I have been using EasyAzon for some 10 months or so, and have had plenty of time to see how it works. So what is EasyAzon plugin? In this text, you will find out that it may be best to avoid it. Keep reading.
Why I was using EasyAzon
My main reasons for trying this plugin, which I paid more than $50 as far as I remember, were to have redirect option to local Amazon stores and to show updated prices for products I was reviewing. I must say that I had a few sales through several Amazon stores, like the German and UK branches, so the plugin in principle worked.
Yet, practically all of my buyers were from the USA, so in practical terms it was useless, but I am not blaming the plugin for this. The prices were indeed shown updated, so this option also worked. But…
What the problem was
I used the plugin in the following three ways:
- Text Links.
- Info Blocks.
- EasyAzon Images.
Typically, this was happening when the connection was slow, but from my experience, there were no clear rules. Sometimes the Text Link would appear and sometimes not. My impression was that this was becoming more and more frequent.
To realize what I am talking about, please see the following image with the piece of the code for an Info Block (the option 2 mentioned above):
I was using Info Blocks to have the price shown to visitors, and I was adding it mostly in the Specifications section because of a lot of free white space on the right-side of the page. But see the result:
So the Info Block was missing. The situation with EasyAzon Images was even worse. I used to have blocks of several of them, typically 4 (in one row) or 8 (in two rows). But they would rarely appear, if ever.
So I contacted EasyAzon. In reply I got instructions to clear cache and to try again. I did, no effect, and then I replied if I had to ask the same my visitors to do in order to see my beautiful EasyAzon links.
Later, I asked again, and in reply from Dec. 2nd, 2016, they wrote that the issue was forwarded to developers. I have never heard from them after that.
A few more things to add
♦ I am pretty sure that pages and posts in my sites were loading far slower whenever they contained any of the items 1-3 mentioned above. So I am sure that this was affecting the number of visitors to my site. They would simply give up and try another snippet on their search result page on the screen. Do not have any direct proof for this of course.
So, I went through all my posts and pages and removed Info Blocks and EasyAzon Images, keeping only text links because they were enough for the purpose if showing the price (when you hover over such a link). However, I could still see the difference in the load time for posts with EasyAzon’s Text Links and without them.
♦ After removing EasyAzon Images, I used Amazon Native Shopping Ads instead. They would always appear in posts, no matter of connection speed.
♦ I used to use direct links to Amazon.com (for US visitors) together with EasyAzon Text Links, side by side. This was after I became aware of the problems with EasyAzone. When the latter would not appear, the direct Amazon.com links were always there.
Well, I am now going through my 3 sites removing all EasyAzon links. This means far above 400 posts. One thing is certain: this plugin will never again be in any of my sites. In my view, this is a harmful tool.
Do you remember the starting question: what is EasyAzon? I do think this is supposed to be a very useful plugin, and partly it worked in my sites. I had prices updated and clearly visible for my visitors (when the plugin worked). I have no personal reasons to write against this product as I am not promoting anything as an alternative to it. I am only very disappointed. Earlier I blogged about it at Wealthy Affiliate and my blog is available here.
What I am presenting here is my own experience. If EasyAzon plugin is working for you, this is great, I have no issues with this. All I can say is: keep an eye on it and make sure it works, otherwise remove it as soon as possible.
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