Here is a list of all of the tools, resources, books and other fun stuff that I have used to build my online business over the past few years.
BlueHost – BlueHost is online hosting provider. I highly recommend using Bluehost for your first website, and you can get started now at only $2.95/month, which is an exclusive WeekHack reader deal!
DotCom Secrets – This is literally Russell Brunson’s playbook for building an online business. When I read it, I expected a very surface-level overview of online marketing, but Russell went deep…WAY deep. He shows you how to build sales funnels that actually convert. Very impressed with this book.
ConverKit – Email marketing provider. A more robust alternative to MailChimp. ConvertKit is worth checking out if you plan on doing any segmentation based on purchases or activity (you should be doing that). It’s also more of an all-in-one stop for landing pages, optin forms, and email marketing. Great alternative to using LeadPages and MailChimp separately.
Zero To Launch – ZTL is my #1 recommendation for anyone looking to start an online business, especially if you aren’t super-techie. Step by step online course created by Ramit Sethi.
SmartBribe – This is an awesome tool from Bryan Harris that helps you convert optins into viral growth.
LeadPages – Hands down, LeadPages is the best way to quickly create great looking landing pages. In addition, they include a variety of testing and deployment features, and offer a complete suite of truly helpful products.
LeadGrab – LeadGrab allows you to utilize powerfully engaging content that already exists in order to drive traffic and increase conversions of your related products/services. In other words – you get the sales without creating the content. You get the sales without spending years trying to build your brand.
SumoMe – Tools to Grow Your Website’s Traffic. Analytics, Scroll Box, List Builder, Welcome Mat, Heat Map, Image Sharer and a lot of others different apps from one service. And it’s free!
Evernote – Create a project to-do list. Jot down a reminder. Or snap a picture of a sketch. A note can be anything you want it to be. And once you make a note, it’s accessible wherever you go, forever.