Jun 30, 2011

Notice of Contract Termination Due to Potential New California Law

Yesterday Amazon Associates sent this email to all its Affiliate sales people in California.


For well over a decade, the Amazon Associates Program has worked with thousands of California residents. Unfortunately, a potential new law that may be signed by Governor Brown compels us to terminate this program for California-based participants. It specifically imposes the collection of taxes from consumers on sales by online retailers - including but not limited to those referred by California-based marketing affiliates like you - even if those retailers have no physical presence in the state.

We oppose this bill because it is unconstitutional and counterproductive. It is supported by big-box retailers, most of which are based outside California, that seek to harm the affiliate advertising programs of their competitors. Similar legislation in other states has led to job and income losses, and little, if any, new tax revenue. We deeply regret that we must take this action.

As a result, we will terminate contracts with all California residents that are participants in the Amazon Associates Program as of the date (if any) that the California law becomes effective. We will send a follow-up notice to you confirming the termination date if the California law is enacted. In the event that the California law does not become effective before September 30, 2011, we withdraw this notice. As of the termination date, California residents will no longer receive advertising fees for sales referred to Amazon.com , Endless.com , MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com . Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned on or before the termination date will be processed and paid in full in accordance with the regular payment schedule.

You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of California. If you are not currently a resident of California, or if you are relocating to another state in the near future, you can manage the details of your Associates account here . And if you relocate to another state in the near future please contact us for reinstatement into the Amazon Associates Program.

To avoid confusion, we would like to clarify that this development will only impact our ability to offer the Associates Program to California residents and will not affect their ability to purchase from Amazon.com , Endless.com , MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com .

We have enjoyed working with you and other California-based participants in the Amazon Associates Program and, if this situation is rectified, would very much welcome the opportunity to re-open our Associates Program to California residents. We are also working on alternative ways to help California residents monetize their websites and we will be sure to contact you when these become available.


The Amazon Associates Team

Well I'm in California so got involved in the discussion about this. Then last night I got another email from Amazon to say it had passed and my Associates account was being terminated. It is believed this affects all affiliate income in California, not just Amazon.

My main comment is to have multiple streams of income then if you lose one, you don't lose all. For me, however, Amazon was by far my biggest.

Here is the HubPages discussion about it. I am TinaAtHome on HubPages.

I found many comments about this, they all say similar things, this is just one I found.

Jun 29, 2011

BookMarking with LoveBlinks

LoveBlinks is a new backlinking site where you can put a group of backlinks together. The backlinks must be URLs and not product links. I've written a hub about LoveBlinks along with a similar site, Best-Reviewer.

Best-Reviewer and LoveBlinks - Two Great Places to Bookmark Your HubPages Articles

If you do open a LoveBlink account please use my link

Jun 27, 2011

Earn Money By Writing

Here is my friend Simey's blog. He writes in a number of places. His blog is definitely worth following if you are wanting to earn money online.

Earn Money by Writing

Jun 23, 2011

My Experiences Writing Online: Hubpages, One Year On

An interesting hub written after one year of writing on HubPages. My experiences were very similar in my first year.

My Experiences Writing Online: Hubpages, One Year On by Eleanor's Words

Jun 22, 2011

How to Find Clothing to Sell on eBay

Every category in eBay has its cheap items and its expensive items, and clothing is no exception. I learned the brand names of all the expensive clothing, then when I saw them at garage sales and thrift stores, I knew what to buy and resell on eBay. Clothing is one area that has become very difficult to sell, especially used clothing, but there are still some sellers who do well selling clothing. Here are my suggestions on how to find and sell clothing on eBay.

How to Find Clothing to sell on ebay

Jun 21, 2011

How to Find Children's Items to Sell on eBay

When I first started selling on eBay, when my children finished with their clothes I would list them individually and they would sell. But soon it became more difficult, so I started selling then in lots. Now it's even difficult to sell children's used clothes in lots.

Here is an article about the best way to sell children's items - toys and clothes - in the now difficult to sell eBay world.

How to Find Children's Items to sell on ebay

Jun 20, 2011

How to Find Books and Magazines to Sell on eBay

I spent 5 years of my life earning a living selling on eBay. I spent every weekend going to garage sales and I went to thrift stores in between. I found the same things to sell over and over to the extent I could do repeat listings. There are things that people always want to buy on eBay and I put my suggestions of how to get them in three HubPages articles. The first one is about books and magazines that will sell on eBay

How to Find Books and Magazines to Sell on eBay

Jun 19, 2011

How to Make Money by Selling on eBay

For the next 4 days I will be talking about selling on eBay. To start with there were few sellers and many buyers and people bought things just for the fun of an online auction. Now it's harder to sell there because there are many sellers and fewer buyers, but it is still possible to earn a living selling on eBay. Here is a basic, how to get started article

How to Make Money by Selling on eBay

Jun 18, 2011

How I Earn Money with Fiverr

I've currently earned about $100 with Fiverr. That's the place where you do something and get paid $5. In reality Fiverr takes $1 and PayPal takes 8 cents, so you are really working for $3.92.

If you want to see what I am prepared to do for $5 click here.

Let me tell you about a few things I do with Fiverr.

I wrote an 1800 word article listing all my secrets about selling on eBay. I earned my income from eBay for about 5 years before deciding to dedicate my time to online writing. When I decided to quit eBay I put all my secrets into one document and have sold it a number of times on Fiverr. This, in my opinion, is the way to sell gigs on Fiverr.

In my real (non Internet) life I am an organization and decluttering expert. I offer unlimited advice for one week on Fiverr in the area of organization and decluttering. Now, as a rate per hour it could be about 10 cents, but I work with real people with real problems and I find I can answer their questions easily. When the week is over I take all the emails and turn them into articles and put them on one of my sites about decluttering.

The most popular gig I have on Fiverr is that I will write an article promoting a product or website and put it on my HubPages account. I claim you can give me a topic and I have the ability to write about anything, although some articles have been more challenging than others. The advantage of this is that I am advertising a product that someone wants to sell, and chances are they are not the only ones. So, I assume I will get good Google ads on a range of topics. Given a topic I can usually research and write the article in 2-3 hours. If I do research I can often write more than one article, making my research time more profitable.

The limit on Fiverr is how creative you can be. I've also been told that if you keep adding new gigs then the gigs that you do have will stay near the top of the search. If you list a lot of gigs and sit back and wait, you won't get many sales.

So, the best way to earn money on Fiverr is to have a product where you can complete the sale as soon as you get the order. Or, as you can see from the above gigs, have a product that benefits you more than just the $5 (or really $3.92) that you will earn on Fiverr.

Let me know in the comments section if you have any great Fiverr ideas.

Jun 16, 2011

Jun 15, 2011

Google Adsense Ads

When you put Google ads on your page of writing, it's important to make sure they are relevant to the topic you are writing about. This video shows an example of when they are not.

Jun 13, 2011

Amazon and eBay Capsules on HubPages

This video shows how to apply for Google Adsense and Amazon Affiliates, and also talks about eBay Affiliates.

Jun 12, 2011

What time and the Internet can do

This video shows you what time and the Internet can do. It shows you the number of views I had on my Amazon Listmania lists over a period of 5 years.

Jun 10, 2011

People I Have Helped Start Writing on HubPages

I have helped a number of people get started writing on HubPages. You can read about them below.

People I Have Helped Start Writing on HubPages

If you would like me to help you get started, just use the contact button to send me an email.

Jun 9, 2011

Hubpages, Xomba, Infobarrel and Writing Online Articles

I started writing online in January 2010, I joined HubPages in March of that year, then in April I opened accounts with InfoBarrel and Xomba. I liked HubPages much better at first and wrote a lot of articles there, but I kept the same number of articles on Xomba and InfoBarrel in order to compare them. I also added a lot of bookmarks on Xomba, which kind of spoiled my experiment.

Anyway, InforBarrel got more views and Xomba got more money. This article was written about a year ago, since then Xomba have terminated their referral program.

Hubpages, Xomba, Infobarrel and Writing Online Articles

Since the Google changes in February 2011, I have had a lot more traffic on InfoBarrel and my earnings on Xomba have become insignificant. While I still prefer to write on HubPages, if it was a choice between Xomba and InfoBarrel, I would now choose InfoBarrel.

Jun 8, 2011

How to Write a Hub on HubPages

Click here for a HubPages article with step by step instructions on how to write a hub on HubPages

How to write a Hub on HubPages