How to Put Amazon Affiliate Links on Facebook and Twitter

If you’re an Amazon Associate (i.e. affiliate), you can easily share Amazon products on Facebook and Twitter with just a few clicks.

(Not sure what an affiliate is? It’s one of the ways bloggers make money. For more, read my post What is Affiliate Marketing?)

1. Login to Amazon Associates. (You can sign up for the Amazon Associates program here, if eligible.)

2. Go to the product page you want to share on Amazon like I did below with Tell Your Time.* At the top, you’ll see a gray bar from which you can easily grab your affiliate links.

amazon associates gray stripe

If you don’t see the gray bar, it’s probably hidden. In that case, simply click the gray tab in the left corner like so:

hidden amazon associates gray stripe

If you still don’t see it, you might have turned the site stripe off. Turn it back on here.

3. To share quickly on Facebook or Twitter, simply click the Share link. A dropdown menu will appear. Choose the platform where you want to share.

amazon associates social share

4. You’ll get the standard sharing window for Facebook or Twitter. The Twitter share box is pretty straightforward. For Facebook, make sure you specify where you want it to be shared (on your Page or on your personal Profile):

how to share amazon associates link on facebook

5. Type any commentary. Also add indication that it’s an affiliate link, according to FTC regulations (like this), share it and you’re done!

*There are affiliate links in this post.

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi there, I was wondering – if I use the Facebook share button – will my merchant ID automatically be included in the code? Is there a way to test this? Thanks

  2. Eisha says

    Hi Amy,
    Helpful post! Can you post any direct affiliate link on a Facebook fan page?
    Thanks for your help!

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  5. says

    Thank you ever so much! This article was truly helpful and so simply explained. I wish that more articles could follow your example.

  6. says

    from the amazon aff policy, most of users worried about account spam, and many of us do not know the key point. could you please give some examples for me. Thank you!

  7. says

    Hi Amy and thank you for the great info on posting affiliate links to twitter/facebook.

    I am trying to do the same thing but I cannot figure out how to put a link to my blogs disclaimer like you did. Basically I want to add sort of the same thing like:

    *There are affiliate links in this post.

    And I’d like the words affiliate links to be a link to my disclaimer page so how in the world do I add that to twitter? I’m fairly new to twitter and I don’t want to just add a huge link on the end to my site’s disclaimer page but I cannot figure how to turn a link into a word for twitter.

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  9. says

    Hi there! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was
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  10. Paul says

    Hi Amy,

    I have managed to get a Link from my Amazon Affiliate associates page, But when i go onto my facebook page and click onto the link it brings me back to my Amazon page (Signed in). If someone else clicks on the link will it open them up there owe Amazon page but have my HTML info in the to get the % commison on sale ??

    Hope this question makes sense, Sorry new to all this affiliates.

    Regards, Paul

    • says

      If you used the Facebook link in your Associates bar, your affiliate link is embedded so when someone clicks on it, they will be taken to the product page on Amazon but your link is in there. I hope that makes sense!

  11. Tom says

    Great tips. I am wondering the following:

    1) can one add an image as with any other FB post?

    2) can one can use the FB post with the affiliate link as a promoted post targeted to specific keywords.

    Thanks in advance for your brilliance.

  12. Ezra Strange says

    Hi I was wanting to make sure when you share the link is your affiliate link from amazon already in there or do you need to add it to the link of the product?

  13. says

    Hi Amy, Thanks for the tip. I wanted to share a book on Facebook but when I sign in to my affiliate page I do not get that grey bar or the FB/Twitter options you show. I get a page with Links & Banners, Widget, aStore etc. Do you know how I get to the page you show?
    Thanks,
    Jacquie

  14. says

    I usually use robot or another plugin to generate the content of the site amazon. This was new to me, and worth a try his luck for me. Thank you for sharing.

  15. says

    Thanks for the great information, I had never thought we can share the amazon affiliate link to Facebook. Thanks !

  16. Brian says

    I am pretty sure Facebook is now removing our affiliate codes from the links now and adding their own in this syntax (/ref=tsm_1_fb_lk). Try posting one of yours and see if you ge the same results. I just noticed this today. I tired using bit.ly to shorten it to an amzn short think with the same results.

  17. says

    Hey,
    Thanks a lot for the superb tutorial on how to put affiliate link on facebook,this helps me a lot. previously i was editing the url and pasting the affiliate link and then posting on facebook. You made my work so easy thanks for sharing superb article with superb tutorial :)

  18. Kristin Granger says

    G’day Amy,
    I’m in the fledgeling stage of building a website/blog with wordpress but have not yet published it. I also have a facebook inspiration page which is about 4 months young that is fast approaching 4000 fans… is it possible to affiliate link to a facebook page if you dont have a webpage ??
    cheers, Kristin

  19. says

    Now this is an area I haven’t considered before. To take it a step further you could use ‘genesis simple urls’ plugin to track and mask the affiliate urls. Thanks for the tips Amy!

  20. says

    I just used this information to post a link. It’s just so fun to learn these little tricks and you do have a way of making much of it easy for my brain to grasp. :-)

  21. says

    Amy, what I’m trying to figure out is how to get the Amazon product image from a blog post to show up as a thumbnail when I share that post on Facebook. For instance, I recommend lots of books on my blog. I use the Amazon Affiliate images of those books in my post. When I share the post on FB, the book images do not show up as a thumbnail option. So, in a post where my only images are those of books (from Amazon), the only thumbnail option I have for sharing on FB is my lovely, smiling face. :-) I don’t want to use my face as the thumbnail, but I don’t want to share a post without a pic. Am I missing something really obvious here?

    Here’s an example of a post I just wrote today, with the image of a book as the only pic. I want to share this post on FB, with the book image as the thumbnail image.
    http://www.yankeehomestead.com/2013/04/06/mud-the-hills-will-remember-their-colors/

    • says

      When you use the sharing links, as described in the post, doesn’t it show up with the thumbnail in FB?

      • says

        Well, I think what you’re describing in this post is different from what I want to do. I could share photos to FB by starting on Amazon (as described above). But what I want to do is share my own blog post that contains AA images. I don’t want to simply offer folks a chance to buy a book I recommend, I want them to read my post about a book I recommend. (And in the post, they can click through to Amazon to buy the book if they want.)
        Does that make sense? I can’t seem to find anything helpful by googling the issue…I must not be using the right key words when I search…I was hoping you might have some tips. :-)

          • says

            Ok, I’ve been playing around with this and here’s what I’ve found…
            –Using Featured Image might work in some cases. I’m still experimenting.
            –I also tried copying/pasting the image from Amazon directly into my post, and then adding the link to the image. When I did that, the thumbnail showed up perfectly when I shared the post to FB. The only problem is that when you copy a book image from Amazon, the “click to look inside” graphic shows up, too. I’d rather it didn’t show up (which is the case when you insert the html link instead of copy/pasting the image), but I like that this way lets me share the post to FB with an image.
            (Here’s today’s post, with a book image that I copy/pasted and added the url link: http://www.yankeehomestead.com/2013/05/02/honey-for-a-childs-heart-how-to-choose-the-best-childrens-books/)

            Hope this makes sense! I’ll keep experimenting with the Featured Image thing…thanks for your help!

          • says

            FYI–For some reason, the Amazon images started showing up as an option when I share on FB. Hooray! Hopefully it’s not just a fluke and will continue to give me the option to share a book cover image from Amazon when I share my post on FB.