This article is guest posted by Jason Acidre.
If you consider yourself an advanced affiliate marketer you may be on the lookout for the latest and greatest tools to use for your online business. Having the proper tools and services to use to your advantage can increase your profits and make you a much more efficient marketer.
Once you’ve learned the ropes with affiliate marketing and making money with the internet, it’s time to move on to bigger and better things—like making more money and finding more lucrative opportunities. One of the best ways to scale your online business to create more income is through using useful and innovative tools that will take your marketing efforts to entirely new levels. Many marketers understandably avoid these tools, and for good reason. A lot of the “top” programs and services can cost a lot of money and be a questionable investment. That being said, let’s take a look at some of the top online tools for increasing profits and growing your affiliate marketing business online.
Traffic Travis – A great free SEO tool to use is Traffic Travis. This free tool was rated on Cnet.com with 4.5 out of 5 stars and is an excellent free alternative to other expensive SEO programs. This software will give you a good idea of the search volume certain keywords get in each search engine (Google, Yahoo!, MSN) and will generate as many keywords as you like from your “seed keyword.” The software is completely free to download and use and is one of the better free keyword research tools online.
Affiloroma’s Affiliate Tools – At Affiloroma.com there are a wide variety of tools to take advantage of that aren’t just limited to either SEO or keyword research. This site offers a variety of tools that will help you check what backlinks your site has or even help you generate PPC ads. The site has premium features so it does cost money for most of their tools but for the access to multiple high quality tools you get on this website the price tag makes it a complete steal.
SEOmoz.org Tools – Another well known and highly reputable SEO website that offers tools to use is SEOmoz.org. This website offers a few free tools and several paid tools that you can use to better optimize your site and get better rankings in the search engines. There are programs that allow you to monitor and track your rankings, view backlinks and see how difficult a potential keyword is to rank for. The free tools on the site are worth trying out but the premium tools offer far more value and data. If search engine optimization plays a large role in your affiliate marketing efforts then getting your hands on these tools is a great idea.
Keyword Elite 2.0 – Another great keyword research tool that can be considered a competitor of Micro Niche Finder is Keyword Elite 2.0 This software program actually does multiple things aside from just basic keyword research and can give you valuable information on how to dominate certain keywords. For any PPC advertisers it also shows you the past successful ads of your competitors and their advertising history. The fee for this software is one time and it’s a great all-in-one option for PPC advertisers.
Market Samurai – Another top keyword research tool that does cost a fee to use is Market Samurai. This is considered by most as another great keyword research tool and competition measuring tool for seeing what keywords and niches can be easily dominated with little work. While this tool does cost money to use it gives you far more valuable data about the keywords and niches you’re targeting, so it virtually pays for itself over time. There’s a trial version of the program you can try out to see if it’s right for you before purchasing it.
As you become more advanced with your affiliate marketing you’ll likely want to use more and more of these tools until you’ve got a pretty good “arsenal” at your disposal. If you can afford to it really is best to have a variety of these services and tools to use so you can get the benefits of each individual one. If you’re uncomfortable with paying money for a tool you’re not sure you’ll use then taking advantage of some of the free services and programs is a great way to test the waters.
Make full use of the trial versions of programs to see if they work for you before committing to the monthly membership or full onetime payment. If you consider yourself an experienced internet marketer but you’re still wary of online programs and services then don’t purchase any service you aren’t completely sold on. There are complete beginners in affiliate marketing who make a fortune using nothing more than free tools and keyword research programs like the Google adword keyword tool. These programs do work well enough but for those who want to relieve some of the work load and get better results from their efforts paid programs and services should be used for the best results.
Jason Acidre is a Marketing Consultant for Affilorama, an affiliate marketing portal. They provide affiliate marketing education and advanced affiliate marketing tools for beginning and advance affiliates.