BlueHost – If you’re just getting started online, this is my #1 choice for web hosting. Top-notch customer support. One-Click Installation of WordPress. And Rock-Solid servers that can handle thousands of visitors per day. All for under $10 a month.
This is the web host I recommend to family and friends. In fact, both of my parents run their website on BlueHost.
Aweber – Hands-down one of the best services online for managing your email newsletter. Excellent support and deliverability. I used Aweber for YEARS and YEARS.
Convertkit – About a year ago we made the switch to ConvertKit. It was a tough decision. But what I really love about ConvertKit is the ability to “tag” subscribers based on different actions they take. Buying a product. Clicking a link. Signing up for a webinar. Etc… And they make it super easy to setup these automation rules.
Leadpages – Allows you to quickly and easily create squeeze pages, sales letters, launch pages, upsell pages, webinar invites and more.
SamCart – My all-time favorite checkout software. Allows us to get new products up and ready for sale in 20 to 30 minutes. Integrates seamlessly with your autoresponder, membership site, etc… 1-Click Upsells. 1-Click Downsells. Built-in Split Testing. Order Page Bumps. And more!
AdEspresso – Facebook is my favorite traffic source. Especially Facebook Ads. Because it allows you to create traffic on demand. And most importantly – to automate your lead flow. Adespresso is the easiest way to setup, track, and split-test your Facebook Ads.
Improvely – What I use to track clicks, conversions, and sales. Every time I send an email I create a quick tracking link in Improvely which allows me to see exactly how many sales are
made from each email.
You can also use it to track the effectiveness of your paid advertising, Facebook Ads, retargeting, blog links, etc…
Wistia – This is really one of my favorite services. It allows you to host your videos and easily create video players to put on your website (all in one). Comes loaded with video analytics, iPhone/iPad support, video heatmaps, video player customization, social sharing, and much more. Wistia is used by sites like HubSpot, SEOMoz, NPR, MailChimp, and RiseToTheTop.com.
Also allows you to customize your video with social sharing buttons, builtin opt-in forms, and a clickable call-to-action at the end of your video!
Camtasia Studio – My favorite software for creating and editing screencapture video. Allows you to easily record your screen. This is what I use for creating 99% of my training videos.
Screenflow– Screen-capture software for the Mac.
GoToWebinar – The gold-standard when it comes to webinars. Webinars are one of the most powerful tools for engaging with your community and GTW is one of the best platforms online for creating and hosting your own webinars.
I’ve tried many, many other webinar platforms. But I’ve stuck with GoToWebinar because it’s the most dependable and easiest to use.
But… there is a new kid on the block that I’m going to be testing soon. It’s called Demio. So if you’re looking for a more affordable GoToWebinar alternative – definitely take a look.
Value Addon – I’ve used almost every membership site platform available online. Wishlist Member. MemberMouse. Digital Access Pass. Membersonic. Paid Memberships Pro. And many, many others.
But last year I stumbled upon a platform that has saved me hours of stress. Eliminated sooo many tech hassles. And made my life a lot easier.
It’s called Value Addon. And it is (by far) the easiest membershp platform to setup. You can literally have your site ready to start accepting customers in 20 minutes or less.
I know this because we’re using it internally AND because I demo it on many of our webinars.
Right out of the box, Value Addon automatically creates a gorgeous members area for you. From there, you can customize the logo, colors, header, footer, etc…
Everything is mobile responsive. You get unlimited bandwidth and storage. Video hosting included. In fact, they automatically turn your videos into mp3 files so that your members can listen to them on the go. Pretty cool 🙂
You can drip content. Create one central login for ALL of your products. Easy member management.
Course completion tracking built-in. And your customers can even take their own personalized “notes” on each page.
It also has a built-in shopping cart.
It’s an all-in-one platform that I wish more people knew about. Because it’s made my life a WHOLE lot easier.
(Bonus!) Outright Accounting – – Let’s face it… none of us really enjoy accounting. Especially entrepreneurs. However, if you don’t have good bookkeeping in place, you’ll never build a truly successful business. But… it doesn’t have to be as hard as you might think. Especially with all of the tools available to us now. My favorite online bookkeeping service is called Outright Accounting (now owned by GoDaddy).
I’ve tried a lot of different programs online and this is the only one that truly makes accounting easy. It allows you to easily import all of your profits and expenses. Pull in data directly from PayPal, Stripe, Authorize.net, Credit Card expenses, etc…
You simply select and integrate the services you use and it will automatically pull in your data each month. So you can get a one-page view of your overall monthly profits and expenses.
And best of all… they make taxes a breeze!
Sales and expenses are automatically organized into IRS tax categories. And you can easily delete any personal expenses and edit expense categories for each item.
Keeps track of all of your finances in one place so you can focus on growing your business. Instead of excel spreadsheets and piles of paperwork.