Internet Marketing Tools
As a self-learn Internet marketer and Internet entrepreneur, people often ask me these questions : What are some of the important and necessary Internet marketing tools? What are some of the recommended companies which provide really useful software or products? Here, I would be showing you some of the things I personally use or used before throughout my Internet marketing journey, which I believe will save you plenty of time doing research. *Don’t need to say Thank you in front of your laptop, I know that, so Welcome
Domain Name Registrar
Namecheap : A really reliable and leading ICANN accredited domain name registrar, which has more than 3 million domain names registered under it. Many people argue that the reason why most Internet marketers use Namecheap is because of its cheap price,which costs just $4/year (This is like… $0.01 per day). I would say a Yes and a No, because there are many other value-added services provided by this fantastic company. When you register a domain name under Namecheap, you will get 1 year free of Whois Guard Policy Protection worth $2.88/year(What the hack is this? Hmm basically it is a privacy protection service that prevents people from seeing your name and gaining access to your address, phone number and email when they do a Whois search on your domain. ) Besides, it also has live chat and quick email support. I personally use this for almost all my domain name registrations.
GoDaddy : The #1 reliable and popular domain name registrar and web hosting company. To get started with GoDaddy is darn cheap, which just costs about $9.99/year for domain name registration, and $4 for monthly hosting (Sometimes even go down to $2/month, when it has sales promotion). GoDaddy is also known for its huge community support, as well as support from the staff. GoDaddy will even provide you the phone number to facilitate quick communication.Take note that support is really essential especially if this is your first internet marketing business, because along the way you will face a lot of frustrations. Trust me, people who say Internet marketing can be taught within 2-3 days of seminar/workshop is RUBBISH ! One good news here, GoDaddy is currently having its Christmas promotion, so get yourself an early/late Christmas present today !
HostGator : A leading web hosting company which is very popular among the Internet marketers and bloggers.Reasons: Cheap, Reliable, Good Support, Huge Community, Stable. Its shared hosting is just $3.96/month, but here, I would like to mention about its VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting and Dedicated Server hosting. FYI, these 2 hosting plans are more expensive than shared hosting as they give you more benefits like higher bandwidth, more disk space & storage, full root access, more protection from hackers (as you have your own server) and etc. In fact, VPS and Dedicated Server hosting for Hostgator are quite famous for stability, price and quality. However, if you are just planning to write your own blog or set up a simple website, then shared hosting is more than enough.
Bluehost : Bluehost is all the time my favourite web hosting partner. Free domain name, trustworthy (so far this website has not breakdown due to server before), thumb-up 24/7 support, fast server, 60 days money-back guarantee, cheap and many more… With just $6.95/month (notice most of the webhostings have about the same price) , you can’t complain anymore. Furthermore, Bluehost uses cPanel, a one-stop convenient portal that has plenty of necessary software and tools for any beginner to kick start his/her multmillion dollar Internet marketing business. cPanel made life easy as you can get almost every software in one panel. I personally love Bluehost and to sign up, just click here
Jaguarpc : Another option for people who still comparing between Bluehost, Hostgator or GoDaddy. This is another award-winning company which offers fantastic service and business. It does not only offer shared hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated hosting (which I had mentioned above), but it has this hybrid hosting as well. This hybrid hosting is a combination of VPS + dedicated hosting. So it is like you get part of the values from dedicated hosting such as: massive allotments of ECC registered ram, Quad-core xeon cpu’s, Raid disk arrays, free whm/cPanel software and full server managament at a fraction of the cost from similar features on a dedicated server but paying at discount price (Don’t worry if you do not understand the above terminologies, I understand partially as well). If you think its hybrid is a bit expensive, HERE I’m giving you some bonus for reading this article because Jaguarpc is currently having promotion ! Just enter the coupon code below and get your hosting today !
Rackspace : Last but not least, the current hottest website hosting which is advertising almost everywhere such as Youtube. This new emerging competitor has become topic among the Internet marketers, so let me introduce a new term to you 1st —– cloud hosting ! Yes, cloud technology again, with software like Apple’s iCloud, Dropbox getting higher demand nowadays, which eventually will ditch the traditional physical server I foresee. Rackspace too introduced rackspace cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud. You can actually try the hosting for FREE and pay-as-you-go. This technology allows your website to be in fine tune even during high traffic period, with a flexible price (pay for what you use). With cloud hosting, it is believed that your have unlimited memory, bandwidth and storage. Frankly speaking, I have not tried this cool thing yet, but I have made the resolution to try it on my next website! You too can try it now free for 30 days !
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Besides WordPress, there are actually some other website builders you can use (However, WordPress is the easiest to use especially if you know nuts about HTML, java script or programming).
W3 Site Builder : This is like an all-in-one solution for people building website for the 1st time. 1st they offer their own free website builder, 2nd they have free web design templates, 3rd they provide you with their webhosting. Besides, they also provide step-by-step guidance to help you build website, be it a blog, e-commerce, sales copy and etc. W3 Site Builder will then just charge a small amount of fee since they provide so much value (Remember, you need to pay for web hosting for sure) from about $7 to $25/month depends on type of website.
Email Autoresponder to Build Database
What is email marketing for? If you are thinking to build customer/visitor loyalty from your website, then email marketing is important. For instance, you might put a pop-out subscription form that provides certain value like free eBook or newsletter to your visitors. Or if you are thinking to insert a opt-in form at the sidebar for people to give away their contact details, and in return you send them some useful information or products for free. These can help to keep people revisiting your blog/website again and again, and eventually make a purchase on the products offer.
Aweber : I will highly recommend Aweber to be your email marketing solution partner. They are the biggest in the industry currently, and they are famous for providing a lot of values and features such as email newsletter, autoresponder, custom design email template, track and manage your subscribers easily and many more values. Aweber also makes things easy by providing step-by-step tutorials, FAQ, forum and live support. Besides, Aweber has this fantastic HTML editor capabilities which allow anyone with/without HTML knowledge to build customized email template. If email marketing is needed in your Internet marketing busibness, then this is a MUST. But don’t worry, their pricing is so affordable that makes you cannot reject. With just $1 for 30 days trial, followed by $19 per month is definitely worth the money. Click here to find out more
GetResponse : This is another awesome company providing email marketing solution, with has almost similar features as Aweber. Both are easy to use, have awesome functions and great delivery (99% of emails sent will not fly to the spam mailbox). The advantage of GetResponse over Aweber is that it offers 500 more email templates and cheaper. You can try for free 30 days, followed by $15/month. Sometimes, GetResponse pricing is really lucrative, where they even offer discount of -12.30/year to their recurring customers. I’m sure you have nothing to lose, I personally use this for my another website and so far it is flawless
Although there are a lot more email marketing and autoresponder companies like MailChimp or iContact, but I personally just recommend Aweber and GetResponse which have the most users, highest delivery rate and very affordable price.
Elegant Themes : It provides mainly WordPress themes, with about 150,000 customers using their 78 themes. FYI, PositiveInLife is one of them as well. The themes are relatively simple but great use for most websites and blogs. The most attractive thing is: the price is so cheap, just $39 for 78 themes, which sum up about $0.5 per theme. Morever, the support of Elegant Themes is great, every time when you post a question or problem, within 15-30 minutes there will be developers going around to answer your queries. For beginners, if you want to have better a WordPress theme other than the free default themes but has low budget, this is seriously for you ! Forget to mention, it also offers 30-days money-back guarantee with no questions ask !
WooThemes : This is another good platform to download your WordPress themes, as they have wide range of themes that can suit your website style. I would say WooThemes themes are really nice, user-friendly and SEO (Search Engine Optimization friendly. A famous and common SEO name to most Internet marketer, SEO by Yoast even recommended WooThemes to improve in your website SEO. The price of each custom-made theme is about $70, a standard price of a custom-made simple website theme (at least cheaper if you hire a developer). If you just want to look around, simply visit their website here as they also add value to customers by providing FREE themes.
CyberChimps : If you are looking to build a really professional website theme but has low budget, CyberChimps can help you ! They actually offer professionally designed themes, together with their Drag and Drop Option to make life simpler in modifying your template. Besides, their support is also very good, where they even offer developer to call you and answer your queries. CyberChimps has featured a few themes like Business Pro, iFeature Pro, Eclipsed Pro, Cyber Chimps Pro which just price from $15 to $40 (limited time, original price is $50-70) and you can get access to unlimited templates in every theme.
Photocrati : This is one of my favourite website theme providers honestly speaking. The WordPress themes there are all very unique, because they all come from the photographers. Thus you can expect to buy some very beautiful themes there. To find out more, you can visit their website as they actually showcase most their customers’ real websites. Hence, you can expect to have 100% customer satisfaction. To sign up, it just costs $89 and you have free 30 days trial !
Other Essential Tools
Protection for Website
SiteLock : This is the BEST solution to protect your website in my opinion. They are the market leader, with more than 700,000 users worldwide. The service provided include daily malware scanning, malware alert & removal, blacklist monitoring & reputation management, scanning of malware in your website apps, PCI compliance, database protection, spam protection and network security.
*This is the No. 1 important thing when you start your Internet marketing business. I can assure this because I had experienced my website getting hacked before. I used to take things too lightly and thought that free plugins installed in wordpress are enough to protect my website. Imagine your really hard built website got hacked.. Just don’t imagine, get SiteLock NOW !
SiteLock basically has 4 plans, range from basic plan ($99/year) to enterprise plan ($499/year). However, I personally suggest you take up the premium plan which costs $299/year or professional plan which costs $199/year. If you are serious to excel in Internet marketing, this tool is essential. You should either protect your websites from the 1st day you built it, or get ruin from professional hackers when the daily traffic has exceeded 100 visitors per day or when you start making tons of money daily. You can actually Try it now for 30 days FREE !
SEOmoz : This is basically the BEST software for you to kickstart your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) journey for your website. It is not just a software, but an education programme as well as it gives you ALL the tips you need to know to rank your website in Google, Bing, Yahoo 1st page. SEOmoz blog ‘s authors really know their stuff and share selfishly among their community. Some of its features include on-page recommendations for every page/post you write, competitors’ analysis, Open Site Explorer, identify your keyword density automatically and etc. to help your website rank high. I guess I don’t need to tell you the importance of SEO right? SEO = traffic = visitors = sales/leads = money. If you were to hire an SEO expert, easily he/she will charge you $3000-10,000 depends on your industry and keyword competition. However, SEOmoz is just charging $100/month which is truly a discount, furthermore it offers free 30 days trial ! Get yours today here
Hope you enjoy your Internet marketing business journey ! Do share with us your thoughts by leaving comments below.
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