List of Plugins for an Affiliate Website and What Functions They Serve

Here’s a list of plugins to use for an Affiliate Marketing website. This list of plugins is probably applicable to a whole host of website types, but there will be a few that are specific to affiliate sites, and specifically Amazon Affiliate sites.

I’ll also explain what the purpose of that specific plugin is within the context of building, running and maintaining the site. It’s always good to know why the hell you’ve actually got a plugin on your site!

Bonus addition: Step by Step setup guide with all resources required to setup an Amazon Affiliate Site provided at the end of the article!

The Ultimate Amazon Affiliate Website Plugin List

This list will change and grow over time, but is based originally on the plugins provided with a Human Proof Designs affiliate website as standard. I’ll point out any non-standard one’s (plugins not delivered with the HPD website) along the way.

Plugin 1: All In One SEO Pack

What is it and what is it used for?

“Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog. Features like XML Sitemaps, SEO for custom post types, SEO for blogs or business sites, SEO for ecommerce sites, and much more. More than 50 million downloads since 2007.”

Plugin 2: BackupBuddy by iThemes

What is it and what is it used for?

“The most complete WordPress solution for Backup, Restoration, Migration, and Deployment to the same host or a new domain. Backs up a customizable selection of files, settings, and content for a complete snapshot of your site. Stash Live feature allows for real-time live backups to the cloud.”

Plugin 3: Gravity Forms

What is it and what is it used for?

“Easily create web forms and manage form entries within the WordPress admin.”

It’s a little like having an email account you managed right from within the WordPress CMS, as you can see all messages sent through your contact forms.

Plugin 4: Pretty Links

What is it and what is it used for?

“Shrink, track and share any URL on the Internet from your WordPress website!”

Basically, you can create redirects with URLs of your choosing. So instead of a big long URL, you can shorten it to something snappy.

Plugin 5: Recent Posts Widget Extended

What is it and what is it used for?

“Enables advanced widget that gives you total control over the output of your site’s most recent Posts.”

Plugin 6: Sassy Social Share

What is it and what is it used for?

“Slickest, Simplest and Optimized Share buttons. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, WhatsApp and over 100 more.”

There must be over 100 million social sharing plugins for WordPress (maybe an exaggeration) but essentially this is a social sharing plugin – apparently slick and lightweight.

Plugin 7: Social Icons Widget by WPZOOM

What is it and what is it used for?

“Social Icons Widget to displays links to social sharing websites. Supports more than 80 sites and includes 400 icons. Sort icons by Drag & Drop and change their color easily.”

So in tandem with “Sassy Social Share” this plugin provides the Icons. (A little weird how this isn’t provided all within the one plugin, but may provide more flexibility than other plugins)

Plugin 8: Thrive Architect

What is it and what is it used for?

“Live front end editor for your WordPress content”

Using Thrive Themes with Thrive Architect gives you a WYSIWYG editor that’s a little more user friendly, it also provides a bunch of templates which speeds up the construction of pages. Not an essential for me, but you do require a “Page Builder” why wouldn’t you use this one if you’re using a Thrive Theme?

Plugin 9: Thrive Leads

What is it and what is it used for?

“The ultimate lead capture solution for WordPress”

Thrive leads provides a form and popup solution for capturing email addresses. It can be connected to multiple email marketing solution providers, and once again, if using a Thrive Theme, why wouldn’t you use the Thrive Leads plugin?

Plugin 10: TJ Custom CSS

What is it and what is it used for?

“Easily add custom css code to your site.”

Does what it says on the tin. Useful if you want to do some customisation to the theme without creating a Child Theme, or modifying the main theme (and losing your mods when your theme updates)

Plugin 11: W3 Total Cache

What is it and what is it used for?

“The highest rated and most complete WordPress performance plugin. Dramatically improve the speed and user experience of your site. Add browser, page, object and database caching as well as minify and content delivery network (CDN) to WordPress.”

Standard in the world of Caching, also providing some CDN functionality (Content Delivery Network).

Plugin 12: Wordfence Security

What is it and what is it used for?

“Wordfence Security – Anti-virus, Firewall and Malware Scan”

Basically used to secure your site.

Other Functionality Requirements of an Affiliate Website

Here are a list of functionality that isn’t provided with the standard set of plugins:

  • Amazon Affiliate Link Management
  • Comparison Table Creation
  • Image Compression and Optimisation
  • GDPR Compliance Management – Cookies
  • Ability to roll back plugin and theme updates
  • Ability to replicate / duplicate a pre-existing page
  • Spam control on comments and forms
  • Comments section on articles and posts
  • Ability to add review graphics and ratings to products, including rich snippet schema markup
  • Ad insertion plugin (for Ad Sense or even controlling affiliate disclaimers site wide)

Review Graphics and Schema Markup

Levels of “review graphics” can come built in as widgets on certain themes. Extra by Elegant Themes has some of this functionality for example.

There are plugins dedicated to this particular functionality though.

WP Review Pro

This plugin was recommended by Spencer Hawes at Niche Pursuits.

It operates on a yearly subscription model for about $40 per year.

Content Egg

This plugin is recommended by Facebook groups

Automatic Internal Linking

Amazon Affiliate Website Step by Step Setup Guide

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