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 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 its 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 is a community that is willing to do all this and membership is totally free.
In fact, you get access to the whole community for free, they even let you build two websites 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!
As a marketer keyword research is Paramount. This is were 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 treat 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.
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 it 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! With 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 your like. I use it all the time It is
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…
Although AWeber does offer a 30-day free trial, I have promised you free tools. With that in mind a good starter company would be Mailchimp. They offer a free account up to 2,000 Subscribers but have limits on the emails sent.
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!
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. 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’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 takes a few seconds and if you picked the right keywords who knows you could rank in YouTube and Google.
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.
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