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How Do You Add Your Amazon Affiliate Links on WordPress?

September 28, 2011

Do you find adding graphics and links to Amazon on your WordPress blogs far too messy and time-consuming? So did I, until recently.

[easyazon-image-link asin=”B002FQJT3Q” alt=”Kindle 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 3G Works Globally, Graphite, 6″ Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/417XQ0XwQuL._SL160_.jpg” align=”left” width=”160″ height=”160″]A minute or two ago I placed this clickable graphic of an Amazon Kindle Reader here. At one time I would have needed to go to the Amazon affiliate site, download the graphic, upload it to my blog, then get the affiliate link to add, etc, etc; a good five or ten minutes of work. Even installing Amazon widgets takes time.

Today I did something very different. Several weeks ago I installed the EasyAzon plugin, and since then my life has been enormously easier. To add the clickable graphic here I scrolled to the bottom of the WordPress ‘Edit Post’ screen where I found the following search box:

Easy Azon screen

As you can see, I entered “Kindle” into the search box, but did not alter the Search Index box from “All”. If, for example, I’d been searching for a book I could have refined my search here. On clicking the “Search Amazon” button the following list appeared.

Easy Azon screen

The third item was the one I wanted so now I had three options:

  • a text only link,
  • an image only link, or
  • an information block.

I clicked on the image option and then was given the following choices for image size and alignment.

Easy Azon screen

Incidentally, if I’d chosen the InfoBlock it would have come out like this:

If you point your mouse over one of the links you’ll see also that the lengthy Amazon URL has been replaced by a “cloaked link”. This is one of the options available on the setup screen of the plugin.

I just tried it again now and timed myself. It took me less than 30 seconds. Can you afford not to be using Eazy Azon?

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