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Online Business Resources

These are all services that we use to run our online business so we wholeheartedly feel good about recommending them. Just so you know, no one can pay to be on this list.  There’s no application form to apply to be on this list. If it’s here, it’s because we’ve used it (and often prefer it over others).

This resource list may change over time and new tools may pop up.

Disclosure: Some of the links are affiliate links and we will earn money if you make a purchase through it (it costs you nothing extra to do so).  The fact that one company may offer an affiliate program has no bearing on whether it makes it to the list or not.

 

Hosting

Bluehost – Bluehost has very inexpensive hosting plans starting at under $10 a month.

Hostgator – Hostgator offers a range of hosting plans starting at under $10 a month all the way up to dedicated servers.

Liquidweb – Liquidweb is a higher-end web host that is idea for VPS and dedicated servers. They also offer Heroic Support and have actual technicians available to help you with your hosting problems 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Autoresponders & Shopping Carts

Aweber – Aweber offers email marketing software to help you keep in contact with your prospects and customers. Send newsletters to your subscribers and follow-up with them by scheduling broadcasts.

1ShoppingCart – 1ShoppingCart offers an easy to use ecommerce storefront where you can sell and follow-up with your subscribers and customers along with manage an affiliate program.

Infusionsoft – Infusionsoft is the top-of-the-line ecommerce, customer relationship management software. It’s a hosted solution and is updated frequently with the latest tools to help you manage your online business.

 

Blogging

WordPress – The WordPress blogging platform makes starting a blog pretty easy. You can also customize it to run an entire site. It’s free and open source so there are a ton of useful plugins available.

Thesis theme – The Thesis theme is not just another WordPress theme, but a complete framework to help you with search engine optimization. The real strength of this theme is how easily customizable it is.

Studiopress – Studiopress offers great looking WordPress themes that run on the Genesis framework. Once you buy Genesis, you may purchase designs that look and run great on this framework.

 

Website Design

Dreamweaver – Dreamweaver is the industry leader when it comes to web design. If you’re looking for an HTML editor then this is the top of the line. Dreamweaver is an Adobe product and does come with tutorials, but there are many online (or in person) courses you can take if you need more help learning to use it.

Adobe Photoshop – If you’re going to do your designs in-house then Adobe Photoshop is the premiere graphics design software.

Gimp – Gimp is a free and open source image editing tool. It works great for cropping and retouching images.

 

Keyword Tools

Wordtracker – Wordtracker has been providing many in the SEO world with detailed keyword research reports for over the last decade. They offer fantastic visual tools to help you organize your keywords and can help you build very large, detailed lists. Know exactly what keyphrases your prospects are typing into the search engines to find out more about your market with Wordtracker.

Google Adwords tool – The Google Adwords tool is a free tool offered by Google to help their Adwords advertisers find keywords to bid on. Many in the SEO industry use it as well to help generate keyword lists.

 

Outsourcing

Guru.com – You can find help of all sorts at Guru.com. It’s a one-stop center for graphic designers, web developers, freelance writers, and virtual assistants. Guru.com has a very easy to use interface and a lot of talented individuals are ready to take on your task.

 

Project Management

Basecamp – Basecamp is an online project management tool that allows you to store advanced to-do lists online. You can check them off and make adjustments anytime and even collaborate with others from within the user interface. It’s a great tool if you’re outsourcing or even just to manage your own projects and keep track of your progress.

 

Multimedia

Camtasia – Camtasia allows you to record screen captures of your computer screen. You can use Camtasia to create products walking customers through difficult tasks or even to record powerpoint presentations. You can create videos for marketing purposes with Camtasia as well.  If you’re using video in your online business, Camtasia will be a great investment.

 

Membership Sites

Kajabi.com – Kajabi is a marketing platform that helps you set up membership sites very quickly and easily.  You use this tool to set up an online training program very fast once you have your content created. It integrates with many autoresponders and ecommerce systems (like aweber and Infusionsoft) to allow your customers to pay for and get access to their training seamlessly.

 

Advertising

Adwords – Google Adwords is a pay-per-click advertising program that can help you drive a lot of traffic to your site.

 


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