11 Best WordPress Plugins For Smart Affiliate Marketers In 2017
A lot of bloggers fail in affiliate marketing because of not using the right tools.
It’s not like you’ve added some affiliate links or banners on your blog and you will start getting sales. It’s not that simple.
You need to be organized to get success in affiliate marketing. As an affiliate marketer, it’s your responsibility to manage affiliate links, make reviews better, use call to actions, add banners effectively, build an email list and promote various products. But it’s difficult to manage everything at a time.
Luckily there are plenty of affiliate marketing plugins for WordPress users to manage affiliate operation. These plugins will make affiliate marketing easier.
In this post, I’ll share 10 best Affiliate Marketing WordPress Plugins to help you increase your sales and save your time.
I’ve started using ThirstyAffiliate to hide ugly affiliate links and make them pretty.
But ThirstyAffiliate is not a link cloaker only; it’s a complete affiliate link management plugin. It lets you manage your all affiliate links from a central location in WordPress and helps you with inserting them into your posts, pages and comments.
This plugin has some impressive features like 301 redirections, custom prefix, link categorization, NoFollow option, open in new window option, importing & exporting, and many more.
The amazing thing about the plugin is, it offers some PRO Add-ons to help you to earn more with affiliate marketing.
- Autolinker – Automatically turns keywords into affiliate links.
- Stats – Provide click statistics for all of your affiliate links.
- AZON – Imports Amazon affiliate links into ThirstyAffiliates.
- Geolocations – Geo-target visitors with country-specific affiliate links
- Google Click Tracking – Detects affiliate links to add Google Analytics event tracking.
- CSV Importer – Imports your affiliate links from other packages.
Coupon code and deal posts convert like crazy if you can rank them. But you need to make sure that users click on your affiliate link before using the coupon code.
I have used DRP Coupon plugin for years even if it was not in WordPress depository. Cause there was no real alternative to the plugin.
Now I am using WP Coupons and Deals plugin. It allows me to add both coupon and deal to WordPress blog post. The best thing about the plugin is its ‘simple yet attractive’ interface.
Here’s a live example of a coupon code.
You can add coupons or deals anywhere by using shortcodes. The plugin comes with “Click to Copy” functionality which will protect your every sale.
TablePress will skyrocket your conversion rates if you can use it wisely.
This plugin allows you to make responsive tables and embed them into your posts and pages. You don’t need to have coding skills to use this plugin.
I’ve been using this plugin for a while, and it works perfectly for me. I mainly use this plugin to display similar lists of products, services, or deals. Here’s a screenshot of the table that I’ve created with TablePress.
After adding this table, it increased my affiliate sales. If you write “List Posts” on products, services or deals, I’d recommend you to use this plugin. It will increase your conversion rates.
TablePress has a bunch of extensions to add more features. I am using Responsive Tables Extension to make tables look good on every device.
Relevant Ads convert better than General Ads.
That’s why you always see relevant ads on Google, Facebook or other sites. It is called “Exact Targeting”. The idea is to provide the right message to the right audience.
You can do the same on your blog. Showing web hosting affiliate banner ad on hosting related posts make more sense than showing it on SEO related posts.
Thrive Clever Widgets is the WordPress plugin that allows you to show relevant and targetted affiliate banners on sidebar/footer. For example; I am showing SEMrush affiliate banner on this post because I wrote about SEMrush there.
You can set exactly where you want to show the banner based on Categories, Individual Post and Page, Selected Posts and Pages, Page Templates, Post Types and Archive Pages. You can display the banner wherever you want to show. This plugin will undoubtedly increase your affiliate sales.
5. Q2W3 Fixed Widget (Sticky Widget)
No matter how relevant affiliate banners you add on the sidebar, it’s useless unless people notice it.
Sidebar often gets unnoticed. People come to our blog to read posts, not to see sidebar Ads. They open the post, scroll and read the content. By the time, they are at the bottom of the posts, sidebar widgets are out of their screen. It shows white-space on the sidebar.
Your sidebar remains unnoticed. And you don’t get any benefits from the sidebar.
But you can fix it by making sidebar widgets sticky that floats next to the content as the user scrolls down. See how it works.
Q2W3 Fixed Widget is the WordPress plugin that allows you to make sidebar widget sticky. You can stick multiple widgets at a time. But I prefer making one widget sticky to keep it less annoying.
This plugin will help you to get your affiliate banners noticed. And it works great with Thrive Clever Widgets.
Note: Q2W3 plugin has not been updated for last 2 years. If this plugin is not working on your WordPress site, you can use Theia Sticky Sidebar for WordPress.
WP Rich Snippet is the must have plugin for review writers.
It not only makes reviews stand out from the rest but also makes reviews more convertible.
This plugin helps me to show star ratings in Google . Here’s how one of our reviews looks on Google SERP.
These star ratings make the review more attractive. It helps me to increase my CTR as well as ranking.
Driving traffic is not enough if you can’t convert traffic into affiliate sales. This is where the plugin is different from others. This plugin optimizes reviews for more sales.
WP Rich Snippets has some amazing add-ons to add more functionality.
Adding a poll to your blog post is a great way to engage with your readers.
The surprising thing is, it can also help you to increase your affiliate sales. Let’s see how I do it.
Whenever I write a list post of products/services, I add a poll on the post. It allows users to vote on their favorite product/service, and it helps others to choose the best one.
Adding poll can dramatically increase your conversion rates. But you have to add affiliate links to your poll answer options.
TotalPoll is the plugin that lets you insert links to your poll answers. This easy to use plugin has tons of features to make polls engaging and attractive. It’s responsive and SEO-Friendly too.
The Money is in the list.
It is so true when it comes to affiliate marketing. You have to build an email list to get long-term success in affiliate marketing.
Building an email list is not easy. But right tools can make it easier. I am using GetResponse and Thrive Leads to build my email list.
If you haven’t started building your email list yet, I suggest you to get started with GetResponse. It’s the best email marketing tool for bloggers.
If you have already started building your email list, that’s great. To build your mailing list faster, I’d recommend Thrive Leads.. It has everything to build you mailing list faster than ever before.
Here are pictures of few forms that I’ve built with Thrive Leads.
You can make almost every type of Opt-In form by using Thrive Leads. You don’t need to have any designing skills to create a form. Thrive Leads is compatible with all major email marketing services like GetResponse, MailChimp, Aweber, ConvertKit, etc. It’s an all-in-one solution for list building.
9. Thrive Content Builder
Thrive Content Builder is the best visual editor for WordPress.
This plugin makes it insanely easy to create beautiful, engaging and visually impressive contents. This drag and drop plugin has everything to make your content awesome.
Here are some key features of the plugin.
- Conversion Optimized Call to Action Buttons.
- Reveal Call To Action at the Right Time.
- Creating Attention-Grabbing Content Boxes.
- Responsive and Customizable Pricing Tables.
- Countdown Timer.
- Attractive “Click to Tweet” Box.
- Table of Contents.
- Lead Generation Element and much more.
I have used this plugin only one post. You can check it here.
Another amazing thing about the plugin is, it has a full suite of landing pages. Currently, there are 122 templates available in the plugin. Some of these templates can be used to boost your affiliate sales.
OIO Publisher is an Ad management plugin that allows you to sell ads directly from your website. But you can also use it to manage your Affiliate Ads.
It has some amazing features like tracking, rotating, targeting, etc.
This plugin is a perfect choice if you want to make some extra money by selling direct ads.
If you are going to buy this plugin, use this coupon code to get 51% discount.
VigLink is an affiliate aggregator service which is connected to more than 30,000 affiliate programs.
If you are running a multi-topic blog, VigLink is for you. You don’t have to join a lot of affiliate programs to monetize your blog. VigLink will do it for you.
Once you have started using VigLink on your blog, it will convert your website’s potential keywords into affiliate links. For example, if you mention the word “iPhone” on your blog post, VigLink will turn this keyword into an affiliate link.
Viglink has a WordPress plugin that will automate the process. Just sign up for VigLink and install the plugin.
Over to You
So these are the WordPress plugins that I am using to monetize my blog with affiliate marketing.
If you don’t want to try them all, at least consider trying Thrive Tools. Those are solid gold. Here at RoadToBlogging, I am using all of the Thrive tools. And these tools help me to boost my conversion rates.
Now I’d like to hear from you. What are the WordPress plugins are you using to increase your affiliate sale?
Let us know via comment.
11 Best WordPress Plugins For Smart Affiliate Marketers In 2017