How do I insert a link to an amazon.com page?

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Hi, I still can't make the amazon links work unless I paste them directly into the HTML.

Has anyone got the answer?
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  • getting anxious about this.

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Hello Gina

I'm sorry to hear that you're having this trouble. I'm a bit confused. Can you please share with us your page URL where you are attempting to set this up? Or, if you can please share your amazon link/code here? Hopefully, we can see what's going on and assist you further.
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Hi Sanja,

This is the Amazon code:

Slow-Cooked Comfort

It works just fine if I paste it into the HTML, but when I try to make the link using the editor, I get an error message.

Thanks!
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Hi Sanja, I tried pasting the amazon code here but it turned into a link!

How do I paste the code so you can see it?
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Whoops.. sorry Gina! I should have told you how to do this! There are a couple of ways. You can use the HTML Encoder or you can wrap your code with this: <!-- your code goes in here -->
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Of course. I knew that! Just never got to use it before.

But I'm going to try the encoder:

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060... Comfort: Soul-Satisfying Stews, Casseroles, and Braises for Every Season</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=my...; width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

How does this encoder work, by the way? How are you going to reverse the code so the link will work? Where does the encoder reside, normally?

There's another page, HTML 101, that I discovered by accident yesterday. How would I find it normally? It's titled "tutorial" yet it's not on the Tutorials page. Not under "HTML" either.

Thanks for your help!

Gina
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Hi Gina,

Amazon give you the code to add to your site and you will need to add it by using the HTML widget. I'm not sure what you mean by using the link editor - are you trying to add the code by clicking on the link editor in a text widget?
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Marije, yes of course, that's what I'm doing. Isn't that what it's for, to create links?

I can't use the HTML widget, because those amazon links are text links, they're part of the copy, not a separate thing.

So I end up having to insert the amazon code into the paragraph's code, but that's really awkward: there's no cursor so you're never sure where you are. And the code is weird too, it's just one mile-long line, not several lines, and it's really tiny, it's hard to find anything & it takes forever.

I hope you'll tell me there's a remedy for this or I'll have to forget about monetizing my sites.
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The link editor is for one URL, for example if you would like to link to another person's site on the actual text. If you would like to add the Amazon code, then you would need to use the HTML widget or click on the HTML button in the text widget (which I think you've been doing).

We're aware of the issue with the cursor in the HTML editor and it's a bug we're working on fixing.

So, having said that - I would like to help you to get the code onto your site. Would you be able to send an email to support@yola.com (my attention) and let me know where you would like to add the code exactly. I can then do it for you. If you could also include the code in your email (wrap it in <!-- and --> to stop it from being interpreted in the email).
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Gina, you might want to try putting your text, code links, etc. into Notepad (if you have windows) or a text editor first. When it looks the way you want it, copy and paste into the Yola HTML Editor. It'll save you a lot of time and frustration.
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Hi Marije,

I appreciate your offer to help but I've already put it in. That's how I discovered all those problems that I mentioned.

This morning, I conducted an experiment and it worked -- I discovered a trick to find the right spot in the HTML code AND get a cursor at the same time:

In the Firefox "Find" box, I type the word where I want the link to start. Then I click "Next" and voilĂ ! The word is highlighted and there's a cursor right before it.

I work on a Mac, so I don't know if this will work on the other system.

Thanks!

Gina

Note: This doesn't work so well in Safari, though.
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That's great to hear - I'm glad it's sorted. Please let us know if you need any other help.
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I hope this trick will help others too, and not just for inserting a link.

Have a great day!

Gina
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@Margie, I do use KompoZer (I'm on Mac) for creating my pages, but as I write more and more pages, things come up that require making changes, and some of those change involve additional links, and that's when I had those problems -- until I discovered the above trick, I mean.

Gina