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Nov 062010
 

This is short and sweet and just for you lazy folks who haven’t tried out different ways to improve conversions on your sites.

There is no doubt that the more a site looks a little like a store and professional in nature then the better the conversions for a lot of niches. Especially if you are a product based site only. I am not saying my sites all look lovely, even if I try, I am just saying that I DO at least try.

Visitors want to feel secure clicking on links to buy and they want to feel like they are not going to break the Internet or magically have their credit card charged before they type in the details (some do believe that).

A collection of high class images can make you feel all warm and cozy and can also be a great call to action to increase conversions too.

So, jazz up your crap looking site and turn it in to something to be a little more proud of. You know the drill, right click, save as and then add them to your sites linking to your products or as static images for re-assurance. Making money on the Internet doesn’t get better than this, for anyone who watches Masterchef (otherwise just go Huh?).

A cool red arrow to point to your Gangsta’ content:

red arrow

Credit cards accepted image:

credit cards image

A cool buy from Amazon UK image:

buy from amazon uk image

Buy from Amazon US image:

buy from amazon us image

A buy from Amazon button:

buy from amazon button

A satisfaction guaranteed image:

100% satisafction guaranteed image

A red best price guarantee icon:

best price guarantee icon

A blue low price guarantee icon:

Low Price Guarantee button

A red lowest price guarantee tag:

low price guarantee tag

A red lowest price guarantee stamp:

lowest price guarantee stamp

A red buy now button:

buy now button

A green buy now button:

buy now button

A lozenge green buy now button:

buy now green icon

That should at least get you going.

All of these images and many more can be used to make a site look like a professional store. They give customer confidence and are very good as a call to action in their own right. Try to make your site that little bit different to anyone else’s. If everyone else has a boring looking blog or static website then even if you rank below them you may be able to up your conversion rate and instill confidence that your site is better and more appropriate to what they were looking for. You can improve sales with images and get better conversions too, you need to ensure that you keep peeps in the right frame of mind to buy.

Don’t be coy with your call to action.

I have said it a million times before but you are going to get much better sales for the most part, particularly if you simply have a product based site, if you stick a big image with a call to click for info or to buy right above the fold.

People go through the t’internet at the speed of light.

If they are looking to buy something they are not interested in what you have to say about it unless they are looking for reviews. They want to buy it at the best price.

They are not going to stay on the page to read your drivel about how cool white socks are and then click on your tiny link halfway down the page. Reviews are different but you can still hedge your bets and put the big call to action at the top and then in the content too.

Just a little food for thought as we get in to the mad rush for Christmas here.

My sales went up on my site yesterday by a large margin.

Why?

I think it is because I put a Christmas countdown timer on the site. It brings it home how close to Christmas we are. Something to think about there dudes. Be a little different and you may even find that you are the best.

Anyway, not bad for a Saturday in between installing a new wood burning stove and hacking through a rather thick stone cottage wall, at least I thought so anyway.

EDIT: Here is a cool code that teatree tried to leave in the comment that will ensure that if you get google image search then the visitors will come direct to the page where the image is rather than getting the image popup inΒ  a gray box first. Cool stuff. Thanks teatree. Just add it to the header template. It worked for me by putting it after the title tag. A great way to get rid of an image in a box on google images and load the full page. SWEEEEEEEEEET.

<script type=”text/javascript”>

<!–

if (top.location!= self.location) {

top.location= self.location.href

}

//–>

</script>

If it doesn’t work, like it didn’t for the Wife then the next best option is a plugin. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-images-redirect/

That will also send people to the page where the image is located rather than bring up the image in a box and load the page behind it (slowly).

  82 Responses to “Images To Improve Conversions”

  1. This is pure gold. I had started my own little collection of cutesy buy buttons, but you beat me to it, Dave.

    I’m saving these images to my disk right now and I’ll use one of them in the first post I’ll be writing today.

    Thanks.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    There are tons of them out there. And lots of cool other ways to increase conversions, it is all about trying stuff out and seeing what helps.

    Glad you liked the buttons Dude, plus it is some good content for me.

    Who would search for such things? Hmmmm.

    I reckon it may be peeps looking for ways to get better at IM.

    As much as anything I want to get people to think a little outside the box. Thinking about any way they can to get targeted traffic. Big daddy G may love me here one day, or I may at least get some focused image traffic from people in our game.

    You don’t try you don’t know.

    I even used alt tags (gasp).

  2. Once I start getting traffic to my sites I am going to experiment with different buttons such as these. I am also going to try out buttons that say stuff like ‘Click Here to Order’ or even ‘Click Here to Order from Amazon’.

    I am going to save these to my computer as well. Great idea Blackthorne!

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Dusty,

    It is all about trying anything and everything to see what works. And it is never too soon to start. You may even only get 1 visitor a day to a site but it is a chance to earn money if you do all that you can to try to make the sale.

  3. Hi Dave. Do u still accept personal emails? I had a question to ask outside of the blog

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Dee @ Prayer Shawl,

    Only if you say you love 37 yr old men who live up mountains in Spain πŸ˜‰

    No probs Dee, my name at this site, but Dee only, I is like well busy innit. But I am on the vino drip for the evening so will get back to you Sunday or Monday.

  4. LOL 10 my junior…. Its no hurry at all I appreciate it

  5. hi

    is it just me or the keyword suggestion tool does not display suggestions nor does MS work?…

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Mat Reply:

    @Mat,
    it was the damn location thingy that filtered english stuff. damn google

  6. I want to find a button that says, “Buy it or Else!”

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Kelly,

    I want one that says “Look I have exactly what you wanted to buy so how come you haven’t even clicked to see how much it is?”

  7. Here’s my little tip for those who get visitors from image searches. You want to break Google’s frame, so that when they click on an image, instead of getting that grey box with the image in the middle, they get your actual web-page in it’s entirety.

    So here’s what you need to add to your template above the tag:

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1teatree Reply:

    @teatree,

    Aaah! My code disappeared. Trying again:

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1teatree Reply:

    @teatree, Dave, your page isn’t recognising the code tag. Will go away and put it in an image and repost!

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Lorecee Reply:

    @teatree, thanks Teatree, I could use something like this if you can get it past the filter.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Suzanne Reply:

    @teatree,

    Would like this too, if possible. I wondered if there was a way to do this. Thanks.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1teatree Reply:

    @teatree,

    Here’s the url of the flickr image:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/55595059@N02/5152015610/

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1teatree Reply:

    @teatree,

    It needs to be added to the header of your template

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @teatree,

    Very cool stuff. I edited the post and put the code in for everyone. Nice one teatree. That is a great tip.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Wifey Reply:

    @teatree, Hi, Wifey here! I’ve tried putting the code in exactly the same place as Dave (even on same theme that I may have stolen coz its pretty), but no luck – I’m still stuck with the white box and it doesn’t go to my page automatically.

    Teatree please help – any ideas?

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Wifey,

    There can be only one. Mwaaaaaaaaaahhhhh.

    Definitely an odd one though.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1teatree Reply:

    @Wifey, You haven’t got a curly bracket in the wrong place or something?

    It needs to go in the header template, so anywhere before the /head bit.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Wifey Reply:

    @teatree, Not that either I or the master could see – gave up have installed plugin and all is well!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @teatree,

    I just put the code on a site. It brings up the image for a split second but then it goes and just the full page is there.

    SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET.

    Man, I love tips like this. You get a vote from me teatree.

  8. Thanks Santa πŸ™‚

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Tara,

    De nada.

  9. OT, it looks like BuildMyRank just closed to new subscribers for a while. Good move on their part if it preserves the effectiveness of their system.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Lorecee,

    They are definitely a top network. That is a great idea to endure the sites don’t get overrun. If anyone has not signed up then get on the waiting list now. The resuults you get with them are nothing short of amazing. Aff link is on the side bar, of course πŸ˜‰

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Lorecee, Glad I made it in there early.

  10. What a nice treat, Thanks!

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Sunshine,

    You are very welcome.

  11. I am very happy to see BMR close the doors to new people for awhile….helps us who have been with them..and I think it preserves their network better.

  12. I have used these before – they allow you to change the text of the button easily, and look quite polished:

    http://www.webdesignerwall.com/demo/css-buttons.html

    You can play around with colours and sizes of the buttons. I read a little bit of research that suggests that blue/dark blue is the most “trustworthy” colour that subliminally encourages people to click. I haven’t done any testing on this myself, but am happy to go along with it.

  13. By the way… for those of you that use WP, there are plugins available that will break your site out of frames such as G’s image search.

    It saves you the effort of manually hacking in the code.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Suzanne Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    Thanks Blackthorne, I’ve installed the plugin. I get a bit of traffic from images so this is great.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Suzanne,

    I just put it on this site, works just like teatree’s code.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-images-redirect/

    Thanks for the mention Blackthorne, I never even knew that we could do this stuff. Cool.

    So if the code doesn’t work direct then use the plugin, I know a lot of peeps don’t like too many running though.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Dave, Yeah that’s one way of going at it. There are many plugins who will break you out of a frame.

    I’ve been using http://www.g-loaded.eu/2006/01/05/break-out-of-frames-wordpress-plugin/ for years now myself. Never had problems with it so far.

  14. Thanks for the images Dave.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Suzanne,

    No problemo.

  15. OT again, I did a long session of keyword searching yesterday for some last minute Christmas items to promote, and I was shocked at how junky the Google SERPs have gotten for anything product related since the mid-October algo shakeup. Top 4 results are typically the manufacturer, Amazon, and Walmart, plus the usual AdSense at the top and on the sidebar, plus shopping results with images splashed across position 3. I went through 200 keywords yesterday and came up with all of 2 that Google hadn’t gotten to–yet.

    I’m kind of glad I was late with this project, even though it might knock me out of the running for Chrimbo. I had initially targeted 10 keywords in early October, bought $50 worth of content for backlinking, and was ready to run with it when my day job intervened and I had to back off for two weeks. Came back yesterday and the SERPs for those keywords now look like a cheap Walmart Christmas display. I’ve set those keywords aside until after the holidays–maybe Amazon will be beatable by then.

    Gotta wonder where Google is going with this. I’ve had friends who don’t do SEO complain about all the ad gewgaws on the front page, so it’s not just me. Thanks, as always, Dave, for your positive attitude–that’s why you’re making money. Me, I’m still PO’d at what I saw yesterday.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Carrie Reply:

    @Lorecee,

    I’ve noticed the same thing. It started maybe 2 weeks ago and seemed like mostly Amazon and the shopping images but yeah, now it seems like the whole first page is one big ad for the biggest retailers.

    I was a little bummed that I hadn’t work on any Christmas sites but now I’m okay with it. Good point.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Lorecee,

    I have had a bit of a battle the last few weeks trying to get better position on page 1. All the shopping sites suddenly jumped a few positions.

    But Amazon can be beaten and things are all good now, but I get the feeling it is going to be a hard slog until mid December.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Lorecee Reply:

    @Dave, “Amazon can be beaten” is music to my ears right now, and you ought to know. Thanks πŸ˜‰

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Lorecee,

    You should see some of the thing we beat them for. Very nice. Just get them links is all.

  16. Ya, this Google love affair with the big guys is irritating but honestly probably right on….although I have complained more than anyone. After all if someone is looking for white socks is it better for the searcher to find Amazon or other big retailers that sell them….or find us with blatant affiliate sites that just direct people to those big retailers anyway?

    I think we pretty much all know the answer. And this is what might get real interesting in the coming months and years….is Google going to really give a leg up to the big guys and make it much more difficult for the small affiliates? I think the answer is yes. I really hope I am wrong though.

    I do think Google and the other search engines are going to start demanding sites that are much stronger and offer much better quality than what many affiliates are putting up. We are going to have to work smarter and harder most likely.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Todd,

    I think that is without doubt the way it is going. The last few weeks I have been hearing even more about how people are losing small sites in the tens or hundreds.

    I am now sure that exact match domains and small sites are going to be worthless and less every month.

    Sites that succeed will be big and have a history of a lot of links to all the content. I think it is safer that way anyway, and actually easier to control and less expensive too.

  17. I forgot, I have a question that I have not been able to find the answer to on Amazon. I have consulted with a guy that does fairly well with Amazon and he says it is ok to have a link that says the price of the product on Amazon.

    I was under the assumption that this was NOT ok to do. It was NOT ok to put a link like this:

    “Buy this item on Amazon for $299”

    Is that ok to do? Is it smart to do?

    What about adding a link like that, that says save “$200 on this item by clicking here”

    Is that ok to do. I really do not want to get in trouble with Amazon but they have not responded to my email yet.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Todd,

    They don’t mind you using prices as long as they are right. But you are not allowed to do any false advertising.

    So, if the price doubled in the middle of the night and maybe someone complained about your site being misleading then you would be in trouble. Not very likely but it is a possibility.

    A plugin that uses the API would be the best way for displaying prices but personally I had a bad experience with Reviewazon and feel safer using no Amazon plugins.

  18. Just seen this on the TKA forum, thought I’d post it here – cool trick…

    Here is a neat little trick I just learned today in Amazon. Some of you may already know this as I am an Amazon newbie. But if you put in the search box the ASIN number of numerous products separated by the “|” sign (the character that shares a key with the “\”) it lets you create a search page with specific products.

    For example:
    B003JVCA9Q|B003WFLGOE|B003GT8IL0

    Will list a search page for those specific products. You can then build an affiliate link that links to that page.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Ray,

    I saw that too, thanks Dude, it is a cool feature and thanks for sharing. It should come in handy for a few peeps.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Ray, Awesome. Just what I need. Thanks.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Johric Reply:

    @Ray,
    Awesome tip! Thanks!

  19. Well heck that is cool and I think it would come in very handy. Thanks for that. I had no idea.

  20. Here is my question to you guys:

    At the top of your post, I’m assuming you are all pretty much running 3 things now,

    1. Image of the product
    2. Call to action in text
    3. One of Dave’s spankin’ new images

    Of those three things, how many of you guys are attaching your affiliate links to all of them with a no-follow tag and how many of you are just adding them to say, 2 out of 3 or even 1 out of 3?

    Also, does anybody care to share which of those 3 things typically converts the best and gets the most clicks for them? For me personally, I noticed that the call to action in text gets the most clicks, followed by images close to what Dave has posted here whereas the actual product image has the lowest conversion (unless I am doing a review on that particular item, then it’s usually sky high).

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Steve,

    I no-follow every affiliate link, image or text, why help the competition. WHay do you think Amazon win in the rankings for everything? Apart from being a super optimized site they have the largest affiliate program online.

    Just think how many backlinks they get because people don’t no-follow their affiliate links.

    And for me it is a text call to action that gets the most clicks by far.

    Interestingly though on Hubpages it is an even split between the images with prices and a text link. People like to see the prices, no doubt.

  21. So Dave… tell us a little more about how hard G has beaten you and in what ways?

    Questions that come to mind:

    1. Have all your sites been affected?

    2. Have the smallest sites with the least content, backlinks and age clearly been affected more than the ones with more content, backlinks and authority?

    3. I’ve lost my individual product page rankings but still have the main site ranking for its main keyword. Have you been affected the same way?

    4. Are you still able to rank product pages high despite G’s new love affair with the big boys?

    With setbacks at the measly level that I had previously accomplished, one can quickly develop the idea that this game has now been made completely impossible.

    Since you have so many more bigger sites doing well, I’d like to hear your take on it.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    It’s all good here.

    Only 1 site (newish) has lost its traffic. All the other sites are mostly cool. A bit of dancing on one but that is just the way it goes.

    Newer ones will always jump around, it is the way it goes. Small site have never worked for me, I can never seem to get much traffic. More content equals more keywords and a higher authority. I am in no doubt that in a few years you won’t see many small sites ranking well at all.

    I can rank product pages fine, and sites with affiliate links all over the sidebar.

    My main Chrimbo site has gone form a few hundred visitors a day to over 2K yesterday, it is already over a thousand a day today by midday so thinks are going great.

    I have steadily built up the backlinking to it over the last few months to the point I am prob doing 6 hours a day linking to it, but it made 107 sales the day before yesterday so it’s all good.

    It is a total general niche site and I am going to do a post this week about my thoughts on the future of making sites.

    But hey, I am no expert, I just do my thang. I have only been online for 2 years so I ain’t no expert or anything.

    Content and backlinks, the rest works itself out in the end.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Dave, I remember talking to you about the amount of visitors on your sites in the past. I remember you mentioning that, at the time, your sites were doing 1k uniques per day at most.

    This has apparently moved up to 2k now, but it’s still in the same ballpark.

    I want to know why you build many sites that do 1k? Why don’t you push one of your sites to the next order of magnitude… 10k?

    Wouldn’t you be taking advantage of the rolling snowball effect a lot more effectively that way?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    I don’t build many sites, and most are nowhere near the 1K a day mark in terms of visitors.

    I am trying man, this stuff is hard you know. In the new year I am going to push a few best performers in terms of revenue to over the 1K a day if I can but it ain’t easy Dude.

    A lot of sites get 20 or so visitors a day, it takes time to get up to some real numbers and I haven’t really done that at all yet.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Dave, Then the lion’s share of your income comes from only a handful of sites?

    I calculated that I’d need to do 3000 uniques per day to make >$50 a day.

    It’s about time I used some of them buttons, call to actions and pricier products to be able to make that amount with far less visitors.

    But it’ll still be only 1 site producing only 1 full time income of around $2000 monthly.

    With visitor numbers at 1000 uniques per day, surely you need at least 5 sites to make $10000 monthly?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    Dude I am not going to go in to specifics but I often make very good money from not many visitors, even on adsense now and then.

    It is down to what people want to spend money on. You could make ten grand in a month from a single page, trust me on this. It is ALL about the niche. It is just that a great one is hard to find. And you may have to spend 2 years backlinking to have a hope of ranking well.

    But if you are in the game long term then that is the best approach, at least I think so. The number of sites has nothing to do with it.

    Do you think that if you ranked number one for generic viagra that you would need more than a single page of content to make ten grand a month? I doubt it. And guess who does rank number one for it?

    Just kidding πŸ˜‰ Too black hat for me.

    Or is it? πŸ˜‰

    Vote -1 Vote +1Billy Reply:

    @Dave, I see this effect too. I do not have large authority sites, but am on the front page for terms that I try and target – it is a very specific niche so converts well because it ranks well (10% conversion).

    I guess I am seeing the Crimbo effect – although I wish I wasn’t – as I had my biggest day yesterday (and Sundays are usually rubbish), and traffic is on the up.

    Blackthorne – you’ve been at this longer than I have, and I reckon you probably need to worry less about the nitty gritty details and just churn out backlinks. Visitor numbers are not representative of buyers – we can try and make correlations, but it’s never accurate enough to mean anything.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Billy, Gotta have traffic in this game, so there must be some correlation.

    B’sides… a 5% CTR basically tells you that for 100 people you make 5 sales.

    What’s not to correlate?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Billy Reply:

    @Dave, PS, working on a little Crimbo present for you – might be useful, might not. Will email you when it’s done, if that’s kosher?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Billy,

    Ooh, exciting. Looking forward to it.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Dave, I understand you can make 10 grand a month from 1 page.

    But I’m a numbers guy. And since you’ve already thrown around the amount you earn elsewhere on this blog, I figured you’d have numbers for me.

    But that’s okay. I’ve already seen my site’s potential. The only way is up.

    I will dominate my niche.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    I am absolutely useless with numbers. I don’t keep track of what I do, how many links, etc etc. I just keep on slogging away on a site, then move on to the next.

    I think that is the best way to be honest. I get the feeling a lot of peeps spend more time looking at spreadsheets and the like than just doing stuff. But it depends on your approach I know.

    I honestly do not know how much we earn each month. I have a rough idea though. The Wife does all the book-keeping and then spends all we earn on shoes and Clinique soap (how bloody much). But even this site makes money now, which just seems weird, no Google traffic either.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Dave, Yeah, ok… I catch your drift.

    You should write a post about that.

    πŸ˜‰

    Vote -1 Vote +1Wifey Reply:

    @Dave, Gotta buy the posh stuff coz you made me be a builder in the Spanish windy sun for so long! Gotta keep looking young you know!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Todd Reply:

    Oh my God, that reply by wifey is hilarious.

    Somewhere in one of the post, or threads, there were some comments about a WordPress plugin that allowed you to put your different affiliate links in that you have for different countries. And when someone clicks on your link the plugin identifies where they are and takes them to the proper Amazon site.

    For example…you get traffic from Canada but you have affiliate links for three or four countries including Canada…the plugin recognizes this and sends that traffic from Canada to the Canadian Amazon site. You get the idea.

    Well some people said that it did not work for them. I am not sure which one they were using but I installed one yesterday. It is called Amazon Link Localizer. I was getting a pretty good amount of traffic from Canada on one of my sites that is rebounding in the rankings…and low and behold….four sales on that site yesterday from Canada!

    Now I understand that is not a lot of sales but those are four sales I would NOT have made if not for that plugin. I checked the stats from the other Amazon accounts I signed up for, mainly the UK and Canada, and I got clicks through to all of them. So it is working for me.

    If Amazon Link Localizer is not the plugin some of you were using then you might try it out. It works for me and should work for you, and I know some of you are getting decent traffic from these other countries.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Todd,

    I and a few others could not get it to work. But do you have to just put a non affiliate link on your site and then it adds the affiliate ids after.

    I tried it with affiliate links I already have and it did not seem to work. Just wondering as I would like to give it another go, no point wasting traffic.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Suzanne Reply:

    @Todd,

    That is the one I tried. I put it on a site that links to Amazon.com, I am in the UK but it still just went to Amazon.com.

    I too wondered if it was because I had used it with links already set up. It was not until I had deleted it that I wondered if it had to be a plain link, so to speak.

    Never went back to test it. Although I think I also read somewhere it only works properly if the products have the exact same product code on the site it is redirecting to.

    It would be great if you could let us know how your links are set up.

    By the way the image plugin works great, my traffic arriving at Amazon for a popular toy has shot up. Shame no one seems to be buying.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Blackthorne Reply:

    @Todd, Ah, shit… now I feel compelled to also install that dumb plugin.

    I’ll bet it involves a lot of manual labor when it comes to providing it with a properly localized aff. link for every doggone country you get traffic from, am I right?

    Perish the thought!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Suzanne Reply:

    @Blackthorne,

    It’s easy enough to set up. You just have to sign up to EVERY Amazon associates program.

    Why do they do it that way, is so we miss out on all these commissions?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Suzanne Reply:

    @Todd,

    Just tried it again, made sure product was the same on both sites. Even tried to take out original associates ID, still did not work.

    What version of wordpress are you using? I noticed that the plugin hasn’t been updated for a while, perhaps that is problem.

  22. Well heck, I better check the version I am using although I a pretty sure it is NOT the current version, probably the last version of WP.

    As mentioned before you just sign up for all the different Amazon accounts and then put the ID’s in. It works fine for me.

    I will do some checking. All I know is I do not want to be leaving commissions on the table.

    By the way, I just added it to my sites and did not put any futher links in.

  23. It is a VERY easy plugin to use and set up, but it could have some issues with the latest version of WP, if it does they need to fix it because I have NO doubt it could lead to more sales…it happened for me on the first day.

    I get a lot of traffic from Canada and I want those sales!! My fiance in the Philippines is waiting for me and the more sales, the better.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Todd,

    You will get there soon dude, you know this game works just pound your winners in to submission. I need to take another look and see if I can get the plugin to work, it really would lead to bigger earnings.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Suzanne Reply:

    @Dave,

    I would be careful using it, it has not been updated since 2009, I think.

    I had left it on my site, I think it redirected all my visitors to Amazon UK instead of sending them to US. I have some very odd stats. 218 visitors all for things I sell on my US site that are not searched for here. Nobody bought anything, and where the code is different I had 6 title not available, really weird. And yes I did check I had the right IDs in the right place.

    I have now deleted it!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Suzanne,

    Thanks for that, I won’t be using it. It is a shame that there is not an alternative though as it would be great to do.

  24. Seems like people are having quite different experiences with the Amazon plugin. It didn’t work for me either, whenever I clicked on my own Amazon.com link there was no redirection and – worse – no insertion of my affiliate ID.

    So I got in touch with Pete Williams, the guy who wrote the plugin. We’ve exchanged a few emails now and this is basically what he says:

    Some ISPs and firewalls block the geolocation the script uses. This is why it wasn’t working for me. He’s working on an updated plugin which will still insert the affiliate ID (but leave the .com/.uk/.ca… the same) when geolocation doesn’t work, but the current version unfortunately fails completely. He says that this should affect less than 1% of visitors, but obviously you’ll want to do your own testing to check that figure.

    I hadn’t left the plugin activated on my sites as I didn’t think it was working, but after the email exchanges I bit the bullet and turned it on. Checking my Amazon accounts today I see clicks on Amazon.co.uk and on Amazon.ca, neither of which I’ve built any actual links to, so it’s obviously working.

    I don’t get a massive amount of Amazon traffic yet and have only made a few sales, so I’m going on very limited information. But from what I can see the overall number of clicks is the same, but several have been directed to their own Amazon. So the plugin is working as described.

    The new version he’s working on sounds great, but for now I’d suggest trying the plugin for a couple of days (maybe initially on one of those sites where people don’t buy anything?) and checking your stats. You might be pleasantly surprised.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Craig Reply:

    @Craig, Oh, forgot to mention: “Yes it will work on both plain links and those with your affiliate ID. The only links it can’t change are ones in some of the amazon widgets as these are in an iframe it can’t access.”

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