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Every action you take in business either costs you money, or it costs you time.

As entrepreneurs, it goes without saying that we very well may be low on both of these. From the new business owner working a full-time job on top of running their business, to the cash-strapped company that can’t afford to make that extra hire, we are often spread extremely thin without much to show for it.

Unfortunately, unless we change the way that we approach business, it is easy to stay stuck in this trap forever.

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Google recently released an update targeting product review websites, which has sent Amazon Affiliates scrambling.

It makes sense. Amazon affiliates have been hit hard this last year, with Amazon cutting commission rates and making it even more challenging to make money with the program.

But is Google’s product review update the final nail in the coffin?

No, and in this article I’ll show you why it can actually be a good thing.

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If you’ve registered for Amazon’s affiliate program, you probably realized pretty quickly that Amazon doesn’t exactly make it easy to promote their products.

Manually going over to their website and grabbing their link is a tedious process.

Then – if you actually play by the rules, you aren’t even allowed to download the pictures from the listing. You have to fetch them from the API, which can take even more time.

It’s a huge hassle.

Fortunately, developers have recognized the need to simplify this process, and have developed a number of WordPress plugins for Amazon affiliates to use.

Truth be told, they can save a lot of time and make it even easier to promote products within your content – among a number of other useful features!

In this article, I will be covering the top Amazon affiliate plugins for WordPress, including both free and paid options.

Note that only plugins specifically designed for Amazon’s affiliate program will be mentioned. Link cloaking plugins for example – which are good for other affiliate marketing channels, aren’t allowed by Amazon, so they won’t be mentioned.

Let’s get to it!

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When it comes to choosing an affiliate program plugin for your WordPress website, it’s very important to make the right choice from the beginning.

Unlike so many other plugin choices, this one doesn’t only affect you. Once you have affiliates registered on your blog or website and they’re actively earning commissions, it will be far more difficult to switch systems later. Even if you’re able to migrate accounts and data, it can be difficult to get everything transitioned seamlessly if you decide you want to change plugins later.

I don’t say this to scare you, but to illustrate an important point – this is a topic you’ll really want to research before you commit to any final decisions.

In this article, I will be covering the top affiliate management plugs for WordPress – comparing and contrasting them against each other, to help you decide which plugin is best for your affiliate program. Note that this is solely based around plugins that are designed to help you run your own affiliate program for your products and services. This list does not include any plugins to help you with affiliate marketing itself.

Let’s get into it!

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One question I commonly get from website owners – both bloggers as well as eCommerce store owners, is the value of Pinterest traffic.

Is Pinterest traffic worth anything? How does Pinterest traffic convert? Should I actively be focusing on my Pinterest strategy?

To be fair, I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with Pinterest traffic.

On one hand, my baby product brand, which is a wonderful market for Pinterest in general, gets a ton of traffic from Pinterest. It was by far our biggest traffic source from social media, and for a long time was our biggest traffic source period.

At the same time, it was also our poorest converting traffic source – converting 7x worse than organic Google traffic over the course of a year.

Why is that, and is there anything you can do to make Pinterest traffic more valuable? I’ll cover both of these in just a moment.

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How many email subscribers do you need to make money? This is a question that I get asked quite frequently, and unfortunately it doesn’t always have a straightforward answer.

While I won’t be able to give you an exact number to strive for, I’d like to point out some variables that can affect your earnings per subscriber, and try to help you come up with an accurate target for yourself. Because while it is certainly possible to make money even with a very small mailing list, it’s also possible to have thousands of subscribers and still not earn very much.

Therefore, anybody that tells you that you need X amount of subscribers to make X amount of money, does not understand what they’re talking about.

To gain a better estimate however, let’s look at a few variables:

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