How to Blog with AI for Affiliate Marketing Success: 2024

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are storming the blogging world. Every affiliate marketer is using it, and YouTube is already swamped by countless tutorials and ‘must-have AI tool’ reviews.

Should you jump on the AI train? Well, quite simply, yes!

Artificial Intelligence has given us the power to rethink how we run our online businesses and the ability to move very fast in the competitive field of affiliate marketing.

No longer will you be in the dark about which campaigns are working, and no longer will you need to spend many hours on tedious, time-consuming tasks which artificial intelligence can automate at breakneck speed.

AI is here to stay – so let’s embrace it!

In this article, I’ll explore how affiliate marketers already use AI and how it can help you succeed in this competitive industry.

What is Affiliate Marketing in 2024?

In 2023, affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways for businesses to sell their products and services online and for bloggers to earn passive income by promoting them to their audiences and earning commissions on any sales.

It’s a win-win for both parties.

However, when it started in the mid-1990s, the online world looked very different.

Here are some key features in which affiliate marketing it has changed:

  • Increased popularity: In 1995, when William J. Tobin first introduced the concept of affiliate marketing (the founder of PC Flowers & Gifts), it was a relative niche practice. Today, it is a widely used marketing strategy embraced by businesses of all sizes.

  • Greater focus on tracking and measurement: In the beginning, monitoring the effectiveness of a campaign was challenging. Systems were not available to track the performance of an affiliate link, and they were often placed randomly on banners and in-text links – leaving it more to luck to gain any clicks. Today, many tools are available that make tracking and maximizing your marketing efforts so much easier.

  • More sophisticated marketing techniques: Today’s affiliate marketer uses social media and email marketing to engage with potential customers more personally and authentically. As a result, affiliate campaigns can reach a wider audience and build stronger customer relationships.

  • Increased competition: As affiliate marketing has become more popular, the number of affiliate marketers has increased significantly. This has led to tougher competition and a raised bar for new businesses to succeed.

  • Greater emphasis on high-quality content: In the past, affiliates could often get away with promoting products using low-quality content and stuffing affiliate links in every sentence. Today, however, search engines and consumers alike place a greater emphasis on high-quality, engaging content. As a result, affiliate marketers must put more effort into creating content ideas that will likely be shared and promoted.

7 Ways Artificial Intelligence (AI) Can Help You In Affiliate Marketing.

1. Reduce Repetitive Tasks.

Operating an affiliate marketing business can be tedious, with repetitive tasks that can lead to human error and reduced productivity. However, by incorporating AI into your workflow, you can help alleviate time-wasting chores and make better use of your time.

By automating tasks such as data analysis, optimization, and content creation, you can improve the efficiency and performance of your affiliate marketing campaigns and enable yourself to react more quickly in a rapidly moving field.

2. Increase Customer Engagement With Chatbots.

It wasn’t long ago when customer engagement involved answering tedious emails manually or speaking on the phone! Yawn.

Fortunately, Chatbots can alleviate this time-consuming process and provide a host of practical tasks to free up your time. By answering online queries from potential customers, Chatbots can help streamline your business and direct customers more efficiently throughout your campaigns.

3. Speed Up Your Content Creation.

When you’re trying to generate content for your business and have a million other jobs, turning to AI content creation tools will help increase your output and streamline your creativity.

With AI tools that can write copy, create videos, and check your grammar, the ability to create high-quality content has never been more effortless.

4. Reduce Fraud Detection.

With the estimated worldwide cost of digital ad fraud to reach 100 billion US dollars in 2023, it’s not hard to see why fraud detection needs to be taken very seriously.

To detect and prevent fraud, companies are using a combination of AI tools that can use:

  • IP blocking and user analysis to identify and block suspicious traffic.

  • Bot detection and CAPTCHA validation to prevent automated fraud.

  • Click path analysis to detect patterns of fraudulent activity.

  • Fraud scoring. This represents the level of risk associated with a particular user, transaction, or event.

5. Automated Email Marketing.

Email marketing is critical to any online business, so maximizing its power can yield significant results.

Here are just a few powerful features where AI can help:

  • Personalization: AI can analyze your customer data to create personalized email campaigns based on their interests and preferences. This can increase the open rate of your campaigns by making them more relevant and personal to the recipient.

  • Segmentation: With the ability to segment email lists into smaller groups based on purchase history, and browsing behaviour, businesses can send targeted emails that are more relevant for each specific group.

  • Predictive modelling: To identify which consumers are most likely to purchase or perform a particular action, Artificial Intelligence can help evaluate customer data. This allows you to create emails specifically tailored to your customers, who will most likely convert.

  • Optimization: By A/B testing your email outreach, AI can analyze the results and identify successful patterns and trends. This can help you to optimize future email campaigns for better performance.

  • Automation: It wasn’t that long ago when email marketing involved lots of hands-on work. Fortunately, AI can automate repetitive tasks such as sending emails, creating lists, and scheduling emails based on specific time and date conditions.

6. Keyword Research

Considering that only 5.7% of pages will rank in the top 10 search results within a year of publication, it’s time to take keyword research seriously and give your affiliate marketing strategy a fighting chance.

By targeting the right keywords for your business’ niche and customer search intent, you can help increase traffic to your site.

Keyword research tools can optimise your post title, meta description, and long-form content to help increase your site’s SEO score and become more visible in organic search. They can also help discover new long-tail keywords with high search volume and low competition, giving you the edge over competitors.

7. Natural Language Processing

Natural language processing (NLP) is a form of AI widely adopted by affiliate marketing businesses to enhance customer experience and guide them better throughout their buyer journey.

NLP systems can transcribe user interactions across communication channels like phone, email, chat and SMS and then analyze the data to identify customer emotions and intent. This data can take the guesswork out of understanding customer needs and enables businesses to operate more efficiently.


Which AI Tools Should You Choose?

Numerous factors must be considered when choosing an AI tool, and when there are so many to choose from, it’s very easy to get bogged down.

But before reaching for your credit card, analyze your workflow and the path your projects take.

Consider the following:

  • Repetitive Tasks – Look at your daily workflow and identify which processes in your online business are manual, repetitive, or time-consuming.

  • Improvements – What part of your business needs a boost in productivity and engagement? This could be better email campaigns, more detailed customer analytics or increased written content on your site.

  • Budget – Before checking out price plans on individual tools, work out your monthly budget and stick to it. Otherwise, it’s very easy to get carried away!

Once you have prioritized the areas of your business that need the most help, you’ll be more focused when choosing your AI tools and less likely to be blinded by the ‘shiny new tool’ syndrome!

At a tool level, be sure to check for the following:

  • Integration: Will the tool work together with your existing systems and website?

  • Ease of use: Research the tool for reviews and tutorials. It will take you only a short time to realize if the software is too complex and requires a PhD! 

  • Technical Support: Whether the tool is straightforward or has a bit of a learning curve – fast and reliable customer support is always a must. Lookout for any forums associated with the software you have in mind. You’ll always get the low-down here when it comes to customer support!

  • Scalability: Can the tool work on a bigger scale for your business? This is especially important if you have a growing team, so check the small print in the pricing plans for more detail

  • Cost: This seems too obvious to have on this list!  However, be very careful when signing up that you don’t accidentally choose the annual plan instead of the monthly plan. (yes, I have done that once.) Additionally, watch out for tools with a monthly price plan and a monthly credit allowance on certain tool features. If you run out of credits before the end of the month, then you’ll be reaching for the credit card again. (AHREFS have recently implemented this system)


9 Best AI Tools For Affiliate Marketing.

1. Jasper.ai

Jasper AI Homepage - Dec'23

Jasper.ai is one of the leading AI copywriting tools available and for many good reasons.

Quicker than a human copywriter, it generates content in seconds for blog posts, landing pages, social media, subject lines, email marketing, and even scripts for YouTube videos.

Key Features:

  • ChatGPT-4Jasper uses the latest AI models available on the market today, including ChatGPT-4.

  • Brand Voice and MemoryJasper lets you train its AI about your brand’s individual tone and style so that you can generate ‘on-brand’ content for your future projects.

  • Jasper Chat – The Jasper AI chatbot can generate more natural conversational responses, and in whatever style you wish.

  • Chrome Extension – With the Chrome extension installed, you can call on Jasper anytime when working through the Chrome browser.

  • Surfer SEO Integration – This is a powerful combination of tools. With Jasper and Surfer working together on the same page, you can write SEO-optimized content super quick.

  • Language Translation – Jasper lets you convert your blog posts and copy in over 25+ languages.

  • Jasper Art – This is relatively new to Jasper. Ask it to create a picture of anything you want, and Jasper will give you an interesting copyright-free image back in return!

  • Template Library – Jasper has over 50 templates that prompts its AI in specific formats of business best-practices. Templates include Blog Post Outline, AIDA framework, Paragraph Generator, Google Ads Description and lots more.

Pricing:

Jasper AI Pricing - Jan'24

The Creator Plan starts at $49/month – ($39/month annually). The Pro Plan starts at $69/month – ($59/month annually) and includes Jasper Art. For the Business Plan, contact sales directly.

There is a 7-day free trial with the Creator and Teams plan.

2. Surfer SEO

SurferSEO homepage as of July 2023.

Surfer SEO is an on-page optimizing tool that maximizes your chances of ranking high in the SERPs.

By analyzing the top articles that rank for your keywords, Surfer SEO extracts the key metrics needed for your content to be competitive.

Key Features:

  • Content Editor –  Enter the main keywords of the content you want to write about, and Surfer will generate an optimized content structure for you to follow. If the content score gets the ‘swingometer’ in the green – you’re good to go!

  • SERP Analyzer – This tool gives a more granular insight into how Surfer analyzes your keywords against your main competition in the SERP.

  • Content Audit Tool – If you’ve got old content that needs updating, you can enter its URL into the Audit tool, and Surfer will give you a list of suggested improvements.

  • Surfer AI – To speed your creative process along, Surfer has integrated AI to help guide you through research and writing optimization.

  • Keyword Research – Surfer’s keyword research tool can help throw light on any terms you want to rank for and related topic clusters.

  • Grow Flow – This AI-powered tool gives you a low-effort task report to help you gain the biggest SEO impact on your site. Just connect your Google Search Console, and Surfer will do the rest.

Pricing:

Surfer SEO Pricing Page - Jan'24

The Essential Plan starts at $89/month ($69/month annually). This gives you 15 articles a month to write and optimize in the Content Editor.

If you’re starting out, this will be more than enough, but if your business is already well established, then the Advanced and Max plans may be worth considering.

3. Brevo (formerly SendInBlue)

Brevo Homepage - Jan'24

Brevo (formerly Sendinblue) is an AI email marketing solution for small to medium-sized businesses.

With a comprehensive email template library to get your creative juices going, you can use the intuitive drag-and-drop editor to customise your designs to match your brand.

Brevo has very competitive pricing plans, and when you consider additional features such as a SMS marketing, email automation, and a Facebook ads builder, it’s not hard to see why Brevo is becoming the number one choice for serious bloggers and businesses.

Key Features:

  • Email Marketing – Brevo’s email builder is comprehensive and customizable, with a library of editable templates to get you started.

  • SMS Marketing – Brevo’s SMS Marketing platform is very useful if you need to send time-sensitive information for promotional campaigns, transactional messages or alerts.

  • WhatsApp Campaigns – With integration into your WhatsApp business account, you can conduct your WhatsApp campaigns from within Brevo.

  • Landing Pages – Build stunning landing pages from scratch or a template. This function is available to Business and Enterprise plans.

  • Marketing Automation – Brevo’s automation software is a great way to nurture your prospects and turn them into customers by leading them through a predesigned workflow.

  • Live Chat – With integrations into Facebook Messenger and Instagram, you can centralize your live chat communications from within Brevo.

  • Chatbot – Create automated FAQs for your site and free up time for your team!

Pricing:

Brevo Price Page.

Brevo is free if you send less than 300 emails daily, which is great if you’re business is relatively new.

If you send over 20,000 emails a month, the Starter Plan begins at $25/month.

4. Chatbot.com

Chatbot.com Homepage - Jan'24.

If you’re looking to integrate a chatbot feature into your WordPress website but have zero coding skills, then Chatbot.com can help you out.

You can create your own chatbots with its drag-and-drop builder, but if you need more inspiration, there’s a comprehensive template library to get you started covering marketing, sales and support-related chatbots.

With additional integrations with Facebook Messenger, Shopify, and Slack, Chatbot.com has become one of the most popular customer service chatbots to date.

Key Features:

  • No-Code Chatbot Builder – Effortlessly build your chatbot with the intuitive drag-and-drop builder.

  • Chatbot Testing Tool – This will ensure your chatbot works before letting it loose on your site.

  • Chatbot Academy – If you’re worried that building a chatbot will be too complicated, then the Chatbot Academy will guide you through everything you need to know.

  • Prebuilt Templates – Fast-track your chatbot build with a customizable template.

  • Analytics – Chatbot comes with extensive analytics so that you can make better decisions with your visitors.

Pricing:

Chatbot.com - Pricing Page.

The Starter Plan is $65/month – (annually at $52/month). This includes one active bot and 1,000 valid chats per month.

For more bots, use the Team Plan at $169/month (or $142/month for the annual plan). The Team Plan also comes with a free 14-day trial.

5. Clickcease.com

Clickcease - Homepage.

ClickCease is a tool that can save you money and protect your online business.

It can prevent real-time fraud using data gathered from a clicker’s behaviour and device information.. With its AI and machine learning algorithms, Clickcease can identify the good clicks from the bad and reduce Ad fraud costs considerably for your business.

Key Features:

  • Google Ad Protection – This blocks bots and any other malicious traffic on your PPC campaigns.

  • Facebook Ad Protection – This removes fake users from your Instagram, Facebook and Messenger Ad campaigns.

  • Bot Zapping – With bots accounting for up to 40% of internet traffic, the Bot Zapping tool will sort them out!

  • Bot Protection for WordPress sites – This prevents bots from entering your site and slowing down performance.

Pricing:

Clickcease - Pricing Page

Protecting one platform, (‘Standard Plan’), starts at $69/month. The ‘Pro Plan‘ is $89/month, which offers protection for two platforms (including Google Ads and Facebook Ads).

If you run an agency sized business, the ‘Advanced Plan‘ at $109/month is the best option.

6. Pictory

Pictory Homepage - Dec'23.

If you’re struggling to make video content for your business and need more time to get to grips with expensive editing tools, then Pictory can help you.

Pictory is an AI-driven content creation tool that can convert your blog posts or long-form videos into engaging short-form videos. (For more information about content creation tools, take a look at my article ‘How Content Creation Tools Can Boost Your Blog Ranking‘)

Its platform is very user-friendly, with no previous editing skills required – and with additional functions such as editing videos by text and being able to create video highlight reels, Pictory may be the only video creation tool you’ll ever need!

Key Features:

  • Edit Video Using Text – This is a great way to edit your videos without getting too technical. Simply delete the transcribed text you don’t want, and Pictory will paste the clips together.

  • Create Video Highlights – Pictory’s AI can take long-form videos and automatically create short-form video highlights.

  • Auto Summarize Long Videos – Pictory can summarize long-form videos, webinars, or Zoom calls into attention-grabbing clips.

  • Script To Video -Enter your script into Pictory, and its AI generates a professional quality film. This is really clever!

  • Blog Post To Video – This feature is similar to the last one but instead creates engaging videos from your blog posts.

  • Auto Caption Videos – Pictory makes captioning videos fast with no extra cost.

  • Auto Transcribe Videos – This feature is excellent for transcribing Zoom calls, webinars, video podcasts and more.

Pricing:

Pictory Pricing Page - Jan'24.

The Starter Plan is $23/Month ($19/Month Annually). This includes 30 videos per month and 600 transcriptions minutes per month.

If you need more videos per month and transcription minutes, the Professional and Teams plans will be worth considering.

All plans come with a free trial (no credit card), giving you 3 video projects, each up to 10 minutes long!

7. Link Whisper

Link Whisper - Homepage.

With Google constantly raising the ‘SEO bar’ for businesses to rank online, having a comprehensive link-building strategy could be just what your WordPress site needs.

Enter Link Whisper!

This AI-powered internal link-building tool can save you hours of work by scraping your site and recommending internal links within topic-related content. It even suggests internal links when writing your articles in the WordPress editor.

Key Features:

  • Automatic Link Suggestions – Using AI technology, Link Whipser recommends relevant internal links as you write your articles from within the WordPress editor.

  • Auto Linking – Just input the keyword(s) you want to build links from and then enter the URL to which you want those links to go. Link Whisper will then automatically build links from all past and future mentions of those targeted keywords to the page of your choice.

  • Internal Links Report – The links stats dashboard gives you a thorough report of internal and external links and any broken links, errors, or posts that could use additional internal links.

  • Connect with Google Search Console –  Link Whisper can connect with your Google Search Console and pull in its traffic data. This lets you see organic traffic, average position, and what keywords bring results for your articles.

Pricing:

Link Whisper Pricing Page - Jan'24.

A one-site license costs $97/year, a three-site license costs $137/year and a ten-site license costs $187/year. All licenses include all the tool features.

8. Beautiful.ai

Beautiful.ai Homepage - Jan'24.

Beautiful.ai is an AI presentation software that takes all the leg work out of creating slides and presentations for your business.

Simply choose a template design, add your content/data, and Beautiful.ai does the rest!

You can easily edit and fine-tune the results and keep your presentations on-brand with your colours, fonts and logos.

Key Features:

  • Unlimited Presentions – Get as creative as you want with no extra cost.

  • Advanced Analytics –  Track your presentations’ effectiveness and which ones get the most views.

  • Collaboration and Sharing – Collaborate and share your edits with your team in real-time. If anyone makes a comment or an edit, then Beautful.ai notifies you.

  • Stay On-Brand – Import your site’s colours and fonts to keep your presentations on brand.

  • Secured Sharing – Securely share your presentations so that only the people you want can see them.

  • Integrations – Integrate with Slack, Dropbox, Monday.com and Powerpoint.

Pricing:

Beautiful.ai Pricimg Page - Jan'24.

Prices start at $12/month for the Pro Plan, the Team Plan is $50/month ($40/month annually). For the Enterprise Plan and unlimited resources, contact sales directly.

There is a 14-day free trial. (credit card required)

9. Lately

Lately Homepage - Jan'24.

To keep your business and brand on track, having an active online social presence is an SEO signal for which Google will give you credit.

With Lately’s Artificial Intelligence, you can instantly turn blog posts, videos and podcasts into dozens of short-form social media posts.

These posts can be edited before you send them over your social channels, and Lately can even schedule them out at a date and time of your choice.

A real-time saver!

Key Features

  • AI Writing Model – The more you upload into Lately, the more the AI uses words and phrases that best resonate with your audience.

  • Web Copy Generator – Automatically turn your long-form content into dozens of social media posts.

  • Transcripts – Lately.ai can transcribe your audio and video files and produce fully converted transcripts.

  • Messaging Guides –  Integrate your brand messaging guidelines into the AI writing model.

  • SEO & Keyword Enforcement – Tell the AI writing model to follow specific keyword guidelines when generating your content.

  • Podcast Clip Generator – Repurpose your old podcasts into on-brand social media posts that link back to the original podcast.

Pricing:

Lately pricing page - Jan'24.

The ‘Small Business’ plan starts at $49/month (4 social channels). For Unlimited social channels, this is $199/month.

The ‘Enterprise’ plan offers everything from the Small Business plan, plus advanced AI functionality, and analytics. Request a demo for more information and pricing.

There is a 7-day free trial.

Final Thoughts.

There is no doubting it, but we are currently in the middle of an AI revolution.

AI tools are now available for us ‘non-techies’ to achieve huge advantages in affiliate marketing. Ignoring this opportunity would only slow down our chances of success and long-term growth.

With the power to analyze and interpret vast amounts of data, AI affiliate marketing tools can help you make more informed decisions, target the right audience, and optimize your campaigns for maximum success.

Without sounding like a broken record:

AI is here to stay – so let’s embrace it!


FAQs

AI’s capacity to process massive datasets is a game-changer for affiliate marketing. It empowers marketers to make data-driven decisions and spot key trends that can shape their strategies, giving them a competitive edge.
Although AI can automate various affiliate marketing tasks, human skills in planning, crafting content, and nurturing relationships will still be crucial. AI is more likely to enhance and aid the work of affiliate marketers rather than making them obsolete.
Yes, many ad platforms now use AI and machine learning to optimize ad targeting, bidding, and placement for the best performance and ROI.
No, ChatGPT does not have an affiliate program.

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