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How to add affiliate links to your blog

Affiliate linking nursery

I noticed that quite often experienced bloggers do not realize what difficulties beginners may have. When I say “beginners” I mean those who have never run their own blog and who are not familiar with the world of online media. (Yes, they exist!)

This short guide is for those who are just taking their first steps in the world of blogging.

Welcome to our Step-by-Step Affiliate Nursery 🙂

Let’s start from the scratch:

What is affiliation?

Suppose you run your own blog.
Suppose this is a lifestyle or fashion blog.
Suppose you visited our store and liked our vegan bags.
You come up with the idea to write on your blog about us and inform your readers about the existence of the BAGS.life brand. Would it be profitable for us? Of course it would be, because if your readers would become our clients, we would make money by selling them handbags.

By writing about us, you help us find our clients.
Should such help not be rewarded?

And that’s what affiliation is:
“Company A” (e.g., vendor) rewards “Company B” (e.g. blogger) for its promotional activity, thanks to which “Company A” could earn money.

And here the question arises:
How does the vendor know that the customer has appeared in the store thanks to your recommendation? After all, there may be hundreds of bloggers (affiliate partners) directing customers to the vendor’s website.

The answer is simple: thanks to affiliate links.

What are affiliate links?

and what is the difference
between a standard link and an affiliate link?

If you write on your blog – for example – about our vegan bags in the art-boho style, in the end you will want to redirect your readers to our website. To do this, you must use a LINK.

“Link” is a connection between two websites: the one that is currently being displayed on the monitor (e.g. the page of your blog) and the one to which the reader will be redirected, if she (or he) decides to click on the specified area.

The specific redirection area is usually marked by underlining and a different text color and
additionally by changing the appearance of the cursor when it is moving over the link.

What makes an affiliate link different from the standard one?

The standard link contains only the address of the target website (that is, the one that will open after clicking the link).

An affiliate link – in addition to the website address, contains your unique number (your affiliate ID), which identifies you as a business partner. That’s why you register in our affiliate program: to get your unique ID. It is necessary to inform us, who directed the customer to our store and who should receive a commission for sales.

Compare:

This is how a pure link to our site looks like:

pure BAGSlife URL address

If you use it – we will never know that the customer has been redirected from your blog.

However, the affiliate link looks like this (example):

BAGSlife affiliate address example

Now the situation is different:
Knowing that the customer entered our store via this link – we arbitrarily assign all commissions from any purchases made by this customer within 90 days – to our affiliate partner with the number 1234.

Where to find my affiliate ID & my affiliate link?

Your affiliate ID is assigned to you arbitrarily when you register for the affiliate program.
To find your affiliate ID and your affiliate link – just log in to our Affiliate Area (find it in the footer).
You will see something like this (example):

Example of affiliate link and affiliate ID

How to insert an affiliate link?

In 99% (maybe even 100%) of cases, you will not need to manually insert the code, so the top line is enough to be a well earned affiliate. Just copy this entire top line (‘your affiliate URL’) and start writing your blog.

Internet addresses are sometimes called URLs
(which is an abbreviation for “Uniform Resource Locator”).

No matter what blog platform you use – to write and publish you must use an editor.
No matter what editor you use – in its menu you will find a button with a chain symbol. This button is used to insert links.

Example of link button

If you want to add your affiliate link in the text, do the following:

  • Create a word or phrase in your text that describes the page to which you want to redirect your readers.
  • Select this phrase and while it is selected – click on the button with the chain symbol.
  • When a pop-up window appears – just paste your affiliate link into it. Done!
Inserting link to text - example

If you want to add your affiliate link to the image, you need to proceed in a similar way:

  • Insert the image using the media button (find it in the menu of your editor)
  • Select the image (by clicking on it) and while it is selected click on the link button
  • Paste your affiliate link in pop-up window . Done!

Now – after publishing your blog – everyone who clicks on the image will be moved to the page to which the link leads.

Inserting link to image - Classic editor

Note (!)
There are many blog platforms and many types of editors. Not everyone looks similar, but it is always possible to add links.

Inserting link to image - Gutenberg editor

You just need to look for these options.
You will definitely find them in the end.

That’s all for now.
Wish you nice blogging and profitable affiliation 🙂




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