This is my list of the top 10 online marketing tools for an online business that I use every single day. There's not much else that I need. You've probably heard the saying, "too many cooks spoil the broth"? Well in this case it's, "too many tools cause a lot of unnecessary stress." If someone asked me to choose just 10 essential tools, I'd choose to go with these ones...
Wealthy Affiliate is an online training program for aspiring entrepreneurs, bloggers, internet marketers and home business owners. This is the place I learned to earn my first ever dollar online. The best thing here is you start on a free trial.
Included is a simple to use Website builder, Keyword Research Tool, Web Hosting, Live Weekly Webclasses, 24/7 Live Chat and a thriving community of like-minded people.
There are two pricing points for anyone wishing to learn to make money online with Wealthy Affiliate's training.
Everyone starts with a 7 day free trial. After that, if you like what you see, you can go premium for $49 a month and will have access to everything. There are no upsells, but there is a way to save on your membership by paying annually.
The cost of an annual subscription is $359, which works out at less than $30 per month. This is what I opted for in July 2015 and I've saved a bundle of cash on what was already the most affordable solution online. I've never regretted my decision.
You can also purchase your dotcom domain names here at a competitive rate usually less than $14 per year. This makes life easier for beginners to get started with a real online business from scratch. You could opt to purchase a domain name elsewhere and have it hosted at Wealthy Affiliate.
Jaaxy is my second choice in this top 10 tools roundup. If you're a blogger, you need to do keyword research. Jaaxy makes your keyword research so much simpler than any other tool I've found out there. I wouldn't be without Jaaxy and it's helped me to rank on the first page of Google time and time again.
If you're just blogging randomly without doing your keyword research first, it's like playing a guessing game.
It's way better to know what people are searching for online.
Jaaxy helps even newbies to quickly get a grasp on keyword management. Finding new keywords has never been as easy as it is with this simple to use tool.
You do not have to download any software as this is an online tool you can use with any device such as a mobile phone or tablet. Just log in and find your keywords fast.
Go ahead right now and try Jaaxy below. Search for some keywords and see the results fast.
Check out my more in-depth review of Jaaxy here
Thrive Themes Membership includes access to 10 different themes and 10 different WordPress plugins which all help you make a gorgeous website. I started using Thrive in early 2017 after trying out hundreds of free Wordpress themes and not getting the results I wanted to achieve.
So I went all in with Thrive's Membership and my websites were suddenly just how I like them, they started looking a lot nicer and I was making more money as a result.
Thrive's main selling point is "Conversion focused WordPress Themes & Plugins" for a reason. That's because they don't focus on pretty themes and all kinds of bells and whistles.
Thrive focuses on the stuff that really matters: getting the visitors on your site to convert, whether you're trying to collect emails or get affiliate sales.
I also tried out 6 or 7 different premium themes such as Divi, Avada, X Theme and StudioPress but still didn't get what I was looking for.
You can purchase individual themes and plugins if you're on a tight budget. The cost of Thrive Themes Membership is $228 per year (at the time of writing). Personally I knew I would want access to all that Thrive has to offer, which is a no-brainer when you're building multiple sites and need more functionality.
WPX Web Hosting was a game-changer for me when I first discovered them in late 2016. I'd tried a good few different hosting companies such as the better known ones we've all heard about.
However, shared hosting has many limitations. You don't know how many websites are stored on the same servers that yours are. Shared hosting can be detrimental to your website speed, and you can also suffer a lot of down time as a result.
Additionally, with shared hosting sites, and so many websites crammed on to one shared server, you won't get that VIP treatment that you get when you get higher grade hosting. How important to you is it for your website to be online 24/7?
At WPX Web Hosting I was treated like a VIP from the very beginning. And after signing up for their annual membership I believed I'd be somewhat neglected after they'd gotten their hands on my hard-earned cash.
Nothing could be further from the truth. I'm still treated like a VIP, you can tell when you contact their live support (which they answer within a few seconds, I might add) that they value their customers above all else.
Super helpful, polite, knowledgeable support staff can fix any problem your throw at them within minutes. My websites all load within 1.5 seconds and that's without me even trying to speed them up. I've got over 35 plugins on some sites and WPX Hosting means they all load fast. There's nothing worse than a slow loading site if you're a blogger or affiliate marketer. It's essential to get your sites greasy fast so you don't lose visitors.
I can login to WPX Hosting and get any problem fixed in about 5 minutes flat. That's way faster and less stressful than ANY other hosting company ever did for me. I'll be sticking with WPX and their SSD hosting permanently.
Convertkit is my preference over Aweber which I also use from time to time. It's an Email Autoresponder that's much easier to use and nicer to work with than any other autoresponders I've tried over the last 4 years.
It's very visually based and makes life simpler when putting together your autoresponder sequencers. You'll benefit from Convertkit's email marketing solutions. If you're not building an email list for your online business, you'll struggle to grow.
If you're not using sales funnels in your business, you're doing it wrong! You're leaving money on the table, so to speak. Every successful business you can think of, online and offline, are using sales funnels even if you don't realize it.
Have you ever been into McDonald's and asked for a cheeseburger? Did they try to upsell you on a fries and a coke? That's a sales funnel. You'll find there are sales funnels all about you when you start looking for them.
The DotCom Secrets Book by Russell Brunson is "The Underground Playbook For Growing Your Company Online..."
A simple process that ANY company can use to geometrically improve their traffic, conversion and sales online." ~ Tony Robbins
"DotComSecrets was huge for me to create the funnels I currently use to generate over $250k in revenue every single month..."
~ John Lee Dumas
"I wish I would have had this two years ago. I paid him $25k to learn this stuff, and you're getting it for FREE..."
~ Liz Benny
"I've underlined something in almost every page! I wish I wrote this book - it's
REALLY THAT GOOD!"
~ Jeff Walker
The Expert secrets book is another amazing book by Russell Brunson. Click on the "VIEW VIDEOS" dropdown below to see video testimonials about how this book has changed the game for many super affiliates.
Take a look at the image to your right and you'll see that in the bottom left corner there is a little rectangular box. In that box it says "someone from Miami, Florida Claimed the Free Training".
This is known as social proof and can help you when it comes to converting visitors into subscribers and customers for your online business.
This method of displaying recent activities on your site acts like testimonials do. They help you convert more visitors into subscribers and customers.
ConverioBot is an automated live chat bot that sits in the bottom right part of your screen. When clicked on by your visitors an automated conversation begins taking place between the visitor and the bot.
You can program the bot to have a conversation about anything, such as "hi, how can I help you today?" The visitor is then given options to click on before the conversation continues.
You can use this to convert more of your site visitors into customers by sending them specific freebies or offers at the end of the conversation. It's easy to set up and you can program it to say what you want it to say and lead people to where you want them to go.