The Affiliate Marketers Toolbox (Part 1)

So you want to get started with affiliate marketing?

The foundation of a successful affiliate website encompasses a variety of different marketing components. Each of these components helps an affiliate gain trust and grow readership which in turn leads to more traffic and higher conversions. If we break this down into manageable chunks, this would include…

  • Website & Mobility
  • Original & Beautiful Content
  • List building & Email Marketing
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Testing & Analytics
  • Affiliate Links
  • Social Media

Most Affiliate Networks offer a variety of tools to help both their merchants and affiliates/publishers succeed with their affiliate marketing. We’ve put together a list of resources, plugins and services to use as an “affiliate marketers toolkit”. The goal of this affiliate toolkit is to provide you with as many resources as possible to build and maintain a successful and profitable affiliate website.

Website & Mobility

When choosing to start with affiliate marketing, I would highly recommend going with a self hosted website rather than a free solution. One this will give you more control / freedom over your site, but also signals to the advertisers you want to partner with, that you are a serious contender.

Picking the Best Hosting provider for your website:

When it comes to choosing the best WordPress Hosting, there are three major components that make up a great host in my opinion, and those are:

  1. Performance
  2. Knowledge, Speed, and Reliability of Support
  3. Pricing and the overall product offering.

InMotion Hosting – InMotion hosting has been a well-known industry brand with reliable performance for business class hosting. InMotion Hosting’s WordPress Hosting is optimized for active bloggers, and offers great scalability for your blog’s growth.

SiteGround – SiteGround is one of the most popular and highest rated hosting provider in the WordPress community. They provide unique in-house WordPress speed and security solutions to make your site as fast and secure as possible.

BlueHost – One of the oldest web hosts started in 1996, Bluehost has become the largest brand name when it comes to WordPress hosting. They are an official “WordPress” recommended hosting provider. On top of that, they offer, a Free Domain and a free Site Builder with templates.

GoDaddy – GoDaddy is good for personal and commercial hosting purposes, thanks to its dependable uptime, Linux- and Windows-based servers, excellent customer service, and other features.

HostGator – HostGator hosts over 8 million domains and is one of the most popular web hosts in the industry. With 1-click WordPress installation, 99.9% up time guarantee, and 24/7 support, it’s a smart choice for every website owner.

DreamHost – DreamHost has been around for 18 years, and is known for making web hosting easy. DreamHost powers over 600,000 WordPress blogs and websites. There are no setup fees, and you also get a free domain.

Improving Site Speed

About 50% of your visitors will abandon your website after 10 seconds or less.

Yes, that’s the reality we’re faced with. The good news, however, is that there are many performance-boosting tips you can draw on to help you avoid becoming just another unfortunate statistic.Affiliates with a high bounce rate will rarely be successful – and the two major causes of a high bounce rate are slow load times and irrelevant content.

GTmetrix – GTmetrix gives you insight on how well your site loads and provides actionable recommendations on how to optimize it.
Pingdom Website Speed Test – Pingdom lets you identify what about a web page is fast, slow, too big, what best practices you’re not following, and so on.
W3 Total Cache – Free caching and site performance optimization plugin for WordPress. [See how to configure this plugin]
EWWW Image Optimizer – Free plugin that lets you optimize your site images for speed.
WP Smush – WP Smush meticulously scans every image you upload and cuts all the unnecessary data and scales it for you before adding it to your media library.
P3 Plugin Performance Profiler – Free plugin that lets you test the resources your other plugins are using on your wordpress site, allowing you to find alternatives to plugins that are causing bloat and affecting site speed.

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