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Hello, I've started playing around with Squarespace and I have a few questions. I'll mostly be writing as a way to clarify thoughts on topics, but once in a while there may be a product that I genuinely use and like.

1 - I'm wondering if it's allowed to put affiliate links in personal site blogs?

2 - Do the links look messy, or is there flexibility in the ways they can be displayed in a blog post?  

3 - Is this easy to do natively with Squarespace (personal / business?), or does this require  3rd party coding? Wondering what's a good option?

 

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Hi @Heytherethanks, best practice is to make affiliate links nofollow links.  In Squarespace that means using a Markdown block which is available on the Personal plan. Here's an example of what you'd

Hi Christy,  Thanks for that, very helpfull. I was just looking for that information for a new website that I want to get live shortly (haven't started yet) about how 'we' are gonna get back to w

Thank you so much Christy! I was looking everywhere for this information!

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1. Yes You can

You can read detail here: https://support.squarespace.com/hc/en-us/articles/206545597-Can-I-place-advertisements-on-my-site-

2. How do you plan to insert the affiliate link?

3. Edit blog, and insert link =))) 

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Regarding that second question, what I was planning to do is just turn certain text into an affiliate link, is that possible? I could also live with being able to put a shortened URL next to where a book or whatever is mentioned. Will look into the pages you linked now 🙂

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Hi @Heytherethanks, best practice is to make affiliate links nofollow links.  In Squarespace that means using a Markdown block which is available on the Personal plan. Here's an example of what you'd put in a Markdown block for an affiliate link:

<a href="http://affiliatelinkhere.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">your link in text</a>

You can use rel="nofollow" to let search engines know that your link shouldn't count in ranking the linked page. And target="_blank" opens the link in a new window, which is best practice for linking to sites outside your own.

The code is too long for the window above, but if you click inside the code block and select all you can paste it into a text editor to see the whole thing.

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Hi Christy, 

Thanks for that, very helpfull. I was just looking for that information for a new website that I want to get live shortly (haven't started yet) about how 'we' are gonna get back to work in the office environment and keeping social distancing in place. This will be a new website in the UK where people can share practical solutions for the 'six feet office' environment, so it will get a lot of external links.

I will do a little test now to see how it works!

Vincent

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To follow up on this question, I have a blog post that shows the 5 steps you should take when adding affiliate links to your Squarespace website:

https://christyprice.com/squarespace-tips-tricks/how-to-add-affiliate-links-in-squarespace

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I've followed the advice and created a nofollow link but it's not underlined to show that's its a hyperlink. You can click on it on the front end but it just shows up as regular text so readers wouldn't know its hyperlinked and that they can click on it. Is there a way to do that. An example code is:

<a href="https://rstyle.me/+N2AsET-u3GXaFZIVtQvivA"target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> ASOS South Beach Exclusive Oversized Boater Hat</a>

The 1st sentence of the attachment is how this link shows on the frontend versus the regular links below it (not added via code and without the nofollow).

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@christyprice What is I wanted to have an affiliate link on my page so that anyone who purchases my program from my affiliate will allow me to a) give them a discount code but also pay the affiliate a percentage of the sale? It is my understanding that Squarespace doesn't do this and you have to use a third party. Any thoughts on best company to use that is most affordable?

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@christyprice - just read your two blogs that you wrote about that you suggested above. I've got a potential client who may be interested in advertising on my site, however I could also potentially suggest my being an affiliate to promote their product. Do you have a recommendation between the two? Trying to decide what might be the best course of action. I'm guessing if I placed an ad for them, that maybe I'd need to use Google AdSense? My first time through this so trying to figure out the best course of action.

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Hi @mhoelzer, this would really depend on both your businesses. Think about what would 1) be the most beneficial for your site visitors and 2) what would bring in revenue for you. I tend to approach these sorts of questions looking at how I can provide the most value for my site visitors and also make a living. 

If they wanted to simply place an ad on your website, another option would be to charge them directly for the space. So $X/month. Or they could pay you for a review and sharing on social media. You'd just need to be clear that it is a paid ad. You could weight that against potential affiliate income and decide what works best for you, your site visitors, and your business model.

I haven't done paid ad placements myself, but I am an affiliate for companies and products that I use in my own business and think others may find helpful.

Best of luck!

Christy

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On 6/5/2020 at 3:58 PM, needshelp said:

created a nofollow link but it's not underlined

You would need to add some code to Custom CSS to force an underline if it doesn't show up automatically:

If you are using a Code Block use something like:

.code-block a {
       color: #ed834a;
	padding-bottom: .05em;
    border-bottom-width: 1px;
    border-bottom-style: solid;
    border-bottom-color: rgba(237,131,74,.3);
}

You can change out the colors for the text and the underline to be whatever you want.

For a Markdown Block, you can use something like this: 

.markdown-block a {
       color: #ed834a;
padding-bottom: .05em;
    border-bottom-width: 1px;
    border-bottom-style: solid;
    border-bottom-color: rgba(237,131,74,.3);
}

Still not working? Try adding !important before the ; symbol.

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