Resources to Use

This is a list of the tools and resources I use in my online business. I only recommend stuff that I’ve personally used and found to be worth the money or worth using. Some of the links below are affiliate links, but like I said, I don’t recommend anything that I haven’t personally used and found to be well worth the price. If you decide to purchase anything through my affiliate links on this page, and you want to know my exact strategies of how I use the service or product, just email me and I’ll be more than happy to help you get started.

The Tools I Couldn’t Do Without:

If you’re are going to put any time and effort into building an online business, you owe it to yourself to setup your own hosting and domain. Using free blogs like Blogger will not only make it harder to get them ranked in the search engines, but they could be deleted at any moment. There a ton of other reasons as well, but I’ll leave it at that.

 

These are in order of importance….

 

Hostgator

hostgatorHostgator: I used to recommend Bluehost for hosting, but I'll give you a small tip so that you can avoid the problems I ran into. To give you the short explanation, Bluehost is only shared hosting, so when one or a few of your sites starts getting a lot of traffic (and not that much, really), Bluehost will close down your hosting account unless you move your account. You can avoid that hassle by just starting with Hostgator because they offer everything from shared hosting all the way up to a dedicated server so that when you need to upgrade, you just upgrade and you don't have to figure out how to transfer your sites and files. Hostgator is cheaper anyway... so I don't even know why I started with Bluehost originally. Use the coupon code: "1cent" and your first month of hosting is only 1 penny.

Watch the 2nd video on this page for an exact walkthrough of setting up Hostgator and WordPress...

 

OptimizePress 2.0

optimizepress-2Optimize Press 2.0: I use OptimizePress on all of my sites and it is a marketer's dream. With 2.0 it now comes with a built-in membership plugin, so you don't even need an external plugin like Wishlist Member or DAP to protect your products.

It let's you quickly and easily create high-converting sales pages, opt-in pages, and membership portals. My favorite function is the extremely useful and conversion-boosting page elements it gives you. Things like Johnson boxes, feature tables, pricing tables, progress bars, order bars, and much more.

Oh... and it automatically makes all of your webpages mobile-optimized, even your membership pages. This is absolutely huge for today's websites.

If you purchase OptimizePress 2.0 through my link, email me your receipt  at nate (at) strayblogger.com and I'll send you my "Squeeze Page Cheat Sheet" report that has 10 of my favorite fill-in-the-blank headlines, and it teaches you how to make any squeeze page irresistible to your prospects, no matter the niche.

 

GetResponse

getresponse-2If you don't take any of the rest of my advice, open a GetResponse account and start building a list. Having a list of subscribers is the only way to get real "push-button" traffic.

It also exponentially builds the traffic to your website, and when you throw an effective auto responder sequence of emails into the mix you have automated traffic and income.

GetResponse is the best auto-responder service out there... Read this post to see why...

If you sign up for a paid GetResponse account through my link, just let me know and I'll send you my "Email Marketing Quickstart" report that will give you the framework for your first auto responder sequence, as well as how to write subject lines and emails that get opened and generate sales.

 

The 3 Step Business Model That Works

Probably the most frustrating thing for you has been all of the different methods, software, plugins, and "blueprints" to choose from... and knowing where to start and what "plan" to follow.

Here is my exact model boiled down into 3 steps that will build you a repeatable, long-term online business:

1) Write a Kindle ebook and put it up for sale on the Kindle store. You'll earn money from the book sales obviously but you'll also link to a high-converting squeeze page that you've built with OptimizePress. On this page, you're giving away some sort of bonus report for your readers. When they opt-in, they'll be added to your GetResponse subscriber list.

2) You'll setup an auto responder sequence with your GetResponse account that delivers content emails that engage, educate, and inspire your readers, and you'll also occasionally send promotion emails for other Kindle books you publish,or higher-priced information products.

3) You'll keep publishing new Kindle books, new content on your site, and maybe even your own information products. When you do, you simply send a broadcast email from your GetResponse account that let's your subscribers know.

Your website and your Kindle books will have a mutually beneficial relationship. When you send traffic to your Kindle books using your site and your GetResponse list, you'll see a spike in sales as well as an increase in your Kindle rankings.

When you link to a squeeze page from your Kindle books like I mentioned, these spikes in your Kindle rankings will also result in a spike in your subscribers, and this whole process just starts to snowball.

If you want detailed training on every step of this process, that's exactly what you'll find inside of StraybloggerTraining.com.

 

  • ServInt: I now host my sites on an upgraded VPS server with ServInt since I had to move from my shared host. ServInt has been an absolute dream, and if you’re at the point where you’re thinking about upgrading to a super fast VPS server, I can’t recommend ServInt enough. If you’re just starting out I still recommend Hostgator because you can start with their super-cheap shared hosting and you can seamlessly upgrade to a VPS later on when you need to.

 

25 Comments

  • Gene

    Reply Reply March 7, 2012

    In your section, “Getting Backlinks”, are you saying that the links you’ll get from Build My Rank are a lot Better than what you’ll get from Unique Article Wizard?

    • Nate

      Reply Reply March 8, 2012

      Gene- They’re very different. BMR links are definitely higher quality, but they take way more time to build than UAW links. UAW links can’t be beat for Youtube videos- they get Youtube videos ranked highly pretty much everytime.

  • Bob

    Reply Reply April 15, 2012

    Hey Nate

    In on of your videos I noticed you editing a post in word press and in addition to the TinyMCEAdvanced editing buttons there seemed to be what looked like cool in color checkmark buttons. What plugin is that?!

    thanks

    Bob

    • Nate

      Reply Reply April 15, 2012

      Bob- It’s actually just built into Profits Theme.

      It is a cool feature, and the other thing that’s awesome is the different color-text-boxes you can insert into posts with either solid borders or dashed borders.

  • Shaun

    Reply Reply April 18, 2012

    Hey Nate, just wondering what you think of Brad Callens Article Submitter and his SEO Elite? Have you heard of em and do you have any input about em? Thanks Nate.

  • Shaun

    Reply Reply April 18, 2012

    Sorry Nate, forgot to ask one more thing in my previous post: Also was wondering if you’ve heard of HeatMap Theme for WP and if ya have, what you think of it also. Thanks again.

    • Nate

      Reply Reply April 18, 2012

      Shaun- I don’t know anything about those services you mentioned. If you use them and they’re working for you then that’s all that matters.

      I know that some people sign up for as many link services as they can but that’s usually overkill… so I’ve never really looked past the services that I started getting results with- although I am trying Link Authority and ArticleRanks right now since BMR passed away.

  • Lori

    Reply Reply April 18, 2012

    About the bonus video course on icontact – Is it just a course on using icontact itself or does it go into some more about list building?

    • Nate

      Reply Reply April 18, 2012

      It’s mostly a walkthrough of setting up your first campaign: freebie, welcome email, and optin form.

  • Paul Kostoff

    Reply Reply April 30, 2012

    Hi, please tell me what is the best Amazon oriented WP Theme that you use beside Profits Theme. As i see Profits Theme is more squeeze page oriented.
    Thank you

    • Nate

      Reply Reply May 3, 2012

      Paul- I use Profits Theme on all my sites.. I don’t have a certain one for just Amazon sites. It’s highly customizable- even with just its regular blog settings it’s easy to get a site to look how I want it.

      • Robert

        Reply Reply May 29, 2012

        Yes Nate, I was wondering about Profits Theme.

        Looking at the sales page it is all about Squeeze pages, membership sites etc.

        Are you saying that it is still worth buying Profits Theme, even if we are not using most of the functions.

        Robert

        • Nate

          Reply Reply May 29, 2012

          Robert- I think it is, simply because you can use it for any type of site, and since it’s an unlimited license, once you get to where you need a squeeze page or sales page, you have that functionality at no added cost.

          • Robert

            May 30, 2012

            Hi Nate.

            Yes, I can see your point, thanks for the reply.

  • Lori

    Reply Reply June 16, 2012

    Do you know if Profits theme ever go on sale or offer a discount of any sort? I really like the look of it, but don’t have $97 for it right now.

    • Nate

      Reply Reply June 19, 2012

      Lori- The only sale I’ve seen them do was their 1 year anniversary of releasing it… I don’t know if they’ll do that again or not.

  • clemy

    Reply Reply July 3, 2012

    how much does niche profit classroom costs? is it one time payment or monthly payment?

    • Nate

      Reply Reply July 3, 2012

      There’s a $1 trial, and then it’s $67 a month for as long as you want access to it.

  • clemy

    Reply Reply July 3, 2012

    thanks.. i have a question about the keyword tool.. between market samurai and longtail pro. If i have to choose one, which one would you recommend me? Is market samurai still process as fast as last time or it takes long time to load?

    • Nate

      Reply Reply July 3, 2012

      I would choose Market Samurai if you just get one. I use MS for 95% of my keyword research- it’s just a lot faster.

  • Jacob

    Reply Reply July 4, 2012

    What about traffic Travis and the best spinner I heard they are good as well. Have you ever tried them.

    • Nate

      Reply Reply July 5, 2012

      I’ve tried Traffic Travis and it was good- but day to day I end up using Market Samurai by far the most.

  • Natalie Normyle

    Reply Reply August 16, 2012

    Hey Nate,

    Picked up Profits theme from your link yesterday –
    All I can say is, I wish I would have picked this up when I first heard you mention it!
    Straight out of the box it looked better and was easier to use than that damn (other name not mentioned) $97. Clickbank theme I had nothing but hassles with for the last 6+ months.
    This is awesome – makes me think it’s not me after all 😉

    Natalie Normyle

    • Nate

      Reply Reply August 16, 2012

      Natalie- Good to hear. I’ve had nothing but a great experience with Profits Theme over the last year and a half. Thanks for getting it through my link- I appreciate it.

  • Carlos G.

    Reply Reply November 5, 2012

    Hey Nate!, thanks for sharing all these awesome tools. Look, I’m working on a blog for Spanish Speaker Readers and I was wondering how can you know that someone used your link to make a purchase so you can offer your support, as you offered above?. I mean, that’s an excellent way to encourage people to use your affiliate link, but how can the purchaser demonstrate that he/she used and purchased from YOUR link?, how can you control that?. Thanks so much for your help!!!

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