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5 Best Plugins for Affiliate Marketing

This is a guest post by Tara.

Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money with your blog. Instead of drawing in a few pennies for every AdSense click, you can collect a few dollars per sale referred from your site. For some programs, you can earn hundreds of dollars per sale. There is much greater potential to make the money you want with your blog through affiliate marketing.

There are many plugins that make affiliate marketing on your blog easier. Here are some of our top picks:

Pop Shops Affiliate Store Plugin

Use this plugin to automatically add products to your blog from any of the major affiliate networks, including ClickBank, Commission Junction, LinkShare, WebGains and the Google Affiliate Network. You can create affiliate stores on any area of your blog: sidebar, footer, or page.

Pretty Link

Some readers just don’t like to see affiliate links in your post. This plugin can help shorten and cloak URLs. Instead of the sprawling affiliate link, you can show a shortened link with your own URL, which redirects to the affiliate URL after it is clicked.

Ad Squares Widget

Use this widget to create professional-looking ads for your affiliate products right in your sidebar. You can create 125×125 ads that link out to affiliate products, or you can use the plugin to sell direct advertising on your blog.

Amazon Product in a Post Plugin

Save time with this plugin, which quickly adds your affiliate link and a formatted Amazon product listing to your blog. You just need to enter in the product’s ASIN or ISBN, and the plugin does the rest. It’s a real time saver if you add lots of affiliate products to your blog!

123 Linkit Affiliate Marketing Tool

This plugin scans the keywords on your blog posts and pages and instantly converts them to affiliate links for related products. This handy tool also automatically converts the affiliate URLs to a shorter URL with your domain as the root. Streamline the affiliate marketing process and start increasing your sales!

Though affiliate marketing is a great way to make money with your blog, it can be a time-consuming process. Use these plugins to streamline the process and take out the potential for error, thereby increasing your sales.

What are your favorite plugins for affiliate marketing? Share them in the comments!

About the Author

Tara Spenser is currently the resident writer for workingcapital.org, where she researches the most affordable small business cash advances available. In her spare time, she enjoys blogging, swimming, and being a mom.

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2 Responses to '5 Best Plugins for Affiliate Marketing'

  1. asfix90 says:

    WP Auto Affiliate Links – This plugin gives you the ability to turn keywords into affiliate links automatically.
    There’s no need to go back through all of your posts by hand and add affiliate links to products related to your content.
    You get some other helpful features such as follow/nofollow settings and there’s also a link cloaking setting.
    You need to be careful here, actually I would recommend you avoid the use of the cloaking setting altogether because search engines aren’t fans of using this sort of tactic.
    Usually I recommend minimising the number of plugins you use so when a plugin can accomplish multiple tasks that you would use other plugins for then I would say do it – in this case, leave out the link cloaking and use the redirect functions within Pretty Link Lite.
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-auto-affiliate-links/

    • Lisha says:

      Hi asfix,

      Thanks for all those tips. I definitely agree that we should minimize the number of plugins we use, so having a plugin that “kills two or more birds with one stone” is definitely worth it. However, some plugins use a lot more juice, so it depends on if you need every aspect of a plugin. I wouldn’t upload a plugin that gave me two things I needed, but had 5 things going on it. And yeah, I use pretty link lite to make my special links. It’s very fast and easy 🙂

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