12 Best WordPress Plugins For Affiliate Marketers

In this post, I’ll cover 12 plugins that will help you to run a successful affiliate marketing campaign.

When starting a blog you need to install plugins because they enable you to add new features to your website.

Plugins help you to optimize your site for search engines, protect it against spammers, and improve the user experience.

It was hard to choose top 12 best WordPress plugins amongst thousands of useful plugins available on the market, and I can say with confidence that the installation of these plugins will get you on your way to a better performing website for your affiliate business.

Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO WordPress plugin

Yoast SEO is a must-have plugin so make sure you get it now and begin optimizing your posts and pages to boost your rankings.

This effective plugin lets you enter your main keyword and then optimize your page around it.

It has two tabs at the top. In the first tab, you can optimize your title, meta description, and URL. It breaks down SEO and gives you tips on how to improve the page. In the other tab, it analyzes the readability of your page and shows you how to improve it. You can also mark your post as a cornerstone content.

This one is probably on every list about the best WordPress plugins. Get it.


Jetpack WordPress plugin

A single tool to replace plugins for your site design, traffic growth, and security. Jetpack has features to help you design your site, track statistics, improve social sharing, and prevent attacks. It is like the all-in-one type of plugin.

I have heard from other people that it will slow your website down. I haven’t noticed that personally because a key benefit of Jetpack is that WordPress hosts all of its features and takes some of the load from your server. This helps that your site runs smoothly with that extra features.


Smush WordPress plugin

Images can help you to drive more visitors to your website, promote social sharing and improve user experience by making your website visually appealing. But high-quality images are big files that load slow.

This plugin compresses and optimizes your images automatically. With Smush, you can use a lot of images on your pages and posts, without sacrificing your website’s speed.

Pretty links WordPress plugin

Managing links can be a challenging job for affiliate marketers.

Pretty Links make it simple for you to shrink, cloak, track and share your links. This plugin provides the tools for managing your social media links, redirects, affiliate links or any other type of links. Links will be available from your WordPress website’s admin dashboard and use your domain name.

When you create links, you can specify keywords or keyphrases that you want as your anchor text and Pretty Links will automatically analyze all of the content on your website and replace these keywords with links.

Keyword replacement works on your existing pages and posts and will work on new pages and posts as well but that is available only with pro version. The free plugin will fill for your needs very well.

One of the best WordPress plugins for link shrinking.

Broken link checker WordPress plugin

Broken links and missing images can have a negative impact on your website rankings.

This plugin scans your posts, comments, and other content in order to find broken links. If there are broken links found you’ll be notified via the email immediately so you can fix them before they hurt your website.

Link edits can be executed from the plugin dashboard, and you can also stop search engines to follow those links.

Semrush Writing Assistant

Semrush SEO writing assistant WordPress plugin

Semrush Writing Assistant allows you to make sure that your post is flawlessly structured for a target keyword and written in an SEO-friendly technique before publishing.

I use it as an addition to the Yoast SEO plugin. What sets them apart is that with Writing Assistant all the recommendations and analyses are based on your top 10 rivals ranking for your target keywords.

You have to sign up for Semrush free account to be able to use this plugin.


Amp for wp WordPress plugin

AMP or accelerated mobile pages are essentially just stripped-down versions of your website that load much faster on mobile which provides a better user experience. That goes a long way towards improving your site’s SEO.

When you install AMP for WP, it will launch an installation wizard that will help you set up the most important settings. Then, you can go to a detailed settings area where you can control the plugin’s features.


With RoundupWiz plugin, you can create roundups much faster and easier than ever because it enables you to crowdsource the content. It also can help with engagement because people can vote on the list order.

This plugin has four different templates. You can create a list of tools, a list of quotes, a list of tactics, and a list of websites.

You can also choose to show a submission button so people can add their suggestions. All submissions can have a default nofollow or do follow status and these can be updated individually per submission and once you save it you’ll get a shortcode so you can embed this shortcode onto whatever blog post or article that you want the list to appear on.

Really Simple SSL

Really simple SSL WordPress plugin

Really Simple SSL is a plugin that identifies your settings automatically and configures your website to work over HTTPS protocol. The SSL plugin will automatically redirect all incoming requests to HTTPS and change the site and content URL to HTTPS.

It will change everything except hyperlinks to other domains, you have to do this yourself.

Skimlinks WordPress plugin

Setting up affiliate links on your website can be complicated and time-consuming. You need to sign up to dozens of networks and merchant programs and then put links into your site and update all those links regularly as programs change.

With SkimLinks, all this is done for you automatically. SkimLinks aggregates over 20 affiliate networks and over 11,000 affiliate programs and turned existing retailer links on your site into their equivalent affiliate links on the fly. The links look normal which means a better click-through rate and better user experience.

You have to sign up on their website if you want to use this plugin.


Sumo WordPress plugin

Affiliate marketer’s objectives are quite simple: Increase traffic, build an email list, spread the word on social media, and convert. 

And one of the best tools for collecting emails from day one and growing traffic and conversions is Sumo. It’s a bundle of tools to improve your site’s performance.

Most interesting is Sumo’s list building functionality, divided into four apps: List Builder, Scroll Box, Smart Bar, and Welcome Mat. You can offer content upgrades, basically, you’ll find everything you need to start building your email list.

Wp Fastest Cache

Wp fastest cache WordPress plugin

A slow website can ruin your conversions and user experience. What do you think your visitors will do if your website takes too much to load? Sure, they are going to leave and never come back.

WP Super Cache creates static pages of your site. These pages are then served instead of processing the full PHP scripts. Without caching, your pages will load much slower.


If you have a WordPress affiliate website, or you are thinking of starting one these are 12 must-have plugins for every affiliate website.

All of these plugins are completely free and can help you get more traffic, more customers, and more security from hackers and accidental crashes. These plugins are just my recommendations of course, and it’s up to you will you install them or not.

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So are you already using any of these 12 best WordPress plugins and which one you think you should install? Are you using another plugin that is not on this list and you think it should be on it?

Anthony Miller

After 10 years of research, and experimentation, Anthony decided to start his own blog about affiliate marketing and making money online in general, named Badass Affiliate. His goal is to show you what it takes to successfully start an online business so you can provide a better life for you and your family.

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