The Quick and Easy Way to Manage Amazon Links

There are lots of reasons you might need to share a link to an Amazon product.

Maybe you’re an author who needs to link to your book’s Amazon page on a regular basis. Or perhaps you share resources with your blog readers or email subscribers, and many of those resources are books, ebooks or CDs.

If you want to give people a quick and painless way to buy stuff online, the easiest way to do it (in many cases) is to send them to Amazon.

However you might feel about the gigantic online store Amazon (and believe me, I’ve got some mixed feelings about it myself), there’s no denying that Amazon’s website is an incredibly popular place for people to buy stuff online. Right now, Amazon sells over 200 million products in the United States, and that number will continue to increase in the next few years.

But how do you easily share a link to a product on Amazon when their URLs look like…this?=
http://www.amazon.com/Winning-Story-Wars-Stories-Future-ebook/dp/B0088Q9UX6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404937095&sr=8-1&keywords=storywars

Gah. What a mess.

Whether you’re sharing that link over email, social networking sites, text message, or even trying to tell it to someone over the phone (eek), it’s a mouthful. Amazon URLs are messy and ugly  — and even worse, it’s really easy to accidentally drop part of the URL and mess up the link entirely.

But there is a solution. There is a quick and easy way to share a simple link to ANY product on Amazon without having to do backflips in order to do it.

Just find the product you want to link to on Amazon, and go to that product’s page. That page will look like the image below.

Then, find the area on the right area of the screen that says “Share” (it will have little Facebook and Twitter logos next to it, as indicated by the big arrow below).

AmazonSharewithArrow

When you find the “Share” area, just click on the little envelope icon. You’ll see a pop-up box that looks like this:

AmazonShare2withArrow

Check out the nice, neat, SHORT link indicated by the arrow in the image above. You can use that simple URL to link to this product on Amazon. Just copy that link and paste it anywhere you want — in email, social media, or in a blog post. Anywhere you need to link to this product, use this short little link instead of the other long, ugly one.

If you regularly link to this product, you can even make a note of the URL by bookmarking or saving it somewhere on your computer. That way you will have easy access to it anytime you need it.

So now you know how to turn this:
http://www.amazon.com/Winning-Story-Wars-Stories-Future-ebook/dp/B0088Q9UX6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404937095&sr=8-1&keywords=storywars

…into this:
http://amzn.com/B0088Q9UX6

…any time you need to. Better, yes?

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A Simple Way to Write More Blog Posts in Less Time

ClockCoolSmallerAs a blogging and social media coach, I often hear my clients say, “I don’t have enough time to create all this content!” It’s a chronic problem for most marketers.

So here’s a simple (but massively effective) idea for making sure your next few blog posts get written.

If you want to write blog posts, you need to:

  1. Write your posts in batches
  2. Schedule your content creation sessions

What do I mean by “batches”? It’s simple — instead of trying to squeeze 10-minute increments of writing time into your already over-full schedule, I want you to set aside a couple of hours once a month to crank out two (or even three) blog posts at a time.

Sounds simple, right? But you’d be surprised how many people don’t write blog posts this way. Two of the most successful bloggers I know — Tamara Suttle and Cynthia Morris — both consistently schedule their blog writing time in batches, and it shows in their online marketing results. Batching works.

But intending to batch your blog post creation doesn’t work unless you actually schedule that writing time on your calendar. So block the time off in your paper schedule or e-calendar (whatever works for you) for a writing session, then honor that commitment just like you would any other important appointment.

Remember: Successful bloggers don’t schedule over their writing time!

Your 10-minute assignment for this week: Pick a 3-hour block of time during the next 3-4 weeks, and simply block it out on your calendar as blog post writing time. Then honor that commitment by using that time to write as many blog posts as you can.

In the future — when you know how fast you can write and how much you can accomplish during 3 hours of writing time — you’ll be able to pencil in a goal of how many blog posts you want to complete during each scheduled session. For now, just block the time and honor it!

Do you batch your blog post writing (or do you have other time-saving tips for creating content quickly and easily?) Share your ideas in the comments below!

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