Hello Opportunity Seekers! Coming up to 50 Posts on this blog now and this is an idea I’ve seen a couple of other bloggers do. Affiliate Marketing 50 Recommended Tools ~ In fact, I think my previous post “Finding The Right Vehicle For Success” is very much in the same vein as this. I went over a lot of different tools within that post but today I want to take a more current perspective on this.
All the main tools I use day-to-day I will share here within this post. My main goal is to try and help new web developers with their first websites.
Hopefully, you can find this information helpful.
So without further ado. Let’s get started;
Affiliate Marketing 50 Recommended Tools For 2021
Everything I use for My Online Business Plus More!
Please note that this post contains affiliate links. Not for every single link but for some. The price you pay will not be affected and each of these tools (mostly) are one’s that I highly recommend and have used myself.
Affiliate Marketing 50 Recommended Tools For 2021
1# – WordPress For Web Design
Since getting started with affiliate marketing and my latest attempt at blogging this has been one of my main (if not the main) assets for publishing my content. For sure you might have heard of Wix and Squarespace but this to me is the best out of the lot of them. Once you understand WordPress and all its Plugins you will never want to look elsewhere ever again.
2# – Blogger (by Google) ~ Alternative To WordPress
I love WordPress but I will always have a deep affinity with Google Blogger. It is free to join and actually a great place to get started. You don’t need to worry about paying for domains and hosting plus it can definitely be used for both blogging and affiliate marketing.
I actually started here myself many years ago and after a failed attempt at running several WordPress websites back in 2017, I came back and started a new blog here in 2019. I didn’t use it for much more than a month but I made my first affiliate commissions through Blogger so will always recommend it to others.
Although, it is nowhere near as customizable and advanced as WordPress.
3# – Wealthy Affiliate Premium for Hosting, Domains and Aff. Tools + Training
Recently, I read a pretty scathing review of WA. Unfortunately, a lot of it was true but still to me this is a very important tool. Basically, because I can host all my websites here and park my domains with SSL certificates for only $14 a year (on top of membership fees).
For a new user, this is good as you get the opportunity to host 10x Premium website Installs and I think 25 Free website Installs.
The price of $50 a month might seem a bit high but given that you have the opportunity to earn 50% commissions from referrals and you also get other perks such as 24/7 Support, Networking, and countless training videos this is still a great deal.
However, to really benefit I would recommend buying an annual membership. If you really get to know this platform this is an amazing offer.
Its not for everyone but here’s what you get with both the Free (Starter) membership below and the Premium Upgrade ⏬
Read More: My 1st Year @ Wealthy Affiliate
4# – Jaaxy Keyword Research Tool – Free With Wealthy Affiliate Premium
This is Wealthy Affiliate’s go-to keyword research tool. It has taken a bit of getting used to – not going to lie but I use this definitely almost every day.
I’ve actually started using a couple of other tools for my KW research as well now but don’t know what I would do without this. It is also complimentary (free) with Wealthy Affiliate premium for unlimited searches and is valued on its own (without WA) at $19 a month.
Read More HERE: How To Improve Site Ranking With Jaaxy!
5# – Grammarly For Spelling Checks and Grammar
Despite a recent problem, this has been causing for me on my eBay messenger I think this tool is absolutely essential for any blogger. Even the free version is amazing and you never have to worry about making spelling or grammar mistakes again. I even use this for my social media but as a blogger, this is an absolute must.
Also, if you afford it Grammarly Pro is even better and will not only help you to improve readability and grammar even further but also has a Plagiarism Checker. You can find free tools to do this with as well but usually, they are limited to 500 words. Of which you have to copy and paste bit by bit whereas Grammarly Pro can scan the whole document (or URL) all at once. Definitely a time saver. If you can afford its annual plan definitely check this out!
If you don’t have Grammarly Yet – Free or Pro Version – Get It Now Right HERE<<
6# – Canva For Featured Image Design and Pinterest
This is another one of my most used tools. I honestly, wished I had started using this a lot sooner but this is an amazing design tool with which you can create things like Logos, Featured Images for WordPress (1200x675px), Pinterest Pins (1000x1500px), E-Book Covers, and much, much more!
You also have the option to upgrade to Canva Premium. This gives even more access to things like Premium Images and really is worth every penny. I personally used the free version for well over a year and it’s definitely best to get started here but once you get the chance it is a lot better to use this paid version.
7# – Gutentor Gutenberg Blocks
Another amazing free tool. If you notice the highlighted sections within this post and others. I do that with Gutentor. It also works exceptionally well with Thrive Leads and you also have things like columns and recent post blocks. It takes a bit of getting used to at first I must say but once you get the hang of it – it’s a great tool to have.
8# – Thrive Suite
This is the new updated model of Thrive Themes. I’m still learning the ropes with this but once you start to gain more experience and start with building email lists this is a whole array of different tools that can really make the difference.
Read My Review HERE: Thrive Suite Review 2021
This is one of the best Lead Generation toolkits out there in my opinion. Once you have developed your website a bit more this will maybe be one of the best investments you will make.
9# – Fiverr
You’ve probably heard of Fiverr. You can buy all sorts of services here. I wouldn’t recommend going too crazy here whilst you’re still learning the ropes. It can be very easy to lose sight of things and throw money in all the wrong places but as you go on this can be a tremendous help.
The other thing if you are new to affiliate marketing and web development this can also be a great way to earn some fast cash whilst you are still getting set up.
Read More HERE: Does Fiverr Work – YES, I made Over $3000!!
10# – Freelancer and SEOClerks.com
Another alternative to Fiverr. Freelancer I don’t use as much but it’s another option to use as you begin to delegate a bit more.
You can also try out SEOClerks.com.
This I’ve only used a handful of times but it has some good services on here as well.
11# – PrettyLinks For Cloaking Affiliate Links
This is another must-have tool that I use on all of my websites. It is (if you don’t know) a WordPress plugin that allows you to save and customize affiliate links and other website links, with your own domain name. It is essentially a link management tool but also makes things a lot more convenient and helps to cloak long affiliate links.
You can also upgrade to PrettyLinks Pro. I have not tried personally but I hear this is very good for link tracking.
12# – Google Analytics / Search Console
This is an absolute must for any website whether it is WordPress or not. Even Blogger. It can be a bit of a nuisance obsessing over things like traffic and results but it can be helpful to know this information.
More so you need Google Analytics to get Google Search Console which is another very important tool.
Through Google Search Console you can do 2 very important things. Request Indexing to help speed up indexing of new posts and also you can submit your sitemap. I try to resubmit this quite often as it lets google know the latest for your website.
Also, many use GSC to help out with Keyword research.
13# – Bing Webmaster Tools
This is exactly the same (kind of) as Google Search Console but for Bing and Yahoo. You should definitely submit your sitemap here and each time you publish a new post you can also submit your URLs.
14# – MonsterInsights
This is basically a tool (a WordPress) plugin that easily allows you to add and set up Google Search Console. I can’t say I really used this for much other than this but if you are interested in analytics this does help keep track of things for you.
15# – Yoast SEO / Yoast SEO Premium
Now, you can either use this or another plugin called “All In One SEO”. If you join Wealthy Affiliate their training recommends using AIO SEO but for me, hands down Yoast is the best. With Yoast, I am able to clearly chose a keyphrase, make sure it appears enough times, add an SEO title, meta description, social media titles, and basically try to make my SEO as good as I can for the search engines as possible.
With Yoast Premium I mainly use this for redirects but since upgrading, I have been very happy with it.
You can also use it to set secondary keyphrases and alternative SEO titles.
16# – Sassy Share Buttons
I actually love this plugin. Haven’t used it for long enough if truth be told. I was using a plugin before called Grow By Mediavine but this has so many more options for places for people to share your content. It is also great for sharing your own content. Every website should have a plugin like this.
The only thing I will say though is an even better plugin (I believe) is “ShareThis” Share Buttons because they offer more places to share. Although, Sassy Share Buttons is still amazing.
17# – Easy Table Of Contents
This is optional but honestly aren’t websites better off with a table of contents? Now, I didn’t find out about this till only a few months back. Before that, I was coding all my tables of contents which basically takes forever. I actually see a lot of websites using this and definitely, it is worth installing. It takes a bit of getting used to at first but great plugin.
18# – GeneratePress Theme
My theme of choice is Generate Press. I wouldn’t say I recommend it to everyone. For new web developers, I would say it is probably a wise decision to experiment with different themes but if you don’t know what theme to pick this is quite simple to understand and quite easy to customize.
I actually use the premium version. I’m not actually sure about the difference between free and paid as had it for well over a year now. Although, I think one difference is text styles and you can change the color of the text.
19# – Leads Leap For Lead Generation and Advertising
This is a very powerful tool if used properly. I have managed to get 100’s of Sign-Ups by using this website. It has both a paid and a free version. It’s definitely worth a join at least for the free version and it also has link tracking and rotator tools. Plus much more including landing pages and free email marketing tools.
I’ve not used much recently but I will be over the next few months. Mostly, as I develop this website more because this is also a great source of traffic.
20# – CoSchedule Headline Analyzer
This is unfortunately not a free tool although it does have a free trial. For the more experienced this is 100% worth using because of the importance of good headlines for both SEO and catching the eye of potential visitors to your websites. What I like about it personally is it shows what headlines your competition is using and makes suggestions for better headlines that you can use yourself.
21# – Facebook For Social Media Marketing
I probably don’t need to say much here but Facebook business pages, groups, Facebook Ads, and even just good old networking are all very valuable tools. I think there is a lot of flaws across this platform but to me, this is such a powerful asset. If you use it correctly it can help build your business in a very big way.
I have taken various training for Facebook but one cheap course I would recommend is Simple Social Media Sales by John ‘Bones’ Rodriguez.
22# – Youtube For Video Marketing
OK, so I don’t really do a whole on Youtube at the moment. Mostly because I don’t have the set-up and equipment for it but I have a channel that hopefully, I will use more in the future. Why I mention this? is because I think if you utilize Youtube and videos it can make a huge difference to your online business.
If you are OK with getting behind the camera GREAT but if not you can still use something like Filmora X by Wondershare for creating videos out of your blog posts. Not as good as professionally made videos but a great place to start.
23# – Reddit For Q+A, Content Promotion and Marketing
I use Reddit for 2 different purposes. One for sharing my posts (traffic) and two I think it is a great place to reach out to others. For both support and feedback. In my view, it is always a good idea to ask questions and in my experience, a lot of Redditors can be very helpful people. So, this is probably one of my go-to places other than forums.
If there is something I am looking to find answers for then Reddit is a great tool.
24# – Twitter For Social Media Marketing
I think that Twitter is a great place for sharing content – both old and new. It is usually one of the first places I share my new content. What I have found about Twitter is it is the perfect place to build a following and a niche-specific audience. I try to tweet at least once daily, schedule my saved tweets with TweetDeck, and follow new people as often as possible.
25# – Pinterest For Image SEO
As a member of Wealthy Affiliate, the training talks about Pinterest quite a lot. In my experience, for many, I have read this is a hotbed for traffic. Personally, I have had a few pins that have brought traffic to my website but honestly, I don’t really use them as much as I should.
My advice here is when you publish a new post publish 2,3 pins for each. Use Canva to make images 1000x1500px and fill out your descriptions to include keywords and a call to action. If you look on Youtube search for Anastasia Blogger and watch her Pinterest videos.
Also, be sure to download the Pinterest extension for your web browser, and once you are more experienced check out…
26# – Tailwind For Pinterest and Instagram
As mentioned above Tailwind is a tool related to Pinterest. It is a pin scheduler and a networking platform where you can join something called Tailwind Tribes. Who are, a group of people you can collaborate with to share each other’s content. I have briefly tried out this platform but never really got into it properly. In my opinion, it is worth setting up but only when you have around 30 boards with 30 pins each. It definitely takes some getting used to but it is a tool that can help increase your views dramatically.
27# – GTMetrix For SiteSpeed Optimization
28# – Google Pagespeed Insights
This is another tool that you can use instead of GTMetrix. I tend to fluctuate between using the two but this is basically as the name suggests a tool to diagnose website speed and load times.
On the topic of site speed, these are 2 plugins I currently use to help boost my page speed. Autoptimize has a few decent features I think. There is also a 3 part email course you can take to properly set this up. It is included as a link within your back office once you get started. I highly recommend but another thing is 2 get both plugins together.
Note: WPRocket is another one that you can use instead but it is a premium plugin.
30# – Imagify For Image Optimization
Another speed optimization tool I use this to optimize images identified by GTmetrix and Google Page Speed Insights. It has served me well but Kraken image optimizer is another good alternative.
31# – UberSuggest By Neil Patel For SEO
This is a website you can join created by successful internet marketer Neil Patel. It’s kind of advanced but even as a free member there is quite a lot you can do to help find areas to improve. An SEO site audit for one is very useful because it helps identify areas that you can resolve such as missing image alt tags, too-long titles, and low-quality backlinks.
32# – SEMrush For SEO and Keyword Research
I remember when I first started out again in January 2020 I joined SEMrush and never could understand what it was. It is maybe not one that you want to join right away but once your site is a bit more fleshed out – 100% GO FOR IT>
Once you get to this stage this is a very useful tool even with the free version. It can be used to make many improvements to your SEO and also it is another place where you can do keyword research and identify your main competition.
Plus a lot more as well – most I don’t quite understand although I do know their backlink audit tool is very good.
33# – AHREFS Webmaster Tools
This is much like the 2 above. Complex data analysis tools that include a more advanced paid membership. I have not used this one very much but as it is another free tool to join I felt it was definitely worthy of a mention.
34# – AnswerThePublic
Here is a helpful free keyword tool you can use. It doesn’t give any metrics like Jaaxy but still, it’s a good website where you can type in your main keyword eg. Apple Juice and it will come up with xxx question-based keywords.
35# – QuestionDB
Another alternative to AnswerThePublic.com where you can find question-based keywords.
36# – Bitly
You are likely familiar with Bitly. It is a link shortener website. I use it mostly for my tweets but also for cloaking my long affiliate links and for creating easy-to-remember URLs for my social media campaigns.
37# – Google Docs
This is a very helpful tool that you can use to provide instruction and share affiliate links without them being flagged. I also use google docs to write my ebooks. Plus it is also good to share information with your colleagues and collaborators.
38# – Google Adsense / Ezoic
Once you get to a certain stage with your website’s 50+ posts you can start showing ads. It can be a little slow sometimes to make any actual money but as you start to get more visitors and more clicks etc. You should start to make more and more.
Just one bit of advice don’t click on your own ads – once you lose your AdSense account is very hard to get back again. I found out the hard way.
As for Ezoic, this is a different ads platform that usually approves people based on their traffic and being AdSense approved.
A lot of people say it is better than AdSense so once you start getting a good number of visitors definitely give this a go.
39# – AccessPress Guest Post
This is something to definitely consider. Allowing others the opportunity to guest post on your website. With, the amount of work that goes into managing a blog guest posters really can be a godsend. For one they are people that are willing to write content for your websites for free and two they can help free up your time to work on other tasks.
Read more here: Accepting Guest Posts On WordPress
40# – Windows Mail Desktop App
If you have Windows 10 you probably know about the Mail App. It is basically just an app you can link your email addresses to for easy access on your desktop. It is a little advanced but if you create a custom domain email address you can add this here and you can keep it for just your very most important emails;
41# – Google AMP Plugin
I actually had to remove this recently as it was causing conflicts with my other plugins. It is a plugin to help improve mobile speed. I am planning to re-add soon but if you install or reinstall make sure you make a backup of your website first.
42# – UpdraftPlus
I don’t actually use this but honestly thinking about it I really probably should. The reason I recommend is that it helps to easily create backups and restoration points for your websites which you can use if anything goes wrong.
43# – GetResponse
Honestly, I can’t believe I have left it so long to share this tool. It has been my go-to solution for email marketing for well over a year now. I like it because it is cheaper than Aweber and you can save 1k email contacts.
44# – Warrior Forum for Forum Marketing
This is one of my top 3 forums I use there networking with other affiliate marketers. You can also pay $5 to add a signature to your forum replies which is a very clever way of doing affiliate marketing.
45# – Marketing Checkpoint Forum
I don’t use this one as often but it is still good to interact with others about online business.
46# – BeerMoney Forum – Earn Free Crypto
This is a good place because as well as having all the other advantages you can also earn BMF tokens which can be exchanged for CryptoCurrency.
47# – ClickBank For Finding Products To Promote
This is one of the main vendors you can try for affiliate links. Has a good deal of crappy products but it isn’t actually all bad. You just have to know how to research the products your planning to review or whatever.
Please Note: There is an earning threshold with CB and if you don’t make enough money after a while ClickBank starts deducting from your commissions.
48# – ShareASale Affiliate Vendor #2
Offers better products than ClickBank in my opinion but much harder to get an account with. Once you have built up your authority platform (website or youtube channel) definitely check this out.
49# – DigiStore24 Affiliate Vendor 3#
Another like Clickbank you can easily get approved for. Based in Germany and products are quite similar to Clickbank but they are graded on quality. Plus if you are in a country that doesn’t use ClickBank you may be able to get approved here instead. I would say it is worth joining as many of these vendors as you can just as long as you save your username, passwords, etc. so you can check any accounts use in the future.
50# – MaxBounty, Warrior+, and JVZOO
A few more vendors you can try. MaxBounty uses a CPA model whilst W+ and JVZOO are two of the main ones for digital products. MaxWeb, Commission Junction, Impact, Webgains there are more as well.
Content is probably one of the most important things but you also as well want to monetize your content. Exactly why these websites are so important. You can also google for affiliate programs.
I have maybe missed a few here but these were all the tools I could think of that I use or have used in the past. Maybe I will do a ‘Part 2’ in the future. If I think of anymore but let me know what you think and if there are any tools you think are worthy of a mention please let me know in the comments section below.
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About The Author:
Born and Raised in England, UK. Alex C is a keen entrepreneur and blogger looking to put his very own stamp on the world of affiliate marketing and blogging. To help achieve his personal goal of creating passive income and being able to travel around the world and work anywhere he goes…. Read More…
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