When You Are Just Starting Out In Your Affiliate Marketing Business You Want As Many Free Tools As You Can Get
Starting any business online or offline you need to have a budget and reduce costs as much as possible. That is why it is better to start your business with as little cost as possible and you don’t want any nasty shocks after you pay your money in good faith and then find, oops, but there is more.
That is why I recommend Wealthy Affiliate. You can join for free and take a good look around under all the rocks and behind the doors before deciding if this is where you want to set up your online business. Does it have great training? Yes it does. Does it have any up-sells? No it does not. Will I need some tools to help me? Yes you will.
The good news it that you can get a lot of those tools for free. Today I want to tell you where you can get some free tools. Many of them will have the option to upgrade but that can wait until your business is up and running and you have an income coming in from your business. It is entirely up to you if you want to upgrade at any time. I still use these for free.
Free Pictures For Your Site
It is important to include pictures on your website as they break up your text and make it more interesting for your readers. I don’t know about you but I hate to be confronted with a great wall of text to wade through and I’m more likely not to bother and go looking for something that is broken down into smaller blocks of print by adding pictures.
First of all you can use pictures you find online but be sure to read the copyright. Some you can use as long as you credit the owner of the pics on your site. Others you can’t use or they will send someone out to break your kneecaps…well, not really, but you can get into lots of trouble for plagiarism and we don’t want that. The photo above came from New Old Stock
Here is a list of sites where you can find free pictures:
- Unsplash | High-Resolution Photos
- 65 Sites with Stunning Free Stock Photos
- New Old Stock
- DesignersPics – Free Photographs for your commercial and personal works
- ISO Republic – High-quality, free photos for creatives
- HiResStock – Premium & Free Stock Photos for Designers
- Stock Photos, Royalty Free Images, Vectors, Footage | Depositphotos
- Life Of Pix – Free Stock Photos & Images – Photography
These are just a few of the sites but it should get you started. If you click on any of them it will take you to their sites. When you visit them be sure to bookmark each one for future reference.
Also be aware that it is always best to get a large photo and reduce it. If you get a smaller photo and try to make it bigger it loses it’s clarity and goes out of focus or becomes pixelated.
Build Your Own Graphics
There are a couple of places where you can build your own banners or headers or whatever else you might want for your site. The little girl above came from Pablo.
This is the one I use a lot. I built the header for my webpage with Canva. It is free to join and to use. They may ask you to upgrade but that is of course up to you. You can continue to use it for free as I do. When you go to Canva you will find some of their pictures will cost you $1. My header background was one of those paid pictures and I thought it was pretty good value. If I had paid someone to do it for me it would have cost a lot more than $1
this is another great free site that is free to use. Here you can create your graphics, headers, banners or whatever else you want. It has a paid version too but it is not necessary to sign up for that. You can continue using it for free. The picture at the top of this page was created in Pablo.
is another great tools for creating graphics. It is a little more complicated to use but if have some knowledge of Photoshop but can’t afford to buy it this is a really excellent substitute until you can afford Photoshop or maybe you will decide not to buy it and save your money.
Putting video on your website is a great way of getting your message across. People only remember some of what they read or hear. They remember far more of what they see and that is an excellent reason for using video on your site.
This is a great little tool that you can use to create animated video. If your like me and hate the idea of standing in front of a camera and talking then this is a great substitute. It is really easy to use and you can download your videos to the social sites or put it on your website. More people will remember your video long after they forget you written message.
Here is a little video Ronny and I did. Don’t tell him I called him that. He likes to be called Ronald.
This is another free site where you can create your own videos or takes screenshots to put on your site. It is also easy to use.
TechSmith is where you will find Jing and you can use it for free but it also has a paid version.
Awesome Text Tools
When the text that comes with your chosen website theme just won’t do don’t worry here are a couple of sites where you can create text that will jump out and grab your attention. The above was done on FlamingText
A great place to create own logo design or just build some really awesome cool text to grab your readers attention. It is worth nosing around inside cool text to see just what it does.
This is much the same as cool text and a place to create text that attract your readers to it. You canalso build your logo here.
As you can see there is a lot of free to use tools online to keep your costs down when you first start building your online business. The last thing you want is to be paying out for every single thing you want to use.
Make sure you check the Copyrite on all the the sites and comply with it.
I have linked all these tools back to their sites for you so it is easier for you to check them out. When you do be make sure you bookmark them because you will find yourself going back to them time and time again.
You may find some of them are a bit challenging to use at first but most of them have clear user instructions on their site so just take your time and read through the instruction.
As a premium member of Wealthy Affiliate you will have access to step by step training that will teach you how to use most of these tools. This training is additional to the Wealthy Affiliate course training and it is created by the members who have succeeded in their own online business. This is their way of giving back to the Wealthy Affiliate community. There is no extra cost. Wealthy Affiliate does not have up-sell.
My very best wishes for your success in your own online business. If you would like to comment on this post or ask a question I would love to hear from you so be sure to leave a comment below.