Welcome! Are you looking to monetize your blog website? Well did you know it is as easy as adding a link into a post or page?
Do you know how to add a link in WordPress? Well okay, because I am now going to go over briefly the correct way to add an affiliate link in a WordPress post.
I will also be showing you, step-by-step instructions on how to add an affiliate link to a text phrase; as well as, how to add an affiliate banner within a post or in a sidebar or footer widget.
In essence, I am showing you how to monetize your website blog. Would you care to know more? Then follow me while we paddle out and surf on the waves of success while we learn some affiliate marketing tips together.
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So you have signed up to several affiliate programs, and now it is time to add some of those affiliate links into your WordPress blog. It may seem a little daunting the first time you add an affiliate link, but as the adage goes- “practice makes perfect.”
As a rule, I would suggest only adding two links per post. You do not want to overdo it. So let first start by adding a text link, followed by adding an affiliate banner to a post, and finally, placing an affiliate banner on the sidebar.
Adding an Affiliate Link to Text is a piece of cake!
So today, I thought that I would use ClickBank as an example. If you are not familiar with ClickBank, it is the largest online supplier of digital products and goods. For this tutorial, I have randomly chosen to promote YouTubeSecrets.com.
Here we have a tutorial being sold, which claims that you can make money from YouTube without having to film anything or market.
Interesting, but I digress.
Let’s now first see how we get our affiliate link from ClickBank.
And once we have this link, I am going to show you how to add it to a text phrase.
Obtaining an Affiliate Link from ClickBank
Down below is an example of how I fetched an affiliate link from ClickBank.
Next, I will be copying the above affiliate link to the clipboard and then later pasting this link into a text phrase within our post.
Example of how to add a link in WordPress
- the first step is to highlight the text phrase
- Click on the link icon
- Paste the affiliate link into here
- Click here to edit the link to open in a new tab
As you can see, can see from the above example, it is not hard at all to add an affiliate link to a text phrase.
One thing to keep in mind though is always to choose the option of opening in a new tab as your main goal is to keep visitors on your website.
If it does not open in a new page, visitors might forget to go back to your page!
How to Add an Affiliate Banner to Post in WordPress
Again, we are going to be using the same affiliate example from ClickBank to demonstrate now how to add an affiliate banner to your post.
Placing banners is a little different from when adding to a text phrase. First of all, you will need to add your affiliate ID to the banner code, before adding it to your post.
Do you see where I have underlined? Here is the place where you have to add your affiliate ID-as you can see mine is Whalemama. All you have to do is delete yourID and type in the affiliate ID.
So as you can see, I added my ClickBank ID name (whalemama) to the affiliate link, so if anyone were to purchase this product, I would get a small commission.
So the next step would be to go back to the back office in WordPress.
What I like to do is embed the code. What is an embedded code you ask? It is a block of HTML (computer language) which creates an object onto your website. For this example, I am referring to adding an affiliate banner.
Embedding the Affiliate Banner Into a Post
- place three x’s (xxx) where you want the code to be placed
- click on the text tab
- delete the three x’s and paste the code
- next click on the visual tab
- remember to click update afterward, so you do not lose your work
Here is the finished product!
As you can see, all I did was add this banner to an empty post page to give you an idea.
How you use the banner is up to you. I have seen many websites that like to place banners like these intermediately within the content. Think of it as advertisements scattered within your content. I have yet to do this, but if you have a lot of traffic, it surely does not hurt, or does it?
On the other hand, some believe that you should not have very many advertisements placed on your website, because some readers may be turned off by the ‘spammy’ feel of the site.
How to Place a Link in WordPress- Sidebar Widget
When you visit other websites, have you notice that some of them have many advertisements on their sidebars or in the footers?
Here is another way that you can monetize your blog without having to write any product reviews or posts about the said products. It is up to you how many you would like on the sidebar or footers, but remember that less is more when you are first starting.
All themes are different in terms of where and how many widgets are available for you to utilize. So before starting, check and see where the widgets may be placed, because, in some themes, there are no footer widgets.
Here is an example of how to add a sidebar widget banner in WordPress.
The steps are the following-
- Click on Appearances
- Scroll down to Widgets
- Choose which Widget you would like to use- for an affiliate banner, choose custom HTML
- Choose where you would like to place the widget- I picked sidebar, but you could add it in a footer if you would like
- Click save
Copy and Paste the Affiliate Banner Code in a Sidebar Widget
As you can see, can see, the widget is set on the sidebar, now you open up the widget and paste the banner code; followed by clicking on save. Easy-peasy, right?
Remember that the first time is a bit daunting, but as I said earlier, with practice, it gets to be quite straightforward.
Live Preview of Affiliate Banner
Here is what it looks like after I have clicked on Live Preview. Pretty basic, right? As you can see, can see, the affiliate banner has been put on the right sidebar.
So there you have my concise tutorial on how to add a link in WordPress. In summary, we covered adding an affiliate link to a text phrase. Meaning that if anyone hovers over the text phrase and clicks on it, the reader will be sent to the companies page, and if the reader buys the product, you will receive a commission.
We also covered how to add an affiliate banner to a post or within a sidebar widget.
Let’s summarize the steps to take again to monetize your blog by adding affiliate links, shall we?
- have a website
- write out some content to place on your website
- find affiliate products and services to promote
- join those programs
- create content
- add affiliate links to text phrases
- place affiliate banners on posts
- add affiliate banners to sidebar and footer widgets
Well, I sure hope that I was able to help you on how to add a link in WordPress!
If you have any questions or comments about this material, please feel free to leave down below in the comment section.
Before I leave you, I thought that I would show you an example of a banner within a post. Looks nice!
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