Earlier this month, Emilee discussed the Building Blocks for Compelling Content. She impressed the importance of weaving Affiliate links into your post in an unobtrusive manner specifically using product links from Merchant Product Datafeeds.
Let’s expand on this idea with a little 101 Tutorial: How to Add Product Links to a Blog Post.
STEP 1: Search for Appropriate Products
Emilee had recently posted a taco recipe on her blog and one of the main pieces of equipment she used was a mandoline slicer. I have no idea what this is, but in her words, “This handy dandy slicer makes slicing veggies paper thin a breeze.” So, let’s search for a mandoline slicer…
MERCHANTS TAB > SEARCH FOR MERCHANTS
Search using the “Keyword” option, and be sure to select “Start with: Products” as opposed to “Start with: Merchants”.
Look at all those options!
STEP 2: Get Product Links
Now that we’ve found a good selection of mandoline slicers, it’s time to get the product links. Remember, you need to be approved for a Merchant Program before you can get an affiliate link. So, if you are not already approved for the program click [JOIN PROGRAM] to apply.
If you are already approved for this program, click “Get Link” next to the product.
You will now be directed to the Product Link Information Page. Here, you can decide exactly how to promote this particular product. You can choose from three higher level options:
- Text Links
- Thumbnail Image Links
- Large Image Links
A text link would work great if you want to hyperlink the word ‘mandoline slicer’ within your blog post. Large image links work well if you are doing a big image feature on a product. Today let’s talk about using the Thumbnail Image Link options.
You can choose to display your Thumbnail Image Link in a number of different ways.
- Thumbnail Image Link
- Thumbnail Image Link with Name
- Thumbnail Image Link with Name and Vendor *Example*
- Thumbnail Image Link with Name, Vendor and Pricing Information
- Thumbnail Image Link with Name, Pricing and Description Information
Once you’ve decided how to display the product, simply to copy-paste the designated HTML Code. And you have your link!
STEP 3: Adding Additional Products
You can certainly just promote one mandoline slicer in your blog post, but let’s take it a step further and add a couple additional products to a quick table. You can add it at the bottom of your blog post as “Recommended Mandoline Slicers”.
Repeat steps 1 and 2 to choose your products and get your links. Create a quick table with 2 rows (one for a title, one for products) and three columns (to feature three different products).
Ta-Da! An easy product feature for your blog post.
|Recommended Mandoline Slicers:|
Stainless Steel Bron Coucke Mandoline Slicer
Jaccard Stainless Steel Mandoline Slicer
Chef’s Secret® Mandoline Slicer Set
The ads on your site can go anywhere but that does not mean they have to go everywhere.