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Affiliate marketing has been around for a long time. If you haven’t heard of it it’s a form of marketing where you refer someone to a product online say through a link on your blog or in a social media post or through an email.
If that person clicks through and buys the product you receive a commission.
If you have a blog you can earn from your site by signing up for programs and placing links within the content and adding banners. When someone visits your site and clicks on one of these then goes on to purchase anything you will get a commission.
Affiliate marketing is one of the ways bloggers monetise and make a passive income through their websites.
When adding links, it’s a good idea to be able to set any links you are likely to get paid for as nofollow. You can read all about nofollow and dofollow links and why we do this here.
Setting Link As Nofollow
I recommend installing this plugin called: Title and Nofollow For Links By WPKube
Note: Since the update to the Gutenberg Editor, this plugin does not function properly so you may have to add the nofollow tag manually until this plugin is compatible. Here is a post I wrote on how to do it: How To Add The Nofollow Tag Manually.
Title and Nofollow For Links By WPKube will give you the option to set your link as nofollow by checking the box “Add rel=”nofollow” to link” You can see this in the image below:
How to add an affiliate link to your post
To add an affiliate link to your post simply highlight the text you want to add a link to then click the link icon
Highlighting the text and then clicking the link icon brings up this box where you can enter your link and click the blue box to enter:
If you click the cog it will open the Insert/Edit Link box as pictured above where you can adjust the settings and have the link open in a new window, add a title and set it as nofollow or even link to existing content.
I always have my links set to open in a new tab so that my site page stays open and the visitor doesn’t go elsewhere.
Here is my list of recommended affiliate programs to join which also has other products and services that I recommend.
Affiliate links often are very long and ugly. There is a plugin called Pretty Links that does what the name says and makes your links look pretty. I’ve written a post about this plugin and you can read all about how it works here.
You can also monetise your website by using a contextual ad network like media.net and place ads around your website.
It’s definitely worth applying for, they also have an affiliate scheme (known as an Ambassador Program) that you can apply for with great benefits:
If you have a Publisher to sign-up with Media. net using your unique referral code you will earn 10% of their earnings and keep earning for a whole year from the day your referral joins Media. net.
Also, your referred publisher receives a BONUS of 10% on their earnings for 3 months. Apply to Media.net here.
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