How to Make Affiliate Links More Effective

affiliate marketingAs part of P2S Training Week 7, I have been going through all my previous posts and adding some relevant images. I agree with JT, they really do spice up the posts and make them more attractive to the reader.

Then it occurred to me that attractive images are like a magnet and if most people are like me, they will want to click on the image to get a closer look.

Following the training video on uploading an image to your post via the ‘Add Media’ button and then clicking on the relevant image from your media library, you are taken to an ‘Attachment Page’ and on the right hand side are the ‘Attachment Settings’ and ‘Link to’  and you are given 4 options: Media File (default), Attachment Page, Custom URL and None.

The ‘Media File’ and ‘Attachment Page’ provide a link to the image in different formats. If you choose ‘None’ then there is no link and the image on your post is not clickable…a terrible waste I think.

By choosing ‘Custom URL’ you can link to anything your like, so why not a relevant affiliate link?

I followed JT’s recommendation and signed up to Fotolia for my images and joined their affiliate program. I then copy and pasted my affiliate link into the ‘Custom URL’

So currently all my images are linked to Fotolia and you can’t get more relevant than that! However, if your article is, for example, a review of a product then it may be more relevant to provide an affiliate link to that products sales page from the image/s in your post.

Another tip:

As JT has said, never use links which take your visitor away from your blog. By default, affiliate links will do just that. You need the link to take them to a new window. So you need to add the code target=”_blank” into the appropriate image code containing your affiliate link as follows:

After you have pasted your affiliate link into the ‘Custom URL” as described above and then go to edit your post in the ‘text’ mode, you will see something like this:

<a href=”http://eu.fotolia.com/partner/204725424“><img src=”http://richardgmtaylor.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Fotolia_49051071_XS-300×200.jpg” alt=”content” width=”300″ height=”200″ /></a>

where http://eu.fotolia.com/partner/204725424 is my affiliate link to Fotolia.

To make this open in a new window, you need to carefully insert target=”_blank” just after the quotation mark surrounding your affiliate link like this:

<a href=”http://eu.fotolia.com/partner/204725424″target=”_blank”><img src=”http://richardgmtaylor.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Fotolia_49051071_XS-300×200.jpg” alt=”content” width=”300″ height=”200″ /></a>

Try clicking on the image in any of my posts and you will see how effective this is.

I hope you found this article useful and welcome your comments.

Richard

14 Comments

  • Dan Tredo

    Reply Reply March 22, 2014

    Hi Richard,

    I think thats a brilliant idea about linking the image to the source of the image as an affiliate. Very useful exercise and nice use of Johns teaching in a creative way.

    For myself, I would be careful not to inbed an affiliate link into an image that is unrelated (or at least not crystal clear) as to where you are sending them. That might only serve to tick-off a visitor.

    But in general, I think your idea is an excellent one if done right.

    Thanks for this post!
    Dan

  • Matt Brown

    Reply Reply March 22, 2014

    Great post. There is another way of making the link open in a new window that may be a little easier. If you select the image by clicking on it. You can then click the link button on the toolbar (it looks like chain-link). This will open the edit link window which has a box you can check to open the link in a new window. Hope that helps 🙂

  • Keith Purkiss

    Reply Reply March 22, 2014

    Hi Richard,

    I was on the 2011 P2S course, so there’s a few new things you are all doing in 2014. I’m going to start adding images too as it definately does look better,

    Keith

  • Con

    Reply Reply March 22, 2014

    Hi Richard,

    I too have just discovered the magnetic power of adding photos to your blog posts, so your timing here is brilliant.

    What a great idea, linking the image of the photo back to its source using your affiliate link.

    Thanks for the useful html advice around how to launch a link in a seperate window….very handy little piece of code….thanks for sharing.

    Regards,
    Con

  • Kim

    Reply Reply March 23, 2014

    I agree with the others, its a cool idea to use your aff link to the images etc and I’m going to ahem copy your idea.

    I’ve always been a big believer in using images on posts etc as they do make them look a lot more interesting

  • Torsten Müller

    Reply Reply March 23, 2014

    Hi Richard,

    it is a great idea to link images to relevant affiliate programs, as often the images attract readers to click through.

    I remember that I used this technique on Squidoo lenses, where I put images from Amazon products and linked those back to the Amazon website. As I used those images just to make the layout look more attractive, they were not always close related to the promoted product.

    However, these images that I added as ‘beautification’ made and still make sales.

    Regards,
    Torsten

  • Andrew

    Reply Reply March 23, 2014

    Hi Richard

    The affiliate link to fotolia from your image was very nifty thing to do! I will share this post.

    Andrew

  • Alonzo Stride

    Reply Reply March 24, 2014

    Thanks Richard!
    I have learned something new from your post today. What a great idea!!
    Thanks for a great post!

    Alonzo

  • Richard G M Taylor

    Reply Reply March 24, 2014

    Thanks for all the positive feedback, much appreciated 🙂

    Richard

  • Wayne Singleton

    Reply Reply March 28, 2014

    Hi Richard
    The fotolia idea is fantastic. Love it.
    this concept has lots of great applications.
    I also loved the idea of linking a photo image to its source using your affiliate link.
    Great ideas which I will no doubt use many times.
    regards
    Wayne

  • Glen Dahilan

    Reply Reply April 5, 2014

    Hi Richard,

    Cool stuff! This is a nice and detailed explanation about embedding links and how to set it to open in a new blank tab.

    Cheers! 😉
    Glen

  • Romi

    Reply Reply April 8, 2014

    Hey Richard,

    Hmm, you strike a very nice point there! I actually never had thought of that myself. What I initially thought that time was how easy it is to attach images to our blog’ posts using OptimizePress.

    Well, this is the beauty of being a member of a support/mastermind group. The synergized inputs of the majority take out much of the guessing game when it comes to maximizing the trainings inside the course.

    I will surely be implementing your inputs here as it can only benefit me more as the course progresses.

    All the best,

    Romi

    • Richard G M Taylor

      Reply Reply April 8, 2014

      I appreciate your comments Romi and all the others who have kindly commented on this post.

      Good luck to you all

      Richard

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