Adding Banner ads to your blog is something you will want to know how to do if you plan to make money with your blog. You can add them to your sidebar areas using widgets, or you can add them to the text part of your Posts, like the Hostgator one I’ve added at the top of this Post. Both of these slightly different tasks are really easy to do…….once you know how.
Easy Guide: How To Add Banner Ads to Your Blog
First, you need to decide where you want to place your Banner Ads on your blog – Sidebars, Header area, Footer area, or within the text of a Post? What’s the difference? Adding a Banner Ad to your Sidebar, Header or Footer means that every Page and Post on your blog will display the same Banner Ad. Why? Because Sidebars, Header Areas and Footer areas are the parts of your blog that are a static part of the overall blog design, so it will be visible on all your Posts and Pages as well as your Home page. Whereas, if you add your Banner Ad within the Content areas of a Post or Page – where you write your text – you can restrict the ad to be seen on that Post only.
How to Add Affiliate Ads To Side Bars
You use a different method to add a Banner Ad to a Sidebar area, than you do to add them into your Content areas, so first I’ll explain how to add Banner Ads, which are usually Affiliate Ads, to your Sidebars.
Everything you can see in any blog’s Sidebars, including Banner Ads, are put there using Widgets. A variety of Widgets are supplied as a part of your WordPress theme.
How to Add Widgets to Sidebars
This is really easy to do, once you know how. Widgets are included in every WordPress blog Dashboard. You find them at your Dashboard>Appearance>Widgets. There are widgets for Blogroll, Recent Posts, Categories, Archives, and many others – all the things you can see on the right (or left) hand column (sidebar) of every Page and Post on this blog. There are also other Widgets, such as Calender, that I’ve chosen not to show at this time.
To add any of those standard WordPress Widgets to your Sidebar, for example the Recent Posts Widget, you just find it on the main Widget page of your dashboard, where all of the standard Widgets are stored, and then drag it across to the Widget Sidebar area of your choice, where you drop it. All done. Your Recent Posts are now visible, and automatically kept up to date, on every Page and Post of your blog.
Check out how it looks on your site, marvel at your own cleverness (briefly) and then read on to find out how to add Affiliate Banner ads to your blog, so you can start to get those millions rolling in.
How to Add Banner Ads to Side Bar Widgets
If you want to add an Affiliate Banner Ad to a sidebar, you use a Widget called Text (Arbitrary text or HTML) widget, which also comes with your WordPress Theme. You drag it across and drop it into one of the Sidebar Widget areas just like you did with your Recent Posts widget. Now there is an extra step you have to make.
After you’ve dropped your Text Widget into your Sidebar area, stay on your Widget page of your Dashboard. There is a Drop Down Menu which drops down from your Text Widget and opens up a space in the Text Widget.
That provides space to add ordinary text, such as ‘Hostgator: I Use It and I Love It’, as you can see on this blog’s sidebar, or…. some code as HTML. Yes, it’s HTML, but in this case, it really is easy.
Your Affiliate Company (the company that has something you want to sell for a Commission on sales), say Hostgator, has already provided you with your own personalized HTML code for your Banner Ad. You just copy/paste this Code into that Drop-Down Text area, Save, Update…..and there it is! Brilliant!
The first time you do this, you will feel very clever! I promise you! And of course, you are very clever, because you have learned to do something new, and it worked, and now you can sit back and watch the millions role in. Easy! Congratulations.
Now you are ready to be even more clever…….
How to Add a Banner Ad into the Text of Blog Posts
No widgets required for this task. Open a New Post from your Dashboard and write your Post’s content text. Your Affiliate Company has already given you your Banner Ad with it’s embedded personalized HTML code. Now, staying on your Post’s Edit window, click the tab HTML at the top right of your Editing page where it says View or HTML. This shows you the same blog post, but in its HTML coded format – don’t panic – you do not have to know about HTML to do this.
You look at this HTML version of your post page and find the place in the text where you want to place your Banner Ad. Place your cursor at that place in the text, and copy/paste your affiliate code there, click update, and check how it looks with View Post.
Once again, you will feel very clever – Yes! My next post will offer all the current Hostgator Discount Hosting Coupons with details of which particular discount each one delivers to you, how they work, and what you have to do to cash in on those Coupon special offers.
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