No matter what type of blog you have, trying to make money from it is usually one of the reasons why you started it.
Of course, one of the most common ways to make money from blogs are affiliate programs. I use them on most of my sites and that type of passive income is one of my favorites.
Running it all smoothly is a big goal to strive for and there are plugins that will help you do that. One of those can be MaxBlogPress Ninja Affiliate plugin.
Main features of Ninja Affiliate
This plugin will let you create custom (nice looking) links for sending traffic to your affiliate programs. So for example, if I was to send traffic to a Share-a-sale Genesis framework link it would look very ugly, something like
but if I used this plugin, I could make the link look like
That is a big difference when it comes to people seeing the link and wondering where is it taking them.
Another great feature is that you can add keywords to the link, so the plugin will automatically add affiliate links to set keywords. So in the example above, I could add keywords like “genesis”, “studiopress” and “premium theme” all to link to the same affiliate offer and that way have affiliate links sprinkled all over my blog.
Note that the plugin will also include links in comments, not only posts, depending how many links are you allowing per post.
You can also style your links using this plugin (if you want them to look differently than those you already have).
The plugin will track clicks on links so you can have an overview of what is working and what not.
Link limits and settings
You can limit the number of keywords and links per post which can be very useful not to have a post loaded with same links.
You can also limit the plugin from putting affiliate links on pages and certain blog categories.
Opening links in the new window (so the visitors don’t leave your site) and adding a nofollow attribute (to prevent link leaks to affiliate sites) is a nice added feature.
I personally like all these features and see them as very useful.
I personally haven’t experienced any negatives during the review, but a friend of mine that has been using all the affiliate plugins out there noted that Ninja affiliate hadn’t added any features in a long time, while some other plugins have, which may end up being a disadvantage in this fast paced blogging world.
Also, I have to note that when you sign up for MaxBlogPress list, you will be flooded with sales letters and I feel the obligation to tell you about it, so you don’t get upset with me recommending the plugin. The list is just way too aggressive for my taste really.
I think it is a useful tool that can make your linking much easier. After I had another affiliate plugin break on me some time ago, I have been making my custom affiliate links myself, linking from keywords myself and tracking them through Clicky analytics. So if you don’t want to lose extra time on this, just get the plugin.
Note: I received a free single site copy of this plugin for the review. However, the opinion is mine.