Let me give a quick look at what affiliate marketing programs on your blog or website, then you will find the following five free plug-ins working efficiently on your WordPress blogging platform.is and how it works before listing out the best WordPress Affiliate Plugins. In simple words, you advertise and promote a product or service on your blog or website, with every visitor that you bring to them, and who actively buys the product or service will fetch you a share of the revenue generated or a standard fixed price will be offered. These affiliate campaigns depend on the success of the following network: the merchant, the publisher and the customer. If you are thinking of linking up one or the other
If you are new to Aff. marketing, here are some posts that will help you to get started:
- How to Join Dreamhost Affiliate program
- How to join Hostgator Affiliate Program
- How to create Affiliate links for Amazon
These are some basic affiliate plugins for WordPress, and we will cover advanced Clickbank WordPress plugins and Amazon affiliate plugin in another post.
Free & useful WordPress Affiliate Plugins
1. Thirsty Affiliates
This is the first plugin that I would recommend as this is well-maintained and offers more features than any other affiliate link Cloaker plugin for WordPress. The plugin is free to download & use, one just need to pay for add-ons or bundles. There are many great add-ons that any affiliate marketers would like including me & you. Especially Geolocation & Google link tracking is great for every user.
2. Pretty Link Lite
This plug-in is a shrink, track and shares any URL on the Internet from your WordPress website like creating shortened domains for Twitter.
The advantage of using this plug-in in WordPress is that you will be able to experiment with using your domain names, unlike the traditional domain names that the internet URL shortening widgets do so. Some of the features that are worth mentioning will include clean and simple URLs, track the number of hits and unique hits per link, intuitive JAVA/AJAX admin user interface and much more.
Overall, this is a clean, friendly and simple to use the plug-in for a creating a creative URL shortening app.
3: EasyAzon – Perfect Affiliate plugin for Amazon Affiliate marketers
If you are one of those affiliate marketers who is using Amazon affiliate program to monetize your blog, EasyAzon plugin is the perfect affiliate plugin for your WordPress blog.
This plugin is a powerful all in one solution for your WordPress blog that offers following features:
- You can add links to Amazon Affiliate program right from your WordPress dashboard.
- Link localization: If a user is coming from U.K, he will be automatically redirected to Amazon U.K. store. This way you won’t miss out on your commission.
- EasyAzon let you add ‘Add to cart” feature, which will let your reader directly add the product into their cart. This feature also increases the chances of getting paid for sale by 30 more days.
I’m a huge fan of this plugin Link localization feature that let me increase my affiliate sales by 286%.
4. WP Auto Affiliate Links
This plug-in when incorporated into your WordPress blogging platform, you will find them provide you with a back-end interface to add affiliate links and also associate keywords to them for being detected by the web crawlers, this will also help in getting listed in a search engine during a keyword search. This works by displaying the affiliate link, whenever you add or mention the desired keyword in your post.
SkimLinks is one of that ad network, which quickly let you add affiliate links in your blog post. It usually automatically links the keywords that can be monetized with affiliate links, and if any customer buys the product it will make money for you via Skimlinks.
Especially, if you are a tech blogger and linking to app store links or Amazon store link, this plugin will help you to make money out of them.’The Plug-In aids in monetizing the contents that you post on your blog, it converts the texts into affiliate links by working behind the scene. You need to sign up for Skimlinks here.
Some of the features that are very useful will include the easiness in installation, earn from your RSS feed, increase the click through rates and thereby drive more traffic and visitors to your blog. SkimLinks Affiliate Marketing tool is a hard worker behind scenes of affiliate marketing.
Updated: May 2016
Here are few more affiliate plugins for WordPress
Recommended for anyone who is using Amazon affiliate program or iTunes affiliate program. You should mix this with Geni.us to increase your earning.
Same as above but only for iTunes affiliate program.
This is a free WordPress plugin which let you rotate ads at the footer of your website. Also, let you track the clicks, which is useful to find which one of your affiliate ad is performing well. You can use image + link or HTML tag to add banners.
I have written about SEO Smart link in detail earlier. Using this plugin, you can auto-link any word with a link. Also works with links in your RSS feeds & comment section. Very useful to get more affiliate sales. A good free alternative us auto affiliate links plugin. On paper, it looks great, but I haven’t tested it yet. If you try this plugin, come back & share your views.
Auto link generator iTunes: Useful for bloggers who are part of iTunes affiliate program. Makes it easy to search & add links from WordPress dashboard.
Onebox: Seems useful to increase your affiliate clicks. You can try it on your medium performing page to see the effect.
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