Amazon Associates & WordPress


Over the past few days I’ve been trying to figure out how to include my Amazon Associates links into WordPress.  There’s a few complicated explanations I found via Google, and there’s even software you can buy that’ll help you.  After reading a few of the articles and following the instructions I was amased at how complicated it seemed, so I had a look at how I’d do it myself, and it ain’t that complicated.

So on the link here for “Stuff I Like” I’m putting up stuff I’ve bought and linked it to my Amazon account.  I don’t really expect too many sales, but hey, it’s free money ;-)   Take for example the kids swing I got for my wee one, it was good enough for me to recommend it to others.  So here’s what I done to get linked to my Amazon account from WordPress:

1. Go to the Amazon page for your product and do two things:

a. Save the picture of the item to your local computer

b. (the complicated bit)  Create a link to it using your Amazon Associates account (see Amazon for details on how to do this).  I suggest the type of link you create is ‘Text Only’  You’ll see a bunch of html for your link, you’re only interested in one part of it, the part specified by the href, see below for my example:

<a href=”http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007PMF4?ie=UTF8&tag=myexample-21&linkCode=as2&camp=134&creative=19450&creativeASIN=B007PMF4“>TP201 Forest Single Swing 2</a><img src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.co.uk/e/ir?t=myexample-21&l=as2&o=2&a=B007PMF4&#8243; width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” />

Copy the highlighted text from your link, without the brackets ” “.

2. In WordPress insert the picture you saved in 1a) and you should see the following options:

Fill in all the info you like about the picture, but change the part tha says “Link URL”, here you put the link in from Step 1b)

3. Put the rest of the text you want and that’s it!

It’s worked for me and seems a whole lot easier that the other articles I read.

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One thought on “Amazon Associates & WordPress

  1. Thank You so much. I have been trying to figure out how to get My link to work…. no one said not to copy the whole code…. Who would have know that?? Thanks Again

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