Affiliate marketing has been the best way to earn some extra dimes for bloggers. The best blogging platform is WordPress, so the WordPress affiliate plugins are in great demand.
The fact is, affiliate marketing is more profitable than direct advertising when promoted properly.
In order to adopt affiliate marketing along with blogging, some of the affiliate plugins are required. WordPress being the hub of blogging plugins has no shortage of good affiliate plugins.
There are a plethora of plugins to choose from.
As the options increase, the dilemma in decision-making also increases. Right? That's where these types of posts come forward.
In this post, I will introduce some of the must-have WordPress affiliate plugins.
Affiliate Link Cloakers
Affiliate links are messy. They contain tracking parameters, strings in the URL itself.
Most of the visitors, verify the link before clicking. Link cloaking greatly improves user experience and affiliate CTR.
Best plugins for affiliate link cloaking:
These are the best WordPress plugins for affiliate links.
GoCodes is discontinued now from WordPress repository. I was using this. But after it was discontinued, it was very hard for me to migrate to another link cloaking plugin.
I am now using ThirstyAffiliates plugin. With this, I'm not facing any risk of discontinuation of plugins. This plugin also comes with pro features that are simply great.
Here are some of the unique features of ThirstyAffiliates that are not available in any of the link cloaking plugins.
- Automatically link keywords to affiliate links.
- Read historical click statistics of your affiliate links.
- Search for and import Amazon affiliate links.
- Geo-target visitors with affiliate links.
- Google Analytics Event Click tracking.
- Import and export your affiliate links to and from other sites you own.
If you have dozens of affiliate links on your site to manage, this plugin is worth the investment. It integrates with Google Analytics making you easy to do conversion rate optimization and also link keywords to affiliate links.
If you do not like the plugin, you can get the money back within 15-days of the purchase. It's well worth trying out.
Star ratings (Rich snippets)
If you are optimizing your affiliate blog posts for SEO. If you are relying entirely on organic traffic for affiliate sales, then adopting rich snippets in your affiliate posts works great.
It greatly increases CTRs, even in SERP 7th position!
The best plugin for this purpose is WP Product Review. It is the best plugin. The rating scale is from 0 to 10.
The overall rating is automatically calculated based on our individual features' ratings.
Are you offering coupon codes to your visitors?
Coupon codes have to be presented in such a way that, it encourages your readers to use the coupon and buy the product.
Ever noticed this type of coupon presentation? Wondering what plugin makes it possible? Currently, there are no good WordPress affiliate plugins, which present coupon codes like above.
There WAS a plugin. Now it has been removed from the WordPress plugin directory.
The plugin is DRP Coupon. Hopefully, I have the backup of the plugin.
Using this plugin, you can present coupon codes. On clicking it, the coupon code is copied to the visitors' clipboard and directs them to your affiliate link. Sounds cool, huh?
It allows you to insert coupon codes into your posts via shortcodes.
Ever wanted to show up the greatest offer ever, on your blog? Then notification bar works great.
Notification bars are sticky and they are stuck on the top of your blog, wherever your visitors go.
If your offer is great, then it surely increases your affiliate CTRs greatly.
WordPress Notification Bar is the best notification bar available for WordPress.
Displaying the notification bar always can sometimes be distracting to the readers. Right?
That's where the SumoMe plugin comes to play! It contains a module named Smart Bar. It lets you display notification or form bar on the top of your blog, when users scroll your page to the top, bottom or for certain percentage.
You can set the plugin in such a way that it shows up the bar once the reader has completed reading your blog post. This greatly increases the loyal customers and conversions.
Other WordPress affiliate plugins
- Forget About Shortcode Buttons or MaxButtons for inserting attractive buttons on the fly.
- AdRotate or Random Banner for implementing effective banner ads for affiliate promotion.
- WordPress SEO by Yoast for optimizing posts for the search engine. (crucial)
- Scroll Triggered Boxes to increase commissions by pop-ups.
Properly utilizing the above plugins helps in increasing your affiliate sales.
However, keyword research is way more important to increase organic traffic to affiliate posts.
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