5 Helpful, Free Online Tools for Affiliate Marketers

As we finally get into 2011, perhaps there’s now time like now for affiliate marketers to start leveraging some new technology beyond the usual social culprits. One of the largest barriers affiliate marketers deal with is a lot of tasks to do in relatively little time; campaigns go up and down everyday and this means that if you can’t be speedy about setting up campaigns, your effort might end up being in vain. To make your life a little more manageable, here are just some easy-to-use online applications that are gaining traction.

Quora: Quora is a lot like Yahoo! Answers-meets-Formspring. If you have a question, someone else has an answer. It’s a user-powered Q&A database that’s moderated by a team of administrators whose goals are to make it the most accurate and resourceful question database in the world. Think of it as an interactive Wikipedia of sorts. We’ve got a presence there. Do you?

notepad.cc: For those of us split-testing pages or even needing a space to jot down notes without having to pull up an application external to our web browser, this “piece of paper in the cloud” is a great time-saver. Opened in another tab, users can store all kinds of raw text on their personalized notepad.cc. But–and this is where it gets innovative–they can also encrypt their document with a password and share the URL with anyone else who may need access to that data. It’s one of the most simplest collaborative and solo innovations to take advantage of cloud computing.

TeuxDeux: If you’re constantly juggling countless tasks, this is a great way to get your schedule sorted out. It’s an interactive calendar that lets you create to-do lists with ease.

Google AdWords: Most affiliate marketers know that in providing a reference point for keywords, Google AdWords can be a boon. But it’s still worth mentioning again.

Tumblr: Much of the affiliate marketing community has yet to get onto Tumblr–although alongside ours, is Shawn Collins, Josh Peak, and several others. For those seeking to blog, but in short-form, Tumblr is a great way to manage your online reputation while exposing yourself to new audiences. Like Twitter, you can have followers, but like WordPress or Blogspot, you can offer video-, image-, or text-rich content.