How To Use AmaLinks Pro Non-API Features

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If you don’t yet have access to the Amazon API or if you’ve lost your access – simply switch AmaLinks Pro into Non-API mode! In your WordPress menu, go to AmaLinks Pro > Settings and check the box to switch to Non-API mode then click the Save Changes button.

 

AmaLinks Pro Settings - Non-API Mode

How Does AmaLinks Pro Non-API Mode Work?

Basically – AmaLinks Pro simply assists you in creating Site Stripe links and helps you insert those links into your Posts/Pages. Furthermore, AmaLinks Pro Non-API mode allows you to create and insert some of our more advanced link types, like CTA Buttons, Showcase Boxes, and Product Comparison Tables – despite not having access to the API!

Here’s how it works… When you click the button, within AmaLinks Pro, to search Amazon – a new window opens up with the Amazon homepage open and the Site Stripe bar across the top. You simply search Amazon for your product or ASIN, use the Site Stripe bar to create your link type, then copy/paste that link into AmaLinks Pro, per the on-page instructions.

AmaLinks Pro - Non-API User Interface

Can’t you do this without AmaLinks Pro?

For text and image links -yes you can do this without AmaLinks Pro. But with AmaLinks Pro – you can also create higher converting CTA Buttons, Showcase Boxes, and Product Comparison Tables using Site Stripe links to pull in images and make sure your links are being properly attributed to the API.

How to Use Site Stripe Links within AmaLinks Pro

Note: For these examples (and screenshots) – I am using the Classic Editor. You can do the same thing in the Block ‘Gutenberg’ Editor with just a slightly different workflow.

Below, you will find step-by-step instructions for each link type. This is a bit of a manual process – but once you get the hang of it you will be able to create these link types quite quickly. For each link type – you simply start out by clicking the AmaLinks Pro button at the top of your editor (in Classic Editor) or select the appropriate Non-API block type if you are using the Block ‘Gutenberg’ Editor.

IMPORTANT: You MUST be logged in to your Amazon Associates account (in a separate window) for the Site Stripe bar to show up on your Amazon search results pages.

How To Insert Non-API Images

Step 1: Insert your product search term or ASIN then hit enter or click the Search button

Non-API - Insert Image - Product Search

Step 2: Amazon will open in a new window. If you used a search term (instead of an ASIN), select the product that you want to promote on Amazon and click over to the product page. You will see the Site Stripe bar across the top of the product page (again – you MUST be logged in to Amazon Associates for the Site Stripe bar to appear).

Non-API - Site Stripe bar on Amazon

Step 3: Go back to the window with your Post/Page editor that still has AmaLinks Pro open. Select your link type from the AmaLinks Pro interface. In this case – we are selecting the Insert Image button (this step is not necessary in the Block ‘Gutenberg’ Editor)

Non-API - Product Image button

Step 4: Go back to the window with your product page on Amazon. In the Site Stripe bar – click on the Image link and then select your size (we suggest you always select Large and you can always resize it smaller within WordPress). Site Stripe will generate a link code in the box below. Copy that code.

Non-API - Site Stripe Image Code

Step 5: Go back to the window with your Post/Page editor that still has AmaLinks Pro open. Paste in the code that you copied and then click the button to go to Step 3.

Non-API - Paste Site Stripe code into AmaLinks Pro

Step 6: Preview your image. Choose alignment and select your links settings then click the button to Insert Image Link.

Non-API - Preview - Links Settings - Insert Image

And here is what the image looks like in the Post editor after you insert it…

Non-API - Amazon Compliant Image - AmaLinks Pro

What if the ‘Large’ image from Site Stripe isn’t large enough?

Want a much larger image than the largest one that Site Stripe provides? No worries! We know a simple little trick to pull in a larger image from Amazon.

For whatever reason – it seems the largest image size that Amazon provides in Site Stripe is 250 pixels wide. Here is how you can pull in the exact same image in a larger size. In the code that Amazon provides, find the number right after Format=_SL… and change that number to whatever width you want your image to be (we suggest you start with 500).

Non-API - Pro Tip - Make Image Larger

In this example, I simply replaced the number 250 with 500 and here is what the image now looks like in my Post editor…

Non-API - Pro Tip - Larger Image in Editor

 

How To Insert Non-API Showcases

Step 1: Same as Step 1 for images (above)

Step 2: Same as Step 2 for images (above)

Step 3: Same as Step 3 for images (above), except this time we are selecting the ‘Product Showcases’ button

Step 4: This is where you get to build your Showcase Box! It’s all very self-explanatory as shown in the image below.

Non-API - Showcase Box

Note: Be sure to insert your Amazon Affiliate Product Link in the box at the bottom – this is the link that the CTA button will be attached to.

Tip: For the title – simply copy/paste the exact title from the Amazon listing and/or edit to say whatever you want.

Tip: For the bullet point (custom text) – simply copy/paste the bullet points from the Amazon listing (if available). This is the exact same information that is available in the API.

Q: Should I worry about duplicate content penalties if I copy/paste the exact text from the Amazon listing?

A: Amazon would not make this data available in the API if they didn’t intend for it to be used on other sites. Will Google penalize you for this? I can’t answer that – but I doubt it. If you are really concerned that you might be flagged by Google for duplicate content – then you can certainly change up the text to make it say whatever you want.

Tip: For the image – use the Large image that is available in Site Stripe. You can also experiment with different sizes based on your own preferences.

Step 5: Preview your Showcase Box. Choose alignment and select your links settings then click the button to Insert Shortcode.

Here is what my example Non-API Showcase Box looks like on the live preview page…

Non-API - Showcase Box - live preview

 

How To Insert Non-API Call-to-Action Buttons

Step 1: Same as Step 1 for images (above)

Step 2: Same as Step 2 for images (above)

Step 3: Same as Step 3 for images (above), except this time we are selecting the ‘CTA Button’ button

Step 4: This is where you insert your link code and edit your button text and styling as shown below

Non-API - CTA Button

If you are unfamiliar with how to use the CTA Button editor – please revisit our Getting Started page and scroll down to the video under the heading, How to Create or Edit Custom CTA Buttons

Step 5: Preview your CTA Button. Choose alignment and select your links settings then click the button to Insert Shortcode.

How To Insert Non-API Product Comparison Tables

Step 1: Same as Step 1 for images (above)

Step 2: Same as Step 2 for images (above)

Step 3: Same as Step 3 for images (above), except this time we are selecting the ‘Table Builder’ button

Non-API - Table Builder - Product Search - Open Table Builder

Step 4: Click button to Add Table or select an existing table to edit.

Non-API - Table Builder - Dashboard

Note: Tables created in API mode cannot be edited in Non-API mode and vice versa

Step 5: Add a product to your first row. First – connect the row to your Amazon affiliate link by copy/pasting a Site Stripe text link into the location shown below. This step is extremely important. This connects your CTA button and any other column you make clickable to your affiliate link.

Non-API - Table Builder - Insert Site Stripe text link

Step 6: Add product image to row. Go to your window with your Amazon listing and copy the Site Stripe image code. You can experiment with different sizes. We find that the medium Site Stripe image works well for most tables.

Non-API - Table Builder - Add Site Stripe image

Note: you can adjust the image size manually by changing the number that is attached to the SL in the Site Stripe image code. Example: medium images have SL160 in the middle of the image code. Change the 160 to adjust the image size if you wish.

Step 7: Add or change all other text elements in the table. Hover over any section to add or edit text. Change headings if you wish. Add or remove columns. The possibilities here are limitless! Copy/paste some info from the Amazon listing (like the Title).

Non-API - Table Builder - Add or edit table text

Step 8: Save table and then insert into editor. Very important – you MUST hit the Save Table button BEFORE inserting into your editor.

Non-API - Table Builder - Save Table - Insert Table into Editor

The Non-API Table Builder works very similarly to the API driven Table Builder – except that you must manually insert all of the data yourself. To learn more about the Table Builder and it’s settings and how to set responsive settings – please visit this page and watch the Table Builder tutorial videos.

Switching Between API mode and Non-API Mode

There are a few things you should know about going between modes.

I lost my Product Advertising API access, what happens to all of my links?

First off, since you are using AmaLinks Pro you don’t have to worry. If you have text links, image links or CTA buttons – the HTML or shortcode will still load as usual and they will keep working as expected.

If you have product showcases that use the API – everything will still load except the image & price – leaving your site visitor with a nice looking functional product box. This is called graceful degradation. Although some things will not load, your users will still get a nice experience.

If you are using the table builder, any price or image columns will not load the product data and your site visitors can still use the rest of the table as usual.

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