Hi. My name is Matt. And this is my story about why and how I chose to create and build The best damn Amazon Partner WordPress plugin ever,
But the most important thing first – I can only take half of the loan. I've partnered with a world-class WordPress developer on this project. First, because I'm not a developer (programmer) at all, and second, because I did not have tens of thousands of dollars to pay for a developer who created this plugin for me. So I teamed up with an ass-coder who prefers to stay anonymous. He calls himself Alchemy Coder. We call him AC briefly.
It was a cold January morning in 2018 …
I could not get rid of the idea of creating my own premium WordPress plugin. I had a killer idea – so I squeezed the trigger. I sent a vague e-mail to AC and told him that I had an idea – but I was careful and careful in this initial correspondence. I did not want to reveal all the details until I was sure he was open and ready to form a partnership to build this together.
After several back-and-forth emails, AC could hardly stop his excitement about the potential for what we could create. I shared the same feeling. With our common knowledge, ability, relationships and pure determination, all we knew was that we had to respond to that idea. We had to develop the best WordPress plugin for Amazon partners the world has ever seen.
Why did the world still need an Amazon plugin?
It was not that long ago that I encountered a few different threads in Facebook groups talking about the various Amazon Partner WordPress plugins they used. I remember, as one mentioned, that he loved EasyAzon for inserting most of his Amazon links. However, he used the Word Associate Link Builder ("WordPress") plugin for images, because there was something he liked better about how to handle images.
This guy was not the only one. There were several other people who exclaimed how they used this plugin for this and that plugin. It was clear – most people used more than one WordPress plugin to insert Amazon affiliate links in various formats. I totally agreed – because I did exactly the same.
More specifically – I've used EasyAzon for most of my Amazon partner links – but I wanted to create nice custom CTA buttons that are also linked to Amazon. MaxButtons is a WordPress plugin I've already used to create and paste CTA buttons. However, it did not connect to Amazon, and you had to manually create Amazon partner links and then copy and paste them into the plugin Link to: Section within the MaxButtons plugin.
One day I wrote instructions in an email to my VA to show him exactly how to combine these two plugins. I wanted him to create Amazon links with EasyAzon and then copy those links into MaxButtons to create beautiful CTA buttons that will be placed in my Amazon product review posts on the new affiliate site we worked on. It really hit me there. That was the big AH-HA moment. At that moment I realized that I had to find a way to create this new plugin.
Introducing AmaLinks Pro – an Amazon Partner WordPress plug-in created for us – for you and me, and for all WordPress users who make money through Amazon Associates.
I'm going to fast forward now. If you want to know more about the backstory and what exactly we mean by "built for us", read this post on the AmaLinks Pro blog. https://amalinkspro.com/built-for-us/
Hi! By the way … Links on this page that lead to products on Amazon are affiliate links and I get a commission on purchase. Thank you in advance for your support.
What does AmaLinks Pro do?
AmaLinks Pro Connects your WordPress site with the Amazon Product Advertising API, allowing you to quickly and easily insert Amazon affiliate links into your posts or pages without ever leaving WordPress! The shortcut types include the basic text and image links as well as some advanced options. I'll show you some examples …
This is an Amazon affiliate text link for the Minnetonka moccasin slippers I'm wearing that right now. Below is a picture link for the same slippers and then a custom CTA button I created with AmaLinks Pro that points to the same product on Amazon.
Our lead developer, AC, took a long time to create the custom CTA button builder. He said that it could or should have been a completely standalone plugin! But still – it is included as one of the main features of AmaLinks Pro, Just wait to see how easy it is to use – to create amazing call-to-action (CTA) buttons tailored to fit your needs.
AmaLinks Pro window boxes
As if the CTA buttons were not enough – we are all the more pleased with our unique product information, which we call Showcase Boxes (or showcases for short). Give it a try – the following showcase with a really sweet Sony sound system is created with just a few clicks of the mouse and inserted into your post or page.
A few things to keep in mind about this incredible showcase box …
- Fully responsive – looks great on any device
- All text can be edited completely (except the price) – remove or change anything you want
- Option to change the image to one of the available images for the product in the Amazon PA API
- The Prime logo will be displayed for all Prime-enabled products
- Rating Bar – This is (currently) the only way to legitimately display Amazon star ratings and ratings and to adhere to the terms and conditions set forth in Amazon Amazon Associates Accounts Guidelines (more below).
- The price is sourced directly from the Amazon PA API – 100% compliant
- CTA button featuring amazon colors – text is editable
- Timestamp and Disclaimer just below the field – this is required to comply with Amazon terms
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The emergence of AmaLinks Pro (then and now)
I mentioned WHY we created AmaLinks Pro above. In fact, here is our official "why" statement …
Because WordPress publishers deserve a simpler and more efficient way to connect to the world's most powerful affiliate program – Amazon Associates.
Now, let me tell you exactly how we created and created AmaLinks Pro. As I said at the beginning of this post – it was a cold January morning in 2018. And now it's a year later and I'm writing this blog post. Correctly. It took us a whole year to get where we are now.
We've thought and researched a lot about this project and spent many, many hours developing, testing and tweaking it.
For the most part – this entire project was just a 2-man operation. AC did the entire coding development for the plugin itself and helped a bit with some sales page improvements (because he's a WordPress assistant and I'm not). I have built the Sales Page, the Marketing Funnels, the Documents and Tutorials, the Affiliate Program and the Public Relations to promote the dissemination of the information.
Since we both have our own partner sites, we literally designed AmaLinks Pro to be just the Amazon Partner WordPress plugin we wanted. More importantly, we've heard feedback from some of our early users and beta testers, and are constantly making changes and improvements to achieve that AmaLinks Pro is the plugin you want as an Amazon Associate!
Research the competition
We've downloaded and / or bought all the major competitors in the area we know and carefully tested them. We've captured our insights and made sure that the best features and options are included in AmaLinks Pro. We have also advised NOT to include the bad or unnecessary features to make AmaLinks Pro as easy as possible and to make it as user-friendly as possible.
This is the plugin that I have used, loved and recommended for many years. It's still a good plugin – but not great. EasyAzon founder Chris Guthrie seems to have shifted his focus in Internet marketing to selling private label products through Amazon FBA, and in a few years he has not even hinted that major updates will be made to EasyAzon.
The Amazon Affiliate WordPress plugin (better known as AAWP) seems to be one of the most popular plugins when I write this post. It has some sophisticated front-end features (which appear on published posts or pages), but has a big drawback. AAWP has NO back-end functionality. To insert Amazon affiliate links with AAWP, you must find the ASINs of the product yourself and manually paste them into complicated shortcode strings and then paste that shortcode into your posts or pages.
Amazon Associates Link Builder
This is the free plugin that is created and offered by Amazon. It works much like EasyAzon and in the same way it's just fine – not great at all. On one point, Amazon is really great, and one is the sale of products. Amazon is not very good at creating and managing WordPress plugins.
Several more plugins and tools
The three plugins mentioned above are by far the most popular and widely used WordPress plugins for Amazon partners. There are a few more we have found and tested that offer different levels of functionality. We found little tidbits in most of the tests that gave us great ideas for features or options in AmaLinks Pro.
AmaLinks Pro is truly a culmination of everything we've found great in other plugins, plus some extra features none of them offered – minus all the awful or unnecessary features that make the other tools just more complicated and difficult to use.
100% compliance with Amazon policies
It has always been one of our top priorities to balance all features and aspects of AmaLinks Pro 100% with Amazon's terms and policies. We spent countless hours reading and re-reading the insanely complicated Amazon documents and pages.
Whether you know it or not, most competing plug-ins or tools have features or options that completely violate Amazon's terms and policies. I'll just point this out to you and show you a REALLY great one …
AAWP scratched Amazon to get star ratings …
AAWP users appreciate the fact that they can view Amazon's star ratings in their product comparison charts and elsewhere. What most users probably will not notice is that the star ratings they display are NOT included in the product advertising (Product Advertising) (PA) API. Amazon clearly states that star ratings can only be viewed through the PA API.
Here is a Blog Post I wrote on the AmaLinks Pro blog – all about the rules for showing Amazon star ratings on websites or blogs, The full story is explained in detail, with evidence that AAWP violates Amazon's rules and exposes its users to the risk of blocking their Amazon Associates accounts.
Prices, updates, future and more
As a longtime user of Easy Azon, it was annoying to me how they handled the prices when they released new updated versions. EasyAzon was originally sold as a one-off purchase price. However, when they released a new version with updated features, they asked current users to pay again (at a discounted price) to access the new version.
With AmaLinks Pro – we knew we needed a recurring payment model right from the start. Not only because we benefit as creators and sellers of plug-ins (who does not love to earn recurring revenue?), But most of all because the recurring payment model actually benefits the buyers (users).
How does the buyer benefit from a recurring subscription pricing model? Well … indirectly – the fact that we generate recurring revenue is the main motivating factor that inspires and encourages us to continuously make changes, updates and improvements. If we sell at a one-time, one-time price, why should or should we further improve AmaLinks Pro?
Recurring payments from our loyal customers are also a factor that holds us to a large extent accountable. As a developer and creator of plugins, we consider ourselves accountable to our customers. We understand that we must not abandon our customers to be the best.
Nevertheless, we offer a one-time payment option. Our Platinum Plan is our most expensive plan and suitable for unlimited websites as a lifetime license. But it's way more expensive than the other two plans, which are renewed annually – and we did that on purpose. We really prefer people to join one of the annual recurring plans, so we rated the Platinum Plan a bit more outrageously priced than the other two plans.
Classic editor and Gutenberg (block) editor
When we started building AmaLinks Pro in early 2018, the Classic editor was the default WordPress editor and the only editor that most people used. It was talked about the Gutenberg editor and even a Gutenberg plugin that people could install to test the new block editor.
WordPress announced that the new Gutenberg editor with the release of WordPress 5.0 will be the default WordPress editor. Although we knew it would come, the timing still surprised us. Suddenly AC had to focus 100% on making AmaLinks Pro fully compatible with Gutenberg.
WordPress finally released version 5.0 after some delays in early December 2018 and we were ready! Currently I'm writing this post – AmaLinks Pro is the only known WordPress plug-in that is fully compatible with the new Gutenberg editor and has built-in blocks that work seamlessly.
The Table Builder add-on
The most requested feature for AmaLinks Pro is an easy-to-use table builder that displays responsive product comparison charts for Amazon products. We are working on this feature right now. After seeing how amazing the other features of AmaLinks Pro are, you can only imagine how incredible our table builder capability will be!
Actually, we wanted to add this feature from the beginning – but at the same time it's the most complicated feature in the code. The truth is – AC got off to a good start in the Table Builder add-on when the Gutenberg thing crept in on us. The Table Builder add-on is currently under development and will be released shortly. I know better than to promise appointments or set deadlines for such a thing – but I can tell you one thing …
Prices for AmaLinks Pro will increase after we release the Table Builder add-on. If you want to secure the early bird prices right away and keep the (lower) life extension rate, you can still make a purchase today. Note: The baseline does not include and will not include the make-table add-on. You must purchase Premium or Platinum if you wish to purchase the spreadsheet maker after publication.
Get your fare before we raise prices
What does AmaLinks Pro sound like to you? Do you think we are on the right track? Well … we are just starting. In addition to all that AmaLinks Pro already offers, and the upcoming Table Builder add-on, we have bigger and better plans for AmaLinks Pro for 2019 and beyond!
At this point, I do not want to comment specifically on the future features and improvements. Until then, a lot of development work has to be done. But I do not think you'll disagree – AmaLinks Pro is already really fantastic and undoubtedly the best Amazon Partner WordPress plugin available. It's hard to believe it's getting better and better.
Get your cheaper rate today. I'm not just saying this as a sales technique – prices are actually lower than originally planned. Prices will continue to rise as new major features are added. What price you originally pay is always your renewal rate for life. Lock it now!
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