Affiliate Marketing Tools for 2019

Work smarter not harder – Carl Barks.

The ultimate goal with affiliate marketing is to make passive income. Passive income is the end goal, before that, you need to put in the work. The idea is to put in all the hard work at the start and have it make money for you for years to come with little to no input.

So you should work hard at the start. But you should also be efficient. Fortunately there are a huge amount of tools out there for affiliate marketers to enable them to work smarter. Whether you’re just starting out or been at this for a while you should find something here to help you grow your business faster and reach greater success!

Time is money. Affiliate marketing can take a fair amount of time and money to start off. The lower your budget, the more time you’ll need to invest at the start so you’ll want to be able to maximise the use of both of these and be as efficient as possible. These tools will help you throughout your journey whether its planning a campaign to executing and then optimizing it.

Of course things are always easier said than done, so here are some tools to help you get it done.

Web Hosting.

Web hosting is essential as if you plan to make money online, you’ll need a website. So it’s best to go with the big players with proven track records when it comes to marketers and affiliates.

Blue Host.

I’ve written about BlueHost before and have a tutorial on how to set up wordpress on their platform (Click here) So I’ll keep this brief. BlueHost is consistently found among lists for “Best Hosting”. Their pricing is great and they’re known for being reliable making them a good choice for hosting your landing pages or even your own personal website or blog. When you sign up for hosting with BlueHost you’ll also get a domain saving you the trouble of getting them separately. If you do already have one, the migration process is nice and easy (Click Here)

SiteGround.

Site ground is another site consistently on “best hosting” lists and for good reason. Like bluehost it is very affordable, comes packed with useful features and its secure. They too have a proven track record when it comes to affiliate marketers and like blue host even have their own affiliate program.

Domain Registration.

namecheap. A long running domain registrar with great pricing and all the features you’ll need such as WhoIs protection and SSL certificates.

GoDaddy. Another well known and long standing registrar GoDaddy has pricing starting at £0.99 for the first year. They offer 99.9% uptime meaning your domain is going to stay up as well as boasting some of the best-in-class when it comes to their equipment.

VPN.

a VPN is a must for any one wanting to live that digital nomad lifestyle. It will keep your information private when you’e in a public place whether it be grabbing a coffee or travelling the world and you’ll also be able to check how your landing pages appear from various locations.

NordVPN.

Over 5000 servers operating in over 60 countries means you shouldn’t have any problems no matter where you are. Not only this but they have app and support for all devices and operating systems. Their starting plan allows you to secure up to 6 devices for £2.29 per month

Features:

  • Military-Grade Encryption
  • CyberSec
  • Double VPN
  • Hide IP Address
  • No Logs Policy
  • Bitcoin Payments
  • Automatic Kill Switch
  • DNS Leak Protection
  • Onion Over VPN
  • Content Access
  • Streaming
  • SmartPlay
  • P2P Sharing
  • High-Speed VPN

IVACY.

Ivacy has has some very affordable plans started at around $2 per month and some incredible features:

  • Virus Protection
  • Advanced IPsec & IKEV Protocols
  • Smart Connect Feature
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Military Grade 256-Bit Encryption
  • No Browsing Logs Policy
  • Internet Kill Switch
  • High Speed Downloading
  • 1000+ Servers in 100+ Locations
  • P2P Support
  • Dedicated Kodi App
  • 5 Devices Simultaneous Logins

vyprvpn.

With high speeds and their own proprietary technology to counteract VPN blocking make it a great choice to go against the current trend of internet censorship. It starts at a slightly higher cost of $5 per month but is well worth it for what you get.

Features:

  • Chameleon
  • VyprDNS
  • VyprVPN Cloud
  • Public Wi-Fi Protection
  • Kill Switch
  • Audited No Log VPN
  • 24/7 Customer Support
  • 5 Simultaneous Connections
  • Worldwide Server Locations
  • High-Speed Streaming
  • Access Restricted Content
  • IP Address Protection
  • High-End Encryption/ NAT Firewall

ExpressVPN.

If you spend any time watching YouTube then you’ve probably seen videos sponsored by them. They’re a very popular service in recent years and for good reason. Starting at $6.67 and allowing anonymous payments from your preferred method.

E-Mail Marketing.

No affiliate marketer or online marketer for that matter should be without some E-Mail marketing software. I’ve written about some of these here.

Landing Page Design.

Potentially the most important part when it comes to affiliate marketing. These tools will do all the heavy lifting when it comes to designing sleek landing pages, banners and whatever else you can think of. Once you find an offer you want to promote you’ll need a landing page, as this is the page your customers will land on so if this page isn’t on point, you’ll be leaving money on the table.

If you know anything like CSS, Java or HTML then this will be no problem for you but if you don’t you no longer need to learn it yourself or find someone who does.

Leadpages.

Not necessarily for affiliate marking but the concept is the same. Leadpages is generally better for Lead generation campaigns as the name suggest and they have a nice selection of proven to convert templates for this.

unbounce.

unbounce have taken everything they’ve learned about conversions and build them into their ready-to-use templates which you can simply drag-and-drop in order to design.

Instapage.

With integration with many other marketing tools and the ability to share your pages to facilitate team projects, Instapage is an excellent choice.

Campaign Optimization.

You’ll want to optimize your campaign once its been running for a while. Find out whats working and what isn’t and fix them and try to increase conversions.

These tools care here to help you optimize your campaigns that are working and maybe even fix up some that aren’t.

Just because of the name, first up we have

The Optimizer.

Boost your ROI and save yourself time with The Optimizer. With the ability to automate entire campaigns down to automatically adjusting ad bids based on campaign performance. Optimizer comes with a ton of analytical tools in order to help you optimize multiple campaigns across multiple platforms and ultimately see what is working and to do more of it.

Social Media.

if you use any kind of social media marketing. Which you should. I’ve written about some of the tools regarding that here.

SEO Tools.

With how SEO is constantly changing it can be a good idea to keep an eye on what your competition is doing. Organic traffic is a great way to get consistent traffic to your campaigns. There are plenty of tools out there that will allow you to analyze the competition and identify the best performing keywords and better optimize your ads. Depending on your business model local SEO may be more appropriate. (Click here)

semrush.

Learn about, gain insight and analyze your competitors strategies in order to boost your own. semrush allows you to monitor and alanyze your competitors SEO, paid traffic, social media content and more.

ahrefs.

Both an SEO tool and competitor reaserch tool Ahrefs is well known and more importantly respected within the industry.

Screamingfrog.

Screaming frog can be used to carry out complete audits of your own site to make sure everything is working properly and even allows you to crawl your competitors site to learn about their on page SEO.

Keyword Research.

Keyword research is essential for both paid and organic campaigns. Using keywords that nobody is searching for or keywords that aren’t relevant to your offer isn’t going to help you much. So it’s important to get the right keywords for targeting the right people.

Keyword research tools are one of your strongest allies when it comes to online marketing as choosing the right keywords will ensure you get your ads in front of the right people as well as helping you keep costs down.

Not all tools will give you the same solutions so you should use at least 2 of them.

Google Keyword Planner.

Of course Google itself has to be mentioned here. If you’re running Google Ad campaigns you’ll definitely want to be using this one. Try to keep your costs down by finding keywords with a high search volume and low competition (Easier said than done, right?).

KWFinder.

KWFinder is great for finding long string key words specifically. Long string keywords are great for organic SEO as people tend to write questions directly into google.

Ubersuggest.

A free tool that will give you more suggestions for keywords whether its SEO or a PPC campaign.

Aside from these software tools there are also a number of excellent forums out there centred around affiliate marketing or just making money online generally you can use these to network with people whether it be finding prospects, products or people to work with. These forums are full of useful information by other people in the same sphere. Generally they are only available through paid subscription but the wealth of knowledge is well worth the price of entry. Here are some of the larger and more well known ones.

  • StackThatMoney
  • MadSociety
  • STM
  • affLIFT
  • AffiliateFix

So theres some essential tools for your affiliate marketing. You won’t need all or maybe any aside from a website to start of with. But as your business grows you’ll need them to help you keep track of and optimize everything. There are a ton of other resources out there.

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