The Best Marketing Tools I Use to Make Things Happen
Welcome to the most essential page on an affiliate marketers' blog (joking). The best online marketing tools I use to make things happen and get sh*t done!
Let's be do-nuts about building things swiftly!
First, I use the services below on every website I have. I use them every day. I've tested them against other similar tools, and these are the ones, which I am confident that I can recommend to my readers without any regret.
Second, I pay for every tool listed on this page. I believe that we as a society should quit the "free-tools-mindset" and pay for everything we use from the moment we can afford it, of course.
And third, yes, some links on this page are affiliated, which means that I may receive a commission if you sign-up through the links listed here. I feel okay, including my affiliate links, as the services below are worth each dollar.
1) Hosting Provider
Best price. Best hosting quality. Best support.
Namecheap truly deserves my praises. I had severe problems with my previous hosting provider. I contacted Namecheap, and they migrated my 15 websites for less than three days, including all settings and emails. Everything went smoothly, and their migration support communicated every step with me during the process. Top service.
2) WordPress Themes
MyThemeShop is an agency developing WordPress themes for different niches. Their themes are fast, SEO-optimized, features-wise, flexible, easily-customizable. Some of the biggest niche websites and marketers use their themes and plugins. They are all over my websites. The plan I use allows me to use all of their products on different domains.
Thrive Theme Builder
The Theme Builder by ThriveThemes is another level. For example, milachervenkova.rocks is built with Thrive Theme Builder. Unless you get your hands on, you can't imagine the level of no-code customization you have access to. You can make and build whatever you like with the theme. All of their products are SEO and speed-optimized and are used by many well-known affiliate marketers. A top service!
3) Page Builder
Thrive Architect is a page builder by ThriveThemes. The page builder works with any WordPress theme I have tried so far. Also, Thrive Architect works perfectly fine with MyThemeShop's WordPress themes and plugins. This is the combination I use on perhaps each of my affiliate websites. You won't regret it, I promise.
4) Localizing and Tracking Affiliate Links
"Geniuslink makes localizing, tracking, and managing smart links dead simple, so you can earn more without added work." And this is precisely what Geniuslink does. Also, I love the team behind the service. They are swift to adapt to the affiliate marketing trends, always bringing new ways for creators to squeeze out more revenue.
5) Grammar and Content Editing
My content would have suffered its quality if I it wasn't for Grammarly. As a non-native English speaker, Grammarly has encouraged me to dig deeper into grammar and vocabulary every day. Even for native English speakers, grammar could be tricky. Grammarly is worth the dollar, and I'm with the premium pan for years.
6) Niche Website Services
Human Proof Designs (HPD)
Human Proof Designs offer a complete solution for starting and growing a successful online business. They offer services such as:
- Content creation;
- SEO services;
- Selling/Buying/Done-for-You Niche Websites.
I've used all of the above services, and recently, I sold two of my niche websites through them.
7) SEO Tools
SE Ranking is the all-in-one SEO software that I use every day. I track keywords, ranking, backlinks, organic traffic. I use SE Ranking for in-depth website audits, backlink checking, and monitoring. Further, the tool offers a keyword research module which, in my opinion, is pretty accurate.
KWFinder is part of Mangools' SEO tool pack. I've used KWFinder probably from the beginning. The tool has significantly evolved over the past years, and it is my favorite budget SEO tool for keyword researching. Some big brands use KWFinder as their primary keyword mining tool.
"LinkMiner is a backlink checker tool with a database bigger than Elon Musk's ambitions." I love this! LinkMiner is also part of Mangools' powerhouse of SEO tools. With this backlink checker tool, you can find links you can replicate easily. It's straightforward to use, and the price is unbeatable.
Without any hesitation, I can say that Ahrefs is my favorite all-in-one SEO tool. Yes, it costs a lot, but the price is fair for all the things you can do with the tool. If you are willing to pay for Ahrefs, make sure that you understand how to best utilize all its features so that you can see how powerful this SEO tool is. Otherwise, use the two suggestions above.
8) Licensed Stock Photos
For my affiliate websites, where stock photos are required, I prefer to use licensed images. I don't use free images, simply because I want to be sure that I don't break anyone's CC rights. And when there is an affordable service such as Freepik's, why not using it? For an 89.99 EUR/year, you get access to an enormous collection of photos, illustrations, infographics, and charts. Plus, it's a way to support independent creators.
NameCheap has been a game-changer regarding cash spent on new domains. We, makers, tend to buy a new domain for each idea we got. I switched to NameCheap last year from another domain provider, and I'm more than happy with their domain prices, products, and ease of use.
10) Social Media Scheduling
I found Post Planner only this year. This is the most affordable social media sharing tool to support so many accounts at such prices. The only social media platform they don't support is Instagram, but they plan to introduce it very soon. Further, with Post Planner, you can search for popular content and curate it yourself.
11) No-Code Education
I am a big fan of the no-code movement. There are many no-code platforms where you can learn to create anything without coding. Makerpad was the first no-code platform to join. I love how fast they are moving the needle. There are tons of templates and tutorials to learn from and a bonus - a very active and supportive community.
12) Viral Giveaways
KingSumo is the king of giveaways. With this tool, you can run viral giveaways to generate leads for your business. I like that it is easy to use, it works, it's a super affordable - one-lifetime fee (at the moment), and I believe that you can get it with a $10 discount. Bonus - its father is Noah Kagan.
13) Email Automation
Finally, an email marketing automation SaaS tool which doesn't cost hundreds of dollars per month. SendFox is the most affordable email service I've found so far. It is created by AppSumo, and who's the founder of AppSumo? Yeah, Noah Kagan. SendFox is super easy to use and easy to integrate with other services. You can confirm your domain name so your emails won't go to the spam folder. If you are a first-time buyer on AppSumo, you will receive a $10 discount.
Canva is my go-to creative tool for blog post visuals and social media visuals. I use Canva since the beginning of the service, and their mind-blowing growth and improvements converted me early on into a paying customer. Believe me, there are visuals for which you don't need the headache of Photoshop. And Canva eases any creative process.
Visme is another creative tool I use. What I love about Visme is its short-video creation game. For example, with their video templates for Instagram Stories, you can absolutely impress your audience. Video creation for social media is my favorite of Visme's powers.
15) Video Creation
Have you seen all these videos, where a human hand writes and creates cartoons in a video? It looks so realistic. Well, most of these videos are made with Doodly. I am currently making videos with Doodly and still exploring its capabilities, but as long as you are creative, you can create anything you like with Doodly. Damn, SaaS is advancing so fast!
16) Outsourcing Tasks
Some people don't like Fiverr; others can't live without their services. I think that Fiverr is one of the easiest ways to outsource many tasks, which will usually take lots of your time. Initially, you have to spend a little bit of time until you find a good seller. However, once you make connections with quality sellers, the outsourcing of tasks is almost on autopilot.
17) Work Management System
There is a lot of noise these days about productivity systems and tools. I see all types of "inventions" from gurus and bloggers. I wonder why so few people mention the word Kanban, ever? If you want to get shit done and have a clear view of your tasks, make one change - use a Kanban tool and the Kanban method for project management. Nothing else. Kanbanize is the best Kanban software ever made on the planet. However, it's best suited for teams (being price-wise).
I am addicted to Airtable! I use the tool for everything. I store data for different projects; I use Airtable to quickly sort out SEO stats for keyword researching and link building. I also use Airtable for automation and building custom apps.
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