I thought it would be helpful to create a tools and resource page that you can always come to for all of your online business needs. Please note that some of the tools and resources here are free, but some are not. I will add to it as I learn more, but you will notice that I reference this page quite often. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience.
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Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you (in fact you might save some money), I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase through my links. 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. Remember, use what you have and you won’t need what you don’t have.
Wealthy Affiliate University – This is my recommended go to resource for learning affiliate marketing. Stuff you thought you have to pay to learn, you can learn it here for free. See: How To Make Full Use of Your Free Wealthy Affiliate Starter Account
SiteRubix – You can create 2 WordPress sites here for free. I do suggest SiteRubix to get a feel of how to create a WordPress sites really fast before thinking about other paid options. ImperfectStart.com is actually powered by SiteRubix.
Elegant Themes – I really like the design of their premium WordPress themes.
Bluehost – Easy 1 click WordPress installation, excellent customer support. I do recommend using bluehost if you are already familiar with creating websites. Checkout the bluehost 1 click WordPress installation.
Email Subscriptions & Marketing
Aweber – Pretty much the industry standard for email subscription service and email marketing/broadcasting tool.
GetResponse – I personally think GetResponse is better in terms of function and friendlier to internet marketers.
Hybrid Connect – This is the plugin I recommend to easily embed email opt-in forms into your websites. I use this plugin for all my email opt-in form for this site. From widgets, embed forms, pop up forms, slide in forms and squeeze pages. This one plugin does it all and works with all the autoresponder services I use. (Hybrid Connect is no longer available. I am still checking out its latest form Thrive Leads…)
Jaaxy – You are going to need a reliable keyword research tool to know the competition and popularity of your business ideas. I recommend you try Jaaxy free trial account to see if you like it.
Google Adwords Tool – A tool to help you decide the keywords to use for your Google Adwords campaign. You can use this tool to check for popularity and competition for your keywords.
Market Samurai – This is another popular for keyword research tool.
Kickstarter – Just seeing some of the kick start ideas can give you inspiration about your own business idea.
Images & Photos
Flickr Creative Common – This is a good place to free images for your website but do adhere to the rules that go along with it.
More Free Image Resources: unsplash.com, pixabay.com, nos.twnsnd.co (for old photos)
Canva – Reviewing
Camtasia – If you wanne do screen capture and screen casting. Expensive but…
Screenr – It is free but you can only do 5 mins screencasts and have to be online to use it.
Screencast-O-Matic – This is one of the cheaper alternative for doing screen casting videos. Simple but works really well.
Apache OpenOffice – In case you are thinking to buy the license for MS Office. This is free.
Fiverr – It is amazing what you can get done for 5 bucks.
Elance – The place to find freelance work and freelancers for just about anything.
Odesk – You can source for IT related services here.
99Designs – Revewing…