Even more fun with WordPress widgets: how to create an Amazon affiliate link and make a ton of cents!

So I was procrastinating today and watching my sales creep up with eReader News Today, when I noticed that they are an Amazon Affiliate. How genius, huh? Not only they take our money to advertise, they get paid by Amazon, too. Not that I mind – of all the advertising websites I’ve tried, they’ve so far delivered the most value for the money…

They also gave me an idea – I’ve decided to become an Amazon affiliate too! Cause, you know, thousands of people are clicking on the Shizzle, Inc link…well, not thousands, just 100-200 per month, but that’s a start, right? So why not make the link an affiliate one and earn 4% on whatever sales happen as a result? At least it’s an experiment and something new to learn.

First things first – sign up to be an affiliate. Because I’m already registered with Amazon, it was ridiculously easy. Took about 5 minutes and I have no problems to report, or lessons learned – just make sure to have your tax number ready. The only bugger was that I can’t get paid by direct deposit, as I’m not in the US – so I’d opted to be paid with a gift certificate.

Next it came to creating a link – all you have to do is search for a product of interest, which in my case was Shizzle, Inc:

AA search results

Once I’d found it, I clicked on “Get link” and chose “text only” – to make long story short, I could not get image and text html to work and have found a work-around.

AA html

Then, I created a new “text” widget on my WordPress.com website – for more advice on creating links with text widgets see myΒ MailChimp explained post. This is what this new widget looks like:

AA widget

The tricky bit was how to make the link stand out. Previously, I’dΒ created a link to Amazon using an image widget, which worked well and was easy to use – just click on the image and you are there. I didn’t want to have a “naked” link only and as mentioned before, when I pasted in “image and text” html, I ended up with a lot of code visible to everyone. So I cheated: I put a text widget with HTML in the sidebar first, followed by the image widget, but without title or url link:

Two widgets

AndΒ here you go – I now have a working affiliate link in my sidebar, which should be earning me a cool 4 cents each time someone buys a book via my website! Yay!

Have fun πŸ™‚

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72 responses to “Even more fun with WordPress widgets: how to create an Amazon affiliate link and make a ton of cents!

  1. I’ve signed up and put links on all the reviews I do… hasn’t done much for me yet… of course having yours with the permanent link on the side is actually pretty smart… something to keep in mind…

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  2. Yeah, like rgdole, I put the links, but haven’t exactly raked in the money. lol.

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  3. Annette Rochelle Aben

    Makes.. cents! πŸ˜‰

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  4. Reblogged this on and commented:
    I have to tell you, you have been amazingly helpful! Thank you so much for your blog!

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  5. I wonder how this strategy works within the Kindle Select/Unlimited program. The fine print for participating in the program means you can’t sell via your website, but I wonder if selling on your website via an amazon link is a loop-hole. Then again, I believe you said you weren’t currently enrolled in the program, so I guess it is moot.

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  6. I’ve pondered it some more and am thinking it is no different than putting any other link on your page as to where you can buy a book. So I’m not going to worry about it any more.

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  7. Tamara Kulish

    I like this tip! I’m going to try it! You ARE such a smart cookie!! *smile*!

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  8. I tested it out for ya πŸ˜‰ Great, informative post !

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  9. Excellent advice, as always.

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  10. Great job, Ana! Did you know that you also earn points by adding links to other books written by someone else? For instance, one of my short stories is featured in an anthology, which I linked to my affiliate account. Also, because the book “Many Lives Many Masters” changed my life, I added it to my blog via a link to the account. I figure it’s WIN WIN for everyone.

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  12. Thanks for sharing! I’ve been linking to amazon without even knowing this was possible! Now hopefully I’ll actually make money from it!

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  13. You are absolutely right! Why let others earn your money when you could! Good job! πŸ™‚

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  14. Cracking post! I’ve been curious about Amazon affiliates in the past but been too damn lazy to check it out. I will be doing now. Good on you!

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  16. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Blogging Authors – Have YOU done this?
    Many thanks to Ana for posting this great guideline πŸ˜€

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  17. Link works great! You are now in my Kindle Fire…can’t wait to read. This is a grand idea. I like the link is not really bothersome on my phone when on your site. Haven’t looked at it on my laptop yet. What happens when you add an imagine? Considering adding this to my WP site. It can only help my sales I think…~Elle

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  19. The Internet is such a wonderful place!! 4 cents can really add up as long as people keep clicking the link πŸ™‚

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  20. Most intriguing. Thank you for sharing. o_O

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  22. I’ve signed up and am giving it a shot as well. Thanks again for more great advice. When my book comes out, I would like to send you a copy for sharing all your hard work.

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  23. Thank you so much for this…I already have affiliate links on my website but had not yet worked out how to do them on my blog too….this can be one of my tasks for next week now!! πŸ™‚

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  24. Hey, Ana Spoke! πŸ™‚ I found out you are not supposed to use the entire link available in the Amazon Text Only box! (Go figure! πŸ˜‰ ) Here’s a link to a useful post that explains that. Thanks for all your extremely helpful WordPress / Mail Chimp posts!!! πŸ™‚

    http://bakerviewconsulting.com/2014/09/how-to-add-amazon-affiliate-links-to-a-post/

    Ms. Birdlady at http://www.ms-birdlady.com πŸ™‚

    P.S.: How did you get your motto at the bottom of your webpage? πŸ™‚

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    • That’s strange, cause I’ve used the entire code and as you’ve seen in my post, it looks good. I will look into it further, thank you for supplying the link!

      What is the “motto” you refer to? The “time to get serious”? I didn’t do anything, it must be a template setting…

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      • Hi, Ana! I was specifically using it for text hyperlinks, and the shorter version was needed. Was thinking perhaps this second way might work better with the earlier image/text side widget method you were trying? Just a suggestion (haven’t tried it yet). πŸ™‚

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      • Have you tried posting the entire hyperlink in “html” window?

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      • Had a better look at the post about short links on my laptop (impossible to see on the phone). I think the following: the post is over a year old, and Amazon since then has changed the html links it produces. When I “get a link”, the code looks nothing like the one in the post. When I post it in HTML window, I get a clean and simple link. I think Amazon must have improved something since. Whenever I search for tips on things like this, I always narrow the search to last year, at least – things change so quickly!

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