Confused on In-Text Amazon Links

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  1. Butterfly67 profile image90
    Butterfly67posted 6 years ago

    I think I missed something here but have recently seen some discussions about in-text Amazon links v Capsules. How do you put in text links in, is there a special way? Do I just get the link that I get from Amazon when I go on there and choose the product? Or does this only work for people who have opted in to the HubPages Amazon thing (which I haven't as I have earnings from my other sites).

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image84
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      If you select the item you want to advertise, then click on the little link button at the top of the hub tool, then click on  Amazon, a list of products will show up.  Simply click on the one you desire, and that's it.

      I would advise researching the products that are listed if you have not used them or know nothing about them because you'll still have to make some sort of statement that says why you or someone you know uses the product, why you advise using it, why it is better than the others, etc...just as you would if you do a regular Amazon ad.

      It's an easy way to do an ad, but no photo shows up and it appears in bold within your text capsule.

  2. Butterfly67 profile image90
    Butterfly67posted 6 years ago

    Sorry TT2, I'm obviously being a bit thick! Select the item where - on Amazon itself? Hubtool where, on the hub? Can you do me a pic pretty please?
    Yes these are items I already have in hubs and with experience off but after reading about text links I thought I might convert one or 2 capsules to links to see what happens :-)

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image84
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 6 years agoin reply to this is an example:

      I like the flying kite because it is so easy to use.

      You select the words "flying kite"  ...
      then click on the icon in the hub tool that looks like a little chain
      a window will appear
      You'll see "Articles"  "Amazon" and "My Articles".
      Choose "Amazon" from the window
      A list of ads will show up.
      click on the one that deals with the product you are discussing

      your link will then be in place.  In the edit tool it will be underlined in red, but in the final copy, it will have a small "a" in front of it and the letters will be darker.

  3. Butterfly67 profile image90
    Butterfly67posted 6 years ago

    Ok forget that last post - I got it thanks!

  4. LiteraryMind profile image92
    LiteraryMindposted 6 years ago

    I too am confused. I don't understand these instructions. 

    I do not see a Hubtool now that the article has been published.  When I try to insert a link in my text box and click on the link icon on the menu of the text box, it doesn't seem to do anything.

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image84
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      You have to click on "edit" to get back to the hub tool.  Then you can add links or make any other edits.

  5. LiteraryMind profile image92
    LiteraryMindposted 6 years ago

    I did click on Edit to open up the text box.  Then I try to click on the "insert link" icon and it seems to do nothing.  Once when I clicked on it, it did open up a box and I inserted my link in it.  However when I saved my edits and published the Hub there was no link.

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image84
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      You also have to select the words you are linking to.  You don't insert a link into the box.  The links are already there.  All you do is choose one.

      1. LiteraryMind profile image92
        LiteraryMindposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        I really appreciate that you keep trying to explain this to me, but I am not getting it.  I copied the Amazon URL and then I went to my text capsule and hit edit to open it.  I put my curser in the text where I wanted the link inserted and I hit save, and then I published.  All I see is my text with a URL visible.

        I expected to see and what I want to see is my Amazon product imbedded in the body of my text.  I am not using the Amazon module, I am using the regular text module.

        I received this comment from a Hubpages editor: "If you do choose to include products, we encourage you to use in-text links instead of Amazon Capsules to improve the reader experience."

        Am I misunderstanding what they are asking for.

        1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image84
          TIMETRAVELER2posted 6 years agoin reply to this

          OK...let's try this again.

          You do not copy the Amazon product URL.  You do this only if you are using an Amazon capsule.

          All you do is what I said to do above.

          highlight the product name you want to have a link for that is already written into the text capsule youare using
          click on the little chain icon at the top of the hub tool edit page
          choose 'Amazon" from the three choices that appear in the box
          scroll down and then click on the product you want to sell.  They usually give you about 10 different choices.

          It's extremely easy to're getting frustrated and are overthinking it.  Try again and let me know what happens.

        2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image84
          TIMETRAVELER2posted 6 years agoin reply to this

          You won't see your Amazon product per'll only see the words that you highlighted, which may or may not name the product.

        3. Marisa Wright profile image87
          Marisa Wrightposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          The trick is that you do NOT go to Amazon and copy the URL.   Instead, go to Amazon, find the product you want, and copy either the NAME of the product, or its ASIN number (which you'll find further down the Amazon product page).   

          Now go back to your Hub, and highlight the words you want to turn into a link. 

          For instance, I might want to link to John Frieda Shampoo.  So I will write a sentence something like, "I've found the best shampoo for my hair is John Frieda Shampoo".   

          I will highlight the words "John Frieda Shampoo" and click on the chain icon.   In the box that comes up, ignore the URL box and paste in the product name or ASIN number where it says "Or search for links about..", and click Search.   Now if you click on the Amazon tab below, you'll see a choice of Amazon products.  Pick the one you want and the box should close and there's your link.  Now save your text capsule.

  6. Terrielynn1 profile image85
    Terrielynn1posted 6 years ago

    Thank you, the detail you gave for adding text for amazon, I finally got it to work. TT2 Have a good week.

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image84
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Glad to hear it.  I have had problems over the years myself where I make something so easy difficult, so I knew you had to be doing something other than what I was telling you to do.  Now you've got a new tool that is easy to use and will help you.  Good Luck!

  7. LiteraryMind profile image92
    LiteraryMindposted 6 years ago

    Thank you for your time and patience in explaining this to me.  Once the explanation was reworded, I understood and it was easy.  Before that I had clicked on everything imaginable in every order I could think of -- apparently not the correct clicks in the right order.

    Thanks again, you have saved me much frustration.


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