Hi again 🙂
Before I forget…
I saw somebody in a Facebook group saying that she didn’t make sites for Amazon.com (only .de and some other), because she lived in Germany, and couldn’t have money transferred to her bank from Amazon.com.
That’s so true.
I used to ask for gift cards, back when I made a dollar every second month or so.
But since then, I found a solution! A perfect solution!
You can get a Payoneer card (it’s free), and if you get it through my link, you’ll receive $25 as a free gift, the moment you’ve earned $100, which could be very fast with Amazon or other affiliate programs. Get your card here, because you’ll love it: http://malka.im/e/payoneer (opens in a new window).
Today’s Task: Text Links
Text links works.
While some people like to click on pictures, other people prefers text links, and you’re going to give your visitors as many options as possible to reach Amazon.
Chris Guthrie recommends several text links already in the first paragraph.
My opinion is that this is great, if it looks natural.
You can link in different ways and using different words, but let me first give you some background about what a link consists of.
How to Use Text Links
In his book, Chris Guthrie gives several examples of how he links to Amazon in his first paragraph.
I’ll make up my own examples here:
As always, when you buy shoes from Amazon, you get free returns, if they don’t fit.
Or if you’re writing about more than one product, you can link to an Amazon search result for all product in the category, you picked, e.g.:
Amazon has several top ranking cat trees, and I’m sure you can find one that your cat will love.
The Components of a Hyperlink
When you, as a visitor, see a link, you’ll see text that is blue and underlined – unless the webmaster has changed the format and made it look differently.
You don’t see any code or anything, but when you mouse over a link, the cursor will change and show you a hand. Now you know you’ve found a hyperlink, and when you click on it, you’re send somewhere in your browser.
Behind the scenes, you have the code. A very basic hyperlink consists of the following tag:
<a href=”URL to the address you want to send your visitor to”>ANCHOR TEXT</a>
Example, if I want to send you to Google, I would make the following link:
You have the web-address surrounded by quote marks, and you have the anchor text, in this case “Google”.
The anchor text is what the visitor sees, and it’s also very important for search engines. They will assume that this anchor text relates to the address and tells something about the content of that page.
How to Make an Amazon Text Link
You can create text links to Amazon in several ways:
- Install the plugin “Amazon Link” – you’ll love it anyway. Then you can use that to add the text, you want, inside your blog post.
- Go to Amazon, and log in as an affiliate to make sure you have the toolbar at the top of your browser-window. Then go to your product, and click “Link to this page”. Choose “Text Only”, change the “Link Text”, and copy the code you get. Paste that into the “Text” tab, if you’re using WordPress, or just directly into the text field, if you’re on Squidoo or similar platform.
- Similar as above, but slightly different. Go to your product, and click “Link to this page”. Choose “Image Only”, and right click on the image. Choose “Copy link location”, and head back to your blog or lens. In your blog, you can then highlight the anchor text you want to use, and click on the “Insert Link” icon on your toolbar. If you’re working on a lens, you’ll have to insert the link code manually. And then it should look something like this:
<a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008V6TG5A/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B008V6TG5A&linkCode=as2&tag=brittmyinterandm” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”>ANCHOR TEXT</a>
The Best Amazon Link (Advanced – Skip If You’re Not Familiar with HTML)
If you’re already familiar with a bit of HTML, you can do this step. If you aren’t, then skip it.
When you’re linking to Amazon, you should add an attribute to your tag. The “tag” is the <a href…> code I just showed you.
You need to add the attribute “nofollow”, because that will tell Google not to follow your link.
Your tag should look like this: <a href=”URL” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”>ANCHOR TEXT</a>
The “target=_”blank”” tells your browser to open the link in a new window or tab.
- Find 3-5 blog posts or lenses that don’t have text links, or which could be improved.
- Add several relevant text links to the first paragraph (you might need to rewrite a bit).
- Ask questions in the comments, if you have any.
- Watch this 20 mins video where you can see how to make an affiliate link in two easy ways, and how you can add a cool plugin (Amazon Link) to help you (for WordPress).