Publisher Studio makes the link creation process for Amazon Associates easier and faster. It does this by allowing you to create text links to Amazon products without leaving your website. There is no need to visit Associates Central or Amazon, and no requirement to edit or re-publish your web pages. You can complete your link creation in just a few clicks.
In addition, Publisher Studio provides the option to link to products on the images on your site, allowing you to monetize your images in a non-intrusive way. Publisher Studio helps builds in-image ads by placing a small “Shop Now” button on the lower right-hand corner of your tagged images to allow customers to learn more and shop for the products featured in your image content. Visitors to your website can also share products tagged on the in-image ads pop-over on their Facebook and Twitter feeds, driving additional advertising fees for products that go viral as your associate tag is embedded each time a link is shared.
What types of content/pages are best suited for and supported by Publisher Studio?
Sites featuring static content are best suited for Publisher Studio. Content such as rotating images, carousels, slide-shows, widgets, dynamic image galleries, infinite scroll pages, and other dynamic content is not supported. In addition, Publisher Studio links cannot be placed on content that are Flash-based or within iFrames.
What browsers are supported for link building?
The following browsers are supported for creating links using Publisher Studio: Internet Explorer 9+, FireFox 23+, Safari S7 and Chrome 30+.
On what browsers can visitors to my site view Publisher Studio links?
Viewing of Publisher Studio links is supported on Internet Explorer 9+, Firefox 21+, Safari S7 and Chrome 23+.
Will the links I build using Publisher Studio show up on tablet or mobile devices?
Yes, visitors on mobile and tablet devices will be able to see Publisher Studio links. Publisher Studio links are dynamic in nature and are tied to a given page URL where they were linked from. The links you created on your desktop site will be visible automatically on mobile or tablet devices so long as the same URL is used by your site for both desktop and mobile or tablet browsers. This will be the case for sites that provide the same experience to desktop and mobile or tablet browsers, or for websites that are designed to be responsive, delivering differently formatted pages to mobile or tablet browsers while using the same page URL. On sites where the page or image URL changes on various device types, one would have to create the links for each version with a different URL.
Does Publisher Studio work with blogging tools like WordPress, Blogger, etc.?
I use tracking IDs. Can Publisher Studio text and image links be created with different tracking IDs?
Can I measure the performance of Publisher Studio links versus other link types?
Yes, the Link-Type report on Associate Central includes separate reporting on the performance of Publisher Studio links. You will see impressions, clicks, earnings and the other usual metrics broken out separately for Publisher Studio text and image links.
Will Publisher Studio change how my website content looks?
There is no change to how your website’s content looks. In-image links display a small “Shop Now” graphic in the bottom right corner on the image tagged by you, which when hovered over by your visitor will display product information in a pop-over in a beautiful and non-intrusive manner. Text links look like hand created text links.
Will I be required to change my website in order to start using Publisher Studio?
Will I need to update the Publisher Studio code embedded in my site when upgrades are released?
Will Publisher Studio affect my web site’s performance?
Will Publisher Studio scale to support my website's traffic?
Publisher Studio uses Amazon Web Services' CloudFront which easily scales up and will not be an issue.
What happens if Amazon Web Services’ CloudFront has a service interruption or is doing maintenance? Will my links still be available? Will links need to be rebuilt or recovered once the service comes back online?
In the unlikely event that CloudFront has service issues, Publisher Studio created links will not be visible to site visitors in your content, however once restored, all of the links you created will appear automatically without needing any extra work from you.
Will Amazon collect information about my web site traffic and my visitors?
We can potentially collect information in an anonymous fashion about end users of your site. Any such collection of information would comply with our Privacy Notice [http://www.amazon.com/privacy]. In order to evaluate and optimize Publisher Studio link performance, we will be collecting information such as link impressions and how visitors interacted with Publisher Studio links (e.g., information about clicks and mouse-overs). Subject always to our Privacy Notice, we may collect more, less or different information in the future, and will not provide advance notice of any change in what information we are collecting.
Can I disable or stop using Publisher Studio links and in-image ads on my website?
How do I start using Publisher Studio?
We recommend copying the script to a common footer that will be included as part of all pages on your site on which you wish to use Publisher Studio). Placing the script in the footer will ensure that the Publisher Studio scripts are the last component of each page loaded by a visitor’s browser. This will allow all of your content to be loaded before Publisher Studio begins showing links created.
Yes. Intercepting and canceling events would affect the functionality of Publisher Studio. For example, intercepting the clicks in a slideshow next/previous button would mean that Publisher Studio scripts would not be able to detect that the displayed image has changed. This may lead to unrelated links staying on the screen after the visitor has navigated to a different image in the slideshow. This situation might also appear with light-box/image-view widgets that disable all click/keyboard interactions with the overlay. As a measure of best practices, always ensure that the events (even if they are intercepted) are available in the browser.
What happens if a product I linked to is no longer available?
If a product is discontinued or no longer available, Publisher Studio will no longer display links to that product.
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The following situations prevent the toolbar from being visible:
- Toolbar is enabled for a given browser. To view the toolbar on other browsers that you use, please enable the toolbar on those browsers again.
- Did you clear cookies recently? If yes, enable toolbar again.
- If you had enabled toolbar on incognito/private browsing mode on your browser. Try again on the normal mode.
Static pages, Images (JPEG, PNG, GIF and all popular formats)
Video or Flash content, iFrames, SVG, Other dynamic content
Situations where Link Creation will fail
The following situations prevent linking in Publisher Studio:
- Publisher Studio will not create new links over existing links.
- Publisher Studio will not create links across paragraphs or sections. Although it may not be easy to recognize visually, in some cases a text paragraph may span across two or more underlying HTML elements.
Issue: Flash images cannot be tagged; also flash content could overlap ad pop-overs (when they are very close).
Suggested approach: Do not tag images (or text) that are very close to flash content
Dynamic Content (For Example: slide shows, carousels, infinite scroll pages, AJAX based elements etc.)
Issue: Publisher Studio will not detect new images that appear in the page without click/scroll/resize interactions, so dynamic content like automatic slideshows will not work correctly for tagging and displaying links.
Suggested approach: Do not run any automatic intervals for image flipping and do not block any keyboard/mouse click events, if you plan to tag dynamic content.
Overlaying images with transparent image overlays
Issue: Transparent frames could lead to creating links on the transparent frame
Suggested approach: Avoid using Publisher Studio links with transparent image overlays as this could cause links to be tagged on the transparent overlay instead of the image itself. Moreover, if the same frame is used across many images it will cause the pin to appear on all the images. A solution would be to use Publisher studio’s Theatre Mode and black-list frame.jpg before creating your links.
High or negative z-index for images
Issue: If there are multiple images that overlap each other (this can typically happen due to same image position, but with different z-index values), there is a chance that mouse-over behavior will work erratically or there is a possibility of links from the an underlying image showing up over the ones on top.
Suggested approach: Ensure that the mouse-hover on images is not blocked (due to an overlay, negative z-index or intentional capture and consumption of the event).
Display type for anchor is set to block
Issue: This results in splitting the paragraph into multiple blocks which is not supported, and can result in incorrect rendering of the links.
Suggested approach: Avoid this type of pattern, or ensure that the CSS of the page continues to render links correctly as Publisher Studio does not add any CSS.
Image source (URL) changing dynamically or within a <p> tag
Issue: When the source of the image changes dynamically, the Publisher Studio links will not update. Publisher Studio recognizes images by their URLs, so if the source changes dynamically Publisher Studio cannot detect attribute changes in the HTML element. When images present within a <p> HTML tag are linked, the page content after the image will move down by a few pixels.
Suggested approach: We suggest that you avoid changing image URLs dynamically.
Ensure “doc-type” is specified for every document
Issue: If no doc-type is mentioned, relatively modern browsers (especially Internet Explorer) will open the page in Compatibility Mode which simulates an old version of the browser leading to sub-optimal experience.
Suggested approach: Recommend that you strictly add the doctype in the code to open on latest browser version, for optimal experience.
Ensure reference URLs for images in your pages are consistent across possible CDN distributions
Issue: If content is delivered from multiple locations and if the content URL could potentially change, this would result in failure to render Publisher Studio image links. This is because Publisher Studio uses the reference URL to render links.
Suggested approach: If content is delivered from multiple locations, ensure that the image URLs are the same, irrespective of the CDN from which it is served.
Who should I contact with questions or have feedback regarding Publisher Studio?
Please send questions to the following email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will ensure the appropriate team responds within three business days.
Do Publisher Studio links show up dynamically on my blog or content editor, blog home page, RSS feeds or other pages where my blog articles are summarized?
No. Since Publisher Studio links are not embedded into your HTML but are rendered dynamically at run time, we currently show the links on the specific page where it was linked from. Hence, adding a link on the page for an individual blog post will not cause the same link to be shown on the home page where the blog’s content is presented in a combined feed or on the content editor.
Do Publisher Studio links show up automatically on my m.site or mobile site which has different URL pattern than my desktop site?
No. Publisher Studio links, as mentioned above, are not embedded into your HTML but are rendered dynamically so we currently show the links on the specific page where it was linked from. Hence, adding a link on a specific page URL, will not cause the same links to show up on pages with a different page URL, even though the content might be the same. You will need to add the script to your m.site or mobile site and build links on this distinct URL.
Does browser extensions like AdBlock affect Publisher Studio links?
Yes. Publisher Studio links are dynamically rendered from the Amazon advertising systems. Hence, AdBlock treats them any other Ad on your page and may block them.
Do Publisher Studio links show up automatically on pages accessed via 'https' protocol?
No. Publisher Studio links works on all pages accessed via http protocol, which covers most websites. However on pages accessed via 'https' protocol, Publisher Studio will not work. We will be adding this functionality in the future and until then, you can continue to use the traditional linking tools on Associate Central.
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