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How to Use the Amazon Associates Toolbar

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If you are new to the Amazon Associates program you may be wondering how to get up and running quickly by making Associates links. The best feature Amazon has recently released is the Amazon Associates Toolbar. They call it the Site Stripe. While it gives you quick access to several sections of your Amazon Associates account, the one feature that stands out is the ability to quickly make an Amazon Associates link.

Turning Site Stripe on and off
Log in to your Amazon Associates account. Then click on the link at the top right that says "Account Settings." In the Account Information box you will find a link to the Associates Site Stripe Options. If the Site Stripe toolbar is not already turned on, you can turn it on in this screen. You can adjust the features of the Site Stripe that you would like to use.

Using the toolbar to create affiliate links
With the Site Stripe toolbar turned on you are ready to quickly create an affiliate link. Start by navigating to the product that you want to link to. Then click the "Link to this page" button on the left end of the Site Stripe. A window will pop up which allows you to create a link to the product.

You will be shown the account you are currently logged in to as well as the tracking ID that the current link will be created for. You can use different tracking IDs on different websites or articles to get detailed information on where your traffic is coming from. Make sure you choose the right ID for the link you are about to create.

Do you want a text only link, or an image link? Whichever you choose you will have options specific to your choice. If you choose the enhanced text and image display you get to choose the colors for the advertisement. If you choose just the standard image you can choose the size of picture you need. The most commonly used option for bloggers is the text only option which you will use in blog posts and articles you write. Write in the anchor text you will use for the product and copy the code from the bottom section to paste into your writing.

Other features of the toolbar
All Amazon Associates have access to creating their own aStore. The toolbar allows you to quickly add an item to your aStore. You can also easily add a product to your various Amazon Associates widgets for your blog.

While there are several other features with the Site Stripe the last one that makes this a very helpful product is a one-click method to get to your earnings summary. Click the "Your Earnings Summary" link in the Site Stripe to see your current month's earnings. You will be prompted to log in to see your earnings report.

Creating Amazon Associates links are easy using the Amazon Associates Site Stripe toolbar. The next time you need to make an Associates link think to use the toolbar from the page you are viewing. This beats having to log into your account dashboard just to go back to the page you were on to get the link you need.



Oct 25, 2010 9:59pm
Great article! I just start using this toolbar and simply love it. No more endless search for your affiliate link on different product! Amazon is evolving nicely - they have a lot of other very useful widgets - and I am planing to write an article about one of them - the "carusel" widget.
Oct 25, 2010 10:36pm
I look forward to your article. I don't even know what the carusel is.
Oct 25, 2010 10:00pm
Great article - very clear instructions, easy to understand!
Oct 25, 2010 10:37pm
Thanks! I appreciate you taking the time to read it. I hope it helps others.
Oct 26, 2010 8:15am
Great article, I have heard about this stripe but was not sure what it did. I have just started a couple of astores so will have to have another look at this. thanks for sharing your knowledge
Oct 26, 2010 8:33am
I hope it helps you get set up with your Amazon Associates links. I have never set up an aStore. Maybe you can explain in an article why one would want to and how to do it.
Oct 26, 2010 9:43am
Actually I couldnt do that as still struggling to get it sorted into showing categories. Mine are messing up. Time will tell.
Oct 26, 2010 10:33am
Maybe I will figure it out and beat you to writing the article. I may be able to help you in the process.
Oct 26, 2010 9:08am
Great article and one I have bookmarked against the day I have time to start applying myself to Amazon properly, sometime around the middle of next month maybe.
Oct 26, 2010 10:34am
Philtrate, I don't think the Amazon Associates is the best affiliate program. So it is not one that you need to work hard at until you get some better programs in place. When you get there I hope this will be a help to you.
Nov 20, 2010 12:21pm
dpeach: "I don't think the Amazon Associates is the best affiliate program" -&gt in the light of the chezfat experiment with it - it looks pretty cool! I plan to start soon doing similar experiments!
Nov 20, 2010 1:48pm
I am not saying that it is a bad choice. chezfat is doing a good job at it.
Oct 26, 2010 2:28pm
good article nice info
Oct 27, 2010 3:59pm
Thanks BlogMakesMoney! I appreciate you taking the time to read it.
Mar 29, 2011 6:12pm
Thank you dpeach - have been trying to link a product in my signature box with out results - this will surely help!
May 28, 2011 6:03pm
I hope it does help. Let me know if you need more help and I will see what I can do. Send me a private message and I will either give you the goods in a message or write another article specifically on how to do what you are trying to do.
May 28, 2011 3:37pm
Thanks so much for the help! I'm trying to link Amazon products to many of my articles, so I really appreciate this!
May 28, 2011 6:04pm
This was mostly written with regular blogs in mind. Some of the details might need to change for the IB editor. If this doesn't take care of you, then let me know and I will see what I can do to clear it up.
Dec 27, 2012 1:14am
Hi, I have just started learning about Amazon Associates, so this article is very timely and helpful for me. Thanks a lot!
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