Inserting Affiliate Links in Your Post - Amazon Affiliate and Other Programs

Trying to find the right steps to get those affiliate links into your blog post? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

I’ve decided to finally post about this because I get this question A TON, which is why I’m very excited to share this with you today.

This is also actually a sneak-peak into my online blogging course, Blogging to Win.  If you haven’t come across it yet, this self-paced course covers all the other inner workings of how to make money blogging and many blogging tips to help you build a successful blogging business.

 My Blogging to Win course offers 50 and more tutorials like the one I'm about to show you. There are packages available for every level of blogging you're in and whatever budget you may be working with. So be sure to check it out (and get on the waiting list if the doors are currently closed)! 

How to Insert Affiliate Links

You can use this tutorial for Amazon affiliate links or any other affiliate links you need to post on your site.

Before we get started though, there are a couple of other things you need to do before you can insert an affiliate link in your site.

For one, you need to make sure to mark it NoFollow and also leave some sort of disclaimer within the post before the affiliate link.  This way, you’re being extremely transparent with all of your visitors and letting them know that you’re getting some sort of compensation in some way for the affiliate link or affiliate program.

With that in mind, let’s get started:

(Psssst...you can see everything onscreen, step-by-step, in the video above as well.) 

1.     First, sign into your Wordpress dashboard and hover over the “Plugins” Tab and you can click on the option to “Add New.”

2.     Now to mark something as “NoFollow”, I use a particular plugin called “Ultimate Nofollow.”

3.     When you type that on the search bar and find it on results, just click “Install Now.”

4.     It will display the Plugin Details, just click on the link below the description that says “activate plugin.”

5.     Now that the plugin is activated, let’s head on over to the “Posts” Tab and click “Add New.”

6.     In the body of your post leave some sort of note BEFORE you place the affiliate link or at least right next to it.

You may be tempted to change it into a really small font size, or place your affiliate link details somewhere barely visible but this is really unacceptable.

It is best for you to be extremely transparent and make it easy for people to realize this is an affiliate link. It’s a simple step but it speaks volumes about your integrity as a blogger.

7.     What I like to do is type it Italicized, like, “This post contains affiliate links please read my disclaimer for more information.”

8.     Just highlight the disclaimer portion/word, click the “insert/edit link” button from the type tool bar.

9.     Then in the text box that appears you can either paste the URL or type to search for your disclaimer page, then click on the blue apply button at the right.

10.  Then after your post, you can introduce your affiliate and place the link.

11.  To place your affiliate link, highlight the text/portion which you’d like to link back to your affiliate’s link.

12.  Then click the “insert/edit link” button from the type tool bar.

13.  And in the text box that appears, paste the affiliate link URL there.

14.  Next is click the settings gear right beside the blue apply button.

15.  In the Insert/Edit Link Option Box just make sure that the “ad NoFollow to link” option is checked and click on “add link” button below.

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We cover the “NoFollow” check box for affiliate links in more detail in another lesson in Blogging to Win. If you’d like to review that please feel free to look back on my earlier post.

But just remember that any time you have to post an affiliate link it is very important to have the “NoFollow” check box marked.

16.  After you click on the “add link” button you are back on the text box, so just click the blue “apply” button on there.

And that’s it! You’re done.

It’s great that you’re looking to add affiliate links to your site because they’re a good source of passive income, but always remember that you need to be transparent to your readers. Just like you, as a reader of my blog and any others, like to know when someone is receiving compensation for promoting something, your readers will feel the same way! 

The Biggest Mistake Bloggers Make

What Are You Obsessing About?

Writing, blogging, posting…

You’ve been doing this for quite a while now but you couldn’t seem to get to a point where you’re raking in big bucks for your skills and effort in writing blogs. Well, if you’re looking to take that skill to the next level and start a real blogging business, you’ve come to the right place!

I’ve been sharing through my blog (right here and on YouTube) just how to make that happen, including a full online course Blogging to Win, which we’re opening soon. The course covers Blogging 101 basics, important blogging tips (not just for the basic blog writing but an actual blogging business!), and avoiding blogging mistakes that get in the way of your success. We only get to open this four times a year so be sure to check it out before we close the doors for registration.

Meanwhile for today, let’s get down to some of the important things we have to remember or rather, remember to avoid, to become effective bloggers. Now don’t feel too bad if you recognize some of these bumbles in the list, because I’ve seen these blogging mistakes from both new and expert bloggers. We’re only human after all, but it pays to be aware and conscious about them.

They happen quite often, and they just make me want to stop people in their tracks and say “Stop doing that, it’s not going to get you anywhere! Let me help you! Just sit down, let’s have some coffee and talk about this.” 

When the Obsession Starts

We all want to make money blogging but sometimes WE are the very reason it's not happening. If you've been writing blogs for 10 years or only 10 minutes, then you need to know about one of the biggest blogging mistakes writers make that stunt their blogging business growth.

Blogging can sometimes be really lonely, because most of the time we’re doing it all by ourselves, without anyone to bounce off ideas with.  And while meet-ups and conferences are good venues to relieve some of that, just like how I personally enjoy doing one-on-one coaching sessions with my students, most of the time, when we’re getting into the actual work and we’re writing, we’re all by ourselves.

So what tends to happen is we get too much inside our own head and obsess… sometimes it’s about the right things (helping people, producing better work), but sometimes it’s about the wrong things.

The Biggest Mistake Bloggers Make - Obsessing About Page Views Only

Hold on a moment, you’re probably thinking, “She’s crazy; I’m going to stop reading this now." I know, yes, page views are extremely important, but it’s not the ONLY important thing to when your blogging.

Don’t forget that you have a goal when you’re writing blogs, apart from pageviews. Let's say you have an online course you’re offering on your blog. If you're getting a lot of pageviews but no one's buying the course then you’re getting nowhere.

So here are some blogging tips to consider when you’re in that frame of mind:

1.     Instead of simply writing blogs about anything that’ll get you a lot of page views, why not filter that and focus on niches that are related to the product or service you are offering? Write about the product itself, or topics surrounding it, while keeping both your page views and your product in mind.

The question you should be asking is, “Are these 100,000 pageviews that you’re bringing in interested in the products that you’re offering?” Because if they’re not, then those aren't prime pageviews. You want the best page views and the best readers. And the best readers are the ones that are interested in the value of content you're offering.

Blogging just for the sake of pageviews can feel so unrewarding so build an audience for your blog that will also be interested in what you have to offer.  

2.     Utilize the traffic and potential traffic you already have coming to you, while also trying to grow your blog.

Let's say you’re only getting 100 pageviews a month. That’s still something you can work with! Don’t neglect what you already have, instead use it and convert it.

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Sometimes you’ll find that a bigger audience doesn’t necessarily mean more sales or conversions. If you take care of your audience now, utilize what you already have, create content that helps them, and bring their interest to what you have to offer, then you can count on better conversions. Converting 10% of 100 visitors is still better than converting 0% of 1000 visitors.

3.     Look at how to execute your blog seamlessly from start to end.

Inline with number two, a seamless execution of your content will translate to higher conversions. And I’m talking every single blog post that you write, every single subscriber incentive you put up, and every single video that you post. Make sure that they all work together seamlessly!

This is just one of the most important blogging tips I can give you because if you only get 100 pageviews per month, those pageviews are rock awesome and will convert to whatever products or services you're offering.

The Challenge

Let's end this blog post with a fun challenge!

CHALLENGE:

For the next 7 days, do not check your Google analytics (or Wordpress or whatever you use to check statistics). Don’t even look at the number of pageviews or users, just IGNORE it all!

Remove yourself from that bubble and instead, use those next 7 days to focus on subscriber incentives and products that you might want to create to help your readers.

You can start this challenge at any time, it doesn't have to be when this post goes live. I personally do it periodically when I start getting stressed.

When you hear yourself say, “I need more pageviews, I need more pageviews, I need more pageviews,” it’s the perfect time to step away for a bit and refocus all that energy into something more productive like your content and conversions.

Happy blogging!

Do You Have What It Takes to Make Money Blogging?

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Do you have what it takes to build a profitable blog? Blogging for fun is one thing but blogging for money is an entirely different experience! Take my FREE quiz to find out if you have what it takes to rock a profitable blogging business! 

I talk a lot about how to blog on my website and YouTube channel, but I know a lot of you wonder, "Do I have what it takes to actually start and run a profitable blog?"

Before you start thinking of the pictures you want to take or the blog posts you want to write, you have to think about the characteristics it requires to get a blogging business up and running.

You need to dedicate a certain amount of hours each week and have a clear idea of how you see your future blog helping people. 

Take the quiz above and if you're results are You're Ready (hooray!), then be sure to check out my favorite resources to help you get the ball rolling. 

1. My step-by-step tutorial on getting the blog set up with a domain and hosting

2. My favorite ways to save money as a blogger

3. Some of the best money making ideas for bloggers

4. Tips for managing the stress that comes with a blogging business

HOW I EARNED $1,300 IN ONE DAY ● PASSIVE INCOME ● MAKE MONEY BLOGGING

Looking for some passive income ideas or how to earn money online? I made $1,300 in ONE DAY while I was moving my family into our new home. It was the very definition of passive income and it felt great! Here's how I worked my butt off to accomplish it and how I think YOU can replicate the process. 

Enjoy the video above or read the transcription below! 

I asked you guys on Instagram Stories if you wanted to hear all about how I made $1,300 in one day through passive income. I got a resounding, “Yes, ma’am! Please! Hurry up with that video.” That’s why I’m excited to go ahead and film it today.

Before I get into the details here, let’s talk really quickly about what passive income is and what it is not.

Passive income is where you can make money without having to actively be there. But passive income is NOT lazy income. It takes a lot of hard work to be able to make $1,300 in one day. It took me a long time to finally master how I could create that kind of income in one day.

Passive income is where you can make money without having to actively be there. But passive income is NOT lazy income.

I feel like there is sometimes this misconception that it is something that can happen quickly or easily. It’s not. But if you’re like me and willing to put in the sweat, blood, and tears, then you can definitely create something that can eventually get you to this point as well.

Here are the details!

The $1,300 that I made in one day came from selling my blogging course, Blogging to Win. 

Looking for some passive income ideas or how to earn money online? I made $1,300 in ONE DAY while I was moving my family into our new home. It was the very definition of passive income and it felt great! Here's how I worked my butt off to accomplish it and how I think YOU can replicate the process. 

If you want to go to this link and check out more information, I only open it four times a year.

More Info About My Launches

I have open and close launches. I only accept students once a season. It makes it easier for me that way because I have a toddler. Scheduling my launches like that makes it easier to balance my crazy schedule.

But in also doing this I’m able to really focus my efforts hardcore on marketing, promoting, etc. during a certain period of time. I exhaust myself for a while but am then really pleased with the results.

I do make passive income in other ways, like affiliate income. That’s very passive. But I can’t say that I’ve ever made $1,300 in one day from any affiliate link whatsoever.

Being able to sell my own products has been great for my business- I have this course, Blogging to Win, I have ConvertKit Essentials, I have a workbook, and I’m coming out with another product this summer.

I have certainly seen a huge difference in my income by being able to provide my own products. Making passive income in others ways is great, and I will still continue to do that, but I feel that being able to sell my own products has just blown my revenue out of the water and I’m extremely thankful.

Making passive income in others ways is great, and I will still continue to do that, but I feel that being able to sell my own products has just blown my revenue out of the water and I’m extremely thankful.

How Long Did My Launch Last?

First things first, my launch lasted three or four weeks. The $1,300 was one day, and then I made sales in the days following until we closed the doors. But $1,300 was certainly the biggest day of all of them.

When I closed the cart, I got another huge bump of sales and that was really great. Again, I feel very blessed and have worked really, really hard for a couple of years to get to this point. It’s not something that just came like that [snap] but it was definitely worth all of the hard work.

Can Anyone Do This?

I feel like anyone with the proper strategies, the right product, and that business mindset can certainly do the same thing for themselves over a period of time.

If you have a blog, or you want to start your blog, think about integrating some products. These could be printables, an eBook, and online course. It could be anything whatsoever.

My Tips for You and Your Own Launches

Here are some of my tips on how I got to launching that particular course and what I feel has really impacted how I was able to make four-figures in one day.

Tip #1

First things first, you absolutely must determine the end goal that your readers have while reading your content.

I’m going in with the assumption that you probably have a very specific niche. You don’t write about everything. You write about one or two particular things.

When readers land on your site, there is something that they want to learn. In my example with Blogging to Win, it’s women who are looking to start or take their current blog into a blogging business so that they can make consistent income throughout the year by running an actual business and putting in all the hard work to actually support their family, pay their bills, and things like that.

Tip #2

I knew with that particular goal that I needed to, and this is tip number two, create content and a product that could help them reach that goal.

Looking for some passive income ideas or how to earn money online? I made $1,300 in ONE DAY while I was moving my family into our new home. It was the very definition of passive income and it felt great! Here's how I worked my butt off to accomplish it and how I think YOU can replicate the process. 

I had decided as early as I could that I was going to create a blogging course around that idea, to help women create a blogging business.

Leading up until I actually finally finished that product, I created content to help prepare them and get them in the proper mindset to both (1) be prepared to start a blog or take their current blog into a blogging business, but also (2) prepare them to buy.

It’s a lot like just giving them all the prerequisite work that they need to get to purchasing and actually becoming part of my blogging family.

Tip #3

The next thing I did, and tip number three, is I built my email list and had strong relationships with my readers.

I have spent the last year really focusing hard on my email list. And I don't just mean getting people on it. I have a significant email list now but I’m also very focused on responding to everybody and asking questions, even if it takes me awhile to respond to every email. I always do it. I always get to it because I know that my readers are also consumers and that they can tell me best what it is I need to create and how it is I can help them.

A lot of times I think I know what they’re looking for but if I don’t ask them, if I don’t get feedback, I might create a product that they’re not really interested in.

Tip #4

The fourth thing I did was actually launched. Thinking about launching is one thing. Actually putting it out there, putting on a price tag, marketing it and going through a whole launch process, is stressful, intimidating, and really exciting.

I took the leap. I put myself out there. I created an incredible product and I really hoped that people would buy. I was very blessed. I feel very humble about the fact that it was just received so well and people are learning from it. That feels really good, but LAUNCH! 

Just go ahead and do it and launch. It’s scary but you don’t know where it might lead you.

Tip #5

That leads you to my last tip here and that is to review everything you did in that first launch and relaunch again.

I feel like that first launch is really the baby driver's test. When you were a kid, maybe you had Power Wheels or one of those little cars. You probably weren’t a great driver, but you were figuring it out and learning a lot. You got better by the time you were older.

When you’re sixteen, seventeen, or eighteen (whatever the laws are in your state) you can finally go and get a driver’s license. That’s a little more experience. By now, hopefully you’re not going to run into anybody.

By the time you’re twenty-five, thirty, you hopefully have a really good handle on driving and can consider yourself an expert. I have the same mentality when I am launching.

Every time I launch I go in with a very humble mind knowing that I still don’t know everything, even if it’s my third or fourth launch. I’m constantly reevaluating, seeing how I can change things and adjust them.

Every time I launch I go in with a very humble mind knowing that I still don’t know everything, even if it’s my third or fourth launch. I’m constantly reevaluating, seeing how I can change things and adjust them.

By the time I hit this particular launch in which I made the $1,300 in one day, I want to say it was my third launch.

I try to treat every launch like it’s the last launch I can possibly do, like, “This is my only chance to make money this year!” I have a kid so I never know how crazy my life is going to get.

I’ve been very fortunate putting in that hard work. I’ve always had really great launches, but this one in particular was an especially good launch, starting off with $1,300 in that first day and moving on and making money each week, right up until the day that we closed.

It felt like a huge relief because I was putting in a lot of work and was really trying to analyze everything I had done in my previous launches to make it the best experience possible for my consumers, and to also give me the biggest bang for my buck as far as my invested time. I’m putting in all this time and want to make sure I’m getting the most out of it! 

I want my consumers and readers to get the most out of the course. What can I do to improve?

That wraps it up for this video. Thank you so much for watching. If you’re interested in taking your current blog or starting a blog and really turning it into a blogging business, be sure to check out my site at AllisonLindstrom.com. I have a free blogging course for you and we will be opening the doors June 2017, we do it once a season, for the premium Blogging to Win course. I am so excited about that. Thank you so much for watching and I will see you guys next time. Bye!

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