Posted a link to an affiliate site (HTML) but it doesn’t show up on my blog.

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  • #295855

    efreefinder
    Member

    I have a link to an affiliate site in my post. It is an HTML link. When I paste the code in the HTML area of the writing area it shows. After I click published and view my site, the title shows but not the link in the body of my post. Anybody know what’s wrong with it and how to fix it?

    #296041

    katm
    Member

    A link to your blog and the post in question.

    #296049

    binkysdaddy
    Member

    i am having the same problem, just started my blog and i have not tested much, just thought that i would check the forums before i drove myself crazy. camspot.wordpress.com

    #296051

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    And assuming you’ve read this FAQ http://faq.wordpress.com/2005/12/08/adsense/

    #296055

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    binkysdaddy,
    I only see one link on your site (aside from the pre-loaded wp links), and it functions. Is there another link you are having trouble with?

    By the way, here is how to link your name to your blog and why it’s a good idea:
    “How to make your name link to your blog:
    Go into your dashboard -> users -> your profile -> then scroll down to ‘contact info’. In the spot where it says ‘website’ fill in the address of your blog and save the changes.
    Now… when you comment here and on other blogs, your name will link to your blog. If you do this before you post your request for help, it will allow forum volunteers to be able to help you quicker since they won’t have to ask you for a link and wait until you come back to post one.”
    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/7-things-to-know-before-posting-in-wordpresscom-forums?replies=1

    #296123

    raincoaster
    Member

    Many affiliate links contain javascript, and those will all be stripped out here at WordPress.com. You can ONLY use links that contain just plain old HTML.

    #296124

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    raincoaster,
    What is an “affiliate link” then?

    #296125

    raincoaster
    Member

    An affiliate link is one to a for-profit sales site that contains tracking information. If clicking through the link results in a sale, you (the affiliate, the blogger) get a percentage of the sale. Staff have said that blogs which occasionally include affiliate links in a natural way (as part of a book review, for example) and don’t exist primarily to host those links, are fine. I’ve used them myself. The first day I had them up, someone clicked through and bought a Macbook. But they generally don’t make much money, especially since my blog is not a product blog and thus my readership is not necessarily all about the shopping online. Affiliate links do better at product based blogs like fashion blogs or book blogs.

    I make a significant part of my living doing affiliate links on external WP.org blogs.

    #296126

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    Thank you for the information.
    So it’s like being a salesman on commission: if someone buys, then you get a commission for adverts? How do you find these affiliate links?
    But then I would have to post adverts on our company website, right?

    #296127

    raincoaster
    Member

    Yes, that’s what it’s like. No, you don’t have to post ads at all; you just have to apply and be approved for the affiliate program. I don’t think Amazon even does any screening, but their returns are not the best.

    #296128

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    So I do the website for work. Who do I apply to? And how?

    #296130

    raincoaster
    Member

    Saks Fifth Avenue, LL Bean, Canadian Tire, whoever. Usually the website has some contact information and sometimes a link to their affiliate program application. They pick which blogs they think fit with their demographic, so Saks for instance, is affiliated with the bridal blogs in our network, but not the blogs for larger women. Which is brutal, but there it is. It’s capitalism.

    #296136

    cjspicer1
    Member

    I usually look at the very bottom of the website page (if it isn’t inherently clear on the navagation of the page), because a lot of times you’ll find “link to us” or “affiliate links” there. For example, here on the WP forum, you’ll find the hyperlinks to Terms of Service, Privacy, Support, Stats, Matt, and FanWPonFacebook; any of which you can click on and will take you there for more information.

    You can also do a “find” by just doing a “control “F” and enter “affiliate” and it will find the word on the page if it exists.

    Just remember, too, that if you are one affiliate, there are probably dozens of others. How do YOU plan to stand out on an affiliate link page when there are so many others?

    #296142

    raincoaster
    Member

    Dozens? If it’s at all a popular site, you’ll be among hundreds or thousands.

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