Let’s move onto our next session about affiliate blogging, which is about project & product navigation.
USE THE PROJECT/PRODUCT WIDGET.
You can use the new dynamic project/product widget to add context in your product list & allow your readers to navigate to related projects in your blog/shop.
Moreover, by setting the project data of your blog post, it will be easier to reference your other projects inside your product lists. This way you will increase your traffic & allow people to discover more, without ever leaving your blog.
Scroll down to learn how.
The project manager Project properties dialog has been enhanced to make it easier for you to enter your project data. In order to access the Project properties dialog, go to your dashboard & click on the notebook icon, as soon as you have created your blog post.
Now, as soon as you enter the URL of your project, the name, description & image URLs will be automatically completed by the software.
In the image URL fields the default image will be assigned & you can manipulate the image order by clicking on the arrows found just right beside the image to move them up or down.
The image at top will be the one that will be shown when you click to show the projects that have a certain tag attached or using the same products as seen in Figure 3.
In the “tags” field add as many tags as you feel that describe your project separated with comma.
Now that you have learned how to enter all your data, the InLinkz Project manager new widget will allow you to:
- Display a list of products
- Keep track of where each product has been used on your blog &
- Categorize your projects so users can navigate easily.
Each project is related to a blog post so, when the user selects to see a project, she will be directed to the relevant blog post.
Here is how the Product list will look like on your blog. Notice the Categories (they are the tags you added above) and the Menus.
The power of the Project manager lies to the fact that projects are connected between each other not only by categories but by used products too.
The user can click on a category, view all the projects that belong to the selected category & visit them, without leaving your blog. Or she can select a product from the list and, by clicking on its menu, view a list of projects that use that product. (see Figure 4).
Projects by Category.
This is what you’ll see on top of your product list on your blog. Add this functionality on all your posts & then if you click on one of the tags (e.g art journal). You will see that the products will give their place to all the posts you have using that tag.
Here is what will look like:
You can go back to the list of products if you click on the arrow (1).
Moreover we added a selection box so you can either add new tags to your project or select from those that you have already used in past projects.
Projects by products.
Clicking on the menu inside your blog, you can select “Projects using this”. A list with all projects where the selected product is used, will be displayed:
Clicking on one of the listed projects will redirect the user to the relevant article. Clicking the back button on the top left, will display the product list again. If you click on a product directly, it will still redirect the reader to the shop/link exactly as the old link manager widget. You can see how the widget works on a real blog here: http://www.clips-n-cuts.com/2013/01/valentines-card-4/
Last but Not Least: Manage Affiliates