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.
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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.
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!