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Today we are going to be covering the best free affiliate marketing tools that are available to us.
The best thing about these tools is that they are actually free.
In this list, I tried to include a variety of free tools so that there is at least a couple for all affiliates, whether you use paid ads or organic traffic.
This list includes:
- Keyword research tools
- Graphic design tools
- Landing page builder tools
- Email marketing software
- link shorteners
And more, so enjoy and let’s get into the list!
P.S This list is in no particular order!
First on our list is Quora.
Quora is the biggest question and answer platform on the Internet, and there are questions regarding just about any topic you can think of!
On Quora, you are not allowed to post any affiliate links. However, you can use Quora to drive free traffic to your webpages that contain affiliate links or email opt-in forms.
This makes it a great free tool for affiliate marketers as we can use Quora to get free traffic as well as free leads.
If you do decide to use Quora, then you should make sure that you follow the rules of quora, and read this full Quora guide.
Next on our list is YouTube, which is another way to get high-quality free traffic.
There are tons of different ways that you can do this, but they all involve creating videos or at least paying someone to create them for you.
If you would like to use YouTube for affiliate marketing, then I recommend that you read through this YouTube affiliate marketing guide.
Other than that YouTube is also a great place to learn, as there is tons of great information there, which you can access for free!
Update: After a recent Ubersuggest update, the free version is a little limited on keyword suggestions. The premium plan costs $10 per month.
2nd Update: THey changed it again, it now costs $37 per month and is not worth it anymore due to the amount of errors it gives, read more at Ubersuggest review.
Our next free tool for affiliate marketers is Ubersuggest.
This is a tool by Neil Patel and it is a
completely free keyword research tool which you can use to:
- Find the best SEO keywords
- Find the best PPC keywords
- Analyze your website’s organic traffic
- Analyze your competitor’s organic traffic.
Ubersuggest is an amazing tool if you have a blog, or you simply want to use PPC campaigns for your affiliate promotions!
Personally, I use Ubersuggest daily because I write daily blog posts. Overall, it’s a great free tool for affiliate marketing.
Next, we have AnswerThePublic.
AnswerThePublic is another keyword research tool, although I would describe it as a “Keyword idea tool”.
The way it works is that you type in a word or topic related to your niche and it will spit out tons of topic ideas that you can write about.
It’s extremely useful if you ever run out of ideas for your blog or YouTube channel, as it will share tons of great ideas that you can create content around.
Below is a screenshot example of it in action.
Next on our list is Canva, which you can use to create free graphics for your affiliate marketing business.
It can be thumbnails, logos, banners or whatever sort of graphics you might need for your affiliate marketing business.
Custom graphics are key in today’s marketing world and they will increase your conversions, help your ranks and help your branding.
You can create these graphics for completely free using Canva, but there is a premium version available which is also fairly cheap.
However, you can also just choose to stick with the free version if you want to.
Next, we have linktrack which is a free alternative to Clickmagick.
It’s completely free, however, it is quite limited compared to Clickmagick.
You can use linktrack to cloak your affiliate links, to make them look nicer and to bypass spam & promotion filters in emails.
If you are sending emails with uncloaked affiliate links, you should stop right now, because they will often cause your emails to go the spam folder or the promotions tab.
Other than that, most affiliate links look pretty ugly and spammy, so I would recommend using some sort of URL shortener to make them look nicer.
NOTE: The reason I didn’t choose to go with bit.ly is that they are blacklisted by most email providers, which will cause your emails to go to spam! Source: Rebrandly
If you use WordPress and you want to shorten your affiliate links with links that contain your domain, you can also use the FREE Pretty Links plugin.
7. Affiliate Pages
This one depends on the affiliate program that you are promoting. However, most affiliate offers have specific affiliate pages where they have tons of free content that you can use!
This content often includes:
- Done-For-You Email Swipes
- Videos that you can use in your promotions & advertising campaigns
- Banners to put on your website
These things can be pretty useful for us affiliates, and I often see that newer affiliates overlook these!
So, whatever offer you are promoting, go and see if they have an “affiliate page” because there can be TONS of useful promotional content there!
8. Social Media
Next, we have social media, which you can use in so many different ways.
However, I wouldn’t recommend using social media to share your affiliate links because that will never get you sales.
So, what should you do instead?
Next, you can use your social media to share your webpages which contain affiliate links, email opt-in forms, etc. because you are just sharing your content.
This can also help you grow & earn commissions, without annoying your following with affiliate links.
You can also use social media to connect with other affiliates to share ideas or even work together which will benefit both of you.
When social media is used correctly, it can be a very powerful affiliate marketing tool to help you grow your business.
9. Scheduling Tools For Social Media
Now that we know that social media can be an amazing free tool for affiliate marketers, let’s have a look at some tools that can help your social media even more.
Scheduling Tools for social media will allow you to schedule your posts so that you can create posts for the future.
This will help you organize your social media content in advance so that you do not need to worry about forgetting to post.
I will leave some links below which are guides or free tools for different social media platforms.
10. Google Analytics
Source of Image: Google Marketing Platform
Google Analytics is a free website tool that you can use to gain valuable insights on your website visitors.
These insights include:
- Behavior on different pages
- Referrers & Source of traffic (where your traffic came from)
Insights such as these will be helpful for us affiliates to see where we should make changes to our website, to improve user metrics on our page.
You can install the google analytics tool for free on any website that you wish so that you can start to analyze your visitors’ insights.
Let’s continue with forums.
Forums are a great way to drive traffic and awareness to one of your webpages, it works in a similar way to using Quora for affiliate marketing.
In most forums, you can’t post affiliate links, but you can post your content to answer other users’ questions.
Some forums will also allow you to post your landing page where you give away a free lead magnet.
Again, forums are also a great way to drive free traffic to your web pages that contain affiliate links or opt-in forms.
Next on our list is MunchEye, which is a launch calendar.
MunchEye is a free tool that you can use to see upcoming launches on ClickBank, JvZoo and Warrior Plus.
You can use MunchEye to do launch jacking which is an affiliate marketing strategy that involves creating reviews for products that have only just been released.
This way, you can rank for them pretty easily which will allow you to get some easy commissions.
However, you can also use MunchEye if you are just looking to find some upcoming launches when you are looking for new products that you can promote.
Again, another great free tool for affiliate marketers.
13. Google Trends
Let’s move onto Google Trends, which is a type of keyword/niche research tool.
You can use Google Trends to research products, niches, keywords and see their search volume.
Google Trends will help you to see if a product or niche is gaining popularity, which might help you decide whether you want to promote it.
It can also be useful in your keyword or niche research as you can see the search volume of any keyword you like.
Now, let’s move on to our free landing page builder.
QuickPages is a free landing page builder that you can use instead of ClickFunnels.
Because it’s free, it’s very limited, however, the templates are alright and they do the job.
If you can’t afford ClickFunnels or another landing page/funnel builder, then you can give QuickPages a try!
In order to integrate QuickPages with a piece of email marketing software, you will have to use the #16 of this list!
Next on our list is MailerLite which is a free email autoresponder.
However, there are some things you need to be aware of before using MailerLite.
Update; There is now a free autoresponder for affiliate marketing that is completely fine with you sending affiliate links!
The first one is that it is only free until you have 1000 subscribers, afterwards it cost $15 a month.
This is completely fine, as when we have 1000 subscribers we should at least be making $500 if not more.
However, now let’s get onto the more important part…
MailerLite does not allow the traditional affiliate marketing model which consists of sending your contacts irrelevant products with affiliate links.
However, they allow ethical affiliates who build a relationship with their contacts, and help them with their needs.
Lastly, we have Zapier which is a tool that you can use to integrate any application with applications, that normally can’t be integrated.
The problem is that in the free version you only get five “zaps”, which are when you connect two applications together.
Each “zap” also only allows 100 tasks, unless you upgrade to a paid plan.
It’s a pretty decent free tool as it can easily help you with some tools that normally can’t be integrated.
You can also use Zapier to integrate QuickPages with your email marketing software.