How to Add a Disclaimer to Your Affiliate Links in a WordPress Website

You’re an affiliate marketer. Someone has suggested you try making money online. You’ve decided to give it a go. So far, so good. You’ve signed up with a reputable affiliate marketing network and you’ve started generating some earnings. Each week, you get a small commission when someone clicks a product or service your affiliate link has promoted. Everything is going according to plan, but…

You want to create a disclaimer for your readers. You want to inform them that while you’re okay with them making a purchase because you believe in the product, you don’t want them to make the same purchase because you’re getting paid to promote it. The problem is that you’re a tiny bit lazy. You don’t want to create a new blog post to add the disclaimer to. You want to reuse an existing one.

If you’re using WordPress, you can add a disclaimer to your Affiliate Links with just a few clicks. Let’s get to it.

The Basics

If you head over to your account settings in WordPress, you’ll see one or more of the following sections:

  • Privacy
  • General
  • Shipping
  • Billing
  • Reviews
  • WordPress Reviews
  • Links

Click on the links in the above list to explore each section in more detail. In most cases, you’ll see a drop-down menu with your affiliate products. Above the menu, you’ll see three horizontal lines. Click on the one in the middle to go back to your Affiliate Settings.

Add a Disclaimer

As mentioned above, you can add a disclaimer to your Affiliate Links in a WordPress Website with just a few clicks. Let’s have a look.

Go to your posts (either by clicking the word »Post« in the menu on the left side of your screen or by navigating to the front page and scrolling down through the posts).

Find the post you want to edit. In most cases, it will be the most recent one. Once you’ve found it, click on the Edit link in the upper right corner of the post.

In the resulting screen, you’ll see a section at the very top with some default text. Below that, you’ll see a drop-down menu with your affiliate products. Above the menu, you’ll see three horizontal lines. Click on the one in the middle to go back to your basic settings.

At the very top of the page, you’ll see a section with your site’s name and a web address (URL). Beneath that, you’ll see the date the post was published and the number of subscribers. To the right of those, you’ll see two links; one to your Dashboard and the other to your Forms dashboard. Both of those are important parts of your site. We’ll get to them in a minute.

Click on the Settings gear icon to go to your Settings. In most cases, you’ll see a General section with some default text in it. Below that, you’ll see a Social Links section.

In the Social Links part of your Settings, you have two options. You can either connect your social media accounts or create a new social media account. If you select the latter, WordPress will ask you to select a username and a password. Once you’ve done that, it will walk you through connecting your social media accounts to your site.

Navigate To The Dashboard

If you click on the Dashboard link at the top of your Settings screen, you’ll be taken to your Dashboard. This is where you’ll find important information about your WordPress site. The Dashboard is a great place to start when you’re new to WordPress. Some of the sections you’ll see there are as follows:

  • Account: Here, you can see important information about your WordPress account. The account settings section, for example, will tell you the username and password you used to create your account.
  • Reading: The Reading section has a few key items you’ll want to check out. First, you’ll want to confirm that the notifications for new comments and replies are turned on (they’re off by default). Second, you’ll want to visit the Comments section to see all the comments on your site. Third, you’ll want to confirm that the content of your posts is moderated (again, it’s off by default). Fourth, you’ll want to make sure that the content you’re posting is consistent with your blog’s tone. Remember, your readers are more likely to believe you’re an expert in your field if you demonstrate that you’re an expert by providing valuable content regularly. Finally, the last item on this list is the most important one, especially if you’re receiving a lot of negative feedback. The SEO (Search Engine Optimization) section will tell you how Google sees your site and how you can get it to appear higher in search results.
  • Tools: The Tools section of your Dashboard gives you access to different WordPress tools. For example, you can use the Visual Composer to design and build your site’s pages or use the Akismet plugin to stop comments from appearing twice when they’re automatically marked as spam. Finally, you can use the WP-Slider to create a basic image slideshow on your site.
  • Settings: The last section of the Dashboard is Settings. From here, you can control a number of different aspects of your site. You can establish the format for your posts (including the ability to enable or disable the popular Shortcode plugin), choose your site’s background color, and control features such as the header and footer (you’ll have the option of choosing a featured image for both of those elements as well).
  • Appearance: The last section of the Dashboard is Appearance. Here, you can make basic edits to the way your site looks. You won’t find many options in this section, but you’ll be able to change the heading font, remove unnecessary padding, and establish the format for your comments (name and email address will be mandatory, and you can choose whether or not to require people to register before posting).
  • Privacy: The Privacy section of your Dashboard is a must-read. It will tell you what private information (email, name, and/or telephone number) WordPress is storing about you.
  • Security: The Security section of your Dashboard gives you an overview of the security measures in place on your site. You’ll see two different types of status; one saying the plugin used to secure your site is up-to-date and the other informing you of any outdated plugins.
  • Contact: The Contact section of your Dashboard gives you access to your site’s contact information. In most cases, you’ll just need to fill out the fields with your email address and a phone number (the site owner will have to make sure the information is correct).

From your Dashboard, you can also access your site’s analytics (for free). To get there, click on the Stats link in the upper right corner of your site’s home page. In most cases, you’ll then be presented with a screen filled with different types of stats. From the most basic to the most advanced, you can find all the information you need to know about your site.

Explore The General Settings

From your dashboard, click on the General link at the top to go to your Site’s General Settings. You’ll see a screen with some basic information about your blog and a few options you can choose to make it more unique. Let’s have a look at what each setting means.