that the landing page is effective enough -- customer reviews help in just that! On the same page, also check out 'Hot New Releases'. You will find more items (new ones) in there to promote.

On Squidoo

1. Use the Amazon Spotlight module (check modules list) for highlighting single products. These modules provide a bigger and a more attractive product display picture. I have made max sales using this module.

2. If you want to highlight multiple products use the Amazon module.

3. Make sure you have the following options enabled on Amazon modules - "Availability", "Ratings", "Used Price". I would recommend leaving out "List Price", because sometimes (rarely though) the list price might be lower than the Amazon Price. You don't want to drive your customers away with that info! ;)

4. Save.

On Hubpages

1. Load the Amazon capsule and enter the URL of the product.

2. Save.

Sharing Commissions With Squidoo and Hubpages

Since you're using Squidoo and Hubpages for promoting products, they take a part of your commission. If you want to earn the entire commission yourself, you will have to link products directly using 'Link This Page' option present at the top of each Amazon Page (you will have to be signed in to your affiliate account to view this). Then select 'Text Only' and post the code/link to Squidoo and Hubpages.

Learn How Squidoo Amazon Commissions Work.

With hubpages there is a 60-40 sharing of affiliate revenue. When you are using Amazon capsules, 60% of the time when the page loads, your affiliate code would be embedded in them, 40% of the time you will see the hubpages code. If you think you can avoid using Amazon capsules and use only the direct affiliate URL (as shown above), then think again -- Hubs allow only maximum 2 links to the same site (other than to hubpages of course!).

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