You might ask, why would you want to localize your amazon affiliate links? The reason is that, if a Canadian or someone from other country lands on your website, and is directed to a product page via your Amazon US affiliate link, most likely they are unable to purchase stuff there, and they might end up heading off to their own local Amazon store to continue shopping. In that case, you won’t get your commission.
Ideally, you want to send your US visitors to the Amazon US site, and UK visitors to the Amazon UK site, and so on. Thus, you need a solution that can dynamically display Canadian ads to Canadians, or US ads to Americans, that is when geotargeting comes into play.
If you are using WordPress for your blog, a free WordPress plugin called “Amazon Affiliate Link Localizer” can perform this job nicely.
Amazon Affiliate Link Localizer – This plugin not only automatically changes any Amazon link on your site to use your affiliate ID, but it also changes the link to point to the user’s local Amazon store. So if your visitor is visiting from the UK they’ll get a link to Amazon.co.uk, if they’re visiting from the US they’ll get a link to the same product on Amazon.com. All you have to do is provide all your affiliate IDs.
If you don’t have an affiliate account with one of the Amazon countries and leave its setting blank, the script will use the author’s IDs. The script works by looking at product IDs. If the product exists on the local site with the same ID, then it’ll link to there. If not, it will get the item’s name and link to a search results page for it.
Before using this plugin, you would need to sign up different Amazon affiliate accounts from around the world. Right now, there are 9 of them, i.e. Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, Amazon France, Amazon Italy, Amazon Germary, Amazon Spain, Amazon Japan, and Amazon China.
In order to sign up, you don’t really need to know each respective language. All of them have a similar registration form, the only exception is that Amazon Japan has a different input order of registrant address. Input city, zip code first, and then street name, you might want to consult with your Google Translate.