How to Become a Designer Blogs Affiliate

by Erin on November 22, 2017

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Did you know that Designer Blogs has an affiliate program? Well, we sure do and we’d love for you to become a part of it! Joining our affiliate program gives you the opportunity to earn cash by promoting our products on your blog, social media pages, and/or in an email. Affiliates can earn a 10% commission on any of our digital downloadable products including our Blogger Templates, our Ultimate Blog Planner Extension, & our Ultimate Life Planner.

How to Become an Affiliate

Step 1: Sign Up

To sign up, hop over to our Affiliate Center and click on the Sign Up button. Be sure to review our affiliate terms at the bottom of the page before clicking on the button.

This will take you to our affiliate portal where you’ll be asked for your personal information. You will also be asked to create an affiliate ID and password. Please make note of both your username & password as you will need them in order to access your affiliate account in the future.

Verify that you are not a robot, agree to the terms, and then click the big grey Sign Up button.

You’ll then be taken to a Thank You page that will explain that a welcome email with your login details was sent to you. Then use your login details to log into your account.


Step 2: Familiarize Yourself with Your Account

HOME PAGE – shows you your affiliate link and gives you an overview of your earnings.

EDIT PROFILE – allows you to update your password and personal details.

REFERRALS – shows a list of all of the referrals you’ve given.

SALES – shows all of the sales you’ve made from your referrals.

PAYMENT HISTORY – shows the number of payments you’ve received as well as your current outstanding payment amount.

ADS – shows all of the ads and images that you can use on your site to promote our products.

CONTACT – you may contact us at any time with questions or concerns through this page.

LOGOUT – logs you out of your account.


Step 3: Add Our Ads to your Site

In the Ads tab, copy the URL provided for the ad you’d like to add to your site. This will automatically apply your affiliate URL to the image. If you need a custom ad size created, please let us know and we’d be happy to create a custom size for you.

In Blogger

In your Dashboard, click on Layout. Then click Add a Gadget.

Scroll down until you find the HTML/JavaScript gadget. Click the “+” button to add it to your sidebar.

Paste the URL to the ad into the Content box, add a title if you wish, and then click Save.

You can then click and drag the new gadget to re-position it where you want it on your sidebar. Be sure to click Save Arrangement to save your changes.

In WordPress

In your dashboard to go to Appearance and then Widgets. Find the Custom HTML widget and click on it.

Select the widget area you’d like to place the ad. If you are unsure where to place it, your Primary Sidebar area is usually the best place. Then click Add Widget.

The widget will automatically appear at the bottom of the widget area you selected. Paste the URL to the ad into the Content box, add a title if you wish, and then click Save.

You can then click and drag the new widget to re-position it where you want it on your sidebar.

Step 4: Watch Your Balance Grow

Now that you have our ads placed on your site, you can sit back and watch your affiliate account balance grow as your visitors become our customers! Read on for tips on how to become a successful affiliate.


Tips for Being a Successful Affiliate

  • Promote our Life Planner, Blog Planner, and/or Blogger Templates like you would your own products.
  • Place our banner ads on your site (found in the “Ads” tab in the affiliate account center).
  • Promote our products more than once in newsletters, on your blog, and/or on social media using your affiliate link.
  • Use product images from our site in a post to showcase the product(s). Be sure to add your affiliate link to the images you use.
  • Write a review about Designer Blogs products and include your affiliate link.
  • Create a resource page and add your Designer Blogs affiliate link to it.

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A Comprehensive Guide To Web Design

by Nick Babich on November 20, 2017

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(This is a sponsored post). Web design is tricky. Designers and developers have to take a lot of things into account when designing a website, from visual appearance (how the website looks) to functional design (how the website works). To simplify the task, we’ve prepared this guide.

A Comprehensive Guide To Web Design

In this article, I’ll focus on the main principles, heuristics and approaches that will help you to create a great user experience for your website. I’ll start with global things like the user journey (how to define the “skeleton” of the website) and work down to the individual page (what should be considered during web page design). We’ll also cover other essential aspects of design, such as mobile considerations and testing.

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Editor’s Note: Our dear friend Anselm Hannemann summarized what happened in the web community in the past few weeks in one handy list, so that you can catch up on everything new and important. Enjoy!

Monthly Web Development Update November 2017

Welcome back to our monthly reading list. Before we dive right into all the amazing content I stumbled upon — admittedly, this one is going to be quite a long update — I want to make a personal announcement. This week I launched a personal project called Colloq, a new conference and event service for users and organizers. If you’re going to events or are organizing one or if you’re interested in the recorded content of conferences, this could be for you. So if you like, go ahead and check it out.

The post Monthly Web Development Update 11/2017: Browser News, KRACK and Calligraphy With AR appeared first on Smashing Magazine.

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Using CSS Grid: Supporting Browsers Without Grid

by Rachel Andrew on November 16, 2017

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When using any new CSS, the question of browser support has to be addressed. This is even more of a consideration when new CSS is used for layout as with Flexbox and CSS Grid, rather than things we might consider an enhancement.

Using CSS Grid: Supporting Browsers Without Grid

In this article, I explore approaches to dealing with browser support today. What are the practical things we can do to allow us to use new CSS now and still give a great experience to the browsers that don’t support it?

The post Using CSS Grid: Supporting Browsers Without Grid appeared first on Smashing Magazine.

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Best Books For Mobile App Design & Development

by Jake Rocheleau on November 15, 2017

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Learning to build your own mobile app is easier than it seems. But it does require a lot of upfront work and some willingness to code. If you’ve only ever worked with frontend development then moving…

Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.

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Mobile Interface Myths You Should Throw Out The Window

November 13, 2017
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If anything’s clear in 2017, it’s that lying is back in fashion (if it ever left us at all). From the heated fake news debate to the false data provided by Facebook, lying is all the rage these days. A white lie here and there is no big deal. We’re all guilty of it. The problem arises when lies turn into full-grown myths, then become accepted as truths.

Mobile Interface Myths You Should Throw Out The Window

In an era of digital chaos, we understandably gravitate to our trusted sources of information. For us designers, this usually means guidelines as defined by juggernauts such as Google and Apple.

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2018 Ultimate Blog Planner

November 11, 2017
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We all know that running a successful blog takes careful planning and ample promoting. Throw in sponsors, affiliates, mailing lists, guest posts, tracking stats, giveaways, and taking pictures and blogging quickly becomes a full-time job! With so many balls in the air, it can often be hard to keep track of everything and stay organized. […]

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Give Thanks Free Printable

November 9, 2017
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The holidays are a busy and chaotic time of year. Sometimes slowing down, even for just a few minutes, can be a challenge. Our hope is that this will be a tiny little reminder that there is a lot to be thankful for. This free printable download includes both 8×10 and 5×7 sizes. For Personal […]

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Creating Secure Password Resets With JSON Web Tokens

November 9, 2017
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When a user of your application has forgotten their password, it can and should be reset securely. To accomplish a secure password reset, I will demonstr…

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280 Characters Available Now on Twitter

November 8, 2017
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Have you ever been frustrated by the 140 character limit on Twitter?
Whether you’ve tried to share a marketing message for your brand / company or you just wanted to air your opinion about something you care about you’ve most likely felt the constrain…

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