If you’re remodeling your bathroom and you want to tear down a wall, what do you use? You could use your bare hands, but what does that get you? Maybe a couple of bloody stumps?

It’s the same with affiliate marketing or eCommerce. If you’re trying to market to the masses without the right tools, you’re stunting your progress.

Let’s fill up your toolbox with the best affiliate marketing and eCommerce tools both free and paid.

1. Competitive Intelligence Tools

It’s an assumption you just have to make. Nothing you do on the internet is private.

Ad companies are gobbling up your information like Pacman gobbles blue ghosts. And as an affiliate marketer, that’s a great thing.

You can pretend you’re in the CIA gathering intelligence on terrorist cells across the world. Gather information on your competitors and gain a competitive advantage.

Dig into your competitor’s funnels with Spypush. They offer a database of over 200k ads.

Idvert tracks competitor’s Facebook ads. It’s great at identifying black hat opportunities (not that I’m saying you should go black hat or anything…>.>). The tool allows you to dig into your competitor’s dropshipping data as well.

2. Enterprise Resource Planning Tools

If you’re into eCommerce as well as affiliate marketing, an ERP software tool might be what you need. This is especially true if you’re running a larger operation.

What Are Enterprise Resources?

If you have to manage business finances, monitor a supply chain, oversee procurement and fulfillment, you might need an ERP tool.

One of the best ERPs out there is Netsuite. They’re a cloud-based ERP software that manages all your resources, your financials, your CRM, and your eCommerce store.

What really sets this suite above any other is their complimentary electronic banking functionality. The NetSuite Electronic Payments feature works seamlessly with all other features in the suite.

It takes care of EFT payments, customer payments, and customer refunds.

Take advantage of worldwide bank support. Users access more than 50 banks worldwide.

3. Tracking Tools

It’s easy to lose track of your ROI. If you get too busy, you’re going to let things slide.

Tracking tools give you solid proof of what’s happening to your campaigns. It might be easier to just ignore your tracking, but you’ll quickly lose money if you do.

Here are a few tracking tools you might want to consider:

If you’re more than a one-man show, you might want to consider Voluum. Manage both your team and your campaigns with one cheap tool.

If you’re just starting out, check out BeMob. They give you 100k free events each month. Their tech is incredible. It’s as if it has a sixth sense for analyzing ad campaigns.

By Ben Mattice

Benjamin Mattice is a freelance writer/editor, horror and sci-fi writer, SEO and affiliate marketing newbie, dog wrestler, cat wrangler, capoeirista, and long distance runner. He lives in the Palouse with his wife, three dogs, two cats, and two rats. Yes, that would probably be considered a mini-zoo.