Before I introduce you to the tools I use to run my awesome business, I wanted to let you know I did not mask the affiliate links with the pretty link plugin or some stupid masking tool, cause I don’t care… these are affiliate links, of course (that doesn’t change the price):
If you buy, I make money, if you don’t, I don’t make money… if you buy, you will get a badass tool that will help you kill it online, if you don’t, you will most likely stay where you are now… and I’ll still be rich.
So forget about those affiliate links and just get whichever service you need.
You can pass if you are fine with where you are at now and go read my book.
All in one marketing killing machine
I just added this one today (6/25/2015), as I just started using ClickFunnels, or what I call – every marketer’s wet dream.
Clickfunnels is like LeadPages but with a heavy emphasis on the full sales funnel, not just the landing page.
You can design opt-in forms and funnels.
You can create a full sales funnel.
You can set up webinars and a webinar-based funnel.
You can even create member sites and product launches that require an exclusive membership fee or members-only access.
Go check it out here, as It will take me forever to list all the features and I have to go make a coffee and then workout 🙂
Semrush is the only SEO tool I use. You simply don’t need mush else.
Get a free account here.
SEranking tools is also good, not as good as Semrush, but it will do the job if you are on a tight budget… if you are on a tight budget though, maybe skip SEO for now.
I have tried almost all hosting companies (by the way, most of them are all the same company – Hostgator, Hostmonster, Bluehost etc.) and would never recommend anything else but WP Engine. Nothing else comes even close to them…
…not to mention I had so many problems using Hostgator and Arvixe, I felt like finding them and kicking their asses back when I was using them, I would never use them even if they gave me money, that’s how bad they suck LOL…
…you can find that out by yourself, but I don’t recommend you do it. People who try to slip you the $3.95 discount Bluehost offer are only after your money, they don’t care about you, your business and whether you’ll be happy and successful or not… well, I do care about you.
I could offer you the cheap shit too, and I would probably make more sales… but as a friend of mine once said: “we could be selling crap and still be making more money than others, but what would that turn us into?”
You need WP Engine if you want to have a fast site that is ALWAYS up… and concentrate on selling instead of boring crap like compressing, optimizing, minifying, prioritizing visible content, caching etc. etc.
You might be thinking:
‘I’ll start with a free autoresponder, build my list first, then start making money and then I’ll buy something good’
If this is so, stop thinking this right now.
You can’t use a free (or self-hosted) autoresponder, they will not get your emails delivered. I’ve only used one service (have tried the rest, though) since I started collecting emails and its name is Aweber.
If you want to get your emails delivered, but most of all run simple email marketing, Aweber is for you.
I love the quote: “Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler” by Einstein and believe it takes genius to make email marketing fun… and Aweber have achieved it, their platform is the easiest and most fun to work with compared to the rest.
They also have one of the most strict no spam policies and you can be sure they got game… just to make sure you got me – I meant they have the best email deliverability.
I can write 10 pages of hard marketing copy how your list is everything and make you feel the best step you could take is buy Aweber right now (which it is), but I know you already know this. Your autoresponder is everything.
Design is the new marketing, I have said that quite a few times, yet it really is and you have to understand if you manage to design your blog the right way, you will be able to make more money than most blogs online with less traffic…
how is that possible?
Well, it really is, when you have the right elements on your site… and they are:
I don’t really have to tell you how awesome Genesis is, you can just take my blog for example, ever since I installed Genesis, several things have happened:
1 I now get 36% more search traffic because of the perfect site structure and speed, plus time spent on the site due to the perfect design made to get people read more.
2 I now get 58% more leads
3 I make 5 times more money
If you want all that, then you have to:
Lead Generation Tool
Once you setup Genesis, you are gong to need a popup (and a few other optins you can install with the tool I’ll tell you about right now)…
I know, I know: aren’t popups going to alienate your visitors?
I have been asked that question a million times and, to tell you the truth, have no idea why people continue thinking this crap.
It will not alienate anybody, not only that, but a popup is going to get you the most leads out of any other option… i think you know how I know. Next time you hear someone tell you popups are annoying or whatever, run away from them as fast as you can, as they don’t know a thing about marketing and leads.
Your popup has to be designed for conversions though, and I have tested everything… I mean everything, when it comes to collecting leads I make no compromise, I only use the best…
…I only use Optinmonster. I have written several articles about it and you know I don’t like writing promo articles, this is how much I love Optinmonster.
It works like magic, I couldn’t believe it got so meany leads when I first installed it… cause it was getting twice the leads any other popup had been getting.
It also has sidebar forms, footer forms, exit intent technology and all kinds of optins that will turn your blog into a lead generation monster.
The other lead generation tool I recommend is Thrive leads. It’s a cheap plugin that, like optinmonster, is an all in one lead generation tool.
Unlike Optinmonster though, it’s a one time fee and you don’t have to pay extra for the additional features (like exit intent technology and such).
They’ve also recently added some new cool features like smart links that help you show different calls to action to existing subscribers, content upgrades and content locking.
I have no idea what I’d do without Roboform… I login to about 30 different sites each day, can’t imagine what a headache trying to remember all those passwords would be.
I have been using Roboform for years and it’s the only software I trust. I used to store some password in lastpass, but then it got hacked a few years ago and I immediately closed my account.
I only use and trust Roboform now, it’s simple, easy, cheap and safe.
And that my friend is everything you need to start making money online… you don’t need traffic courses, FB ads courses, WSOs or whatever crap you see online… you can find all the information about traffic and money at our blog.