This resource page was created so that it would be instantly valuable to you and whatever you may need in your life to create passive income and to generate more revenue. I’ll add more to this page as I find more, but you’ll notice that in articles I will reference this page often. Bookmark this page for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!

Disclosure: Please note that some links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will learn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. And at times, these links will actually contain discounts for special deals I arranged with these companies. Please understand that I have experience with all these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you can use it and implement it in your business right away as they will drain vital cash from your business without a revenue increase for taking action and using them.

 

MY MOST RECOMMENDED

If you look at nothing else on this page, these are the four that you should know about because of how vital these are in generating revenue in your business. I find these 4 will cover 80% of most businesses needs to get clients and make sales. I use them because they make my life easier, and I’m confident you’ll agree too.

 

2015-04-10_20-48-06Betterment: Investing SHOULD be easy and Betterment makes it that way. They’ll allocate your investments, rebalance, harvest for tax losses, and tons more. You can allocate your investments and buckets however you want. What I do is automate my investments and create different buckets to invest in at more risk and growth and more safety. I use betterment to hold my Security fund so it grows over time and doesn’t lose to inflation.  Click this link to get one month free at Betterment!

 

 

Blue HostBluehost: Hosting SHOULD be easy so that website owners can generate more revenue with their website instead of fiddling with all these little settings trying to make it work. Bluehost does this because it’s extremely easy to install WordPress with 1-click and their customer service is excellent – via phone and chat. I highly recommend using Bluehost for your first site. Another cool thing is that you can use multiple domains on ONE hosting accounts allowing you to create many websites. Click this link to get a special discount off the regular price!

 

Get Leadpages to capture and convert leads into clientsLeadpages: 80% of your sales come from 20% of your pages. Actually 90% of your sales come from 10% of your pages. The core function of your website is to make a visitor into a buyer of some sort, even if it’s not the first time they visit. Leadpages focuses on the 10% of your pages that generates 90% of  all your sales, from your opt-in pages, opt in boxes, landing pages, sales pages, and tons more. It’s also EXTREMELY easy to use, very point and click and NO coding required. I use leadpages for nearly ALL my marketing needs and business, especially for clients to auto-pilot visitor conversions as leadpages conversion rates are generally higher than paying some expensive designer to make these pages. I highly recommend the annual enterprise plan because of what you get, their support is top notch and you can start building pages in minutes. Leadpages works with wordpress and non wordpress websites, they even host your pages on an extremely fast network. Click here to get Leadpages to automate your marketing!

 

Aweber - easy and great email marketing toolAweber: Email marketing for ANY business is one of the most inexpensive valuable ways to interact with your clients and potential customers. Aweber allows you to easily send great looking emails that are compatible with most email clients and email providers. One important aspect of email marketing often over looked is how often the email actually gets into someones email inbox instead of spam. Aweber is one of the TOP folks for email deliverability and their system is very easy to use. If you aren’t emailing your customers now, you are missing out on on tap revenue for your business. Can you imagine sending out an email to your customers about a huge sale and they show up for it? It’s great for more than that though we’ll talk about that later. Click here to get Aweber to make your email marketing easy!

 

Create your blog & membership website + some marketing pages easyOptimizePress 2.0: This wordpress theme allows you to build websites that are beautiful, highly converting, & mobile friendly. This website and 95% of all my websites are built using Optimize Press 2, and most of my clients use it as well. The reason is because once you understand how the theme works, you are able to create a very powerful website to turn visitors into clients. You can customize so much if you wanted, though out of the box it works just fine. You can also create a lot of marketing pages, like landing pages and opt in boxes. I mainly use Optimize Press 2 for the blog features and to create membership websites and a few marketing pages. I use Leadpages for nearly all my marketing pages. Get Optimize Press 2 if you want a slick theme that you use with WordPress that will help with your client gathering.


WEBSITE/BLOG:

  • WordPress: Great easy to use CMS (content management system) for your website or blog. Very easy to customize and very powerful. I use WordPress for all my websites.
  • OptimizePress 2.0: Very powerful WordPress theme to customize your website and make it mobile friendly, being mobile friendly is very big because iPads and tablets are starting to take a ton of traffic from computers. I use this theme for 95% of my websites.

HOSTING:

  • Bluehost: Hosting SHOULD be easy so that website owners can generate more revenue with their website instead of fiddling with all these little settings trying to make it work. Bluehost does this because it's extremely easy to install WordPress with 1-click and their customer service is excellent - via phone and chat. I highly recommend using Bluehost for your first site.
  • Liquid Web: Are you out growing your host? Are you looking for the BEST customer support in the business? This is where Liquid Web comes in. While I think Bluehost is the BEST place to start for ease of use, if you are a bit more advanced and looking for some serious hosting thats also much more expensive, Liquid Web is where I would go and do go (I use this to host my websites). If you are ready for your own Virtual Private Server (VPS which works better when you have more traffic) I'd go with Liquid Web, for shared hosting, stick with Bluehost.

PRODUCT DISTRIBUTION & SHOPPING CARTS

  • MemberMouse: This is a very powerful membership plugin. Even if you don't have a membership website, you can use it to store customer data & make transactions. Their checkout cart is highly customizable and works very well. Not to mention all the other features you'd ever want in a membership website. It's compatiable with clickbank, stripe, paypal, authorize.net, limewire CRM and others to process your payments. what I like most about MemberMouse is the 1-click purchases people can make from inside the membership area. If your customer wants to buy a product and they already bought a product from you, they can click a button, get charged and get instant access to that product. I use membermouse for my membership websites and for my clients.
  • Digital Access Pass: An alternative to MemberMouse that also works very well. I've used DAP on my membership websites and my clients and it has helped generate a lot of revenue for the membership websites. It has a slight learning curve to it, though once you get the hang of it, you'll be able to create a very powerful membership website. It also has it's own built in checkout cart that you can hook in with many, many merchants and accounts. It has a built in email system you can use to email customers and a built in affiliate system, both very powerful tools you don't need to pay extra for.
  • Stripe: Very easy to use payment processor. You'll need a front end "cart" like MemberMouse, or other carts to utilize stripe, but they make it easy and give you your money fast (2 days). I process on stripe whenever I can.
  • Paypal: Easy to use cart and payment processor. Hooks up with the membership plugins above and you can just start taking payments right away once you create a button.
  • Clickbank: Shopping cart & affiliate program built into one. In digital products, clickbank leads the way for # of affiliates. You can put your product here and attract affiliates to promote your offer.

KEYWORD RESEARCH:

  • Google Keyword ToolI would definitely recommend starting with this tool to figure out exactly what potential clients are searching for so you can bring them to your website.

IMAGES & PHOTOS:

  • Fotolia: I get most of my photos from this website, huge selection.
  • Flickr Creative CommonsYou can get free images for your website here. It's highly recommended you follow the rules that go along with it.

LANDING PAGES & MARKETING PAGES:


EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS & MARKETING:

  • Aweber: Email marketing for ANY business is one of the most inexpensive valuable ways to interact with your clients and potential customers. Aweber allows you to easily send great looking emails that are compatible with most email clients and email providers. One important aspect of email marketing often over looked is how often the email actually gets into someones email inbox instead of spam. Aweber is one of the TOP folks for email deliverability and their system is very easy to use. If you aren't emailing your customers now, you are missing out on on tap revenue for your business. Can you imagine sending out an email to your customers about a huge sale and they show up for it? It's great for more than that though we'll talk about that later. Click here to get Aweber to make your email marketing easy!

ADVERTISING:

  • Google Adwords: Great place to start attracting clients to your business. Can be very detailed in who you want to see your ad. WARNING: Beware of going at this alone as it can be a costly mistake to just dive right in without any knowledge. I create profitable Google Adwords campaigns for my clients, and if you want to find out more, just click on the contact page and let me know.

TESTING/TRACKING:

  • Google Analytics: It's important to know which pages  your visitors go to, and how long they spend. A few changes on your website can make your customer buy more and sign up to your email newsletter more often. It's important to know exactly what changes you make and how it affects your performance. Best of all, it's free.

OUTSOURCING:

  • Elance: Many qualified professionals who can do anything  you can think of for your business.
  • Odesk: Another tool you can use to find works for your projects
  • 99Designs: Great tool to use to get dozens of designers to create logos and other graphics for you. Basically, you set an amount of what you want to pay and what you want, and designers then create a design for you, you get to pick which one you want and pay the amount you set, designers basically bid on your project and at the same time you get tons of samples you can choose form.

LEGAL:

  • LegalZoom: Easy online incorporation or LLC formation.

BOOKS:

  • 4 Hour Work Week: This book changed my life and my perspective and set me out on what I do now. It's not about working 4 hours a week. It's about making 4 hours in your life as effective as 40 hours. That means 10 times more results in less time.

VIDEO EDITING/CREATION:

  • Screenflow: [Mac Only] To capture your screen and edit videos, I use screenflow for 99% of it. Best tool on the mac.
  • Camtasia for PC: This is the best tool you can use to capture your screen on windows.