MY BEST RESOURCES
Every successful business starts with training and the proper tools. Here is a short list I have compiled, explaining a little about each. I hope this helps you in your online journey to success and wealth.
Wealthy Affiliate is the best place to learn everything you need to know about affiliate marketing with Step by Step Training. Included is 24/7 Tech support and a community of others just like you available to answer any questions you have. Best of all, you can start for FREE, no credit card required.
Jaaxy – the Research Platform Chosen by the most Successful Entrepreneurs in the World.
The Jaaxy Keyword Tool is a research tool designed by affiliate marketers for affiliate marketers, to help you come up with reliable keywords you can use in getting ranked by Google, Yahoo or Bing. It is the foundation of SEO (Search Engine Optimization). As a beginner, you want to use the best tools to help get your website ranked and Jaaxy is the tool to do it.
SiteRubix is powered by Wealthy Affiliate and takes the guesswork out of building an awesome website. Your website can be up and running within minutes so you can turn your passion into a thriving online business. SiteRubix provides phenomenal support and focuses on three main tools: (1) site speed (2) site security and (3) site protection against spam.
Building your very own website has never been easier or more ‘affordable’ (since it’s FREE).
You can purchase your Domain right here at Wealthy Affiliate. I always used Go Daddy in the past and it is an excellent company; I never had issues with them. However, since I am with Wealthy Affiliate, I like to take advantage of their services as much as possible and the cost is comparable and in some cases less costly than Go Daddy.
Google Analytics provides you with a deeper understanding of your website and customers by tracking your marketing efforts. This way you can see who is interacting with your site and see what is or is not working. It can also provide data on which of your customers are likely to convert into paying ones. This is also free.
Google Search Console is free and is offered by Google to help you monitor, maintain and troubleshoot your website. It helps you to understand how Google sees your site. It offers tools and support for various actions such as: Indexing problems; finding and crawling your site; viewing Google search traffic data such as how often your website shows up in a Google search, and how often visitors click through for those searches; alerting you if Google encounters issues such as spam; showing other sites that link to your site.
Google Adsense allows you to place ads on your website. It is free and there are no fees. While Google AdSense is a source of revenue, it is best geared towards those websites that are generating a lot of traffic. As a new affiliate marketer, it is better for you to concentrate on building out your website and getting traffic first.
EMAIL PROVIDER - FREE VS PAID
An email service provider helps you to build an email list needed to market your products through email marketing. There are a couple of free ones such as Mail Chimp and Mailer-Lite but they are limited in what they provide.
There are several paid providers such as AWeber, Constant Contact, Get Response and ConvertKit.
The one I use is AWeber which is $19/month US, however you can try it risk-free for 30 days to experience how easy it is to connect with others and grow your business.
In addition to their training videos and FREE one-month trial membership, AWeber has worked very hard this past year to provide better services such as:
Expanding their availability to 24/7
Ability to add and remove tags to subscribers based on opened emails and clicked links
Additions and enhancements to their Drag and Drop Email Builder
Apps such as the Stats App with push notifications to let you know when you have a new subscriber; easy to read email automation; completely revamped Curate to quickly build and send emails
A/B split test subject lines, preview text, images, copy and send times
Added 18 new language options for confirmation emails
Over 450 new AWeber integrations such as the exclusive integration with GoToWebinar
Launched their first paid course – 24/7 Email Marketing Master Class
CONTACT FORM 7
Every website should have a contact form so your visitors can reach you. Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms and they are easy to customize. It supports CAPTCHA and Akismet spam filtering.
This is a free plugin that you can download right in your wordpress site.
GRAPHICS AND LOGOS
DESIGN – If you like designing, Canva is a free tool. You can make everything from posters to Facebook covers, to business cards and logos to graphs. Even if you have never designed anything before, it is not too difficult to master and with a little patience you can produce some great stuff. There is also a paid version as well.
As you build out your website and start getting some traffic, you will want to join some affiliate networks. They act as an intermediary between publishers (affiliates) and merchant affiliate programs. This is one way you will earn money on your websites.
I will list a few to get you started but you can always do a google search. (For example, if your niche is travel, type in travel + affiliates and available affiliates programs will be listed.) They are also free to join.
· Awin (Shareasale)
· Rakuten (Link Share)
THE 4-HOUR WORK WEEK by Timothy Ferriss
Who wouldn’t like to work shorter hours and break out of the 9-5 rut? Timothy Ferris’s step-by-step guide teaches you how to outsource by hiring others, travel the world and live the life style you want working less hours.
YOU ARE A BADASS AT MAKING MONEY by Jen Sincero
Author of the best selling You Are A Badass, Jen Sincereo takes you through her own transformation – from living in a converted garage to a woman who travels the world, in style. She delivers her sage advice with humour as she draws on personal essays giving you tips on how to get the results you want and has you looking at money in a new way.
MAKE YOUR BED by William H. McRaven
This book is based on a Navy Seal’s graduation speech. Here he shares ten principles that helped overcome challenges in his training as well as his career. His original speech had over 10 million views. The principles he teaches provides wisdom, advice and encouragement that will keep you going even in the toughest of times.
If you travel for business, it is always good to have up-to-date accurate information to guide you on your trips. Lonely Planet has been in existence over 40 years providing the best information for travelers. Their website also boasts an online shop for hotel/hostel booking services and travel services plus innovative digital products.
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