With the just-released Associate app for iOS, you can finally generate Amazon Associate affiliate links from iPhone or iPad.
Words on the Goods receives a tiny commission from Amazon on anything you readers purchase through affiliate links–no extra cost to you, and it keeps ye ole blogs going.
But creating an affiliate link on iOS devices is surprisingly difficult. Safari can’t handle it, for some reason, and you have to go to Firefox on iPad and Request Desktop site for it to work. Even then it’s cumbersome.
That’s no longer true now with the dedicated Associate app. It has the single purpose of quickly generating affiliate links for you based on a search query–just as Blink does the same for iTunes/App Store affiliate links.
So far I use mostly plain text links, and copy-paste them where I need them, but you can also instantly generate a Markdown-ready link.
There are just two setup screens to work through:
You may have to hunt a bit to find your Identifier, but it’s easy to get from your Amazon Associate log-in page.
From here you can use the app easily to create affiliate links. I typed in “from a liminal place,” (this is one of the best books ever), and it came right up as an option to select:
From here I get either a plain text or Markdown link option, with a number of easy ways to export it:
Bonus: there’s a Share Sheet extension! If I’m searching Amazon in the Amazon app or in Safari, like what I see, and want to make an affiliate link, I can do so from there:
The only thing lacking in this well-polished and gets-the-job-done app is the ability to “Shorten URL with amzn.to,” which you can do from the Amazon Associates Web page. I prefer this shorter URL because it keeps hyperlinks cleaner, but it’s not a huge deal, and it’s a limitation from Amazon’s end anyway, not the app developer.
If you’re a fan of Blink or use Amazon Associate links anywhere in your writing, you will probably consider the $4.99 Associate app worth the ease with with you can keep working on an iOS device. Check it out here.
Thanks to the good folks at Squibner for the app download via TestFlight for the purposes of review.