Instructions for using Product Style Affiliate WordPress Plugin
1. Enter your Amazon Associates ID on the ‘Settings’ page.
2. Follow instructions on ‘Settings’ page to enable country usage
3. Create a product category on the ‘Products’ page.
4. Add information fields to a product category on the ‘Fields’ page (Click ‘Edit/Create Fields’ Button on ‘Products’ page).
5. Create products under product categories to define the field infomation on the ‘Products’ page (Click ‘Edit/Create Products’ Button on ‘Products’ page).
6. Create style settings for displaying your advertisements using the ‘Styles’ page.
7. Create advertisements with your Amazon ASIN’s and specify a style, product and other ad settings using the ‘Ads’ page.
8. Insert advertisements anywhere you want within posts and pages using the drop-down box in the page/post editor (be sure to use the ‘HTML’ tab in the top-right of the editor)!
Instructions for using ‘Sites’ other than Amazon with the Product Style plugin:
As of Version 1.2.0, a new admin page called ‘Sites’ is available. You can find an explanation of the settings on this admin page below. This new addition to the plugin will allow you to create ads using any website you want, not just Amazon!
By default, you will easily be able to use CJ.com and Clickbank ads with the plugin. An entry for these two will already exist in the ‘Sites’ admin page of the plugin. If you plan to use these, you will need to enter your affiliate IDs for these sites on the ‘Settings’ admin page.
There is a new drop-down box when you create a new ad that allows you to select the ‘Site’ to use for the ad links. If you choose something other than Amazon in this drop-down box, the ASIN ID field for the ad will be used to identify the ad/product on the other affiliate site. As an example, you would enter the vendor ID in the ASIN ID box if you are going to be using that ad as a Clickbank ad.
The Amazon Ad Preview settings will have no effect if you choose something other than Amazon.
Also, if you select the ad as an ‘Enhanced’ ad and choose something other than Amazon, an Enhanced ad from Amazon will still be shown. You will need to choose ‘Image’, ‘Text’ or ‘Image/Text’ ad types only, if you do not choose Amazon.
You can use the generated shortcodes inside of Text/HTML Widgets.
You can also generate a text only product link based on any advertisement you have created. To use this feature, you will have to manually modify the shortcode. Start by inserting the shortcode for the ad that you want a text link for.
The standard shortcode only uses one parameter, ‘id’: [ amzps id="1" ]The number “1” is the ID number of the advertisement.
There are two additional parameters that you can use to generate a text only link:
ad_type – This parameter will only take two basic values: “text” or “textpv”. Either value used with this parameter will generate a text only link, but “textpv” will include the Amazon Preview feature on the text link. The text link that is displayed will just be a standard, unstyled link that will end up getting styled based on your WordPress theme settings. If you want this link to be styled according to the link settings that you create in ‘Styles’, simply add the text “style” to the value of this parameter (“textstyle” or “textpvstyle”).
ad_text – This parameter is optional when you want to make a text link. Without this parameter, the text link will use the default text link value that you set up for the ad. If you need to use different text for a link, set that text as the value of this parameter.
Text Link Examples
[ amzps id="1" ad_type="text" ] – This shortcode will generate a text only link using ad #1 and the default anchor text.
[ amzps id="1" ad_type="textstyle" ] – This shortcode will generate a styled text link (according to the ad’s style settings). Other than being styled, it will be just like the link above.
[ amzps id="1" ad_type="textpv" ad_text="Click here to find out more information about the 24-inch LCD TV." ] – This shortcode will generate a text only link using Amazon Preview and it will use the supplied text instead of the default anchor text.
There are additional shortcode parameters that can be used to change particular features about an advertisement. These parameters can be extremely useful if you just want to change a few minor things about an ad, so you don’t have an create another ad or another style.
Additional Shortcode Parameters
ad_type – Manual override parameter for the ‘Ad Type’ setting on the Ad creation page. Accepts these values: “enhanced”, “text”, “image” or “imagetext” (Value used will be ad type displayed)
ad_order – Manual override parameter for the ‘Text & Image Ad Order’ setting on the Style creation page. Accepts these values: “image” or “text” (Value used will be first box displayed on top)
header_order – Manual override parameter for the ‘Header Order’ setting on the Style creation page. Accepts these values: “top”, “bottom” or “off” (Value represents the header position
content_order – Manual override parameter for the ‘Ad & Fields Order’ setting on the Style creation page. Accepts these values: “ads” or “fields” (Value used will be first box displayed on left)
content_display – Manual override parameter for the ‘Ad & Fields Display’ setting on the Style creation page. Accepts these values: “both”, “ads” or “fields” (Value determines what content will be shown)
header_link – Manual override parameter for the ‘Turn Header Text Into Link’ setting on the Style creation page. Accepts these values: “no”, “yes” or “yespv” (Value determines if link is turned into header – “yespv” value is Yes with Amazon Preview link hover)