Must Use Tools and Resources for 2019

Affiliate marketing in 2019 is alive and well.

Sure, there were be critics out there that complain about the competition, increases in mobile-usage, ad blockers and the many different obstacles in the way that make it tougher than previous years — but at the end of the day, millions of dollars are still being generated through affiliate marketing today.

With all of this in mind, it’s important to take advantage of the best resources, tools, and solutions to further improve your knowledge and earnings in affiliate marketing.

Today we are going to look at some of the best resources out there today to help you achieve the most success possible with affiliate marketing in 2019/

What the Aff Affiliate Newsletter

Paying attention to everything going on in the affiliate marketing industry can be tough. In fact, it’s pretty much impossible!

However, “What the Aff” is doing a great job at weeding out the good stuff and featuring it within their free daily newsletter.

As you can see in each of their newsletter titles below, they pull out the best news, case studies, stories and more, and provide you with a quick and easy 3-5 minute read to keep you in the know.

I’m sure like many of you, I no longer have the time or patience to manually follow blog updates, RSS feeds, and checking social media for what’s making the rounds. Instead, I just stay subscribed to What the Aff and pay attention to what’s going on in my specific niche markets.

It’s a free newsletter to join, and I definitely recommend you check it out!

Attending Affiliate Marketing Conferences

It seems like the affiliate marketing industry goes through vast changes every few years and this can clearly be seen if you’ve attended events like Affiliate Summit, BlogWorld, Social Media Marketing World and more. For a while we saw affiliate networks popping up and exhibiting at these events, then there was a flood of email marketing companies, then mobile, dating, weight loss/white label products, merchant processing and so on… it’s always interesting to watch.

No matter how the industry changes, affiliate/internet marketing events are always a MUST to attend. Just like how the industry keeps changing focus over the years, so are the many different types of conferences and events out there. Some of the most popular ones are Affiliate Summit, Affiliate World Conferences, and many smaller/network-focused events as well.

The good news is, with so many of these happening year-round, it’s very likely they you will be able to find one in your area, and also focused on the same type of business and marketing you are already doing.

In addition to networking at conferences and events, it’s also a good idea to start getting active on any of these top affiliate marketing forums as well. Many of the attendees and sponsors that you see at these events, will also have a solid presence in active online forums as well.

Online networking is great, but nothing beats in-person networking and putting a face to a name.

Affiliate Marketing Podcasts for the Win!

Like them or not, podcasting is still on the rise and they are winning over new audiences daily.

Take a look at any of these recommended affiliate marketing podcasts, and you will see each of them bring something unique to the table. Whether it’s personal stories of success, case studies, industry news, or even just interviews with other industry experts — it’s all about consuming content in a different way than just reading text.

There are several benefits to podcasting, such as having the ability to listen to content while you’re on the go, or just sick of reading text articles. They are also great because they can tell a story and deliver content in a way that written content can’t. From a podcaster perspective, they are also great for syndicating your content into many different platforms as well (audio, video, text, downloads).

It’s also great to hear entrepreneur success stories and failures right from their mouth, and feeling the emotion of their journey. This is a thousand times better than reading a Q&A article online.

Podcasting will continue to deliver value in 2019, so find a good one that matches your interests and keep on listening!

Affiliate Program Directory

New affiliate programs come and go all the time. There are also a ton of ad networks out there swapping offers and providing affiliates with different commissions based on the deals and margins they have in place.

A little side project I’ve been working on, is creating an affiliate marketing directory that will make it easy for affiliates to find the best offers out there (among the BIG 3 networks), and also adding smaller networks in over time. Just across networks like Commission Junction, Shareasale, and Rakuten Linkshare, there are well over 10,000 different brands and affiliate offers to choose from.

It’s not perfect by any means, and is a work-in-progress, but it will provide users with a quick and easy way to come across new offers and products that might not have been able to find otherwise.

Like the majority of content on my blogs, this directory will also be loaded up with useful resources and tools on the best affiliate offers, niche marketing, and different traffic/targeting solutions.

How to Make the Most with Affiliate Marketing in 2019

As always, the concept of affiliate marketing hasn’t changed. What has changed is the way people are using different traffic sources, content, and mobile/social media to target audiences and getting them to convert.

The one consistent over the years, is making money by providing an audience with a solution to their needs. This can be done through a website, blog, landing page, email, or even straight up paid advertising.

No matter what you are currently doing to make money online, just make sure you continue to adapt with the changes around you and always keep the end user’s value ahead of everything. Then, once you find success, you can put some money behind it and scale out in all directions.