The other day I was watching a cooking show on Food Network with the girls and the chef talking about all the cooking disasters that can happen in the kitchen during Thanksgiving and how to avoid them.

With only a few days to go before Thanksgiving, I could practically taste the pumpkin pie as it was coming out of the oven!

But then he said something like, "Your Thanksgiving dinner will be flawless as long as you use the right tools!"

Hmmm, The right tools… that's what my mother always said when I was growing up!

It didn't matter if I was making our famous nutroll, a napkin holder for a mother's day present, or helping her install a new faucet in the sink – if she caught me trying to slide by with a tool that wasn't right for the job she'd make me hustle and get the right one.

Usually these tools were very inexpensive, yet when I used them they saved me a ton of time because I could work so much faster.

It's like that in Affiliate Marketing too!

It doesn't matter if you're following the blueprints given to you in a $2000 course and have all the head knowledge in the world about Affiliate Marketing.

If you don't use the right tools it will take you much longer to achieve your goals.

So here are a few tools that will save you time as an affiliate marketer:

1. Using WordPress to create your blog. You do have a blog, right? I hope so, because a blog is one of the best ways to develop a following and build trust, which leads to increased sales. WordPress is the quickest way to set up a blog and a WordPress blog will show up in the search engines more quickly.

2. Google Alerts and Google News. One of the fastest way to find ideas for content for your blog is to go to Google News and type in search terms for your niche. For example, I just typed "golf drives" into Google News. A story popped up about Tiger Woods and how he has maintained focus despite extra distractions this year. If I had a blog in the golf niche this would be good material for a post about how to remain focused. You can also sign up to have Google Alerts send you an email with stories for certain phrases or better yet, alerts when your own sites are indexed.

3. WordPress plugins. From SEO to getting rid of spam comments, plugins are tools that will ensure that your blog operates at maximum efficiency.

Most of the above tools are free (some plugins have a small fee). But all of them have one thing in common – they save you time and make you money!

For one of the best "set it and forget it" tools for WordPress blogs that I've seen lately, check out this plugin that will automatically insert Clickbank ads onto your blog:

Notice at the end of this post there is a heading called "Related Products" – it took me all of about 2-1/2 minutes today to get that to show up using a Plug In Called WordPress Affiliate and within half an hour I made my first sale from it and earned $97 commission!

So let's think about this – I bought an inexpensive "tool," put it to use, and made double my money back in less than an hour!

Now THERE'S something to be thankful about!

You can do the same, right here:

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