I am in the process of writing a book and came up with the brilliant idea to include Amazon associate links to things that I will naturally recommned to my readers.

I copied the HTML link for a product and copied it as a link in my Word document. THat doesn't work. Word doesn't recognize that and won't open it.

Is there anyway to use a link in Word that will direct the link clicker to the Amazon product that I want to recommend?

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GeoffGS Premium
On a note about the Amazon affiliate agreement. This is a direct answer from Amazon to an associate asking about placing links inside ebooks.
“You should not place an Amazon Affiliate link within your book. However, you may add the link to your website within the content of your book.”
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GeoffGS Premium
So....if you publish your book on your website it's ok. If you offer it as a pdf that people can download, no good.
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GeoffGS Premium
My work around is to use Amazon's link to any page option. You still have to insert the html in your text view, but you choose the words you want to appear.
You can't go into html provided by Amazon and mess with wording. Against policy to hide, mask, or alter their links in any way.
That's why I turned to link to any page.
I use it to make large calls to action that link to the Amazon product page I want the reader directed to.
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GeoffGS Premium
You could use it by inserting it naturally into the flow of a sentence.
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GeoffGS Premium
See what I mean? Leave out the words to the sentence that you use to create the link. Then insert the html via text editor right into the middle of the sentence where you need the words to fill in. Easier than it sounds.
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MoritzS Premium
It's easier to just use the shortener provided by Amazon itself.
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GeoffGS Premium
Thanks. It doesn't surprise me I've been doing it the hard way.
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MoritzS Premium
You have to add it as a hyperlink.
Should work then.

Highlight the words you want to use as a link.
Then click on "insert" in the toolbox and then choose "hyperlink".
Paste in the link (I use Amazon's shortener).

Let me know if it worked. :)

Moritz
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GeoffGS Premium
But he doesn't get a url link. It's all in HTML.
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MoritzS Premium
You can very easily just get a URL link.
Check out the picture.

And he is talking about how to insert a link in a Word document. Not on his website.
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MoritzS Premium
All you have to do is search for your product. Click on that small arrow next to "Get Link". Click on shorten with Amazon and there you go.
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WTucker1 Premium
will that method include my associate code?
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WTucker1 Premium
yes in a Word document, not on my website. If it was my website, I'd not be having this conundrum.
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WTucker1 Premium
That worked!! Thank you!!! The shortener made it into a http so I could insert it and then when you clicked on it, it took you to the correct page. THANKS
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MoritzS Premium
While it technically works now, make sure you are not breaking their rules.

GeoffGS mentioned that you are not allowed to put affiliate links from Amazon in a book.
So, it would be better to link to your reviews on your website instead.
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