Affiliate marketing is a great approach to generate various revenue streams. However, while many digital strategists will tell you that affiliate marketing is simple, the truth is that it may be difficult unless you have the correct affiliate marketing tools and resources. So, in this post, I am going to be talking about a few of the best free affiliate marketing tools and resources to know in 2021.
Let’s first start with the analytics and ad tracking tools for affiliate marketing, they are as follows:
AnyTrack is an affiliate marketing tool that uses Google Analytics and Facebook Pixel to monitor and synchronise conversions from any affiliate network. It gives a single line of code to integrate all of your analytics and pixels, making it one of the best affiliate marketing tools which you can use for free.
AdThrive works with affiliates to optimize their ads for improved performance. This software analyzes your performance to understand the points for improvement. It aims to increase CTRs (Click-Through-Rates) to generate more value. A very powerful tool indeed for affiliate marketers. There is an approval process, but they do not charge you upfront but get 25% of the ad revenue.
Landing Page Builders for Affiliate Sites
If you are looking for creating landing pages with some of the greatest lead-generating capabilities, Unbounce is one of the most popular landing page builders for digital marketers. Unbounce’s ‘Conversion Intelligence’ and ‘Smart Traffic’ capabilities help it stand out from the crowd. Landing pages are essential for keeping customers on the page and directing them to the appropriate call-to-action buttons and, ultimately, to making a purchase.
Here is a nice video below showing you how to create a landing page using the Unbounce landing page builder tool –
Free Email Marketing Tools
Email marketing is still relevant for all marketers, and affiliate marketers are no exception. Another free tool to increase website traffic for an affiliate page will be to utilize email marketing campaigns. Sender offers 15,000 emails per month with 2,500 subscriber limits for free! You can create visually attractive emails with Call-to-Action buttons and templates and monitor their success.
Link Tracking and Shortening for Affiliate Marketing
Rebrandly offers you link cloaking, which is the process of hiding your Affiliate ID and shortening your affiliate link URL, which is issued by an affiliate network.
By hiding your affiliate ID and making the link more visually appealing to visitors, you may secure your affiliate commissions. It can resemble bit.ly but offers more analytics and customization options. In addition, you can join for no cost.
Free Traffic Sources for Affiliate Marketing: How to Succeed in Affiliate Marketing for Free without paying for Ads
Pinterest is an image-sharing website that organizes visually appealing photographs into many categories. Pinterest is unique in that it allows you to upload an image that is linked to a URL. This implies that when someone clicks on the image, they will be taken to your affiliate page.
It’s a terrific (and free) approach to reach a large audience if you use attractive photographs and your content falls into a Pinterest genre. I personally like to use the Canva free tool to create those stunning pins and upload them onto my Pinterest Group Boards.
You can also share your visual content on Pinterest by adding a Pin-It button to the visual content on your site.
Since all you need is a smartphone, YouTube is one of my favorite ways to create free traffic. Aside from being inexpensive or free, it also allows you to have your videos indexed by Google. So you will get some of the valuable Google traffic, as well as organic YouTube traffic (you don’t have to be a famous YouTuber right away!).
The best way to go about this to start your own YouTube channel catering to a specific niche. Here is an example of one of my YouTube channels catering to the Make Money Online niche where I like to upload pre-done custom affiliate videos.
Free Affiliate Networks
Amazon Associates Program
Without a question, the Amazon Associates program is one of my favorites when it comes to promoting amazon affiliate products. It’s usually simple to get in, and they contain everything that you need to promote goods, but as an affiliate, you need to pay attention to their link-sharing guidelines on social media.
It’s one of the largest affiliate networks in the world that has catered to several content creators, publishers, and website owners to monetize their traffic. As an amazon associate, you have access to all amazon products and choose what products you feel like promoting under your niche.
ShareASale is an awesome affiliate network for content creators, influencers, and website owners. Their network links online retailers to over 225,000+ affiliate partners worldwide. Unlike the Amazon Associates program which is focused entirely on Amazon products, ShareASale caters to affiliate programs for 4,500+ merchants, both big and small.
Note: With ShareASale, you will need to individually apply to merchants and be approved by each merchant, which is a pretty standard approach for an affiliate network like this.
I recommend ShareASale, as it is a great option for both selling digital and physical affiliate products.
ClickBank is another affiliate marketing hub for vendors who want to sell their products (especially digital products), affiliates who have an audience market, and various tools to improve campaigns such as landing page builder, ad optimization, and so on. Unlike ShareASale, which has tie-ups with nationally known merchants, ClickBank is more focused on smaller end merchants.
Most vendor products on ClickBank are digital products, like eBooks, online courses, or membership sites. These merchants are not hugely popular at the national level, but they do get good brand recognition using the ClickBank Affiliate Network platform.
I really love promoting ClickBank products, but I wouldn’t say all ClickBank merchant products are in the high-end category. But here is the good thing, ClickBank has gotten better with its review process filter discarding the bad merchant products, and providing you with high-quality and high-converting affiliate offers. Not to mention, the ClickBank team has recently started to help their affiliates know which are the Top ClickBank products to promote for each month. Isn’t that awesome!
To Wrap Up…
Having the right affiliate marketing tools and resources helps your affiliate marketing business to generate faster sales and stay ahead of your competition. At the same time attracting the right type of potential buyers to your landing page, website, or blog.
I suggest you try out a few of my recommended tools and see what works best for your affiliate marketing business.
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My name is Sujoy Mukherji. I am an Internet Marketer, Entrepreneur & Professional Blogger. Founder of the Affiliate Hub Blog.