When you join the Amazon associate program, you can subscribe to the other national versions of Amazon, namely UK, Germany, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, India, Japan and China.
For some countries like Japan or China, we can be rejected because our site is not in the right language, it can also be asked to the person to live in the country of the affiliate program.
When you want to promote a product, you may wish the user to be redirected to the right platform, namely Amazon.co.uk if he is English, Amazon.com if he is American, Amazon.ca if he is Canadian .
Otherwise, an English, or a Canadian visitor may be sent to Amazon.com, which would be a shame.
The advantage of the plugin with an intermediate website is its ease of implementation.
If you have WordPress, simply install and activate the desired extension. The disadvantages are that these services will evolve over time; Also, when the user passes his mouse over the link of the product, the URL that will be displayed will be a reduced URL (tiny URL) with a redirection and therefore it does not give confidence, we don’t know where we are going. Similarly, once the user has clicked on the link, a redirect page appears with a waiting message, “please wait …” with up to ten seconds of latency, depending on whether the server is crowded or saturated. This waiting period may seem too long.
As it has been said, these services, sometimes free, may change over time. The service can disappear and so all your links with it (sometimes thousands of links). It can require paying subscription and replace your affiliate IDs with its own until you pay. The server may crash or be congested and send the visitor in the void.
The functioning of the plugin is a rewrite of the classic link to an Amazon product by the correct extension according to the geo location of the IP of the surfer, and the addition of your affiliation ID at the end. There is 2-3 seconds delay for rewriting (7-8 seconds if there are dozens of links; so it’s better to reduce the number of links); It’s annoying if the visitor quickly clicks on a link, which is rare.
It is better to lose few minutes in the installation of the internal plugin and then get a restful mind for the next months and years. Rather than opt for ease and have to reissue a ton of links later in case of major issues.
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