Like sign up as an affiliate at E-Junkie and place a text link anywhere or an advert on your blog, so that when people click on it and buy it you get a referral fee.
E-Junkie is one of the most popular ways of setting yourself up as an affiliate reseller and
it's used by the top bloggers like Darren Rowse and Leo Babauta, but it's badly designed and counter-intuitive.
Of course all the affiliate marketing people can do this kind of thing in their sleep but for when you can't, and you'd like to try affiliate marketing or get a passive income by advertising products on your blog, this is how you do it.
These instructions will help you if you want to stick an ad on your blog and see how it performs or use an affiliate link as text on your blog, on Twitter, on Facebook or in an email. I'll use my book Successful Blogging in 12 Simple Steps as an example but you can use any product and ad that goes with it.
1. Join E-Junkie or Log into E-Junkie.
Join E-Junkie if you haven't already and log in.
Keep the E-Junkie window open. Sign up to the Successful Blogging affiliate program by clicking here or search affiliate programs under the drop down menu for the affiliate product you want to promote.
2. In E-Junkie click Get Affiliate Code.
This is the bit where we curse E-Junkie for its bad design. It's just not intuitive but here's what you need to do.
Select Merchant from the drop down menu
Select Successful Blogging.
Click Get Affiliate Code.
Select product specific affiliate links.
Choose any product – you'll get the affiliate fee no matter which product people buy.
Click Get Affiliate Code again. Yes, you have to click that twice before finally you get the affiliate code. It's in the top blog highlighted in black on the screen shot below:
3. Pick an ad.
Successful Blogging ads are here. Pick the size and style of ad you like then right click on it. Choose Save as and save the image on your desktop.
If you want an ad for a different product do a Google Search for the product name only in images and see what Google finds for you. Again save the image on your desktop. You need to get it into your WordPress media library now.
If you only want a text link skip to the end of step 4.
4. In WordPress
Create a new blog post called Test.
Make sure you are in HTML mode of WordPress (not visual). Copy and paste that code from E-Junkie into the blog post.
Now click on Visual mode to see what the blog post looks like. You'll see some underlined linked text that says “Click here to view more details” like this: Click here to view more details
Highlight all those words and click Upload/Insert image. Select file and select the ad image from your desktop.
Add alternate text, description and REMOVE the link URL so that field is empty then check alignment is center, image size full size. Click Insert into post.
You should now see your image on the blog post. If you preview the temporary blog post you should just see the ad. If you click on the ad it takes you to the Successful Blogging.com website via your E-Junkie affiliate link. So far so good.
If you only want a text link just change the click here to view to the words you want to use.
5. Get the ad on your blog in a Widget
You might want the ad in a blog post or just as a stand alone ad on your blog in which case you want to pop it into a widget. You need to copy and paste all the HTML code from that Test blog post. Make sure you're in HTML not Visual view when you copy the code.
In WordPress go to Appearance > Widgets. Choose a new TEXT widget and drag it into the sidebar where you want it to appear. Leave the title blank. Just paste the HTML code from your temporary blog post here. Save it and look at your blog. The ad should be live and working now. Click the ad to test the link.
You might want to change the image alignment. If you search the HTML code where it says align center you can change to align left, align right or align none depending on what works best on your blog.
6. You did it!
Rinse and repeat. I use ads for my own products or blog posts on the right hand column of my blog with ads for other products at the end of each post. It's all up to you and you should experiment with advertisement positioning.
Try out different ads, rotate them to see which ads work better for your audience and get a feel for which ones people click on and buy from. How many ads can you put on your blog without it looking cluttered? Or maybe you've decided to keep your blog ad free?
If you'd like to make some money from your blog and you'd like to give affiliate marketing and E-junkie a go I hope these instructions help.