Amazon launched its official WordPress Plugin called Associates Link Builder. This plugin helps you to create and add Amazon affiliate links and products easily on your WordPress Website. Check this beginner’s guide to know How to add Amazon Affiliate links and products on WordPress websites using Associates Link Builder Plugin easily.
What is Amazon’s Associates Program?
Amazon’s Associates Program is one of the best affiliate programs that enables its users to join, refer and earn commission on every sale. An affiliate user can select any kind of product from available categories and refers to its users. Amazon pays up to 15% commission on every sale to their affiliates.
To get started with Amazon’s Associates Program, you need to create an affiliate account. Once your application is approved, you need to add the product unique tracking link on your website. You’ll receive a commission when the person clicks on your referral links and buys the product.
By now, I assume you have already created Amazon Associates account. If not, check this beginners step by step guide on how Amazon’s Affiliate Program works and How to Sign up for Amazon’s Affiliate Program.
You can start earning by promoting Amazon products on your blog once your application is approved.
You can start making money with Amazon Associates by placing their any link type on your website. Amazon offers various links formats and Publishers can pick any ad link type based on their needs.
Amazon associate program offers a variety of tools to create affiliate links which helps to build the links easily from Amazon associate programs dashboard. Check this post to create Amazon Affiliate Links from Amazon associate programs dashboard using a variety of tools.
Amazon has launched its official WordPress Plugin called Associates Link Builder for its WordPress users to create and add Amazon affiliate links and products easily from WordPress dashboard. Let’s check.
How to add Amazon Affiliate links and products on WordPress websites using Associates Link Builder Plugin:
In order to use Associates Link Builder Plugin, first, we need to install and configure the plugin.
Install and configure the plugin:
Step 1: First login to your WordPress dashboard and install Associates Link Builder Plugin. Refer this step by step guide to know how to install WordPress plugins.
Now go to Associates Link Builder Plugin settings after installing the plug-in.
Step 2: Now we should add the Marketplace and tracking Id’s.
You need to sign up for Amazon’s Affiliate Program depending on your location and target market country. If your target location is India you should sign up for Amazon’s India Affiliate Program. If you’re targeting for U.S market, you should sign up for Amazon’s U.S Affiliate Program. If you plan to promote products to all countries you should sign up for all countries affiliate program. Here marketplace is the country location in which you signed up for Amazon’s Affiliate Program.
Everyone thinks how companies will track the record of their sales. The answer is the unique tracking link you received from a company. This tracking link contains a unique number and it’s used to keep track of sales. Based on the tracking link, companies will notice who send that person to buy their product.
Now under tracking Id’s click on Add a Market Place button. By clicking this button, you’ll get an option to add the Marketplace and tracking Id’s.
Select your marketplace from a drop-down list. If you signed up for Amazon’s India Affiliate Program, select India (IN) from the list. If you plan to promote products to all countries and signed up for all countries affiliate program, you can also add another marketplace by clicking add a marketplace button.
How to Find Tracking Id:
In order to find your tracking id, login to your Amazon associates account. In your account dashboard, go to Manage Your Tracking Ids under your mail id as shown in the photo.
Here you’ll find your Amazon associates account Tracking Id. It’s always recommended to create a separate Tracking Id for Associates Link Builder Plugin for better track and monitoring of sales.
Now add tracking Id in enter tracking Id(s) box. You can add multiple tracking id’s separated by commas, whereas the first tracking id will be considered as default tracking id for that marketplace.
You can remove marketplaces by clicking on remove marketplace button once added.
Step 3: Now we should add Access Key Id and Secret Access Key credentials under PA – API credentials.
These credentials are used to invoke the requests to Amazon advertising API for fetching the information of an item.
The Amazon product advertising API provides programmatic access to Amazon product selection and discovery functionality to monetize your website easily. This provides details information of products with images, prices, customer reviews and more.
How to Get Access Key Id and Secret Access Key:
We must sign up for The Amazon Product Advertising API from Amazons Associates account dashboard. So we must have Amazons Associates account In order to sign up for The Amazon Product Advertising API.
First, log in to your Amazons Associates account. In your account dashboard, go to Tools >> Product Advertising API.
Click on join button.
Now you’ll get Access Key Id and Secret Access Key credentials. Copy your API credentials or you can also download the same by clicking on download credentials button.
Now go to your WordPress dashboard and add these credentials under PA – API credentials in Associates Link Builder Plugin settings and click on save changes
Associates Link Builder Plugin successfully configured on your WordPress website. Now we will check how to add ads on your website.
Add Amazon Affiliate Links From WordPress Post Editor:
You can easily search and add products from WordPress post editor by creating or editing a blog post. Here’s a step by step guide on how to add Amazon Affiliate Links from WordPress Post Editor using the Amazon Associates Link Builder Plugin.
Step 1: First login to your WordPress dashboard and go to post editor. In order to add an affiliate link on your page or post, first place your cursor where you want to add the affiliate product ad.
Step 2: Now search for the product by typing the product keyword, name, category or brand in the search bar and hit enter to get the search results.
Step 3: Now select one or more products from the products listings. Once selected the products, select the appropriate ad template from the drop-down list. Verify the marketplace and tracking id and click on add shortcode button to advertise the products on your website.
Now you’ve successfully added ad unit to your website.
Amazon Associates Link Builder Plugin provides pre-installed ad templates to display the products. Now, will check about these ad templates.
Product Carousel Template:
Stylishly designed and responsive ad template that automatically adapts the device screen size. This template will display the products in a slideshow. You can use this ad template to display the two or more products on your website.
Product Grid Template:
Another responsive ad template that used to display the products in grid view. You can use this ad template to display the two or more products on your website.
Product Ad Template:
This ad template will allow displaying the one product at a time.
Price Link Template:
A hyperlink contains the current price of the product. You can easily add this ad unit for inline text advertisements.
Product Link Template:
A hyperlink contains the Product Link. You can easily add this ad unit for inline text advertisements.
In order to add this unit, you need to select any word from your post text and search for the product in the search bar and hit enter to get the search results. Once selected the products, select the Product Link Template from the drop-down list. This will add Product Link to the selected word.
If you place the cursor in empty place, no ad will be displayed.
By default, the plugin will take Product Carousel Template as ad template, if no template was selected. You can change it and add any other template as default by changing the default template settings under site-wide settings in Plugin settings.
Create your own Template:
You can also design and create your own ad template if you know the coding. You can create using the templates section under plugin settings. You can also modify the in build templates as per your needs by simply editing the code.
Hope this tutorial helps you in adding Amazon Affiliate links and products on WordPress websites using Associates Link Builder Plugin. Let me know if you faced any problems while creating the Amazon affiliate links.
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