Keywords within your content turned into affiliate links, most commonly known as Context Ads are some of the best converting ads you can use to monetize your blog and since they are a lot more relevant – they produce higher earnings for publishers. I personally use aLink plugin with ClickBank module activated to create context ads on this blog but there are many other options.
Kontera is perhaps one of the more known context ads networks but not every blog will be accepted into their publishers network. They have a required minimum of 500,000 page views a month for your blog prior to been accepted. So what do you do if you are “slightly” smaller?
How about using brand name recognition of Amazon and [tag-tec]monetize your blog[/tag-tec] using a trust they have already created with consumers? And get paid affiliate commissions not just some small peanuts for the click! Interested? Well, here is your step-by-step guide.
Before I proceed I have to specify that described monetization model is not currently used on this blog, as I have found it interfering with my higher earning CB ads but I do run it on one of my niche blogs with variable success. You will have to determine if this method of blog monetization is something that will work for your blog or not after proper testing – you do that, don’t you?
Step 1. Create an Amazon associate account if you don’t have one yet. Obviously this step is required and if you are still missing out on the action, here is your chance.
Step 2. Once logged in go to your account setting and choose “Change your fee structure”. Make sure to select Performance based, as it will help you earn more. I will not go into discussion on how and why and simply recommend you review the Referral Rate Tier Chart available on same page.
Step 3. Create a Context Ads code, which you can use on your blog. Click on image below to open in new window and follow this guide. Under Tools Menu click on Context Links (Beta) (1), Configure Links Style (2) to set links appearance to be same as your other links to blend them into content better. Preview how that link will appear within content (4). Choose to Display Preview for Context Links (3) and modify it to your needs and see the result (5) as you edit it.
Step 4. Get the code (reference image below). Amazon Context ads allows you to specify how many links should appear on any given page with default set to 10. Edit it to whatever number you like (1) and then copy resulting code (2). This is the code you will use on your blog.
Step 5. Add Amazon Context Ads code to your blog. In majority of WordPress blogs this step will be done via editing theme, see image for reference. In WordPress Admin choose Presentation – Theme Editor (1). You will have to edit your footer.php file (2) or whatever file contains the “body” closing tag. Simply paste the code you got from Amazon directly above the “body” closing tag (3) as you see on the picture below. Save the file and you are done.
Once the code is activated it will take a few refreshes of your page before you will start seeing the new links inserted into your content. I recommend that you play around with different options such as number of links to be displayed on your page, display of exact product names match or not and perhaps what is even more important “Advanced Settings” option that is available directly above “HTML Code for Context Links” option in your Amazon account. You are the master of your niche and you should know what categories fit best for your blog. Choose only what is appropriate to get higher conversions by presenting MOST relevant ads to your content.
If you like this article, perhaps you want to also read: