It’s only natural that the world’s biggest online store has the world’s biggest affiliate program. And if you’re not trying to cash in on it, well now’s a good time to start as any!
Here to help you get started are 5 free plugins for Amazon associates.
Provides options to insert Amazon product links in your site’s Pages, Posts and Widgets and Templates. The plugin adds a helper tool to the Post and Page administrative pages of your WordPress site that can be used to generate shortcodes easily and quickly.
With features like a search tool to assist authors to create links in posts and pages, simple [amazon] shortcode used to generate product links, localisation of all links based on the nationality of the reader, Amazon Product Details Cache to ensure pages load quickly and more! The plugin is designed to help you add simple text links, thumbnail images, fullsize images, complex templates or full-blown Amazon flash widgets.
Using Amazon Tools you can quickly and easily retrieve product data from Amazon.com and display it on your blog. You can use this plugin to do something as simple as building an ad unit that will display products of your choice, or use your blog to review products.
They also have a premium version available with features like auto-linking and click tracking.
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WordPress Amazon Associate
The Plugin features tinyMCE editor support for searching and inserting of products and/or images into your Posts and pages. The plugin also supports inserting Amazon Widgets through shortcodes, PHP code and other methods.
Supported Amazon Widgets include the Carousel, MP3 Clips, My Favorites, Omakase, Product Cloud and Search widgets.
Amazon Affiliate Link Localizer
Developed by Pete Williams who describes the plugin in his own words:
This plugin not only automatically changes any Amazon link on your site to use your affiliate ID, but it also changes the link to point to the user’s local Amazon store.
So if your visitor is visiting from the UK they’ll get a link to Amazon.co.uk, if they’re visiting from the US they’ll get a link to the same product on Amazon.com.
Amazon Product in a Post Plugin
Another plugin that helps you place products in a post via Amazon and uses the newly revised (and re-named) Amazon Product Advertising API. You can easily add the product to the TOP of the post content, the BOTTOM of the post content, or make the post content become part of the product layout.
Even though some of the plugins look like they do the same thing, they all do have their own little quirks and special features that set them apart. Take the time to test them all out and see which is the best fit for your website or blog.
Have you ever promoted Amazon via its Associates program? Tell us what other plugins you use and what benefits you’ve got through them?