Google's Affiliate Ads Cross the Pond
Earlier in 2012, Google launched Affiliate Ads through its Google Affiliate Network for Blogger users in the United States. The program was such a smashing success that the company has decided to ship Affiliate Ads across the Atlantic for Blogger in the U.K.
The Google Affiliate Network allows affiliate marketers to earn money from their blogs with ads that pay based on conversions. Affiliate Ads come in the form of a gadget that bloggers can easily insert into a blog post. Then, anytime a visitor clicks on the link, goes to the advertiser’s site and purchases something, the publisher will get paid.
Among the advertisers included in the program are Cheapsuites.co.uk, Crooked Tongues, eFlorist, Diamond Manufacturers, Bestbathrooms.com, The Snugg, Hudsonreed.com and Perfume Click, though Google is apparently hard at work adding new advertising partners every day.
U.K.-based bloggers can being using Affiliate Ads tody by simply signing into AdSense and going to the “Earnings” tab in Blogger (of course, they’ll have to sign up with AdSense first, if they haven’t already). Once they’ve clicked the “Get Started” button, they should see the “Advertise Products” gadget appear when they go to write a new blog post. They can go ahead and search for and select a relevant affiliate ad from the gadget, insert it into their post and then publish it. All they have to do next is wait for the money to roll in.
It should be noted that right now the gadget is only offered to “select” bloggers in the U.K. (and U.S., for that matter) whose blogs match the ad categories that are currently available.