Set up the Amazon API

The toolkit comes with the API for Amazon. In this post, you will find everything you need to set up the interface in the plugin.

The configuration now only affects the Amazon API. All other information about the shop can be found here.

Set up Amazon interface

Data provided here, you select the Amazon API. You can then enter your access data.

2nd, 3rd Amazon Access Key ID and Amazon Secret Access Key

You can find the two keys in your PartnerNet. Could you find out how to find them below?

If you have entered all the data correctly, click on publish. The plugin will now connect to the API and check the keys. If the test is successful, the status says “connected”. The shop can now be used.

Amazon website

Choose the Amazon page you want to promote here. Note that a separate partner network access is required depending on the country (Germany, USA, UK, etc.).

Amazon Tracking ID

Enter your tracking ID here.

Enable SSL for product images

If your website uses SSL or you are going to switch to SSL in the future, then you should check this box.

Load customer ratings

Our plugin allows you to load customer ratings and star ratings directly from Amazon.

However, this functionality is not offered by the Amazon API. We get this information from the source code of the Amazon website. According to Amazon guidelines, this is prohibited and should not be used.

We advise against using the “Load customer ratings” function! You risk being excluded from the Amazon affiliate program.

Amazon interface tips

Find API Keys

To access Amazon’s API, you need “Access Key ID” and “Secret Access Key.” You can find these two keys in the partner area of Amazon.

Be sure to go from the partner network to the Amazon API. Otherwise, your partner account is not linked to the API account!

In the Partner Area, click Product Advertising API (Menu) -> Documentation -> Account Settings. Then click on “Click here” for the user ID.

After logging in with your partner access, you can create a new key under Access Keys.

You can create a maximum of two keys, but you can use one key for multiple websites.

Find BrowseNode ID

The browse node ID is the ID of the category on Amazon. Each type has its unique ID.

This unique ID can be found using our built-in search function by keyword, or you can also find it directly on Amazon.

For example, if you are in the bestsellers view ( https://www.amazon.de/gp/bestsellers/books/467492/ ), you will find the ID in the address bar of your browser:

Advanced search – link tips

The advanced search of the Amazon interface has some hurdles. For example, SearchIndex is a required field. Here you can find more information about the lots:

http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSECommerceService/latest/DG/ItemSearch.html

Here you will find everything about the possible categories and sorting fields:

http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSECommerceService/latest/DG/localevalues.html

Questions from the Facebook community

These questions came from our community. If you have any further questions, please ask us your question in the comments.

What is the SearchIndex? 

This is the Amazon category (e.g., music, household,…)

What is it for? 

Some search filters are category-dependent (such as Genre in the Music category). A search across all types is only possible to a limited extent.

Why do I have to enter English category names, and where are they ALL, not just a few, as in the API documentation? 

This is probably due to the English-speaking programmers at Amazon. You can find the category names in the “Searchindex” column here: https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC…/latest/DG/LocaleDE.html.

What is the BrowserNode? 

This is the node of a product category. They come under the “SearchIndex” and summarize, for example, all WLAN sockets.

Why do I need the SearchIndex together with the BrowserNode? 

I assume because the API grew so much back then, and certain parameters are exposed through Searchindex.

Where are ALL GERMAN BrowserNode numbers reliably located? 

The BrowseNodes are constantly changing (new ones are added, offshoots are removed..). There is no summary here, but there are pages to browse through: http://www.findbrowsenodes.com/de.

Can I only enter one or more terms for the key term, and if so, which separator is used? 

According to the documentation, only one search term or phrase is possible.

Where do the keywords have to be on Amazon? product name? Description? Properties? Filter? category names? 

According to the documentation: A word or phrase that describes an item, including author, artist, description, manufacturer, title, etc. 

https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWS…/latest/DG/ItemSearch.html )

What happens if a keyword consists of two words, is it a phrase? 

It is then interpreted as a key term if I have not overlooked anything in the documentation.

Do the words entered line by line in the title filter all have to be in a product title for a result, or is one of them enough? 

The text filter is subsequently applied to the search result of the API and it is sufficient if a keyword is contained in the list.

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