Hopefully a lot of you an enjoying using AMZ Table Assistant to speed up and simplify the process of product boxes, lists, tables or grids.

We’ve been hard at work trying to spread the word about AMZ Table Assistant, which we think is the best Amazon Affiliate Chrome Extension on the market!

If you aren’t already using it or want to learn about some neat features you may not know about, then this guide is for you!

So, let’s get started.

What is AMZ Table Assistant?

AMZ Table Assistant is a Google Chrome extension built for Amazon Affiliate sellers. It simplifies the way you build product boxes, lists, grids, or tables.

You can use it for your own blog, or have your writers download it so they can create affiliate links or product boxes for you as they write.

For example, you could use AMZTA to:

  • Quickly grab an Amazon ASIN (without searching the URL or scrolling to the description)
  • Automatically insert an ASIN into an AAWP shortcode directly from Amazon.com
  • Add multiple ASINs to a list, then click the Copy List button to copy a perfectly formatted AAWP List shortcode.
  • Create your own custom shortcode buttons using complex “modifier” terms (i.e – nofollow, new window, show price, dark theme, etc)
  • …and much more.

Did I mention that AMZTA doesn’t require access to the Amazon API? Because it doesn’t. The plugins you have installed on your blog already use the Amazon API – we just make inserting their shortcodes even easier.

Speaking of plugins, AMZ Table Assistant will work with ANY wordpress plugin that supports shortcodes. The biggest and most popular ones are AAWP, AmaLinksPro, and AzonPress. As of the latest update 1.9.4, we now support ASA2 as well.

For the rest of this article, I’m just going to say AAWP, but please note that I mean any plugin that supports shortcodes.

How does AMZ Table Assistant work?

I recommend reading over this guide to see how it works: http://amztableassistant.com/amz-table-assistant-buttons-overview/

You could also check out this video I created to demo all the features:

Why did I create AMZ Table Assistant?

I created AMZ Table Assistant to solve a problem of mine. As an Amazon Affiliate seller myself, I’ve been a longtime user of AAWP. I love it. It allows me to create beautiful Amazon product boxes using a shortcode.

A shortcode is basically a small piece of code that you add to your blog post to display an Amazon product in an eye-catching box.

As long as AAWP is activated, all you have to do is type out a shortcode like [amazon box = “ASIN”] to display the Amazon product on your site. (Obviously you’d need to replace the word ASIN with the Amazon product asin)

However, I found myself constantly forgetting the correct AAWP shortcode to use. I was also doing a lot of back & forth between WordPress and Amazon because I had to first type out the shortcode template into WordPress, and then bounce over to Amazon to find the ASIN.

My solution (until I created AMZ Table Assistant, that is) was to keep a separate Google Doc open for quick reference. This document had all the AAWP shortcodes and modifers that I could reference as I wrote my articles.

As I wrote, I would copy the shortcode template (The shortcode without the asin) from my doc and paste it into WordPress. Then, I’d go to Amazon, search for a product, and then find the ASIN from either the URL or description. Finally, I’d switch back to WordPress, find the shortcode template I first typed in and paste the ASIN in between the parenthesis.

Whew! That…was a lot of work.

Keep in mind I was regularly writing articles such as “Top 7 Camping Chairs”, so I’d be performing those same steps 7 times per article! I also like to include a “In A Hurry? Check out my top 3 picks…” just under the introduction paragraph using an AAWP Grid. That shortcode looks like this:

[amazon box=asin1, asin2, asin3” template=list]

…which means I’d have to go back and forth 3 times for a single shortcode!

In my day job I’m a sysadmin. I live and breathe automation. Over the last 7 years of managing hundreds or thousands of computers and servers, the one things I’ve learned is that if you can automate a task – you absolutely should. I knew there HAD to be a way to automate this repetitive task…

So, that’s when AMZ Table Assistant was created!

Are you worried AAWP will create their own extension?

Am I worried that AAWP may come out with their own extension? Not at all.

It wouldn’t make business sense for a company like AAWP to develop their own extension…because that means their extension would also work with their competitors’ product boxes. Having a standalone product like AMZTA work with all product box plugins makes the most sense.

For example, with AMZTA, I can create my own “shortcode button” with a shortcode like [amazon box=|ASIN Value|”] for AAWP, or [azonpress asin=”|ASIN Value|” template=”box”] for AzonPress or [asa2]|Value|[/asa2] for ASA2.

If AAWP created their own extension like AMZ Table Assistant, then by design any product box plugin could use it, too.

Future plans for AMZ Table Assistant?

I have big plans for AMZTA. We just launched a couple months ago during quarantine and I’ve spent a lot of that time tweaking the plugin, going through a few design iterations, and writing useful documentation for our users.

We’ve been featured in several blogs already such as AMZ Watcher and Kasa Reviews, and will soon be on the Niche Pursuits podcast!

I’m currently on a journey to reach as many AAWP users as possible. There are likely thousands (or tens of thousands) of AAWP users, each having to manually insert ASINs into their shortcodes. That’s a BIG market for AMZTA.

That’s what inspired me to create AMZ Table Assistant in the first place. I was listening to a podcast with Matt Giovanisci (Swim University, GetLasso, etc)where he talked about one of his first big projects called Asana for Bloggers. Something he said in that podcast has stuck with me ever since. He said: “You don’t have to create a unique, never-seen-before product to be successful. You can create a successful business around an existing or popular product and still be extremely successful. Matt didn’t create Asana, but he created a course around how to use it better.

I didn’t create AAWP, but I’m helping you use it more efficiently.

As far as future plans go, I’ve also been following some really cool products such as WP Windows Shopper or Lasso, and am really hopeful they’ll add a way to add products to their site using a simple shortcode like AAWP does.

What new features will you be adding next?

As far as upcoming features go, you can always view our public changelog page to see what all has been added so far. But here’s what’s on my current roadmap:

  1. Add Copy ASIN button to search page. Right now, you have to click into the product page to use the Copy ASIN button. I plan on adding a copy ASIN button right on the search page. (right next to the Add to List button)
  2. Add shortcode buttons to search page. Same as above – right now you have to click into a product page to use the “Copy Shortcode” buttons. I’d like to automatically insert an ASIN from the search term page.

If you have any other features you’d like added, let me know!

Free & Pro Version

As the homepage shows, there is a free and pro version. The free version allows you to copy the product ASIN to your clipboard & automatically add your affiliate tag to an Amazon URL. This feature is great is you have writers writing guides for you because they can insert affiliate links for you as they write.

No more adding them yourself after they send you the completed articles!

The pro version also has those features, but also allows you to automatically insert the ASIN into product boxes, create your own custom buttons, use AAWP text, image & widget shortcode buttons, add multiple ASINs to a lists or grids, or import and export your button configuration for backup purposes or to send to your writers/VA’s.

Lesser known (but still useful!) AMZTA Features

Override AAWP Affiliate ID

Did you know AAWP lets you override the affiliate ID you added to the global settings?

If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about – in the AAWP settings, you tell it which affiliate ID all of your product boxes and links will use.

But, you can actually override that if you wanted to do some A/B testing. For example, if you wanted to see how well standalone AAWP images work vs text links – you could create unique ID’s just for that.

In AMZTA, you would just create a new button that looks like this:

[amazon box=”|ASIN Value|” tracking_id=”AltTrackingID-20“]

A full list of all AAWP modifers, including how to add alternate tracking ID’s to your custom buttons can be found here: http://amztableassistant.com/docs-category/aawp/

Restoring Deleted Buttons

Accidentally delete a shortcode we created for you? Don’t worry! You can always uninstall and reinstall the extension and they will come right back.

However, we recommend simply exporting the buttons before making any changes. If you break something or delete one you use – you can just re-import the file.

We’ve also compiled all of the “default shortcode buttons” we created for you into one handy doc: http://amztableassistant.com/docs-category/shortcodes/

Adding Custom Titles to Product Boxes

By default, AAWP will pull in the title from the Amazon listing. However, sometimes it makes sense to add your own title to really highlight a product. For example,  “Best Camping Tent for Kids in 2020”

Rather than adding that after you pasted the shortcode into wordpress…you can add it right after you click the copy button!

Simply add the variable |Custom Title| anywhere in your custom shortcode button. Whenever you click the button, an onscreen popup will ask you what you want the title to be. It adds that to your shortcode, and then copies the shortcode + custom inputted title to your clipboard.

Example shortcode to use:

[amazon box=”|ASIN Value|” title=”|Custom Title|”]

Here’s a demo of how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPPyynCBDZg

Use |Custom Title| as a wildcard

This part may be a little confusing, but the |Custom Title| variable can actually be used for any value – not just AAWP titles.

For example, this shortcode pulls in Large images:

[amazon fields=”|ASIN Value|” value=”thumb” image=”1″ image_size=”large”]

But, if you replace the world “large” with |Custom Title|, you can type whatever size image you want to use in the onscreen popup.

More info on the custom title wildcard can be found here: http://amztableassistant.com/docs/aawp-image-only-buttons/

Compiling a list of comma separated ASINs

Sometimes it’s useful to grab a huge list of ASINs. It could be used to quickly update grid shortcodes, telling your writers which ASINs to reference, or could be with any other Amazon software that might compare ASINs.

By using the Add to List feature, you can add all of your handpicked ASINs to a list.

Normally you’d use this feature to automatically insert those into a List, Grid, or Table shortcode – but we’ve created a handy button for you called Copy All ASINs (located under the Lists & Grids tab).

Instead of adding these ASINs to a shortcode, you can simply copy all them to your clipboard. By default it adds them without quotations, but if you want quotations around all these ASINs, just create a new button like this:


Wrapping Up

Hopefully you learned a thing or two reading this post!

If you don’t already have AMZ Table Assistant and use an extension like AAWP, you should definitely grab a copy. For only $20 with no lifetime subscriptions, it’s a no-brainer for how much time it’ll save you.

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