How to Put Amazon Ads On Your Blog

by Nathan McGinty

Adding Amazon Ads to your blog is an easy way to spread the word about products you use as well as to make some extra cash through the Amazon affiliate program. Embedding an Amazon Ad is as simple as generating the code on the Amazon Affiliates site and then inserting this code into your post. The main trick to this procedure is to make sure that you paste the code using the HTML editing facility of your blogging software.

Obtaining Amazon Affiliate Code

Step 1

Log in to your Amazon Affiliates account (See Resources). If you do not have an account, you can set one up for free.

Step 2

Click on the "Product links" on the left side of the page.

Step 3

Click the "Get link" button adjacent to the product you would like to advertise. If you do not see a product that you want on this first screen, search for one by typing an item name into the "Search" box.

Step 4

Customize the HTML code. Step through the Ad design wizard to configure an Amazon ad for your site. On this screen you can customize the link, text and background colors, among other options. A preview of the Amazon ad displays next to the options selector.

Click the "Highlight HTML" button located beneath the HTML code readout to select all the generated code for your ad. Copy this code to your computer's clipboard or to a plain text file.

Adding Amazon Code to Your Blog

Step 1

Create or edit the post in which you would like to place the ad.

Step 2

Place the cursor where you want to insert the Amazon ad in your blog post.

Step 3

Change the editing mode on your blog software to "Source" or "HTML" mode. In WordPress blogs, for example, this is done by clicking the "HTML" tab located at the top of the blogging interface.

Step 4

Paste the Amazon ad code into your blog post. Exactly where you put the code will depend on the individual post. Preview the position of the ad in your post by switching out of "HTML" or "Source" mode.

Step 5

Save your blog post.

Refresh the page containing your blog post and you should now be able to see the Amazon ad.


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About the Author

Nathan McGinty started writing in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University, London. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, in positions ranging from tech support to marketing.

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