Amazon affiliate Links Not Showing Up

  • trailsnet

    #49483

    I have three websites that use the Graphene theme. All of them include pages for selling books using the Amazon Affiliate program.

    On two of my websites, the image links show up just fine. But on my other site, the one I’ve had the longest, the images don’t show up no matter how or where I paste them into the site. I use the exact same technique as I do in the other two sites, but no luck. I just get the small blue box with the question mark in it. When I click on that blue box, it does take me to the correct Amazon page, but no image shows up on my page.

    Thanks in advance for your assistance.

    Admin

    Syahir Hakim

    #49503

    Hi Kevin,
    Which website is this happening on? I can take a look for you.

    trailsnet

    #49648

    Hi Syahir,

    Sorry I didn’t get back to you. For some reason I didn’t get a notification of your reply. I think I may have my old email address somewhere in the admin of the site and I don’t know how/where to change that.

    The Trailsnet.com website is the one that is not allowing me to add Amazon affiliate book links. You can see an example of what is happening on the Kids Trail Books page where you’ll notice that there’s a blue question mark where I inserted the Amazon link URL.

    The same Amazon Affiliate links are working fine in my BestHolidayBooks.com & PurdyBooks.com websites using the exact same process for adding them.

    Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!!

    Admin

    Syahir Hakim

    #49663

    Looks like the URL for the affiliate image is referring to a location on your server instead of Amazon:

    http://trailsnet.com//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B006O2KPUS&Format=_SL250_&ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=trailsnet-20
    

    Should be this way:

    http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B006O2KPUS&Format=_SL250_&ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=trailsnet-20
    

    When you enter the code, try using the full URL including the https:// at the beginning of the URL.

    trailsnet

    #49673

    Hi Syahir & thanks for checking out the links on Trailsnet.com.

    I hovered over all of the Amazon Affiliate book links on the site, and they all seem to start with https://www.Amazon.com

    In fact, they even work correctly when I click on them. But for some reason, the image doesn’t show up on the Trailsnet web page. I just copy and paste the URL from my Amazon Affiliate Sitestripe as I do with my other two book-based websites. For some reason the exact same URLs work fine on my other sites but not on Trailsnet.com.

    Admin

    Syahir Hakim

    #49674

    The URL that appears when you hover on the link is the “target” URL – those are the URL that visitors will go to when they click on the click. As you have observed, these are set correctly.

    The URL that I was referring to is the “source” URL of the link image. This is the URL that the browser fetches the image from. Since this URL is not set correctly, the browser is unable to fetch the image of the affiliate link, thus it appears as the blue question mark.

    Can you copy and paste the code that you get from Amazon here?

    trailsnet

    #49681

    Gladly. Here is the copied/pasted link I get from Amazon Sitestripe:

    <a href="https://www.amazon.com/How-Hike-Appalachian-Trail-Comprehensive-ebook/dp/B01NBR1GNE/ref=as_li_ss_il?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1529534339&sr=1-4&keywords=appalachian+trail+books&linkCode=li3&tag=trailsnet-20&linkId=f4f1fa4c4c2acc940ad2da7dae858624" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B01NBR1GNE&Format=_SL250_&ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=trailsnet-20" /></a><img src="https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=trailsnet-20&l=li3&o=1&a=B01NBR1GNE" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" />
    
    Admin

    Syahir Hakim

    #49682

    OK, try inserting this code instead:

    <a href="https://www.amazon.com/How-Hike-Appalachian-Trail-Comprehensive-ebook/dp/B01NBR1GNE/ref=as_li_ss_il?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1529534339&sr=1-4&keywords=appalachian+trail+books&linkCode=li3&tag=trailsnet-20&linkId=f4f1fa4c4c2acc940ad2da7dae858624" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="https://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B01NBR1GNE&Format=_SL250_&ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=trailsnet-20" /></a><img src="https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=trailsnet-20&l=li3&o=1&a=B01NBR1GNE" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" />
    

    I just changed the image src from this:

    //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B01NBR1GNE&Format=_SL250_&ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=trailsnet-20
    

    to this:

    https://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B01NBR1GNE&Format=_SL250_&ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=trailsnet-20
    

    trailsnet

    #49691

    Thanks Syahir. That worked perfectly.

    Does that mean I need to manually insert that revised image source code every time I want to add Amazon books to my Trailsnet website? I’m curious why it’s only that way on my Trailsnet site and not my other three?

    Admin

    Syahir Hakim

    #49692

    Is there anything different on how you add the links between your Trailsnet and other sites? For example, I noticed that you added the link on Trailsnet inside column shortcodes – this could be a reason.

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