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The Top 22 Tools That Can Boost Affiliate Marketing

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Ever since the emergence of search engines in the 1990s, the internet became the place for e-commerce and information platform. The webmasters were creating valuable content and providing tremendous benefits to their visitors and these website owners wanted to be rewarded for their labor. Traditional forms of online advertisements like fixed placement or CPM saw competition from more reliable forms of online advertising like affiliate marketing.

What exactly is affiliate marketing? It is one of the oldest forms of marketing which works on the referral basis. This includes three parties the merchant, the affiliate website, and the consumer. If you refer someone to any online product and when that visitor buys the product based on your recommendation, you will receive a commission. The referral fee or commission varies from $1 to $10,000. This range depends upon the product you are promoting on your website. There are many tools that can boost affiliate marketing. However, you need to understand that one affiliate marketing tool won’t make the difference between success and failure. However, if you are already on the right track, a tool can give an edge over others.

Sources: Search Engine Journal

Sources: Search Engine Journal

Given below is the list of 22 tools for affiliates that are effective and absolutely free:

On the basis of Headlines

1.Coschedule’s Headline Analyzer:

Being an affiliate means you are a traffic broker. Traffic is attracted towards good quality content. Visitors go towards catchy headlines. If you get the headline right, then you are on the right track. Go for Coschedule’s Headline Analyzer to pick a killer headline.

2.The Advanced Marketing Institute’s Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer:

This is another tool which can be used by affiliate marketers for finding the headlines that are most likely to attract traffic.

On the basis of content ideas

3. Buzzsumo: 

With Buzzsumo, you can come to know which blog posts, videos, podcasts, and infographics have got the most shares in the past. With this tool, you can know all this plus who shared it the most. This can be of specific help if you would want to reach out to influencers on a specific topic.

4. Content Idea Generator:

If you are not satisfied with two or three content ideas and your hunger for ideas relating to content is hundreds then this is the tool you could use. After registering yourself, they will ask you about your target audience and what they want. Then after clicking a button, you will see hundreds of headlines and ideas to write on.

On the basis of SEO

5. The Google Keyword Tool:

The best out of all keyword tools. However, you will have to register an AdWords account for using this tool. Making a business decision relating to keywords without checking this will be worthless. Though Google Keyword tool is less used nowadays, it is still important.

6. Google Webmaster Tools:

Starting from creating an account and linking your sites to it. Then use the PageSpeed Insights tools to see how your sites are doing speed wise. After that, check how mobile-friendly your sites are with the Mobile-Friendly test. After completing all these steps, you need to optimize your web pages that appear in the Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs) with the help of Structured Data Testing Tool. With Webmaster Tools, you can not only do this but many more things.

7. Google Analytics:

Just like Webmaster tools, Google Analytics is one of the most powerful tools which is being used by many businesses to know the traffic on their web pages. It helps you to gain knowledge about where the traffic comes from and what kind of people visit your site. With Google Analytics, you can even set up website tests with content experiments.

8. Portent SERP Preview Tool:

This is a tool by Portent which helps you with title tags and meta description tags. In case, you don’t happen to have the Yoast plugin installed on your WordPress site, this tool can help you the best.

9. Fruition’s Google Penalty Checker:

What often hits affiliates is Google algorithm updates. Fruition won’t be a magic wand and stop that from happening but it will help you know what happened better than any other tool can. When there is a drop in rankings, it is more than important to the what is the reason behind this trend. This tool will help you know that and that too for free.

10. Majestic SEO:

With the help of this free version of this SEO tool, you can know details about your sites’ link profile and all sorts of cool information about keywords. This tool can also help you analyze your competitors.

11. Keyword Spy:

This spy tool help you know what top affiliates are promoting which products, and where? Being an affiliate is tough because of the extraordinary competition you face, so with the help of this analysis tool, you can get an edge over others and make a difference. The best thing is that they have a ‘lifetime free trial’. If you are inclined to Keyword Spy, you can check out Spyfu.com, especially, if you are doing pay per click advertising.

12. Screaming Frog SEO Spider Tool:

This tool used for SEO and content audits is one of the best tools when it comes to free tools. The Screaming Frog SEO Tool is free for sites up to 500 pages.

On the basis of social media

13. Buffer:

You can automate your social media updates via this tool. It helps you save a great amount of time without you being left behind on social networking sites.

14. Followerwonk:

What is important today is to know the trends of your followers. With the help of this Moz tool, you can manage your Twitter account by finding followers, managing your followers, and tracking what people are doing with Twitter. This can be used for increasing your Twitter following and help you gain widespread popularity.

15. Do Share:

Do share is a plugin for the chrome browser which is one of the best tools for Google plus marketing. This tool is important from two aspects. One is free traffic is extremely important for affiliates and the other is Google plus is Google’s product so it can enhance your presence on social media platforms. Do Share helps you schedule posts to Google plus pages and your Google profile helping you gain an upper hand over others.

On the basis of Link tracking & creation

16. Bit.ly:

This is extremely popular and easy to use. With the help of Bit.ly, you can shorten your link. This helps you anywhere you don’t wish to have a URL that is too long. It also lets you track which links get clicked in a Kindle book or a PDF. With the help of this, you can even bundle up links together. There are also some basic analytics reports.

17. Google’s URL Builder:

Google URL Builder complements Google Analytics. With the help of this free tool, you can track your ads and social media posts easily. Way easily! Once you get your hands on this tool, it helps you with doing simple split testing with ad creative.

18. Linktrack:

Being an affiliate means you are basically a traffic broker. For being a good traffic broker, the primary focus should be to track all the links you create. With the help of Linktrack, you can see which links are driving the most revenue. This free tool is the best for affiliates since it is specifically designed for them.

On the basis of free images

19. Unsplash:

Affiliates need images to attract traffic to their sites and rarely used images can be helpful in attracting the visitors. With the help of this awesome tool, you can find images that have not been over-used. However, there is a trick to this. Find the magnifying glass icon to run a search query. After that look for the buttons on the top right that say ‘ALL’ and ‘FEATURED’. Change the default setting. That means you will need to change it from ‘Featured’ to ‘All’. It will show you loads of photographs and the resultant photographs are least often used.

On the basis of animated gifs

20. Gifmaker.me:

Animated gifs can attract a lot of attention and the reason is simple. They are cool! Animated gifs are easy to make and attract people. With the help of this free tool, you can create gifs easily. Gifmaker.me is one of the best tools for making gifs in terms of features, ease of use and the final product.

On the basis of website optimization

21. QuickSprout’s Web Analyzer: 

QuickSprout’s Web Analyzer is one of the most popular and effective tools to know about every metric of your site. With the help of QuickSprout’s Web Analyzer, you can get a nutshell report about every metric that matters for your site. Not only yours but the report of your competitors as well. This free tool helps you get a numeric score which could be used to compare your site with that of your competitors’.

22. CB Engine:

Though CB Engine is a paid tool. However, you can have a 7-day free trial to get started. ClickBank is huge and that is the issue with it. There are so many products and information that it can become cumbersome to find the actual needed product.

All the aforementioned tools are free and you don’t have to worry about it being an app. Being an affiliate is tough, so these tools are for your rescue. Drop a comment and let us know if this post helped you. 

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