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My Recommended Resources for Your Online Business

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Getting Started

Bluehost Banner

​To get online, the first thing you need ​is ​a place to host your website.

Bluehost web hosting is recommended by WordPress and is only $3.95mo. with their special intro offer.

​​​You get your domain name for free, SSL for free, 1-click WordPress install and ​a ​30-day money back guarantee.

Perfect for new bloggers, too!

​Make Your Site Look Great

StudioPress Themes Banner

​Once you're online and have WordPress installed, the next step is to get yourself a great looking website theme.  This is what makes your ​site look professional!

For people just getting started, I suggest going with StudioPress.  The​y are the industry standard for premium WordPress themes.

The​ir themes are SEO optimized, have ​state of the art security and ​have clean and light weight code so that your website runs fast.  Plus all their themes are beautiful!

​​Start Building Your List

ConvertKit

​​Building your email list is essential to having a successful online business.  You'll need ​to be able to communicate with people about your blog posts, your offerings and more.  Your email list is your list of people ​that you will communicate with.  As they say, "The money is in the list!"

My favorite email ​marketing software is ConvertKit.  I switched to them some time ago and am so glad I did!

​They make it ​easy to customize and embed forms on your website that turn casual readers into subscribers.  Plus, their autoresponder and visual automation features are awesome!

​​​Maximize Your Conversions

Thrive Themes Banner

​​​To really take your list building to the next level, you'll want opt-in forms on your website that are built for conversions.  Great opt-ins are more likely to get someone to give you their email address and join your list.

I love Thrive Leads for just this purpose.  It's a WordPress plugin that lets you build nine different types of great looking ​opt-ins for your site.

​Building 2-step opt-ins, content upgrades, lightboxes, ribbons and more are made easy with this plugin.

​Additional Tools

​Here's some more tools and products that you may find helpful.  I use and love all of these!

Photography and Video:

DSLR Camera - A high quality camera for pictures and video.

50mm Lens - The most affordable lens for the bokeh effect.

Lavelier Mic - A broadcast quality lapel microphone.

Lighting Kit - Affordable lighting for better quality video.

Marketing and Design:

Canva - A web-based easy to use graphic design program.

HootSuite - A great platform for social media scheduling.

Teachable - Online course creation platform and hosting.

ScreenFlow - Video and screencast recording and editing.

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