Part of what makes WordPress an amazing content management system is the ability to easily add plugins that enable marketing and ecommerce functions for very little money.
Here are some of the plugins I use on wordpress sites to process transactions, run affiliate programs, promote ads, get optins, track visitors and promote in the search engines. They are not all free, but you truly get what you pay for.
|WP Affiliate – Tips and Tricks HQ is a company that designs excellent wordpress plugins for many business purposes. This one is an all inclusive Full featured Affiliate program that installs in seconds and is very easy to configure. It handles affiliate sign-ups, banners, creates a unique username and password for affiliates to access their own live click and sale stats and handling payouts is a cinch! I use this heavily and can personally verify it works seamlessly. If you want help writing your affiliate page content, creating banners and configuring this on your site, let me know.|
|WP eStore – This amazing shopping cart plugin handles all of your ebook sales from the shopping cart transaction to the secure delivery of the digital product through a time elapsing encrypted link sent via email. It uses WP shortcodes which make it incredibly easy to add products to pages, posts and widgets. This plugin integrates perfectly with the WP Affiliate plugin and can be purchased as a package for under $50. Huge value!|
|WP PDF Stamper – This amazing shopping cart plugin handles all of your ebook sales from the shopping cart transaction to the secure delivery of the digital product through a time elapsing encrypted link sent via email. It uses WP shortcodes which make it incredibly easy to add products to pages, posts and widgets. This plugin integrates perfectly with the WP Affiliate plugin and can be purchased as a package for under $50. Huge value!|
|Gravity Forms is without a doubt, the best, complete, customizable form creation plugin available. Although it is around $39 bucks for a single site license, it is worth every penny. Not only can you create a feature rich, custom form for any situation, you can also completely customize and personalize the email responses and it tells you where the lead came from, what pages they visited to get to your form and what they ever searched in the search engines to get to your site.|
|Subscribers Magnet makes it easy to add your optin form code to all pages and posts of your site. This has increased my optins dramatically by using it in the footer of sites. It is quite expensive at around $147, but is great for those that don`t want to waste time trying to figure out another way of doing this. There are some free ones out there that simply add a footer popup but they require tons of tweaking and you have to know how to customize and add the subscribe script manually. This one does it all in the backend VERY easilly step by step through a wizard. It works with icontact, Aweber or any other email service providers optin code.|
|OggChat is what I use for live chat. It is highly customizable, and can pay for itself easily if you use the best feature of it. It has the ability to monitor visitors to your site in the dashboard, see where they are coming from, what they are reading and best of all, initiate a chat with them. This can also be set to automatically popup a chat request to that person and you can ask if them they need some more help regarding the type of information they are readin on your site. Pretty spooky “big brother” stuff, but targeted and great for website lead development|
|Popup Domination is a highly configurable wordpress plugin that works easily with icontact, aweber and many other email marketing providers. It creates an optin lightbox that automatically adds subscribers into your autorepsonder queue. Many clients use this to dramatically improve their optins. It works well, but watch your Google analytics bounce rate to make sure you are not turning off visitors as you go. If your bounce rate increases, improve your optin.|
|Bluehost wordpress hosting is a great deal at only 6.95/month because you can host unlimited wordpress sites with them and installing wordpress is extremely easy and fast. They also offer a free domain name with new accounts. No problems with permissions out of the box and reasonable uptime. Speed is not bad (not the best) but you get what you pay for. Not reccomended for more than 10,000 visitors / month.|
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin – If you are selling many products directly from your wordpress site, this powerful plugin provides an easy interface to feature related posts at the bottom of each product post. If you are using posts as products like many I teach, then this will show related product posts underneath individual posts for better upsell conversions. If you require help setting this up effectively, let me know.