I love resource pages especially when you discover something new that really helps you out. That’s what I’m doing here with this page. Everything mentioned below, I’ve personally used myself and recommend. I hope you find at least one thing that helps you grow your business.
Disclaimer: Some of the links below are affiliate links which means I’ll earn a small commission if you were to buy something through that link (at no additional cost to you, of course). If you do purchase something, I sincerely appreciate it.
Websites & Domains
WordPress: What I use for most of my websites and this blog. Easy to use and customize.
Woo Themes: If you’re looking for interesting themes for wordpress, turn to Woo Themes.
Thesis: This is the wordpress theme that is very popular. Top notch theme with all the bells & whistles. Easy to change font, colors and customize to your liking.
Artisteer: Create your own unique wordpress themes in seconds even if your are not a professional website designer with this theme generator.
NameCheap: An easy domain register with domains under $11. Where I buy just about all my domains.
FreshDrop: A website for finding aged domains. Aged domains are good for SEO purposes.
Landing Page Creation
Optimize Press: If you want to put up a quick sales page with an opt-in or contact form, use Optimize Press. Lots of different sales templates to choose from. Great product that is easy to use.
Graphics & Photos
Compfight: This my new favorite site for finding good images to use in my marketing. Compfight is an image search engine tailored to efficiently locate images for blogs, comps, inspiration, and research.
iStockphoto.com: If you want really cheap, high quality photos istock is the place to go. A small photo will run under 5 bucks. They have an easy to navigate website with a huge selection of photos.
Dafont: Great variety of fonts
Blambot: Another great variety of fonts
Graphic River: A site that pretty much covers everything from stationary to icons. Some really unique designs. Worth spending some time exploring.
Hostgator: I’ve been using Hostgator for two years now without a single incident or problem. A great, reliable source for shared hosting with pricing under $8 a month. Great support as well.
Rackspace: If you need a dedicated server or cloud server, take a look at Rackspace. They boast about their Fannatical support and 100% uptime. I’ve been a customer for 3 years now and I can say their support is awesome and I’ve never experienced any downtime.
Email Marketing Automation
iContact: I’ve tried most of the email opt-in service providers out there and I keep coming back to iConatact. It’s easy to use and gives you the ability to create your own opt-in forms. Simply the best.
Market Samurai: The #1 keyword research tool in the world. Great support and video tutorials showing you how to use it. A must have!
Google Keyword Tool: An easy way to research keywords for your business.
Textbrokers: Articles written to your specifications. You choose the quality of the article on a scale of 2-5. Pay by the word with pricing ranging from 12 cents to 67 cents.
The Best Spinner: A great piece of software for taking articles and spinning them. Highly recommend when submitting to multiple article directories.
Unique Article Wizard: This piece of software will take your articles and do mass article submissions to directories.
Social Monkee: A free tool that builds 25 back links to your website every day.
BuildMyRank: A high quality back link service that will give you 1 indexed back link for every 150 word article you submit to them. This service is expensive but they do guarantee your link. They have great reviews and I’m using them as well.
Whitespark: If you’re a local business then you need local citations or directories. Whitespark supplies you with a list of local directories where you can add your business. The beauty of Whitespark is they supply the directories based off the keywords you’re trying to rank your business for.
Google Places: If you’re a local business, make sure to take the time and fill out your Google Places listing. This will allow your business to show up on the first page of Google for certain keywords. I outline how to do this in my blog post- How To Setup & Optimize Google Places.
Crazy Egg: If you want to know what your visitors are doing when they land on your website this service will tell you. Crazyegg supplies you with a heatmap that shows where visitors are clicking on your website. It’s kind of freaky stuff, but can give you some good insight as to what’s happening on your page.
Odesk: An outsource website for hiring freelancers, programmers and web designers. I’ve had really good experiences with the people I’ve hired through odesk. The site is user friendly and has awesome advanced searching features.
Elance: Hired help for just about anything you can think of. Contractors will bid on your work.
99Designs: Need an interesting, eye catching design for a logo or website? Run a contest with 99designs. It’s a crowdsourcing website where people compete. You choose the best design.
Virtual Staff Finder: Done For You Service that will find you a qualified overseas Virtual Assistant.
Fiverr: For $5 bucks, you can get virtually anything done on this website.
Videohive: My go to resource for finding really awesome video clips to use in my own videos.
Audiohive: My other go to resource for finding unique sounds and songs.
Easy Video Player: Makes putting videos on your website easy.
Kodak Zi8: Besides my iPhone 4s, this is the only video camera I use. It use to be under $200 but has gone up in price. It shoots HD and the movie files are incredibly easy to work with. Buy this camera.
Audiotechnica ATR 3350 Mic: An inexpensive high quality lavaliere microphone. This is the mic I use in my Deconstructing Direct Mail series.
Tripod: Inexpensive tripod that works great. Enough said.
Bamboo Pen Tablet: This is a new tool I’ve been using which you’ll see more of in the future. It allows you to write on your computer screen. Kind of like a tablet laptop.
Screenflow: Easy to use screen capture software I currently use for the Mac. Very easy to edit and has some really cool features for bringing attention to certain areas of our screen.
Done For You Videos
GoAnimate: You can make really cool free animated videos.
Animoto: As simple as it gets, slide show style videos with decent animations. If you don’t want to mess with creating your own video or hiring someone, use Animoto.
GoToMeeting: For holding online meetings of small sizes, I always use GoToMeeting. Works well and most everyone is use to it.
Google Analytics: Best analytics program for your website, hands down.
Phone Numbers & Tracking
Dynamic Interactive: A company that provides toll free and local phone numbers with full tracking capabilities. I’ve been using them for over a year now and I can say their reliable and inexpensive. Having the ability to track and listen to phone calls is priceless.
Analytic Call Tracking:
Legalzoom: Hassle free, legal help for setting up new companies. Their website is user friendly and they give you awesome support when setting up a new company.