How to create shortened affiliate links using the AMZN.COM short URL service.

Creating Short Amazon Affiliate Links (AMZN.COM)

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Amazon logoHere is a quick tip for those looking to use the Amazon short link service (AMZN.COM) with affiliate links. Of course you can always paste the long URL into something like the Google URL Shortener but since we recently had a client who insisted on using Amazon, we thought we’d share.

NOTE: There has been talk of Amazon not allowing the use of short links and social networking sites like Twitter to drive affiliate traffic but that is false as stated in the Amazon Associates Social Networking FAQ.

Long Amazon Affiliate URL

Most Amazon affiliate URLs look something like this:

Shorter Amazon Affiliate URL

We can take that long link, get rid of some of the mess at the end, change the /gp/ to /dp/, keep the Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN) and our affiliate tag and we end up with something much shorter:

Shortest Amazon Affiliate URL

To go even shorter we can replace the long Amazon URL with the short URL and remove the /dp/ entirely:

Whichever version you use, make sure to run it through the Amazon Associates Link Checker tool to be certain it’s a valid affiliate link.

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Jason Manheim March 25, 2012

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marc May 9, 2012

HiDo U know where I can get the amzn: URL scheme/protocol specification/ABNF/rules ?I’m implementing a server and need to differenciatebetween valid/invalid URLs.
thx 🙂

Jason Manheim May 9, 2012

Not sure, sorry. The only thing I know of is the link checker tool:

Utuxia Consulting July 1, 2012
Jason Manheim July 2, 2012

No it isn’t.

Finder October 9, 2012

Ah! Oops! The tool verifies if the link tags to YOUR Amazon Associate ID. Thanks for the useful post man 😉

Jason Manheim October 9, 2012

No prob!

Añya Grant June 26, 2013

Thank you… this helped

Nancy H. January 17, 2014

I thought’s at the end of the link you had to add your Associate ID? So it still works without it?

Jason Manheim January 17, 2014

Not sure what you mean. My ID is added.

Avi Kohn May 21, 2014

Yes, exactly, your Account.