Buy Now Links

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Suppose you want to tweet out a link that when clicked a product is instantly in the shopping cart and your buyer is looking at the checkout page ready to complete the sale. You can easily do all this with Cart66. You can even apply a promotional discount with the link as well.

Cart66 has an “add to cart link” feature that will let you:

  • Specify what page to go to (such as the checkout page, view cart page, or any other page)
  • Specify which product to add to the cart
  • Optionally specify a promotion code to apply to the order

To make an add to cart link follow these steps.

Landing page

Pick the page where you want the customer to land when they click your link. Often times a good choice is your checkout page, but it can be any page or post on your entire site. For this example, let’s say you want folks to go to straight to your checkout page to pay for their order.

Landing page URL: http://mystore.com/store/checkout

Product ID

You will need to put the product id for the product you are selling in the link. This is the product id, not the item number. So log into your WordPress admin and navigate to your Cart66 products. You will see the product id in the left most column. It will be a number, in this example it is 4.

ID: 4

Promotion code

If you want the link to also apply a discount to the item, go into your Cart66 Promotions and create the promotion you want to use. Suppose you create a $5.00 off promotion and you give it a promotion code of 5OFF. Make sure you check the “Enable” check box so the promotion is ready to be used and that the promotion applies to the product you are working with.

Promotion code: 5OFF

Now that you have all the pieces figured out, let’s put the together to make your link.

Here is a summery of what all the pieces mean:

http://mystore.com/store/checkout
The page you want your customer to be on after they click your link (Required)
task=add-to-cart-anchor
This tells Cart66 that the link is going to add a product to the cart (Required)
cart66ItemId=4
This is the ID of the product that will be added to the cart (Required)
promotion=5OFF
The promotion code for the promotion you would like to have applied (Optional)

The end result – an example buy now link

Tips

  1. Shorten your URLs: Since the link is fairly long, run it through a link shortening service like bitly or goo.gl
  2. Sell with social media: Post your shortened link on your Facebook page or on Twitter.
  3. Put E-Commerce in your newsletters: Add “Buy Now” links directly in your email newsletters and even include a promotion just for your newsletter subscribers.
  4. Sell with banner ads: Wrap a banner ad images with an add to cart link. Customers will click the ad and will then be right on your checkout page ready to buy.
  5. Buy Now Google AdWords: Make your Google AdWords become “Buy Now” links.
  6. Run a Duck Feeding Promotion

7 Responses to “Buy Now Links”

  1. Is there a way to do something similar to automatically add a PayPal subscription into a cart?

  2. Hi, Is this “add to cart link” available in the Cart66 LITE version?

  3. Does this apply to both the Lite and professional version of Cart 66?

  4. Yes this applies to both pro and lite.

  5. Hello
    I have a flickr plugin on my clients website and would it be possible to have to link in the flickr description and have it direct to a page with product attributes? (like buying a certain size of the photo?)

  6. Hi Amber. Yes, anywhere you can put a link, you can use that link to have products automatically added to the cart. Of course you can also just link directly to the product page on your site to let your customers configure the options for the product.

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  2. Is there a way to do something similar to automatically add a PayPal subscription into a cart?

  3. Austin says:

    Hi, Is this “add to cart link” available in the Cart66 LITE version?

  4. Mark says:

    Does this apply to both the Lite and professional version of Cart 66?

  5. Lee says:

    Yes this applies to both pro and lite.

  6. Amber says:

    Hello
    I have a flickr plugin on my clients website and would it be possible to have to link in the flickr description and have it direct to a page with product attributes? (like buying a certain size of the photo?)

  7. Lee says:

    Hi Amber. Yes, anywhere you can put a link, you can use that link to have products automatically added to the cart. Of course you can also just link directly to the product page on your site to let your customers configure the options for the product.

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