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Resources for your online business
If you’re planning to start an online business, you will need some tools to help you get started. Following are my recommendations.
Some of the links are affiliate links; I will earn a small commission if you click through them and make a purchase (at no greater cost to you than going straight to the website and making a purchase). If you appreciate my blog, I ask that you would help support it and click through my affiliate links should you decide to make a purchase. Thanks in advance.
First, if you have no clue what kind of business you want to do online, I offer my Kindle book (which can be read on any device with a free Kindle app) entitled, Home Sweet Work: 16 Ways To Make Money In Your Pajamas. This book also includes the basics of online marketing, which many newbies miss. I will admit that I have not updated this book in a while, and as fast as the Internet is growing and changing this book does not include several of the new and upcoming social media marketing techniques that many people have begun to have great success with. If you decide to purchase this book, make sure to do extra research to find out all the latest.
You will need a website. Get hosting with Green Geeks. Even though they pay for their energy usage with wind credits, they are no more expensive than any other webhost – and are doing what they can to reduce their environmental impact. Click here to sign up with Green Geeks. (Check to see if they are doing a promo by which you get a discounted price if you pay for one, two or three years all at once.)
Use a WordPress blog, not the Green Geek’s website builder, to create a website. Talk to tech support to walk you through the process of installing a blog. Go through all the basic tutorials at wordpress.org in order to see how it works.
If you are brand new to the world of blogging/Internet marketing, I cannot more highly recommend a resource than Yaro Starak’s Blog Profits Blueprint. For even more specific information, go over to Blog Tyrant and get on his mailing list. He has awesome tips in every post.
Designing your blog
Use Thesis as your WordPress theme. It’s got great functionality, and will help your blog look more professional. There is also a guide to get you started, as well as an online forum where you can ask questions. Click here to check it out.
Should you choose Thesis as your theme, you have a couple of different options for header design. Design one yourself at PicMonkey. Do an online search for “how to make a blog header with picmonkey” and you will get great instructions on how to do so. DH made this blog header for me using PicMonkey.
Or, you can hire someone to design a header for you. I recommend Miss Mae. She is inexpensive compared to other designers, but does excellent work.
An essential for any online marketer
Anyone who is serious about making serious money online will set up an e-mail list. People subscribe in return for receiving some sort of freebie, and you e-mail the entire list at least once a month to remind them of your existence. Aweber is my e-mail list service of choice because it is the most user-friendly and has the best customer service of them all. Click here to sign up with Aweber. The first month is free.
Learning specific ways to make money
If you are interested in affiliate marketing, you can get no better instructional manual on it than the book by Super Affiliate Rosalind Gardner, The Super Affiliate Handbook. Click here to order it.
Jimmy Brown, a seasoned Internet Marketer, has an awesome, very affordable course that may be of help to you. Click here for more information.
Generic support for your online business
At some point, you might want or need someone else to write content for your blog or website. Click here to get high quality Private Label Rights articles at affordable prices.
Beware IMer’s who try to suck you into their membership sites or expensive video courses (Jimmy Brown’s membership site, Imstitute, is one of the few exceptions). You can learn everything you need to by doing online searches (“how to make money with adsense/youtube/etc.”, “how to use Pinterest for marketing”, and so on), by the purchase of one to a handful of key e-books (such as those mentioned above by Gardner and Brown), and by experience.
Success and finance-related resources
This blog, to start with!
Hatching The Nest Egg: How To Achieve Super-Early Retirement Without Side-Gigs, Gambling, or an Above-Average Income reveals how my husband and I were able to “retire” in our early forties.
Career Success Without A Real Job by Ernie Zelinski is not only a guide to making an income without having to work forty hours a week, and for someone else, but also a general guide to success principles. Find it on amazon.com.
Read the following two books in tandem. The first will turn your concept of money on its ear. The second contains the investment advice you should follow (the investment advice in the first book will get you nowhere fast these days).
- Your Money Or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez
- The Permanent Portfolio by Craig Rowland
They are both found on amazon.com.
Resources for your health
My book, Simple Diet, Beautiful You.
Essential oils trump drugs as remedies for all kinds of conditions of ill health. Click here to download (for free) a little write-up I did to explain the hows and whys of using essential oils. However, I could no longer in good conscience be part of an MLM company, and so if you want to purchase Be Young oils, you need to go directly to their website to do so. Many of the oils that Plant Therapy sells (available on Amazon) are just as good as Be Young’s. Not all, but many. And it’s not an MLM company.
Here is a list of the most helpful books on health and nutrition I’ve ever read (and I’ve read a lot). They are all available at amazon.com.
- The Hundred Year Lie by Randall Fitzgerald
- Never Be Sick Again by Raymond Francis
- Wheat Belly by William Davis, M.D (except that he promotes a diet heavy in meat and cheese, which is known to cause more health problems than a plant-based diet. So reader beware)
If you want to get into green smoothies, you need a high-powered blender like the Vitamix (the newest model is the Vitamix 7500). If you get into raw, you might find a Cuisinart Food Processor (like the Cuisinart DLC-10S Pro Classic 7-Cup Food Processor) helpful in the kitchen.
Looking for a water purifier? You can’t do better than a Berkey. ONLY BUY FROM this website, b/c they have the BEST customer service (I get no $$ from Jeff for saying that or linking to him – I’m just telling it like it is).