It’s no secret that one of the best ways to monetize your blog is through affiliate links. While there are a lot of affiliate programs out there, the Amazon Associates program is one of the most popular ones.
Once approved, you instantly have access to millions of products that could potentially make you money on your blog.
Creating Amazon affiliate links is relatively easy. You can either create them through your dashboard or use Amazon SiteStripe. Whenever a visitor clicks an Amazon affiliate link, you make a percentage commission off ANY item they purchase for the next 24 hours.
Because Amazon is so large and well known, readers instantly feel safe making purchases from Amazon. Pair that with the ability to advertise just about any product under the sun, and you could earn decent commissions.
Be sure also to check valuable posts about Amazon Associates program:
- How to set up Amazon OneLink and use it to refer users to Amazon store locale based on visitor IP?
- Amazon affiliate commission rate changes (Amazon recently again reduced affiliate commissions)
- Amazon affiliate guide – everything you need to know
- How to easily receive Amazon affiliate payments anywhere in the world
Visually Displaying Products On Your Blog
Like I said earlier, creating links is easy. If using SiteStripe, you can visit any Amazon product, and SiteStripe allows you to generate a URL with your affiliate ID inside.
However, as an Amazon affiliate, you don’t only have to create text links. Amazon has an API available that lets you pull in data such as price, description, title, or images.
These plugins use the Amazon Product Advertising API to pull in product data such as product image, title, description, or price. You can even choose how often you want the plugin to refresh the data, which means your readers always have the most up-to-date information from Amazon.
In addition to text links, such plugins let you create Product Boxes, Lists, Grids, Widgets, or simply grab the image.
Visually displaying products using one of those plugins converts much better than text links in most cases. Some products you just need to see before buying.
One of the best parts about using a plugin to display Amazon products is that products can be inserted into your blog posts using simple shortcodes.
What is Shortcode?
A shortcode is a small piece of code that utilizes the Amazon API to display Amazon products like boxes, grids, or images. Many Amazon affiliate plugins, such as AAWP, rely on shortcodes to display products. Shortcodes are great because the only thing you need to change is the Amazon product ASIN to display a different product.
For example, the shortcode to display an AAWP product box is [amazon box= “ASIN-GOES-HERE”]. As long as the plugin is active, inserting shortcodes like the ones above anywhere in your article will dynamically pull in that products’ information for your readers to see.
The Problem With Shortcodes
The biggest problem with shortcodes is the amount of repetition involved. Each time you build a product box, you must type the shortcode template (the shortcode without the ASIN) into WordPress first.
Here’s the typical workflow for creating a product box:
- Type out the shortcode template into WordPress (i.e., the shortcode without the ASIN)
- Go to Amazon and search for the product.
- Manually extract the ASIN from the URL or product description.
- Go back to WordPress, find the shortcode template you typed in Step 1, and then paste the ASIN correctly between the parenthesis.
As you can see, that’s a lot of back and forth! Imagine for a second that you are writing a review post highlighting 10 products. Can you imagine how many times you’d have to go back and forth to set up all 10 boxes?
Not only is this method time-consuming, but it leaves a lot of room for error. You might type out the shortcode template wrong or incorrectly copy the ASIN. Some people resort to copying all of these “shortcode templates” into a separate Word document and referencing that.
The Shortcode Solution: AMZ Table Assistant
AMZ Table Assistant is a Google Chrome extension that automates the process of manually building shortcodes. It works by overlaying buttons on each Amazon product, as shown in the image below.
Click any of those buttons, and the ASIN will automatically be inserted into that shortcode and copied to clipboard. With the click of a button, you can now paste a perfectly formatted shortcode into your WordPress posts.
Remember the 4 step workflow earlier? After installing the AMZ Table Assistant, your new workflow looks like this:
- Visit any product on Amazon and click one of the AMZTA buttons.
- Paste into WordPress.
That’s it! With the AMZ Table Assistant, the process to build shortcodes is simplified. No more repetitively typing the same shortcode or referencing a separate Word document.
And the best part? You are guaranteed to have perfectly formatted product boxes each time you use it.
AMZ Table Assistant Review – A Universal Chrome Extension / No API Needed
AMZ Table Assistant is universal. It works with the most popular WordPress plugins that support shortcodes like AAWP, AmaLinks Pro, or AzonPress.
However, there are also features that can be used with ANY table builder plugin. AMZTA doesn’t require an API key, either. (Remember: Your API key has already been entered into AAWP.)
This means you can get started creating product boxes even easier just seconds after installing the extension.
AMZ Table Assistant Features
Before I go into the features of AMZTA, I wanted to let you know that there is a Free and Pro version. The free version can be used by anyone and doesn’t require any license key to use. The Pro version is geared towards users of AAWP, AmaLinks Pro, or AzonPress.
You can upgrade from the Free version to the Pro version at any time. Click here to download the extension directly from the Google Chrome store.
Here are the features of AMZ Table Assistant free version:
1. Copy ASIN Button (free)
The Copy ASIN button will extract the ASIN from any Amazon product you are looking at. This saves you from needing to grab it from the URL or product description each time.
This is a handy feature because there is a LOT of tools and software that use just the Amazon ASIN (Amazon FBA, Merch by Amazon, or Kindle KD, etc.).
Surprisingly, it’s also the ONLY extension on the market that grabs just the ASIN of the product you are looking at. Other extensions grab every ASIN on the page, but there are no extensions that grab just the ASIN of the product you are researching.
2. Copy URL & Append Affiliate ID (free)
One of the most common questions seen in Facebook groups and forums is “How can I get my writers to add my Affiliate ID to links?”
There a lot of users who do have access to the Amazon API (and therefore cannot use AAWP shortcodes) but still want to outsource content.
Before the AMZ Table Assistant was created, there were only 3 options:
- Have your writers manually edit each URL to include your Affiliate ID.
- Insert links yourself after the writers complete the article.
- Create a limited access SiteStripe user (most people aren’t aware of this option).
#1 and #2 still require manual effort on your end or the writer’s end. #3 requires you to create unique users for each writer and manage access/permissions. With AMZTA, you can now have your writers insert links for you as they write!
Just have them download the free extension from the Google Chrome store & insert your affiliate ID in the settings.
Whenever they click the “Copy URL & Append ID” button, it will automatically add your ID into the link and then copy everything to their clipboard.
PRO VERSION (one-time $20)
Here are the features of AMZ Table Assistant pro version:
1. Automatically insert ASINs into Shortcodes
This features automatically inserts the ASIN into your AAWP, Amalinks Pro, or AzonPress shortcodes. A bunch of default buttons has been already created for you. These show up on Amazon immediately after entering the license key.
Default buttons are the most commonly used shortcodes (AAWP Product Box, AAWP Image Only, AAWP Text Link, AmaLinks Pro Showcase Box, etc.).
2. Custom Shortcode Button Creation
Along with the default buttons that are already created, you have the ability to create your own buttons! For example, if you use a “modifier” term (like nofollow, new window, dark theme, etc.), you can create custom buttons that automatically add those modifiers to your buttons.
You can also completely customize your buttons – give each button unique names or choose their colors.
When creating custom buttons, you can use one of the available variables to insert information dynamically:
- |ASIN Value| = Pulls ASIN from product
- |ASINS| = Adds all asins appended to list
- |Custom Title| = An onscreen popup will ask you to enter a custom product title to override the Amazon default.
- |Affiliate ID| = Overrides affiliate ID hardcoded in AAWP.
Let’s say you created a shortcode button like this: [amazon box= “|ASIN Value|” title= “|Custom Title|” style=”dark”]. This shortcode will automatically pull in the ASIN, prompt for a custom title, and then style it with a dark theme.
3. Text, Image, & Widget Buttons
The only way to use Amazon images in your blog posts is by generating the SiteStripe image URL or using the API.
The shortcode to use AAWP images is long and hard to remember ([amazon fields=”ASIN” value=”thumb” image=”1″ image_size=”large”]), so it makes MUCH more sense to use the AAWP Image button to display images on your posts.
Just click the AAWP Image button to copy the ASIN into the shortcode. You’ll notice in the shortcode that image=”1” pulls in the first image. If you want to use the second image, just create a new button with image=“2”.
4. Lists & Grids
This feature adds an Append to List button on Amazon search pages. This is great if you are building AAWP Lists, Grids, or Widgets that have more than 1 ASIN. Normally you’d had to insert each ASIN one-by-one into the shortcode manually.
With this feature, you can just click the Append to List button, and the ASIN will automatically be inserted into the shortcode of your choice. The Append to List button can be found on the Amazon Search page as well as individual product pages.
This is a huge time-saving feature because you don’t need to click into each product to grab the ASIN. You can grab it from the search page. Add as many ASINs as you want into your list!
All of your handpicked ASINs show up in the Lists & Grids tab of the extension. Here you can also create custom List and Grid templates or simply Copy All ASINs.
5. Custom Title Popup
By default, AAWP will pull the title that is displayed on the Amazon product. Sometimes that’s great, but sometimes the title is very wordy and has way more info that you need to show you readers.
That’s where custom titles come in. If you want to override the default title, just create a new button with the variable |Custom Title| in it.
A box will popup that asks you to enter a custom title. Whatever title you enter will replace the Amazon default title. This is useful if you want to give a product a title such as “Best Water Bottle for Camping”.
6. Import / Export Button Configurations
Custom AMZTA buttons can be imported and exported. Just click into the extension options and select whether you want to export Buttons or List & Grid templates.
This is useful if you accidentally delete your buttons or if you want to share your custom button configurations with your writers.
The last two features I wanted to go over are the ability to turn the extension on or off in the settings and hiding/delete buttons.
To turn off the extension temporarily (such as when shopping on Amazon and not doing research), simply uncheck the Enabled button in the settings to turn the extension off. When you turn it back on, all your buttons will appear instantly. No reconfiguration needed.
To hide a button, just click the Options and click any of the buttons. The buttons will turn grey, which means they won’t be displayed on Amazon products anymore until you unhide them.
To delete a button, just click the Trash can. This is great for getting rid of any default buttons that were created for you.
Advantages of AMZTA
The end goal of creating Amazon affiliate sites is to create helpful, informational articles that rank highly on Google.
To do this, you need systems in place to make writing reviews as easy as possible. The faster you can write quality posts, the more posts you can create. And the more posts you can get ranking on Google, the more affiliate income you can earn.
AMZ Table Assistant makes inserting Amazon Affiliate links easier. It saves time when building product boxes or URLs for both you or your writers. No more typing the same shortcode over and over, or constantly switching tabs between Amazon and WordPress.
Whether you are trying to quickly grab an ASIN for a table or write product reviews more efficiently, AMZTA is the way to go. It was built with Amazon affiliate marketers in mind by someone who has built and sold many Amazon affiliate websites.
AMZ Table Assistant Review Conclusion
AMZ Table Assistant is the perfect Chrome extension for ANY Amazon affiliate seller. It’s universal, so if you ever decide to switch from AAWP to Amalinks Pro – you can continue using the extension.
It also doesn’t require an API key to work. You can either use the free features which don’t require any API keys or WordPress plugins or if you do use a plugin – the API keys are already stored in the plugin settings.
The Free version allows you to copy the ASIN and append your affiliate tag to the end of any URL. This is great if you have writers, build a lot of tables, or don’t have access to the Amazon API and therefore can’t use product box plugins.
The Pro version is designed to simplify things for AAWP, AmaLinks Pro, or AzonPress users. Since the extension only costs a one-time $20 fee – it makes sense to upgrade to the Pro version for all the reasons listed above.
If you are still on the fence about whether or not to get the Pro version, here’s a quick AMZ Table Assistant demo video showing you how much it simplifies things.
Hopefully, this extension saves you and your writers some time the next time you create a new post!
Danny Brooks is the creator of the AMZ Table Assistant. He’s an IT Manager by day and an Amazon affiliate marketer by night. He’s been an Amazon seller for the last 7 years and enjoys building websites and tools for other Amazon sellers.
AMZ Table Assistant
- Affordable price
- Easy to use
- Available in free version
- Makes inserting Amazon Affiliate links easier
- Custom shortcode button creation
- Import / Export button configurations
- Mostly focused on particular Amazon affiliate plugins
DISCLOSURE: My posts may contain affiliate links. If you buy something through one of those links, I might get a small commission, without any extra cost to you. Read more about it here.