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.)
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.