Affiliate War - Is Amazon and Blogger Integration Dead?
While I make most of my money by doing freelance writing projects, I have been exploring some affiliate programs as well. Not with much success till this year, but it was a few cents here and there that I enjoyed looking at.
About a year ago I was quite happy to note that I was able to use the Amazon Product Finder gadget on my Blogspot blogs. The integration between Blogger and Amazon made it easy for me to use my Amazon Affiliate code from Hubpages to monetize my Blogger account as well.
I don't use my blogspot account too much. Its just got two time pass blogs including one on Party Food and Games . Its a personal blog that I tend to barely write a post in a couple of months so I was not aware of the changes that took place in the last six months.
Then I had an event and I thought of doing a series of posts involving the Masquerade Party that I was planning. I posted a couple of articles on the blog and found that I couldn't search for appropriate products using the Amazon Product Finder.
It puzzled me no end initially, then I realized that the place where I could type the keyword to find an appropriate product was missing. I thought that maybe I had messed up the integration when I last changed my theme.
I'm not too bright when it comes to handling all the code, despite having had lessons about ten years ago to build websites. Things have changed a lot since those days, believe me! Anyway this is not a trip down memory lane to a time when loading one image used to take us about half an hour.
So I started looking for how to integrate the Amazon affiliate id with the Blogger blog, only I couldn't find the Amazon tab under monetization. So then I began looking for more help and hit this post about how many bloggers have had trouble with the integration. Further hunting through Google brought me to a site which told me that the process no longer works.
If I wanted to add Amazon associate links to the blogger blogs I would have to go generate the links to specific products manually. Then there was a lot of speculation about just why the Amazon Product Finder had been disbanded and further speculation about just why neither of the companies have shared any data about this association coming to an end.
Guess with no official announcements out yet to this effect, it could be that the two companies are just sorting out some internal differences. Maybe any day we will be introduced to a new and improved integration system, or we may just be told that you need to grab the links manually.
In the absence of any confirmation from either official source, a number of blogger users are wondering if the Amazon and Blogger Integration is dead? Only time will tell. In the meanwhile you can always head over to the Amazon Associates page and grab the links to the products that you wish to promote on your blogger blogs manually.