Have you ever read a newspaper?
I'm sure you have. I did, when I was a child. When my dad came home from work, I grabbed the newspaper from him and started for the last pages, where the comics were.
After I'd read the two pages of comics, I skimmed through the newspaper (still from the end towards the start) and look at the... TADA!!!
Pictures are important. Even for adults. They catch our eye, and they make us curious, and in a newspaper or magazine, we look at the headline and the pictures first, and then on the capture beneath the picture.
On the Internet, pictures grab our attention, and we've been trained to click at pictures to learn more.
This is why it's very important to have pictures in your Amazon posts, and to make them clickable and lead to Amazon through your affiliate link.
Pictures are also important because of social media. People share pictures on Pinterest and Facebook.
Today's Task: Add Clickable Pictures to Your Amazon Posts
Depending on your technical knowledge, there are several ways you could insert pictures in your posts (or modules on a lens) and make them clickable affiliate links.
If you're writing blog posts, you can install "Amazon Link", the plugin I've already praised here on Day 02 (you can see in the video for that day how to install it and change the settings).
With that plugin, you just need the ASIN number and then to pick a template.
So to show you, I found the ASIN of a product we want:B008UC3XX6
And now I'm going to use Amazon Link and add it there and pick the template called Image, and Channel = Default. (Remember to change the settings the first time you use this plugin.)
That inserts a code, and when you look at your published post, it will show a picture of the product you chose. Like this:[amazon asin=B008UC3XX6&template=image&chan=default]
You could argue that this picture is somewhat big, and you would be right.
You could also argue that you cannot use this method on Squidoo, and that would be right, too.
So let's look at the old-fashioned way of adding a picture and making it clickable.
Old-Fashioned Clickable Picture
You'll need to do several things to make this work:
- Download the picture from Amazon.
- Upload it from your hard disk to the Internet.
- Add a code to your lens or blog post to show the picture.
- Add a hyperlink to your picture.
Download the Picture From Amazon
You go to your product, find a picture of it (NOT a customer picture, only the Amazon pictures), right click on the picture and "Save as" to your hard disk.
If the picture is too big, you can use a photo editor to make it smaller, or to even to cut out the most interesting part of it.
Upload Your Picture Somewhere
If you're already familiar with FTP, and you have a domain online, you can upload the picture to that place. If not, you can use services lick Flickr or PhotoBuckets to host your pictures.
Code to Show the Image
The code that shows the image, and which you must add to the text or HTML part, looks like this:
<img src="" alt="" />
"src" is the URL to the image. "alt" is the "alternative text", a text that tells what the image contain.
If I wanted to show the picture of the above tablet, I would add the following code:
<img src="http://brittmalka.com/pics/samsunggalaxynote101.jpg" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1" />
It's best if both the file name and the alt-text contains your keywords.
Add a Hyperlink to Your Picture
Do you remember the code for a hyperlink?
If not, then it's like this in a very basic form:
<a href="YOUR AMAZON AFF LINK" target="_blank">XXX text or image</a> (this will open up a new tab or window).
You have to combine the two, which will give something like this:
<a href="YOUR AMAZON AFF LINK" target="_blank"><img src="http://brittmalka.com/pics/samsunggalaxynote101.jpg" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1" /></a>
Difficult? No, just do it. It's actually kind of fun to see how plain text like the above can almost magically turn into pictures.
Go through your existing blog posts or lenses, and make sure you have at least one clickable picture on them. Take one lens/blog post at a time, and work around 15 minutes.