Every professional needs high quality tools to perform their tasks in the best possible ways, and affiliate marketing is no different. Here I will post lots important and useful links and resource links for tools and guides that can help you make more money as a webmaster affiliate marketing guy. The list will get updates with new additions and I will always only try to list the best tools and resources here.
Web hosting resources
The first step to make money from your websites online is to actually sign up for a great web hosting plan to get your website online.
Hostwinds – Cheap quality web hosting with great guarantees
Hostwinds has several cheap web hosting plan you can choose from. I would suggest to go with a shared hosting plan if you are just starting out. The “Ultimate” plan allows for unlimited domains (websites) @ $6.5 per month. If you are creating less than 4 websites or just 1 website you can choose one of the even cheaper web hosting plans – but think it through because I know I really appreciate the ability to create new websites whenever I feel like it. You will also find high value VPS (from $7.5 – $88.5/mo) and dedicated servers (from $99 – $1000/mo) here. Allows adult content.
Hostwinds are so confident with their quality that they offer some of the best customer guarantees (just beaten by Dreamhost, below) that I have seen anywhere – 60 days money back guarantee, 99.9% uptime guarantee and a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Dreamhost – Premium high speed WordPress hosting with the best guarantees
If you want extra features and higher speeds for your WordPress sites this company has a great hosting plan for just that. Shared hosting starting @ $7.95 per month. You can host unlimited websites with all plans. Allows adult content.
Dreamhost is a true premium web hosting company and are so certain that you will be absolutely blown away with their quality product that they offer an impressive 97 day money back guarantee and 100% uptime!
Most hosting companies only offer a 30 day money back guarantee – so both Hostwinds and Dreamhost are truly exceptional.
Cloudflare – Website security and global co-location hosting
Hide your website IP address and DNS servers for free with Cloudflare. Security is a very important topic to take seriously to save you a lot of potential headaches at the most inconvenient times. You can also enjoy great loading speed for your sites with their premium co-location feature which is starting @ $20 per month.
Website creation tools & resources
WordPress – Free website and blogging software
Once you have a hosting plan you can deploy an installation of WordPress and you will have your website online in 5 minutes (maybe 10 – 30 if it’s your first one). The most popular website creation and management system out there. Very easy to use and tons of functionality and thanks to the very large number of users most problems you run into can be troubleshooted with Google to find solutions. Most extra functionality you could want has already solutions via plugins and custom code that you can find with a Google search.
Theme Forest – Professional web design @ cheap prices
If you want to create a good impression and stand out with great web design on your website you should check out Theme Forest for thousands of different ready to deploy web designs, including WordPress themes.
WordPress affiliate plugins
Most affiliate marketing guys and gals use WordPress for their websites and blogs. The functionality of WordPress is just amazing.
Redirection – Keep track of your link clicks and hide long and ugly affiliate URLs
100% free tool that does just those two tasks very well.
Yoast SEO – SEO for WordPress for free
Maybe this should been listed under “SEO tools”? Anyways this is a great tool that you can use to change page titles and descriptions making it easy to optimize your category pages, tag pages and homepage, and individual pages and posts for more keywords and higher SERP CTR. Free tool.
Webmaster tools & resources
Owning and operating a website makes you a webmaster. You might not want spend a lot of time managing your websites and just want them to be fast and always online – the web hosting support is your friends and can help with most of the common problems new webmasters run into.
Google Analytics – Free website traffic statistics
An advanced but easy to use tool – at least the basics – from Google. Track your website and see which content gets the most traffic and where the traffic is coming from. You can slo track clicks on affiliate advertisements and other links with “event tracking” and you can integrate it with Google AdSense to see what content is egenrating AdSense revenue.
Stack Exchange – Online webmaster Q & A community
This is a great site where you can find answers to lots of technical web development related questions. If there are no answers already you can join and ask a new question for free. Be careful that you write your question in a way that it is easy to understand exactly what you need to know.
SEO tools & resources
Optimizing your websites for search engines like Google can give you a lot of high targeted and free traffic. Learn how to please the search engines with the way you create content and marketing strategies for your websites.
Browseo – Check how Google sees your website
Google do not read script content and flash and your website might look very different for your visitors than for the Google spiders. Free tool.
Moz Blog – The latest news from the SEO world
One of the largest authorities online in the SEO field. Lots of interesting reads here with data based SEO methods. They are almost more like scientists than marketers. Easy to read and understand though. Also check out their Whiteboard Friday with new great whiteboard lectures every Friday. They also have a great tool for keywords research that tells you the number of searchers queries gets and shows you lots of similar searches also. And a tool for checking links to a specific website or web page. These are free tools but are limited to only a few uses per day.
Google Search Console – Track your traffic and errors with this free tool
Previously known as Google Webmaster Tools. You can track your search traffic and see what queries are giving you traffic from Google search. Also alerts in case of increasing number of 404 errors, mobile usability and more. A great free tool for every website and blog owner.
Google Trends – See what searches are trending and check query statistics
You can check the search traffic potential for different keywords and phrases with Google Trends. Also a great way to find similar queries. You could also use this tool to find out what topics are trending in search, which can be valuable to know if you are writing about news or celebrity gossip or other popular topics.
Affiliate ad banner editing tools
Pixlr – Free online image editing tool
With this tool you can make changes to images like banners and other web graphics easily in your internet browser.