Amazon Sidebar Component Broken?


I’m trying to figure out how to use the Amazon Sidebar component. Is it
currently broken? I’ve tried every sort of Amazon link I can think of
and I
never get anything on my sidebar dealing with Amazon. Is there a proper
to set up my URLs so that they’ll work? Here’s what I’ve been using:

and just

Neither of these cause anything to show up on the sidebar.

Thanks for any clues here!


This is the line of code that’s confusing me:

asin_list = params[:contents].to_a.inject([]) { |acc, item| acc |
item.whiteboard[:asins].to_a }

When I set a breakpoint after this line, asin_list always contains

params[:contents] contains a ton of stuff including the html contents of

asin_list = params[:contents].to_a.inject([]) { |acc, item| acc}
returns nothing

asin_list = params[:contents].to_a.inject([]) { |acc, item| item }
returns pretty much the same thing as params[:contents]

Toward the end of the string returned by the last asin_list above,
this: “whiteboard” =>{}
So, it looks to me that something should be setting something into this
whiteboard, maybe.

If I look at:
asin_list = params[:contents].to_a.inject([]) { |acc, item|
I get {}

asin_list = params[:contents].to_a.inject([]) { |acc, item|
item.whiteboard.to_a }
returns []

So, what’s the whiteboard, and how does stuff get into it?


asin_list = params[:contents].to_a.inject([]) { |acc, item|

Ok - I figured out how to make it work. The only way I could get it to
was to choose a blog text filter which included the Amazon post
filter. The Amazon Controller for the text filter plugin adds the asin
the whiteboard. So, after setting that up, to include an Amazon URL,
put in your anchor tag like this:

and it turns into:

With your own associate ID at the end.

This was extremely not straightfoward. D’oh!

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