I created this resources page to help you with deciding what tools, services, and sites to go to and use. I personally know how stressful and frustration it is to make a choice on what to use or buy. With all the tools and services available now a days, it’s real easy to get overwhelmed. Hopefully this page will ease your mind a bit.
I’ll be adding more to it as I learn and test out new things. In future posts I will reference this page quite often, so I recommend bookmarking it for your own personal reference and convenience. Thanks!
Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links on this page are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. These are all things that I currently use or have used before and I am recommending them because they are helpful and are companies that I trust, not because of the commissions that I may earn from you using these products and services.
My Most Recommended:
If you look at nothing else on this page, these are the five that you should know about. I find myself recommending these resources again and again, in emails and on podcasts. I use them because they make my life and business easier, and I’m confident you’ll agree too.
Infusionsoft: This is only all-in-one small business sales and marketing software that I use. As a Certified Partner we help small businesses add marketing automation, organize your teams daily tasks, close sales and sell online. With some amazing plug and play SMS marketing tools available, I truly believe it’s the best platform for small businesses to create lifecycle mobile marketing campaigns while tracking customer lifetime value. Learn more about how we can set you up with marketing automation today.
Mobit: This is my go to platform for mobile messaging and automation. As a certified partner, we help businesses build mobile marketing engagement with SMS marketing and post-click experiences that generate leads and drive conversions. Learn about our special Mobile Marketing Engine Build & Launch plans.
LeadPages: Easily create high-quality landing pages, squeeze pages, and sales pages. LeadPages will help you convert viewers into subscribers or buyers. Best of all, it works both with WordPress and non-WordPress sites as well.
Podcasters’ Paradise: Podcasting has single-handedly been the best thing for my business. It’s allowed me to create an amazing relationship with my audience. Paradise is THE #ONE Community for Podcasters. This is the only resource you will ever need to Create | Grow | Monetize your podcast. Over 700 members are consuming the 120+ video tutorials, engaging with other Podcasters in the private Facebook group, & loving the monthly webinars with todays top Podcasters! If you’re not a Podcast Paradiser yet, then Sign up for our FREE Live Webinars here!
Duda Mobile: If you’re looking to build a quick mobile-friendly website this is a great tool for your small business. They over both m-dot, separate mobile sites as well as full responsive templates perfect for small businesses.
Infusionsoft Training & Resources
- Sixth Division Academy: At first Infusionsoft was confusing, but then I learned about Sixth Division. These guys have an amazing framework for how to get the most out of Infusionsoft. I’ve gone through their Academy and they are now my go to training for how to get the most out of Infusionsoft. Learn more here.
- Fused Forms: One of the frustrating parts of Infusionsoft was that their payment forms are not mobile-friendly. Fused Forms offers mobile-responsive payment forms for Infusionsoft. It’s a no-brainer. Learn more here.
Project Management & Customer Support
- Teamwork: This is the tool we use everyday to coordinate with our clients and manage their mobile marketing campaigns. Their new help desk feature is a great addition and I highly recommend it. I’ve tried tools such as Basecamp and Asana and this tool has worked out the best.
- Trello: This is one of my favorite tools for coordinating with my team on projects and managing our content calendar. It takes an agile development approach and offers a very visual way of advancing projects from start to done.
- HelpScout: A great customer service tool if your’e looking for a simple, clean and elegant solution for your business. It was lacking the project management integration/all-in-one versatility we were looking for, hence our switch to Teamwork but this is still a great tool.
- WPEngine: If you’re on WordPress for your small business these guys have great dedicated WordPress hosting.
- Web Synthesis: If you build your WordPress site on the Genesis theme, you’ll want to host your site with Web Synthesis by Copyblogger Media. They’ve created a pretty secure eco-system for their products and services.
- Bluehost: They are incredibly easy to use especially their 1-click automatic WordPress installation and excellent customer service – via phone and via chat. I highly recommend using Bluehost to anyone who is just starting out. (special discounted rate.
- mFlyer: Offers mobile advertising for small businesses with precise location.
Blogging & Web Themes:
- StudioPress: I’ve used StudioPress for years and in my honest opinion, this is the best and easiest theme to work with. Very user friendly. They keep the “non techy” dudes like me in mind when they create their themes.
Landing Page Software:
- LeadPages: Easily create high-quality landing pages, squeeze pages, and sales pages. LeadPages will help you convert viewers into subscribers or buyers. Best of all, it works both with WordPress and non-WordPress sites as well.
Email Marketing Services:
- Infusionsoft: This is the small business sales and marketing software that I use. It’s great for marketing automation, organizing your teams daily tasks, closing sales and selling online. It has a little bit of a learning curve but it’s extremely powerful.
- Aweber: The most powerful email opt-in service and email marketing tool out there. It’s what I personally use to build my email list, and used by nearly every “guru” and marketer online.
Analyzing & Tracking Results:
- PrettyLinks: The BEST link tracking and url shortner for wordpress blogs. Best feature is that it converts keywords on your blog with the actual links you cloak. A true autopilot plug-in.
- Google Analytics: Google’s free website tracking and analytical tool. A must have for anyone with any type of website.
- Google Adwords Tool: A free keyword research tool. This is good to see the popularity of certain keywords and to spy on the competition if you’re doing adwords stuff.
- Odesk: One of my favorite places to outsource. You can pay by the hour or a fixed rate. A big advantage with Odesk is that you can monitor their work.
- Elance: Hired service for jsut about anything you can think of.
- Virtual Staff Finder: Finding outsourced help takes time. This service literally cut the time in half. It you want to find a quality virtual assistant without wasting your time this is the service you need.
Video Hosting Resources:
- s3 Amazon: The best and cheapest place to host all your video. Not only that, but you can host all your audios, PDF’s, eBooks, pretty much anything you can download and stream. (make sure you get “Simple Storage Service”)
- Youtube: Free video streaming service. This is good for any videos that’s free for the public to view. (For any private videos, I suggest getting s3 amazon and use EVP for easy access and streaming.)
- Libsyn: This is where I host all of my podcast audios and small size files like PDF’s and zip files. Perfect for podcasters, and great for small size files.
- SoundCloud: Still in beta for Podcasters, but another great hosting resource that allows you to store your mp3 files and release them via an RSS to the major directories. Plus, you’ll be released on SoundCloud itself!
Mobile Friendly Payment Solutions:
- Gumroad: The sexiest payment solution that looks and works great on mobile devices.
- Clickbank: A digital product retailer. Probably the most popular of all payment processors. Great affiliate program for your products.
- Paypal: This one is just ok for selling your own little products. I wouldn’t go to big with these guys. I’d recommend using any of the above carts for big ticket items.