What does it mean to have the necessary tools for affiliate marketing? Tools are what the affiliate marketer uses to make the process of affiliate marketing work. They are many out there and I will go through a few of the popular ones that you might want to use to help your business.
You have to agree that being able to work anywhere in the world, without a set schedule, is highly appealing. That’s what affiliate marketing can allow you to do.
So, you ask yourself, how can I get into this? You understand that affiliate marketing is becoming such a popular way to make legitimate income, but wonder if you could possibly do it yourself, if you’re not computer literate.
As I’ve said before, affiliate marketing is simple, but takes a lot of work, especially in the beginning of your career. But, with the right “tools,” you can certainly simplify the process.
Word Press – Probably one of the easiest and most popular blogging and website content management system (CMS) available today. It is a website platform easily used by e-commerce sites, as well as bloggers. It’s been cited that 63% of the websites on the internet use WordPress. It’s a free tool and is what is included in what I would say is the #1 affiliate training program available. The ease of use cannot be understated.
Jaaxy – It is a keyword and research platform, an essential tool for affiliate marketers. This was developed by affiliate marketers, for affiliate marketers, so you know it’s going to provide a way to make the daily grind of affiliate marketing research easy. This is also a primary tool many of the elite affiliate marketers use and you can test it for free.
Last Pass – Allows you to keep track of all your passwords in one place. It will remember all your passwords, so you don’t have to. As an affiliate marketer, you will be using and joining many different services, requiring passwords, and you want to make your life simple by having one place to keep track of it all. That’s what Lastpass will do for you. It is a plugin you can add to Google Chrome, Safari and Windows.
SiteRubix – This is a free website builder that lets you create your own website. Another great tool supported by the #1 affiliate marketing training program, Wealthy Affiliate. It shows you step by step how to setup a website. If you create a Wealthy Affiliate account, for free, you get 2 free websites. If you become a WA premium member, you get hosting for up to 50 websites. SiteRubix has 1000’s of professionally designed website themes to choose from, giving you the opportunity to develop the site that you’ve always imagined for yourself.
Thirsty Affiliates – This is a WordPress affiliate link management plugin. It makes it easy to add or insert affiliate links onto a website page or post. If you’ve heard of the term “link cloaker,” that’s what Thirsty Affiliate does. It will save you lots of time by managing your affiliate links in an organized manner.
Grammarly – a free app with a paid-for premium option. It is basically a spell checker on steroids. If your grammar or spelling is poor, don’t let your website reflect that, use this to correct any errors before publishing. The basic function offered by Grammarly — identifying most spelling and grammar errors — is free. If you want the more powerful version, there is a fee.
Sumo – Provides an easy way to install an email capture form to your website. It will improve the number of your signups, attract more subscribers, encourage visitors to share your content, and more. If you like the use of pop-ups on your site, Sumo, makes it easy to create pop-ups that visitors won’t ignore, assuring outstanding email capture. They have a free starting plan and 4-fee based plans.
Tinypng – Reduces file size, using smart lossy compression techniques. What this means is that it selectively reduces the color in images, so fewer bytes are required to store images, thereby allowing your website to load faster. It is also free.
CJ Affiliates – One of the top resources for affiliate partnerships. This is where many beginner affiliate marketers start because of the ease in finding an affiliate product to promote.
There is no need for training with the CJ network, you just sign up for the free account and start looking for the products you want to promote and get paid to do so.
Pick a Tool and Get Started
So, here’s to getting started. These are some recommend tools to make your foray into affiliate marketing much easier. Being that they all can be tried under a free trial period, getting started only requires your time.
If you’ve been afraid to try an internet business out of fear of heavy expensive, I’ve just given you several tools that will allow you to have your own business for free. These tools will take you as far as you want to go. You have to put in the time and effort, but they are the same tools that the elite affiliate marketers got started with and are still using.
Sure, you can spend a lot of money learning how to do this affiliate marketing thing, but you don’t have to. Put some effort into the free tools that I’ve shown are available, and I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised as to how quickly your efforts will pay off into a successful internet business.
It’s my hope that you’ll use some of these tools to grow your affiliate marketing business, as I have. Feel free to ask me about any of these affiliate tools that I use, or if you can point out other no or low cost affiliate marketing tools, please leave me a message below.