Your Guide to Amazon Image Requirements
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I'm a part of a few Facebook groups related to building Amazon affiliate websites, and I heard some grumbling about Amazon image requirements.
A few people were expressing their frustration with inserting Amazon compliant images into WordPress. The problem seems simple enough. Take an Amazon image and put it on your website.
However, the issue lies in what Amazon allows you to use as an Amazon associate. You can't just download images and upload them to your website. Amazon image guidelines are pretty strict and they could shut down your Amazon associates account for that. It happens. A lot.
You need to learn how to insert an Amazon image into WordPress without getting your account banned. In the past, you had to use the Amazon API to get images at all. Now you can use Sitestripe for quite a bit, but it's not all powerful.
After hearing a few different times how frustrating this little problem was for people, I decided to create a simple solution.
That solution is the AMZ Image WordPress plugin that I released a while back. I explain what it is and how to use it in just a bit, so read on.
Can I Use Amazon Product Images On My Website?
Yes, and no. Amazon has no problem with you adding an Amazon image to your site as long as you're complying with their operating agreement.
To be specific, you can't just go and download images from Amazon. You have to be a registered Amazon Associate and be using the API or Sitestripe.
Sitestripe is easy and free, but it is a bit limited in what it can do. You're limited to pulling product images that are very small and you only pull the main image for any product, so you can't include any close up images, different angles or any alternative images to show different features. You're limited to just the main listing photo.
AMZ Image allows you to pull any image for a product straight from Amazon's API. It's compliant, so there's no problem using it on your website. Since I think that Sitestripe is enough for the vast majority of users, let's discuss it first.
How To Add Amazon Images To Your Site
AMZ Image was pretty awesome while it lasted, but I think it may have run its course.
Since my release of AMZ Image, Amazon has added an option to take product images straight from the product detail page of the Amazon website. You don't need API access or to pay for a plugin to do so. All you have to do is get approval for Amazon Associates (you can read our Amazon Associates review right here).
Once you're logged into your affiliate account and on Amazon's home page, you will see Sitestripe at the top of the page.
You can see that I took this screenshot near Prime day 🙂
From here, search for whatever product you want to get an Amazon image of. Under Get Link, click on the Image.
And Voila. You're given HTML code to insert into your site to display the image files. If you're using WordPress, go in to the text editor and paste this code.
A word to the wise: these product images are pretty tiny. You'll always want to go with the Large option if it's not going to look ridiculous compared to any other high quality images you have on your site.
The weakness of this approach is the reason I created the AMZ Image plugin. With AMZ Image, you can select only the product photos from Amazon and insert it into your post, enabling you to add alternative photos to the main image from the product detail page.
What Does AMZ Image Do For Amazon Image Requirements?
What if adding a compliant Amazon image was just as easy as inserting a regular image? That's the aim of the AMZ Image plugin that I just created.
Check out this short 3 minute video to get a full overview of what the plugin does and how to use it to add your first image.
As you can see, the plugin is super simple and easy to use. Once you've added your Amazon API credentials and your Amazon affiliate ID, there's really just 3 simple steps.
First, click the “Add Amazon Images” button (conveniently located right next to the standard “Add Media” button in your WordPress editor).
Second, search for the Amazon image you want using either a keyword or specific ASIN.
Finally, select only the product image you want and the size and insert into your post. That's about it! Adding an Amazon image from product listings couldn't be easier.
Once your image is in your WordPress post, you can treat it like any other image in terms of alignment, positioning, etc. Just drag it around like any other image as needed.
Here's an example image below of an Amazon image I inserted with the AMZ Image plugin. As you can see, my Amazon affiliate ID was automatically inserted in the product image.
The plugin has one purpose: a no-nonsense way to quickly find and insert Amazon product images in WordPress.
Why is AMZ Image Better than Other Plugins?
There are more powerful Amazon affiliate plugin for WordPress out there, I'll admit it. However, many plugins that assist you as an Amazon affiliate (including inserting a product image) have so many bells and whistles that they often do a lot of things pretty good, but not one thing well.
The AMZ Image plugin, I hope, is the easiest and most simple way to insert Amazon product images in WordPress without all the “Extras.” In particular, what I mean by extras is price, ratings, buy buttons, and all that jazz.
As you can see from my example Amazon image (of a survival knife) above, there are no prices displayed, no buy buttons, no ratings, etc. Those things have a time and a place. But sometimes, you just want to make your blog post look nice with some great-looking Amazon product images and no other distractions.
A picture paints a thousand words, and a professional photograph in the form of an Amazon image can be extremely useful in helping you accurately represent your point visually.
You don't want a glaring advertisement sometimes. Sometimes you just want a product image to make things look a little nicer.
Other plugins either don't offer the ability to insert the Amazon image by itself (without the price, button, other); or they make you jump through a bunch of hoops to get JUST the product image.
So, have you EVER wanted to JUST insert a few images from Amazon to spruce up your blog post? This is where the AMZ Image plugin stands out.
Oh, and of course you can still make money from these product photos! You have the option to automatically insert your Amazon affiliate link to the product image, so when someone clicks on the main image and buys on Amazon, you make a commission!
As you know, many people do click on images. And it's a standard best practice that your Amazon image should be an affiliate link to Amazon to enhance sales and maximize commissions.
The Special Offer for the AMZ Image Plugin
I created AMZ Image plugin to help people get rid of the frustration they have when simply wanting to add Amazon product images to their website using the Amazon API.
For this week, I'm offering this new plugin at about half off what I plan to normally charge. I think it's a pretty good deal at the normal price, but I'm hoping that you'll consider it a no-brainer at the price it's listed at today.
For less than the price of a meal, you can get the plugin. I'm not talking Ruth's Chris Steakhouse either. I'm talking about a normal meal at McDonald's. So, you can have either a Big Mac Meal or the AMZ Image plugin.
It's up to you… but one of the choices is much better for your health and much more likely to make you some Amazon commissions!
Amazon Image Requirements in Conclusion
Thanks for reading about how to insert Amazon product images on your website!
If you'd like some other ways to link back to Amazon, I discuss the best tools and methods for linking to Amazon right here.
Any questions? Let me know in the comments below!
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