Friday, April 13, 2007

Putting an Amazon text link, AStore, etc. in the sidebar

Someone in the Google Help Group asked for ways to do the above. As it will be difficult to answer in the group, I have decided to answer the question in a post in this blog.

Now, let's say you have a blog Digital Photography and you are an Amazon Associate. You want to put a link to a book in the sidebar. What you have to do is to sign into your Amazon Associate account, click "Build Links" and select "Text link".

To do this, it will be best if you have a best if you have a browser like FireFox which have tabbed browsing. You open another tab and surf to amazon.com and put the search term for that book, then click on the book you want to link. Copy the URL from the address bar at the top of the page, go back to your Amazon Associate accoount (in a different tab) where you have "Build Links" already opened. Scroll down to "Build Text Link" and paste the URL you have copied into the appropriate field and then type the description of the link you want to be displayed in the other box (see screenshot below, click to enlarge):

Amazon Associate: making text link

Actually the screenshot showed the correct field, but the URL and the description I put is not for a particular book, but for a search result. I believe text link to a particular book has a "shelf life", that is, you willl probably get a message "book no longer available" or something like that when the book goes out of print, or used books are not available. I prefer to link to something like a search result page. I have a demonstration blog Digital Photography Articles and for this post I am going to demonstrate a link to a search result page for "digital photography". I opened a third tab and surfed to amazon.com. There I typed in the search term "digital photography" and got a Digital Photography Articles search result page. Instead of an URL for a book, I thus have an URL for a search result page with many different products related to digital photography, and as long as Amazon has digital photography related products, this will never be a "dead link" and I don't have to worry about checking the link to see if it leads to a "product not available" message or something like that.

(to be continued, with some editing of the above plus further explanation. Got a meeting to attend)

13 comments:

  1. Thanks, Peter! I appreciate your time and help. You're a true resource.

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  2. Hi Diane,

    I am suprised, the post is still in the process of being edited and completed. Glad you found something useful in it. I am planning to redo this post and a further post on how to get a image link like that "The Digital Photography Book" in this demonstration blog Digital Photgraphy Articles, at the bottom of the left sidebar.

    Will comment here and/or put an update in the post when that is done.

    Peter
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress

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  3. Peter, do you know if is is ok to use blogger for your business? or for advertising? I had someone suggest to me that it is against their TOS. I read ther TOS ad ... well if it said that I missed it. What do you know?

    julie
    http://incomeassurance.com

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  4. Hi SFSBlogs.

    To the very best of my knowledge, there is nothing to stop you using Blogger for business. Only thing is, there is this snob appeal thing, like using a home address for business - command less respect. However, you can register a domain name and use Custom Domain.

    Peter
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress

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  5. Have you looked at the Context sensitive beta amazon widget. It does not seem to work in an HTML/Java Widget.

    Great SIte

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  6. Hi Mike and Tracey,

    I haven't tried that yet as all my blogs except one has AdSense ads in it, and I think I will contact AdSense Help to ask if such contextual (Amazon) ads can be put in pages with AdSense ads. In the meantime, I think I will create a demonstration blog to test it out and report the result at Generating Revenue from your blog.

    Peter
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress

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  7. Update from SFSBlog

    Both Blogger and Wordpress.com (not Wordpress.org)... will shut you down for TOS violations of commercial use if using your blog for business or have marketing. I know it happened to me. I now have my blog on my own domain w Wordpress.org.

    http://incomeassurance.com/blog

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  8. Hi SFSblog,

    Thanks for the extra information. I have no intention of using WordPress. Don't know about other visitors to this blog.

    Peter
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress

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  9. Hi Peter,
    looks like we're working on similair things! I've actually created a aStore tutorial webpage you may want to check out, though it's still needing tweaking and has a few things that need adding!

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  10. Here is what I found in order to link to specific item at Amazon.

    Build a link as follows:
    http://amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/product-id/affiliate-id

    ASIN may be ISBN of the book.

    the other option is to link to search results.

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  11. Peter -- I already have a button I want to link to another site in my sidebar. Can you tell me how to add the link to it so it works?

    I got confused.

    AND I gave you a shout out today at my blog!

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  12. Hi Kay,

    If I understand what you want, I will be doing a post on how to do that today which will include I hope comprehensive instructions.

    And thanks for the "Shout out".

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Earning Online

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  13. Thanks! I managed to solve the problem. Just before you wrote.

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