Every affiliate marketer has his or her own goals that require the best tools designed to meet those specific needs. Some tools, however, are more difficult to live without than others, such as the following plugins for any affiliate operating a blog or website on WordPress:
1. All in One SEO Pack
An out-of-the-box plugin that’s easy to install and use for beginners but also can be fine-tuned simply by more advanced users. Works with Scribe SEO to optimize any WordPress blog for search engines and is the only plugin to provide SEO integration for WordPress e-commerce sites. The Standard version is free and the Pro Version is currently on sale for $39.
2. Ultimate Google Analytics
3. AddToAny: Share/Bookmark/Email Button
Another free plugin that allows you to share, bookmark and email your pages through Facebook, Twitter, Buzz, Digg, Delicious and more than 100 other social media sites. Now comes with Facebook Like and Twitter Tweet buttons, and the email tab works well with virtually any Web-based email or desktop program.
An open-source plugin, DateFeedFile’s Featured Product plugin allows Web marketers to run price comparisons on products from different merchants. Affiliates merely select a product, compare the prices and choose the one with the most earning potential for their WordPress site or blog.
5. WordPress Mobile Pack
A mobile switcher, themes, widgets and administration panel are just some of the tools included in this kit that will help mobilize and WordPress site or blog. This free plugin not only provides visitors with an enhanced mobile version of your site but also allows site owners to make edits on the fly and post to their WordPress blogs from their own devices.
Also free, this plugin helps you collect subscribers via either a single or double opt-in process and has a simple visual composer to create and send the newsletter to subscribers through email. Emails are sent one-per-user, allowing subject lines and body text to be customized if desired.
7. Search Meter
Another free plugin that tracks what your visitors are searching for on your site. Full details of recent searches are available, as are statistics for the previous day, week or month, including whether or not users are finding what they are looking for.
8. Short URL Plugin
This free plugin not only allows you to shorten long URLs into more easily manageable ones but it also keeps track of how many times each link has been clicked. Useful for managing downloads and tracking outbound links, and the latest version also includes pagination of links, easier access of htaccess (permalinks) and allows administrators to pass variables to their redirects.
9. All in One Video Pack
This plugin includes every video and rich-media functionality required to upload, record and import videos to your pages, edit and remix content with an online video editor, enable video responses and much more. Kaltura covers all of the hosting and streaming costs for free up to 10 GB.
10. Exclude Pages
An extremely helpful free plugin that adds a checkbox called “include this page in menus”, which is checked by default. If you uncheck it, the page will not appear in any listings of pages, which includes and is usually limited to your page navigation menus.
Even if you are not presently a WordPress user, take the time to check out these and some of the thousands of other available plugins. You may just find yourself being inspired to add a new affiliate site on the fastest-growing open-source CMS in the world.