Important WordPress Resources
Video Animation Software
How To Build A Website Online Using Affiliate Resources
This site is about Making Money on a Computer and where better to start your online business than by having access to some useful resources to help you build your website. Please bookmark for future reference. Enjoy!
If you are starting an online business at some stage you will need to invest in yourself and your business. This means that relying on free resources could limit your chances of success; they are free because they lack functionality and developer investment. Therefore, paid tools are often worth the investment.
Tip: If you are a newbie, I would advise you against going out and buying everything all at once. It is possible to start a business using free tools alone. As your business grows, then start buying tools and software to automate many of the tasks.
Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, and add no extra cost to you. Should you decide to make a purchase I will earn an affiliate commission. However, please understand that I only recommend products and services that I use myself or have had experience of, and that I believe can add value to my readers. Please do not buy these products unless you feel that they could help you achieve your goals.
Important WordPress Resources
WordPress.org – Free Open source software. (Awesome!)
WordPress.com – Free blog hosted on WordPress.com
Website Hosting Companies
I like to recommend Namecheap to my blog clients, but overall this group of web hosting companies offers some of the best deals and service available.
I use Namecheap for 99% of my website hosting. Their support is always immediate and dealt with professionally. Use the Onepager site builder to create a great website in just minutes. I highly recommend using their hosting, and if you do, you will qualify for a FREE .website with all new hosting packages.
I have loads of marketing friends who choose Bluehost as their preferred hosting company. This is because of the excellent customer service and simple WordPress installation that is offered.
Fast, secure and reliable hosting that will grow your business as well as an industry-standard cPanel. One-click setup with unlimited storage and bandwidth. 24/7 secure monitoring.
Great place for checking domain name availability.
Powerful web hosting made easy and affordable. With an ‘EASY’ Control Panel, $100 Google Adwords Offer, $100 Yahoo!/Bing Credit, and over 4,000 Free Website Templates.
WordPress, VPS and Dedicated award-winning hosting.
WordPress theme frameworks are becoming more and more popular to build themes with now. They enable rapid development based on website best practices, and have increased flexibility and functionality built right into the framework. So, there is no need to reinvent the wheel every time you want to design a new theme.
Here are four of the best:
Genesis Framework – This website uses this framework
There are a large number of poorly coded themes out there – many are free, so when choosing your new theme ensure it’s from a reliable source. A few highly respected themes are below.
Elegant Themes – Good themes for: Real Estate, Reviews, E-commerce and more – and all for just one price.
MaxMag – Magazine style theme
Studiopress Eleven40 Pro – This site’s theme
Themeforest – Art – Art based
MailChimp – is an effective email marketing service and is free for the first 2000 subscribers to your list. They offer opt in forms, broadcast emails and RSS campaigns. For a small monthly fee an autoresponder can be added.
AWeber – is used by many online marketers to capture emails, and with their autoresponder service messages and broadcast emails are sent out to those subscribers. AWeber also integrates easily with many WordPress plugins.
Jaaxy Keyword Tool – You can try Jaaxy out without spending a dime. It’s a keyword tool that has an awesome amount of functionality built-in, so do try out, I highly recommend it!
If you are a newbie or even a power user, then this is for you, see my review of Jaaxy Enterprise here.
Google Adwords Tool – To find out how your keywords rank in Google’s own search engine, the free Google Adwords tool is simple to use. It does however, lack a certain amount of functionality.
GTmetrix.com – Analyze the performance and speed of your website. Helps you to develop a faster experience for your visitors – which is more likely to lead to goal conversions.
SEOSiteCheckup.com – Key features that make SEO Toolbox stand out are speed, efficiency and total analysis. 30 day free trial.
Recommended companies where you can sell products and earn an affiliate commissions. Shareasale has a great selection of products to choose from to match any niche. These affiliate programs are free to sign up to, however individual companies may want more information from you before they accept into their program. You get paid when someone buys a product that you have promoted.
Grammarly – Online grammar & plagiarism checker
Video Animation Software
Create animations with some fantastic software to promote products and services in a professional way. Animated videos are the coolest things at the moment – get in on the act and try them! You don’t have to be a design wizard.
VideoScribe – see VideoScribe Review
Google Analytics – Google’s free website tracking and analytical tool. This is a must have for everyone with a website.
Google Webmaster Tools – If you want to be found on the web you need to have GWT.
Bing Webmaster Tools – Likewise with Bing, you’ll have access to loads of stats which will help you in your decision making.
Other Useful Stuff
Amazon Affiliate WordPress Plugin – EasyAzon 4 is a useful plugin to help you create and implement Amazon links fast and efficiently.
Surge – Adds statistical info and graphs to help you when researching items to promote in ClickBank.
Fiverr – Find a ‘gig’ (a useful service starting at $5), such as article writing, logo design and so much more to help you in your business.
These resources can help you progress with your online business. Once you know how to build a website with WordPress, please feel free to bookmark for further reference.
If you have used any other great tools or resources or want to share your experience of any of these, please let me know in the comments below.
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