If you’ve read through any of my blog posts or my Start Here page, you’ll notice that I recommend using different kinds of software, tools and resources to help grow your online business. The reason why I recommend these tools is because they have helped me to grow my online businesses beyond what I could have ever done alone.
The tools that I recommend and use can be found on this page. I try to write supporting blog posts to help you better understand why I think these tools and resources are awesome and show you exactly how I use them myself.
Full Disclosure: Some of the links provided below are affiliate links. I will earn a commission if you decide to purchase some of the recommended items. I want you to know that any of the products or services that I recommend are ones that I am presently using or have used in the past. I have spent a lot of money trying out different services and the only ones that I recommend are the ones that I find noteworthy. I wouldn’t recommend buying all of the products and services listed on this page, but only the ones that you feel are necessary to grow your business. I will continue to update this page as I test resources that are invaluable to my business.
I hope this resource page will save you time in finding the right tools, software and resources for your business.
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If you’re not a designer or developer, this is a great all-in-one software to have in your toolkit. You can view all of the templates you’ll get for free as a Leadpages user.
Google Analytics is the primary tool that I use for analyzing my search traffic and goal conversions. I wrote a quick guide on how to setup Google Analytics which will give you the basics of installing it on your site, tracking goal conversions and using filters to get the most accurate results.
Google Webmaster Tools is another great tool by Google. It allows you to see data like Google’s crawl errors, the number of indexed sites, links that are pointing to your site and gives you the ability to submit your sitemap manually to them. It’s a great tool to have, although I don’t spend too much time using it.
Google Adsense is the primary ad network that I use for websites where I am monetizing with advertisements. If you are looking to make money from your website by having advertisements in your designated spots, Adsense would be a good place to start.
Google Adwords is a great way to advertise your own website. If you have an advertising budget, you can try out Adwords. It can get a little risky and scary the first time you are setting it up. I’ll have to create a tutorial on this, but it doesn’t hurt to take a look at it ahead of time. Please be careful before creating and launching your first campaign in the case that you don’t have your daily budget limits set correctly. You can end up getting charged a lot. My first mess up with Adwords cost me about $300 for zero traffic in less than 5 minutes.
Google Drive is an awesome way to stay organized and share documents with collaborators. It is essentially a Microsoft Office Suite that stores your information on the cloud so you can access it at any time. It is an invaluable tool that I use to collaborate with others on projects. All you need is a Google account or Gmail account to get started.