Last updated on October 16th, 2018 at 07:41 am
Every blogger wants to make money with affiliate marketing. Maybe you’ve spent time reading some affiliate marketing tips that can help you improve your conversions?
Maybe you’ve even spent time reading several affiliate marketing guides that promise to show you how to make your first commission.
While I can’t promise that this technique will flood your commissions. I can tell you that if you take the time to implement them, you will see an increase in conversions. I know I have.
As a blogger, it’s important to continually test and tweak your strategies. What works today, may not work tomorrow.
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Today, I thought I would share some affiliate marketing tips that I have been experimenting with on this blog. Just by making this one change, I’ve been able to increase my click-throughs and conversions.
Now, take what you want from this blog. If you don’t feel it will help you improve your affiliate commissions, don’t use it.
I can only share what’s working for me. Just because it works for me, doesn’t necessarily mean that it will work for you. Now that that’s out of the way, let me share my tips with you.
Learning how to start a blog is the easy part. The challenge comes in when we’re trying to learn how to turn it from hobby to profit.
Affiliate Marketing Tips to Help You Improve Your Conversions
The other day, I was shopping for a new mattress. My old mattress was giving me back pains and I woke up every morning in pain.
I probably waited too long to replace my old mattress.
However, after buying my MacBook Pro, I had to save up the money for my new mattress.
I finally decided to break down and by a new mattress. After all, if I’m constantly sore and feeling like crap, I won’t be able to work on my blog.
Which I love doing, so I can help you start, grow and monetize your own blog.
You Know What I Noticed?
Now when I visit a site that has targeted ads, I am constantly seeing those mattress ads.
You’ll probably notice that when you visit sites that are retargeting, you’ll see products that you’ve done searches on. Those ads keep following you around.
Don’t believe me?
Give it a try. Do a search for something you’d like to buy. Then start visiting other sites that have ads on them. Most likely you’ll start to see advertisements of the product that you were searching for.
To tell you the truth, I don’t know the ads will go away once you clear your cache? But it’s pretty amazing and chances are you’ve probably clicked through one of those ads and made a purchase?
I know I have.Increase Your Affiliate Commissions With Advanced Ads PluginClick To Tweet
Those targeted ads got me thinking.
Is there a way that I can show targeted ads on my blog just using a plugin?
After all, I know one of the best ways to learn how to do affiliate marketing is to show people the most targeted ads.
You Know what?
I figured out how to do it and I’m going to share what I’m doing on this blog to help you out. Don’t worry, I am not going to tell you to set up Facebook Ads.
Personally, I’ve never used Facebook Ads, so I can’t share my experience with you. If you want to learn how to start using Facebook ads, read this.
This is going to require you to pick up the Advanced Ads Plugin. I’ve been using this plugin for about 2 months now and I can say that I love it.
They do have a free version, but I am using the premium version. I actually purchased the Advanced Ads Pro bundle because it was the best value, you can buy it here.
There’s so much you can do with this plugin. In fact, I purchased it when I first signed up with Google Adsense.
Related: How to Sign Up For Google Adsense
If you’ll notice I removed Adsense from my blog. Why?
Well because I was only making pennies from my blog. I figured that until I am able to improve my traffic, I need to avoid putting ads on my blog.
Today, I’m just going to walk you through step-by-step on how to use it to set up targeted affiliate ads for your specific categories.
I don’t know if the free version works the same. So feel free to follow along as I show you how to set up targeted web banner ads for your blog readers.
If you’re serious about building your business, then sometimes you just have to invest in products that will help you grow and earn more.
Using Advanced Ads to Setup up Web Banner Ads
Once you have the plugin, you’ll need to get it installed. Now I am going to walk you through the process of setting up targeted web banner ads.
Don’t expect this to increase your affiliate income overnight. However, I can definitely say that it’s helped me add some more sales since using this plugin.
Let’s Get Started
You know how I do it, this is going to be a step-by-step tutorial. I’ll have a video coming soon if it’s not here when you read this post, it’ll be here later.
Note: Don’t forget to bookmark this post and implement it later. I know that there’s a lot of steps.
The first time you implement these steps, it’ll take you a while. However, once you create your first Ad, you’ll be amazed at how easy and awesome this plugin is!
Sign Up for ShareASale
First things first, you’ll need to be a member of a reputable affiliate network. I suggest that you take the time to sign up for ShareASale.
They have tons of affiliate programs that will fit into almost any niche.
If you’re not a member yet, you can sign up here.
Other Affiliate Networks You Can Sign Up With
There are literally tons of other affiliate networks you can sign up with. I’ve decided to list a few of them, just in case you’re looking for some more.
Okay now that you’ve signed up for a few, it’s time to log into your affiliate network and look for an affiliate product that you know your readers can benefit from.
Remember, you only want to sign up for those that are specific to your niche. You don’t want to promote a banner add for pampers if you’re in the weight loss niche.
Word of Advice
One of the biggest mistakes new affiliates make is they try to push products that have high commissions.
While it’s great to get a high commission. The truth is that you shouldn’t try to push a product just because it has a high commission.
Only promote the products that you personally use and recommend. I don’t see anything wrong with promoting products that you’ve used before but don’t use it anymore.
Just be honest with your readers, that’s all I’m saying.
If you notice on my blog, I only share the products that I actually use. I’ll even promote products that I use when working with my client’s websites.
Well because I know that they’re great products. If I’m willing to pay for them, I don’t mind sharing my affiliate link with my readers. If I haven’t used it, I’ll let people know.
Let’s Grab Your Web Banners
I’ll be using ShareASale for this tutorial as I am currently a member of this network. Feel free to grab your affiliate banners from any affiliate network you belong to.
Log into your affiliate network account and choose an affiliate program based on the specific categories for your blog.
Your Blog Categories
If you’ll take a look at my blog, you’ll know that I write blog posts based on:
- Making Money
- Genesis Framework
This means that I can find affiliate programs that are niche specific.
What Do I Mean?
For instance, in my blogging category, I would want to share banner ads to help people grow their blog. If you’ll look at my blog, you’ll notice that I share the Grammarly and the Tailwind banners.
I don’t share these two affiliate banners on my WordPress sidebar. Instead, I share affiliate banners for WordPress hosting and some of my favorite plugins.
On my Genesis categories, I share affiliate banners for the StudioPress child themes as well as some other places to buy Genesis child themes.
Cater Your Affiliate Links to Your Readers
We’ve all heard of banner blindness. Where people overlook the banners on our site. However, I’ve personally found since I’ve started targeting my affiliate banner ads to my categories, it’ has increased my commissions.
Don’t believe me?
Take a look at these commissions. Now I don’t share this to brag, I only share it to show you that this technique is helping me learn how to increase my affiliate income.
If you’re blogging, chances are you want to make money. This affiliate marketing tip can help you improve your commissions.
Unfortunately, I only got one of those commissions. The other person canceled their purchase. Remember, we can’t do anything about people who don’t actually buy. We just have to get them there!
So if you’re ready to monetize your blog even if you don’t have a lot of traffic. Then follow along because I am going to show you how to get it set up for the best conversions possible.
Don’t expect these affiliate marketing tips and tricks to automatically earn you money overnight. Remember, it takes time to grow a blog.
As you know, I am still working on growing this blog. It’s just a daily chore and that’s why you need to treat your blog like a business.
Grab Your Affiliate Banners
Now that I’ve shown you my results with using this tactic. Let’s get you started targeting your ads.
When you grab your affiliate banners, don’t grab the actual code. Instead, download the banner image. You only want the image to the affiliate product that you’ll be using.
You’ll do this by right-clicking on the image and then choose to save image as.
While you’re grabbing the affiliate banner image, go ahead and grab your unique affiliate link. Paste your affiliate link in a text document, you’ll need this later.
Of course, if you want to use Thirsty Affiliates, you’ll always have this affiliate link on your blog when you need it.
Optimize Your Image With TinyPNG
Before I upload an image to my blog, I’ll run it through TinyPNG. I want to make sure that my site loads as fast as possible. Yes, I even did this with my affiliate banner ads.
I’ve also started using the ShortPixel plugin to help me optimize my images even further.
How Many Affiliate Banners to Use
Personally, I recommend showing more than one banner, but for this step, we’ll only be showing one banner.
Later on in this tutorial, I’ll show you how to set up an Affiliate group you can rotate using Advanced Ads.
For this tutorial, I’ll be adding the WP Engine affiliate banner to my sidebar. This affiliate program pays $200 per lead. If you’re in the blogging niche, you might want to consider becoming an affiliate for them.
Here’s the link to sign up as a WP Engine Affiliate.
Create Your First Ad
It’s time to set up your targeted ad. Go to
Advanced Ads >> Ads >> New Ad
Enter a title for your ad. Don’t worry, you can enter whatever you want. This is just for your information only.
For example, I called mine “WordPress niche specific affiliate ad”
For this ad, I like using the Image Ad type. Choose the radio button by image ad and then you’ll be taken to the next screen.
Next, you’ll be asked to upload your affiliate banner image that we just saved from ShareASale. So go ahead and upload it.
If you’re unsure on how to upload an image, read this.
Don’t forget to add your affiliate link in the URL.
You want to make sure that you get credit when someone clicks through and makes a purchase.
Once you’ve got your information filled out like I do from above, it’s time to click on Next.
If you’re on the free version, yours may look different than my settings? Remember, I am on the premium version.
This is where the magic happens. Remember, we don’t want this ad to show up on all the sidebars on our blog. You only want the affiliate banner to show up on the targeted categories sidebar.
This will help you show people targeted ads that your readers will most likely click through to find out more.
So in the case of my WP Engine affiliate program, I only want to show that ad to people in my WordPress category.
Because WP Engine is a great hosting account for WordPress blogs. While this blog is hosted on SiteGround, I do use WP Engine for my client’s sites.
They are easy to work with, not to mention they have great support.
WP Engine specializes in hosting WordPress sites. It’s the perfect ad to show in my WordPress category.
Click on the Hide the ad on some pages
New Condition >> Choose Categories then click add
Now you’ll see all the categories on your blog.
Leave it on is. The other option is to choose is not, by pressing the drop-down arrow.
Choose the category you want your affiliate banner to display on. Here’s how mine looks like on my test site.
This setting means that my ad will only show up on my WordPress category.
It won’t show up on any of my other categories on my blog.
Once you’ve chosen your specific category scroll to the bottom and click next.
Now you want to choose where you want this ad to be placed. Since I am showing you how to set up affiliate ads on your sidebar, choose the sidebar option.
As you can see, you can place your ads pretty much anywhere you want. Yes, you can even place it inside of your content if you choose to. The possibilities are endless 🙂
Advanced Ads Widget
You’ll be taken to the widgets area. This is where you’ll drag and drop the Advanced Ads Widget to your primary sidebar.
Use the drop drown arrow to find the ad you just created. Choose it and the then click save.
Now if you go to your blog and go to the category where you added the ad, you should see it in your sidebar.
If you followed these steps as I’ve written them out. You won’t be able to see your affiliate banner on any of the other sidebars on your blog unless it’s the category you chose.
As you continue building your traffic, eventually people will click on those links and you’ll start seeing commissions.
Pretty awesome huh. I think so!
Advanced Ads Groups
You can even take this further and set up groups. What do I mean?
Say for instance you want to have more than one affiliate banner on your category sidebar.
Take a look at my WordPress sidebar on my blog. You’ll see two affiliate banners under WordPress hosting.
I’ve set up a group of niche targeted ads.
This allows me to test my affiliate conversions against each other. I am an affiliate for both:
While I use SiteGround for this blog, I do have a client on Bluehost and they love it. Plus, I know a lot of people like it.
If you’re looking for a new hosting account, I recommend SiteGround.
Testing Your Affiliate Banners
The best affiliate marketing tip I can give you is to test, test and test some more.
You won’t know which banners convert the best unless you’re testing them against each other.
The Advanced Ads plugin makes it easy to do. So follow along and let’s get your first ad group set up.
First Things First
Follow everything we’ve covered in the tutorial above. Save all the images you want to add to your category specific sidebar.
I recommend 2-3 images at the most. You don’t want to go too crazy with this.
Once you’ve created ads for all the images, just like I showed you above. You’ll skip adding the ad to your sidebar.
Instead, we’re going to set up a group for you to put all your affiliate banners into the rotation.
Setting Up Groups
Instead of adding just one affiliate banner to your sidebar, you’re going to add a group that contains all the ads you created for your category.
Head on over to
Advanced Ads >> Groups and Rotation >> Add New Ad Group
Again give it a group title to help you know what the group consists of. Then click save.
Set Up The Group Settings
Once you name your add, you’ll see it down below. Now it’s time to click edit and let’s get you set up.
You’ll notice that you have several different options you can use for your group settings.
- Random Ads
- Ordered Ads
- Ad Slider
Personally, I have only used the ad slider. You’ll have to play around with the other settings to see what they do.
Here are what my settings look like for my WordPress hosting affiliate banner ads on my sidebar.
Feel free to set yours up like mine. I personally recommend setting up a test development site using Desktop Server.
This will help you set an exact duplicate of your blog. You can then play around with the different settings of this plugin without it affecting your live blog.
Add Your Ads to Your Group
Now add all the ads you created for your category to this specific group. You’ll want to assign a weight to them. I personally just let the plugin assign the weight value.
Of course, if you want one banner to display more than the other, you can change the weight value.
Add The Group Widget
Once you have your group set up, it’s time to add the Advanced Ads widget to your sidebar.
Instead of adding the ads to your sidebar. You’ll be adding the group you just created to the Advanced Ads Widget.
Once you find it, save your changes. When you refresh your site and visit the category you’re targeting, you should see a slider with your affiliate banners from the group you just set up.
You may need to clear your cache in order to see your changes.
Of course, you’ll only see a slider if you used the same settings I used above.
If you ever want to add more affiliate banners to this group, you would just create the ads and then add them directly to this group.
Easy peasy, now you’ve got a group of targeted affiliate banner ads. These ads will work for you day and night.
As your traffic starts to increase, I have no doubt so will your affiliate income 🙂
If you need help increasing your blog traffic. I recommend this ebook, it’s the same ebook I used to help me when I started my blog.
Tracking Your Conversions
It’s important to track your conversions. If you start getting a lot of clicks and no conversions, then maybe it’s time to find a different affiliate product you can use.
Or maybe you can just try changing up your banner. The important thing is to pay attention to your stats.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to track your stats with the free version.
You’ll need to upgrade to the premium version. I suggest picking up the Advanced Ads Pro Bundle as that’s the best bang for your buck. That’s what I paid for when I picked up my copy.
If you’re unsure of whether this is the right plugin for you, be sure to read my Advanced Ads Review.
I can definitely tell you it’s worth every penny. Remember, there’s so much more you can do with this plugin. I’ve just shown you one feature I use with this plugin.
Later I’ll show you another awesome feature that I am using this plugin for. To tell you the truth, I still have a lot to learn about this plugin.
You can’t get people to buy from your affiliate links. I know we all want to increase our affiliate income. Your job is just to get them to click on your links.
If you’ve shown them a product that makes sense and is niche specific. Chances are they will buy through your link.
Then ka-ching, you’ve made a commission!
Sure they may not follow through with the purchase. But can you imagine how much your commissions will increase if you can get more people to click through?
Chances are, you’re conversions will increase. In fact, I am willing to bet they do 🙂
Final Take Away
I’ve read so many blogs that say you shouldn’t monetize until you reach 5,000 page views. Then I read some that say you should monetize from day one.
If you’ve seen my monthly traffic stats, you know that at the time of this writing, I haven’t reached 5,000 page views. I chose to monetize from day one.
Of course, if you do monetize from day one, you need to set realistic expectations. You probably won’t make any money for quite a while.
Also, the monetization shouldn’t be your primary focus. You want to keep creating awesome content that helps your readers. Eventually, the money will come.
The great thing is that once your blog starts growing and you get targetted traffic, you won’t have to worry about going back to monetize your blog.
You’ve already set yourself up for the best conversions possible with the help of the Advanced Ads Plugin!
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