One of the reasons I created Odysseys With Love, is to make money from doing a few things we love. I am not looking to replace all of my income with the blogging income, but it would be nice to be like those Bloggers that claim to be making six figures or more one day from this site. Two methods bloggers use to make an income is Affiliate Links and Sponsored Post.
Affiliate Links are links on a website that when a reader clicks on it, it takes them to another website and if that reader purchases something, the blogger makes a small percentage or commission on that sale. Sponsored Post are blog articles that paid articles that the sponsor is paying the blogger to write.
Those that use Affiliate Links and Sponsored Post are required by law to make a disclosure. Those that use deceptive advertising face serious potential action. The Washington Post shared:
The Federal Trade Commission said that companies engaging in word-of-mouth marketing, in which people are compensated to promote products to their peers, must disclose those relationships. …
I found a tutorial a while back on how I could display my affiliate disclosure easily without having to type it out every time. Just a click of a button on WordPress in the Post section in the back end of WordPress.
So how do I disclose? It is the first thing a reader reads on my article. I don’t want it to be in the post preview or the excerpt. It has to be before the actual affiliate link. So how did I get the disclaimer where I did without it showing? Keep Reading Below….
Download Or Create A Child Theme
I honestly believe that every blogger should be using a child theme. If you are changing anything about your theme, you HAVE to use a child theme because if the theme developer makes any changes or updates the theme, you loose ALL of your work.
I am lucky because my theme developer has already created a child theme for me to download and install. So go check out your developers website and see if they provide one for you.
Download The Advance Custom Fields Plugin
Install and activate Advanced Custom Field plugin.
Create Custom Fields
Now lets create the fields by clicking on Custom Fields in the tool bar. Create a new Field Group and name it Affiliate Disclaimer.
Click on Add Field and Under Field Label enter Affiliate Disclaimer.
The field name will automatically populate with affiliate_disclaimer. You will need this later on.
The Field Type will be Checkbox.
Under choices enter Display Affiliate Disclaimer : Display Affiliate Disclaimer
Now if you want to have a default you can enter Display Affiliate Disclaimer in the Default Value
Now repeat this with but replace the Affiliate Disclaimer with Sponsored Post.
DON’T GET SCARED!
This is why I said you HAVE TO HAVE a child theme! We are going into the back end of your hosting providers FTP. I am with iPage and go into File Manager.
Navigate to wp-content > themes. Here you will see your parent theme and your child theme. If you don’t see the child theme GO BACK and make one now!
Go into your parent theme folder and find the file thats called single.php, singular.php, or something along those lines.
Once you open that file, type something like Hello and save the file. Look at a post on your site, and see if that is where you want your disclaimer. Its ok to test with this and move the words around. The code below can be change to to what ever words you want. I like including a link to my disclosure policy. The first is my Affiliate Disclaimer, The second is my Sponsored Post. Spice it up! Change the words, make it fun!
Check It Out!
Lets head back over to your website and create a new post. Underneath the content area, you can now see the Affiliate Disclaimer and Sponsored Post disclaimer check boxes! Click that and preview the post! There it is!
Did You Try It?
Did you try out my tutorial? Let us know down in the comments below what wording you used!
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