5 Essential WordPress Plugins for Amazon Site Setup

May 9, 2013 Free Stuff

Assuming that you want to promote Amazon products using a WordPress site, and you already have some great content for your product post, these free WordPress plugins can help enhancing your post with more content and stuff.

Related YouTube Videos – Related YouTube Videos is a free WordPress plugin that embeds a number of, well, YouTube videos that are related to your content. The list is put together by using the YouTube search API. And you can specify the relation between the videos and your content by: the title of your current post, page or custom post type, the tags of your current post, page or custom post type. any keywords you specify.

Example of syntax: [relatedYouTubeVideos relation=”postTags” max=”1″ width=”400″ height=”300″]

This plugin works great. But if you are using the shortcode method, somehow there are two little problems. 1. Right after the Youtube video, you will see a list bullet hanging around. So I edited the file API.php in the plugin folder lib\RelatedYouTubeVideos\, removed all those <li>, </li>, <ul>, </ul> from line 114-137. 2. No matter where you place the shortcode, the flash video will always appear ahead of your content. But you know sometimes, you might want the video to appear in the middle of the page, or at the bottom. Initially, I thought there is an embedding problem with those Youtube wmode = transparent / opaque param setting, haha. No, it is the shortcode where the problem lies. Edit RelatedYouTubeVideos.php in folder lib, replace “echo” with “return” in line 83.

Amazon Product In a Post – Amazon Product In a Post Plugin is used to quickly add a formatted Amazon Product/Item to a post or page by using just the Amazon product ASIN (also known as the ISBN-10).

All you need is the ASIN of the Amazon product you are writing about, and you can paste the info either on top or at the bottom of your post content. Actually, there is a third option of using your post content as part of the product layout, but that looks really weird. How it looks depends on your theme style setting. Here is a screenshot:

Amazon-Product-In-a-Post

ScrapeAZon – The ScrapeAZon plugin displays Amazon.com customer reviews of specific products that you choose. You must be a participant in both the Amazon.com Affiliate Program and the Amazon.com Product Advertising API in order to use this plugin.

Example of syntax: [scrapeazon asin=”B00006GA50″ border=”false” width=”600″ height=”300″]

This plugin is a great tool for adding more relevant content to your product page. If your visitors are somewhat interested in the product, they will more likely check out the reviews and spend more time on your site. Here is a screenshot:

ScrapeAZon

WpZon – Amazon Affiliate Plugin – With WpZon you are able to add Amazon products into your posts or pages. Features: Supports US, UK, CA, DE, FR and JP Amazon affiliates, Show products by keywords, category and/or subcategory, Sort items by bestselling, price, reviews etc., Set the number of products you would like to display, Choose between one or two column mode

Example of syntax: [wpzon keywords=”haydn complete symphonies” sindex=”Classical” snode=”85″ listing=”3″]

I guess most people will put this right after the post content so to provide more shopping suggestions for the visitors. Here is a screenshot:

WpZon

Amazon Affiliate Link Localizer – This plugin not only automatically changes any Amazon link on your site to use your affiliate ID, but it also changes the link to point to the user’s local Amazon store. So if your visitor is visiting from the UK they’ll get a link to Amazon.co.uk, if they’re visiting from the US they’ll get a link to the same product on Amazon.com. All you have to do is provide all your affiliate IDs.

If you don’t have an affiliate account with one of the Amazon countries and leave its setting blank, the script will use the author’s IDs. The script works by looking at product IDs. If the product exists on the local site with the same ID, then it’ll link to there. If not, it will get the item’s name and link to a search results page for it.

That’s about it. Hey guys, if you are making Amazon money using these free plugins, please don’t forget to make a small donation to the plugin authors.