WordPress for Amazon Affiliates
WordPress has fantastically powerful tools for Amazon affiliates (or as Amazon calls them: associates). We have created this resource to help you take advantage of these tools.
WordPress is a dynamic software that can be utilized by Amazon associates in many different ways.
But generally speaking, there are two categories of how you would want to use WordPress for Amazon affiliate marketing:
- as an affiliate marketer wanting to run online stores that link to Amazon
- as a blogger wanting to monetize your blog posts with Amazon products ads
Regardless of which of the two categories you belong to, you’ll probably find valuable tips, tricks, and solutions to help you on this website.
Using WordPress to Create Amazon Stores
If you do affiliate marketing with Amazon, you can use WordPress to build an associate store. But you will need to equip your WordPress install with some Amazon plugins to do that.
Even though it is possible to build an Amazon store with WordPress using free plugins only, your store will be somewhat limited in functionality. For example, here are some important functions that a premium Amazon plugin can do and a free plugin can’t:
- Mass import products from Amazon to a WordPress affiliate site
- Create an Amazon affiliate store with an on-site shopping cart in WordPress
- Integrate Amazon and eBay affiliate programs
- Import Amazon products from a certain Amazon merchant, manufacturer, or publisher
Some of the most popular WordPress plugins for creating Amazon stores are: ReviewAZON, WP Zon Builder, phpZon, ShopperPress, WP Robot and WP AmaNiche. Some of these plugins, such as WP Robot are only good for blog autoposting based on Amazon products. Others, such as phpZon are capable of much more, they can power broad Amazon-based ecommerce stores!
I noticed that some people don’t really understand the role of WordPress themes in creating Amazon stores. That’s why here I explain the best way for picking an Amazon WordPress theme for an affiliate store.
Monetize WordPress Posts with Amazon
As a blogger using WordPress, you have plenty of options for monetizing your content with Amazon Associates program.
One of the most popular ways for making money with Amazon affiliate program is using Amazon-provided widgets. I explain how you can simply insert any Amazon widget in your WordPress blog here. There are several different ways for inserting Amazon widgets in WordPress:
- while writing a post
- by editing theme templates
- modifying the sidebar
- using Amazon plugins for bloggers.
They’re all explained on this page.
And if you’re fed up with how little revenue Google AdSense is generating for you, Amazon Associate ads could be a great, more profitable replacement. You can have contextual Amazon affiliate ads automatically displayed on your blog. Because these Amazon ads are contextual and automatically displayed, they’re just like Google AdSense, but the revenue could potentially be higher.
Or if you just want to display an Amazon product ad in a single blog post to complement your content and generate some revenue from it, you can insert Amazon ads in the sidebar manually or insert the ad within the post text itself also manually.
Amazon widgets are great and you don’t always have use plugins (or even WordPress) but there are WordPress plugins that can accomplish some clever feats that aren’t possible with Amazon widgets alone:
For example, there are plugins that can scan your post content (and comments) to look for non-affiliate Amazon links, and then they’ll modify those links to embed your own Amazon associate ID in them so that you earn commission on referrals.
Finally, I’ve talked about some premium Amazon plugins for WordPress earlier and on the plugins page. I may have overemphasized that these plugins are for Internet marketers only. They’re not. Those premium Amazon plugins can be very helpful to bloggers and content publishers too, so, check out their features closely.
Extra Amazon Affiliates Tips for Using WordPress
Regardless of whether you’re an Amazon affiliate marketer or a blogger, there are some Amazon marketing tips and tricks that you’ll find useful.
For example, you can add a user-friendly Amazon search box using HTML to your WordPress site so that your visitors can search Amazon products right from your website without even knowing it and you still earn commission on their purchases!
Or if you’re anal about analytics and SEO, find out how to track and make Amazon affiliate links SEO friendly.