I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for all of your business needs. I’ll add to it as I learn more, but you’ll notice that in the future I will reference this page quite often. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
MY MOST RECOMMENDED
If you look at nothing else on this page, these are the three that you should know about. I find myself recommending these resources again and again, in emails and on Youtube. I use them because they make my life easier, and I’m confident you’ll agree too.
- HostGator: I love HostGator and everyone of my websites except for one is uses HostGator for hosting. It’s super easy to use and allows you to install WordPress in one simple click. It’s cheap. The customer service is awesome. And its reliable. If you’re building out your first website, definitely use HostGator. Make sure to use the discount code: NEWYORK to save 40-50%.
- GoDaddy: For all of your domain needs I use GoDaddy. It’s the best and it’s well known. Plus you can register your domain for 99 cents using this link. 🙂
- LeadPages: My favorite email optin form to help you really convert your visitors to your email list. They offer template landing pages you can use and a lightbox optin that pops-up. Leadpages is awesome!
Webhosting and Blogging Tools
- Premium Themes at ThemeForest: If you want a really well built theme that is fully functional and has everything you need, check out ThemeForest.
- Yoast SEO (FREE PLUGIN): If you’re a blogger then you want to make sure you’re targeting your keywords correctly. Yoast SEO is probably the most popular WordPress plugin for search engine optimization.
Product Distribution and Shopping Carts
- E-Junkie: This is what I use to collect payments and have my ebooks automatically distributed for me. It pays for itself once you sell one ebook. If you are selling any electronic products on your website, check out E-Junkie.
- Commission Junction: This is a place where you can find affiliate partners and also put up your own products to sell so others can become affiliates of yours. If you want to get into affiliate marketing this is a good place to start.
- Clickbank: Similar to Commission Junction, Clickbank is another place you can sell your products or create affiliate partnerships.
- PayPal: The most trusted electronic payment processor on the internet. I don’t think I need to say much about how great PayPal is!
- Google Keywords: Google keywords allows you to search for words you should be targeting and tells you if a word is highly searched nor not. This is where I usually start once I want to start focusing on a certain niche.
NYC TECH CLUB TIP: A lot of people recommend some premium software for keyword research. I don’t think they are necessary. Google keywords is free and good enough!
Images and Photos
- Unsplash: This is where I turn to for beautiful, free, stock photos. I’ll be updating this section soon.
- LeadPages: They offer some of the best landing pages available. LeadPages has spent a lot of time studying the type of landing pages that convert to sell and make people want to optin to emails. Definitely worth checking out.
- Google Analytics: This is all you need to analyze your website trends. Google Analytics is a useful tool that can be used to help focus your content and also see who is coming to your website and what pages. I have a tutorial on it here.
Site Security / Site Protection
- To come
Getting Help through Freelancers
- Upwork: This is a great place to hire developers, designers, and other freelancers to help you if you need. You post a job and can review a bunch of freelancers before hiring them for a flat rate or an hourly rate. It’s free to sign up.