Wednesday, March 28, 2007

When is a Contenext Link not a Context Link?

Have you ever tried to set up an associate site or sell via marketplace? Just when you thought you had it cracked along came their ‘widget’ or as they call it ‘Context link’.

“Context Links are a quick and convenient way to add links to your website and monetize your content. Context Links automatically identify and link relevant phrases within your page content to Amazon products, unlocking new ad inventory and saving you the time from having to manually create links. You can add the links to your pages in minutes, and we provide a wealth of options to customize how they are displayed…”

They are aimed at bloggers and others to generate extra referral incomes. It enables them to embed one simple piece of code into their pages and “link contextually relevant phrases within your content to Amazon products. If you enable the preview functionality your site visitors will see a preview of an Amazon product relevant to the phrase we selected. Clicking on the link will send your site visitors to the product detail page on Amazon, and you will earn referral fees just as you would with any link you hand-picked.”

Well that was straight forward and plain language!

Ok I have a bad cold and it may be my brain isn’t receptive, so you can try it out yourself today. Use this link supplied by Amazon and click on the links embedded in the text. If it works for you, then it must be my cold as I didn’t get why I would want some of the links provided.