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Affiliate Marketing 101 Tools to Use

I get asked all of the time about a number of tools and software programs and companies on the marketplace that are used for Affiliate Marketing and Digital Advertising.

Here is a list of items for you to consider.

Funnel – Landing Page Software:

ClickFunnels is a robust and powerful landing page builder. In addition to allowing you to build email optin funnels, you can also easily create product launch funnels, membership site funnels, sales funnels and more. ClickFunnels plans range from $19/month to $297/month, with the standard plan costing $97/monh.  Clickfunnels also offers an advanced and rich feature set including order bumps, one click upsells and downsells. I use ClickFunnels in my business and recommend it to everyone who needs to build funnels more complex than a basic email optin funnel.


Email Marketing Tools – List Builders:

 Actionetics is the email marketing software that I personally use in my business. It is not offered as a standalone solution. Rather, it is included in the ClickFunnels Etison Suite plan. Actionetics is the perfect email marketing software solution for existing ClickFunnels users that want the convenience and power of having all of their digital marketing tools under one roof. Actionetics is also a perfect solution for affiliate marketers who are concerned about having their account restricted or shut down. Since Actionetics requires integration with a 3rd party SMTP email service, you’ll also need to sign up for SendGrid (what I use), Send13 or Amazon SES. Your Actionetics account will never be shut down. If your SMTP account gets shut down, simply plug a different one into Actionetics and continue to send email without interruption.


 Aweber is not as feature rich as the other recommended email marketing software solutions, Aweber is an incredibly beginner friendly and easy to learn tool. For folks just starting out with email marketing, who do not have access to the ClickFunnels Etison Suite plan (which includes Actionetics), and are not able to get approved for ConvertKit due to a lack of a fully developed personal or company website, Aweber is the perfect solution for them. Aweber offers a very generous 30 day free trial and plans range from $19/month for up to 500 subscribers up to $149/month for 10,000 subscribers.


ActiveCampaign is also a email list building system and so much more.  Email marketing. Marketing Automation. Sales CRM. Messaging.  All the tools you need to make meaningful connections and grow your business. A CRM with email and sales automation keeps all your customer data organized in one platform. Manage your pipelines, update deals, and always follow up at the perfect moment. ActiveCampaign plays well with your favorite software. With 150+ integrations like ClickFunnels, Shopify, WordPress, and Zapier available, you’ll have all the marketing tools you need to succeed.


Website / Blog Hosting Services:

Dreamhost offers a robust and affordable shared hosting plan that is both all inclusive and unlimited. For newer websites and lower traffic established websites, a single DreamHost shared hosting plan can be used to host all of your domains without experiencing any website performance issues. You can also create and host an unlimited number of professional email addresses for each of your domains on the shared hosting plan. You can easily https secure each of your websites with easy to purchase and install Komodo SSL certificates for $15/year. Dreamhost shared hosting costs $10.95/month. If you purchase a discounted annual plan they’ll also include a free domain name for a year.


If your website has a very high volume of monthly site visitors, then the other recommended shared hosting plans may not meet the technological needs of your website. WP Engine offers affordable and reliable managed WordPress hosting. Your site will be on a dedicated IP address instead of sharing server resources with many other customers (as is the case on shared hosting plans). WP Engine ranges from $29/month up to $149/month per website hosted, depending on the plan selected.


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