Quick How-To: adding a link to Amazon from your WordPress.com blog

You may have noticed that at the top of this blog’s right-hand sidebar there’s now a pic of the Shizzle, Inc cover with an invitation to download. If you click on it, it will take you straight to Amazon Kindle (the American one).

You may also wonder why I haven’t done it to begin with, as soon as the novel was published. The answer is, I couldn’t. In my naivete, I assumed that there would be an easy-to-use widget like the one WordPress.com has for Goodreads, but there isn’t one. I don’t know why. Maybe WordPress and Amazon have had a falling out, Like Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. All I know is that setting up this little link was a pain.

I won’t take you through everything that I had to go through – suffices to say that there’s A LOT of useless, outdated advice out there. In summary, THIS WILL NOT WORK:

  • Trying to insert HTML code, as per Kindle own instructions. This is probably meant for WordPress.org websites.
  • Trying to use Text Widget.
  • Trying to use any other widget, like Goodreads, and posting a url somewhere. (Ok, so it was a stupid idea, but innovative!)
  • Crying.

JUST DO THIS:

1.  Add an image of your cover to your media library (see Media in Admin sidebar).

2.  Add an Image Widget (go to Appearance – Widgets in Admin sidebar). The dialog box will look like this:

Capture of image widget

3.  Put a widget title in, if desired. I put in “Download Shizzle, Inc.

4. Now go back to your media library, find your cover image and double-click on it. You will see this:

Capture of image in image library

See the box in the top right corner? Copy THAT url (ignore the permalink or the “shortlink”).

5. Paste the url in your Image Widget.

6. Save and move the widget up in your sidebar (if desired).

7. Go back to your website and admire the results!

Hope this has helped or will help you in the future. It will certainly help me when I get to post my second novel, cause I’m guaranteed to forget it all by then.

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51 responses to “Quick How-To: adding a link to Amazon from your WordPress.com blog

  1. Thanks for that!!! I was putting in a hyperlink per instructions and I finally figured out the link wasn’t working. I researched and could not find an actual true answer that worked!! Thanks so much!!!!

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  2. Thanks – always appreciate wordpress.com tips!

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  3. Reblogged this on How To Ebook and commented:
    Great How to article! Must share

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  5. On Becoming a Lemonade Maker

    Thank you so much for posting this! I followed your directions, and they worked perfectly! I now have my book link, a link for my art and photos, as well as follow me buttons for various social media! I was able to rearrange the order of appearance on the sidebar, and I’m thrilled with the results! Thank you! I’m going to re-blog this to help people!

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  6. On Becoming a Lemonade Maker

    Reblogged this on On Becoming a Lemonade Maker and commented:
    Thank you so much for Ana posting this! I followed your directions, and they worked perfectly! I now have my book link, a link for my art and photos, as well as follow me buttons for various social media! I was able to rearrange the order of appearance on the sidebar, and I’m thrilled with the results! Thank you! I’m re-blogging this to help more people!

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  7. Thanks Ana! I just added a picture link to my first book to my page. I hope you don’t mind if I copy your instructions and post them to my next entry. I will give you credit, and it will help me remember for my next book release!

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  9. Thank you. I had given up on the image link and was making do with links in the text. I will try this. Given my level of technical expertise, sholdn’t take more than a week. (Kidding – I think)

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  10. Thank you for this valuable tidbit! I think they need a WordPress University, personally for all of this stuff… lol. 🙂
    Seriously.

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  12. nickgreensreviews

    Thank you for this! I always put a “album of the month” in my widgets, and link to my review (if I’ve done it) so that if my readers click on they can read the review on my chosen album of the month.

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  13. I just double checked the text widget method and it works for me. I’ve put a book cover in a sidebar and linked it to the book’s page on Amazon. When you click save in the text widget box make sure it saves with the HTML tags still in place. (Sometimes they mysteriously disappear and you have to save it again.

    Another tip is when you use the Amazon URL for your book you can use a very short URL like amazon.com/dp/fjdhfkjdhkdfhfk (where jdjdfdfjdd is the string of numbers and letters for your book) and then copy and paste that address changing com for .co.uk and .fr or .ca for all the international Amazon websites.

    Your book would be:
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014XFQPZ6 for the US
    http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B014XFQPZ6 for Canada
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B014XFQPZ6 for Britain
    http://www.amazon.fr/dp/B014XFQPZ6 for France etc

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  14. If you’ll give me permission, I’ll promote your book on my blog. Oh, and I’ll need to download a copy of the cover you have in this post too.

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    • Oh, Glynis, I would love for you to do that! Are you able to download the jpeg? I’m about to post a request for people to host my blog tour, so if you’re interested in doing an interview or a guest blog, please let me know!

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  15. Thank you! I tried to figure this out months ago for my debut release and gave up. Today, I gave it another go and succeeded!

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  17. Thank you so much!! I love your blog!! Thanks so much!!!

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  22. Thanks, Ana, I was struggling on how to do this, you’re ace.

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  23. Thanks, Ana. You answered the question before I knew to ask it!

    ~Vanessa

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  25. Absolutely invaluable advice! Thank you for posting this.

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