Find a video on YouTube about a product you want to promote. This can be a video in any niche or industry: a product sales video created by the developer, a training video … even someone else’s review video.
Add the YouTube video to the Affiliate Video Pro embed tool, then quickly trim it (skip a long intro or a long ending and show only an enticing section of the video), add a headline, a call to action button and your affiliate link … all this only takes about a minute!
Paste the video shortcode into a post or page.
When users watch the video and want to know more about the product, they will be taken to the product offer page or a landing page via your affiliate link.
After installing, activating and unlocking the plugin, you will find all the features you need to use this tool inside your WordPress dashboard.
Adding and customizing videos with your affiliate link is easy and takes less than a minute …
(Create affiliate videos quickly inside your WordPress dashboard)
A great feature of this plugin is the ability to trim start and end sections of the original video, which allows you to remove long or unnecessary video introductions and/or endings …
(Affiliate Video Pro – Trimmer Feature)
Another great feature is the ability to add a footer ‘callout’ to the video …
(Affiliate Video Pro – Add A Footer Callout)
All the videos you create with Affiliate Video Pro are stored in a searchable video library, allowing you to easily access, edit, analyze, or delete your videos …
(Affiliate Video Pro Dashboard – Video Library)
After creating a video, you can add it to any post or page on your website by simply copying and pasting a shortcode, or add it to an external website using one of the available script options (‘JS Snippet’ or ‘Raw HTML’) …
(Affiliate Video Pro Dashboard – Video Shortcode)
If you sell products through affiliate marketing, your affiliates can post your sales, training and product review videos on their sites using one of these script options (remember to use the direct URL to your product page in the video).
You can also track stats about your videos, like engagement (how many users viewed your video) and conversion (how many users clicked through to the destination page) in the plugin dashboard …
(Affiliate Video Pro Dashboard – Track Engagement Stats)
To learn more about all the plugin’s settings, options, and features, visit the plugin site here: Affiliate Video Pro
The plugin also has a premium version with additional useful features.
For example, with the premium version installed, you can search for videos directly from your WordPress Dashboard by entering specific keywords …
(Affiliate Video Pro – Video Search Feature)
You can also get insights about the videos returned by the search at the click of a button (this is useful for accessing information like keywords being used to promote the product videos, etc.) …
(Affiliate Video Pro – Insights Feature)
Another great feature of the premium version of the plugin is the ability to quickly select and add any video you want to use to your video library and customize it with your affiliate details …
(Affiliate Video Pro – Quickly Select & Add New Videos)
With Affiliate Video Pro, you can quickly build a library of video content embedded with your affiliate links using all kinds of videos, including sales videos, training videos … even other people’s review videos …
When using affiliate links, we recommend using a link redirection management tool. This allows you to easily redirect your affiliate links to other products or landing pages if anything happens (e.g. the product owner moves the page to a different location or the product becomes unavailable).
Affiliate Video Pro – Benefits & Features
Works with all affiliate links (e.g. Amazon, JVZoo, Shareasale, WarriorPlus, ClickBank, etc.)
Everything is done inside your WordPress dashboard. Control all videos from one central location (update video in your dashboard and all videos published on your site update automatically!)
Build a searchable library of affiliate offers.
Generates video shortcodes and scripts (use these to add your videos to other websites).
Tracks video engagements and conversions.
Premium features let you save time by searching videos based on keywords, instantly create new affiliate videos with one-click, and view useful insights and data from selected videos … all without leaving your dashboard.
Use this tool with your own videos or any video listed on YouTube that is suitable for your promotion.
If you use WordPress to promote affiliate products or plan to make money online with affiliate video marketing, Affiliate Video Pro is a ‘must-have’ plugin.
Learn how to add a calendar of events to your WordPress website or blog and how to schedule events …
Are you looking for a way to keep prospective and existing customers coming back to your site?
Adding an events calendar to your site can keep your visitors, customers, and newsletter subscribers informed about upcoming in-store, community, or industry events, trade shows, workshops, conferences, etc.
It can also attract new prospects to your business, engage site users, and build authority in your niche or industry.
Additionally, you can monetize your WordPress site with paid event listings, sell event tickets, and more!
In this tutorial, you will learn how to add a calendar of events to your WordPress website or blog and how to schedule events in the events calendar.
How To Add An Events Calendar To WordPress
There are a number of WordPress plugins available that let you add an events calendar to your website or blog. For this tutorial, we’ll use a plugin called The Events Calendar.
The Events Calendar is a free, feature-rich WordPress plugin that lets you easily create and manage a customizable events calendar on your site. It’s suitable for all kinds of businesses, from large hubs listing thousands of events and universities and colleges with thousands of users, to small or sole businesses listing classes, workshops, etc.
The plugin is also available as a premium edition with extensible features that let you expand its functionality to include recurring events, event submissions, event filtering, ticket sales, and more.
Although the plugin is described as “built by developers for developers,” it is easy for non-techies to install, set up, and use.
To install the The Events Calendar plugin from your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins > Add New, enter “events calendar” into the Keyword search field (if you need help, see our tutorial on installing WordPress plugins), and click on the ‘Install Now’ button …
(Install The Events Calendar plugin)
After installing the plugin, click ‘Activate’ …
(Activate the plugin)
Configuring The Plugin
Installing and activating the plugin adds a new menu item to the WordPress dashboard menu.
To configure the plugin’s settings, select the Events > Settings menu …
(Events – Settings menu)
This brings up the ‘Events Settings’ screen …
(‘Events Settings’ screen)
The plugin is well supported and documented. To learn how to configure the plugin’s settings, select the Events > Help menu …
(Events – Help menu)
This brings up a screen with links to the plugin’s support section and help documentation, including a walkthrough on how to configure the plugin’s settings …
(The Events Calendar – Support and Help screen)
In addition to configuring your calendar settings, it’s a good idea to also plan your event categories before creating event listings.
Select the Events > Event Categories menu …
(Events – Event Categories menu)
Adding event categories is just like adding post categories (see our tutorial on how to use post categories if you need help with this step) …
(Add event categories)
One last thing …
Make sure to add links to your Events Calendar on your site’s navigation menus …
(Link to your Events Calendar on your main navigation menus)
The default URL for your Events Calendar should be something like http://yoursite.com/events (check your plugin settings to confirm the URL).
Using The Plugin
After configuring your plugin’s settings and event categories, you can begin adding events to your calendar.
To view or edit your event listings, select Events > Events …
(Events – Events menu)
This brings up the ‘Events’ screen with all your event listings …
Let’s go through an example on how to set up an event listing …
(Let’s set up an event listing)
Planning Your Events
Before adding a new event to the calendar, make sure you have the following:
Event details – start & end dates/times, cost, etc.
Venue details – venue name & address
Organizer details – name and contact details, website address, etc.
Event listing images – images for your content and listing thumbnail, and a featured image …
In addition to content and featured images, we also recommend creating placeholder images for future events. This will allow you to set up “coming soon” events where you add event details later.
We also recommend uploading your content and placeholder images to a cloud storage service (e.g. Amazon S3) and your featured images to your WordPress Media Library.
To create a new event listing, log into your WordPress admin area and select the Events > Add New menu …
(Events – Add New menu)
Note: You can also add a new event by clicking the ‘Add New’ button in the ‘Events’ area …
(Events – Add New)
This brings up the ‘Add New Event’ screen …
(‘Add New Event’ screen)
Enter the following details into this screen:
(1) Event Title – Add the title of your event here.
(2) Event Listingcontent – Add a description of your event here (including content or placeholder images). See section below for useful tips on adding content to this section.
(3) Events Calendar fields – Add your event details here like time & date, location, event organizers, event website, cost, select whether to display Google map, etc. …
(4) Excerpt – Copy and paste an excerpt from your main content’s event description into the Excerpt field …
(5) SEO Details – If you have configured your site for automated traffic generation and installed an SEO plugin (e.g. Yoast SEO), add your event excerpt or description and a ‘focus’ keyword into your SEO section …
(Add SEO details)
(6) Tags – Add tags just like you would if creating a post (see our tutorial on how to use post tags if you need help).
(7) Event Categories – Select your event category(ies).
(8) Event Options – Here, you can select options for your listing like Hide From Event Listings, Sticky in Month View (sticky events display first in your list of events), and/or Feature Event (highlights the event on your site).
(9) Featured Image – Add a featured image for your event listing here …
(Set event listing options)
To help speed up the process when adding similar future event listings, we recommend creating event templates using your WordPress content editor. You can add the main elements as ‘search and replace’ tags and even add rotating advertising banner shortcodes in your template.
Create the template in the WordPress visual editor, then switch to the ‘text’ tab, select all content, paste it into into a plain text file, and save it to your hard drive …
(Create event templates)
This way, to create a new events listing, just:
Open your events template and copy everything t your clipboard,
Select the ‘Text’ tab in the WordPress content editor and paste the content from your clipboard,
Switching back to the ‘Visual’ tab to view and edit the content …
(Save time with an events template …)
To finish creating the event listing, replace the placeholder image with your event (i.e. content) image …
(Add your event image)
Continue editing the rest of your content to create your event listing and remember to keep saving as you go …
(Edit your event template to create your listing)
Check that all event details and event settings are correct, then click ‘Save Draft’ or ‘Publish’ …
(Publish your event listing)
After publishing, preview your event listing to make sure that everything looks ok …
(Preview your event listing)
Also, go to your events section from your main menu …
Make sure that everything displays correctly (also check your event dates) …
(Check your event listings)
Your event listing has now been added to your events calendar and can be promoted in your email newsletters, social media, etc.
Copy and use the event listing’s URL to promote an individual event, or refer visitors to the events calendar on your site to view upcoming events.
Events Calendar – Additional Features
The Events Calendar plugin lets you store a list of all event venues.
Go to Events > Venues …
(Events – Venues menu)
This brings up the Venues screen with a table of all your event venues …
(Venues screen – Table of venues)
Click on an item to edit venue details …
(Venue information screen)
This lets you set up future event listings or edit existing items by selecting the venue from a drop-down menu …
(Venue drop-down menu)
Similarly, you can store information about event organizers in the Organizers section (Events > Organizers) …
(Events – Organizers menu)
You can also use the premium Events Import feature to import events from Facebook, Google Calendar, iCalendar, etc. …
Note: The plugin also lets your users and site visitors import your event listings into their calendars …
(Users can import your event listings into their calendars)
The plugin also includes an Events Calendar widget …
(Events Calendar widget)
Use the widget to display a mini calendar on your sidebar …
(Display a mini calendar on your sidebar)
As you can see, this is a comprehensive events listing plugin. If you need help using The Events Calendar features, see the Events Calendar Knowledgebase.
For more information about the plugin, check out the video below, or go here: The Events Calendar
(The Events Calendar – Plugin Overview)
You can also check out the plugin’s premium features by going to Events > Event Add-Ons or visiting the plugin’s main website …
(The plugin provides a number of event add-ons with additional features)
Other WordPress Events Calendar Plugins
We have also written about other WordPress plugins that allow you to add event listings on your site or turn your entire website into an event listing directory, run event registrations, etc. here:
Learn how to add rotating banners and adverts in your WordPress site …
Displaying rotating banners on your WordPress site is not only a great way to monetize your online presence with ads from AdSense, affiliate products, etc., but you can also add rotating banners on your site to:
In this tutorial, you will learn how to add rotating banners in your WordPress site to promote anything you want in your sidebar, header, footer, and content without touching code.
How To Add Rotating Advertising Banners In Your WordPress Site
Most website owners use advertising banners to monetize their site. However, you can also use banners to promote your products or services, add sitewide notices, and direct visitors to other areas of your website.
The easiest way to add rotating banners, adverts, and images in your WordPress site is using a WordPress plugin.
There are many WordPress plugins that you can use for this. In this tutorial, we’ll use a versatile plugin called AdRotate.
AdRotate Banner Manager is a free and comprehensive ad management WordPress plugin that lets you easily place advertising banners anywhere on your site and manage your ads inside your WordPress admin area.
The plugin lets you add unlimited ads and create unlimited ad groups. You can also add text and mobile ads, group ads together, display blocks of ads, display ads on specific posts or pages, track clicks and impressions, create ad schedules, and more.
AdRotate also has a PRO version with advanced features like geo targeting, media/asset management, advertiser management, reports, premium support, and many more options.
To install the AdRotate Banner Manager plugin from your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins > Add New, enter “adrotate” into the Keyword search field (if you need help see our tutorial on installing WordPress plugins), and click on the ‘Install Now’ button …
(Install AdRotate Banner Manager plugin)
After installing the plugin, click ‘Activate’ …
(Activate the plugin)
Configuring The Plugin
Installing and activating the plugin adds a new menu section to your WordPress dashboard …
AdRotate – Main Features
The plugin’s default settings should work just fine as they are. If you need to configure or change the plugin’s settings, select AdRotate > Settings from the AdRotate menu …
(AdRotate – Settings menu)
This will bring up the ‘AdRotate Settings’ screen …
(AdRotate Settings screen)
If you need help configuring the plugin’s settings, click on the ‘Help’ tab to access links to the plugin’s user manuals, tutorials, documentation, and support forum …
(The ‘Help’ tab contains links to plugin documentation)
Installing the PRO version of the plugin allows you to store ad banners in a separate folder (e.g. ‘banners’) than where other files are stored in the WordPress media library. You can set the folder where your banner images will be stored in the plugin’s Settings screen.
To upload images to the ‘banners’ folder, select AdRotate > Media …
(AdRotate – Media menu)
This brings you to the ‘Media and Assets’ section, where you can upload and store your banner images …
(‘Media and Assets’ screen)
We recommend storing your banner images in a cloud storage service like Amazon S3. This way, you can easily manage and replace ad banners without having to log into your website.
Once the plugin has been installed and configured, you can start adding rotating banner ads to your WordPress site.
We recommend doing a little planning before you begin.
What type of banner ads do you want to display on your site and where will you display these?
For example, you may want to display the following on your site:
468×60 rotating banners before your content
250×250 rotating banners on your sidebar
A block of 125×125 rotating ads (2 rows x 2 columns) on your sidebar
(Plan your ads before you begin!)
For the above example, then, you will need to set up at least 3 different ad groups:
We recommend setting up your banner ad groups first before adding individual adverts.
Groups let you display and rotate a number of ads in the same location. You can create an unlimited number of ad groups and add an unlimited number of ads to each group. All ads in an ad group should be the same dimension
For example, let’s say you create an ad group to display 250×250 ad banners on your sidebar. You could then add 5 banners measuring 250×250 to this ad group and the banners will then rotate on your sidebar.
To set up an ad group, select the AdRotate > Groups menu …
(AdRotate – Groups menu)
This brings up the ‘Group Management’ screen …
(Group Management screen)
To create a new ad group, click on ‘Add New’…
(Click ‘Add New’ to create a new ad group)
This brings up the ‘Groups’ screen where you can specify the settings for your ad groups.
Enter a descriptive name for your ad group (e.g. size and locations of ads). This name is only visible to administrators (or your advertisers if using the PRO version of the plugin) and should help you identify what the ad group is being used for (e.g. ‘125×125 ad block footer’)
Select the Mode (Show ads one at a time, every few seconds, or a block of ads), and
Specify Advert size in pixels (e.g. 125×125, 468×60, 300×250, etc.)
Dynamic and Block Mode
If you select Dynamic Mode or Block Mode in the ‘Edit Group’ mode settings, then configure the settings in the Dynamic and Block Mode section:
Block size (e.g. 1 row x 1 column, 2 rows x 2 columns, 2 rows x 1 column, 3 rows x 2 columns, etc.)
Automatic refresh in seconds,
This section shows you the ID of the group you are creating. This is useful when inserting a shortcode into your content or adding the AdRotate widget to your sidebar (see sections further below) …
Scroll down the screen to specify other options for your ad group, such as Advanced settings (advert margins, alignment, mobile support, and fallback group), and Post Injection, which lets you specify automatic settings for inserting ads into different areas of your content, or in specific post categories or pages …
(Groups – Advanced settings)
Remember to click the ‘Save group’ button when done to add your new ad group and update your plugin settings and refer to the plugin’s tutorials, user manual, and documentation if you need help configuring ad group settings.
Let’s go back to our earlier planning example for a moment …
(3 ad groups are needed to display these ads)
Here’s what the ad groups in the example above look like in the AdRotate ‘Group Management’ section …
(Group Management – 3 ad groups created)
Note the following:
The table lists the ID of each group (e.g. ‘468×60 Content Top’ is “1”, ‘125×125 Block Sidebar’ is “2”, and ‘250×250 Sidebar’ is “3”)
The Mode for Groups “1” and “3” are set to ‘Default’ (displays one ad at a time), but the Mode for Group “2” is set to ‘Block (2×2 Grid)’
To add some space between each of the 125×125 adverts, a margin of 10 pixels was set in the Advert Margin field …
Note: You can edit your group settings at any time (e.g. change the size of your adverts, or change the Mode from displaying one ad at a time to displaying ads dynamically or as an ad block), but you can’t change their ID number.
After setting up your ad groups, you can add individual adverts and assign these to ad groups.
To add a new advert, select AdRotate > Adverts …
(AdRotate – Adverts menu)
This brings up the ‘Advert Management’ screen.
Click ‘Add New’ to create a new advert or banner ad …
(AdRotate Advert Management screen – Add New)
Follow the steps below to add your new advert:
(1) Name – Enter a descriptive name for your advert (e.g. size and topic of ad). This name is only visible to administrators (or your advertisers if using the PRO version of the plugin).
(Adding AdSense code)
If you’re adding your own advert, you can enter the code below in the AdCode box to display your ad …
(AdRotate Advert Code)
The above code snippet will:
Center your banner
Display the image you have specified in the Banner Asset field (see item “4” below)
Send visitors to the destination URL specified in the code snippet (replace the URL highlighted in red with the URL you want to send your visitors to when they click on your ad)
Open the destination URL page in a new window (so visitors don’t leave the page they were on when they click your ad)
(3) Preview – If you have entered your ad code and image details correctly, you should see a preview of your advert displayed here.
(4) Banner Asset – Enter the location of your banner image here, or select the banner image from your banner folder.
(6) Status / Activate– Enable or disable your ad from displaying on your site. (Note: This section looks slightly different depending on the plugin version you have installed) …
(Adverts screen – Edit Advert)
If you scroll down the screen, you will additional options …
(7) Usage – Every advert you create is assigned a unique ID. This lets you add the banner anywhere you like in your content using a shortcode or on your sidebar using the AdRotate widget.
(8) Create a schedule / Schedule your advert – Specify the start and end dates & times for your ads to run. (Note: This section looks slightly different depending on the plugin version you have installed).
(9) Choose Schedules – The PRO version of the plugin lets you create multiple and more advanced schedules for each advert. This section does not display in the FREE version of the plugin.
(10) Advanced – The PRO version of the plugin lets you specify different weights for adverts and optimizes support for mobile devices.
(11) Advertiser / Geo Targeting – These are PRO version features.
(12) Select Groups – Specify which ad group you want the advert to be assigned to.
Remember to click the ‘Save Advert’ button when done to update your ad settings …
(Adverts screen – Edit Advert cont.)
Repeat the above process to add new adverts or edit existing ones and remember to assign these to ad groups …
(Advert Management – Active Adverts)
Note: You can edit your advert settings at any time, but you can’t change their ID number.
If something is not right with your ads, AdRotate will let you know that there is an issue that needs fixing …
(Adverts that need attention)
This could be that you have missed or forgotten something, entered something incorrectly, or even that your ad has expired …
(Fix issues to display ads correctly)
Bulk Ad Management Tasks
To perform bulk ad management tasks, select the adverts you want to edit and choose an option from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop down menu, then click ‘Go’ …
(Perform bulk ad management tasks)
Depending on whether you have AdRotate Free or PRO versions installed, you can duplicate, deactivate, delete, and archive ads, reset stats, export ad data to CSV, renew expired ads and change the weight assigned to adverts.
AdRotate – Additional Features
In AdRotate Pro you can schedule adverts for multiple time periods. One schedule can be assigned to many adverts, allowing you to easily manage multi advert campaigns. Schedules can be active on certain days of the week or on certain hours of the day.
To create and view schedules, select the AdRotate > Schedules menu …
(AdRotate – Schedules menu)
This brings up the ‘Manage Schedules’ section, allowing you to create and manage your schedules …
(‘Manage Schedules’ section)
The Statistics section lets you see how your adverts are perfoming. To access your stats, select the AdRotate > Statistics menu …
(AdRotate – Statistics menu)
This brings up the ‘Statistics’ screen, allowing you to see advert clicks and impressions, CTR (Click-Through Rate), best and worst performing ads, monthly overview of clicks and impressions, and export options …
You can also view clicks and impressions for your ads in the ‘Adverts’ screen (AdRotate > Adverts) …
(View clicks and impressions for your ads in the ‘Adverts’ screen)
The ‘Adverts’ screen stats is useful if you are split-testing ads, as you can see which ads in your ad groups are getting the most clicks and higher click-through rates (CTR).
As mentioned earlier, when you create a new advert or ad group, AdRotate assigns a unique ID to each item.
This allows you to use the AdRotate shortcode to insert a banner ad or display an ad group with rotating images anywhere in your content and in any post or page on your site …
(Add a shortcode to display an ad or ad group in your content)
Your ads display on your published posts or pages …
(Display rotating banner ads in your content using shortcodes)
You can also add individual adverts, banners, or groups of ads to your sidebar using the AdRotate widget …
This will display the banner ads in your sidebar …
(Display rotating banners in your sidebar using the AdRotate widget)
This lets you easily display banners in your header without touching code …
(Display rotating banners in your header using the AdRotate widget)
AdRotate – Additional Info
As you can see, the free version of AdRotate is quite comprehensive. If you plan to sell advertising on your site or need additional features and advanced control of your adverts (like Geo-targeting, multiple ad schedules, assign different weights to ads, etc.), then consider upgrading to the PRO version of the plugin.
You can find more information about the premium version of the plugin by selecting the AdRotate > AdRotate Pro menu …
We’ve also written a post about the WP Ad Center ad management plugin.
Congratulations! Now you know how to add rotating banners and adverts in your WordPress site.
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