This article is about ASA2 – one of the best Amazon affiliate plugins for WordPress. You can use it to up your sales if your site mainly focuses on Amazon product reviews. You need it and you will want to have it after reading this post.
What Is ASA2
The ASA2 is a WordPress plugin that can allow you to pull images from Amazon’s site. With this plugin, you can embed the Amazon product pictures in your review, without violating the Amazon rules.
It is strictly prohibited to grab a screenshot of anything that belongs to Amazon. But if you are only embedding the pictures, you are not trying to “own” them.
To further understand it, imagine a YouTube video that does not belong to you. You cannot download it to upload it in your post because legally speaking, it’s not yours. What you can do is copy the share link and embed it in your post. You did not try to own the video, but you managed to have it within your article.
Why I Use It
I use the ASA2 plugin to comply with the Amazon Associates rules mainly. It is easy to integrate with my posts, and you can customize the look of your embedded elements to match the look of your website.
95% of my product reviews in my review site are research-based. That means I do not have access to physical products, so taking actual photos is not possible.
How Can It Benefit Your Reviews
When you write a product review, it is a good practice to put the product picture at the top of the post.
Most of the time, people will click on it if it’s on the top. Here is an example of how it looks.
Note that it is customizable – size, font, text, border, shadow, name it! It can pull the product description and product reviews, too. You can also have the option for the images to be a single image, or a series of pictures as if you are browsing an e-commerce store.
This plugin can also put star ratings and price, with a disclaimer on the last updated date and time. But because Amazon prohibits us from placing star ratings or prices, I don’t use that feature. A grey area here. Better safe than sorry.
Honestly, this plugin can do a lot of things, but I only use it to have the product pictures in my sites legally.
When you already know what to recommend to your readers, you can embed a sortable table like this.
This gets clicked a lot because of the “view now” button which you can also change to “buy now.” The latter is not very inviting in my opinion, so I always use the “view now” option.
Who This Plugin Is For
First, you have to know that you need to be accepted in the Amazon Associates program first. That means you should already have generated at least three sales. Once you are in, you can already try to apply for an “Amazon Access Key ID” thru Amazon’s “Product Advertising API” or PA API.
An “Amazon Access Key ID” is merely a series of random characters and numbers that serve as a “code” to connect your ASA2 plugin to Amazon. With this, you can legally start embedding Amazon images in your posts.
Note that because you have to generate sales within 30 days upon first using your Key, this is only good to use to complement your other already earning links.
ASA2 is a paid plugin. As of writing this review, it costs USD59 a year for 1 website license.
Before I teach you how to use it, I’d like to show you the results I had because of it.
Here’s a screenshot of how much I earned in 2018.
The source of the click is PA-API (that’s the ASA2 plugin). USD 4,836.45 for the whole year of 2018.
I paid $59 for 1 year. I earned an extra USD403 a month because of the ASA2 plugin. I don’t need to do the math to tell you if it’s worth the USD 59 a year investment.
Again, before getting the ASA2 plugin,
- You need to be accepted in the Amazon Associates Program (Apply here)
- You need to register in Product Advertising API to get the “Amazon Access Key ID.”
Ready to see how it works? Let’s go.
After the payment confirmation, login to your ASA2 account.
- Go to Account>View Details and Downloads.
- Look for the .zip file and download it.
- Login to your WordPress dashboard. Go to Plugins>Add New>Upload Plugin.
- Activate the Plugin.
Here’s a video of the initial setup of ASA2.
Here’s how you can start customizing templates in preparation to embedding them in your post. There are a lot of templates available. This video shows how to customize one of the templates.
Once you are happy with the look, you can embed it now in your post. See this video on how to embed it.
If you are a new associate, be prepared to work hard. Focus on writing Amazon product reviews. Publish at least one quality review with a properly researched keyword once a day because that is what will give you money fast.
Again, you need to earn within 30 days of using the Access Key, if not you will lose access to it. If that happens, you can try to generate sales first thru other methods like the Site Stripe then you can reapply to PA-API again.
Another thing that almost made me give up using this plugin is when it broke my site last December 2018. I clicked on the update button since there was a new version of the plugin. Apparently, the plugin author forgot to upload a file in one of the folders.
As a result, all my articles were without pictures during the problem. There were shortcodes everywhere in my posts. The “%” symbol in my posts turned to a random combination of letters and numbers.
Instead of getting furious, I contacted the plugin support. He diligently worked hand in hand together with the Wealthy Affiliate Site Support. He asked for admin access to my WordPress account and did not stop until everything was up and running again.
He was humbly apologetic. And he extended my license for an additional two months to somehow make it up to me.
Nowadays, I still go through my articles to check for a random, weird combination of letters and numbers and I would still see some once in a while.
Is it the best Amazon affiliate plugin for WordPress? I honestly cannot conclude. I didn’t try other premium plugins that can offer extensive customization features as the ASA2 offers.
While there are probably free useful plugins that would allow you to embed Amazon products in your site, the ASA2 plugin is simply a dummy-proof, beginner-friendly tool that will enable you to put a personal touch to every image you embed in your post.
I highly recommend it for people who already have decent traffic on their website but needs to up their game in terms of converting their readers to buyers.
What do you think of the ASA2 plugin?
Will you be using it?
Or are you using something better?
Let me know in the comments section, please!
Until Next Post,