In the last post, we discussed one of the challenges of monetizing your site using Amazon. In particular, being a member of the Amazon Associates Program in a particular country does not mean that you will automatically earn a commission on purchases made by users residing in other countries. Affiliate Linkalizer for Amazon can help by detecting the user’s location and sending them to their nearest online Amazon store.

Now let’s take a closer look at how Affiliate Linkalizer for Amazon works.

Affiliate Linkalizer for Amazon Settings

The plugin’s settings can be configured by going to Settings >Affiliate Linkalizer for Amazon in the WordPress admin.

Link Type

The Link Type section enables you to select from one of several Amazon button designs, to specify the URL to your own image, or to use a text-based link:

Screen capture of the Link Type section of the Affiliate Linkalizer for Amazon Settings
Choose from one of several Amazon button designs, specify the URL to your own image, or use a plain text-based link

Associates IDs

In the Associates IDs section, you can enter the Associates IDs for every country in which you are a member of the Amazon Associates Program. You can also set one country as the default. If there is no Amazon store for a visitor’s specific country, they will be directed to the default Amazon store instead:

Screen capture of the Associates IDs section of the Affiliate Linkalizer for Amazon Settings
Enter the Associates IDs for every country in which you are a member of the Amazon Associates Program

License

In order to receive plugin updates and support, you must enter your license key into the License Key field. Your unique key will be emailed to you after purchase:

Screen capture of the License section of the Affiliate Linkalizer for Amazon Settings
Enter your license key

Amazon ASIN / ISBN

Once the plugin has been installed and activated, a new Amazon ASIN/ ISBN box appears below your posts. This is where you will enter the ASINs or ISBNs for a particular book. Since these can differ by region, it is necessary to enter one per locale:

Screen capture of the Amazon ASIN / ISBN box that is shown below a post
Enter the Amazon ASINs or ISBNs of a book

Published Post

After your post has been published, an Amazon link is automatically configured and added to the review box. The plugin is able to detect which country or locale a user is visiting from, and customizes the link to send them to the appropriate Amazon store, passing along the proper Associates ID and ASIN or ISBN for that locale:

Screen capture of a sample post showing the review box that the plugin generates
Sample post showing the Amazon buy button in the review box

In order to install Affiliate Linkalizer for Amazon, you will need to ensure that you have already installed and activated the Book Review plugin.

Post updated on 2015/10/20

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