After you have created your own product library, the affiliate blogging goes on by learning how to manage these products in your library.
MANAGING YOUR LIBRARY
For each product in your library there is a toolbar that allows you to manage it. Let’s take a look at what all these buttons mean.
Below is a description of what each icon does in the order they appear.
It opens a window where you can see some information for this product (such as in how many collections it appears, it’s name, description etc.)
It allows you to create a button that links to this product that you can add to your blog. All you have to do is select the size of the button and we’ll provide you the code to copy and paste it.
Click on this icon if you want to check that the link works correctly or just hover over it to check it out.
The pencil icon is about editing. So click on this icon if you want to edit the details of this product.
Click on this icon to see a number of statistics about this products (such as how many times it was clicked in a certain period of time).
Click on the bin to delete the product from your library. Deleting a product from your library will affect all the product lists that this product appears.
Coming Next: Project & Product Navigation
What is important about affiliate blogging is to learn how to create your own product library.
Let’s see how:
With the Project Manager tool you can create product lists by dragging & dropping from the existing shops but you can also create your own product library to select products from.
Crafters usually do this in order to have a list of products that they own & they can easily search there to create their product lists instead of looking through the shops.
Connecting the products in your library with your affiliate providers is also available.
Where can I find my product library?
Once you login to Inlinkz, click on the “Go to the dashboard” button in the Project Manager column.
In the Project Manager Dashboard you have access to your library in the tab “My Links“.
If you are just starting your library should be empty.
In this tutorial we will guide you thought the different ways you can add products in your library.
Add products using the dialog form.
Click “Add new link” at the top of the dashboard.
The dialog below will open.
This is where you add the name of the product, be as specific as you like! This is only visible by you.
2. Sort Desc:
This field can be used if you are planning on connecting one product to two different shops. Add the name of the shop here (e.g SSS for simonsaysstamp, EH for Helen Hutson, IE for Inspiration Emporium etc).
If you don’t plan to use this functionality you can just copy & paste the value of the “name” field here.
3. Displayed name:
This is the name of the product, visible to your readers.
4. Tooltip text:
This is what will appear when you hover over the product with your mouse. You can just copy & paste the value of the “name” field here.
5. Target URL:
Enter here the page URL of the product. This is where your readers will be directed when they click on the product. You can check if the URL you added works correctly click on the little chain icon next to the field.
6. Affiliate provider:
If you are affiliated with the shop you are linking the product to, then you can set the name here. The drop down box allows you to select between the affiliates you have set up using Inlinkz. When you select your affiliate click apply & you’ll see that the above URL will change automatically to the affiliate link. You can again click the chain icon if you want to make sure the new link works fine.
For easier searching through your library you can add tags on your products (e.g paper, tool, stamp, ink etc). Find more about how you can browse through your library below.
Here is an example of the above dialog box complete with product details.
You can now add the image of the product by clicking on the “Select Image” button.
The dialog below will open. Notice that there are 3 tabs on the left.
1. Click the “Image URL” tab if you want to insert the image URL yourself.
2. Click the “Picture Upload” tab if you want to upload a picture from your computer.
3. Notice that the “Select from page” button is selected once you open this dialog and the URL of the page is automatically inserted.
Click “Select” & the following dialog will open showing all the images available in that page.
Just select the image that represents your product.
You can now crop or re-size the image if you want & then click “OK“.
Once you click “OK” the main “add image” dialog will open & you’ll see that the image of the product is there.
Click “Accept” & the product will appear in your library.
Notice that the item appears first, as the library is sorted by date (latest added product at top).
If you can’t see the product just refresh by clicking “Search‘.
Add products using the grabber.
In your Project Manager dashboard drag “The Project Manager Grabber” to your browser’s bookmark toolbar.
When you are logged in to Inlinkz the Grabber will be active.
Now just go to the shop you like & find the product you want to add to your library.
In the example below we will add a product from the SimonSaysStamp online shop.
Load the page of the product & click on the grabber that’s already in your toolbar. Make sure you are logged in to Inlinkz.
When you click on the grabber the dialog below will appear.
(If the dialog below does not appear then the remote host of this website does not allow viewing of the images. No worries! You can use the other two ways to add products described in this tutorial).
In this dialog box click on the “Image” button & all the images in this page will pop up and appear with an orange border!
From all those images click on the one that best represents the product.
Once you click on that image it will automatically populate the Image field in the dialog box with the image URL.
Quick and easy isn’t it?!
Now it’s time to add the “name” & “description” fields in that dialog box.
Select the title of the product with your mouse (1) & then click on “Name” and “Description“. Both the fields will be automatically filled with that text. You can of course choose different text for those two fields. That is totally up to you!
If you are affiliated with this shop & you have set up a connection to the shop’s affiliate provider through our affiliate manager then you’ll be able to find that name in the Affiliate drop down box. Select the name of the affiliate (if available) & then click on “Insert“.
Congratulations! You just added a new product in your library the easy way!
The product you added will appear first in your library.
If you can’t see the product just refresh by clicking on “Search“.
Adding products by cloning them from the available shops.
1. In your Project Manager dashboard select the “Shops” tab.
2. Look for the product you like by using the search button.
3. Notice that below the product there is a clone icon. Click on that icon & the product will appear in your library.
It doesn’t get any easier than that!
You can now go to your library & edit the details of the product if you like (change the name, add affiliate connection etc.)
Next: Manage Products in Your Library
The next step in affiliate blogging, is to find out how to use the Project Manager Dashboard.
GETTING STARTED WITH THE DASHBOARD
You can go to the Project Manager Dashboard from your Inlinkz home page when you are logged in.
You are also automatically directed to the Project Manager Dashboard after you created a new product list.
This is how your dashboard will look like.
You can have access to all the product lists you have created. They are displayed by date & by the name you have added while creating them.
Add the product list to your blog.
Adding the product list you have created to your blog is easy.
In the dashboard just below your product list, click on “Get Script“.
This will display the following screen from where you can copy the code!
You have a number of options on the script you want to copy depending on your needs.
You can select between:
- the new widget code.
- the old widget code.
- static code.
For each one of the above different options there is a list of what they do & they don’t do just below their title.
We recommend using the new widget code since it has more capabilities & supports the project & product navigation features!
Adding the script on your blog.
Whether you are using blogspot, wordpress, typepad or any other type of blog platform/site you should paste the above code in HTML view.
Here is an example for wordpress.
While writing your post make sure you switch “Text” & paste your code there.
Switch back to “Visual” & your product list is there!
Here is an example for blogspot.
While writing your post on blogspot make sure to switch to “HTML” view.
Paste the code & switch back to “Compose” to finish your post.
Adding your product list on YouTube.
Do you have a youtube channel where you want your list of products to be displayed?
Easy! Since the description area on YouTube does not allow images, we will convert the above code in a YouTube friendly format for you.
Just click on the YouTube link & then copy the text.
You have two options!
Either copy the text together with links to the shops (1) or just click a simple text list with the names of the products (2).
Go to your YouTube video & paste the code in to your video’s description.
Preview and Edit your product lists.
In the Project Manager Dashboard just next to the name of your product list you can see the date it was created.
By clicking the magnifying glass you can see a preview of your product list. Now is the time to see how things will look like & make some changes if you want to.
3. Edit Collection:
ClIck on the edit image & you can will have access to all the details of your collections. You can edit your product list as much as you like, add new/delete products, change the order they appear or even change their size.
TIP: If you make changes to a product list that you have already added to your blog post, this will change automatically if you used the “new widget” or the “old widget” script. That means you don’t have to copy & paste the code again on your blog even if the post is live. However if you used the “static code” then you have to copy & replace the code in your blog post.
1. Project Settings
2. Collection Appearance Style:
This is where you can chance the appearance of the collection (update coming soon)
This is a display a window where you can see how many views your product list had as well as how many clicks you had on your products.
Here is an example:
In the above example I had 20 products in my list. Since I’ve added the list to my blog 618 people viewed my list and I had 557 clicks on my 20 products. You want to check these metrics if you are an affiliate with the shops you are linking to. This will give you a great inside on how well you are performing.
This small button, performs a great job. It compiles an excel-compatible spreadsheet that contains all the links of the collection, along with their click counts for each one & the link they are pointing to.
The links you have added from the shops tab are shown WITHOUT their affiliate links. This is not the link that the user clicks (which contains the affiliate) but the raw link of the product.
Moreover the file includes ALL the click information of each of your links for the specific collection including:
- The name of the link.
- The time when the click happened.
- The country code where the click originated from &…
- The referring URL (That is, the website, email, rss feed, youtube video where the link was displayed).
This information is very useable as you can see from which channel you get more clicks. If e.g. the referrer is reader.google.com (or whichever reader in that case) this means that your feed readers are active. The referrer may also be your blog address, assorted webmail clients (gmail, yahoo mail, live.com etc) & youtube.
Delete the collection.
Depending on your Inlinkz plan you can create unlimited collections. But if for some reason you want to delete one of them then all you have to do is click on the “Delete” button. This will delete the product list & remove it from your dashboard. Remember that if you delete one of your collections it will automatically dissapear from your blog post.
Next Topic: Create your Own Product Library