2020 is going to be your year, you say to yourself as you open up your blog and see your abysmal traffic. I’m going to increase my traffic and sell more through my links.

But the question is “how”? Just doing what you’ve always been doing will yield the exact same results.

You need a leg up.

But what are you missing? You’ve done everything you can think of.

Well, today I’m going to give you some extra tools. And if you’ve ever done a home remodel, you’ll know that tools are invaluable.

It’s time to do a blog remodel. Here are the tools that will help you do that and make money in 2020.

1. Domain and Web Hosting Tools

Building a website is paramount to making money while blogging. Sure, you could use Medium and link to your products elsewhere, but you can’t control all of what happens on Medium’s platform.

Here are a few web hosting and domain tools you may not have considered previously. Maybe they’ll help you up your game.

Shared Hosting

If you’re looking for an option that will save you money, this is it. Share hosting stores your data right along with hundreds of other sites.

The features are limited. It might only come with a handful. And the programs you can load are few.

But this is a great way to get started if you don’t have much capital.

Some of the larger companies provide shared hosting. Look at companies like Bluehost and Namecheap.com.

Virtual Private Server

This is a slight upgrade. VPS is a private option. It’s shared only in the sense that your data is on the same physical server as others but the operating system/file system is entirely different and locked down.

When you create separate operating systems, the performance is better. Virtual machines don’t interfere with each other bandwidth-wise.

Physical Private Server

You get the whole thing to yourself. It’s almost like having a server in your home, but you don’t need to buy the machine and you don’t have to fix it if something goes wrong.

If you’re a pro at running your own server, then you will do fine with this option. It’s the ultimate flexible option.

2. All The Best Tools

Now I’m going to move into specific tools. These will help you track links, follow up on leads, track metrics like clickthrough rate and sales.

QuickBooks Enterprise

QuickBooks Enterprise is likely the best tool for anyone making money online. Sure, you can keep track of your earnings and money through Google Sheets, but does Google Sheets have the functionality you want?

It’s the most streamlined software out there for anyone wishing to keep track of their finances and quickly generate reports. It includes templates for any industry. And Quickbooks gives you first-class support through their help portal.


LinkTrust is specifically geared toward affiliate marketers. You can track content, payouts, ad analytics, products, devices, etc.

It’s a fully customizable tool. You can track ads through various means. This includes pixel tracking, server post tracking, cookie tracking, mobile traffic tracking and more.


No, this isn’t Aflac! It’s AffTrack. There’s no duck here.

But there are unlimited clicks.

All their packages include this feature. They offer full-functionality for three months for only a dollar. Where else can you get a better deal?


If you’re looking for a user-friendly tracking platform, then you should check out HitPath. Here you’ll find real-time tracking, affiliate management, and a cross pub campaign accelerator.

It’s fully customizable and scalable. And you can always request features and they’ll add them to their list. And if you’re not sure about signing on yet, they give you a free demo.


Everflow is a real-time analytics software tool. What makes this different? Fraud protection, a unique rule engine, and full automation.

It also includes progress tracking and a dozen or so other tools. You can try it out for thirty days.


You want to know when someone drops you like a hot rock, right? ClickInc will do that for you. They’ll alert you whenever an affiliate drops you so you can respond immediately and maybe salvage your relationship.

It includes SEO tools that some other tool suites do not. And if you’re looking to avoid affiliate ids, their TruLink feature no longer requires them. All you need is the registered URL of the affiliate.


If you’re looking for a tool that allows unlimited affiliates, Tune is your ruler. It’s up 99% of the time guaranteed and it gives you detailed insights into the purchasing process.

If you’re looking for lead generation tools, Tune will provide those as well. And if you’re handling online accounts, you will have all the tools to blow them out of the water with the best leads possible.


Direct tracking is Voluum’s strong point. They track pixels, CPM, CPC, and CPA cost models. You get 10 custom data points and 20 standard data points about page visitors.

Journey by Cake

This is not some marriage of bands but a premier marketing tool. If you want to optimize your spending through data-driven values, then you should try Journey by Cake.

It plays nice with other tools too so you won’t be paying for a stick in the mud.

Post Affiliate Pro

Novices should apply. Why? Because it’s super easy to use Post Affiliate Pro. Plus, their customer support will make your breath catch.

What do they include? Try fraud protection and some of the most accurate tracking on the market. They accept any affiliate link and allow you to make money with multiple currencies.

SEM Rush

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the best SEO tool out there. They’re best known for keyword research and fixing SEO errors. They also do competitor analysis for cheap.

Get the best ROI by analyzing competitors. OnPage SEO issues won’t be a mystery anymore.

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.