Ok, let’s get started. I’m going to recommend a few affiliate marketing tools. Software tools that are basic to an online business. There are other choices to almost every suggestion made here, but these are the things I use. Most are free open-source giants familiar to many a geek. So… if you want to start affiliate marketing, go and download and install these programs at the links provided and I’ll give you a few reasons why below.
You’re not going to like this unless you’re already using it… go get a gmail.com email account. This one I strongly urge. Doesn’t matter what you already have…. keep it and use it as you will but get a google account and use it for your business. Lots of reasons for this one. Mail sending and receiving interference, social site integration for your marketing efforts, multiple accounts, the list goes on. Make your life easier from the start, get the google account.
You will want to get OpenOffice for your main office software. Powerful, handles nearly any documents including Microsoft and more. You can get it at https://www.openoffice.org/download/ .
Nvu will be your best bet for what is commonly called a WYSIWYG (wi-see-wig) HTML editor. It is the acronym for “what you see is what you get”. Easy to learn, great documentation, free, just can’t beat it. You will need it to manipulate html pages easily. Do not concern yourself… it is easy to do what you will need to use it for. You will find a good download here: http://download.cnet.com/Nvu/3000-10247_4-10412423.html .
Last of the core four as it were is GIMP. Probably the most versatile photo manipulation software out. Open source and free, you will want this for its ability handle Photoshop files and vector images. No, I won’t let you get lost in a big learning curve. You will easily learn the few things you will want to do with it. Grab it here: https://www.gimp.org/downloads/ .