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Friday, June 04, 2010

Amazon & Google Blogger Make Great Pair

Amazon and Google put their giant heads together to help you blog more professionally and make some money for you, too.

I reported on this Blogger benefit in my Sharing with Writers newsletter before, but this message came directly from Blogger and I wanted you to see it. So, in effect, Blogger is my guest blogger today:

Do you link to Amazon.com in your blog posts? If so, a recent Blogger integration (http://buzz.blogger.com/2009/12/blogger-integrates-with-amazon.html) may be just the thing for you. Blogger now integrates directly with Amazon Associates (https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/associates/join/landing/main.html), giving you the ability to search the entire Amazon.com product catalog without ever leaving the Blogger post editor. Writing a review of Avatar and want to point your readers to the DVD that just came out? Not only can you link to the DVD, you can also include the cover art and buy it now info from Amazon so your readers know how much it costs without ever leaving your site.

You might even make some money in the process! Amazon pays an advertising fee to a Blogger user who is a participant in Amazon's Associates Program* and whose visitors buy products linked from their blog. Sign up is simple - just click on the "Monetize" tab in Blogger, then click on "Amazon Associates" to get started. Once enabled, you will see a new Amazon gadget next to the familiar Blogger post editor:

Whether you want to make some extra money, or you just want to add some pizzazz to your blog posts, the Amazon Associates integration is a great way to add color to any blog post about books, movies, electronics, music or any other product sold at Amazon.com.

More details at Blogger Buzz (http://buzz.blogger.com/2009/12/blogger-integrates-with-amazon.html ), or just click Monetize in your blog's dashboard to get started.

Thanks for using Blogger!
The Blogger Team
2010 Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View CA 94043

*Some Blogger users may be ineligible to participate in Amazon's Associates Program. See the Associates Program Operating Agreement for more information.

I use this feature in all of my blogs including www.TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com (always available for you to use for your own book promotion—guidelines are in the left column), www.TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com, this one , and even my www.WarPeaceTolerance.blogspot.com. You can get more information on great, focused blogging with my book Your Blog, Your Business: A Retailer’s Guide to Garnering Customer Loyalty and Sales Online and In Store (www.budurl.com/Blogging4Retailers).

The widgets in this blog post for one of the books in my new book in the HowToDoItFrugally series are examples of things you can do with this new, nifty tool. The Corel program is one I once reviewed for Amazon. It is here to show you that anything that is being sold on Amazon can be displayed on your blog. Anything! Including books for Kindle.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including, The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't; The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . She is also the author of the Amazon Short, "The Great First Impression Book Proposal". She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor . If your followers at Twitter would benefit from this blog post, please use the little Green widget to let them know about this blog: