Amazon affiliate links


(Ros Simons) #1

Hi I have some amazon affiliate links inserted in my resources page on my website - guiding people to buy my recommended products. The old links work fine in an html box in stacks however I recently tried to add some new products and amazon appear to have changed the way they word the links and nothing is showing where the image/text box should be.

I’ve tried to add samples of working and non working links in this questions but they don’t show up in preview? So I have no idea how to share those with you to get an answer??

Amazon offer an option for text or image only not the combined version and both these work but look really naff.

I don’t really understand HTML - one of the reasons I use Rapidweaver - can anybody help with this.
Many thanks


(Marten Claridge ) #2

Try highlighting the link samples in your post and clicking the </> tab in the edit toolbar. See if that makes them visible…

Marten


(Peter Danckwerts) #3

Did this ever get resolved? I have the same problem with Amazon widgets, which is what I assume @Ros is referring to. I never had problems placing them in hand-coded websites. They use iframes but that shouldn’t make them impossible to display. Here’s an example (with my tracking ID removed):

<iframe style="width:120px;height:240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="//ws-eu.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=GB&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=XXXXXXXXXXXXXX &marketplace=amazon&region=GB&placement=190479968X&asins=190479968X&linkId=&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true">
</iframe> 

I need hardly say that I used ‘Ignore formatting’.


(Will Woodgate) #4

Try giving the source value a protocol of http or https. For example:

<iframe style="width:120px;height:240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="https://ws-eu.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=GB&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=XXXXXXXXXXXXXX &marketplace=amazon&region=GB&placement=190479968X&asins=190479968X&linkId=&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true">
</iframe>

(Peter Danckwerts) #5

Thanks, @willwood. I’ll try that and report back.


(Peter Danckwerts) #6

Phew! You’re a genius @willwood and I shall forever be in your debt. It works with either (although presumably it would only work with https if my site was of that ilk). This is a great time saver and looks a lot better than creating buttons.


(Ros Simons) #7

Hi Peter i see you have resolved this problem - I’m probably being dense but I can’t see any difference in your original code and the suggested one by @willwood? what did you do to give the source that protocol? Thanks for you help in advance!


(Peter Danckwerts) #8

@Ros The original had src="//ws-eu.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q? [etc.]. As suggested by @willwood, I changed it to src="http://ws-eu.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q? [etc.]. For some reason RW (or perhaps it is my web host) doesn’t seem to like these incomplete paths which is a pity because it makes for a lot of work if one moves from http to https.


(Ros Simons) #9

Thanks so much Peter I will give that a go - unfortunately at the moment I can’t publish my site at all due to an error creating the sitemap so am about to raise a topic for that! Will let you know if that works for me after I can publish again :slight_smile:


(Peter Danckwerts) #10

Hmm! I can’t imagine a problem with the sitemap preventing publishing.


(Ros Simons) #11

it just says - “failed to create remote directory sitemap.xml” and then says not published?
there’s been an update to my servers which have moved across to krystal hosting now requires sftp - managed to get it test ok after some fiddling and to communicate but this is the most recent message!


(Ros Simons) #12

Hi Peter I’ve tried changing that bit of the code both to https and http but neither work in the preview mode (still not able to publish) there is just a blank area where the frame should appear?


(Peter Danckwerts) #13

Have you highlighted all the code and chosen ‘ignore formatting’? If not, it won’t work. Sometimes you have to do it twice.


(Ros Simons) #14

Fantastic Peter - it worked - thank you so much :-)) The publishing issues are being dealt with by the support guys and gals now so hopefully all we be up and running with shiny new links soon. Thanks again have a great day.


(D. Scott Lee) #15

Don’t ever say that you can’t find the solution to your issue by looking through the forum! I have been trying to figure out why my affiliate banner html would not work, having to copy and past and link to the destination. But now I can just use the html stack and add the affiliate html and SELECT ‘IGNORE’ FORMATTING and bingo there it is. Thanks Ros for asking and peterdanckwerts for answering! Now on with other things!!!


(Dustin Cushman) #17

A google search brought me here, because I’m having the same issues. I’ve tried adding the http, and ignoring formatting. What I’m oddly finding is the links WILL display in some browsers like my iphone safari or an android tablet crome, but not my ipad safari, mac (Opera being the exception) or PC Chrome!

The text and image links work fine, but as others have said they are so bland.

Has there been any actual fix on this issue?


(scott williams) #18

Give us a URL to a page with a link (and tell us where the link is on the page) maybe someone can help


(Dustin Cushman) #19

The best workaround I’ve found so far is to use Amazon’s new “mobile” friendly codes (but they aren’t as nice looking, long horizontal banners). However adding the https and using ignore format makes them appear so far in everything BUT safari on ipad and desktop, on iphone they show up. Better than the other ones, which I couldn’t even see on chrome.

Here is a page with those adverts on them. i’ve tried this with a different theme too with the same results.

http://www.paranormalanthropology.com/equipment/


(Peter Danckwerts) #20

They’re showing on Safari on my Mac.


(Dustin Cushman) #21

So it’s the AdBlock Plus extension on my iMac and iPad safari that was killing them. Oddly this isn’t happening in Chrome or other browsers. Thanks for letting me know you could see them!