If you have your own web site, you can mirror your Amazon listings there so you can reach your audience as well.
Amazon has millions of customers at their site looking for items, and getting your listing in front of them is important. If you have a web site, though, letting your own audience know about your sale items could be just as important. It's not only the number of people that see a listing that matters, but getting the right person to see the listing.
The easiest way to point your web visitors to your sale items is to link to a list of all your open Marketplace items on Amazon. To find the link, visit your seller account (http://www.amazon.com/seller-account/) and click "View your Member Profile."
On your member profile page, click "View Open Marketplace Listings." The page lists all of your open sale items. This page is publicly viewable, so just copy the URL from the address bar of your browser and include it in an HTML link on your site like this:
<a href="http://s1.amazon.com/exec/varzea/ts/[RETURN] customer-open-marketplace-items/your seller ID/">Buy my stuff!</a>
If you want to integrate beyond a link, you can list every item you're selling on your site.
Included in every listing confirmation email [Hack #49] you'll find a link that leads to a page for your specific product listing. If you want to include all of the items you have for sale on your web site, you could copy each of these links and paste them into an HTML file. You'd also need to copy the name of the product and how much you've listed it for. You'd have to revisit this HTML every time an item sells or anytime you make a change to your listings.
Luckily, you can automate this entire process with Amazon Web Services.
This ASP script requests your latest items for sale on Amazon and formats them as a local web page. You'll need an Amazon developer's token Section 6.4 to run the script, and you can include an affiliate tag. You'll also need to find your Seller ID and set it at the top of the code.
<% ' Set Associate ID, Developer Token, and Seller ID Const AFF_TAG = "insert associate tag" Const DEV_TOKEN = "insert developer token" Const SELLER_ID = "insert seller ID" XMLURL = "http://xml.amazon.com/onca/xml3" & _ "?t=" + AFF_TAG & _ "&dev-t=" + DEV_TOKEN & _ "&SellerSearch=" + SELLER_ID & _ "&type=heavy" & _ "&page=1" & _ "&offerstatus=open" & _ "&f=xml" ' Issue the request and wait for the response Set xmlhttp = Server.CreateObject("Msxml2.SERVERXMLHTTP") xmlhttp.Open "GET", XMLURL, false xmlhttp.Send(Now) If Err.Number <> 0 Then response.write "Unable to connect to Amazon." response.end End If Set XMLDoc = xmlhttp.responseXML 'response.write "<xmp>" & XMLDoc.xml & "</xmp>" If XMLDoc.parseError.ErrorCode <> 0 Then response.write "Error: " & XMLDoc.parseError.reason response.end End If ' Look for the ErrorMsg tag Set XMLError = XMLDoc.SelectNodes("//ErrorMsg") ' If it exists, display the message and exit If XMLError.length > 0 Then response.write XMLDoc.SelectSingleNode("//ErrorMsg").text response.end End If ' If there's no error, loop through items for sale Set ProdDetail = XMLDoc.SelectNodes("//ListingProductDetails") For x = 0 To (ProdDetail.length - 1) strExID = ProdDetail(x).selectSingleNode("ExchangeID").text strTitle = ProdDetail(x).selectSingleNode("ExchangeTitle").text strPrice = ProdDetail(x).selectSingleNode("ExchangePrice").text strOffer = ProdDetail(x).selectSingleNode("ExchangeOfferingType").text response.write "<b>" & strTitle & "</b><br>" response.write strPrice & " (" & strOffer & ")" response.write "<br><br>" & vbCrLf Next %>
Save the code to a file called SalesListings.asp and upload it to your IIS server. Request the file from a browser to see your product listings:
Taking this script one step further, you can let your visitors add your items directly to their Amazon shopping carts. Include the following HTML form to print a "Buy from Amazon.com" button along with each item.
<form method="POST" action="http://www.amazon.com/o/dt/assoc/[RETURN] handle-buy-box=insert ASIN"> <input type=hidden name="exchange.insert exchange ID.insert ASIN.insert Seller ID" value="1"> <input type="hidden" name="tag-value" value="insert affiliate tag"> <input type="hidden" name="tag_value" value="insert affiliate tag"> <input type="submit" name="submit.add-to-cart" value="Buy From Amazon.com"> </form>
You'll need to insert the proper exchange ID, ASIN, and Seller ID, and these values are available as variables in the script. To add this form to SalesListings.asp, insert the following code just before the last line of the loop (response.write "<br><br>"), and include the necessary variables.
strASIN = ProdDetail(x).selectSingleNode("ExchangeAsin").text strSellerID = ProdDetail(x).selectSingleNode("ExchangeSellerId").text %> <form method="POST" action="http://www.amazon.com/o/dt/assoc/[RETURN] handle-buy-box=insert ASIN"> <input type=hidden name="exchange.<%= strExID %>.<%= strASIN %>.<%= strSellerID %>" value="1"> <input type="hidden" name="tag-value" value="insert affiliate tag "> <input type="hidden" name="tag_value" value="insert affiliate tag "> <input type="submit" name="submit.add-to-cart" value="Buy From Amazon.com"> </form> <%
When someone visiting the page clicks "Buy from Amazon.com," your specific item will be added to their cart and the sale will go to you.
For more hacking-the-hack fun, you can ease the transition from your site to Amazon's with some co-branding. By setting the following form with each item listing, the "Buy from Amazon.com" button will tell Amazon to show your logo as customers step through the checkout process on their server.
<form action="http://s1.amazon.com/exec/varzea/dt/cbop/order-checkout/" method="post"> <input type="hidden" name="purchase-navbar" value="insert image URL"> <input type="hidden" name="purchase-store-name" value="insert your store name"> <input type="hidden" name="purchase-return-url" value="insert your store URL"> <input type="hidden" name="purchase-exchange-id" value="insert exchange ID"/> <input type="hidden" name="purchase-quantity" value="1"> <input type="hidden" name="purchase-storefront-name" value="insert your store name"/> <input type="submit" name="go" value="Buy from Amazon.com"> </form>
To include this co-branded checkout in SalesListings.asp, just fill in the image, store name, store URL, and exchange ID, and include the HTML just before the last line of the product loop. Be sure to turn off script processing with %> just before this form, and then turn script processing back on with <% just after this code. You can also insert the exchange ID with the variable set earlier in the script in an ASP tag, like <%= strExID %>.
Instead of sending customers from your site directly to Amazon's cart page, you can send them to a minimalist checkout process (as shown in Figure 4-8) that includes your site's logo.