Ezine Articles now allows affiliate links in the body of the article

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Just seen this article on ezine with a link in the body of the article ?? How long has this been allowed ?

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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
    Where did you see an affiliate site? As far as I can see this is to the actual seller of the merchandise, not an affiliate.

    I went through all the way to the shipping info page and it stayed right on the site, never exited to an affiliate program anywhere.
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    • Profile picture of the author jimkirk1943
      Originally Posted by KansasDragon View Post

      Where did you see an affiliate site? As far as I can see this is to the actual seller of the merchandise, not an affiliate.

      I went through all the way to the shipping info page and it stayed right on the site, never exited to an affiliate program anywhere.
      Sorry i just worded it wrong my friend, I just was saying i never knew you could link out even to your own site within the body of the article.
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    I don't know if they allow any links in the body of the article... It could have simply been a new editor...
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  • Profile picture of the author wilsonusman
    Yes they are allowed, but you need to have a domain name that you own redirecting to the affiliate link.
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  • Profile picture of the author jimkirk1943
    Ok my mistake i never knew you could put links into the body period, so as i have my own bodybuilding supplement sites i can go right ahead and drop a link into the body of my next article can i ??
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  • Profile picture of the author rufus40444
    Has anyone actually had good success with Ezine Articles? I know they rank very well and I have dozens of articles on there. But the way that they use to force you to position your links, maybe they don't do it this way anymore, has a very low return on visitors who actually click on your links. Anyone experience good results with them?
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  • Profile picture of the author whaldorf
    Fascinating! Thanks for posting that, I've never seen such a thing happen before and I've been around ezinearticles for quiet a while. I'm going to go with the editor FAIL theory on this one.

    Personally I think it would be a shame for ezinearticles to allow text-body-inking like this as a policy, we all know how quickly it would be abused.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      • Profile picture of the author Winlin
        Here's the short of it:


        From E-zine Editorial Guidelines:

        "i.Maximum of (2) "Self-Serving" active or inactive links/URLs to a website that you own, control, or have an interest in.

        ii.Maximum of (2) active or inactive non-self serving links/URLs to a website that you do not own, control, or have an interest in which adds value to the article.

        Confine your self-serving links to your RESOURCE BOX."
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        • Profile picture of the author All Night Cafe
          We've had good luck with Ezinearticles. We have been
          summiting for over two years.

          The best part is when you get your article in other
          newletters.
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  • Profile picture of the author Neil V
    Okay, here is how you do it and what i have done in the past to get this effect of a link within the body text. Not sure if this may work in the future

    Lets say you want to write a 400 word article. As you know you are allowed 300 words text as the resource box.


    So here is what you do. Write your first 100 words as the body

    Then complete the rest of the article i.e words 101 -299 in the resource box. When you do that start with an anchor text link in the in your first paragraph. and then add a url link at the end

    So basically to get a link high up in the body of the article as possible write the minimum words in the body and place most of your article text in the resource box and it will seem as this is one continous article but with a link in the body

    I hope this make sense, if not let me know and i will share an example. Also i have used this extensively in the past. not sure whether this will still continue to work in future if ezine finds out about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Hunter
    Neil,

    That would be great if you could do that annymore, but you can't.

    EZA now has a cap on how long the resource box can be. It can only be a percentage of the the length of the article itself. Something like 10-15%. It's a recommendation, not a rule.

    Read this -> Calculating Your Resource Box Size Notice where it says "Your Resource Box could be significantly larger or smaller than 15%, but then you risk compromising that article’s performance. And if it’s way too big, your article could get soft-rejected...
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  • Profile picture of the author Rough Outline
    So I can put a maximum of 2 links to my website and then as many "self serving links" say affiliate links in the resource box? Are you allowed to write reviews as articles?
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      • Profile picture of the author Rough Outline
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Very clearly not.

        What would the words "self-serving" have to mean, if they excluded your own website?! :rolleyes:

        It's in simple English, guys. It hasn't suddenly changed. It's always been this way. There's no news here; no shock; no surprise; no mystery and no big story. You're allowed (if you really want to) to put one or two links in EZA articles as long as they're not in the first 3 paragraphs and they're not self-serving. It was ever thus. That's all. (Why anyone would ever want to do it is quite beyond me, but that's another matter altogether: they do allow it).
        Thanks for the response.

        I'll just stick to putting links in the resource box forever thus
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        • Profile picture of the author mdzarate
          Is there a way to use affiliate links in the resource box to affiliate products? a redirect using a plugin maybe?
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          • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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            Originally Posted by mdzarate View Post

            Is there a way to use affiliate links in the resource box to affiliate products? a redirect using a plugin maybe?
            You can use something like a $1 .info domain-name forwarded (from the registrar: no hosting needed) to a hoplink or other affiliate-link. For EZA, the affiliate-link has to be via a top-level domain. The link people click in your resource-box says "yourdomain.info" but in their browser they see your hoplink-sales-page or whatever.

            But by comparison, it's really terribly difficult to make sales this "direct-linking" way, because it deprives you of both the two most important essentials of affiliate marketing: (i) the ability to pre-sell effectively, and (ii) the ability to build a list. You'll always be leaving the great majority of the money on the table.
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            • Profile picture of the author mdzarate
              Thank you Alexa

              So, direct-linking bad idea....get it.

              How do you think is best to do this? what kind of presell page?

              What about a review site, put the products I am promoting using a WP affiliate theme template and send them them from EZ resource box link?

              Or is it against EZ rules to send traffic from resource box to such a page?

              Thank you for your help, very kind of you.
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    • Profile picture of the author mdzarate
      @entrepreneurjay

      Not sure if you are talking to me but just in case...

      Yes, I know what an affiliate link look like.

      I am accepting what Alexa told me, that sending from an EZ article to a page that re-directs to an affiliate product's landing page is not the best way, so I am suggesting if a review type of landing page is best to use from EZ article before sending them to the CB affiliate product landing page. Is that more clear now?

      So, I am asking if sending from EZ resource box to a review page is acceptable and a good idea, or what type of pre-sell page works best.
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      • Profile picture of the author ramboo
        hey it is a good news to here that E zines Articles allows for affiliate Links in the body but its not gonna work for me because E zines does not allow gaming or movies Articles.
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by ramboo View Post

          hey it is a good news to here that E zines Articles allows for affiliate Links in the body
          They don't. (And it would be terrible news, if they did).

          Have you actually read the thread at all?

          Originally Posted by mdzarate View Post

          I am asking if sending from EZ resource box to a review page is acceptable and a good idea, or what type of pre-sell page works best.
          Yes, this is a far better idea.

          There are two different "main ways" of doing this. One is roughly what you're describing above (which is what I do - sending them to a site with a product-review on the front page, and a prominent incentivized opt-in for list-building, as well as affiliate links). The other is to send them to a pure "squeeze-page" offering a free report (or whatever) for their email address and not actually show them your site at all (or maybe even not actually have a "site" at all and do the marketing by email only).

          People using the "pure squeeze-page technique" swear that it works better. I suspect that many of them are measuring their results in terms of opt-ins rather than money, but I may be maligning them, there. The testing I've done has made me choose the way I'm doing it now, which is much more like what you're suggesting above.

          It's partly a question of "horses for courses", I think, and different approaches are going to suit different people. My own opinion and experience are that if you're attracting people specifically by article marketing, it's a real plus to be attracting them to a "bigger website" which has more of your articles published on it, and by doing that, you're identifying the potential buyers, who will be a higher proportion of the ones who opt-in. In other words, I think my lists may be a little smaller than some people's, but they may also be more responsive and better quality. I can't prove this, of course.
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  • Profile picture of the author Herschel-W
    I think they allow one or two links in the body of the article, but I don't think they allow affiliate links.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      This conversation can go on for ever if people keep replying without reading the thread. It'll eventually become yet another urban myth of internet marketing. People will be telling each other all over the internet "EZA allows affiliate links in the body of your articles now - it must be true: I read it in the Warrior forum". :rolleyes:
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        "Bend me, shape me, anyway you want me...as long as you love me, it's
        all right"

        LOL.

        I love the way people will look for any way that they can to bend and twist
        things to suit their needs.

        Folks, read the EZA TOS. It's all there in plain English.

        And if somebody has managed to "circumvent" the TOS via some form of
        deception, it won't be long before they're found out...usually when they
        get an editor who isn't wet behind the ears.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by sanakhan View Post

    Hi I was trying to put my af id in resource book but EZ did not give me approval. I found some weight loss articles whose author is using af id, i mean he is redirecting the visitors to sales page. Write Jason Woody in search box and check his all articles, you will find that at the end of every article domain is redirecting to sale page.. can anyone tell me how to redirect visitors to af link?
    Some people have got away with things at EZA that others haven't.

    Also editorial standards have changed, and there are some "older things" that wouldn't be acceptable now.

    The way to try "direct linking" there is by forwarding a top-level domain to an affiliate-link. (A $1 .info domain-name will do the job, but you'll need one for each product you're promoting).

    It's pretty difficult to make many sales that way, though, because it deprives you of both the two main things you need for affiliate sales: (i) the ability to build a list, and (ii) the ability to pre-sell effectively.
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