These are the tools and services I use in my own business. I’m adding to this list, too, so you’ll see more free tools added soon. Bookmark this page and come back often.
Getting Your Site Online:
I have several hosting accounts just to protect myself with a little bit of diversity. I don’t like to have all of my eggs in any one basket.
- Mom Webs is where I refer people who are totally new to online business. I’ve been a customer – and am co-owner of Mom Webs and have been for years. They’re used to handling support from scared new online business owners. Highly recommend.
- Host Gator is the other company I use. They were solid and I’ve been a customer of their for years, too. I like that they’re a Green Hosting company. BUT – since they were conglomerated, their service has been lacking, so I’m looking for a replacement to recommend.
You can’t go wrong with either choice.
- Aweber – The service I’ve used since 2005 to manage all my newsletters, ecourses, and ezines. (If you get any emails from me, they come through this safe list managing service.)
- LeadPages – LOVE LOVE LOVE this.
Selling your Own InfoProducts:
If you create your own ebooks or audios and want to sell them, you need a way to take payments.
Instead of recommending a “One Size Fits All” program, I’ll point you to a discussion where you can determine which cart is best for you.
If after reading that, you can’t make a decision, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll be glad to help.
Selling your Book on Kindle:
- Kinstant Formatter – This very affordable software makes it super easy to turn your Word Documents into books you can publish on the Kindle.
Communicating with my Helpers and My Coaching Clients
- Basecamp – Allows me to track projects and who is working on each one.
- Easy Safe File Sharing – Allows me to work with writers and editors and keeps all my files safe and secure.
- Skype - I use Skype’s screen share function often. If I’m working with a coaching client or even one of my Virtual Assistants, it’s oftentimes easier to say “Show me, please” when I don’t quite understand something. It’s a great way to connect with the people who I work with regularly.
Keeping my Business Safe and Protected
- Mozy – Keeps my computer (and therefore, my income) safe. (Try it free.)
- Password Manager Program – Keeps track of all of my logins, usernames and passwords, so I don’t have to. (Try it free.)
Tools to Easily Record Audio & Podcast Interviews, Teleseminars, Webinars
- Record Skype Interviews (the simple non-techie way) – Quick and easy way to record audio from Skype. No techie stuff involved. This is what I use to record my podcasts now. (I recently switched over and am VERY happy with this tool.)
- GotoWebinar (click here to try it free)- I also use this, although not as much as I really should. It’s a great tool, though, if you want to record webinars – as that’s what it’s designed to do best. Here’s a cool blog post about making your webinars ROCK: Key Tips for Profitable Webinars.
Note: If you’d like “Done for You” webinars that include scripts and powerpoint slides – be sure to check out PLR for Teleseminars and Webinars – all you have to do is read the scripts while playing the slides. Webinars couldn’t get any easier.
Link Building for Traffic Generation
- Social Adr - A quick and easy way to get your blog posts some quick link love.
- Get More FB Likes and Retweets – A free tool for getting your posts shared more.
- Social Buzz – I upgraded to the BASIC ($99/year) option so I can share less and still get lots of exposure. (The lazy option.)
- Mind Maps Reference: Free Mind
Blog Plugins that I Love
- Covert Copy Plugin – Includes a link whenever anyone tries to copy content from my blog.
- Covert Messenger Chat Feature. If you’re on my blog and see a little chat box pop up – that’s this plugin.
Other Helpful Tools to Check Out
I’ll add more to the list as I think of them.
PS. Yes, some of these are affiliate links. But, they’re only on this list if I use them – and many of the links point to blog posts where you can learn more before buying.