Must-Have WordPress Plugins for Affiliate Marketing Blogs

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Affiliate marketing has become a popular way to make money from the internet. Lots of affiliate marketers use blogging to promote their products, and one of the best and easiest platforms to do this is through WordPress. Affiliates can also make use of plugins for their sites, which are great tools to help maintain and improve the efficiency of their marketing program. WordPress is great because it has thousands of useful and easy to set-up plugins to enhance the user experience of your site. Here are seven of the best to consider for your affiliate blog.

Google XML Sitemaps

This free plugin is considered one of the best for use in affiliate marketing, as it can help generate XML sitemaps for your pages, and it supports all kinds of WordPress pages. It lets all the major search engines know when you’ve created new content, and enables them to index your blog more efficiently.

OptinSkin

Although this plugin isn’t free, many affiliate bloggers highly recommend getting it, and argue that it pays for itself within a relatively short space of time. OptinSkin aims to increase traffic to your site and can help achieve higher conversion rates. It enables you to increase your social networking traffic, sharing capability and list building. OptinSkin also allows you to design your own templates.

WPTouch Pro

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The explosion of Smartphone usage has meant that every discerning website should be adaptable for mobile phone technology. This useful plugin aims to deliver a mobile presence for your WordPress website, allowing for increased customisation and capability. Although this plugin isn’t free, it’s worth getting to stay ahead of your competitors, and you get plenty of help and support if needed.

Pretty Link Lite

This free plugin is a superb asset for affiliate marketers, as it allows you to shorten any URLs on your site using your own domain name, making the links look tidy. This plugin also enables you to track clicks on the links you create, so you know where they have come from.

Amazon Affiliate Link Localizer

Considered one of the best free plugins around, this one has the capability of directing any Amazon links you have set up straight to the visitor’s local Amazon store, whilst keeping track of your affiliate ID. It’s straightforward and easy to set up.

Pinterest plugin

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For generating traffic to your site, this free plugin is a real must-have for any affiliate marketer seeking success. The Pinterest plugin simplifies the process for Pinterest users to ‘pin’ any images from your site, which can in turn swell the amount of visitors to your blog. It’s very easy to set up and takes just a couple of minutes to add a Pinterest ‘Pin It’ button to your posts.

Duplicator

Incredibly useful, this plugin allows you to migrate WordPress sites from one host to another host. This is particularly handy if you have more than one WordPress site (as often is the case for many affiliate marketers), meaning you can create one site and then copy it over to others. Duplicator also acts as a nifty backup saving device.

Amy is the owner of the ClickSure Scam website and likes to share her insight into affiliate marketing by writing blog posts for various blogs across the web

Image credits:

Pinterest: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bunchesandbits/

WordPress: http://www.flickr.com/photos/titanas/

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