A quick search for Amazon WordPress plugins brings up a list a mile long.
There are plugins to turn random words in your posts into affiliate links. There are plugins to display any number of products based on category or search results. There are plugins to put Amazon widget content into WordPress widgets. But there aren’t many plugins designed for the personal blogger who wants to keep their readers’ trust as an Amazon Associate.
My dream WordPress plugin for use as an Amazon Associate would allow me to search for a product from right within my WordPress dashboard.
I want to be able to be writing a post, think of a product to include, and quickly grab and insert the link without too many clicks, logins, or copy and paste procedures. Of course, automatic display of the product price and image without the iframe that always tends to break or embed strangely within a post would be a nice bonus, too.
Did I find my dream WordPress plugin? No. But I found some that came close. Are they easier to use than just using the Amazon.com Site Stripe for Associates? I think some of them are. But I’ll let you read the reviews and decide.
The plugins I reviewed here are all free, worked on my test install, and have all been updated within the last two years. I did not include reviews of plugins which did not seem to lend themselves to appropriate use and proper disclosure.
To use plugins for Amazon Associates, it is necessary to sign up with Amazon Web Services and acquire security credentials (a public and a secret key).
The Top 5 WordPress Plugins for Amazon Associates
With an edit to one line of the plugin to fix a credentials error, this plugin provides an easy to use interface that’s almost a dream come true. Search for any product, then easily send the product name or image to the post editor as an affiliate link. The plugin provides no formatting for the links or images, making it easy to integrate them into your post. The links are not based on shortcode, so will continue to work even if the plugin is deactivated. The images are hosted by Amazon.
Amazon Link allows you to insert links based on ASIN, or choose from search results within your WordPress dashboard. You can upload the product image to the media library with one click, but you’ll have to use the WordPress Add Media button to insert the image in the post. Choose from any number of templates for item display and purchase buttons.
There are so many options it’s easy to forget to specify everything you need to before you click Insert Link. Links are based on shortcode, and will be localized to the reader’s country if you choose the localization options (see footnote). You can even allow individual blog contributors to use their own associate IDs within their posts (their ID is entered in their WordPress profile).
If you already have the ASIN of the product you want to list, this plugin makes it easy to insert the product into a post. You’ll spot an Amazon button added to your options within the visual post editor. Click it, add the ASIN, and it will generate a shortcode that shows a thumbnail image, the product name, price options, and a nice buy it now button.
Simply enclose the ASIN within a shortcode to automatically embed product display that includes image and price. You can also create your own collections (like a mini aStore). The plugin author plans to include localization in a future update.
This plugin is designed for authors to use on their websites, displaying books by series, genre, author, etc. It creates its own WordPress pages with optimized SEO settings for each book and series. If you are an author, this plugin is a must-have (and your web developer will love you for its ease). It even integrates with Goodreads to display reviews right on the book pages.
It could also be useful for organizations who wanted to showcase a select few books, but an Amazon aStore might be less cumbersome for featuring a large selection of books. (The free version of the plugin does not allow you to add E-junkie or PayPal links. Upgrade to use your own Associate ID with the Buy It Now buttons.)
More WordPress Plugins for Amazon Associates
Signing up for VigLink makes you an automatic affiliate to over 12,500 affiliate programs, including Amazon Associates, Wal-mart, and iTunes. Installing the VigLink WordPress plugin turns existing product links on your site into VigLink affiliate links (without touching pre-existing Amazon Associates links). VigLink keeps 25% of the revenue but it might be a viable option if you frequently talk about products you love that are not available via Amazon.
Have readers from all around the world? This plugin will localize the Amazon links within your site (*see footnote: you’ll still have to sign up with the Associate programs other countries to earn a commission on purchases made there). And, it will automatically add your Affiliate Link to any Amazon link you use. However, there are issues using it with cache plugins, which may not make it the best option.
Want to provide a list of related products kind of like a list of related posts? Check out Amazon Related Products.
Just looking to shorten your other affiliate links?
Check out Pretty Link, Simple URLs, or Redirection. You can insert your affiliate link and it will turn it into a link that uses your own domain name. That way, if the affiliate link changes, you can just change the redirect settings rather than every single instance of your affiliate link. Remember that Amazon Associates has a shortlink feature built into the Associates Central Product Search, too.
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Most of the plugins allow you to choose your default location, which will be the location in which you’ve signed up as an Amazon Associate. Amazon Associate links are not interchangeable between countries. You will only earn referral fees for purchases made in the same country where you are registered as an associate. However, you can sign up as an associate in additional countries and use a localization plugin to change your associate links based on the viewer’s country. The tax implications, however, would require discussion with your CPA: Social Security Tax Consequences of Working Abroad.
This post is one in my series A Beginner’s Guide: 31 Days to Earning With Amazon