If your one of the lucky ones and have a book that appeals to many people all over the world, you might find the need for a universal link. Or, for prolific authors with numerous libraries and collections global links will help organize and direct readers to those available works.
Here is the scenario:
You have a book blog tour, but the tour is with bloggers from Canada to the U.S. to Zimbabwe and all over Asia. One of two things happens...
The outcome of the first scenario is... No sales, or if your lucky--someone complains that they are being taken to the U.S. store and ask where they can find it in the CA store or the DE store.
The outcome of the second scenario is... Somebody gets the link wrong (it happens, we all make mistakes). Everyone is confused. No sales.
Want to avoid that situation? Read further.
And, of course, Americans go to amazon.com. The different sites makes a difference in price, currency and searches. Try it! I dare ya. Click each of the above sites and see the difference for yourself. If nothing less, it will help you understand what I mean.
This whole different site stuff is useful as there are potential customers across the globe, who may simply need to be pointed to their appropriate store. There is an issue with the way Amazon stores work, as my products I have for sale in the United States can not be bought by customers in the United Kingdom, unless I also include an amazon.co.uk link as well.
So now you should get it. If that's the case, then the next issue becomes creating links for all of the potential countries that may have customers for you (France, Canada, Germany, etc.). This process is tedious and laborious, and now you are here, looking for a way to create a global link; look no further. I shall give you it all! (Evil laugh, evil laugh, evil laugh)
All right, All right! I get it! Global link--How do I make one?
Good news. You have options! (But I'll show you the best one)
There are many services on the Internet that offer a simple solution to creating global links. The only issue is that they tend to have weird ways of making money for themselves, which isn't a bad thing, but can have an effect on how your links work.
I have stumbled across a site called A-FWD: Link Globalizer for Amazon Affiliates And Authors an online service that is exactly what you have been looking for. Just click the link above to be taken to the site.
The website allows you to enter the link to your book (for free), and generates a global link that you can post to the appropriate forum. The outcome: When a client clicks on that global link, they will be directed to your product in their own Amazon store! Hooray!!
Granted, the links they provide can look very long and awkward, but this can be avoided by using a very simple URL shortener such as TinyURL or Bitly.
Overall, this is a great way for you to open your stores up to customers across the globe, without having to worry that they are redirected to the wrong store and unable to purchase your book (or product). I hope that this article has been helpful, and I would definitely recommend using A-FWD to accomplish all of your Amazon Global Link needs.
If you have another site that might be of use for global links, let me know in the comments! Thank you!
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