Like any business if you use the right tools it makes it so much easier and quicker, well affiliate marketing is just a business like every other. So in this article, we are going to show you what free affiliate marketing tools are out there for you to use.
Although we are covering free tools today, there will be some paid tools that you will be in need of as you grow your business but more on that in another post.
Now before you shout out and say that mentoring costs money, read on and discover that not all mentoring costs it’s knowing where to look!
Having someone that will answer your questions, give you guidance and give you pointers of what has, and still is working for them will save you heaps of time and money. So what if I told you there are two communities that are willing to do all this and membership is totally free.
In fact, you can get access to one of the communities and they even let you build a website for free and give you strategic training to follow for free.
The site is called Wealthy Affiliate. If you are looking to take your affiliate marketing business to the next level, then I urge you to take a look at what they have to offer for yourself. I think you may just be amazed… I was!
The other community is a Facebook group called Traffic Dominators, which is full of Entrepreneurs that are making money every month. In fact, it’s so simple to make money after you have followed the free training steps that you are guaranteed to make money.
Join the Facebook group here and go through the simple training you can thank me later… 🙂
As a marketer keyword research is Paramount. This is where most marketers go wrong. The keywords you are looking for need to be long-tail keywords.
Let me explain! If you go onto Google and then start typing a keyword eg I have used dog treat now to rank for dog treat may be quite competitive but as soon as you start typing Google starts giving you longer suggestions. Google places these there because people are searching these terms. Google is your friend, use it.
You can see it has brought up a few longer keywords. Dog treat toys, dog treats recipes plus more… These are the keywords you want to rank for, although there might not be so much traffic for these searches you have a far better chance of ranking on page one.
Once you have searched on Google then use a tool such as Jaaxy (which has a free starter membership). Jaaxy will give you far more information about the keywords, plus will do searches in just seconds saving you all the hard work. You get 30 free searches on your starter membership so worth joining just for these. There are also other tools such as Ubersuggest, SmRush, and AHrefs which you can check out too. They all have low entry trial offers you can take advantage of.
Have you ever noticed how long the affiliate links are getting these days? They are huge and filled with numbers and letters, in fact not very pretty to look at.
Our next free tool is a link shortener. There are loads that you can use most being free but I have always used the most commonly used Bit.ly.com. All you do is head over to their website paste the link you need shortening and then click to shorten it. Hey, presto done … how easy is that!
If you are using WordPress then a plugin called Pretty Link can be activated and used, the lite version is fine to use and free. Pretty link takes your URL as the first part of the link and then you add a custom name for the end of the link. Again copy and paste your link create your wording and bingo done! In this way, you are branding your website too with every link.
Easy? Yes, it’s that easy but still, I see marketers using long, weird, and wonderful links… Don’t be one of those! Use a shortener!
Now you can of course take advantage of sites such as Unsplash and Pixabay which offer super images with no royalties. Search what image you want, then click download. Take care of image sizes if you are using them on your website as large image files WILL slow down your site, stopping pages loading which could result in visitors leaving and never coming back.
You may also want to create your own images, to use on Social media or your website. The site I recommend for this is Canva… you can create social media headers, website banners, in fact, any image you like. I use it all the time.
One of the fastest ways to build your business is through email marketing. Now I would always recommend AWeber as an email service provider – Check out why here…
With AWeber now offering a free account, with no credit card or time limit it makes sense that this would be your choice to make. Once you hit over 500 subscribers there are some minimal costs but, my view would be to look at this long term if you build your business fast, which you probably will, you will soon be heading for costs either way so I would look at AWeber to start with. But, the choice is yours! There are many others to choose from.
Follow this video once you have grabbed your free AWeber account it’s all you need to get building your list.
Once you have created your content, getting eyes on it straight away is the main objective. I use a site called If This Then That or IFTTT for short. The site is free to use but could be a bit long-winded to explain in detail… I will in due course do a post just about this topic but, in the meantime…
I did shoot a short video explanation on YouTube check it out on this link. or watch below
Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel while your there and hit the notifications bell too. I shoot videos regularly and you may just find them useful.
Video Creation & Distribution
Video is an amazing way to promote affiliate marketing products and services. Let’s face it. It’s so easy to make videos these days with a push of a button on your mobile phone you can create a simple video. Yes, you can use fancy video creation software but to begin with, just use your phone.
Once you have your video upload it to YouTube. It takes a few seconds, and if you picked the right keywords who knows you could rank in YouTube and Google combined. I do this regularly now with my channel and it gets me heaps of free traffic.
Any easy way to make videos without even being on camera is using a site called Vidnami they do a free trial you can use to get started.
Video is a very powerful tool do forget it!
These are a selection of free affiliate marketing tools that you could be using, maybe you know of more, if so please comment below I would love to hear what’s helping your business grow, likewise tell me which ones you are going to be trying out to build your business.