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Amazon Associates: Can you use php redirects?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by ScreamingMidget, May 21, 2017.

  1. ScreamingMidget

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    So I'm a member of all AS countries that I can apply to.

    Say I have a product review and a 'buy now' link, can I direct the link to something such as: product-name.php and have the php script redirect to amazon.ca, .com, uk etc depending on which country they're from?
     
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    For this purpose I'm using some plugin that I've found to be decent, it's called: Custom Content by Country (from iControlWP) and then show original Amazon.com links to the customers based on the country that they are from (mostly .com for everyone) and .co.uk for UK visitors. That's all for now. But it does the job well. It's not like site.com/go/amazon it's original Amazon affiliate code just showing appropriate content (in this case links) for visitors based on their location.
     
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  4. ScreamingMidget

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    That's bonkers - guess an alternative method is for me to use Ad Rotate Pro, but it's Amazon lacking common sense (again) if you can't use it.
     
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    Ah - so is that similar to Ad Rotate Pro, then?

    I have a paid version of Ad Rotate and I've been buying Geo credits to do the most accurate Geo lookups with another site.
     
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    I'm not sure about that. Just sharing my experience and what's been working for me if that might help :) In any way I think it's same logic. If you can serve whatever different for different country based on that plugin (in our case links) it should do the job for you.
     
  7. ScreamingMidget

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    So I guess if you're linking contextually and hyperlinking a keyword to Amazon, you'd need to add the keyword X amount of times. I wonder if this would have a negative impact on SEO. Google will see the same keyword repeated several times next to each other.
     
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    Why would you think that? Here is example of somewhat how I do it on my end:

    "You can purchase this amazing bowl at only $12.97 from Amazon.com."
    "You can purchase this amazing bowl at only £8.97 from Amazon.co.uk."

    Or something like:
    " ... purchase by clicking here ..." => linking to Amazon.com aff link
    " ... purchase by clicking here ..." => linking to Amazon.co.uk aff link

    I haven't even considered overthinking this in the terms of how G would react. I guess it should be happy. I'm taking UK customers to proper location. :D
     
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    I'm in the UK and just tested this:
    [CBC show="y" country="us"]I only appear in the U.S.[/CBC]

    And it's showing! :-D

    It thinks I'm in the States. Cache was cleared too.

    I'd check your outgoing links, as it doesn't appear to be quite accurate. I'll try Ad Rotate.
     
  10. CFT

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    What about amazon link localizer plug-in, it uses prourls you input your amazon affiliate ID for each country and it redirects them to their local amazon
     
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    Guys why you are thinking too much and why you are not using easyazon plugin?
    Easyazon will send GEO targeting visitors.(.com, .uk, .ca etc)
     
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    The thing is, I'm using multiple tags for each country. You're given 100 tags for each AS account and if I used the same tag for every link to Amazon, I wouldn't have a clue which of my pages are converting and which aren't.

    I, therefore, have something such as:

    tag1, tag2, tag3 etc for Amazon US
    tag1, tag2, tag3 etc for Amazon UK
    and so on.

    This way I know (for example) that Article D is converting, but Article F isn't.

    Which sounds like I'm limited to using either a php redirect, or showing a link based on the country. Things such as the EasyAzon plugin isn't in-depth enough as that only accepts 1 tag for each country.

    Does that make sense? :)
     
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    I posted my reply above before seeing this - EasyAzon from what I can see only takes 1 tag for each country. I'll be using up to 100 tags for EACH country, so I can track more in depth.
     
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    Thank you for the heads up on this. I'll check it out a bit later. I've had sales, it looked fine. I do see clicks on both .com and .co.uk

    Although it is a bit slow in the past few weeks. I'll check up to see if it still works well.
     
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    No problem. Did you get what I mentioned about using many tags for the same country?

    It does get quite complicated, but the way I see it, is that if you're testing something like this, you might as well do it properly.

    It would make life so much easier if Amazon just had a universal associates programme, although I imagine there's a tax reason for not doing it.
     
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    Yeah I do believe it's taxes and actually laws of different countries.

    I've just checked, I'm using it like this to show content for UK:
    Code:
    [CBC show="y" country="uk,gb"]UK ONLY[/CBC]
     
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    Yeah, the problem was it was showing content to me with the country="us"] so the issue wasn't actually with the uk/gb shortcode.

    However, I've just tested what you've got, and it's not showing the content to me. I'm definitely in the UK :-D
     
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    LMAO funny thing. I'm not sure if it's GeoIP dependent or something (it is) but if it might be missing something or stuff like that (host wise...). You've got me really thinking about this now. I'll have to see what is going on now with this stuff ASAP.
     
  19. ScreamingMidget

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    By all means PM me a link to one of your pages and I'll visit it and tell you what I see.

    The downside to Ad Rotate is that you have to create a new advert for each location and for each link. So 5 countries to 5 products on Amazon, would mean 25 adverts. There's no simple shortcode to use like you've used.
     
  20. littlewebdragon

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    It works well for sure, just checked Amazon.co.uk stats there is one order from yesterday. :) Clicks are as usual for weeks. I don't have a regular store on this site, just few amazon health related products, not regular like amazon site etc. so this is why this tool (plugin) works for me. On a larger scale it would not work for sure as it would be close to impossible to maintain/change links if needed etc...

    Are you sure that you are in UK? :D :D :D