12 Best WordPress Plugins For Clever Affiliate Marketers 2018

If you’re already into affiliate marketing, you might very well know that making an affiliate sale isn’t that easy. It takes a lot of efforts. Besides all technical stuff, firstly you need to build trust in your visitors’ minds by being honest with what you’re promoting and how you are promoting. This makes affiliate marketing 70% easier.

Then comes the promotional techniques and strategies that you use. You need to present your content in such a way that entices your visitors and converts them. You need to showcase enticing tables, cloaked links, high converting buttons, show star results in Google search results and create high converting popups.

In this post, I am going to share my collection of best affiliate marketing WordPress plugins that I have used personally and had boosted my affiliate sales. Being into affiliate marketing since last 4 years, I have tested many WordPress affiliate plugins but the following worked the best for me. The list also includes few plugins that I have not tested personally but have driven a lot of positive reviews online and worked the best for my friends.

So, let’s get started and make affiliate marketing a lot simple for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Best Affiliate Marketing Plugins 2018

1. TablePress (Price: Free)

TablePress is a free WordPress plugin to create responsive tables. I have been using this plugin since I started up with affiliate marketing and I never had an issue with this plugin.

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After tracking my conversions, I came to know that most of my sales are made through lists posts instead of review posts. So, I started focusing on writing list posts and this plugin was a boon for me. If you also write list posts on your blog, TablePress is a great plugin to create responsive design tables and see a rise in your affiliate revenue.

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2. Thrive Content Builder (Price: $67)

Thrive Content Builder is my favorite plugin to increase my affiliate marketing conversion rate. I consider it as the best drag-and-drop visual editor plugin for WordPress.

Thrive Content Builder makes a lot easier for me to create the enticing and high converting landing pages by just using drag and drop elements. I need not touch a single line of code. It comes with a lot of high converting elements which delivers high conversion rate to our content. Below is a screenshot of a portion of a page designed by Thrive Content Builder.

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Here’s why I love Thrive Content Builder for affiliate marketing. It’s because I can: 

  • showcase high converting call-to-action buttons
  • reveal the CTA content at the best time
  • show countdown timers for high conversions
  • show enticing content boxes for a high conversion rate
  • flaunt attractive ‘Click to tweet’ button.
  • build high converting landing/sales pages
  • grab the most eyeballs to my main content
  • show star ratings

Besides all this, it also comes with pre-defined landing page templates, which makes you setup your dream landing page with just a few clicks. You can check out the following Thrive Content Builder video before making your purchase decision.

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3. Forget About Shortcode Buttons (Price: Free)

Forget About Shortcode Buttons is a free WordPress plugin to create enticing call-to-action CSS buttons. The buttons you see in this post are made using this plugin itself. The best feature of this plugin is that now you should really forget shortcodes because through this plugin you can add buttons to your post directly from the post editor.

This plugin gives you complete options with access to icons to design your buttons your way.

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I have been using this plugin since last 3 years and it had been compatible with every theme and never clashed with any other plugin. The buttons are highly responsive and very simple to customize.

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4. Thrive Leads (Price: $67)


The last optin popup plugin that I used was ConvertPlug but as it had some bugs so I planned to switch to Thrive Leads. Thrive Leads is an amazing email marketing popup plugin for WordPress. Now you might be thinking that how we can use it for affiliate marketing. Isn’t it?

It helps us to show different deals on custom posts/pages. You need not have any coding skills to design the best form. It comes with pre-defined and highly converting popups which you just need to edit and integrate with your email marketing service.

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5. WP Review (Price: Free)

As the name says, WP review is a review WordPress plugin well-coded and well-delivered by MyThemeShop. It’s super easy to customize and light-weight WordPress schema plugin to show star ratings in Google search results. It is a must have plugin for affiliate marketing. I have myself experienced an increase in conversions after showing star ratings in Google search results.

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This plugin comes in a free and a paid version (WP Review Pro – $39). I am using WP Review Pro which gives me access to some additional features such as multiple rating systems, allows users to rate and comment etc.

WP Review is 100% responsive and will surely increase your affiliate sales.

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6. Thrive Ultimatum (Price: $67)

Thrive Ultimatum is the best scarcity WordPress plugin which delivers the fear of the shortage of products to prospective buyers and boosts your affiliate sales. You experience scarcity marketing every day while shopping either online or offline. When you get the fear of losing the product because someone else might grab it, you will make a purchase. Isn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Same work is done by Thrive Ultimatum plugin. This plugin is highly recommended if you run campaigns on special days like Black Friday, Cyber Monday etc. When this plugin creates an urgency in the minds of your visitors, they will become your customers.

It comes with pre-defined templates for your pages and makes the work a lot easier for you.

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7. Pretty Link (Price: Free)

Are you still showing ugly naked affiliate links to your visitors? If yes, you should activate Pretty link plugin right away. It’s a free link cloaking WordPress which redirects your ugly naked links to beautiful links.

Before cloaking: https://www.xyz.com/?ref=nikhil

After cloaking: https://www.abc. com/out/xyz

It gives you the options for both 301 and 307 redirects. In the free version of Pretty Link, you also get the option to NoFollow the link. I am using the free version for 3 years and it’s working great for me. If you need additional features, you can upgrade to pro version.

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8. WP Notification Bar (Price: Free)

WP Notification bar shows a high converting bar on the top which you can use to promote special deals and offers or use to grab emails. You can create unlimited bars with this plugin which can help you to grow your subscriber list, boost your social media following, flaunt latest offers of discounts and helps in scarcity marketing as well by showing a countdown timer.

The Free version is limited to some functionalities. 

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WP Notification Bar is a free WordPress plugin by MyThemeShop. I have been using its Pro version since last few years as it allows me to show custom bars on various posts/pages and delivers many other functionalities as well.

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9. Thrive Clever Widget (Price: $39)

Thrive Clever Widgets plugin is clever enough to increase your affiliate marketing sales. We generally show same Ad banners in sidebars to all visitors which generally leads to low conversions.

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I get just 100 visits a day on one of my blogs and bank around $1000/mo. from it. Affiliate marketing is not just about driving traffic, it’s all about driving targeted traffic and showing relevant banners to your visitors.

For example. If you are writing a post on Siteground review, you can show SiteGround banners in the sidebar and footer.

As it name says, it’s really clever to increase your affiliate sales and revenue.

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10. Q2W3 Fixed Widget (Price: Free)

Q2W3 fixed widget plugin to show sticky widgets in the sidebar when the page is scrolled down.

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This plugin helps you make the best use of the sidebar. Imagine when you read any blog and see the blank sidebar when you reach the end of the post. Q2W3 fixed widget helps you make the widget sticky and grab the most eyeballs and convert them.

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11. OIO Publisher (Price: $47)

OIO Publisher is an Ad management WordPress plugin. You should buy this plugin only if you’re offering Ad space on your website. This plugin helps you sell Ad space on your website.

So, if you are willing to sell Ad space on your website, you can directly install this plugin and allow the advertiser to select his Ad space and make the payment.

This plugin also comes with many other features like tracking and direct selling with no role of middlemen. You hold the complete control over the Ad space that you’re selling.

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12. EasyAzon (Price: $47)

EasyAzon is a must have plugin for Amazon Affiliates. You should buy this plugin only if you’re an Amazon Affiliate. It saves you a lot of time that you waste in creating Amazon affiliate links. With this plugin, you can directly insert links through your post editor.

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EasyAzon also has a geo-targeting feature which does link localization and helps you make money with the traffic that you’re losing out.

You can check out my EasyAzon review to learn more about it.

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Personal Message From The Author:

 So, according to me, the above were the best plugins for affiliate marketing which can help you increase your affiliate sales and revenue.

I am not suggesting you get all the above plugins. You should select based on your requirements and budget. I am a big fan of Thrive plugins which you should surely check out and I am sure that they would increase your conversions.

So, what are your views on the above plugins? Do let us know through the comment box.

Nikhil Ganotra (Nick)

Nikhil Ganotra is the owner and editor of Universal Blogging Tips. He is a passionate blogger from India. He loves to read and write about content marketing and SEO related topics. You can catch him on Twitter or use this contact form.