Amazon Review Plugin Instructions

The Amazon Review Plugin is a WordPress plugin that pulls data straight from Amazon and adds a custom Amazon product review and creates a unique format that is proven to convert. It can also add an Amazon review to WooCommerce products if the WooCommerce WordPress plugin is installed.

The plugin will also create a latest reviews widget for your sidebars and will display 5 reviews with links to the product and will have a small thumbnail along with star ratings.

This plugin works with most themes and does not modify any theme files, but instead will create shortcodes for various sections of the review. These can be inserted manually or the plugin will automatically insert the content instead which is controlled from one of two settings within the plugins information page in the backend.

If you have installed the free Amazon Review Plugin and want to know how to use then then this page will show you how. Once you install the plugin you will have two new main admin menu items, Reviews and and Amz Free which are illustrated below.

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Once in the backend of the WordPress editor, simply navigate to the Reviews or WooCommerce menu item from the Amazon Review Plugin main admin menu (see 2nd image below) Once there, you will be able to add an Amazon Product to either the Reviews main menu or WooCommerce product main menu.

The Reviews is where you manually add and edit reviews which is similar to the WordPress Posts menu, but with additional items specific to Amazon products and reviews (see below).

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The Amz Free menu has two items if WooCommerce is not installed and three items when WooCommerce is installed. This is where you will add Amazon Products by navigating to the “Amazon Review Plugin->Reviews” or Amazon Review Plugin->WooCommerce” sections (see below).

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The first item “Amazon Review Plugin->Information” is an Information page that also has a few setting that you can set. First, there is a choice of two items to choose between “Auto Insert” and “Shortcode”. If “Auto Insert” is selected then the plugin will auto insert the shortcodes into the Reviews and WooCommerce products (see below).

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See section 2 above where you have two choices, first the “Auto Insert” selection will insert the shortcodes in the following order:

  1. [amz-main-infobox] – Title & some product info as well as a buy now box & a link to [amz-expert]
  2. [amz-specs] – Various specifications ie: (HD, yes), (screen size, 720p) etc.
  3. [amz-expert] – Link anchor to Expert Review for [amz-main-infobox], place this just above the review, but after shortcodes.

Next comes the actual Review or WooCommerce Product discription body. Next the “Auto Insert” selection will continue to insert the remaining shortcodes in the following order:

  1. [amz-reviews-questions] – ‘Customer Reviews & Opinions’ and ‘Your Questions Answered’ sections.
  2. [amz-proscons] – Pros & cons
  3. [amz-bottom-buybox] – Buy now box with a small picture & title along with buy button.

Next is the “Shortcode” selection which allows you to insert the shortcodes in any order you want.

After the “Auto Insert” and “Shortcode” options you have “AWSAccessKeyId” and “AWSSecretKey“, both need to be filled in with your Amazon Associates “AWSAccessKeyId” and “AWSSecretKey“. If you do not fill both of these fields then this plugin will not work (see section 3 in the image above).

There is also two other menu items “Amz Free->Reviews”, when selected, this will allow you to add Amazon Products to the Reviews admin menu item section mentioned above, (see image below).

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There are three sections on the page “Amazon’s Product ASIN” which is where you put the ASIN 10 Character/Number from the product you want to import from Amazon’s website.

Next is “Your Amazon Affilliate ID” which is your id/tag from Amazon Associates and is something like “yourtagname-20” for USA or “yourtagname-21” for UK, both the above fields can be seen in the image above.

This pre populates most of the fields in the Reviews main menu mentioned above, but don’t forget you should re-write the description which makes the review unique.

If WooCommerce is installed there will be another menu item “Amz Free->WooCommerce” that allows you to add Amazon Products to WooCommerce’s Products. This page has the same sections as the “Amz Free->Reviews” page mentioned above (see image below).

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This pre-populates most of the fields in the WooCommerce Products main menu, and again, you should re-write the description to make it unique.

The Pro version has two extra menu items “Amazon Review Plugin->Comparason Tables” and “Amazon Review Plugin->Update Prices”, which are not included in the free version.

Error messages you might recieve

Most of the error messages will be from Amazon AWS, see one such error below:

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Here the error is because of missing AWSAccessKeyId. There is also the same of error for AWSSecretKey as well as invalid AWSAccessKeyId or AWSSecretKey. If you get any of the above errors then check to make sure you have entered both keys exactly the same as Amazon provided and if you copy and paste them that there are no returns or any other characters that cannot be seen as these can also produce errors.

All errors mentioned above can occur using both the “Amazon Review Plugin->Reviews” and “Amazon Review Plugin->WooCommerce” admin menu items.

Amazon Review Plugins Difference
Amazon Review Free Plugin Amazon Review Pro Plugin
Amazon Product Reviews:
Amazon Product WooCommerce:
Comparison Charts:
Updates Prices Daily: