As an affiliate marketer, there are essential tools you need to effectively market to your audience. Without these tools, affiliate marketing would in no way be possible. These tools are available to ease our lives and properly get in touch with our target audience. Whether or not we have these tools at our disposal, it’s important that you as an affiliate marketer are putting in the required work to build your audience.
An autoresponder won’t build up your e-mail list on its own and a website or blog isn’t going to build itself. It requires effort, time, and commitment out of you to properly construct and build up your base. Remember that one of the best and most crucial ways to get eyes to your website is by blogging consistently on your site, while following proper SEO techniques. Without further or due, here are the essential tools you should be using as an affiliate marketer.
#1. Website – Domain & Hosting
As an affiliate marketer, there is nothing more important than building a brand through a domain you already own. For best SEO practices, I highly recommend going with a .com. As you already know, these can be purchased from sites like GoDaddy or NameCheap. For hosting, I’d definitely recommend going with a service like Bluehost.
When buying your domain always ensure that you purchase WhoIS protection for personal privacy. This keeps your name and address from showing up in the online registry. If and when your website is starting to get heavy traffic, then you’ll also want to take a look into buying a dedicated server. But for now, a simple domain name and hosting plan should suffice you just fine.
#2. Keyword Tool
There are so many keyword tools out there you can use. You’ll find free options as well as options that you might pay a monthly or yearly fee for. When looking into a keyword tool, no need to spend too much time looking for the best one. The basic concept when it comes to keyword research is almost one in the same.
I recommend looking for a keyword tool that can give you recommended results based on what you search for. Jaaxy does a great job at that. You also want to be gauge the amount of potential traffic that keyword can give you, it’s competition, and SEO value. For starters, you can always give the Google Keyword Planner a try, which will work out just fine!
#3. Social Media & Tools
If you intend on promoting your website via social media, you want to make sure to get your tools in order. Pinterest users for example can utilize tools like Tailwind or Boardbooster to automate all their social media and tasks for pinning. Check out Social Media Examiners long list of social media tools, depending on the social media platform you intend to use.
#4. Autoresponder To Automated E-mail Tasks
One very important and highly valued tool by affiliate marketers is having an autoresponder. This post outlines our top five autoresponders you can use to build up your e-mail list and setup various e-mail campaigns to be sent out to your subscribers. Building up a subscriber base is so important for a number of reasons. It helps to build up and create your brand, while helping to instill a sense of trust between you and your list.
Without it, all your website would have is one-time visitors, who more than likely won’t be visiting your site again. Building up that e-mail subscriber list will give the people on your list a reason to come back and check out your new content. It’s very important to have a list in that sense if you’re looking to build a loyal following.
#5. Team Of Skillful Writers
As you branch out, you eventually may need or want to have a team of skillful writers. This is a great way to expand your brand moving forward, while making the best out of your search engine efforts and reach. The more high-quality content you can create for your site, your blog, and your visitors, the bigger and better your site will grow. The way your site grows is in a way, proportional to the amount of high-quality and helpful content you’re creating on a daily basis.
There are many places where you can hire freelancers and even VA’s to work for you and help lighten your workload. But no matter the case, you always need to ensure that these are trustworthy writers who are doing their absolute best to provide you with nothing but valuable content. Check out sites like iWriter, upwork, or Odesk to begin looking for writers for your team.
Those are the five tools you need to be an effective affiliate. Of course, you’ll also need a few affiliate programs you trust and products you believe in to let your visitors know about. Some kind of affiliate training can also be very useful. But for the most part, these five tools will get you on the right track to making the most out of your SEO efforts, while building up your base and own online brand. As you can tell, startup costs as an affiliate are fairly low, but is something you may want to invest more into when moving forward!
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