Listed below are some of the resources that I use in my online business that I know will help you too; And as I find more great tools that help me improve my own services I will add them to the list below in the hope that they can help you as well. Feel free to bookmark this page and check back every now and again.
Quick Disclaimer: Some of the links below are to free products & services and some are to paid for products & services. In some instances I will earn a commission from some of the paid products & services, but not all. I fully believe in the products that I have listed here, or I wouldn’t be using them myself. – Steve
Getting Your Site Online
- GoDaddy–Every domain name that I own (around 60 at time of writing), I’ve registered through GoDaddy. They are cheap, have lots of offers and you can usually find coupon codes for even bigger discounts, unfortunately they do try to upsell you tons…just ignore those parts….Steve.
- D9 Hosting–This is the hosting company that I began with. I absolutely love them. They have the best customer support, they have CPanel (which makes WordPress much easier to install), they also allow unlimited domains to be hosted on them. I currently use a Reseller Account.
- WordPress – This is the platform that every single one of my websites is published with. I definitely recommend using WordPress and I have a comprehensive video coaching course on to to use it. Drop me a line if you’d like a discounted copy.
Building Your Mailing List
- Aweber – The best when it comes to email list building. Not the cheapest, but they’re feature rich and won’t cost much until you get above 10,000 subscribers. You need a place to store all the email addresses as you collect them. Aweber is where the email addresses go when someone opts-in on your blog. Once you’ve got them, you can send out automated follow up email campaigns or use a broadcast email which allows you to email the entire list all at one time. I’ve used Aweber since day one and I’ve always loved them. The deliverability is great and their site is very user friendly. It’s pretty much the standard service to use in IM.
- Camtasia Studio – More than a simple screen recorder, Camtasia gives you the tools you need to truly customize and edit your videos. Record on-screen activity, add imported media, create interactive content, and share high-quality, HD videos that your viewers can watch anytime, on nearly any device.
- YouTube –YouTube is the best way for you to quickly get a video online for free. It’s worth noting that YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world. This will help as your videos will get indexed and searched more easily. When you first get started you’ll probably be limited to around 15 minutes for the length of your videos. As your account becomes more established you’ll get more time. One downside is your videos will be branded with the YouTube logo.
- Easy Video Suite –With Easy Video Suite, there are no limitations to how long a video can be. You upload your video to your EVSuite account, you choose your desired settings and then EVSuite gives you an embed code and you’re ready to put it on your site. It’s more professional looking too because there’s no branding on the player and you get some really cool features like the ability to add opt-in boxes, buy buttons directly in to the videos, as well as split test videos, add social sharing buttons, and a ton more cool little tricks. Nearly all of my videos go online using Easy Video Suite
- Amazon S3 –It’s better to store your videos on a robust platform when you host your Easy Video Suite videos, especially if you get a lot of traffic to them. You need to store them somewhere that can handle large amounts of volume and also store large file sizes, a 20 minute video can become very large. This is where Amazon S3 comes in. It costs pennies per month and you can have all your videos being hosted on the same servers that Amazon hosts their content on. Easy Video Suite makes it easy to integrate too.
- ClickBank –I have been a Vendor on ClickBank for around four years. ClickBank is simple to set up (once you know how) and they take care of paying your affiliates for you, they also handle refunds for you, although as a vendor you can fall foul of the serial refunder. They also take care of sales tax for you, it’s pretty much an all-in-one solution for payments.
- JV Zoo –I made the swicth to JVZoo in October 2013 and I love using them. I think they are a far more Affiliate amd Vendor friendly option than ClickBank, also gives you a really good option for you to pre-approve the affiliates that are going to be working on promoting your products. Lot’s of integration for your own list building too.
- Paypal –With a simple PayPal payment button, you can start charging people for things on your site almost immediately. It allows you to do one off payments and recurring billing subscriptions.
- Market Samurai – THE best tool when it comes to automating keyword research. Very robust at both niche keyword research and competitive analysis. Can also search available domains and track rankings on your sites.
- Google Keyword Tool -Straight from the source…allows you to manually check search volume, cpc, etc. for their AdWords advertising. You must have an AdWords account which is free to get.
- Google Analytics – Google Analytics not only lets you measure sales and conversions, but also gives you fresh insights into how visitors use your site, how they arrived on your site, and how you can keep them coming back.
- Stat Counter – You’ll be able to immediately see stats on the next visitors who come to your site; real time, no delays!
- AW Stats – AWStats is a free powerful and featureful tool that generates advanced web, streaming, ftp or mail server statistics, graphically.
- AdSense – An obvious favorite of mine that allows you to place bits of code on your website where Google can then place relevant advertisers on your site and you get paid when those ads get clicked.
- Commission Junction – Huge affiliate network.
- ShareASale – Mid-sized affiliate that many Internet Marketing tools use. The idea – and the implementation – are simple. You decide which merchants to promote and how to promote them, and when commissions are generated, you can see your stats in real-time. All payments are consolidated from the programs you participate in, and are paid with one check or direct deposit by ShareASale.
- Genesis Platform and The Eleven40 Child Theme – This is the theme that you see currently here on my site. I often get asked which theme I’m using… This site is built using the Genesis Framework & The Eleven40 Child Theme – so now you know. There are tons of other themes and great providers. I’ve only recommended Genesis because currently it’s the only one I use.
- oDesk – I found my App Developer on ODesk. It’s the first place I go to when I need code work written, they have some cool tools which allow you to manage your contractors more easily.
- eLance – I’ve used eLance to find article and blog writers. Secure and helpful interface. I’ve always had a good experience
- 99Designs – A contest-style site where you list the project, (designing a website, logo, etc.) list your price, and designers will send in samples to win the job. I’ve used them on multiple logos and websites and found the service outstanding…although it can sometimes be pricey!
- Submit Your Article – Article submission service (with small blog directory as well) that will take your articles, allow you to spin them, and then submit to various directories for hundreds of backlinks. They also submit to Ezine Articles which is an added bonus.