You’re going to love these tools and it will help increase your affiliate marketing revenue.
When you promote products and services you love through affiliate programs…you get to:
- Earn cash buckeroos without having to write books, create courses, buy expensive membership software, hire customer service people, or do any of the heavy lifting associated with product development
- Get paid for sharing valuable content and resources with your readers, fans and clients
- Get the “Holy Grail of a Revenue Stream” – You earn recurring income thanks to cookies and ongoing referral tracking
A brief sidenote: If you’re not doing affiliate marketing you’re leaving money on the table. Doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out with “online money making” or if you have an existing business already…
We believe strongly in multiple streams of income.
Affiliate marketing has helped me generate more than 6 figures online.
It’s one of the fastest ways to making money online and if you could have a love affair with a ‘thing’…
Well I’d say we’ve fell head over heels in love with affiliate marketing and Kara and I even did a special video for you over at our blog post at:
Now in the “good ol days” it was easy to just buy traffic to an affiliate offer. However…gone like the wind are 1 cent google paid ad clicks and as more and more people online are ‘doing this’…
The key is to start a relationship with your potential buyers.
Give VALUE and then ask for the sale. And with the tools recommended below, you’re going to be able to develop your own system for turning your prospects into buyers so that you make more money with affiliate marketing.
It just makes sense anyway as you can’t just go up to someone you just met and kiss him/her right?
Now let's dive into the affiliate marketing tools.
The 5 Top Affiliate Tools – Make Money Online Affiliate Marketing
I call them ‘tools’ but you could also think of them as your online assets as well – things you build or use that allow you to GROW your bank account 🙂
Tool #1: Have a “Resources / Tools We Use” Download
You may see a resources page or download on other blogs and websites…heck we have it on the right hand side column of our blog posts.
People want to know what tools you use. So why not put your best foot forward and:
- Share the knowledge
- Include your affiliate link to those tools / resources in that PDF
- Get paid for recommended.
So to show you how we do it – the image below – when you click on it you’ll be given instant access to our “Golden Treasure Chest” of tools we use in our own online business.
Tool #2: Pretty Links
OK so if you hear me on a video or Facebook Live or webinar and I give you a super long url / affiliate link – it's going to be pretty hard for you to remember it right? Or even typing in a long affiliate link is a bit of a pain in the patootie if you know what I mean.
So there's a fabulous solution to shortening your affiliate links so that it's SIMPLE and BRANDED to you!
It's a cool WordPress plug in called Pretty Links.
This plug in has been downloaded over 1.9 million times which tells you that it's pretty dang popular!
There's a FREE version and a PRO version that makes it easy for you to shrink, cloak, track, organize, share and test all of your links on your own domain and server.
Let me explain by giving you an example. The image below shows how you can just enter the affiliate link and then create your custom branded pretty affiliate link:
So now that affiliate link is custom branded to our own domain and I can keep track of the number of clicks so that I can see if people are clicking on that affiliate link.
Right from the Pretty links website:
Pretty Links is particularly useful to Affiliate Marketers. It helps them to clean up, brand, group, organize and track their links. Pretty Links is also useful to bloggers, podcasters, merchants, social media marketers and really, anyone wanting to easily take control of their own link strategy.
Tool #3: Autoresponder Software such as Convertkit – Your email list.
There’s a reason why everyone says “the money is in the list”. Because it is.
Once you start building your email list, you have an incredible CASH COW.
Seriously, your list is your cash cow.
Plus…no one…I mean no one…can take that away from you because it’s your asset.
Whereas even though your social media communities are fantastic (Facebook, Pinterest, Youtube, etc.) the thing is – it’s not your own asset and Facebook could just delete your account for instance if they think you’re doing something wrong.
Building successful email marketing campaigns can double your annual revenue.
If you are just starting out…it can lead to your first $100 online, your first $1,000 online and more.
There’s many a time where we do a ‘4 day cash machine’ email campaign that brings in hundreds to thousands of dollars.
If you haven’t started building your email list yet.
We strongly suggest you make this your FIRST priority.
We’ve used almost every email autoresponder software available and the one we use and LOVE now is Converkit. It gets you the most bang for your buck, it’s ok to do affiliate marketing with Convertkit and it’s simple to start using.
The coolest part is you can start a FREE TRIAL of Convertkit when you click right here!
Tool #4: Your Thank You Page
One of the most under-utilized assets you have is your thank you page you send traffic to after they sign up to your email list. I see 99% of marketers not using this effectively and have been guilty of this mistake myself.
Whether it’s for your own product or an affiliate product...take advantage of all the eyeballs that land on your thank you page!
Simple fix: On your thank you page – you can thank them for signing up to your list and then include a link to one of your TOP PRODUCTs you recommend.
Now if you use a software system (such as Shopify) where it’s hard to change the thank you page/order confirmation page…then simply in your email autoresponder series you send your subscriber, you can include a write up about a certain product you recommend and link to that product.
Heck you can even put it in your P.S. in your emails as well!
Tool #5 Your Blog / Website
Owning your own ASSET such as your own blog is powerful. You can simply grab a domain and hosting account and you're off to the races.
People buy from people they trust and having your own content on your own blog allows you to start building that trust. To find out more about blogging, you should check out our FREE cheat sheet about the perfect blog formula.
Tool #6 Your Lead Magnet
This is a tiny but BIG A$$ RESULTS “thing” for you to have in your business that pays off in multiple ways.
First, you need to offer something as an “ethical bribe” in order to convince someone to give up their email address to you so you can ‘start’ nurturing the relationship.
It’s a key ingredient to building your list. There are many ways to create your lead magnet and it should be something that gives value and is a nice “first step” into them getting to know you and wanting more from you to then buy from you.
Some examples of lead magnets that take 1 hour or less to create:
-> Cheat sheets (e.g. The Perfect Blog Formula cheat sheet)
-> Checklists (e.g Facebook Ad Formula checklist)
-> Case studies (e.g. How I made $5k in 48 hours with a chat bot)
-> One pager of a “Top ten list” (e.g. top ten yoga apps)
-> Piece of content from the affiliate program you’re promoting or from your own paid course
Templates (e.g. Facebook Ad Retargeting template)
Some examples of lead magnets that takes more time and thought to create:
Mini-Course / e-Course (e.g. Money Mastery 3 day mini course)
How to Video
I highly recommend if you’re just starting to stick with a lead magnet that isn’t too complicated and takes you an hour or less to create such as a cheat sheet or checklist.
Now if you have any questions about these tools, simply leave a comment and we'd be glad to help you out!