Affiliate links in Facebook

by midlandi 27 replies
Does anyone know how to display Amazon Affiliate links in a Facebook fan page. When i do it shows image but also shows the code?
#social media #affiliate #facebook #links
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  • Profile picture of the author AndyLaws
    Could you provide any example? As far as I know, you can remove the code once it appears by selecting and del. Then the link will stay.
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  • Profile picture of the author FirstSocialApps
    You can make your affiliate links on a custom tab using an IFRAME app. Then you can have several links on a page and sort of create a sales page / tab. First Social has an IFRAME tab that anyone can use for free.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Antonink
    Hi, midlandi

    *WARNING: THIS STEPS ARE FOR PROTECTION YOUR AFFILIATE LINKS !!! DO NOT USE IT FOR SPAMMING !!!*

    1. You need to cloak the links.
    2. Sign up for free on wordpress.com
    3. Install plugin Simple Url.
    4. Add there affiliate link, it will generate cloaked link!
    5. Copy cloaked link to your facebook

    It must be helpful!
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    • Originally Posted by Mark Antonink View Post

      Hi, midlandi

      *WARNING: THIS STEPS ARE FOR PROTECTION YOUR AFFILIATE LINKS !!! DO NOT USE IT FOR SPAMMING !!!*

      1. You need to cloak the links.
      2. Sign up for free on wordpress.com
      3. Install plugin Simple Url.
      4. Add there affiliate link, it will generate cloaked link!
      5. Copy cloaked link to your facebook

      It must be helpful!
      This sounds VERY good/enticing to me...but...is there

      Any risk of losing your wordpress.com url/site due to violation of the wordpress.com TOS/policies against posting affiliate links?
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    • Profile picture of the author arsalan1101
      Originally Posted by Mark Antonink View Post

      Hi, midlandi

      *WARNING: THIS STEPS ARE FOR PROTECTION YOUR AFFILIATE LINKS !!! DO NOT USE IT FOR SPAMMING !!!*

      1. You need to cloak the links.
      2. Sign up for free on wordpress.com
      3. Install plugin Simple Url.
      4. Add there affiliate link, it will generate cloaked link!
      5. Copy cloaked link to your facebook

      It must be helpful!
      Thanks friend really helpful post for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author theSEOmama
    Does anyone else know anything about Facebook stripping your Amazon Affiliate link code and inserting their own? See this article:

    tinypineapple's "What's Really Going On With Facebook Link Previews and Amazon Affiliate Links"
    "When you post an Amazon affiliate link on Facebook, FACEBOOK DOES NOT REPLACE YOUR AFFILIATE ID WITH THEIR OWN in the preview/thumbnail links.

    What they do instead is throw your affiliate link out the window entirely in favor of the one that Amazon is insisting is the canonical link, and that canonical link doesn’t include your affiliate ID (so HARD CHEESE!), but it does contain a snippet of code that gives Facebook (rather than you) credit for the referral."
    Sounds like the same thing Pinterest does. The explanation at TinyPineapple is beyond my scope - can anyone else here confirm this? And if so, does cloaking links change anything or stop Facebook from stripping the affiliate ID reference?
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    • Profile picture of the author Mr. Ken Russell
      Just cloak your links so you won't run into any problems.
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      • Profile picture of the author SapphireX
        Hi

        Is it OK to direct link to an Amazon product from any kind of posting ie. from forums etc? I know people do it but I was wondering if this is against Amazon's T&C, as we can't disclose the fact that we are affiliates. I have read through Amazon's linkbuilding guidelines but it's not mentioned - not that I can see. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author tismi
    I have just checked my amazon aff links and they still have my ref ID in them. I shorten my links with tinyurl with custom alias.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lokahi
      Originally Posted by tismi View Post

      I have just checked my amazon aff links and they still have my ref ID in them. I shorten my links with tinyurl with custom alias.
      Some sites like LinkBee let you have a custom url (which could include a keyword in link). Plus it shortens the affiliate link and makes it look very neat.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Tees
    You can cloak links as suggested or forward your own domains to particular products you can also simply promote the products on your blog and send people there to find out more about them/purchase them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Auzan
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    • Originally Posted by Auzan View Post

      Facebook does not allowed affiliate link because people spam over the place with their affiliate link.
      Yes but how would facebook know if you link to your site and use redirection?
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      • Profile picture of the author Jon Tees
        I noticed that this plug in "Simple Urls" does not seem to work on a .org blog that I own. It works fine on a .com blog but not the .org. I’m not really sure why this is the case. I doubt it’s the theme as I’m using pretty much the exact same theme on both. But on the .org I get an “ the page/post you are looking for cannot be found” when I try and set up a redirect. On my .com site the redirect simply works as it’s supposed to.
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  • Profile picture of the author CyborgX
    As far as being allowed by FB I'm not sure. However, I've read that for most people who do that, they do not do well. It feels to spammish to their followers. That said, some people DO manage to do well going that route, so it's kind of up to you, your fans/followers, and how everythings all set up.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrswagset
    I suggest you cloak your affiliate link to keep conversion ratings up!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Tees
    I figured out the issue with the .org site and fixed it. Believe it or not all I needed to do was save the permalinks. No changes just save them after I did it worked fine. Sort of odd.
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    • Profile picture of the author abbe77
      Originally Posted by Jon Tees View Post

      I figured out the issue with the .org site and fixed it. Believe it or not all I needed to do was save the permalinks. No changes just save them after I did it worked fine. Sort of odd.
      Yes it is mentioned in their FAQ It is a good practice to read FAQ section, it really helped me alot in many cases.
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    • Originally Posted by Jon Tees View Post

      I figured out the issue with the .org site and fixed it. Believe it or not all I needed to do was save the permalinks. No changes just save them after I did it worked fine. Sort of odd.
      Were you able to install the plugin on a free wordpress.com blog?

      I was under the impression that the free wordpress.com accounts did not allow plugins to be installed. Was I misinformed ?
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  • Profile picture of the author kurtbai
    fb does not like direct links to affiliate products, just use pretty link plugin, it works like a charm and has tons of features like click stats, hope that helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Elfen Lied
    I see a lot of people putting direct affiliate links on their fan pages, but my personal opinion is that I dont like to spam my fans, otherwise I would lose them. Instead, I link to my own site where I have a product review and get a chance to presell people on the product.
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  • Profile picture of the author wesd22
    The cluelessness of this forum never ceases to amaze. There is a very simple, Amazon-approved way to add affiliate links to a FB page. If you haven't figured it out yet - which takes like 5 minutes - then I have no idea how you are going to figure out affiliate marketing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Puusaari
      Originally Posted by wesd22 View Post

      The cluelessness of this forum never ceases to amaze. There is a very simple, Amazon-approved way to add affiliate links to a FB page. If you haven't figured it out yet - which takes like 5 minutes - then I have no idea how you are going to figure out affiliate marketing.
      That is very harsh and uncalled for. This is a place for people to learn and grow. We are all unique and we all have our own unique experiences and knowledge. Everyone starts out green and ignorant. That is why we teach them, not criticize them. Next time save your opinions to yourself unless they actually add to the conversation.
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      • Profile picture of the author kathrynkutny
        Log in to your Amazon affiliate account and click the "Search for a Product" tab to enter a specific item, or click the "Browse for a Product" tab to click through category links until you find what you want. Alternately, click the "Links & Banners" menu tab, click the "Product Links" option and use the menus to bring up the product you prefer.

        Click the item link to access its product page on Amazon. The Amazon page is what your customers see when they click your link on Facebook.


        Click the "Share" drop-down menu, then click the "Facebook" option. Log in to your Facebook account when prompted.


        Click the drop-down menu next to the Share title to specify whether you want the affiliate link to show up on your own timeline, in a group post or a friend's timeline. Type text to go with your link (if preferred) in the designated text box, then click the "Share Link" button to publish it to your post.

        I tried this and it still works. Hope this helps someone!!
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    • Profile picture of the author PaulaC
      Originally Posted by wesd22 View Post

      The cluelessness of this forum never ceases to amaze. There is a very simple, Amazon-approved way to add affiliate links to a FB page. If you haven't figured it out yet - which takes like 5 minutes - then I have no idea how you are going to figure out affiliate marketing.
      Don't you realize the consequences of your harsh comment? Anyone who is new to the forum will be reluctant to ask a question after that response.

      I'm not even sure why you are even on this forum. You obviously know it all already and don't appear to want to help others. This forum is redundant for you.
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      • Profile picture of the author wesd22
        Originally Posted by PaulaC View Post

        Don't you realize the consequences of your harsh comment? Anyone who is new to the forum will be reluctant to ask a question after that response.
        Do you really believe what you just wrote? "Consequences?" People reluctant to ask questions? LOL. Most people asking have like 5 posts under their belt - they're going to ask regardless and then disappear.

        My "harsh" comment was directed to those posters were advocating iframing and redirects, etc. They are terrible for posting those recommendations. All a person has to do is spend a couple of minutes on Amazon and they'll figure out that Amazon takes care of this problem for its associates.
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  • Profile picture of the author manishchauhan
    Most social networking sites have strict policies regarding spam and since affiliate links alone generate around 90% spam over web and social networks, affiliate links are not officially welcome by social networks. However using redirection and URL shortning, many are still promoting their affiliate links over social networks. Though they are successful so far, however social networks are putting more filters in place to track possible spam via affiliate links and once you are caught, its all over
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  • Profile picture of the author errolprowse
    that is so cool! i never knew you could cloak your links, so awesome
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