WordPress is a very simple-to-use solution for creating powerful affiliate websites. The best part about WordPress is all the plugins that are available.

It seems there is at least one plugin for just about anything you can imagine!

I’ve put together a list of 5 free affiliate marketing plugins for WordPress that I really like to use.

 

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1. Pretty Link Lite

This is probably my favorite WordPress plugin for my affiliate sites. In a nutshell, this plugin allows you to take long and nasty-looking affiliate links and easily turn them into “pretty links” that look like they are links within your site.

So, instead of using that funky-looking Clickbank link, you could make that affiliate link look like YourSite.com/cool-product (for example).

This is a very useful plugin that I love.

Oh, it also tracks clicks on each link you create!

2. Duplicator

If you create a lot of WordPress affiliate sites, you probably find you spend a lot of time tweaking your theme and settings with each initial set up.

What if you could get your basic WordPress set up done and then make a copy of it each time you wanted to create a new affiliate site?

This is really easy to do with the free Duplicator plug-in.

This handy plugin also allows you to easily move sites from one host to another and back up your sites (which is so important to do).

3. Amazon Affiliate Link Localizer

This plugin is pretty nifty. All you do is install and activate the plug inside your wp-admin dashboard, and then add your Amazon affiliate ID in the settings area.

Once this is set up, any time you add a link to an Amazon product in your posts, the plugin automatically makes it your affiliate link and it directs the user to the proper Amazon site according to their location.

4. Pinterest Plugin

Pinterst is amazing for traffic, and it’s a site you really should consider adding to your traffic-getting toolbox. I have had sites blow up with traffic all because one visitor “pinned” an image from my site.

This Pinterest plugin makes it really easy for Pinterest users to “pin” your site images and bring you lots of traffic.

This plugin adds a simple little “pin it” button on your images when a user holds their mouse over the picture. They just click and pin.  Easy for your users… and really great for you.

5. P3 Profiler

If you’re like me, you love WordPress plugins like these — they can seriously become addicting!

Problem is, plugins can drag down the performance of your site and if you have multiple plugins running, it can be a pain to figure out which plugin is causing your site’s issues.

With this plugin installed, you simply run it and let it “profile” your site and plugins, making it simple for you to see any problem plugins or ones that are not configured properly.

Site speed and performance are both important… this is a great plugin to have to help you optimize your site for best performance for your users.

Do you have any favorite or “can’t do without” WordPress plugins you use for your affiliate websites?

If so, please share in the comments below.

Opinions expressed in the article are those of the guest author and not necessarily Marketing Land.

Related Topics: Affiliate Marketing | Affiliate Marketing Column | Blogging | Channel: Content Marketing

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About The Author: aka "PotPieGirl" is most known as an affiliate marketer who went from zero to six-figures a year starting with all free methods (like she teaches at OneWeekMarketing.com).




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  • http://www.facebook.com/netmeg Meg Geddes

    Ad-Rotate. It’s free, it comes with widgets and shortcodes, you can use it with affiliate, AdSense; I even use it for announcements sometimes. Also track clicks, and if you sell direct ads, your advertisers can log in and get stats. I use it on all my sites.

  • http://100kBlueprint.com/ Michael Ullman

    Great stuff as always, Jennifer!

    Here’s one for you – though we use it on all our blogs, not just our affiliate marketing sites: “RSS Includes Pages” (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/rss-includes-pages/).

    Many bloggers don’t realize it, but WordPress does not include ‘Pages’ in it’s RSS feeds, only posts. “RSS Includes Pages” modifies the feeds so that your WordPress ‘Pages’ are included.

    Because ‘Pages’ are separate, static entities, we often use them as sales- and pre-sales pages – certainly something we want in our RSS feeds!

  • http://affiliatebuys.com/ Affiliate Buys

    Great article…I like two of the ones you mentioned Pretty Link ( I use the Pro version) and P3 Profiler.

    A couple more WP Plugins I like include the Disqus Comment System (the one you are using here) and Google XML Sitemaps. They both help get the word out on your sites.

  • lucianapostol

    Affiliate links are best displayed in content, not in ads or something else. here is a free plugin so you can automatically add links: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-auto-affiliate-links/

  • frankfroko
  • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.beatson1 Jamie Beatson

    How do I get these free links,

  • http://twitter.com/joefizz007 Wayne Evans

    Hey,

    Nice post Jennifer… I haven’t begun my Amazon journey yet, but have book marked this page for future reference.

    Thanks again,

    Llwyddiant!

    Joe

  • ChrisRJones

    Great post. Made a short recap of it on my own blog. I started using Pretty Link immediately myself.

    http://cbaffiliate-chris.com/5-free-wordpress-plugins-for-clickbank-affiliates/

  • http://www.nikableu.com/ Kimberly Harrison

    Have you seen WP-Insert?

 

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