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Wrike’s Google Chrome Extension

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For every project without exception, I put a great deal of attention towards streamlining the workload. This includes project management and team communication as well. Wrike’s Google Chrome extension had a massive impact in the way I communicate with my collaborators. For those of you unfamiliar with it, let me try to explain it in the simplest possible way: It can bridge your Wrike project management center with any in-browser tool you use. You can create a task directly from the resource page and the hyperlink is copied to set task alongside other important information related to it. This is the fastest way to bookmark and discuss resource pages with your team. Let me outline a few advantages of using Wrike’s Chrome extension.

Sharing the knowledge

Like many of you, I am constantly learning new things and formulating new ideas. Whenever I stumble upon something interesting or something worth sharing, I simply start a discussion directly from that page. Wrike’s extension also allows me to individually pick the people to discuss a certain page with. This makes it great for pointing out specific pages to specific people. Nesting these bookmarks under a label also provides an excellent way of backtracking resource pages.

Item tracking

Keeping track of purchasing and items on watch lists has always been a multi-tool task. Now, I simply organize and direct items from the browser to purchasing list. There is even a snapshot option that allows me to keep track of items and its details which makes controlling the watch lists a lot easier. Adding information to the snapshots and highlighting the part of an image can also be very useful and simplify the item tracking of any sort.

Manage my management

Wrike is a project management tool, but I also use the extension to manage custom timelines and reports within Wrike itself. A unique URL is assigned to every item within Wrike, and since that address is copied when I create new items from the extension, I can use it to point out time delays and progress reports to specific people. This makes inner team communication a lot easier and significantly speeds up problem-solving and team collaboration. You can basically do management within your management and simplify the transfer of information.

Wrike’s Google Chrome extension is free for all existing users.  It is very simple and straightforward to use, even for those unfamiliar with any type of experience using similar extensions. It is one of my favorite tools and certainly one that I use quite often. In addition to business, I use it to organize a lot of personal resource pages and my “to read” lists.

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The best project management tool for affiliate marketers?

Ever wonder, how you can get more done in the same amount of time?    It has to do with organization – now there are a ton of project management, and efficiency tools out there; however in our industry we have specific needs… so I went on a mission to seek out a solution…

I’ve just spent a good week evaluating various project management platforms from Basecamp, Trello all the way to Yalla (yea there’s a project management tool named like that – and no it’s not the song from INNA; although that’s a pretty cool song and sexy music video – check it out here )

I was very, very disappointed 99% of these project management tools don’t have native budget and expense tracking built in; many say you can add in apps to track expenses but even then, the expenses tracked are based on the time logged doing the work.     I’ve been busy and looked at these:   Breeze, Zapier, LeanKit, Smartsheets as well as the aforementioned ones above.

ONE BIG PROBLEM TO SOLVE

We are not freelancers, we do not get paid hourly.

We are running various projects (campaigns) as affiliate marketers, and they all have different costs like:

-Cost of domain name (we use namecheap)
-Cost of hosting (I use BlueHost in the USA and Rackspace Cloud for our landers – TIP: I wrote a guide on how to host landers on Rackspace CDN right here)
-Cost of design of landing page, ripping of landing pages like what bannerslanders provides for $40 
-Cost of labor like setting up the campaign, getting a video ad made, or whatever
-Cost of angles (anglesaurus)
-Cost of Tracker (voluum)
-Cost of Email Service Provider (aweber)

Of course, the above are just “some” of the potential expenses a project might need;  it all depends on what you do.    Nutra, Cloaked or Uncloaked, Whitehat or Blackhat, Pin Submits, App Installs, Lead Gen, SOI/DOI, Dating, whatever.      It was really disappointing to see that most of these so called project management tools lack the ability to enter expenses at a task level and then have a summary of it all on a project level, which you can assign per client (if you are working in JVs or something).

But then I came across the tool I need, the tool that is going to make it a breeze to take all our ops we’ve been doing via email chains, and trello and back and forth via skype and put them all into one place.

This tool lets you create a project, then add tasks, delegate these tasks to different people in your team, and then when they do it,  have them add the actual cost vs the budget that was allocated and monitor everything on one screen.    You can also generate quick reports, both visual and table style to share with JV partners if needed.

This tool is WRIKE, and it’s one of a kind.    Get a free trial here; it’s a game changer if you want to scale your operations.