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Adding Amazon Affiliate Links to IB or a WordPress Blog

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 11 22

How to create Amazon text links easily

If you do want to add an affiliate coded link from Amazon to your WordPress Blog, Infobarrel article, or another website that includes a link builder (little chain symbol in the toolbar) follow these directions.  The directions look complex but do it a few times and it will become second nature.

1.  Sign in to your Amazon Associates Account

2.  Find your product/category/search result page.  You can link to just about anything at Amazon

3.  Choose link to this page up in the top left

4.  Choose text link

5.  A box of code will come up something like this one (this one points to a category of books on forum management: 

<  a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/mn/search?_encoding=UTF8&x=18&tag=medialunchbox-20&ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&y=21&camp=1789&creative=390957&field-keywords=online%20forum%20management&url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks%23">Name Your Link

 (I broke the code so we can see it all.)  

Where it says "yourAmazonid" it will have your actual Amazon ID - I swapped out my ID for illustration purposes.

6.  Select and copy the part I highlighted between the " and the " from the "http:// to just before ">Name Your Link.  The rest of the code is not required because you are using the link tool on IB or on your blog.  If you were posting the code into an old school html site and wanted a box you can use the whole code.

7.  Now go back to your blog post or IB article and select the words you want to link with (the anchor text).  In this case I might want to link to my favorite forum management book. (this is the anchor text)

8.  With the anchor text selected choose the link button - it is on the toolbar and looks like 3 chain links.  It only becomes available once you select the anchor text.  

9.  Paste that code  you got from Amazon into the target URL box.  Then Insert.

10.  You can also link photos and images by adding the selected URL to the image editor.

You are all done now.  Every time someone clicks through that link and buys something (anything) within the prescribed time period set by Amazon (24 hours usually) you earn a commission.  Except, you don't earn anything if the person clicks through someone else's Amazon link after they click your link but before they buy.  

Don't shop through your own Amazon Associates links as that is against the Amazon TOS. If you are building links and checking them (ALWAYS double check the links you build) and are going to shop on Amazon go click someone else's Amazon link (here is mine for example) to access Amazon to avoid accidently getting credit on your account for your own purchases and violating the Amazon TOS.

Special InfoBarrel Instructions 

On IB you are limited to two external self-serving links and they must be contextual so don't go too crazy.  Contextual means the link needs to flow into text, not be stuck on like "Click here" and it must use anchor text, not be naked links like "www.google.com"  

=>Infobarrel now classes Amazon links separately from self serving links. They do not count against your two self serving links.

=>The new editor has an Amazon module.  

   1.  Add the Amazon Module

   2.  Find what you want on Amazon

   3.  Copy the Amazon page URL into the box on the Amazon Module (no need to follow the instructions above).  The Amazon page should be to a specific product, not a category or search result.  If you want to point to a category or search result page, use the instructions above to create a anchored text link.

   4. Save and close the Amazon Module.  Simple as that.  

=>You can have up to 1 Amazon Module or Link for every two hundred words in the article.  The text in the Amazon Module seems to count toward the 200 words.  So a 1010 word article can have up to 5 Amazon modules.

Next Steps

Now you are ready to do a Product Based Article.  Articles that revolve around reviewing, comparing and contrasting actual products that people may want to buy tend to do well.

If you are working on your blog (nearly any blogging platform) and want to make a lot more from affiliate links than read up on Viglink here.

You might want to also brush up on Keywords to help you write more profitable articles.

Other Useful Articles for Beginners

How to Use Article Summaries    

How to Use Tags

More on Affiliate Marketing for Beginners to help you understand how affiliate marketing works.



Dec 15, 2011 1:25am
Very clear tips on how to add an Amazon affiliate link.
Dec 15, 2011 7:46am
Hopefully these help some other bloggers and writers because this article answers one of the questions that I struggled with for a long time and that I see others ask regularly.
Feb 3, 2012 4:33pm
This was going to be my next question. Thanks for outlining this information detail. I will be using these steps to accomplish my next task.
Great article!
Feb 4, 2012 1:08am
Glad I could be of help Shivon
Feb 6, 2012 1:17pm
I'm sure excited! This is my very first attempt at linking. I followed your instructions an it worked! Thank you so much.
Feb 6, 2012 10:11pm
Awesome. Best of luck.
Feb 22, 2012 3:10pm
Thank you so much for this helpful article!!
Feb 23, 2012 12:38pm
Thanks Jade I was having the worse trouble with this in the world, till DebDavies directed me here, now I have finally got my first Amazon Affiliate link to work. Makes me wish I could click on a ad for you, just to say thanks, (no google don't worry I wont really!) xxx
Mar 23, 2012 9:40am
Thank you for the in-depth and helpful article
May 31, 2012 5:05am
Really helpful article, thanks for this. Just about to post my first product article!
Jun 23, 2012 5:05pm
Thank You, this was very clear and helpful!
Jul 29, 2012 10:09pm
hey there! thanks for this very informative entry. i must say, this makes my infobarrel life much easier!
Aug 26, 2012 3:55pm
Thanks man, my main question was "Are affiliate links within articles even allowed on infobarrel" since I now know I can use two, I'll be able to learn something else.

Dec 12, 2012 3:39pm
Rules have changed for Amazon links here. Max 1 Amazon link per 200 words and Amazon links are not counted as self serving links.
Dec 13, 2012 12:08am
Oh, thanks a lot for the info! ;)
Sep 25, 2012 7:39am
@JadeDragon: thank you for this detailed beauty. I posted my first Amazon link on my 3rd IB article and this article was extremely helpful.
Dec 10, 2012 8:05pm
Thank-you, Thank-you! Wish I had found your post an hour ago...
Jan 7, 2013 4:32pm
Thanks that was a great tip. If I could just see my first penny right now I'd be tickled to death...LOL
Mar 1, 2013 10:21pm
It will come soon enough. Good luck with Amazon.
Mar 1, 2013 10:39pm
I just updated this article with tips for using the Amazon Module within Infobarrel and the new limits on Amazon links.
Mar 16, 2013 3:24am
very good article thanks for the clear instructions :-)
Apr 23, 2014 11:15pm
I just bought a book through my amazon affiliate link tonight, and then I read this article and you said it was against their TOS? What does this mean, will they ban my account? Good article thanks.
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