Of course saying it is ‘the best’ doesn’t mean that it is actually that good.
However, Amazon’s way of paying affiliate fees to affiliates who don’t live in the States leaves much to be desired. They don’t pay by paypal!!!! Outside of the States they don’t do bank transfers either, the fees are apparently too high. And the UK Amazon is apparently a completely different company, so there is no way you can be paid for sales on the US site by the UK version.
Hard though it is to believe, the only way to get paid by Amazon is through a cheque! Apart from the hassle of waiting for cheques to come in the mail, then waiting in the bank queue to pay them in, then waiting for the payment to clear, there is the little problem of the cost of paying in a dollar cheque into my UK account.
My bank takes £9 (with a much bigger sum it would be more), while the US side takes its cut also. I seem to be losing $27 every time I pay in the cheque.
This is why I was extremely excited earlier this year when HubPages announced that we could choose to be paid our Amazon affiliate sales through them. The main advantage for most people would be reaching the higher payout tiers, but since I mainly sell electronics, I don’t really care about that. But HubPages pays through paypal where the loss of money is much less.
However, my initial switchover was not happy. I was still getting lots of clicks, but very few sales. My conversion rate dropped to under 1%. In fact it was so bad that I am pretty sure that there had to be an error, and that it couldn’t really be down to mere bad luck.
The unfortunate thing is that a few days without sales might be completely normal. You do have to test things for a while. I tested it for a month, before switching to being a straightforward Amazon associate. As soon as I switched my conversion rate went back to the far more usual 4%.
But a couple of months ago I decided to try the HubPages program again. There was is this rather old joke. A physicist, a chemical engineer, and a microsoft programmer are in a car which suddenly stops and won’t start again. The physicists want to examine the engine expecting a mechanical fault. The chemist suspects the fault lies in the chemical nature of the fuel. The Microsoft programmer proposes the following solution: close windows, switch off engine, switch on engine again, open windows…..
Strangely enough the method worked really well for me at HubPages. When I reactivated my Amazon program there, the glitch, whatever it was disappeared, and I started getting a normal conversion rate. The Amazon money adds up to my ad money, and together they actually make me feel rather pleased with my 140 hubs.
Incidentally Panda 4 appears to be very nice and cuddly as far as my hubs are concerned. My traffic experienced a couple of very nice increases since the end of May. I do worry that talking about is tempting fate, and that my good fortune will reverse, but I can’t stop myself from sharing this: