Resources

Recommended Tools & Resources

These are the tools and resources(free and paid)I recommend you use in your online business. With over 6 years of internet marketing experience(a lifetime in any other business) I have distilled the best tools and resources into this list.

I wished that I had this information when I was starting out and hopefully it will help you…

Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links. There is NO additional cost to you, but I may be paid a commission if you decide to purchase. I have used the services and products below, and from time to time the recommendations below may change based on the performance of these services and products.

Market Research

  • Market Samurai– this is a great tool that will analyze your competition and show you where the low hanging fruit is.

  • Spyfu– is a program that will tell you where your competitors are getting their traffic.

  • Google Keyword Tool– is a quick tool to give you keyword search volume and competitor levels.

  • Compete– gives you in depth market intelligence. See how much traffic a web site gets, who’s sending the traffic, and if the web site is gaining popularity or losing it. The best resource for doing market research.

  • Alexa– is one of the oldest market research tools online. Their clickstream capability makes it a very powerful tool to use when looking at where the traffic is coming from to a particular CPA offer.

  • Quantcast– is a great market research tool for providing a vast amount of demographic data which is very useful when getting traffic from facebook and myspace.

Hosting

  • Hostgator– hosting solution with cpanel for fast creation of blogs with fantastico.

Domains

  • Namecheap– the best place to buy your domain.

Email Marketing

  • Aweber– the best email marketing solution.

  • Optimizepress– a WordPress theme that creates optin and squeeze pages quickly and easily.

  • Hybrid-Connect– a WordPress plugin that creates great looking optin forms.

  • Exit Splash– catch the visitors exiting your optin and squeeze pages.

Analytics & Tracking

Traffic

Press Releases

Products You Can Promote

Article Writing

  • articlez.com – for writers based in the US.

  • iWriter– is when you need articles, ebooks or article rewrites done.

  • Textbroker– for high quality articles.

  • Instant Article Factory– an amazing tool that allows you to create articles in minutes and provides great templates to work around.

WordPress Blogs

  • Optimizepress – create optin, sales, launch pages and a blog quickly and easily with the same theme.

  • ThemeForest– for quality and customizable WordPress themes.

  • Woo Premium Themes– if you want a large variety of shiny looking themes to choose from.

  • Hybrid-Connect – a WordPress plugin that creates great looking optin forms.

  • WP Twin– create a clone of your blog as a backup or when you create many blogs with the same configuration.

  • Wishlist Member– WordPress plugin makes a blog into a membership site (with all the fruit) in minutes.

  • WP Member pro– WordPress plugin makes a blog into a quick and simple membership site.

Images & Graphics

  • iStockPhoto– this is where you can buy photos to use on your website.

  • Fiverr– this is the largest online marketplace where people will do almost anything for $5.

  • Flickr Creative Commons– you can get free images here for your website if the license of the image allows it.

  • Pixlr– this is quick and easy online image editing software.

Copywriting

  • 99Copywriters– this is for those professional copy jobs like sales pages, autoresponders, product launches, etc.

  • Direct Response Jobs– this is a job board run by AWAI (American Writers & Artists Inc.).

Editing & Proofreading

  • Grammarly– is an automated proofreader and grammar coach.

  • Grammarian– is a web based resource for grammar information. You can ask a grammar question.

Transcribing & Translating

  • Rev– for fast transcription and translation services.

  • DoneItNow– when you need a simple online transcription service.

Video Creation

  • Animoto– a simple way to create quick videos from photos or images.

  • Camtasia– is screen recording and video editing software.

Product Creation

Outsourcing

  • oDesk– is the best place to start with outsourcing. It’s easy to use and workers are tracked.

  • Fiverr – this is where you can have graphics (and more) created for $5.

  • Elance– you can hire anyone to do almost anything.

  • 99 Designs– this is a great place to get a logo or a custom built website. You can have hundreds of designers submit their work and you choose the one you like.

  • SpeechPad– this is a great service for transcriptions

  • Freelancer– hire a journalist to conduct interviews for you, find ghost writers and so much more.