Alright. You’re online – you need a blog kit.
You have a website . You want to promote what you offer and make money online. And you’re looking for programs to do this with, right?
I’ve used many programs, spent lots of money over the years, and finally whittled it all down to just what I need, like the best, based on my goals – what I want to achieve online. You don’t need everything.
What Do You Want to Achieve?
- Promote products (Funnels)
- Build a list (Funnels)
- Sell products and programs (Funnels)
- Make money (Merchant account)
- Help others (Social Media)
- Connect with others (Auto-responder)
- Create and teach a course
There are a SEA of products that do similar things and this is where you’ll want to explore. BUT be prepared to spend money trying them out if you go that route. Or you cam trust my list and input from others you trust about programs to use.
So what I use is listed below. If you have questions, just reach-out to me, and I’ll answer.
First, think about what you need instead of what you want (lots of shinny objects out there). You’ll need programs to help build your presence and business online based on what you want to achieve.
1. Blogging Platform and Hosting
If you’re just starting out with blogging – never had a blog before, I recommend signing- up for a free blog account at wordpress.com. Here you’ll learn how to use the platform, build your knowledge and skills at having a blog. This is a great platform to “play” with and not be challenged financially.
Then, if you’re really serious about blogging, owning your blog is the next step and a good investment. Because you own it, you can post anything you want on it – which you can’t do on free blogging platforms.
You’ll need to invest in a hosting company for your blog. There are many hosting companies out there… be careful, some will “nickle and dime ” you for additional services that they say you need but really don’t.
I’ve been using Dreamhost since 2005. They are straightforward, good support and service. They never crashed at any time and they’ve always responded to any problems I’ve had. You pay them annually and fee will depend on the service you get. I have a private server so it costs more.
2. Blogg Themes
I only use themes from My Theme Shop. There’s an annual fee for membership which gives you the option to use ANY theme or plugin for no charge. They have everything you need – an excellent SEO plugin, shotcodes, and many more. The support is also very good. When you use one theme and the plugins made by the same company everything works well, seamlessly together. And, that’s a good thing!
3. Email/Auto-Responder Program
I have tried a few email programs … and stuck with Get Response. I LOVE Get Response! They are always updating there services and offer educational marketing videos, webinars, and articles on their blog. They have landing pages, a webinar platform, surveys, RSS feed, and creative web forms. The monthly service depends on the size of your email list. The fee increases as your email list grows by size.
4. Funnel Programs
There are many funnel creation programs available. Some are costly like Clickfunnels. If you like uncomplicated, easy to use then I recommend Instabuilder.
Instabuilder is a plugin and offers an affiliate program.. It’s easy to use. Pages are already designed and you can change the color, text, images, layout, add video, etc. They add new layout themes every month.I use this often. It’s affordable and support is good.
5. Video Creation and Storage
Video Maker FX – I love this program because it has numerous, remade videos you can edit. I use this program a lot to create intros and outros for my videos.
Viddyoze – great marketing program. They have a huge collection of animated video clips where you can insert your logo or marketing message unto the videos.
Camtasia – for video creation and editing
Sqribble – EBook Creator. I use this program to create my ebooks and the monthly magazine “The Artistic Way to Marketing”
7. Webinar Solutions
Keep checking back as I’ll be adding or removing product suggestions.