Tools We Use
We want to share some of our favorite online tools we use to support our home-based online business. We have tested or regularly use all of these products or services and highly recommend them. Please note we are an affiliate for some of these resources.
Bluehost :Several of our websites are hosted on Bluehost. It’s super easy to use with 1-click automatic WordPress installation and great customer service by phone or chat. Also, you can use the same hosting account for multiple domains if you plan to create additional websites.
Market Samurai: Market Samurai is the number one tool for keyword research available. We use it before beginning any new site or project. It will help you find those gold nugget opportunities that exist in your marketplace. Plus it can help you avoid dead end projects before you even begin. You can get a free trial to check it out.
Longtail Pro: Long Tail Pro is another powerful keyword research software that we use. It allows you to generate hundreds or thousands of unique “long tail” keywords based on on single root keyword or multiple root keywords at once. There are a variety of packages to suit your needs, and you can get a free trial to see how it works
AWeber: This email marketing and autoresponder software is easy to use. The primary features include email newsletters, autoresponders, sign-up forms and RSS-to-email. Your email list is your most valuable online asset, so you want a reliable software to help you grow and maintain your list. You can get a free trial to try it out.
Paypal: You will definitely need a Paypal account as an online entrepreneur. PayPal is a service that allows you to pay, send money, and accept payments without revealing your financial details. A PayPal merchant account lets you accept credit cards and get paid on eBay if you wish.
99Designs: We often use 99Designs to help with our design needs. It’s an online marketplace that offers logo design, web design, and other graphic design by crowdsourcing. You get to choose the best design from the pool of submitted entries and the selected designer will win a cash payment
E-junkie: E-junkie is a copy-paste shopping cart and digital delivery service that allows you to easily sell anything, from information products to tangible goods. It provides you with shopping cart and purchase buttons to let you sell yours goods and services on your website. It’s compatible with Paypal, Google Checkout, Authorize.net, TrialPay, Clickbank, and 2CheckOut. It works great for a very low price, and comes with a decent affiliate program for your products.
LeadPages: LeadPages is a great tool for easily creating high-quality landing pages and squeeze pages. It will help you convert viewers into subscribers or buyers. It works both with WordPress and non-WordPress sites alike. We use LeadPages for our course sales pages and lead magnet pages.
Wishlist Member: Wishlist member is a very easy to use membership plug-in that can turn your WordPress site into a full-blown membership site. You just unzip and upload the plugin, and within minutes your membership site is up and running with protected, members-only content, integrated payments, and member management. We use Wishlist member for my courses that are presented on a website where purchasers have to be members of the site to access course materials.