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Ian C. Purdie
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For some obscure reason my Amazon sales so far this month to the 20th are the strongest they've been for a very long time.

I really don't know why though. I'd have to go back to early 2006 or perhaps even earlier to find a comparable period. And the months not finished yet!

Very odd. I always wish you could pin down the reasons why programmes suddenly perk up. Amazon, Kontera, AdSense...
January 21, 2010 11:24PM
Harold
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Amazon has been on a gradual climb for me for some time now. I'm making more in a month than I used to make in a quarter when I got started in 2001-2002.
January 22, 2010 03:50AM
Harold
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Ian, any change in your incoming traffic from Google? There have been some significant SERPs changes, from what I have heard. That could account for what you are seeing...
February 01, 2010 05:28PM
Troi
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significant SERPs changes

Tell me about it ....
February 01, 2010 07:06PM
Harold
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I don't know the details, but a few people elsewhere have said they have seen changes. Not across the board. So you have to look at your own stats.
February 01, 2010 08:29PM
Ian C. Purdie
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Ian, any change in your incoming traffic from Google?

Not that I am aware of. AdSense in particular, since it went back up months ago, has consistently been +/- <2% variation around the last 4 - 5 month average.

Amazon continued very strong throughout January for me. Best month for many years and I've changed nothing. Ended up double the usual in terms of numbers, sales value and commissions.

Why? I don't know. Just hope it's not like once before when they backed out sales and commissions. Back then I thought something wasn't right.

If that repeats then I'll know for sure something isn't kosher. In that event I'll change recommended links to other sources and to hell with the commission.
February 01, 2010 08:56PM
Harold
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Ian, I doubt this is like that incident with the product preview script--that time, a number of people were experiencing the same thing.

FWIW, January ended up good for me for both Amazon and AdSense, but not house-on-fire good--more like modestly above average for Amazon, average for AdSense.
February 01, 2010 10:37PM
Troi
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Ducking out - I don't really have amazon on an active site - although have it in the pipeline...
February 01, 2010 11:31PM
Ian C. Purdie
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Thanks Harold, Troi it could be costing you money by procrastinating.
February 01, 2010 11:48PM
Troi
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I have it set up pending finishing an antique site I started about a year ago. But not had the time - or enthusiasm - to get it finished.
February 04, 2010 11:31AM
Harold
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The good news is that Amazon has now entered the 21st century by merging the UK, FR, and DE programs. Previously they were essentially three separate businesses. That may be a plus for you, Troi, as it will make it easier for you to set up links to both the UK and FR programs and manage them from one account...
February 04, 2010 09:12PM
Ian C. Purdie
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I didn't see that in an email.

I did get some email from UK, Fr and De about changes to OA. Was that it?

Yes. We are yet to see what that means in the real world.
February 04, 2010 10:54PM
Harold
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Yes, that's what they did, if you read the OA.
February 05, 2010 03:46AM
Troi
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My target audience would be English speaking only. I've got no designs on translating this one at all - my French wouldn't be up to it, and to get the correct terminology re antiques in a foreign language would be a nightmare. I should pick this up again - as I had done quite a lot of work on it. You know what its like - something else crops up and it gets side-lined. I have a couple of antiques journalists who are going to provide the bulk of content on a regular basis - with us using our massive archive of stuff from when we had the auction room for additional images and articles. I did set up a book review page - as the journalists regularly write book reviews for an antiques publication in UK. They own all the rights to their copy and images - and the stuff doesn't go online so do duplicate content issues.
February 05, 2010 09:26AM
Ian C. Purdie
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The latest bizarre sale for an electronics site?

Whey To Go Protein (Chocolate) by Solgar - 16 Ounces

[www.amazon.com]
February 24, 2010 11:19PM
wrench
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Have ya never heard of a nerd wanting to put on a few pounds & build up so they can kick sand in the bully's face?

Nerd
Wrench
February 24, 2010 11:59PM
Ian C. Purdie
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Anyone else notice that from January they no longer receive "Referral fees" but "Advertising Fees"?

Check either payments section or earnings report for January.

February was gang busters, March very ordinary where I went nearly a week without one sale??

Odd, same traffic, same clicks, no sales.
March 26, 2010 09:44PM
Harold
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Ian, the change in language is just that, a change in language, which went into effect with the new Operating Agreement March 1--the new OA is a pretty extensive rewrite for clarity but doesn't seem to make significant changes in actual practice.

March for me has been pretty much in line with previous Marches, or perhaps a bit better.

There's speculation that they made the change in language to better position themselves to challenge some state taxation efforts...
March 31, 2010 10:35PM
Ian C. Purdie
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I'm definitely getting too old for all this mumbo, jumbo crap.

I should just stay in bed, on Troi's Sauvignon drip with a kilometre long cigarette.
April 01, 2010 11:19AM
Ian C. Purdie
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Pole dancers are optional.

No drinks tomorrow <4 hrs away. Good Friday.

Out of respect for my deceased parents.
April 01, 2010 11:23AM
Harold
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FWIW I shipped more items this March (260) than last March (227) but earned less, $207 vs. $225.
April 01, 2010 04:01PM

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