SkimLinks is primarily for established content producers (bloggers) who want to monetize their content. With a powerful WordPress plugin and scripts for just about any website type, setting up SkimLinks is very easy. And because you have access to all offers on their platform after you’re approved, SkimLinks is very well designed for affiliates who don’t want to spend a lot of time fiddling around with settings and other fine-tuning.
Thanks for the great list Brian. I am looking for a tool that would allow me to enter a keyword such as “electrician”. I would then want to limit the search to the local city my client is in. I would like to then get results back that show at least the top ten sites on Google and competition data that would help me to make the best decision on local keywords to try and rank for. Any suggestions?
Smartech is a Growth Marketing Platform with cross-channel (Email, SMS, Voice, Push Notifications, App Notifications) marketing automation, powered by Artificial Intelligence. It helps marketers and product managers LISTEN to and ANALYSE consumer behavior, and execute hyper-personalised campaigns to retain and engage users (CONVERSE). Learn more about Smartech
With so many projects in the works simultaneously, it’s seemingly impossible to ensure they get done on time. Using project management technology, best-in-class marketers keep team members on task by making sure they hit key checkpoints along the way to completion. Using all-in-one software with custom workflows and communication tools, they meet deadlines promptly and efficiently.
These are some great tools! I’d also suggest trying Copyleaks plagiarism detector. I wasn’t even thinking about plagiarism until a few months ago when another website was scraping my content and in turn bringing me down on search engine rankings. It didn’t matter how good the rest of my SEO was for those months. I’m not notified as soon as content I have published is being used elsewhere.

For traditional SEO, this has meant some loss of key real estate. For SERP results pages that once had 10 positions, it's not uncommon now to see seven organic search results below a Featured Snippet or Quick Answer box. Rather than relying on PageRank algorithm for a specific keyword, Google search queries rely increasingly on ML algorithms and the Google Knowledge Graph to trigger a Quick Answer or pull a description into a snippet atop the SERP.

Cool feature: Go to “Overview”—>”Performance” to get a list of keywords that you currently rank for. Sort by “Position” so that your #1 rankings are at the top. Then scroll down until you find where you rank #10-#25 in Google’s search results. These are pages that you can sometimes push to page 1 with some extra SEO love (for example, pointing a few internal links to that page).
ClickBank allows you to join for free, and the approval process is virtually automatic, so it’s a great choice for people entering the affiliated game for the first time. ClickBank has a ton of information, including FAQs, walk-throughs, and videos available, so the barrier to entry is quite low. There’s also a (paid) program called ClickBank University with courses and assistance from experienced marketers.
Comprehensive Suite of Tools. Like other software solutions on this list, AvantLink offers a comprehensive suite of cutting-edge tools to help you perform targeted marketing campaigns. What sets it apart is that you can fully customize your system with state-of-the-art APIs, plugins, widgets, and third-party applications from their app market. This means integrating it into your existing system is easier than ever.
eTrigue DemandCenter helps launch more marketing campaigns and generate more leads with your existing resources. eTrigue's robust Marketing Automation solution has everything needed to effectively manage your demand generation campaigns, including tools for lead segmentation, lead scoring and nurturing, real-time lead alerts, and anonymous visitor tracking. Achieving a high, measurable marketing ROI and a very real revenue impact has never been easier. Intuitive, user-friendly, no hidden costs.
As of May 2016, the SEO tool industry was worth $65 billion and growing. Projections have the industry burgeoning to $79 billion in total value by the year 2020. A 2016 survey entitled What Works in Online Marketing found that of 357 marketers, 94 percent planned to increase their SEO budgets or keep them flat through 2017. Those results portend continued growth into 2018, as do the trends of more users online, more user searches on search engines and the increased sophistication of SEO tools in general.
WOW~ Obviously you have a ton of options based on the products you’ve covered here. What makes this great (besides the sheer numbers of options) is the fact that you can get a search based on various criteria. I’ve been playing with various combinations for the last 2 hours! lol And I have to admit that once I get the kids to bed I’ll be back exploring my options. Thank you, our team needed something like this!
Eagan Heath, Owner of Get Found Madison, is a huge fan of the SEO tool Keywords Everywhere Chrome extension. He shares, “It allows both me and my clients to see monthly U.S. keyword search volume right on Google, which is great for brainstorming blog topic ideas. It also allows you to bulk upload lists of keywords and see the data, which Google now hides behind enormous ranges unless you pay for Google AdWords. Unbelievable value for a free tool!”
As you probably know by now, most affiliate tracking software is pretty complex to get setup! You won’t have any setup issues with LeadDyno. We designed it to be really easy to integrate with your website. Many of our E-Commerce integrations are “one-click.” For example, if you’re a Shopify store owner, you simply enter the URL of your store, give LeadDyno permission to connect with it, and you’re done. You simply do this once, and you’re ready to start rolling out links and marketing materials to your affiliates! We also provide complimentary setup help. We’re available to assist five days per week via phone, six days per week via live chat, and seven days per week via email.
Marketing Automation built for ecommerce marketers. When a single customer view is at the core of your marketing, amazing things can happen. Thats why Zaius brings together CRM, marketing automation, and analytics in one dream B2C marketing platform so you can deliver beautiful, relevant, and effective messages across channels and devices in real-time, and discover revenue opportunities you never even knew existed.
Overwhelming list of tools, but GREAT! Thanks for the sort options. I’m not doing much more with Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools than looking at traffic numbers. Your tips on how to use them were spot on. Would love an epic post on using both of those tools. I keep searching for how to use Google Analytics and have yet to find anything useful… except your few tips.
With so many projects in the works simultaneously, it’s seemingly impossible to ensure they get done on time. Using project management technology, best-in-class marketers keep team members on task by making sure they hit key checkpoints along the way to completion. Using all-in-one software with custom workflows and communication tools, they meet deadlines promptly and efficiently.
Domain Hunter Plus is similar to Check My Links. But this tool also checks to see if the broken link’s domain is available for registration. Cool feature in theory…but I rarely find any free domain names with this tool. That’s because authoritative domains tend to get scooped up pretty quickly. Still a helpful tool for broken link building or The Moving Man Method though.
SEO Suite ™ (features both Dynamic Submission and Web Ranking) - Search engine optimization has never been so easy since the release of our comprehensive SEO software. It contains the functions you need to optimize and easily manage your SEO tasks. The user-friendly interface contains 25+ SEO tools including search engine submission, web ranking & link promoter tools. The software will easily submit your site to over 1000+ major search engines at the click of a button. Remember, 85% of all internet traffic is generated through the search engines so if your website isn’t listed, chances are that your potential customers will never find you!
Why It Is Important: “It’s the simplest tools that can make our day-to-day work so much easier. Sometimes, we need to show our clients or each other internally how to do something inside of an application. Loom makes this easier by video recording a screen capture and the front-facing camera with audio. These quick videos helps us tremendously with collaboration and training. Wistia recently came out with a similar version of Loom called Soapbox. We’ll be checking that out too.” Editor’s note: check out ViewedIt from Vidyard too.”
What I Used Before This: When we needed to collect content from clients previously, we would create a template using a google doc, and then email the document to the client. We’d ask them to fill in the blanks, but we’d have to set 100s of tasks for ourselves to make sure they got each document filled out. Then, we’d email them again, and again and again. Then, multiply that by a bunch of clients. We were pulling our hair out.
Want to get links from news sites like the New York Times and WSJ? The first step is to find the right journalist to reach out to. And JustReachOut makes this process MUCH easier than doing it manually. Just search for a keyword and the tool will generate a list of journalists that cover that topic. You can also pitch journalists from within the platform.
WebEngage is a marketing automation software that helps B2C companies drive more revenues from their existing customers and anonymous users. WebEngage helps companies segment their customers and engage with them in a contextual and personalized manner through various channels such as Push, In-app, SMS, Web Push, Email, On-site Notifications, On-site Surveys and On-site Feedback. Through WebEngage, companies can create complex lifecycle campaigns in seconds using the Journey Designer.
Inspired by the need to create innovative tools for merchants and affiliates, AvantLink aims to provide better data, reporting, transparency, and support for those utilizing an affiliate marketing strategy. Accessible via Windows and Mac, this software solution lets you pull reports, create ad campaigns, plan paid placements, and make custom tracking links without having to switch from app to app. It also gives granular details on the sales, clicks, and impressions of your affiliates through real-time reporting. Perfect for small businesses, medium-sized companies, and large enterprises, this cloud-hosted application offers a quote-based pricing plans.
Hey Brian, I have been following you since a couple of months now. That’s a cool list of tools and I have used some of them. Can you just post something on how to optimize App in Google Play store. Or some tools for ASO, or may be some techniques for ranking a mobile App in Play store and App Store? I went through Moz and Search Engine Journal but looking from something concrete from your side. Awaiting your response!

What I Used Before This: “Trello and DoInbound. We liked Trello for its ability to give a high level of overview of what we are working on, have completed, and plan to tackle next in a way that is insightful but not overwhelming to clients. And DoInbound was great at developing our internal processes and managing the delivery of services. But we had to manage two disparate systems. Teamwork, with recent changes adding a board view similar to Trello, allowed us to bring everything into one easy to manage platform.”

LinkConnector is something of a mixed bag, so it’s probably best for experienced affiliates who have become disillusioned with other networks and are looking to expand. LinkConnector’s bizarre mix of high-quality products and a low-quality dashboard make it hard to truly assess its viability, but their exclusive deals with some vendors can make it a true home run for publishers working in certain niches.


SocialMotus - is an affordable, all-in-one social media marketing and management tool developed to help businesses of all sizes to connect and engage with existing and potential customers through social media. SocialMotus is a social media management and monitoring tool that lets you manage, publish, monitor, engage and measure your social marketing performance for Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn from one platform.
Search engine optimization (SEO) is the art of ensuring your webpages are pushed to the top of relevant search results, but the process can be long and arduous if done manually. SEO tools help automate the process, whether it's determining which keywords are the best to strategically target, how many backlinks you've established on other websites, or even the SEO health of your competitors' pages.
Meet Pardot: Smarter marketing automation on the world's #1 CRM. Pardot empowers marketing and sales teams to work together to find and nurture leads, close more deals, and maximize return on investment. Pardot's lead management features CRM integration, email marketing, lead nurturing, lead scoring, and ROI reporting to help marketing and sales teams work together to generate and qualify sales leads, shorten sales cycles, and track marketing ROI.

LinkResearchTools makes backlink tracking its core mission and provides a wide swath of backlink analysis tools. LinkResearchTools and Majestic provide the best backlink crawling of this bunch. Aside from these two backlink powerhouses, many of the other tools we tested, such as Ahrefs, Moz Pro, Searchmetrics, SEMrush, and SpyFu, also include solid backlink tracking capabilities.


Affise is a traffic tracking software built to serve advertisers and marketers who wish to kickstart or run their own networks. Accessible via Windows and Mac, this cloud-hosted solution offers a suite of automation tools for affiliate marketing operations. Among the applications it includes are FraudScore, 24metrics, advanced TrafficBack, deep targeting, publisher and advertiser billing, personalized report calculations, real-time statistics, and audit history. Offering monthly subscription plans ranging from $299 to $499, they also offer quote-based pricing for large businesses. To learn if this is the right software for your operations, you may take advantage of their free trial or consult one of their specialists.

Yes, Open Link Profiler’s index isn’t as massive as the big tools (like Ahrefs and Majestic). But its paid version has some cool features (like on-page analysis and site audits) that can make the monthly payment worthwhile. Also, the free version is the best free backlink analysis tool I’ve ever used. So if you’re balling on a budget and want to see your competitor’s backlinks for free, give OpenLinkProfiler a shot.
Given that I am still in reading and preparation phase, I am mainly interested to overlap my niche with real life interests so I could have motivation to produce content on regular basis. Two that I am highly interested are PC parts and Fitness. I am aware they are too general subjects with lot of sites doing the same, but my idea is to produce constant review on PC parts, Laptops, Mobile devices, Accessories all in different categories, create lists like top5 or 10 under XX budget etc. Similar approach I would use if I I decide to go with Fitness path and divide content training advice, review of fat loss methods, supplementation, nutrition etc. I am aware that this will be a long journey and that it can pass few months before sales start to kick in and that’s the risk I am ready to take. My questions are:
Automate campaign management with this web-based solution. TractionNext automates campaign workflows, triggers conversations and accelerates conversions, with visibility to email, SMS, promotions, surveys, web, and online all on the one unified platform. Our team of leading marketing experts have helped guide and deliver campaigns for some of the most globally recognised brands, such as Lion, Coca Cola Amatil and Foxtel, bringing together technology and strategy to create customer engagement.
FunnelFlux is the world’s only “visual tracker”. Thanks to FunnelFlux, anyone can create, optimize and adjust campaigns with no advanced knowledge needed. Just initial setup requires some technical knowledge that support team at FunnelFlux is pleasure to help. It offers 60 KPIs in total you can use. Also, you can easily find bottlenecks in a visually stimulating way thanks to The Powerful Statistics Engine and Funnel Heatmaps. Another significant feature is that it gives you a chance to perform split tests and you can use any kind of landing pages.
JVZoo lets you both host and create landing pages on their own website, so it’s far better suited for professional marketers who want to flood the internet with offers, many of them for courses to make money. You don’t need your own website to participate in JVZoo, but you will need to know how to drive traffic to a landing or squeeze page in order to profit from being a JVZoo affiliate.
Online marketing software is a targeted at improving online brand awareness and online lead generation. Online marketing software include contextual advertising where selected ads of potential interest to end users are displayed in the context of their online experience. Online marketing business software is typically offered as an on-demand web-based app (SaaS). This option is more and more popular with small businesses (SMB).
Keri Lindenmuth’s, a Marketing Manager at Kyle David Group, go-to SEO tool is none other than Moz. She says, “My favorite feature of the tool is its ‘page optimization feature.’ It tells you exactly what steps you can make to improve the SEO of every single page on your website. For example, it will tell you to ‘Include your keyword in this page title’ or ‘Add an image with a keyword alt tag.’ This tool has substantially improved our client’s business simply by the fact that it gives increased transparency. We can compare their site’s traffic and optimization to that of their competitors. We can see which pages and search terms their competitors are performing well in and alter our web practices to compete against theirs. Without a tool like Moz, SEO really becomes a guessing game. You have no idea where you’re doing well and where you can use improvement.”
AffTrack happens to be the lone enterprise SaaS solution that offers unlimited clicks. Being leveraged by numerous big affiliate networks since 2009, it is more than just another affiliate tracking system. With an extremely mobile friendly interface, this program makes it very easy to track on the move. Its prominent features include: • Proxy detection service (free) • 100% Real time analytics • Brandable interfaces • Suppression file management • Invoice and billing tools • Access to granular level • File manager • Unlimited advertisers and affiliates • Device targeting • Client side tracking • Geo-targeting • Affiliate referral program
You have the manpower and resources for it. While many processes involved in marketing can be automated, it is important to be hands-on when it comes to this scheme. You must be proactive in monitoring your affiliates and tracking your conversions to make sure you are properly compensating your partners. Additionally, you must be financially prepared to invest in these software.
Fully Customizable Platform. One of the major challenges in implementing affiliate marketing platforms is integrating it with your internal systems. With HasOffers’ fully customizable features, you can personalize your dashboard, build your own applications to run alongside theirs, as well as utilize a 2-way API functionality so you may work with third-party systems easily.
For businesses that thrive on fully customizable marketing tools, Tapfiliate has you covered. This platform packs tons of features ranging from automatic program tracking and fraud detection to one-click affiliate payouts and instant banner delivery. After the easy, coding-free installation process, advertisers can create a branded experience for their customers using the platform’s integration or domain aliasing feature. Plenty of free modules and guides are available as well as integration support to help businesses begin the journey to utilizing affiliate marketing strategies. Affiliates have access to multi-language pages and a dashboard that allows them to keep track of their performance and find ways to improve.
ShortStack is a digital marketing platform built for engagement, lead collection and marketing automation. Run contests and build landing pages to increase engagement, gain followers and collect email addresses. LANDING PAGES: Build mobile-responsive landing pages in minutes using our readymade, customizable templates. CONTESTS & PROMOTIONS: From refer-a-friend and photo-vote contests to hashtag contests and simple sweepstakes, use our templates to launch a contest in minutes.
Pay-per-click advertising is becoming increasingly expensive. With LeadDyno, you can use our affiliate program and gain a profitable commission without worrying about creeping costs. As one of the best tracking systems in the market, offering a comprehensive set of features, our software tracking program allows you to manage and observe results of your marketing endeavors. Providing complete information through the affiliate dashboard, LeadDyno’s customizable link tracking platform is easy to understand, responsive and effective. With the one-click sharing option, affiliates can now share their products on various social media platforms and integrate the plug-in on numerous e-commerce stores as well.
“I just purchased IBP and I love the product. I had previously purchased a couple of other programs before buying IBP, wow what a difference. The reports are very in-depth. The main items that differentiate IBP from the others are the reports make sense and they are clear and concise. The other thing is the design of the software, nice interface, easy to follow. Thanks for such a great tool that actually works.”
Covering Your Bases, Promotion-Wise. Picking a specific channel when engaging your customers may leave many of them excluded, thus lessening your chances of converting them to leads. This is why ReferralCandy allows you to utilize varying promotional strategies such as  sending email blasts, redirecting to landing pages, and giving invitations upon checkout. Another option available to companies is the creation of an embed signup in their store, with the platform offering optimized templates that can boost sales.
Trumpia offers a complete text messaging solution with features like mass texting & keywords that compliment their marketing automation platform. A few advancements they offer include: Smart Targeting: send only relevant messages, Marketing Automation: carry out campaigns without human intervention, & Enterprise: set data & feature access rights. These culminate into what they call Lifecycle Engagement, helping you automatically engage customers, from signups & coupons, to ultimately feedback.
Clickx unleashes your business's full potential. Pinpoint which marketing efforts are working, understand your competitors deeply, and demystify what makes your audience convert. Improve traffic and lead flow – all from a single platform. Eliminate all the headaches and guesswork. Our software saves time and hassle by streamlining your marketing intelligence. Focus on what you do best: running your business.
The average commission rate is $58 per the Shopify website. Shopify’s commissions are paid according to different metrics. For instance, if a referral signs up for the Shopify Plus enterprise plan (the highest tier), the payout is a flat $2,000. Referrals who sign up for the standard plan earn a $598 commission. The payout for a Basic account is $58. Commissions are calculated as follows: you will earn two times the monthly rate but only two months after the user has been a paying customer.

Earning income via Target affiliates, however, requires a bit of work. Cookies expire in just seven days, and commissions can be as low as just one percent, so you’ll need to be operating a high-traffic website in order to make serious cash with this program. But with Target’s much-beloved brand reputation and vast catalog, relevant product links can be a big earner for established influencers.


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PeerFly is an internationally recognized affiliate platform that dedicatedly serves advertisers and affiliates alike. Aiming to increase business sales and improve affiliates’ income, PeerFly pays its network of professionals only when a lead, sale, or other measurable transaction occurs. This unique cost-per-action pricing system has set PeerFly apart from other providers. This effort didn’t go to waste, as the network received multiple service awards given by different groups over the years. As of late, a total of over 8 million leads and sales were generated by the platform, and it has over 75,000 active publishers in at least 165 countries.
Mark's advice is pretty good - if it's not your core area of expertise, hire it out. However, with SEO, you have to be extremely careful who you hire it out to. It's entirely possible to do it completely wrong, get temporary good results for a few months, even a year, and then get slammed by a penalty. Don't hire it out to India because they use SEO tactics from 2010 bound to get you penalized. You want to hire a firm that focuses on building good content (if you don't have it already) and...
Trumpia offers a complete text messaging solution with features like mass texting & keywords that compliment their marketing automation platform. A few advancements they offer include: Smart Targeting: send only relevant messages, Marketing Automation: carry out campaigns without human intervention, & Enterprise: set data & feature access rights. These culminate into what they call Lifecycle Engagement, helping you automatically engage customers, from signups & coupons, to ultimately feedback. Learn more about Trumpia

Hey Greg, I use SEO PowerSuite as well and I also get the frequent application updates. But my Rank Tracker projects seem to save OK and pick up seamlessly. Sometimes I have to pick the file version I want to save or recover, but it still works OK after the update. I only have a couple of Rank Tracker projects active right now. Maybe you can contact their support to see what’s up.
FunnelFlux is the world’s only “visual tracker”. Thanks to FunnelFlux, anyone can create, optimize and adjust campaigns with no advanced knowledge needed. Just initial setup requires some technical knowledge that support team at FunnelFlux is pleasure to help. It offers 60 KPIs in total you can use. Also, you can easily find bottlenecks in a visually stimulating way thanks to The Powerful Statistics Engine and Funnel Heatmaps. Another significant feature is that it gives you a chance to perform split tests and you can use any kind of landing pages.
JVZoo lets you both host and create landing pages on their own website, so it’s far better suited for professional marketers who want to flood the internet with offers, many of them for courses to make money. You don’t need your own website to participate in JVZoo, but you will need to know how to drive traffic to a landing or squeeze page in order to profit from being a JVZoo affiliate.
Already a few months back, but Moz launched a local product to compete in the fast-growing SMB market. In a previous post, we’ve suspected to see Moz move in the SEO enterprise market, but this didn’t  seem to really happen. Their tools a great, but a lot of folks don’t think that they are exceptional, meaning other tools couldn’t provide a certain task or data in a similar way. Moz local looks solid and will compete with Yext, Placable and a bunch of other local submission services, which we’ll cover soon.
SocialMotus - is an affordable, all-in-one social media marketing and management tool developed to help businesses of all sizes to connect and engage with existing and potential customers through social media. SocialMotus is a social media management and monitoring tool that lets you manage, publish, monitor, engage and measure your social marketing performance for Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn from one platform.
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