If you’re serious about becoming an online affiliate marketer, you’re going to need to some free tools for affiliate marketing to help you get started.
More than likely you don’t have a big budget if you’re just starting out, so today let’s talk about 10 FREE tools for affiliate marketing that can help you make more money online.
These are tools that I use every day in my business. Some of them are completely free, while others have free trial periods which you can use to evaluate them. Don’t worry too much about the trial period. If you’re following our step-by-step training at PowerhouseAffiliate.com, then you’re probably in a great position to start generating income quickly, which should easily cover these costs after the trial periods expire.
When I think back to when I was new to affiliate marketing, if someone had given me a list of 10 free tools that I could use, it would have been a game changer. Like some of you now, at that time, I was completely strapped for cash and I needed information on how to get this stuff.
I’ve never forgotten how difficult it can be to start out, so I want to share this list with you today and help make your affiliate marketing life a little easier going forward. These are 10 tools that you can use today to build your affiliate marketing business. It’s great for CPA affiliates, because a lot of this stuff will be related to buying ads, as well researching trending topics and competitors. And if you’re not a CPA affiliate, it’s great for you too!
It’s time to open up my online toolkit and discover my top 10 free tools for affiliate marketing.
Do you prefer watching a video? Check out my YouTube video 10 FREE Affiliate Marketing Tools!
Free Facebook Spy tool – Facebook Ads Library
The first tool in the list is an awesome free spy tool. The Facebook Ads Library can be used to spy on what’s happening in Facebook ads. When used in combination with the free audience insights that are available inside your Facebook ad account, you have a powerful view of the world of Facebook advertising.
You can check your niche keywords inside the audience insights, find pages that people also like and take those pages over to the Facebook Ads Library to see whether they’re running ads.
This is an easy way to see what is working and where you should be heading when you’re building out your own affiliate marketing campaigns.
I do this all the time on campaigns that I am running on Facebook. The great thing about these ads is that you can use them anywhere, not just Facebook.
Free Affiliate Tracking Software – Bemob
Let’s talk about tracking. You might think that traffic tracking and statistical data is only for big companies, and you would be wrong. You need tracking as an affiliate marketer. Tracking software can be pricey, but it doesn’t have to be. Check out BeMob.
This tool is free to start with, until you start to really scale up. You can get up to a million events before you have to spend a dime! That’s a lot of events and you’re almost certainly making a decent profit by the time you outgrow the free trial. Sign up for free today to start tracking your business without spending any money up front!
Free Web Hosting – Github.com
How many times have you heard “Don’t go with free web hosting!”?
As a general rule, I’d say that too!
Most free hosting providers are going to pepper your site with ads for other websites. Not only does this look horrible, you’re sending potential customers to your competitors!
That’s just wrong.
Does that mean that there isn’t a decent alternative to paying hosting fees?
Well, the answer depends on how comfortable you are with coding. If you’re a developer with strong coding skills, check out Github! You can host your site there for free.
This solution isn’t for most people, only those who like to dive into the inner workings of website coding and build something from scratch. For the rest of us, I highly suggest an affordable hosting company like Bluehost.
Most hosting companies will have a one-click Wordpress installation that sets up your site with minimal effort on your side. This will cost you a few dollars each month, but is money well spent.
Free Image Editing Software – GIMP
If you’re looking to do any photo editing for your website, or create your ads, you’ll need a good photo editor. Forget about expensive programs like Photoshop. There’s an amazing professional-grade alternative that’s been around for years.
And yes, it’s completely free! GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program) has all the features that you need as an affiliate marketer or digital marketer. You can download it free for Windows, OS X, and Linux from GIMP.org.
Free Blogging – WordPress
The best blogging tool out there is WordPress. 35% of all the internet sites in the world run on WordPress, even this one! You can download it for free from WordPress.org or install it from your hosting control panel if you are using a hosting company like Bluehost. Most hosting providers should have a one click installation for WordPress. WordPress is excellent.
It’s essentially a huge, content management platform that allows you to set up posts, pages, and media content. Save yourself a lot of headaches and be one of the 35% running on WordPress. There’s a reason it’s so popular. It’s a solid platform. And free!
Free Image Cutting – Lightshot
Let’s talk about images again. Lightshot is an extremely useful application on my computer that allows me to hit one button on my keyboard and either screen capture the whole page or take little sections of the page.
This is a great way for me to actually find more images for my ads. I’ll usually go to Google search and search images. Let’s say that I’m doing an ad about refinancing a home.
I might search “refinance home” and I’ll see a bunch of images on Google search. If I click on one of those images and I hit my button from Lightshot, it’ll let me just cut out a piece of that image. This makes it 100% original.
If you are buying traffic on Google or Facebook, they like to see originality. If you’re copying other people’s pictures, especially on Facebook, you could be flagged if you’re not using 100% original images.
This tool allows me to cut out an image and then open it with GIMP, make a couple more edits, save it in the right size for my ads and it’s ready to use.
Free Images – Unsplash
Here’s another image tool. Why so many? Because images are important! I use a lot of images in my marketing, and you should too. Unsplash is a great service that gives you access to free high-quality stock images that you can use in your projects. You can go there, download them, edit them with GIMP, or you can snip them with your Lightshot tool. They also have some more amateur looking images, which is great for advertising in my opinion. If you’ve ever looked at the cost of stock photographs you will definitely appreciate Unsplash!
Free Email Marketing Software –AWeber and Mailchimp
Email marketing is dead, right? Wrong! Email marketing is just as relevant as ever and shows no sign of slowing down in the near future. Everyone has an email address.
You can’t sign up for anything online without verifying your email address. So how we get our marketing message into those email inboxes without spending any money? I actually have two options for this one. The first one is AWeber, and it’s my hands down choice for best auto-responder email marketing platform.
If you sign up here you will have access to all the features for a free 30-day trial. After that, it’s $19 each month, but if you follow some of the tools and training that we provide you in the email marketing course at PowerhouseAffiliate.com, you will see that you can easily make that money back quickly – probably before your 30 day trial is up.
The other free option is Mailchimp, which gives you 2000 emails a month. It’s great for starting out, but it’s much pricier once you get above 2000 emails. That means if you have 500 email addresses on your list, you can only send that list four emails throughout the month.
After that, you have to pay. So, in my opinion, the free trial for 30 days with AWeber gives you plenty of time to make your money back and then you’re only spending a small fee every single month. If you start with Mailchimp and quickly outgrow their free plan, you will end up paying a higher monthly fee and probably feel locked in with them because of the hassle of moving from Mailchimp to another platform.
Want to learn more about AWeber vs Mailchimp? Check out my head to head comparison of these two email marketing juggernauts!
Free Affiliate Marketing Spy Tool – SEMrush
This is a fun one! Let’s talk about spying and competitive intelligence. Again, this one is another trial. There aren’t many really good spy tools out there that you can have free access to forever, but if you want a seven day free trial of SEMrush, CLICK HERE TO GET IT
It is an exceptionally good tool for seeing exactly what your competitors are doing. If you’re into niche marketing and you’re building yourself a niche marketing website, this is the tool you need. After you enter your website SEMrush will report all the problems with your site’s search engine optimization.
Not only that, but it will also show you what your competitors are bidding on, what keywords they’re focusing on, their rankings, and how easy it is for you to beat them in the rankings. It will display their advertisements, their paid ads, everything. Seven days access is actually really good if you’re just starting a project. If you’ve already built your website and you just want to see a free report for you and your competitors, this is a great tool!
Free Keyword Research – Google Keyword Planner and Uber Suggest
We’ve come to the end of the list!
Keyword research is huge in our business, especially if you’re doing niche marketing or search engine marketing. I’m doing YouTube marketing right now, which is basically search engine marketing on building content online.
I’m focusing my posts and videos on keywords that I know people are typing into YouTube. So how do I come up with the titles for my videos?
How do I come up with the titles for my blog posts so that I make sure that I’m targeting people that are actually searching for this information? I use a couple of tools. One of the best tools, in my opinion, is the Google Keyword Planner.
If you sign up for Google search ads for free, you can go in there and access the keyword planner. You can enter in any keyword about your niche or whatever topic you’re thinking of. The best part is that you can find related keywords that you might not have thought of. All for free!
The other tool I like is Ubersuggest, by Neil Patel. This is another great tool that shows you detailed insights on keywords and what types of topics you should be focusing your blog posts on, or your videos or whatever other content you’re putting out there online.
So there you have it! My list of top 10 free tools for affiliate marketing. Trust me, there are more than 10, but this is a great starting point. Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel DayJobHacks, and follow this blog for more great marketing tips that you can start using today to build your affiliate marketing business.
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