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Here’s a list of resources I use myself, and highly recommend. Some of them are paid products, and some are free resources I suggest you take advantage of.
It’s my policy to only recommend products I use myself, or are intimately acquainted with because I know the people behind the product, and can recommend it with complete confidence.
This is a FREE book! All you have to do is pay the minimal shipping and they will send it to you. If you’re trying to figure out if it really is possible to make money from something you already know, you need this!
This is such a deal, 265 pages chock full of “from the trenches” tried, tested, and proven strategies for getting yourself and your product out there.
Even if you’re not sure you want the book, at least go to the website and watch the video case studies there. They are incredibly inspiring! There’s even a guy who made six figures from selling hotdogs—for real. Check it out!
I recommend Name Silo because it is very economical.
Domains start as low as $1.89 a year, AND it’s very secure. You can search for the domain you have in mind in their convenient search bar at the top of the page, to make sure it’s available.
SiteGround is super affordable starting at $3.95 a month. They are now considered by many to be much more reliable than other hosts such as BlueHost.
It’s very easy to setup a WordPress website through SiteGround, and they have impressive customer support.
And with their 30-Day Money Back Guarantee, you don’t have to worry about giving them a try.
I highly recommend ConvertKit, built by bloggers FOR bloggers. They totally understand what you need with your email campaigns, and WHY you need. It.
Even if you are just getting started, you need to make attracting and building a subscriber base of your ideal prospects a priority, right from the very first day.
The fastest, easiest, FIRST way you can start making money from your blog, is through affiliate marketing. (Eventually this will be supported by your email list too!)
Very simply, affiliate marketing is when you sell something through a special link you receive for the product you want to promote, and receive a small commission when someone buys through your link.
In fact, that is exactly what I’m doing on this resource page right now!
The course is easy to follow, and gives real, actionable guidance and instruction on the very best ways to start implementing affiliate marketing on your blog.
Suzi Whitford has created a straight-forward, easy to follow program, taking you through the steps for successfully creating your first WordPress blog. I started with this program, and have assigned it as a guide book when coaching beginners. They love it!
Suzi also includes helpful training for creating eye-popping graphics yourself (and why you need them), as well as an introduction to Pinterest. Please note, Suzie DOES still use BlueHost, but I recommend you use SiteGround instead. It’s just a much more solid platform to build your new blog on.
Jessica Larew and her family started their online journey by selling items on Amazon, and then moved on to teaching others how to do it as well. Recently she has been focusing on teaching others how to make money from their blogs with affiliate marketing and your own products.
So, it was a natural next progression for her to create an extremely easy to follow training to assure you can actually build your entire WordPress blog from scratch.
This program effectively covers “next steps” after Suzi’s Blog by Number training.
The difference is Jessica goes much deeper into explaining everything, as well as a more detailed approach for covering the finer points.
There’s just something about Jessica’s friendly teaching style that turns the entire training into manageable steps, and makes it a lot less intimidating.
I give this incredible free tool five stars!
This is super-fast and easy way to research your keywords, plus it has a snazzy new “spy on your competition’s keywords” function that is truly amazing.
You need to install it on Firefox or Chrome. It doesn’t work in Safari. And it is very easy to install. You’ll have it working in less than five minutes.
I guarantee you will get loads of inspiration and ideas about what you should be writing about, as well as phrases that can be turned into Search Engine Optimized blog titles.
No question, you should get it now!
This impressive free tool will analyze your subject lines for spam scores and deliverability.
I was shocked to see how extensive their analysis is! You’re going to thank me for this one.
Postmark Spam Check is an easy to use tool for running your email message through the spam checking process. I made one up with words I was confident would get me knocked out of the game, and sure enough, it did!
NOTE: Sometimes their URL link can be a little fussy, so if you can’t get there through the link, just type Spam Check Postmark App into your search bar and you’ll get there. Then bookmark it for easy access every time.
Mail-Tester is another free resource where you can send in your email copy, and get a quick analysis about the “spammyness” of your emails.
Besides helping you assure your emails will get through the filters, you’ll undoubtedly learn quite a bit about word choices for your emails. Fiddle around with it a bit, and you’ll see what I mean!
If you’d like more details about each of these resources,
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