Adding Amazon Affiliate Links With SiteStripe

First of all, I wish you heartily welcome to this tutorial!

I wrote this tutorial first of all because so many people ask how to add Affiliate Links to their site. The tutorials out there have not been explaining it well enough or just have been out-of-date on the matter.

Amazon Changed A Lot

A lot has changed. Amazon SiteStripe is something from the last 2-3 years. Only last year they started using a new system called OneLink that binds the storeID of all your Amazon Associate accounts for each country together.

Amazon has also a link builder plugin for WordPress, called Amazon Link Builder, that adds all this code and more right into your post.

Of course I could advice anyone to add this plugin to their site, but it might not be what you want. It adds yet another plugin to your site and too many plugins can clog the speed of your site.

I will leave the advanced OneLink out of this story and the same goes for the plugin. If no-one else writes a tutorial about these, I could do so in the near future.

For the sheer purpose of simplicity I write this tutorial about adding links through Amazon SiteStripe.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • Amazon SiteStripe Basics
  • How To Find A Product
  • How To Add A Text Link
  • How To Add An Image Link
  • How To Add A Text+Image Link
  • How To Add A Native Shopping Ad

Click Next / Page 2 for Amazon SiteStripe Basics


Extra Resources

In this section I place some extra resources and information. You might have been redirected by me from other pages in my tutorial to this section to do something before you can continue with the tutorial.

Amazon Associates Programs

If you are not an Amazon Associate yet, you need to sign up for the program for each of the country specific websites you want to advertise for. If your website is targeting USA customers, you need an account for amazon.com associates program.

You can link multiple programs together using the Amazon OneLink system. About that more later.

First of all, the Amazon Associates Programs per country:

  • Brazil - https://associados.amazon.com.br/
  • Canada- https://associates.amazon.ca/
  • China - https://associates.amazon.cn/
  • France - http://partenaires.amazon.fr/
  • Germany - https://partnernet.amazon.de/
  • India - http://affiliate-program.amazon.in/
  • Italy - https://programma-affiliazione.amazon.it/
  • Japan - https://affiliate.amazon.co.jp/
  • Mexico - https://afiliados.amazon.com.mx/
  • Spain - https://afiliados.amazon.es/
  • United Kingdom - https://affiliate-program.amazon.co.uk/
  • United States - https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/
  • Amazon OneLink

    For Amazon OneLink you naturally need an Amazon Associates Account as was described here above.

    For Amazon OneLink to function you need to do a couple of things:

    • Configure each associateID with the Amazon OneLink system
    • Add OneLink code to your websites' footer
    • Add Product links using SiteStripe

    Amazon OneLink Resources:

    Amazon Link Builder

    The Amazon Link Builder Plugin for WordPress can be downloaded through your Dashboard.

    Plugins - Add Plugin - Search for Amazon Link Builder and install & activate the plugin.

    The Amazon Link Builder has a script within the plugin that recognizes shortcodes it generates for the linking of products.

    The Amazon Link Builder adds an icon to your Visual WordPress editor for Posts and Pages with which you can add the various offered product linkings. I will not go into the details of this plugin, as it is a different subject, but I will give you some resource links here instead.

    Do understand that this adds yet another Plugin to your website and plugin count. Too many plugins can slow down your website.

    Amazon Link Builder Resources:



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    jillxyz Premium
    Oh boy! Just printed out your tutorial and it kinda happened. I would like the text to wrap around the image. I placed my cursor, right hand side at the end of a line of content. The image went over however text split and didn't wrap around the image. Any ideas.
    Please answer another couple of questions for me. What is Native Ad and why would I use them.
    I am also having a challenge with the Amazon link attaching to highlighted text that ends up underlined where one can click on the actual text and it should take me to Amazon right. It doesn't, it looks like a link but when I click on it, all it does is reopen the add a link.
    I am asking a lot of your time here so please answer at your convenience and screenshots are wonderful for me. I am a visual lady!
    Cheers AJ
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    ownonlboss Premium
    Hi AJ,

    First of all I am happy that you took the tutorial to heart.

    1)
    I believe that the code can be wrapped inside the paragraph tags, so it should be possible to click on the image and then on the align button within the editor.
    If not you could try to dive into the code (you know, there where you pasted the code) and put <div align="right"> before the code and </div> after it.

    If that doesn't work than you will just have to have the text to wrap around it that way. If that was the wrong location, you should probably first type an Enter (hard return) before placing the code, so that you got the line to break at the right place.

    2) Native ads are advertisements you could eventually place on your site. I wouldn't use it within the blog post that you are using to promote another product, unless its related things.
    I tend to use Native ads on positions of posts that do not have any form of affiliate offer.

    3) If a piece of text is underlined but not per sé blue, it might just be an underline (U).

    If you prefer images, I can send you some help that way, but I had no way to do so right now.

    I am considering to update the tutorial with that sort of alignment here today.

    Steven
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    jillxyz Premium
    Hi Stephen, Thank you for the update. I have solved my problem by realising I needed to use text not visual! Always a simple answer. Cheers AJ
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    ownonlboss Premium
    oh yes, that's right!

    Good that you figured it out!

    Steven
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    beginshere Premium
    Steven, this is a GREAT post and you are an excellent teacher.
    My question is aren't you supposed to put Amazon products or
    Adsense products on the far right hand side of your site?
    And if that's true isn't there a widget you're supposed to use?
    I don't know the answer, I'm only asking. - If I am right will you do a post instructing everyone how to do that?

    Thanks,

    John
    beginshere
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    mistswitch Premium
    You can put a widget with rotating ads or amazon products in the sidebar but that's not very targeted. To narrow things down, you can also create just a text link (as taught here) to a specific product and put it in a post or comment. For example, you can do a top 5 list, talk about each item for 200-300 words, and link to those products. Or you could write a long review of a specific item, targeting relevant keywords, and use your amazon affiliate link.
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    ownonlboss Premium
    Thank you for your compliments John!

    I can definitely do a tutorial on how to use widgets to show for example the native ads of Amazon sometime soon.

    When you are writing affiliate posts, you should generally be promoting one product at a time and so are the links and images better within your post.

    Other ads would distract. The only other way you could use native ads or any other form of displaying different products, is to link related products.

    For example, you promote a certain type of shoe and also commercialize for socks, extra soles and a shoe cleaner.

    Steven
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    Andrey57 Premium
    Dear friends.
    Would you be so kind as to explain how to join Amazon Associate of China https://associates.amazon.cn/ and India http://affiliate-program.amazon.in/ , please?
    I have tried but China doesn`t give a country`s option-only China.
    India doesn`t give a foreign bank`s option-only India and no option of cheques.
    I look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Kind regards,
    Andrey
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    Robert-A Premium
    Not sure about India but you need to open a bank account in China and you actually have to do it in person so I would give up on that unless you live there just now.

    India
    https://tinyurl.com/amazonindiaone

    https://tinyurl.com/amazonindiaontwo

    https://tinyurl.com/amazonindiathree

    Hope this helps you out.
    Robert-A
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    Andrey57 Premium
    Dear Robert.
    Thank you very much for your message.
    It is very kind of you.
    Kind regards,
    Andrey
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    Robert-A Premium
    No probs and happy to help if and when I can.
    Hope you get something sorted out.
    Robert
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    Andrey57 Premium
    Dear friends.
    Would you be so kind as to explain how to join Amazon Associate of China https://associates.amazon.cn/ and India http://affiliate-program.amazon.in/ , please?
    I have tried but China doesn`t give a country`s option-only China.
    India doesn`t give a foreign bank`s option-only India and no option of cheques.
    I look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Kind regards,
    Andrey
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    Andrey57 Premium
    Dear friends.
    Would you be so kind as to explain how to join Amazon Associate of China https://associates.amazon.cn/ and India http://affiliate-program.amazon.in/ , please?
    I have tried but China doesn`t give a country`s option-only China.
    India doesn`t give a foreign bank`s option-only India and no option of cheques.
    I look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Kind regards,
    Andrey
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    mlisbona Premium
    I would love some help with this, but no one seems to be able to. I have no issue linking amazon products with amazon, If I simply link text to the product.
    When I use sitestripe and link an image, I followed your instructions. When I switch from text to image on the last step, It just says some words. No pic. When I click on the words, it says address not found.
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    Andrey57 Premium
    Dear friends
    I am in a process of creating my first Amazon website and I insert images with URL. I am UK based and have the same account with amazon.co.uk and amazon.com. I don`t have any Azon plugins at the moment because firstly I want to be Amazon approved. I want to promote the products Worldwide, not only in UK. If I insert URL of my product from amazon.co.uk now and after buy Azon plugin for International access will this URL of my product from amazon.co.uk work in the future Worldwide? Or if I insert URL of my product from amazon.com
    now and after buy Azon plugin for International access will this URL of my product from amazon.com work in the future Worldwide?
    Thank you very much.
    Kind regards, Andrey
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    newmarketpro Premium
    It should be working but you need to get the Azon setting to include both of your tracking ID , the uk and the .com.

    Joe
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    Andrey57 Premium
    Thank you very much, Joe.
    It is very kind of you.
    Kind regards,
    Andrey
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    ownonlboss Premium
    You enter the affiliate id for each country on the plugin. Sometimes you are also required to make custom productids per country.
    Reply
    Andrey57 Premium
    Dear Steven.
    Thank you very much for your reply. It is very kind of you.
    Kind regards,
    Andrey
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    Andrey57 Premium
    Dear Steven.
    Would you be so kind as to explain how to join Amazon Associate of China https://associates.amazon.cn/ and India http://affiliate-program.amazon.in/ , please?
    I have tried but China doesn`t give a country`s option-only China.
    India doesn`t give a foreign bank`s option-only India and no option of cheques.
    I look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Kind regards,
    Andrey
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    Taresa Premium
    I have been using the Custom Ad tool and love it. It all looks good on my site and is easy to use. I have no problem seeing the items and clicking on the links from my computer or my phone, but I had others today who told me they were unable to click on the links and it take them anywhere.

    Apparently ad blockers are blocking these folks.

    This is driving me crazy.

    I rebuild the page with images and text links and now they are going to test it out.

    What can we do about the ad blockers?

    What good are the vendors tools they supply us with, if they get blocked all over the place?
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    DarrinB Premium
    It is a pain, I have been taking a look at this myself. A lot of browsers have adblockers built in, and I am guilty of using one. You can go down two routes which helped my ad displays. Firstly check your ad inserter settings, sometimes they have options to bypass or popup a message when adblockers are detected. Secondly and most work is to not use ad codes and just insert linked images. But that takes some doing, I would certainly try the first option before looking at others. Hope that helps! :)
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    Taresa Premium
    Thank you. I haven't seen any adinserter settings with the Custom ad tool on Amazon affiliates central site. I will look to see if there is anything.
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    ownonlboss Premium
    Another great premium plugin is ASA2. It does all the work for you.
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    davehayes Premium
    Steve!... Wow, some awesome information here my friend, comes at the right time as I am about to insert Amazon into my site, but as you say, some of the info is slightly out of date, so on behalf of others reading this, I appreicate you doing this tutorial, which is very detailed and has been bookmarked and scheduled for a time to do this.
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    cliffstarks Premium
    Great information thanks! Will you ever be doing a video on how to make a link to go to an amazon shop?
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    ownonlboss Premium
    Great idea. When I got myself a new mic I will
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    cliffstarks Premium
    I was curious is the store ID, and tracking ID suppose to be the same?
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    ownonlboss Premium
    no, it doesn't need to be.

    I made a tracker for every website that uses the same Amazon Associates account.
    The associates account is linked to the storeID, while the different trackingID's I made can be selected from the TrackingID dropdown list.

    You can basically also create trackers for different reviews, but I haven't gone into that yet. The trackingID makes it easier for you to track which page, website or post is making you money.

    Steven
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    cliffstarks Premium
    Ok thanks Steven, but they can be the same though? I was asking because that is how mine is appearing.
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    MJL71 Premium
    Hi, I have a question. Site Stripe contains text, text+image, or image, right? I'm just wondering, what is the difference? I've used Site Stripe a couple times, and in doing that I just grab the code from that. So, I'm just a little confused. Thanks for any help.
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    ownonlboss Premium
    Text is a hyperlink BN like any link within your content. Image&text; is the product image plus some text and pricing info. Image is just the image.
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    MJL71 Premium
    Thanks. So, why is it I can copy from Site Stripe itself, and copy from the other two options as well? Is there any difference between them, that was my point? Not sure if I'm making sense; I don't always.
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    MJL71 Premium
    I better read the tutorial first. Thanks.
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    ownonlboss Premium
    SiteStripe just gives you different options with different codes for whatever you want to display on your site, whether that be images, text or both.
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    sierranowl Premium
    Great work! My main issue is just how to format in a different position. I have a text+image link and it's automatically aligned to the left, whereas I would like to align it to the center. How would one go about doing that? Also, if I had two text+image links, how would I go about changing the HTML format so they're displayed next to each other? Thank you!
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    Robert-A Premium
    To center a text link is easy using a simple piece of code.
    See my example here

    <centre>[removed][removed]<g:plus action="share"></g:plus><center>

    All I have done is put this <center> at the beginning and at the end.

    Perhaps you can do the same for the others but one under the other.
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    sierranowl Premium
    Thank you so much! I kept trying to do it as no wonder it wouldn't work. I'll have to see if I can figure out how to place them next to each other. Once again, thank you!
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    Robert-A Premium
    No probs but why do you want the images next to each other?
    Just place them one under the other at the right or left of a block of text.
    The best person to ask if you do want them side by side is Loes

    https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/loes

    I'm off for the night now so bye for now.
    Robert
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    ownonlboss Premium
    To put it next to each other you probably should use the custom native ads option. You can select multiple products to be displayed.
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    CarlosGusts1 Premium
    I followed the instructions and linked a product to my text.But when I click on the selected text after updating the post all I see is a blank page.What could be the probem?
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    onmyownterms Premium
    Make sure you have cleared the cache on your browser so that it is reloading the page. Also check the link using an incognito session, which will emulate what a visitor to your site would see. The final thing is to type the link in Notepad, follow it from there to validate that the link works.
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    CarlosGusts1 Premium
    Thanks a lot.The problem was the security settings on my desktop.It was blocking pop-ups.
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    KMrwashu1 Premium
    Thank you so much for the post, I've been struggling and finally, I got it!!! You are a star:-)
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    ownonlboss Premium
    Hi Kelebogile,

    Glad to have helped you out!

    Steven
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    MJL71 Premium
    Thanks for the info. It makes the process straightforward. Thanks.
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    ownonlboss Premium
    Hi Mike,

    Happy to hear that this tutorial has helped you out!

    Steven
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    Taresa Premium
    Thank you for this post. This helped a lot.
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    ownonlboss Premium
    Hi Taresa,

    Happy to hear that this tutorial has helped you out!

    Steven
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    KalliBoleman Premium
    my site stripe is not showing up on amazon
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    Dunvant Premium
    Need more information on what you are trying to do
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    Dunvant Premium
    Need more information on what you are trying to do
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    ownonlboss Premium
    are you absolutely sure that you:
    1) have signed up for the affiliate program
    2) are signed into your affiliate account before going to amazon.com (or the other amazon websites, depending on the program you are on)

    Steven
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    AlenkaV Premium
    Thank you so much for this training! Really easy to follow, and super-useful.
    Best,
    Alenka
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    ownonlboss Premium
    awesome to hear! all the best with it!
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    NemiraB Premium
    Do you see any differences between your showed techniques as the promoter of items on Amazon? I mean using Native ads, affiliate links inside buttons, or something else.
    P.S. Thanks for the training:)
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    ownonlboss Premium
    Hi Nemira,

    I have not done any testing yet on the effectiveness on the different type of ads. You might find tests of other WA members though.

    You are most welcome, glad to have helped out with the training part of it at least!

    Steven
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    celiacman Premium
    With so many members promoting Amazon this training is important for the majority of new members to be sure to learn

    Jeff
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    ownonlboss Premium
    Thanks Jeff!

    Feel free to share among new and old members as well as using the affiliate link on your own site if that would apply for you.

    Steven
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    3dandelions Premium
    Thank you for this, Steven!
    I have been learning my way around Amazon and this will be very helpful! As I am sure it will be for many WA members, as well!
    A lot of time went into this tutorial and it will be much appreciated by many!
    Emily
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    ownonlboss Premium
    Hi Emily,

    Yes indeed, it took some time to put it together. Instead of 1 day, it took me a whole 3 days to put it together. Not too bad actually, right? There are some tutorials that take me more time to write than others, simply depending on how much research I need to do. This one was stuff that I do daily and so already know.

    Great that you enjoyed it and I hope indeed that it will be used by many!

    Steven
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    Dunvant Premium
    Hi Steve tried all your tutorials the text one worked fin
    The image and text and image I only get an oblong empty box , saved, went to preview and nothing can you help
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    ownonlboss Premium
    I've replied on the one below/above of you here.
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    Dunvant Premium
    I just tried it with image and then text and image but they didn’t work . Is the process different. ??
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    ownonlboss Premium
    There are some differences between text and image or text+image.

    With text links, you can just use the WordPress interface for adding links to your content.

    When you want to use the image or text+image option on Amazon SiteStripe, you need to go into the HTML version of your content, which you get by clicking on text tab next to the visual tab in the top right corner of your content writing window.

    Steven
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    Dunvant Premium
    Sorry I did that I get a box on my website but not the picture is there something I else I should do
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    ownonlboss Premium
    Hmm strange. May I have a look at your site? Then you need to post the URL here or on a PM.
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    Dunvant Premium
    http://myipsisearch.com/wp-admin/

    it does say or perhaps they all say site not secure
    I did get a message which said
    'Request to the server have been blocked by an extension'

    Hope you can help
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    Dunvant Premium
    I have solved the mystery it is my desktop I took the adblocker off still didn't work so I used my laptop and it worked first time so thanks for all your assistance
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    ownonlboss Premium
    I had a hunch it was an adblocker. I wanted to reply that to you today but I was on an unstable mobile connection and didn't reach you in time.

    Great to hear that you have found out about it. Now you can apply what you have learned here and check out whether everything is in good working order afterwards with the adblocker either disabled or by allowing your site's ads to be shown (often configurable within the adblocker options).

    Steven
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    Dunvant Premium
    That was really great I have struggling you made so easy thanks
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    ownonlboss Premium
    I am happy that my tutorial was of help to you.
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    jared247 Premium
    Great training Steve! Thanks for the help using site stripe.
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    ownonlboss Premium
    Thanks Jared!

    Hope you can use it on your own site.

    Steven
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    Steven-A Premium
    Steve,
    This is good. I just added some Amazon image links yesterday and today and I think my menus were a little different. I think the UX was maybe a little more graphic.
    Anyway, it was pretty intuitive to work with.
    Keeping this for a good reference.

    Thanks for the work it took to pulling this together.
    Good job. Will help a lot of WA people.
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    ownonlboss Premium
    Thank you Steven,

    Which UX are you referring to? The menu's of SiteStripe or the ones of your WordPress?

    I took the screenshots this week of SiteStripe, so I doubt they have already changed.

    I gladly clear that up if you don't mind. I gladly look into your version and help you out where possible. Just reply and I will see what I can do.

    It should essentially be looking pretty much the same as on what I used in the tutorial, unless you are using a visual editor that replaces big parts of the entire WordPress interface.

    Glad you like it - feel free to share it.

    Steven
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    Steven-A Premium
    I'll have to take a look. I am using Elementor. Makes great looking pages but brings a whole new level of challenges.
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    ownonlboss Premium
    that's right.
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    alexjysmith Premium
    This was extremely helpful, thank you :)

    AJ
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    JulietAA Premium
    Thanks for this training Steve.
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    ownonlboss Premium
    Thanks Juliet!

    Glad I could help out! Feel free to share it.

    Steven
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    celiacman Premium
    This is a great training for anyone promoting Amazon products, I learned something new about how to use the SiteStripe which I have never used before
    Jeff
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    ownonlboss Premium
    Awesome, thank you. You may freely share it with anyone else struggling.

    Steven
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    TRPEng Premium
    Thanks Steve . That’s good information.
    Trevor
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    ownonlboss Premium
    Thanks for your appreciation!
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    Steven-A Premium
    Thanks. Very timely as I am just adding some Amazon links to my sites.
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    ownonlboss Premium
    Haha, glad to help out in the right moment! I feel now like a firefighter saving those in need haha.

    Steven
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    buffetearns Premium
    Thanks Steven

    Wayne
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    ownonlboss Premium
    Thanks Wayne!

    Steven
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    ChrisBarr Premium
    Hi Steven, Great... Great... You nailed it. Great Job.
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    bonzo124 Premium
    Nice training Steven.
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    ownonlboss Premium
    Thank you Ilias!

    Bookmark it for later use if you have the need to go back to it later. Bookmarks also work for quickly finding resources to link to others in chat or question & answers.

    Steven
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    ChrisShouse Premium
    This will be helpful when I get to this point. Thank you
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    ownonlboss Premium
    You are most welcome. You can bookmark tutorials by clicking the Star icon on the top left of the tutorial. Save it with a certain tag so that you can remember to find it back again.

    You can find bookmarks on the right of the search bar when you there (again) click on the star icon to see all the bookmarks listed.

    Glad to be of help if anything else comes up.

    Steven
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