Recently I wrote an article about how to improve your bottom line as a blogger in 30 days. In that article I mentioned using Ninja Affiliate and have since had a few people ask me to explain in detail how to run the plugin once installed.
I am happy to help, so here is your Affiliate Ninja for Beginners tutorial. Feel free to ask questions in the comments and I will do my best to answer.
1) Purchase (my affiliate link if you want to support this site) and install.
2) Once installed, go to your Tools and there you will find your installation.
2) Once you click on it, you will be presented with these options on the top:
3) I am going to show you how to add a new link that will help you customize your affiliate links and track if your traffic clicks. Keep in mind this also helps you set up ads and even put on nonaffiliate links so you can see the ROI when you review blog, do giveaways for brands, and more. You do not have to be making money on a link to track if your blog visitors are clicking.
Click Add New Link and you get this screen:
Now the breakdown of what this all means:
Let me stop here and explain further.
I am going to use my Ninja Affliate link as an example. The actual affiliate link is http://www.maxblogpress.com/go.php?offer=momdot&pid=31
I want to convert that to a new link that can be tracked on my end, so I change it to http://www.momdot.com/loves/ninja or http://www.momdot.com/recommends/ninja etc.
The link itself is up to you.
You can type in http://www.momdot.com/hates/thedentist for all anyone cares. You are basically telling Ninja to convert one link to a new link.
It works the same way as tracking places like bit.ly or ow.ly.
You don’t have to use an affiliate either. You can use http://www.facebook.com/yourpersonal page and convert it to htp://www.momdot.com/loves/facebook and that will tell you how many go to your facebook page when you connect your new link.
On with the show:
Now cloaking is for people that do now ant anyone to know there is an affiliate link involved, so you can check that if you want. I do not. The other part is adding keywords. If you add keywords here, what Ninja will do is find every word on your site that matches and converts it to your new link. Let’s say I want to change the word “Facebook” on my site to my facebook fan page. I can set up an affiliate ninja link and it will scour my site and insert it automatically on those words.
Staying with the same example, this is what it would look like on my end:
If I press “add link” it will now search my site and change all the words I listed to my fan page.
4) Now you ask…why go through all the trouble to change links? A few reasons.
One, if you have a large site and are just now starting to get involved into affiliates, you can take 20 minutes and set up keywords that will autoconnect in your past blog posts and start creating you some income. Don’t worry, you can go in to specific blog posts and turn OFF the ninja if its a competing link to an article you wrote, etc.
Two, you get to track how many people are laving your site and where they are going. This is especially good for marketing and showing an ROI on your site. You can connect the new link to pictures, graphics, ads you create, links on words, or even give to someone else so you can track a campaign from their site and how often you are being clicked.
This is one of the pages in my affiliate ninja tracking. It shows me how many unique and raw clicks and gives me options there on the right to edit keywords and more (off screen)
5) Once a link is set up, you can use it without connecting keywords. You can set it up and just connect it in a post. In a blog post, you have two options. You have a drop down right in your post that will allow you to add links that are already set up and change the keywords right there (note the drop down):
Or you can link the old fashioned way:
Last but not least, you can exclude links that are auto generated from specific blog posts if you like. Just open your post and scroll to the very bottom:
I think those are the basics of using the plugin. Feel free to ask questions!