The Software That Successful Affiliate Marketers Are Using in 2022 (and How They’re Using Them)

By Nate McCallister   
Last Updated on May 26, 2021

“Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.” Thomas Carlyle

Content Creation And Design

Create 3D MockUp Graphics with PlaceIt

Gone are the days when you needed to be a professional designer to make above average designs. Canva made it easy to create ads and simple social media graphics, but tools like Placeit took it a step further and made it possible for the average person like me to create beautiful, professional looking 3D mockups and more.

For example, I can take the PNG file of my joke book cover for this article and make it look like a really printed book.

PlaceIt Demo

While I don’t recommend it as a total replacement to Canva (Canva is still one of my top 10 most used applications according to my RescueTime activity tracker) it does several things that Canva can’t yet (or at least not well).

  • 3D Ebook Covers
  • Screen overlays on common devices (iMacs, smartphones etc)
  • Product mock ups for anything you can think of (t-shirts, hats, mugs etc).

The potential is limitless and it’s incredibly easy to use thanks to their massive library of templates and tutorials.

You’ll see many of the things it can do inside this article.

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Almost every blog post I've written in the past year includes some sort of design I created with PlaceIt. It's like Canva on steroids.

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Create Text Message Videos with Texting Story App

Texting Story App

Marketing in the 21st century requires creativity. Tools like Texting Story can help you do that.

You can use a texting story to showcase a problem that your audience is experiencing as a real life text message exchange. 

It’s fun and an underutilized tactic at the time of this writing.

The app is available for Apple and Android devices.

These make killer video ads and take under an hour to create.

iOS and Android App
‎TextingStory Chat Story Maker on the App Store
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Add flare to your marketing campaigns with simulated text message conversionations.

Create Attention Grabbing Videos Fast with Headliner App

Attention is essentially currency in the 21st century.

You’re in a nonstop battle for the attention of your potential customers and there is a strong (albeit imperfect) correlation between attention and net earnings. Basic ads/graphics/content don’t work like they used to. You need to create something that is attention grabbing and unique.

Headliner is a web-based software that has both free and paid plans. The free plan provides a surprising amount of firepower. It allows you to stylize audio or video into very cool, sharable pieces.

It’s hard to do justice to how cool this app is so go check out some more examples of what people have been doing with it here.

This app is most valuable to anyone who creates audio content (Podcasters and YouTubers). The ability to repurpose them into appealing social media posts is extremely valuable.

Remove backgrounds for Better Designs with Remove.Bg

This tool is a “If you know, you know…” type.

Remove.Bg

Remove.bg is outstanding for removing backgrounds and isolating a person or object when creating things like YouTube thumbnails and ads. 

Don’t waste time fooling around with Photoshop or hiring someone to do this for you. Remove.BG is the most accurate, automated background removal tool I have found, and it doesn't require any work on your part like many other tools out there.

Create Free Courses That Plug Affiliates with Thinkific 


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Typically, you can make more money selling a course for what it’s actually worth BUT sometimes, whipping up a short course and adding relevant affiliate links to the content can make you more in the long run.

Free courses can also help grow your email list and build tremendous goodwill with your followers.

One of the big hold-ups that people have with buying something is they fear, “I don’t really think I’ll be able to use this,” or “I need to see more real-world examples of how this will benefit me.”

If you truly believe in a product you're promoting, this will shine through in your free course.

The difficult part is getting people to actually go through the course content. No matter what you’re teaching, the completion rate will often be closer to 0% than it is to 100%. That is unless you make it a priority to get people to really go through your content in its entirety.

This is why shorter courses that teach something very specific are more likely to drive conversions. Focus not only on getting people to enroll but also to actually go through the content. This is to their benefit and yours since they won’t even see your affiliate offers unless they progress through the course.

Creating a course doesn’t need to be complicated. You can use a basic WordPress plugin or something more sophisticated like Thinkific or Learnable. You can even create a course that is delivered as an email sequence.

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Thinkific - Create Beautiful Web Based Courses

Thinkific puts your courses into a beautiful, mobile friendly design that will boost retention, increase completion rates and make you look more profesional.

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Utilize Product Tables When Comparing Products With Thrive Architect

Product Table Examples

  Example of a table I created for a blog post comparing two products side by side.

Product tables are an amazing way to compare and contrast competing products.

When someone is comparing two products, they are usually very close to buying something, so tables can be a huge boost to conversions.

Thrive Architect (part of the Thrive Themes suite of tools) allows you to easily add comparison tables to your blog posts. 

There are many other WordPress themes and plugins that can do this, but Thrive Architect is by far my favorite.

Other Uses For Thrive Themes Suite

The Thrive Themes suite of tools is far more than just a WordPress theme. Here are some other great features you'll have access to with your purchase. Click the boxes below to expand on these additional functions and tactics.

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It is the only Wordpress theme I recommend and the extra tools are just icing on the cake.

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Better Research

Find Killer Domain Ideas with Lean Domain Search 

Most of my new domain ideas come from a free tool called lean domain search. It’s a free web application that shows me available domain names based on a root term.

For example, here is what they show when I type in “fishing.”

Lean Domain Search

Now if you don't think that's pretty cool, I don't know what to tell you!

Find Anyone’s Email Address with Hunter.Io

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Whether you’re building backlinks, pitching guest post ideas or looking for collaborators on a promotion, you’ll search for people’s contact information often.

Free tools like Hunter.io let you find these email addresses (legally).

Be careful though, this doesn't give you permission to SPAM anyone you find. Be respectful and send single, personalized responses to avoid having your email tagged as being malicious by the big email providers like Gmail.

Bonus Tip: Make a special email address just for cold outreach. Don't use your main domain, just stick with a basic email like [email protected] This will ensure that your main domain doesn't get penalized if people mark your cold outreach as spam.  

Find the Next Big Thing with Google Trends

Google Trends

The early bird often gets the worm in affiliate marketing. The people who find opportunities and jump on trends first usually win big. 

Google Trends is a free tool that shows us how popular something is currently and how it has been trending over a certain amount of time.

Type in a keyword and see if people are becoming more or less interested in it.

Since paid keyword research tools will experience a bit of lag on their data, Google Trends can help you find topic ideas long before your competitors.

This concept allows you to be first to market (or at least earlier to market) and cash in on the latest trends before others even see them coming.

Also, you can use Google Trends to find seasonal opportunities since it can go back several years at a time. 

Target Buyer Intent Keywords to Make Sales with AHREFs

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If you are selling something with a piece of content (blog post or video) there are certain keywords that you want your piece to show up for in order to make sales. I call these “buyer intent” keywords.

There are 3 different buyer intent keywords people type into search engines (Google and YouTube are the two powerhouses we focus primarily on as affiliates)

  • Solution comparison. The searcher doesn’t yet know what products solve their problem. For example, they might search for a term like, "catch more bass.” Targeting these people with posts like “10 Tips for Catching More Bass Than You Can Reasonably Fit In Your Boat.”
  • Product comparison. The searcher knows the solution they need but wants to learn more about the specific products that solve it or compare options they are aware of. This could be an article like "best jig lures for bass fishing," or "BiCO Original Jig vs. Berkley Havoc Grass Pig Bait." 
  • Checkout research. The searcher has decided they want the product and want a discount or special offer. These terms include things like "BiCO Original Jig Discount Code" or "BiCO Original Jig Promo."

The best way to find your buyer intent keywords is to start with your product in mind.

AHREFs keyword research

Let’s say that your product is a program that teaches people how to become better singers called the “Superior Singing Method” (It’s a real program, but I know nothing about it).

Solution comparison keywords we’d like to rank for could include:

  • “How to improve singing voice”
  • “Increase vocal range”
  • “How to sing better fast”
  • “Sing better”

These are very basic phrases and aren’t extremely “hot” but if you start to show up for these sorts of search terms organically, you will pitch your affiliate solution (no pun intended) to people who might be in the market for your product.

To create a long list of these “solution comparison” keyword phrases, start with your product and think of all the different benefits it has, and then identify the corresponding search terms that could showcase it.

Next, we have product comparison research keywords. These keywords are searched by people who know what the solution looks like, but they have multiple choices and they want to narrow them down.

AHREFs is one tool that you can get a LOT out of simply by running the wheels off the trial. I gladly pay for it each month, but if your budget is tight, you can get a lot and cancel. Just remember to actually use it!

A free alternative is UberSuggest by Neil Patel. The value is so high for me on keyword research that even a marginal improvement in data is worth the investment to me, but if you're not there yet, UberSuggest is a good starting tool.

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I simply wouldn't find the blog topics that drive most of my traffic without AHREFs. On top of that, it's invaluable when it comes to backlink building and competitor research.

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The SkyScraper Approach: How to Stand on the (Content) of Giants with SEO Minion Chrome Extension

Competition isn’t a bad thing. In fact, competition can help us create better content because we can compare our work to what others have already made.

For instance, if you write a post about bird houses, you could find a page like the one below when researching competitors. 

SEO Minion

We could then get an insane amount of data on the post for free. This will help us when we're trying to decide how our similar post should be structured. These are the "baseline" numbers.

I check out: 

  • Content length
  • Images
  • Tone
  • SEO

If I make a post, I want it to always be the best on the topic. That is, of course, until someone sky scrapes me (which they inevitably will).

This doesn’t guarantee that you’ll outrank these other pages, but you’ll dramatically improve your brand reputation and overall traffic over time by creating grade A content.

Split Test Thumbnails on YouTube for More Views with TubeBuddy 

Tubebuddy


YouTube is the second largest search engine behind only Google, but most creators forget to SEO their videos. Creating great video content is time-consuming and takes a lot of effort. Don’t let that go to waste by not optimizing them properly.

TubeBuddy is a game changing suite of tools that can make optimizing your YouTube videos easy.

TubeBuddy’s free plan offers great features like a best practices checklist, keyword research tool and tag lists, but the real power comes from their premium split testing feature.

TubeBuddy’s legend plan allows you to split test all the most important aspects of your video.

  • Featured images
  • Titles
  • Tags
  • Descriptions

There are several TubeBuddy alternatives as well, such as VidIQ, Morningframe and Thumbnail Blaster, but TubeBuddy is far and beyond my favorite.

If you’re making enough from your channel to justify the expense of $49/month, I recommend you make the investment. In the meantime, you owe it to yourself to at the very least install the free version of TubeBuddy.

Consider Google Estimated CPC When Doing Keyword Research with Google Keyword Planner

What Google charges advertisers for certain keywords can vary dramatically. Keywords involving insurance, loans, attorneys can easily cost upwards of $40 a click!

What does this tell us? It says that there’s serious commercial potential behind these terms and really great profit margins.

I’m not suggesting that you try to rank for terms in these high-cost industries, but you should use CPC as a good sign that there is money hiding behind certain terms and if you can get organic traffic to them, you can do very well.

Google will never tell us (nor will they always really know with perfect accuracy) how much money someone is making owning these top spots, but if people are paying top dollar, they’re usually earning top dollar as well. 

“High CPC” is a relative term, of course. In the make money online industry, a CPC of $10+ is relatively high for most phrases like “email marketing software” or “keyword research tool.” Ranking for these sorts of terms and their long tail children can be lucrative.

Spy on Native Ad Competitors with Adplexity

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Native ads and affiliate marketing go together like peas and carrots. If you’re an affiliate marketer who wants to find out what products, ads and landing pages are converting the best, you need a spy tool like Adplexity. 

Adplexity scours the internet for native ad campaigns other people are running. 

We can see critical information like...

  • How long they've been running (longer ad duration = increased likelihood they're working).
  • Which sites they're running on (so you can build your own whitelist of sites to target).
  • Which affiliate networks are connected to each ad (so you can find the offer and promote it yourself).

This tool isn't cheap, so if you aren't running native ads, you don't need it. 

Also, you don't need to keep it forever. If you're on a tight budget, you can use it in the early research stages and then cancel until you need it again. 

Must Have for Native Ad Affiliate Marketers
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It is very difficult to compete in the world of native advertising without the competitive analysis that Adplexity shares.

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Tracking And Optimization

Create Custom Facebook Audiences from Buyer Intent Pages for Direct Retargeting with Pixel Caffeine

Pixel Caffeine

Bloggers have an immediate advantage over their competitors. First, we have a natural way to warm up traffic by creating quality content that attracts them. 2nd, we can collect information for our visitors that allows us to re-target them with laserlike precision.

Retargeting ads almost always cost less and convert more.

Let’s say that you’re promoting OC Ramps (a really cool company that sends nearly completed skate ramp kits with plans) and have several posts that target people who might be interested in buying from them.

You have the following blog posts on your site...

  • OC Ramps Review 2020
  • OC Ramps Discount Code 2020
  • Building My First OC Ramp Quarter Pipe

I would recommend creating a custom Facebook audience from all visitors of these pages from up to 180 days (you can make that timeline smaller if you’re getting tons of traffic and aren’t feeling throttled on your audience reach). Then, I’d create an ad that links directly to my OC Ramps affiliate product or back to one post they had visited already to close the sale.

You don’t have to use Pixel Caffeine to build a custom Facebook audience, but I highly recommend it. It’s totally free and is MUCH more user friendly than the Facebook audience builder tool.

Track "Untrackable" Conversions with ClickMagick

If you’ve ever sold your own products online, you will quickly notice one huge difference when you promote affiliate products. Tracking is not as easy when you don’t have access to the backend of a website where you’d traditionally add your tracking pixels. When you own the page, you can see tons of awesome data that makes running traffic to a page much easier to quantify. I can add a conversion pixel from Google and see exactly how much a lead or sale is costing me. 

This is powerful because if I know that spending $1 gets me a sale that nets me $7, I can increase my budget. If I know that spending $1 makes me $0.25, I know I need to change something (usually the offer since I’m pretty good at targeting traffic).

With affiliate products, you don’t always have that feature. Except for huge favors from the creator or some next level affiliate program, you were going to be in the dark.

Actually, I had completely given up on tracking some of my affiliate products before I discovered Clickmagick. Clickmagick allows you to add your own tracking pixel in between pages that you don’t control so you can track your conversions. This unfortunately doesn’t work for all programs, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how many it supports.

Although it is both extremely sophisticated in some areas and far too rudimentary in others, I am a huge fan of it. There are a few other options, but Clickmagick wins from all my testing.

Think about this. If you’re competing with a bunch of other affiliates on the same program and everyone thinks you can’t track conversions, you’re going to have a huge, secret advantage over them.

Other Uses for ClickMagick

ClickMagick has dozens of additional uses. Here are just a few others.

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Clickmagick allows marketers to get more insights into what their followers are clicking on.

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See How Visitors Are Engaging with Your Website Using a UI Tracking Software like Crazy Egg

This method is advanced and highly technical, although tools like Crazy Egg make it much easier to deploy.

These softwares will show "heat maps," of how people are engaging with your website.

Crazy Egg Heat Map

This means we can see which (if any) elements on our sidebar they're clicking on!

Although less expensive than you might think, my CrazyEgg subscription still costs me the equivalent of a few Chipotle runs each month (with Guac). If you have a large site and are in the stages of improving what you’re already working with, this can be a fantastic investment that can boost time on site, increase conversions and lower bounce rates.

Reduce Load Time by Compressing Large Images with Tiny.Png

Tiny PNG

One of the simplest tools on this list, simply drag and drop images into tiny.png to compress them fast. 

Email Marketing And List Building

Utilize Email Sequences and Tags with ConvertKit

One of the biggest mistakes I see email marketers make is that they collect emails but don’t contact the subscriber right away. Whenever someone opts-in to your list, send them an email welcoming them.

ConvertKit Rules

If you’re delivering a lead magnet, I highly recommend that you do NOT allow the subscriber to download it without opening your welcome email. Instead of an instant download or thank you page with a download button, tell subscribers that their lead magnet is in their inbox.

Next, think of the things you want all subscribers to know and do.

Your sequence allows you to introduce yourself to the subscriber, provide them with value (which helps increase conversions later) or encourage them to take some other desired action. Other actions could follow you on other social media platforms or buying a low ticket item (this is great for qualifying buyers and offsetting any ad costs).

All good email service providers offer an email sequence functionality.

ConvertKit Alternatives

I'd be lying if I said that ConvertKit is the "best" option for everyone. If you're looking for more features, check out...

ActiveCampaign - More expensive but the features are deeper. They don't love traditional affiliates and actually denied me of a trial account based on my list size and the fact that I told them I do a lot of affiliate marketing. If you're not importing a massive list with you, this shouldn't be an issue. 

Create a Facebook Group and Turn It Into a List Building Machine with Group Convert

Of all the different list building strategies I use, none have driven more email opt-ins than using Group Convert to capture emails from the new applicants of my Facebook groups.

The method is pretty extensive so check out the full article here or at https://entreresource.com/turn-facebook-group-list-building-machine/

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Better Sales and Cpywriting

Add Countdown Timers to Your Emails for Added Scarcity with EntreTimer

Email Countdown

Have you ever heard of Parkinson’s Law? It states that work expands to fill the time available for its completion.

This logic applies not just to setting deadlines for our own to-dos but also to driving buyers to act. Without a deadline, people will put off making a purchase. The longer a purchase is delayed, the more likely they are to forget about it entirely.

As long as you have a great product that you know will help your subscribers, adding real scarcity is a favor.

Most marketers use scarcity on their landing pages but few are utilizing it in the body of their emails. This is a shame because that is an amazing way to drive clicks and conversions!

There are several free and paid tools for adding countdown timers to your emails. The problem is that free options are likely to be extremely limited or (as I’ve experienced several times) aren’t free for long. These require hosting, which is an expense that needs recovered at some point. 

I created my platform for adding timers called EntreTimer. You can learn more about it here

Lower the Readability Score of Your Writing to Get Your Message Across Quickly and Clearly with ProWritingAid

“Don't use a five-dollar word when a fifty-cent word will do.” -Mark Twain

No one has ever complained that something was explained simply. If you can make your content or sales copy easier to read, you will increase the chances of your potential buyer actually reading it which then increases the chances that they will buy!

The more you get your potential customer to read, the more likely they are to buy, so do whatever it takes to make reading easy for them. 

I use a tool called Hemingway app. It's a web-based software (there is a local version available as well) that helps you simplify your writing by removing unnecessary words or overly wordy sentences. 

ProWritingAid Alternatives

ProWriting Aid is great but there is a free alternative called...

Hemingway App - It's a web-based software (there is a local version available as well) that helps you simplify your writing by removing unnecessary words or overly wordy sentences. It lacks many of the features, but it is good if you're on a tight budget.

Utilize Webinars to Promote Affiliate Products with Demio or Webinar Jam

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Webinars are wildly underrated. They aren't just for traditional entrepreneurs either, affiliate marketers can use them to drive new leads and showcase the tools that they promote. 

Here are some example webinars that an affiliate might run and why. 

  • "5 Tools to Boost Your Gym Sign Ups in 2021" - Let's say you promote a software that helps gym owners drive more sign-ups. You could do a webinar that showcases the tool.
  • "Quick Start Guide to ConvertKit Email Marketing with (Insert any Product Owner or Expert)" - Most affiliate managers love to get their CEOs on webinars and podcasts. Having a product owner do a live webinar with you where they showcase their product will help drive awareness to it and aid in retention for your existing buyers since they will learn how to use the product better. 
  • "Over the Shoulder Day Trading with 6 Figure Trader (Insert Expert)" - Showcasing how people can actually use something you promote is powerful. If you can show results live on air, you can drive sales like hot cakes. 

Demio is far from the only webinar hosting option out there but it's affordable, has a large attendee capacity on the base level plans and is easy to use. Webinar Jam is a decent second option, but I prefer Demio. 

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Demio is a great option for anyone who wants to run large webinars quickly and smoothly.

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Add Attractive Product Calls to Action with Lasso

You've already seen this tool multiple times if you've made it this far in the article. Lasso helps create beautiful looking product link displays to the things you promote.

If you promote Amazon products, it connects directly with your account and the prices of items are updated in real time. You can also make sure you're compliant by adding a disclaimer at the bottom of any product that pays you a commission.

If you want to get really sexy with it, you can track clicks with Google analytics.

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Lasso makes it easy to create attention grabbing product call outs. This box you're looking at right now was made with it!

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Lasso Alternatives

WP Coupons Pro - A more affordable option, but these won't look nearly as nice as Lasso boxes will. This is great though for coupons with the ability to "clip" codes and paste them easily.

Thrive Architect - If you want easier customization that doesn't require CSS knowledge, you can make pretty nice looking product boxes with Thrive Architects "Content Box" feature. You can then save your boxes and use them as templates, but this is better for people who have a decent eye for design and skill with UI. 

Do Giveaways of Products You Promote with Gleam.Io

Giveaways are great for many reasons. They’re so powerful that it’s often in my best interest to purchase several of the products I promote (whether they’re physical or virtual) just so I can create contests and giveaways to hand them out for free to a few of my followers.

This does several things…

It helps you build your list. Tools like KingSumo or Gleam (what I use) allow you to create epic contests that can collect emails or actions from your followers as entries.

It builds the desire for the product. Have you ever entered to win something, and that made you want it even more than before? This anomaly has happened to me many times. If you can make the contest public so others can see how many other people also want the freebie, that will heighten the intrigue and desire even more.

It brings awareness to your product. People read sales copy differently based on what you’re trying to accomplish. If you’re trying to get them to pull out a credit card, it might not be as compelling if you’re just trying to give away a select few of an item for free.

There are plenty of free and paid ways to run giveaways. I usually use Gleam.io or pick winners at random.

It should go without saying, but never cheat on any contests. I’ve seen many times creators run contests and either never pick a winner, pick someone ahead of time or admit to picking a made up winner so they don’t have to pay anything to deliver. Giving people prizes will increase their chances of becoming real lifetime fans and followers. It’s also just the ethical thing to do.

Create A “Swipe File,” Of Ads, Emails, Videos ETC. That You Like With Evernote

“Good artists copy, great artists steal.” - Steve Jobs… who stole it from Pablo Picasso… who stole it from someone else…

A great swipe file is a secret weapon of the greatest copywriters. Although there are dozens of ways you can make a swipe file, Evernote is the smoothest and integrates best with other websites across the internet.

Evernote - Note Taking and File Storage Software Suite

If you haven't heard of Evernote, I'd be shocked. It's a great tool for organizing notes, files and anything you find online. There are other alternatives but I prefer Evernote currently.

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Productivity and General Sweetness

Quickly Caption YouTube videos with Happy Scribe

YouTube captions are important for several reasons. First, they make for a better user experience. Second, they will actually help your videos rank better. When you add captions, the text can be “crawled” by search engines and you will show up for the most relevant keywords.

HappyScribe is an exceptional solution to getting captions created and they can be uploaded automatically to your videos if you sync your channel.

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Get More from Each Piece of Content with Repurpose House

Repurpose House is a subscription service that takes your existing content and turns it into new pieces for different platforms. 

For example, they can splice up a YouTube video into content for Instagram or TikTok. They can take a blog post and pull quotes from it for graphics on Twitter. The things they can do are limitless and it will help you get way more out of every piece of content you create.

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Outsource Your Video Editing to VidChops

Video marketing is one of the most effective ways to make affiliate income. Filming content is relatively easy and can be pretty fun. Editing the content is another story. 

VidChops is a subscription service that connects you with your own video editor who takes your raw footage and edits it for you. They work well to make sure the video is in the style you like and you can get as many revisions as it takes to get the video looking the way you want. 

Outsource Your Bookkeeping with Bench

Not a sexy topic by any means, but if you're making money as an affiliate marketer, you have bookkeeping to manage. The thing is, you don't earn money when you're doing bookkeeping. It's incredibly easy to outsource and Bench is a service that also makes it affordable. 

Store the Links You Use Frequently with Fastlinqs

Fastlinqs

We all have links we share frequently (social profiles, blog posts, affiliate links etc) but we spend too much time searching for them when we need them! 

Fastlinqs is a Google Chrome extension that stores all of your links for you for easy, one click access. 

I made this software to "scratch my own itch" since there weren't any free tools on the market that made it easy to store links and text like this. 

Here's what it looks like in action.

Fastlinqs

I use this countless times everyday and not just for my affiliate businesses.

“Do it Once” with Branded Templates for Designs with Canva Pro

You've more than likely heard about Canva. Mentioning it here shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but it might surprise you at how much design work is involved with any type of Affiliate marketing.

  • Facebook ads
  • Blog post thumbnails
  • YouTube thumbnails
  • Side bar ads
  • Channel art 

The list goes on and this time adds up! I wish I could have back just a fraction of the time I’ve spent over the years making designs. The sad/ironic part is that the designs were usually crap!

The absolute best thing you can do is create a few quality, branded template designs that work and don’t overthink the process. I’m not saying that design doesn’t matter BUT you can get great results by doing it right once and just painting inside the lines in the future.

Outsource Your WordPress Headaches with WP Tangerine

Over the years, I've learned a lot about WordPress because I tried to go cheap on hiring help. Although it's nice to know how to fix most of my own bugs now, I could have gotten a LOT more done if I knew about WP Tangerine sooner. 

They free you up to focus on what you do best. They handle...

  • Design Creation
  • CSS fixes
  • Bug fixes
  • Migrations
  • Plugin Conflict Solutions
  • and more!

You get unlimited numbers of tasks and the base plan that costs $197/month supports up to 3 sites at a time. 

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Skip the Building and Buy Existing Websites or High DR Expired Domains from Flippa.com

Blogging is an amazing opportunity for affiliate marketers, but it can take a good deal of time to gain traffic and rank for terms. Search engines give sites with a high domain authority special favor in ranking for search terms. All things being equal, a site with a DA of 50 will outrank a site with a DA of 10.

If you write a great blog post on a high domain website, it will rank higher much more quickly.

Fortunately, many people grow high DA websites but don’t know how to leverage them (or just don’t want to). They sell these sites on marketplaces like Flippa or Empire Flippers. What the site sells for depends on many variables but it usually ends up being somewhere between 24x and 36x monthly profits.

For example, a site with a DA 30  making $1,000/month in Adsense revenue would likely sell for between $24,000 and $36,000.

Depending on where you are in your business, this may seem like a crazy amount to spend on something you could make yourself (many of the sites for sale weren’t made by world class designers and writers).

However, if you have more money than time, buying an existing site might be an amazing opportunity. Even a site that isn’t making a penny in revenue yet is valuable if it has a high DA.

About the author, Nate McCallister

Nate is the founder and main contributor of EntreResource.com and the author of Evergreen Affiliate Marketing. He is a lifestyle entrepreneur who spends his time building businesses and raising his four kids, Sawyer, Brooks, Van, and Lua, with his beautiful wife, Emily. His main interests include copywriting, economics, and piano.

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