Monday, October 13, 2008

How to create simple Amazon affiliate links

In case you didn't know, Amazon will pay you to recommend their products. If you're going to link to a product anyway, why not take credit? Amazon provides all sorts of fancy tools and flashy widgets to help you advertise their products, but creating a basic URL through their web interface isn't straightforward.

In hope of simplifying the process, I followed some 3rd party instructions I found for hacking together your own referral URLs, but they didn't work. I asked Amazon instead, and here are the official instructions:

If you would like to link directly to an item's detail page using a simple text link, use the following format to construct your links:

To make this link functional, replace "ASIN" with the 10-digit ISBN or ASIN of the product, and replace "your_Associates_ID" with your Associates ID or tracking ID. However, you would not be able to link to a search results page on

If you would like to link to the homepage, you can use the following format:

To make this link functional, replace "your_Associates_ID" with your Associates ID or tracking ID.

An item's ISBN/ASIN is listed on the item's detail page. For example, follow the link below, and then scroll down to the section labeled Product Details to find the ISBN (0439434866) for "Harry Potter Paperback Boxed Set."

I don't make much money from referrals, but I do enjoy taking my payments in the form of Amazon gift certificates and buying myself a little something from my wish list every now and then.


Blogger PuReWebDev said...

Many people ask the proper format of url links to Amazon, thanks for answering this faq so thoroughly.


11:23 PM  
Blogger Onlly you said...

I love amazon !!!

1:36 AM  
Blogger Phillip Oliver said...

Thank you so much. It is amazing that they don't provide instructions for this simple task! I've looked everywhere for instructions and finally found them here.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Rangan Badri said...

Great tutorial man. Even I can understand.
Thanks buddy.

12:42 AM  
Blogger Missy said...

Hey, CrazyBob: You rocked it out. I am an Amazon affiliate and just wanted a...basic text link.

But didn't know how to do it. Till today!


9:43 PM  
Blogger PAKSI Pulau Pinang said...

Many thanks. All the way from Malaysia! May God bless you in your journey.

1:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Works like a charm. I used it for my newsletter, as you can't really put javascript in those. :)

5:39 PM  
Blogger Adnan A.Siddiqi said...

you are not crazy at all Bob. Thanks! :)

11:11 AM  

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