Tutorial – How to Add Affiliate Links to Your WordPress Blog Post Part 1 (Text Link)

The following post was inspired by a question that came up in a Facebook group for professional bloggers.

It’s easy to take for granted that a professional writer knows how to run the back end of their website and blog, but truth is that just because someone is skilled in one area doesn’t mean that they are skilled in EVERY area.

So… on with the tutorial.

Blog Basics

Like I mentioned in my tutorial about scheduling posts, if you have a self-hosted website for your freelance writing business, then you most likely will be running WordPress to create your pages and blog.

WordPress is relatively intuitive for the most part, but it’s easy to miss how to add an URL to the post copy if no one points it out to you.

WordPress.org does have a great support and FAQs section, but I honestly found it hard to find an answer when I searched for “How do I add a link to my blog post?” SO… I made my own tutorial (which I will suggest to them to add to their information).

So How Do You Do It?

So here you have a blog post that you have written. It has all the great information and you mention a product you use and maybe even a service.

You love the product/service SO MUCH that you became an affiliate of the company. You have a text URL that you want to put in the post so that if someone decides to take your advice and buy the product/service, you will get a commission from the sale.

But HOW do you put the link in the post???

Fear not, I will show you! Here are the steps that I will illustrate:

  1. Type Up Your Blog Post
  2. Highlight the Text You Want to Add the Link to
  3. Click the Link Icon on the Menu above the Post Box
  4. Type in Your Special Affiliate URL
  5. Click the arrow icon to apply the link to the highlighted text

If you wanted the link to open in another window/tab:

  • Click the Pencil Icon to Edit the Hyperlink
  • Click the Gear Icon to Open the Editing Window
  • Click on the Box Next to “Open link in a new tab.”

 

Step One:
Type Up Your Blog Post

Here is your blog post in the admin section of WordPress:

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Step Two:
Highlight the Text You Want to Add the Link to

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Step Three:
Click the Link Icon on the Menu above the Post Box

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Step Four:
Type in Your Special Affiliate URL

In this example, I just made up a URL without adding all the extra bits that companies usually put at the end to identify it as YOUR special link of affiliate goodness.

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Step Five:
Click the arrow icon to apply the link to the highlighted text

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This is what you see if you hover over the text after applying the link:

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Now if you had wanted to have the affiliate link open in a new window instead of replacing your blog post, there is an extra step that you would have needed to do before applying the URL. We’ll call it step six here.

Step Six(ish):
Click the Pencil Icon to Edit the Hyperlink

Ok so in this example we’ll say you did all of the above and then though “OOPS! I wanted the link to open in a new window!” No worries. It’s an easy fix by just clicking the pencil icon to edit the hyperlink.

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Step Seven(ish):
Click the Gear Icon to Open the Editing Window

This is what it will look like after you click the pencil icon. You will notice that now it has the gear icon that was there in step five. Click the gear icon to open the editing window.

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Step Eight(ish):
Click on the Box Next to “Open link in a new tab.”

Once you have the editing window open, you will need to click in the box next to “Open link in a new tab” as shown below. Then click “Update” in the blue box at the bottom right.

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Voila!
You have successfully added a link to your blog copy!

If this tutorial was helpful or if you know someone it might help, feel free to share it.

Next post will be how to add an HTML affiliate link to a WordPress blog post. Stay tuned!

 

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