Ask any affiliate marketer what they want for Christmas and the answer would most likely be “more time” or “more money.” Unfortunately I don’t own a time machine and my pockets are only so deep. What I do have to offer, though, are some fantastic third-party affiliate marketing tools that will save both time and money for the majority of publishers out there.
1. Distribute Travel
Distribute Travel helps you to monetise your travel site more effectively by providing live pricing and ready-made search boxes for potential holiday goers on your site. Given the relatively complex nature of combining numerous APIs and datafeeds, this tool impresses on technical capability and best of all, it’s free!
2. iCodes UK
Spanning multiple networks, iCodes maintains a central affiliate database of all readily available discount codes within the affiliate market place. IAB compliant and with all the info you could possibly need, they only just miss out on top spot due to the 50% click share / £29.99 monthly subscription
3. Google AdWords Keyword Tool
The Google AdWords Keyword Tool has a couple of useful features, but the standout one has to be the traffic estimator allowing you to see search traffic for particular terms. This can be the making or breaking of your niche site and with no cost at all, it’s a worthy top three finish.
rewardStyle is an invitation-only fashion sub-network. Their dedication to one niche allows them to offer fashion specific insights such as best converting links/creative, lookbooks etc… Their monetisation support within social media is also particularly strong.
The standout features for easycontentunits are adding price comparison to any webpage, showing best sellers or similar products all in a fully customisable content unit. At a 20% rev share, ECU makes presenting products easy and stylish.
With AffClicks you can combine your search, display and affiliate data from multiple platforms all into one dashboard offering insights on profit margin, earnings and costs.
8. Digg Digg
Digg Digg is a plugin that allows bloggers to add the social sharing buttons for multiple mediums such as Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest in any combination at the click of a button.
Sign yourself up to Coull and get paid for your users watching videos and/or later purchasing from the relevant advertiser. Alternatively you can add affiliate links to your own videos.
Although an emerging presence in the UK, Popshop’s ability to create readymade affiliate storefronts in a custom look and feel all for no cost whatsoever means they’re a noteworthy final addition.