Wanna Build an Online Business – We Use and Recommend These Trusted Resources!
From WordPress plugins to hosting to autoresponders to sales funnels to lead capture page creators, I get asked on a weekly basis where to find a resource. As I test it and use it in my business, I will place it here. Some of these do pay a referral commission and some do not. I will always add new tools, update previous recommendations, and delete outdated software that I trust…
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Earn Commissions from These Systems
- $3.95 Hosting: The number one host for WordPress with it’s easy push-button installation.
- Hostgator: I always have technical questions for programmers and my hosting company actually answers them 24/7. They don’t have to either (because they aren’t responsible for WordPress technical support). BUT this is why I use them! They are there 24/7 and they fix my sites on the spot if something breaks!
Lead Pages & Popup Opt-in Boxes
- Lead Pages: Lead Pages is my go to fill-in-the-blanks for website and funnel creation. They have the top converting website templates that I’ve seen many sites now copy and use in their own business. Wonder where they came from? Look to Lead Pages to set the industry standard. Other companies should be ashamed for downright stealing Lead Pages CSS code.
- My WordPress Theme is by StudioPress: I have used this theme for Match.biz, SuperAffiliate and Kit Elliott w/ Kit Elliott. They have a directory of themes similar to this that can be used for any niche. These are top of the line, fast-loading, highly recommended themes throughout ANY industry.
Free Plugins – Tools I Use to Create Engagement
WordPress Plugins (and growing)
- Pretty Links: Cloak your affiliates links and manage all of them in one place. This has been a time saver for me because now no more “searching” for affiliate links. They keep them nice and organized like a recipe box.
- Backup Your WordPress: I hate worrying about if my website goes down – do I lose everything? You know that nagging feeling. Don’t fret. This is a simple PRESS A BUTTON and it backs everything up – PRESS A BUTTON and it loads everything back to normal.
- Advertising Plugin SuperAffiliate Uses: Want people to pay you for advertising on YOUR website. This is an easy to install, easy to add different advertising options (all on autopilot).
- Share and Follow Plugin: LIFESAVER!!! Easily add the social media and bookmarks to your posts and pages. I recommend this one or sexy bookmarks. PLUS free tools to grow your email list, social sharing & analytics.
- Aweber: The second best autoresponder and email marketing system I’ve found. If you’re not capturing and following up with your leads, you’re not in business. It’s a simple as that. Aweber is affordable, very easy to use, and can grow with you as your business grows. I’ve tried many others, but have always come back to Aweber. Must Have.
- GetResponse: The autoresponder for the work from home niche (newbie friendly). As your business grows & you start selling your own products, then I recommend a CRM platform that will give you more metrics. Also, keep in mind – as your site grows and your hosting cannot keep up, please let me know. I know a guy who will set everything up on a VBS and then, optimize it for speed, baby!!!
Popup Domination: This is the software I use for the opt-in form that “magically” appears over this blog. Works great and gives me an extra opportunity to capture leads. Recommended. (Works with GetResponse).I no longer trust or recommend Popup Domination.
Website/Squeeze Page Design
- Optimize Press: Before Optimize Press, it was common for me to spend $500 to $1,000 or more to have a designer create an opt-in page or sales letter page from scratch. After Optimize Press, I can now “click and create” professional-looking opt-in pages, sales pages, membership sites, and more. It’s like getting unlimited website design services for a one-time fee of $97. Another must-have tool that’s indispensable. SOME OF MY OLDER SALES PAGES & MEMBERSHIP SITES STILL USE 1.0 BUT 2.0 IS AWESOME!
- Lead Pages Pro: Lead Pages is my go to fill-in-the-blanks for website and funnel creation. They have the top converting website templates that I’ve seen many sites now copy and use in their own business. Wonder where they came from? Look to Lead Pages to set the industry standard. Other companies should be ashamed for downright stealing Lead Pages CSS code.
- Digital Access Pass: This is the membership software I use to build over seven membership sites like The Click Agency and Snack Diet (and download pages). This is most advanced and simple to use plugin for WordPress. You drop it in and protect pages. Works with most shopping carts.
- Optimize Press: I just started using Optimize Press 2.0 and absolutely love it. I highly recommend it for the beautiful pages that it creates on the f
- Viral PDF Generator: I love this service. With VPG, you can create viral pdf reports that are 1-click rebrandable. You can create “free to rebrand” reports for your opportunity… or reports that customers must pay to rebrand. Lots of options, all explained by the creator of VPG, James Grandstaff.
Leveraged Affiliate Marketing
- Leveraged Affiliate Marketing: Are you building an online business with no plan? Bookmark this FREE roadmap and start growing your affiliate commissions.
- Market Samurai: I love Market Samurai because of their rank tracker and SEO competition scoring so you can find profitable markets with little competition fast.
- Google Keyword Tool: Use this tool to find keywords that are getting the monthly searches that you need to make it “profitable” but the funny thing is that the competition bar does not work right but I still use it as an indicator for “low competition”. Strange?
- SeNuke: This is the complete all-in-one solution for getting the top spot for ANY keywords. You can even start your own SEO business with this do it for you tool. I do SEO twice a week and “set it and forget it” for the entire week!
- Free Advertising Academy: This is an eye-opening course by Jeff Gardner that will get you in the “marketing mindset” and will show you how to get free traffic to ANY product/offer or service. Rated A on IMReviews.
- Fiverr: I’ve had a bunch of jingles, logos, bookmarking, and SEO work done for FIVE dollars. Incredible.
- 99Designs: For my big projects – I’ve used 99Designs for logos and blog design. I recommend logos only here. Blog design – absolutely avoid. I highly recommend using StudioPress for your blog designs!
- Upwork: Seems like every freelance site is combining to make one weird outsourcing center. Elance merged with Upwork & closed their site down. I had spent over $210,000 on Elance, and now, Upwork is the new owner. Right now, it’s a bit difficult to find quality helpers, but once the Elance freelancers move over, then, it will be solid.
- Easy Video Player: Most of the big players out there are using Easy Video Player. You upload your video, add some clever features, and copy the code. Easily embed video in ANY website using this plugin.