Amazon Associates now integrated with Blogger

As of today, if your blog is hosted on Blogger.com,  you can easily add affiliate links to all of your posts.

With this integration, you will be able to link relevant text to products sold on Amazon directly within Blogger, while crafting your posts. No need to open a separate tab to hunt around for products.

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To add links to your site:

1) Open an Amazon Associates and Blogger account, if you don’t already have one. If you already have a Blogger account but not an Associates account, you can create your Associates account directly within Blogger (so create your Blogger account first)

2) You will need to create a gadget associated with your account. Blogger provides simple steps for doing so.

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(click images for more detail)

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2) Once the gadget is created, your post area will now look like this:

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Write your post as you normally would, including any text regarding a product.

3) Highlight the relevant text and the Product Finder will recommend the ones most closely associated with the text.

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4) Choose to either insert the product link or an image of the product. The link will automatically include your Associate number.

Amazon wants to hear what you think about this, so they’ve created a hashtag (#AMZN4BLGR) to use on Twitter. Or you may contact them via the contact form.

So, once again I’ve been MIA (with a side order of exciting news)

I know several of you have asked where I have been and commented that you miss my regular posts. I’m really trying to make an effort to get back to posting daily. Even if it’s just a short nugget of info.

I’ve been trying to get Modern Media Mom off the ground; it seems to be doing well – it’s been very well received and I get compliments on it daily. Now if only I could get companies to take me seriously and give me products to review and try as well. (helloooooo, Apple!) But until then, I’m focusing on having great content that is relevant to people who are just like you and me: not computer engineers, not professors of software design. Regular folks trying to glean as much as they can from this crazy internet.

Now – in the “totally out of the blue” department: I found out on Friday that an essay of mine is going to be published in a real live book. With pages and a cover and everything!

I was approached about submitting something awhile back, but didn’t hold my breath.

So now, my release papers are in the mail. And I will give you more details as they are released and announced.

I’m still shocked and amazed. I have never ever ever thought of myself as a good writer, but I’ve felt nudged in that direction many times over the past year.

On the day that I left Blissfully Domestic, I had three separate people, with no connections, ask me if I had thought of writing a book.

I’m beginning to sense that the Lord has a story that He wants told through me. I have no idea what it is yet. In fact, I want to vomit a bit when I think about writing more than 700 words about anything.

At this point, I need to pray about it more; to seek direction. So keep me in your prayers, if you would.

And be on the look out for more frequent posts from me.

2008: A Year in Review. of sorts

As I went through my old posts to do a simple Year In Review (basically taking the Title and First line from the first post of each month), one question kept crossing my mind: I write some dang good stuff! And everyone and their brother and mother and dog should be reading my blog. ;0)

These obviously aren’t my best posts, but it was fun to scroll through and be reminded of the events that took place over 2008.

If you’ve been reading me throughout the year – thank you for putting up with me. I’ve grown to love each of you for your encouragement and for “just being you” with me.

For my new readers – welcome! I can’t wait to get to know you! And if you really want to know more about me, this is a good place to start.

Here’s to an amazing 2009!

January 2008

WhatThe?! Week 5

Leave your guess in the comments.

WhatThe?! is the now defunct contest that I used to hold on my blog… there was no grand fanfare; no closing ceremony, no crying… it just sort of faded away as things got busier and busier for me.

I enjoyed running the contest, but it was so hard tracking down the people who won each month. I cringe when I think of the people who didn’t hear from me (GREAT BIG “L” on my forehead). And the response to it was rather… ummm lacking… (thank you, my 3 loyal participants)

February 2008

Not An Episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Two years ago this week, we moved to Tennessee.

I still love reflecting on this time of my life. So much was learned and it’s never far from my mind. And I am also so thankful to be out of that apartment.

March 2008

Portraits of Women

I love looking at paintings in galleries.

This video amazed me. But as I looked at it again, I couldn’t help but notice how much our definition of beauty changes over time.

April 2008

WhatThe?! Week 17

Want a chance to win some super fab jewelry?

see January above.

May 2008

Capturing Motherhood in a Photo

I adore this photo.

Where has the time gone… seriously. I entered this photo in a contest that wanted to see photos that captured motherhood. This photo speaks this to me in volumes. I’ve now got it framed and sitting by my bed.

June 2008

Drink the Coffee [or else]

Few things earn an eye-roll from me more than stupidity issues that provoke silly behavior that gets worked up into stupidity silly behavior and craziness.

The dust up of Rachel Ray wearing a SCRAF caused me to take up the cause and post about other offensive scarves. [eyeroll]

July 2008

WhatThe?! Week 30

Want a chance to win a blog button for promoting your blog?

Dang there were a lot of months in 2008 that started on a Thursday! (the day the contest went up each week)

This particular WhatThe?! photo caused me a TON of embarrassment. tons. I addressed it here.

August 2008

Q&A Frump Style

So I’ve got some questions for you.

And people actually replied!! I have missed doing fashion and beauty posts – I will have to get back into the swing of those. But again – no one participates. So is it worth it?

September 2008

Where you’ll find me

As mentioned previously, my kids and personal hygiene have been neglected for the past week.

This was the relaunch of Blissfully Domestic, from its humble original beginnings, to its new fancy digs. So much work went into and we learned a lot about what it really takes. But the end result was fabulous. (and then we all slept for a month)

October 2008

No Wonder I look Like a Hag

Text above:

Wow – what an exciting way to start a post. Actually – this was a post in a series of vintage ads that I posted. I have several more where that came from. Advertising and manufacturing takes some freaky creepy directions at times.

November 2008

*original post removed*

We’ve started something new and fun over at Blissfully Domestic: a linky post where you can add your posts from the prior week – share your favorite tips, your cute crafty idea… anything that is Blissfully Domestic related.

We are always thinking of fun exciting ways to expand Blissfully Domestic. 2009 shows no signs of slowing down either.

December 2008

So This Girl Walks into a Blog and Makes a Big Announcement

While it may appear as though I’ve been missing on the blogging scene – the truth is that I have had my hands ALL OVER it; just in the background.

This was a big huge fat deal for me. I launched my first big solo blogging adventure! I have huge plans for ModernMediaMom.com in 2009. Be sure to give me your feedback and what you would like to see me write about. I want it to be a useful site.

I can’t wait to see what 2009 holds. Here’s to new friendships, true friends and living life together.

Don’t forget to check out the posts from the BOO-YA! participants.

And feel free to still add your own.

http://www.karlaarcher.com/4243/

The internet is the biggest little small town

Last night I was insane with my Twitterings… Everyone had gone on to bed and I still had some work to do. Rather than talk to myself, I Twittered.

No, this isn’t another shameless post begging for you to follow me.

In fact, I don’t want you to follow me unless you really want to.

And I’ll tell you why:

I’ve seen a lot of people discussing Twitter recently. And without a doubt, the common thread in these posts has been the sense of community that has begun to develop. In fact, there are people who I have gotten to know through my blog and/or their blog. But not until I began Twittering have really begun to feel a depth to those relationships. Additionally, there are people who I have gotten to know strictly from Twitter.

It’s been sort of like watching something in 2-D and then putting on the 3-D glasses and getting the full perspective on it.

On my blog, as transparent as I think I tend to be, there are still things that don’t get conveyed. Not because I don’t want to, but because they tend to come in little snippets that don’t qualify as a real blog post. My brain tends to work in random bits of information anyway. Like a little strobe light flashing all day long.

Also, on my blog, I tend to speak in a certain voice. It’s my blog voice. And it is the real me. But again – it’s not the complete picture. I also have a dumb, flighty side. A confused, “duh” side. And an irritable, “arrgh” side.

Shocked? (I hope not!)

I hope I don’t ever give the illusion of having it all together. Because I don’t.

But blogging gives me a place to sort through it all. And to see that we all go through the same sorts of things.

I’m kooky, silly, dimwitted, rambling and talkative.

And Twittering gives me a place to prove it.