On This page you will find the bare necessities you need to run a online business. Starting with where to buy your domain name, hosting company and the best place to buy premium WordPress Themes. Make sure to visit the Internet Marketing Courses and Software resource page where you will also find courses on WordPress.
The first thing you need is a domain name when you start your blog and a place to buy more domains. Believe me the idea bug bites me all the time and this is my go to place for my domains. Name Cheap is my go to for domains.
They provide FREE ‘Move In' Service if you already have a blog on other hosting. They also import blogs from Blogger or WordPress.com Too!
The money is in your list, how many times have you heard that? Here is a perfect real world example coming from an not so active direct sales consultant. You host a party and it was drilled into you to make sure you got your customers email addresses. Why? You have a direct sales website portal from your company that is assigned to you, it is your affiliate link. Your customers don't visit your site everyday, you have to invite them to your site where they will be enticed to shop. You can't do that without having their email address and a resource to manage their email addresses. Yes I know most direct sales companies offer this service. But why would you give them control of your mailing list? What happens if you lose your consultant status? You lose that database of emails you worked so hard to build. Convert Kit is my autoresponder / newsletter of choice. You are protected with double optins, this means you won't have any angry people on your list. You can invite people to join your list with an opt in form on your personal blog, that is lesson for another time. You can also send them an email from your Convert Kit account and they can click the link to accept your invitation to join your list.
I use this theme to make sure my sites are search optimized. That means Google has an easier time finding my site and the content on it. The Genesis framework is professional looking and has many options from which to choose. Yes there are thousands and thousands of free themes for WordPress.org but having the best framework for your WordPress site is a no brainer, and the Genesis Framework by StudioPress is the best!
I use wordpress for all of my websites and Gravity forms makes it a ton easier. It is the tool I use to easily create forms on my site and it even integrates with Paypal and my auto-responder service.
I love it when you, my reader, share my posts. Having Social Warfare on my blog makes it a) easy for you to share and b) easier for me to customize what you share.
AppSumo offers so many great tools. Two of my favorite are Leadworx provides a higher quality of information than Google Analytics so I can see who is visiting my site and how they interact with it. Another feature that makes it awesome is the fact that it feeds information right into Pipedrive.
A great way to see many of the tools that AppSumo offers is to take advantage of the free trial of Briefcase. It is a monthly subscription that allows you to use a suite of great tools created especially for bloggers and marketers.
This plug-in saves me so much time creating affiliate links on my blog. It finds makes it so easy to link to Amazon products with my affiliate link. It generates the right link based on the location of my site’s visitor too!
This plugin makes tables that compare different products on Amazon. It still uses my affiliate links based on the reader’s location.
I love this script! It allows me to change my affiliate links so that I can use stealth pages, stealth redirect, splash redirects and SEO friendly redirects (all described on the sales page.) It also gives me statistics about the clicks I get on those links.
Whatever you do, DON’T USE random photos on your website. Make sure you have permission, or it could cost you thousands of dollars. I purchase many of my photos from deposit photos. They have high quality photos and store them on their own site so I can grab them quickly.
Sometimes I just want to make my own images. Stencil lets me create and share unique and engaging photos. It is super helpful for sites like Pinterest.
This is my favorite site to edit photos. I can resize them, add text to make memes and even crop them.
This amazing tool creates automated social media campaigns that drive traffic to my site for an entire year. It does so much of the work for me.