I only recently became an amazon affiliate. I was wondering where can I find individual affiliate urls for specific prducts? How do I go about finding these urls? To me it looks like there are only general links for banners for certain categories. What am i missing?
Every week or so, someone posts this question in the Amazon Associates discussion boards--browse or search for "direct links" or related terms, and you'll find the responses, which always include a standard link format which you can use with your Associate ID and the item ASIN plugged in to build a link to any item.
Simply replace the appropriate spots and you have your direct link.
The reason I use ref=nosim is because this creates a link directly to the product page (JUST the product) instead of a page with the product and "similar products." Given the bonus you get for direct linking (i.e. they buy the product in the link), I find it's worth it to keep as little as possible between them and the product I'm referring.