31 Tools of the Trade for Affiliate Marketers by Jeannine Crooks #ASE16

Social Media Development

#1
Followerwonk

Twitter Analytics

oFollower analytics – Identify influencers following you

oIdentification, authority, location, activity

oFind new influencers

oEngagement

oEasy Follow/Unfollow

oFollower Gains/Losses

oResults downloadable

oManage multiple accounts

Moz.com/followerwonk

 

#2
DrumUp

Social media & content marketing

oFresh content recommendations

oReview, create and publish posts

oTwitter, Facebook, LinkedIn

oHashtag recommendations

oiPhone & Android apps

oManage multiple social accounts

drumup.io

 

#3
BUFFER

Schedule your posts for later

oShares your content at the best possible times throughout the day

oPost to all social networks

oEasily select which social accounts you want to post to.

oPost the same message to all accounts or add context by customizing each.

 

#4
Tinyurl.com

Create tiny URLS to shorten links

oURL that will not break in email postings and never expires.

oRedirect to any page on your site

oHide your affiliate URLS

oToolbar feature

 

Site Monitoring

#5
Uptime Robot

Website uptime monitoring

oEasy setup in beautiful dashboard

ohttp(s), ping, keywords, more

oAlerts via email, SMS, Twitter

o50 monitors checked every 5 min.

uptimerobot.com

 

#6
Versionista

Monitor web site changes

oAlerts for content added/removed

oView side by side comparison

oChanges highlighted red or green

oFilters, archives, tracking, more

Versionista.com

 

#7
pingdom Tests

Page speed and DNS testing

oEnter your URL to test

oAnalyzes website performance

oGet scores & recommendations

oFind out if DNS servers are configured correctly

tools.pingdom.com

 

#8
Responsinator

See your site’s mobile experience

oTest responsive websites

oEmulates different devices

oSee various screens & resolutions

oMake your own “Responsinator”

oBetter promote your content

responsinator.com

 

#9
help scout

Help Desk Automation

oCustomer friendly

oWorkflow builder

oHosted knowledge base

oTraffic Cop – prevents duplicate responses

oLive Chat functionality available

HelpScout.net

 

#10
Google analytics

Analytics Tool

oSee what’s working and fix what’s not

oUse customer insights to get stronger results across all sites, apps and offline channels.

oAlso gives insights into how visitors find and use your site, to keep them coming back.

 

Office Management

#11
Evernote

Information Management

oShare info across multiple devices

oClip web pages and images

oScan/digitize business cards

oSearch text in PDFs

oBrowse note history

Evernote.com

 

#12
Doodle

Simplified scheduling tool

oEasy online group scheduling

oSyncs with your calendar

oOutlook, Google, iCal

oSends reminders

oAccepts appointments online

oMobile tools

doodle.com

 

#13
Wunderlist

Synced to-do lists

oCollaborate & share lists

oReminders, due dates, notes

oIdeal for personal & professional

  • Mobile/desktop apps & web

wunderlist.com

 

#14
Harvest

Simple time tracking software

oReplacement for timesheets

oGreat for billing clients

oWeb, desktop & smartphone apps

oColorful time usage reports

getharvest.com

 

#15
MailChimp.com

Newsletter provider

oEasy drag and drop designer to create campaigns that match your style

oRobust marketing automation makes sure emails get to the right people at the right time

oAdvanced reporting features are easily accessible anywhere

 

#16
Freeconference call.com

100% Free Conference Call Service

oFree Online Meetings

oRecord and Share Any Call

oQuick and Easy Group Meetings

oAvailable on Demand

oHD Conference Audio/Video

oScreen Sharing

oInternational dial-in access

 

#17
Dropbox.com

File Sharing

oAccess files from anywhere, on any device, and share them with anyone.

oSave files on your computer, then access them on your phone from the road.

oEverything stored in Dropbox is synced automatically to all your devices.

oUp to 16GB free space

 

Marketing / Research

#18
Canva

PDF Creation Tool

oCreate presentations, social media graphics, infographics, ads, business cards, letterhead

oFree and paid images

oVariety of fonts, icons & shapes

oTutorials available

oCreations shareable

Canva.com

 

#19
WiseStamp

Rich email signatures

oEasy online templates

oCreate multiple signatures

oWorks on all major platforms

oVividly promotes your content

wisestamp.com

 

#20
Zoho/survey.com

Free surveys and reporting

oTemplates in 30+ Languages

oCustomized themes lets you tailor the look of your survey

oOrganize your surveys to make them more relevant to participants, and improve the quality of responses.

oReal time reporting and analytics

 

#21
Owler.com

Competitor Intelligence

oFree company intelligence

oInsights on companies you follow

oStay up to date on your competitors with daily snapshots

oSee how you stack up with weekly reports

 

#22
SimilarWeb

Website traffic analytics

oDiscover competitor web data

oTraffic & engagement stats

oOrganic & paid keywords

oSimilar sites, audience interests

oBrowser toolbar extension

oGlobal, country, category rankings

similarweb.com

 

#23
iconosquare

Instagram Analysis

oTrack follower growth & composition

oEngagement analysis

oHashtag performance & insights

oCompetitor comparison

oLive Chat functionality available

oPhoto & video contest management

Iconosquare.com

 

#24
Shopify

Ecommerce Platform

oComprehensive dashboard management

oTax/Shipping functionality included

oRobust sales reporting

oFree store templates

oEasy setup

o70 payment gateways

Shopify.com

 

#25
jotform

Online Form Builder

oTemplate form catalog

oTax/Shipping functionality included

oRobust sales reporting

oFree store templates

oEasy setup

o70 payment gateways

jotform.com

 

#26
W-TS

WordPress theme detector

oEnter URL and search – easy!

oDetects if site uses WordPress

oIdentifies parent & child themes

oDetects plugins being used

oGreat for ideas & research

whatwpthemeisthat.com

 

Content Development

#27
UberSuggest

Keyword Suggestion

oChoice of sources – web, YouTube, news, images

oResults in multiple languages

oDeeper research by word

oWord Cloud

oGoogle Trends available

oResults downloadable

oManage multiple accounts

Ubersuggest.io

 

#28
searchboth.com

Use two search engines at once

oCompare search results instantly

oGoogle, Yahoo!, Bing & 5 more

oSide by side display

o18 localized international sites

searchboth.com

 

#29
Whois.icann.org

Domain Ownership

oLookup any domain to find registered owner

oDetermine domain availability

oContact network administrators regarding technical difficulties

oInvestigate identity in response to cyber attack

 

#30
Majestic.com

Site Explorer 

oFind out how all the websites on the internet link to each other

oLargest Link Intelligence database on the planet.

oDetailed information about how the fabric of the web is knitted together.

 

#31
wp engine

WordPress Hosting

oHosting designed specifically for WP sites

oScalability

oContent delivery network

oFaster load times

oAutomatic backup

oSecurity

o24/7 support

oEnterprise-level available

WPEngine.com

 

2 Bonus Tools

#32
Wave

Easy accounting, invoicing, etc.

oManage banking & credit cards

oEasy invoicing & online payments

oRecord receipts (app option too)

oEasy accounting & rich reports

oAccept credit cards (low fees)

oPayroll with direct deposit

waveapps.com

 

#33
JIRA

Issue and Project Tracker

oDashboard overview of projects

oStrong for Agile, Scrum, Kanban

oCustomizable fields

oWorks with multiple 3rd party plugins

oSet Individual permission levels

oReuse filters for specific criteria

atlassian.com/software/jira

Dojo Google Updates Link Building Tools and SEO Lessons by Jim Boykin #ASE16

Takeaways:

– Submit your disavow URLs now, before the next update!
– Use Google Webmastertools
– Check backlinks to http, https, www version of the site
imninjas.com/google-backlinks

Broken Link Backlinks – find what was on the page via waybackmachine, rewrite, reach out to website
Who else is linking to that page?

 

Trusted Links

– Trust Bait Link Building
– Broken Link Building
– Competitor/Neighborhood  Link Building
– Natural Link Building plus social signals

 

Grab top 1000 results

Check those pages to find the pages where there are 7 or more external link on those pages.
Write to them and see if they’ll add your link to their page.

 

Identify 3-10 of your competitors

  • Download their backlinks (Moz, Majestic, Ahrefs)
  • In a sense, do a disavow, leave only the good links.
  • Group the links in categories: Blogs, forums, news,  articles, resource pages, etc
  • Make a list of sites you feel that you can get a link from
  • Try first to get a link on a page that also links to the competitors (good co-citation)
  • If you can’t get on the page, try to get on the site

#ASE14 – Facebook Ads Blueprint on how to hit 7 figures in 12 months

Ian Fernando, Derek Lester, JJ AlanBryant Hussey talk about how they scaled their business through Facebook Ads. They sell various products on Facebook, and went from being an affiliate to becoming a product owner.

  • Foundation: Affiliate Campaign Optimization
  • Scaling: Increase Cash Flow
  • Advertiser: Have your own product

Facebook Ads Foundation

General advice for Facebook Advertising

  • Don't be afraid to loose money – you spend the money to get data
  • Test accurately, where do clicks come from, and where are they going – tracking is crucial, use sub-IDs
  • Scale campaigns throughout the day to get enough data
  • Your Facebook Ad history has an effect on the costs – if a lot of your ads got rejected, you probably pay more
  • You can us Facebook Ads for Apps to advertise in other peoples apps
  • Schedule a reporting on a daily basis – edit the default columns, and break it down by age and gender – and create separate campaigns based on that
  • Landing page optimization is very important (e.g. use Optimize.ly) – test headlines, call to action, background color, border style, etc.

How to scale campaigns

  • Use multiple accounts
  • Use invoice accounts (request it on the E-Mail tab), so you don't have to pay your ad spend each day
  • If you promote an affiliate offer, use www.wheregoes.com to figure out all the hops
  • Cut out the middle man: Go directly to the advertiser and skip the network, to get higher payouts (Afiliate networks basically function as banks for the merchant)
  • Add Lead Generation and CoRegistration to maximize your revenue!
  • Have a CPA (Cost per acquisition – what you are willing to pay per new customer), compared to just looking at revenue and profit
  • Be cautious if you promote rebills, and don't scale to quickly if you are not sure how long people are going to stick with the rebill

How to find your own product

  • Find a Private Label Rights (PLR) provider that offers a whitelabel solution, and use a product that has been approved by the FDA
  • Make sure to accept credit cards and don't use just PayPal (they shut down your account if you make too much revenue too quickly)
  • Have a CRM in place to handle customer care

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