Barry Explains How to Add Affiliate Banners to Your WordPress Blog SideBars

Ever wondered why some blogs have such nice, neat, organized side bars?  I know mine get out of hand often, when I get carried away!

Recently I went over to visit  a Facebook Friend at his site called Barry Wells’ Blog and really liked his idea of placing 4 smaller sized banner ads in one larger ad to help reduce the clutter in the  sidebar.

Considering that it is done with a Free to download software (Kompozer)  and Barry’s instructions in the video embedded below, the Price is absolutely right!

This process is new to me, and may be new to you, so I borrowed his video that tells you exactly how to do it and installed it here!   His post had several other very functional ideas to help with this side bar organization so you might like to take a read, after you find out how to make 4 ads into one!

I know that I am guilty of finding something new, can’t live without it , so into the sidebar it goes.  At one time I had two side bars on this blog,  both loaded with things!  Give away offers, things to buy and just things to go and read!

We really should put as much thought and planning into the side bar as we do the layout of the whole blog!  Coordination of  ads to blog content should be mandatory!  Also, I have reached the point where I am setting up to begin building an email list.  In the course I’m looking at by Dave Nicholson there is the mention that people must be able to see your optin  or request to join your list and not be distracted by other things on the page.

If Google  AdSense can connect ads to content and  do it while not even sitting there looking  at our Post…surely we can do it while typing in a post or page!

Our Sidebars on our blogs, should be a directory of desirable  places to go and things to check out,  Not a huge Neon Blinking  Sales Sign dragging our visitors off into the Netherlands never to return!

Watch the video below and learn how to make four affiliate ads into one banner ad on your blog sidebar.

Redoing  your sidebar should make it more productive by creating a  blog that is  neater, organized and attractive to visitors thereby increasing your subscriptions and membership.

So make some changes today to  enhance your blog!

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12 Responses to “Barry Explains How to Add Affiliate Banners to Your WordPress Blog SideBars”

  • Barry Wells on December 19, 2012

    Hi Cararta,

    Thank you very much for detailing my post and video, I’m honoured and very grateful.

    The trouble with our sidebars often starts when we start our new blogs and learn how to add things to our sidebars. Many of us get carried away and start adding one thing after another until we’re displaying everything but the kitchen sink.

    I was exactly the same when I started so I can relate to people doing this. But people really need to understand that less is more when it comes to our sidebars and the banner ad’s we display.

    As you rightly said Cararta our sidebars should be a directory of desirable places to go and things to check out and by displaying less we actually get more click through rates.

    Thanks again for detailing my post and video :)


  • George Nieves on December 19, 2012

    Hi Cararta, thank you for a great read! I’ve been told my sidebars need some work.
    I’ll check out Barry’s info. He’s a good guy.
    I appreciate you & all your support!

    • Cararta on December 20, 2012

      Hi George,

      Glad you enjoyed my chatter! Have some hidden resources in the sidebar…links to some of my other sites.

      There are quite a few articles about things we think we know, but don’t…so if you get stuck…go exploring!


  • Julie on December 20, 2012

    Hi Cararta,

    Well said Cararta, it is good to have things eye catching, and at the same time not distracting to your readers. Barry Wells is great for giving pointers on improving productivity and presentation to ones blog.


    • Cararta on December 20, 2012

      Thanks Julie,

      Barry is a whizz when it comes to great tips and neat little programming tricks to change things!
      Went to visit Your Christmas Blog….You will have a lot of housekeeping on New Years Day.


  • Cararta on December 20, 2012

    Hi Barry,

    Hope you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for the loan of your video and good information.

    It is always nice to learn something useful from a fellow bloggers instead of a money sucking Guru!

  • Margarita on December 21, 2012


    thank you for this detail explanation of Barry Wells tutorial on widgets. The Blogger’s road map is my guide in the blogging world.

    Thanks for pointing out that more is not always better. great information!

  • Cudjoe on January 13, 2013

    It’s quite unfortunate I can’t stream live the video on my phone. My phone is certainly out of date… but aside all these you’ve really written an interesting post.

    • Cararta on January 23, 2013

      Too bad about your phone. Barry produced a nice video with some very helpful
      information for someone who is afraid of using an html editor.

      At least you don’t have my problem: most cell phones don’t work where I live!

  • Sergio Felix on January 28, 2013

    Hey Cararta,

    Great how-to video from Barry!

    I cover this and a few other strategies in my training to display ads in wordpress sidebars but this how-to video from Barry was simply spot on using HTML, great job. ;-)


    • Cararta on January 30, 2013

      Ho Sergio,

      Glad you made it. I know I kept seeing those regular sized banner ads and when I clicked on them…they all worked, so I was happy to snag Barry’s Video.

      I’m waiting for your Training Debut…Can’t be soon enough!

      Keep leaving this post as Barry is still in the hospital, so I’m sure he isn’t working on his blog…so he might get a little help as I do have a live link for him at the bottom of the video!.
      Now if I can figure out the settings for Comment Luv so my replies don’t take over the #1 commenting spot, I’ll have it made!

  • Sandy Halliday on January 29, 2013

    What a useful video Carata. I’ve always wondered how some bloggers manage to have such neat banner ads in their sidebars. The ones on my detox blog are all over the place.
    Now I know what to do about them.


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