Guide : WordPress Plugins for Affiliate Marketers

Top 30 WordPress Plugins for Affiliate marketers

 

  1. WP Auto Affiliate Links    – As the name suggest it will automatically add affiliate links to your post content.
  2. Affiliate Link Cloaking  – This wordpress plugin is used for Cloaking your affiliate links and tracking the hits and unique visitors of each link.
  3. WordPress SEO – This one is the best SO plugin for wordpress, the first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.
  4. Select Broken Link Checker  – This wordpress plugin  Checks your blog for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any are found.
  5. Akismet – This one needs no introduction, Used by millions, this wordpress plugin is used for is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam.
  6. WPeMatico  -again a famous one, this one enables administrators to create posts automatically from RSS/Atom feeds.
  7. In-post Template – Add in-post content, you can use this one to add , links, pictures etc below every post.
  8. Google XML Sitemaps for qTranslate – This wordpress plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog. With qTranslate support.
  9. Jetpack by WordPress.com  – This one is on wordpress by default,you just need to enable this one Jetpack connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users like website stats.
  10. Openxwpwidget –you can use this one only If you are serving your advertisements through Openex webserver . It is a sidebar-Widget, display a banner in a sidebar and replace magics {openx:zoneid} with calls to a openx adserver
  11. Slick Social Share Buttons – makes your affiliate website more social with Slick social share buttons you can add facebook, twitter, google +1, linkedin, digg, stumbleupon, delicious, reddit, buffer and pinterest pin it social media buttons in a floating or slide out tab. It also includes a social statistics page in the plugin admin panel showing summaries of all share totals
  12. true Google 404 – Don’t let 404 errors be an exit sign for your customers, help them out. This wordpress plugin uses trueGoogleSearch API by TheTechnofreak.com to suggest a list of possible URLs they might want to visit since the one they requested can’t be found.
  13. Coupon Code (LITE) – This wordpress plugin is used to provide coupon codes that can not be copied without the user visiting your affiliate link.
  14. DupeOff – The DupeOff plagiarism and duplicate content detection plugin allows you to check posts for duplicate content via the DupeOff API.
  15.  DRP Coupon – DRP Coupon is a WordPress Coupon Plugin which Allows You To Add Coupons that Expire or Don’t Expire To Your Posts and Pages.
  16.  Amazon Auto Links – Generates links of Amazon products just coming out today. You just pick categories and they appear even in JavaScript disabled browsers.
  17.  Simple Ads Manager – This wordpress plugin is used for rotating advertisements. It has a flexible logic of displaying advertisements.
  18.  AffiLinker Affiliate – Automatically convert given keywords into Search Engine Friendly Affiliate Links (+colorful interactive links) throughout your blog.
  19.  Job Listing – This wordpress plugin is used to create a fully customisable job board for your WordPress site.
  20.  Anti Plagiarism – This plugin is a must install for content websites, it protects your contents from copy-paster by disablng copy commands from shortcut + mouse and disallow users to make a selection over the text on your c
  21.  Ready! Ecommerce Shopping Cart – Shopping cart / E-commerce WP plugin. setup your own online store. Powerfull functionality, it also Include free e-commerce themes.
  22.  wpStoreCart – Create your store on WP.Easy to use and fully customizable.
  23.  Really Simple Ad Injection – Really Simple Ad Injection plugin helps you to automatically inject any kind of ad code inside your post content.
  24. Jigoshop – again a popular one ,a feature-packed eCommerce plugin built upon WordPress core functionality ensuring excellent performance and customizability.
  25. WooCommerce – excelling eCommerce ->WooCommerce is a powerful, extendable eCommerce plugin that helps you sell anything. Beautifully
  26. Announcer – This wordpress plugin is used to display awesome Announcements, Welcome notes, Greetings, Events, News etc with attractive style, colors, themes and position it anywhere in the page.
  27. ComparePress– By using ComparePress you can easily create or add a full SEO comparison website to your WordPress web site .
  28. Google Affiliate Network – For google affiliate network affiliates , this one is a Widget / shortcode plugin to display Google Affiliate Network ads. It can display both  text links and image ads.
  29. Automated Editor – This wordpress plugin is used to Schedule automated editing for your posts and pages, replace strings, regex, append, amend and edit, automatically!
  30. Proofread Bot – Proofread Bot automatically checks your content for grammar, style, statistic and plagiarism issues.

Guide : 10 step guide for starting an Affiliate Business

Step 1 – What is Affiliate Marketing ?

Before staring with affiliate Marketing its important you completely understand and learn about concept of affiliate marketing ,if you are newbie or still have any doubts please check out  these Affiliate marketing FAQ’s for beginners and  Affiliate marketing Glossary – Key Terms, Jargons, Abbreviations ?

Step 2- Think of a affiliate website idea

Its always pays to be first in the market with a new idea.You can pick any niche based on your interest or most probably a niche where their is demand and no competition and create a website for same.

Here is a list of most popular categories for affiliate marketing in India, you could easily find in niche inside these popular categories.

  • Travel ( niche eg. Flight tickets, Hotel Booking, Bus Booking )
  • Retail ( niche e.g. Lifestyle, Home decor, Jewellery )
  • Finance (niche e.g. Insurance, Mutual Funds, Credit Cards, Forex trading )
  • Classified 
  • Dating/Matrimony

Step 3 – In case you don’t have a original idea, no problem  imitate popular affiliate business model.

There is absolutely nothing wrong to be a copycat in affiliate industry or any other industry as long as you know how to play the game and are sure of making things profitable.Bollywood was doing same from last 3 decades.Imitation in itself is a brilliant idea if done in a right manner we have classic examples of Facebook, apple and Rocket Internet.

  • makemytrip,Yatra is india’s expedia
  • Snapdeal was india’s Groupon ( now a complete e-commerce site)
  • Ixigo is India’s Kayak
  • Vouchercodes.in is India’s Vouchercodes.co.uk
  • Coupondunia is India’s Retailmenot 
  • Desidime is India’s slickdeal

You can also imitate one of these brilliant ideas, all you need is to Know about popular affiliate business models.

Step 4 –  Choose a Domain name – For digital marketers a good domain name could be more desirable than riches like silver or gold. In 2010 Escom LLC sold sex.com to Clover Holdings Ltd for a whopping $13 million creating a guinbess book record similarly fund.com was sold for a whopping $10 million. Well you dont need to spend so much, one can register a domain for 5-6 $ (around 300 Rs. ) but the difficult task is choosing the perfect one. Check out our affiliate guide on how to choose your perfect domain to choose your perfect one.

Step 5 – Choose a platform on which you will create a website

In my opinion initially its best to start with wordpress and once you become big develop your in house platform according to your custom requirements. I suggest wordpress because is most popular , loved and used Content Management system and its best to start with because of following.

  • Easy to setup and easy to update
  • Thousands of free plugins by which you can do virtually anything. ( That’s the best part )
  • You can choose from Thousands of themes (both free and premium ). I will suggest you to buy a premium themes like Thesis, Genesis, Elegant etc to make your blog design more appealing also these premium themes are easy to customize and you will also get excellent support for premium themes.You can also go for the free one like i am using for this blog. Themes are also available as per your business model requirements for e.g. Coupon press or clipper  for creating a coupon website.
  • Most bloggers and affiliate marketers use wordpress.
  • Its secure to use you can easily backup your blog using a plugin and since it have the biggest community , support is always available.

Step 5- Choose Right hosting  – For affiliate marketers a bad host is like pain in ass, as a affiliate marketer you can’t afford to have a web host where you are uncertain whether your site is up or down or wondering how long it will take to load. A bad hosting have power to ruin your affiliate business by destroying your search engine ranking, losing traffic Spikes, Missing the key Visitors. The bottom line here is to be careful and only choose a reputed host. It worthy to pay more to a reputed company to get a reliable, fast and efficient hosting for your site. As per my experience paying some extra dollars will help you to earn more as your visitors will find you, the search engines will repay you by sending more traffic and, most importantly you will get good support if you face any problem with hosting.

Some Good Host’s : Hostgator, Bluehost ( Both have excellent support )
Free Hosting : www.000webhost.com

Step 6- Create a website – Once you have finalized a Idea, Bought a Domain Name and Hosting, finalized a platform.  It’s now the time to create your first affiliate website. Let’s create using wordpress only because its a very powerful platform and there are TONS of free WordPress themes and plugins out there to build almost any type of website.and it can be installed on any of hosting with just a few clicks.Let’s assume you have bough hosting of Hostgator as this one is world’s biggest hosting company. See this video below to see how easy it is to install wordpress and get going.

See video : How easy it is to install WordPress
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeyoVxSK1yI

Once  wordpress is installed on your domain , you can choose and install themes for your affiliate website. Affiliate themes are available for almost all type of  affiliate websites like coupon website, shopping website , classified website or any other model. Let’s take a example of creating  a affiliate business using coupon website model.

Step 7 – Create Content 

It’s now time to plan out your websites content. Your website content depends on the affiliate model you are planning to run. To start with its a good idea to write your domain name on a blank paper, and then come up with as many possible content ideas that you can think of.Once you have ideas you can write it yourself or hire a freelancer from platforms like odesk.com , freelancer.com. You could also get content from your competitor’s website but make sure you make it completly unique. Here are some content rewriting Tips,Tricks and Tools that would help you in getting started. Make sure you have some good content on your website before you apply for affiliate network. It will help you in getting approved instantly.

Step 6- Join affiliate networks

Congrats you have created your first affiliate website. Now its time to register with networks. Its good to register with 2-3 affiliate networks but do try to focus on your niche and only join quality affiliate networks. Learn more – What should you look for before joining a Affiliate Network.  Wondering which networks to join, don’t forget to check out  top affiliate networks and their programs in India.

Step 7- Join programs you want to Promote – Once you have joined networks, its time to join affiliate programs you want to promote through these networks. Every network have hundreds of campaigns , don’t join and start promoting all of them focus only quality campaigns or initially only on campaigns where competition is less. You can ask your affiliate manager for information on best converting campaigns.

Step 8 – Put affiliate links on your website 

Step 9 -Get traffic 

Step 10 – earn commissions

Guide : How to Go Viral on Social Media – 22 Tested Formula’s

 22 tested Tips to Go Viral through Social Media

No one can deny the power of the virus. Well i am not talking about computer Virus, i am talking about the sharable one, the internet Kind also known as Viral marketing . 

Viral marketing refers to marketing techniques that use pre-existing social networks like facebook, twitter etc and other technologies to produce increases in brand awareness or to achieve other marketing objectives . Viral marketing may take the form of video clips, interactive Flash games, advergames, ebooks, brandable software, images, text messages, email messages, or web pages.

going viral

 

Mathematically speaking Virality = shares * Clicks

    1. Make Sharable content by Sharable content i mean -: you need to find a happy medium between entertainment and emotional content.In short it should be entertaining and can trigger  emotional response,that touches your audience in some way. The content piece that works best are uplifting and make people feel good about themselves and others. Facebook is full of this kind of content.                                                                                                                                                                                                         
    2. It should be clickable and easy to share ( Make sure you have right buttons like Facebook, Twitter handle’s ). Check in the below screenshot Facebook and twitter Share buttons are located just below the Post title.      Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 10.22.10 am
    3. Right Platform  – Something that could go viral on Facebook would not go viral on Linkedin. It’s always a good idea to blend it all Together ( Fb, Twitter , Quora, Stumbleupon , Youtube,Reditt )  and see what works best. For e.g. If you can get on the front page of Reddit, you could get thousands views within no time. They have a great system in place where other users upvote or downvote your submission, and the more upvotes it gets, the more it will be pushed to the front of the page.My list of Top Platforms where you should post your content includes facebook, Quora,Twitter, linkedin, Google+, Youtube,Foursquare, Tumblr, Reditt, Pinterest and StumbleUpon. To make things easy you can use Social Media Management Applications like HootSuits,Tweetdeck,Seesmic, SocialOOmph,Ping.fm etc
    4. Try to make things simple as people love simplicity e.g. a content piece on Bollywood or some trending topics will go more viral as compared to a article on rocket science
    5. Make sure your content is relatable to your audience, people love things that are relatable. For finding what is relatable Focus on Current Events and trends …If something is current, you have a better chance of getting your content viewed because people are searching for it on Google, on Twitter and everywhere else. Keep an eye on the Google News section and check out Google Trends. And news breaks first almost always on Twitter.
    6. People like things that are snarky or that they can be snarky about
    7. Orignality helps –  Something new, something original always works if presented in the right manner.
    8. Unexpected things that creates buzz works  –  Things that are out-of-the-ordinary, very unusual, and extremely interesting.Something out of Box helps ..think HATKE…  e.g. Why this kolaveri di
    9. Dramatize things come up with some awe-inspiring tales, people love drama, nobody care’s about your Company’s name or Logo.
    10. Cute things also works – :  Laughing babies, crazy cats, dogs doing tricks, etc
    11. How to Content  e.g How to Guide works ..
    12. Top 10 ways , Top 20 Tips etc do works.
    13. Giving freebies works. Free is one of the strongest keyword on Internet.
    14. Interactive content works – Leaving room for connections and conversation is always a good idea and it can be easily done by Contests and Giveaways.Simply give your audience something of value to start a conversation and the best way to do that is to start a contest. By starting a contest you can get people to like your Facebook page, follow you on Twitter and even require them to have to tweet about the contest or post it on their Facebook profile to get even more people in. Today a lot of successful social media campaigns make good use of contests and giveaways to keep their current audience engaged and attract new people and the best part is that you have a no. of tools like wordpress plugins,facebook applications,webengage etc available to do so…
    15. Timings –:  Just like any other thing in life, timing is important . Watch your timing, timing is everything and you need to have a sense of whether or not the time is right for the content you’re hoping to go viral
    16. Look beyond your Audience -:  Your audience will share your stuff, it’s their friend that you really have to focus on and get them on board..if they share you will go viral.
    17. Your headline is most important part of your content piece,  Make sure your headline creates a sense of Curiosity e.g. : Headline 1 : Now THIS Is Why Shimla is one of the biggest and most loved hill station in World                                           or

              Headline 2: Shimla : One of the hill station in Himachal Pradesh  

   18. Use Multimedia – for instance a research shows Photo’s posts have 3-4x the engagement, links on photo posts to your content get 10-30% increase in clicks. Use Info-graphics, they have a habit of going Viral. Use Videos if possible -: Video’s are most Viral form of multimedia –  You must have seen various catchy and viral videos on YouTube,must have laughed and then shared with your friends. And that’s exactly what you need from your audience. To make your video go viral make sure you make it good enough to drive vistors back to your site,post it at as many sites you can  at least ask your friends to rate it positively and share it, use commenting option in youtube and try to create some kind of controversy. Make a catch title something that arise cusiosity like something with phrases like “behind the scenes,” and “leaked video.” . Make sure you are using right thumbnail, thumbnails with clear image (shows picture quality) and with a picture of a person or two works best. Choose tags rightly, play on longtail keywords by going as specific as possible.

     19. Experimentation is Vital – You will be wrong 90% of time, accept it , move on. A/B testing works well there is always a another and better way to do something.

20.Try to get noticed by someone Famous – on internet we all know a number of social media celebrities, who have big fan following on Facebook, Twitter, forums and other social media platforms. If they share your content chances of getting viral get multiplied.

     21. Ask your users for a favor and try to do so in a innovative way, don’t simply ask Like us on facebook, follow on twitter etc

   22. Keep trying: Chances are rare that you will succeed in first attempt  keep trying and keep on making things better and better. Don’t let a few failed attempts demoralize you, so keep trying.

Examples of some websites who Knows how to get Viral

  • www.buzzfeed.com
  • www.2leep.com
  • www.storypick.com
  • www.mensxp.com
  • www.9gag.com
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