As part of a discussion on the Live Writer MSN Group someone asked about having a plugin to easily insert Amazon products and have a referral link to the product. I pointed out that a plugin already exists that does that kind of thing, but after trying it, they decided it wasn’t quite what they were looking for. So, I created one that did do what he was looking for. The plugin window is basic, you put your Affiliate ID in as well as the ISBN (or ASIN) number of the product, and just select whether you would like a thumbnail of the product to be shown as well:
Now, if you put a lot of Amazon links on your blog, it would get a bit cumbersome to have to keep putting in your Affiliate ID, so if you go to the plugin options, you can set your default ID:
And this is what it looks like:
An early version of the plugin allowed you to just put in the link of the product from Amazon, but unfortunately, Amazon suck, and they have a stupid amount of different ways a link can be given and still be valid and take you to the same page, so I dropped that. I might look at adding it again at some point, but for now, no, tough.