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Ian C. Purdie
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Subject: Amazon for August
Amazon has inexplicably fallen into a hole.

I started the month off with 2 returns [unusual] So I start out at -2.

Since then? Nothing. Cuppla sales.

Lowest since 1998.
August 20, 2010 12:46PM
Harold
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Subject: Re: Amazon for August
Very strange, Ian. I'm pretty much normal. Are clicks and traffic down too?
August 22, 2010 04:03PM
Ian C. Purdie
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Subject: Re: Amazon for August
NO, not when I last checked.
August 23, 2010 12:41AM
Harold
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Very odd, then.
August 24, 2010 03:55AM
Ian C. Purdie
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Subject: Re: Amazon for August
I just keep wondering if they've made changes. I can't think of why for years you have people clicking through and X% buy and then all of a sudden, much the same traffic and click rate but very few actually buy.
August 24, 2010 10:59PM
Harold
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Subject: Re: Amazon for August
Someone was complaining on the Amazon Associates boards that Mr. Rat's script had suddenly stopped working.

Do you use that or something similar?
August 25, 2010 03:48AM
Ian C. Purdie
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Subject: Re: Amazon for August
No,

If there were many complaints then I would be greatly concerned.

Doesn't make sense to me, apart from "REF no follow" I haven't made a change in 10+ years.

Weird.
August 25, 2010 08:37AM
Harold
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Subject: Re: Amazon for August
More discussion at the Amazon boards--something to do with how the cart is handled. But I don't know how that would affect you.

Have some of the items you link to become unavailable?
August 25, 2010 02:42PM
Ian C. Purdie
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Subject: Re: Amazon for August
I'm uncertain as to what is going on, something certainly is.

Why>

After 12+ years do my links not work? Same traffic, same click through's, to Amazon, same clicks at Amazon.

No sales?

Hard to believe.
August 26, 2010 08:11AM
Harold
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Subject: Re: Amazon for August
Ian, what link format do you use? All the same across the site? Post it here.

You should not be losing out!
August 28, 2010 03:03AM
Ian C. Purdie
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Subject: Re: Amazon for August
My biggest seller:

<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0872591441/?tag=ianpurdie99-20"
target="_blank">The ARRL Handbook for Radio Amateurs 2010</a>

The only variation on that is the ASIN
August 28, 2010 10:09PM
Harold
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That's the exact format I use, so it's not that...
August 30, 2010 05:05AM
Ian C. Purdie
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Well of course for September Amazon is back to average. On the last day someone bought this through my site.

CyberPower XL Battery Pack for PR1000LCDRTXL2Ua, PR1500LCDRTXL2U, PR2200LCDRTXL2U (Black)

[www.amazon.com]

Not often I get $315.55 sales even with 4% commission.

I had to look up what the hell it was powering.

For Damon:

CyberPower PR1000LCDRT2U Smart Application Pure Sine Wave 1000VA/700W AVR 8-Outlet 2U Rack/Tower USB/Serial UPS with LCD Display

[www.amazon.com]
October 02, 2010 12:34AM
Ian C. Purdie
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Nerdy people not only visit my site but buy through it.
October 02, 2010 12:35AM
Ian C. Purdie
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Subject: Re: Amazon for August
So after September rising to a good average after a dismal August, October now fallen into a hole.

Not one sale since 1st of the month. Same traffic, same click throughs but no conversions.
October 12, 2010 10:42PM
Harold
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Subject: Re: Amazon for August
Ian, what's your daily average number of items sold?

So far in October I've sold just about 10/day, which is more than my long-term average of around 8.
October 13, 2010 04:16AM
Ian C. Purdie
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Nothing like that number.

I used to do quite well with Amazon and then AdSense came along at roughly 80X the revenue so naturally AdSense has been given the prime real estate.

I forget the exact figures but, I can vividly recollect at one point in time on the Amazon Discussion Board saying to Wlll, "Celtic Knots" or whatever, that my 2003/4 AdSense income was 80 years of my best Amazon quarter ever. That from memory was $US160,000+

He quipped I had the best non-stop taxi meter in town.

Ever since I've been happy to make the monthly minimum but, not always. My best sellers now come via third party at reduced commissions. Only once, last August, did I not make the 6.5% tier and I've never seen the 7% tier.

At the moment I'm not even off the ground. Two items delivered and only one sale for the month up to the 11th.

Like AdSense, got me beat.

Traffic, while not like years ago, is still continually rising.

I don't believe in Ad blindness and all the other theories. I do believe my Amazon sales for years have all been deliberate "loyalty" sales.

I just can't understand August and October unless you are a conspiracy theorist with some sinister intervention.

I don't believe in conspiracy theories, just "stuff ups". Except those particular months, conversion have been roughly average.
October 13, 2010 10:29AM
Harold
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Subject: Re: Amazon for August
If there was a "stuff up," Ian, it didn't affect me. Those months were normal, right in line with a slowly rising trend for my Amazon sales (which is due to a particular section of my site on award-winning books making it to the #2 spot on Google).
October 13, 2010 01:43PM

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