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How to Place Ads on Your Site

Nowadays, many bloggers and website owners are looking to generate a little bit of revenue from their sites. Businesses all over the world have stepped up to join Affiliate marketing programs (us included…you should join!) to help bloggers, writers, and website managers bring in a little bit of extra cash. The question that we receive most often is How do I place an ad on my site?

Contrary to what many believe, this is actually much, much easier than you realize! There’s usually no need for any special plugins and all of the information has been provided for you most everywhere. To place an ad, you’ll just need to know where you want your ad, know the html code for the ad (the bit of code that’s going to not only generate the image for the banner on your site, but also will include your own unique identification to ensure that you get paid for your referral), and the text widget in your sidebar.

For example…if I wanted to place this 300 x 250 banner from our Restored 316 Affiliate Program on my personal site, I’d simply copy the code for the image on Shareasale:

<a target=”_blank” href=”http://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=590409&amp;u=473787&amp;m=52337&amp;urllink=&amp;afftrack=”><img src=”http://static.shareasale.com/image/52337/r3d-300×250-5.png” border=”0″ alt=”Restored 316 Feminine WordPress Theme Design using the Genesis Framework” /></a>

And then place it into a text widget in my sidebar. I would generate the image above and bring any visitors right here to our site. Then, anyone who purchased a theme from us would be doing so from my affiliate link and I would get a percentage of that sale.

That’s awesome! But what if I don’t want the ad in my sidebar and there’s no where else in the theme design to place it?

That’s a pretty common question, too. We try to format our themes to take things like that into consideration. A lot of our themes (such as Divine and Tastefulhave an area pre-coded for an above the header widget area to place ads, and many of our themes (such as the new Darling theme and the Blossom theme) have areas after your blog posts pre-coded that you can use to place ads in. However, in the event that you see an area that we haven’t already thought of to add to the theme design where you’d like an ad, you can download and install the Genesis Simple Hooks  plugin so that you can place an ad anywhere. This plugin is set up to display within available Genesis Hooks for the different areas of your site, so you may also want to check out the Visual Hook Guide to make sure you that you’re place your ad in the right area.

Make sure you check out our Affiliate Program while you’re looking for new ads to include on your site. And as always, if you have any questions or issues with setting this up, don’t hesitate to let us know!


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  1. Question. The shareasale codes for banners seem easy enough to add to your blog, but what if it’s not?! I SHOULD be able to just copy/paste the code, correct? But it’s not displaying ANYTHING on my site…Is it possible that it’s my WP theme??

  2. Thank you so much for this help!!!! It was just what I needed for a “newbie” like me. Love 316 Restored Designs and am proud to promote and recommend them to anyone.


  3. So if I copy that code you have pasted above into an HTML widget in blogger for my blog, it should come up? I am using Sovrn to make money through so I have set up an Ad Tag with that code as a passbook Tag, can you let me know if this is correct? I am every confused how to just get the adverts to show up on my blog.

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    1. Typically ad networks give you a few different codes. One to place in your header script and then the other is the ad itself which you could place in an HTML widget. Now for this post, you wouldn’t want to copy our code, if you are an affiliate you would go into the Shareasale portal and grab your own personal code and yes, add it to the HTML widget in blogger. Let me know if that needs more explaining.

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