How do I use affiliate links on my sex toys blog?

As Affiliate Manager at a large UK sex toys shopping website, people keep asking me how to add all the lovely banners and also trackable deep affiliate links to their blog. It will be slightly different if you have a Wordpress blog, but this morning I answered the question to a lovely lady who also uses Blogger and I decided to post my reply here too in case anyone else needs help in this area!

A Blogger’s Guide To Using Images On The Internet

By Cara Sutra When I first started blogging, I didn’t really have a clue about how to properly use images on the internet. I thought pictures on my blog posts were simply to help them look pretty, things for the words to flow round, to give the readers’ imaginations a bit of help.

What’s it really like being a mother and a sex toy tester?

Being a mum is a hard enough job in itself, but mothers around the world take on a second job for a variety of reasons. Adding ‘sex toy tester’ to your CV might seem a strange choice, but what better balance to the challenging nature of motherhood than the pursuit of pleasure? I see more and more women balancing being a mum and a sex toy tester all the time, and as you can probably tell from this blog, I’m a sex toy tester myself. I'm also a mama to two beautiful boys.

When Explicit Photos Are A Breach Of Consent

Working in the adult industry I see my fair share of explicit photos. Dick pics: amateur and porn star. Naked breasts: pendulous to Parisienne. Spread vulva: hairless to hirsute. I follow blogs and social media where imagery from artistic nudes to hardcore porn are welcomed, celebrated and shared. So why do some explicit photos anger me so much? Well sometimes, explicit photos are a breach of consent.

Do Sex Bloggers Really Need To Be Self-Hosted?

In the last part of Sex Blogger School, where I explained how to set up your new sex blog, I mentioned that it's best to self-host your sex blog. What does being self-hosted mean? And why is it so important?

How do I make my blog or website look more professional? 7 top tips

1. Do not use wysiwyg website or blog creators! They make you look instantly cheap and tacky from the outset, as well as incredibly amateur. If you are serious about your website and presence...

The sex blog memes that the best sex bloggers take part in

...are there any blog memes out there specifically for sex bloggers? Which ones are worth considering for your blog? Here’s a handy list of sex blogging memes which I have compiled from the ones I’m aware of - feel free to add yours or ones you know about/take part in in the comments below.

What’s The Difference Between DoFollow And NoFollow Links?

As a blogger, you will eventually come across the terms dofollow and nofollow. They relate to website links. What's the difference between dofollow (aka simply follow) and nofollow links? Does it really matter which type you use? How do you specify which of them any one link is – and when should you make a link nofollow?

Lovehoney Moves Affiliate Scheme From Paid on Results To Webgains

By Cara Sutra: The big news this week has got to be Lovehoney’s move from Paid on Results affiliate platform to Webgains. This was a huge blow for many affiliates, who like myself have written numerous posts and reviews containing PoR links – as well as all the social media updates out here containing PoR links too. Once the Paid on Results Lovehoney programme ends, those links will all be broken – leading nowhere, affecting blogs, readers, traffic numbers and of course, affiliate commissions.

Blank page, blank mind: Dealing with writer’s block

It’s no use sitting gazing at a blank document for hours on end if the words simply aren’t coming. It could be that a short break will revive your creative juices (I find a shower or a bite to eat helps on these occasions) but other times it will just be that today is not a writing day. Every day is a writing day, ideally, but we don’t live in an ideal world. It’s time we were big enough and brave enough to admit that we can’t be the best version of ourselves absolutely every single day. We all have down days, off days and days when our brains just don’t work as they should. Accept it and use the time to do something else, something positive, while your creativity restores in the background.

How To Email Multiple Photos Without It Failing To Send

I regularly get messages along the lines of, "apologies for the 6 separate emails but the pictures wouldn't send all together," or "my emails won't attach all the photos, I don't know how to get them to you". Sound familiar? If so, this post is for you. Today I'm going to reveal how to email multiple photos without it failing to send.

Why you need to be a part of BlogSpot at the ETO Show 2016

The BlogSpot area at the UK’s annual premier adult industry trade show (the ETO Show) is devoted to sex bloggers and sex toy testers. The first BlogSpot was at the ETO Show 2015.

Social Media Filters & Other Ways To Stay Calm On Twitter & Facebook

By Cara Sutra: Social media can be intense at the best of times. As this certainly isn’t the best of times, social platforms have fast become hot hubs of fear-mongering, panic and the high emotion that comes with them. For those who need to use social media like Twitter & Facebook as part of their job – or those who just have the 21st century addiction – it can be near impossible to visit socials and remain unaffected by the constant stream of negativity.

Secrets of Successful Sex Blogging

If you missed the handouts at last week's ETO Show BlogSpot area, or couldn't attend and was curious about the tips, you're in luck. Below you can find the handout in its entirety - enjoy, and best of luck with your sex blogging.

Beginner’s Guide to Twitter

witter is a fantastic FREE way to reach potentially millions of people’s eyeballs – with YOUR words. I hope you all find this beginner's guide to Twitter useful. It's certainly a great social media platform for marketing! But be wary – be over zealous on the marketing and not enough on the effervescent twitter personality and people will get bored and ‘unfollow’ you – in the worst case they’ll start to complain (and we all know complaints spread much faster than compliments!). It’s all like a big game of Sims, or Theme Twitter.... They’re your people, look after them, entertain them, don’t depress them – then when they love you, use that to your advantage to SELL SELL SELL. Ha!

Thinking of writing a sex toy review? 10 things to remember

Always disclose that you received the product free of charge from the company in exchange for a fair, honest and unbiased review. Make sure that your thoughts and feelings are expressed in terms of your own opinion and based on your own experience. For instance instead of stating that product x is ‘unsuitable for all women as it’s entirely rubbish’, you may instead choose to write that product x ‘didn’t work for me and I can think of many ways in which it could be improved to suit me personally’.

Professional Copywriting for the Adult Industry – Part 2

Writing is one of the most undervalued jobs out there and on top of that, it’s hard work. Yes, it is a vocation to some, but that doesn’t mean that it’s merely a hobby. We all have bills to pay so you need to set your prices and avoid letting yourself get bartered down to a disrespectful amount for your hard work, time, knowledge and experience. This is especially true in the adult industry where you build up a specialist knowledge of products, anatomy, personal and physical safety, sensuality, BDSM, industry contacts and much more. We’ll get on to prices in a future part of the course.

How Do Sex Bloggers Get Free Sex Toys To Review?

Although not every sex blogger wants to write about or even use sex toys, they remain a popular topic in the sex blogging world. The vast array of designs and styles makes them interesting and collectable - plus, of course, they're fun to use! Testing then reviewing sex toys also gives you something else to write about at your new blog. It's no wonder that many new bloggers soon ask the question, "How do sex bloggers get free sex toys to review?"

How Can I Join The Pleasure Panel? I Want To Be A Sex Toy Tester!

If you would like to be a sex toy tester, reviewing sex toys & other adult products, the Pleasure Panel project and community is where it's at. It doesn't matter if you have your own sex blog or not, sex bloggers and sex toy fans without a blog are welcome to join.
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Avoiding accusations of content theft from bloggers

As there seems to be some mystery surrounding how to publish something from someone’s (my) blog without them (me) being annoyed about it and shouting 'content theft!', I thought I'd write about how anyone can put my content on their site and be assured I will have a smiley face, not that frowny-faced ‘take it down immediately or imma DMCA your ass’ look quite a few companies have left me with lately.