Sailthru aims to increase user engagement and conversion through smart data which marketers can use to better understand and respond to users in real time. This results in a personalized user experience in the form of targeted emails, for example, or a homepage tailored to an individual’s interests. Sailthru's clients include Business Insider, AOL . Huffington Post and Newsweek among others. The startup recently raised $19 million.
Hi Brian, it’s a great list, but I think one of the challenges for small/medium enterprises is allocating dollars. There’s probably at least $10k a month’s worth of subscriptions here. I know you only need one from each category, but even then, it’s at least $500 a month. I would love to know your list of monthly subscriptions for your business. Which ones do you genuinely pay money for? Personally I’m okay with maybe $50 a month for a tool…but I would have to be getting massive value for $300 a month.

Affiliate marketing has now invaded Hollywood? We know it invaded US politics in Washington as some politicians (current and retired) are silent affiliate marketers or in MLM. Maybe we can look forward to hearing in the next few years about more celebrities going from actors and actresses to home-based affiliate marketers. Wouldn’t that be something?
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.”
LinkConnector imposes a very rigorous and lengthy screening process, so you’ll need to prove that you have a high-quality website and established audience before being accepted. Despite its somewhat schizophrenic approach, LinkConnector does have some very happy long-term affiliates. And their “naked links” allow for direct connection to the merchant website without having to be rerouted via LinkConnector, which will give your website an SEO boost.
JVZoo’s strength is that it allows experienced marketers to gain access to product launches and a huge range of online courses while setting up sales funnels and customized landing pages. It’s definitely not for someone who wants to monetize a blog or earn money by having users click through and buy physical products. If you’ve carved out a strong presence online in the marketing space, JVZoo might be a perfect fit.
SEMrush really is the all-inclusive SEO tool on the market. Monthly plans start at $99 a month; however, you are able to get a custom quote based upon your individual needs. SEMrush does offer discounts if you commit to a yearly plan, which could save you up to $800. Unfortunately, SEMrush does not offer a free trial, but it’s hard to imagine being unsatisfied with such powerful SEO software.
As you know, adding LSI keywords to your content can boost your rankings. The question is: how do you know which LSI keywords to add? Well this free tool does the job for you. And unlike most “keyword suggestion” tools that give you variations of the keyword you put into it, Keys4Up actually understands that meaning behind the word. For example, look at the screenshot to see the related words the tool found around the keyword “paleo diet”.
We chose to use Post Affiliate Pro as our affiliate software, for tracking leads, registrations and sales commissions. Getting started was easy, and the support team was extremely helpful and responsive to our questions as we fine tuned our setup and testing of our campaigns prior to launching. The software provides all the functionality we were looking for, but the support we had during the setup was really what helped us make this project a success.
Affiliate Referrals. Expand your network by incentivizing current affiliates to recruit new ones. With Tapfiliate, the incentive is a percentage of the commission that each new affiliate earns. This can go on for a certain number of levels along the “pyramid” or “downline”. Tapfiliate’s affiliate tracking feature lets you create unlimited levels for your affiliate programs.
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.
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.
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