Are you trying to set up your Amazon affiliate accounts, and wondering what it means to copy the oneTag code and insert it into your footer of your website?
First of all, let’s backtrack a little bit.
Amazon is the world’s largest e-commerce platform and in 2017, it peaked its Cyber Week sales with 140 million items. Cyber Week runs from 25th June to 29th June of 2017. That’s five days!
Now, you can probably appreciate why so many people want to jump onto the Amazon Affiliate program. With 140 million items sold in a week and more if you combine the sales for the whole year, Amazon affiliates have no lack of potential customers.
So many affiliate marketers enrolled for Amazon’s Affiliate Program. The enrolment is straightforward. As long as you have a website with content on it, Amazon is unlikely to disqualify you. I remember trying to join Amazon Affiliate Program when my website was barely a month old. I was accepted!
I was elated and set up my website with affiliate links.
Then I learnt that if someone in UK or Canada were to click on my affiliate link and because they are outside of USA, they are redirected to the Amazon sites in their countries such as amazon.co.uk or amazon.ca. Due to this redirect, I would not earn a single cent even if they bought any products through my links.
Initially, it was complex and confusing to me.
I started looking for a solution and it came in the form of OneLink, a system created by Amazon to link their various accounts together so that no matter where the visitor resides, as long as he/she buys anything through any of my links, I will get paid for it.
I am going to assume you have created your various international accounts such as UK, Canada, Japan, France etc. You have to do this first and link your various accounts.
Step 2 is where it starts to confuse some people. I was one of the confused!
I’m really not geeeeeeky enough to find out and secondly, I also got a friendly warning from WordPress that I shouldn’t make any edits unnecessarily because it may just mess up the entire website if I overwrite any coding which I shouldn’t. The advice was to create a child theme instead. What’s a CHILD Theme, by the way?
If you are like me, going through all this, I have good news for you. There is a very simple way to do this.
Once this is done, your website is fully ready to monetise any links your visitors click on, regardless of which country they reside in. It’s important to note that you have to link the international accounts for this to work. So if you are expecting significant traffic from USA, UK or Canada, you have to link them up.
By far, this is the easiest way to insert that onetag code into your website. The alternative is to download a free plugin known as Insert Headers and Footers. It works the same but why download an extra plugin when you can do it using a simple text widget.
Keeping things simple and using less plugins will help to speed up your website loading, giving you a stronger ranking.