Justin Bryant2 Comments
June 6, 2015
I decided that creating an all-in-one page full of all the resources you need to be a successful internet entrepreneur would be extremely helpful for new and even experienced business owners.
As an entrepreneur myself, I have had a lot of trial and error, highs, lows, failures, successes, etc. along my journey and I know there will be a lot more in the future.
I want you to have it easier than I did starting out.
That is one of the main reasons I created Self Made Success is to help you take my experience, as well as the experience of others, and use it to avoid a lot of the failures and uncertainties that come with being an entrepreneur.
For this reason, I’m going to share with you my top 50 resources for internet entrepreneurs to help you build a business the right way.
I will update this over time to make sure you always have the best resources at your disposal without having to spend days researching and going through countless resources before finding the best ones.
Don’t forget to bookmark this page so you don’t forget anything or miss any updates.
I’m going to group these by what the products or services do for you and what you should use them for to better organize them for you.
Bluehost: Most of the top bloggers around will tell you Bluehost is definitely one of the top options for web hosting services.
You blog can’t function without first being hosted, and when it comes to starting a blog, you can’t beat Bluehost. Get Bluehost here for special discount of less than $3 with a free domain.
Hostgator: If you decide for whatever reason that Bluehost isn’t for you, then the second best reasonably priced hosting service I recommend is Hostgator.
Hostgator compares very well with Bluehost and may be a better option for you, depending on your needs. Get Hostgator at a very discounted price here.
To compare Bluehost vs Hostgator, read the full comparison here.
WordPress: Wordpress is the #1 blogging platform in the world and is the only one I recommend. No other platform compares to WordPress because of its user-friendliness, countless customization options and of course, it’s 100% free.
Godaddy: Of course, to finish setting up the bare essentials of your blog, you are going to need a domain. I recommend you get a .com domain to make your website look more professional and be more memorable for your audience.
Don’t make your domain too long and use a name that is easy to remember, but describes your brand well. Prices for .com domains start at $9.99. Of course your domain is free if you sign up with the special Bluehost offer I mentioned.
Optimizepress: Last but not least, to finish your WordPress blog setup completely, you need to pick a good theme. Your theme is the structure and design of your site. Personally, I prefer to use Optimizepress.
Optimizepress is what Self Made Success runs on and I absolutely love it. It’s is easy to drag and drop, customize, set up lead capture pages, membership sites, etc.
Studiopress: If you are less concerned about marketing, customization, lead generation, sales conversions, etc. and more concerned about speed and site performance, I recommend you go with any Studiopress theme.
These premium themes are very well built and are some of the absolute best when it comes to speed, performance and SEO.
Getresponse: Getresponse is the email service I use for collecting leads and conducting my email marketing. It’s so easy to use, has tons of features and is a very reasonable price.
Try Getresponse for a special discount here.
Aweber: Not a big fan of Getresponse? The only other autoresponder I would use and recommend is Aweber. Although I slightly favor Getresponse over Aweber these days, I definitely had great experiences with Aweber and would recommend them to anyone.
Try out Aweber for a special discount here.
UpWork (Formerly Odesk): This is one of the absolute best places to get tasks outsourced, especially more complicated ones.
UpWork is a site full of freelancers that you can hire to do different jobs for you and you can even build a long term relationship with a Virtual Assistant for regular tasks. You hire a Virtual Assistant for under $3/hour here.
Elance: Elance is a lot like UpWork. You can hire professional freelancers for different tasks here that you need done. UpWork and Elance are two of the top outsourcing services on the web.
Fiverr: Fiverr is a great place to outsource and get smaller tasks done for you. Fiverr is a little more casual than Upwork or Elance because most tasks are done for $5 (hence the name “Fiverr”).
99Designs: If you need professional images, covers, labels, or any other kinds of designs outsourced, 99Designs is the best place to do it.
Here, you create a contest and the designers around the world compete to create the best design for you. Then, you pick the best one. You’ll find a lot of quality work here (like the 4 Hour Workweek bestselling book design).
SpeechPad: If you need transcripts done for your videos or podcasts, this is the place to get them done.
Blogging With John Chow: If you want to learn more about building a successful blog, this is a great course to go through. John Chow (the one who does the course) makes over 7 figures with his blog, so you will learn a lot from him like I have.
K Money Mastery: Stefan Pylarinos is one of the better Amazon Kindle entrepreneurs I’ve seen.
In this course, you get to watch him start from scratch, create a quality ebook, publish it on Amazon, market it, get reviews, rank it for keywords and get sales from it.
I learned a ton from K Money Mastery and recommend it to anyone wanting to start an ebook business.
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated): This book has changed my life.
Tim Ferriss did a great job with this book teaching people how to live the life of their dreams, be more productive, work less and earn more. This is one of the must-have books for entrepreneurs.
Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller – Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century: Think And Grow Rich is another book that has changed countless lives, especially for entrepreneurs.
The author, Napoleon Hill, devoted decades of his life to studying the most successful people in the world to find out what they have in common, so he could share his research with you.
Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life: This book really is interesting. I loved every minute of reading it.
It teaches all about your own human psychology and how to create more successful businesses, be more productive, be healthier, have better relationships and be happier.
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind: This book is perfect for you if you want to learn how your mind really works and how you can basically reprogram your mind like a computer to get whatever you want in life.
The Science of Getting Rich (A Thrifty Book): In this book, Wallace D. Wattles breaks down success into an exact science.
He shows you want successful people have done to get where they are and the scientific methods you can use to get the same results.
IPAS2: IPAS2 is the first ever franchise-style business that is actually internet-based (Franchise example: McDonald’s).
If you want to start a business quickly and not worry about having to set up websites, make squeeze pages, deal with hosting, track marketing numbers, figure out the best kinds of advertising, find people to mentor you, go through a bunch of courses to learn what to do, create email followups, set up autoresponders, make sales on the phone, etc., IPAS2 is for you.
IPAS2 comes with pre-made and tested squeeze pages, full sales funnels, high-quality traffic sources, advanced campaign analytics, never-ending training for business owners, tax professionals, easy setup walkthroughs, a prebuilt SEO-optimized WordPress blog, your own personal business coach, a sales team for calling your prospects and making sales for you, and much more.
Get your IPAS2 franchise-style business system for a fraction of the cost that it would take to do everything yourself at this special discount link.
Ultimate Lifestyle Toolkit: This free toolkit will teach you how to get more out of life, reach your goals, have more motivation, bring out your full potential and live the life you’ve always dreamed of.
How To Make The Internet Work For You: This free course will teach you the top 3 best ways to build a profitable business online and how to master them all. It’s very informative.
75 Tools For Turbocharging Your Social Following: This free report will teach you which free and low-cost tools the experts use to dominate and automate their social media marketing.
LeadPages: This easily one of the best online resources for creating lead capture pages (squeeze pages), product launch pages and sales pages extremely fast using templates that already have been tested by top marketers.
Optimizepress: I know, I know, I already mentioned Optimizepress as a theme earlier in the post, but it isn’t just a theme… It also comes with a plugin if you just want to create capture pages, launch pages or sales pages without using the entire theme.
For instance, if you wanted to use a Studiopress theme, but wanted to use Optimizepress for your marketing pages, you would just use the plugin.
Ninja Popups: I use the Ninja popups WordPress plugin to collect leads for my blogs and create any popups I need.
OptinSkin: Need to embed an opt-in form at the bottom of your blog posts to collect more leads? OptinSkin is the plugin for you.
Web Resizer: This online image tool is what I personally use to edit, crop and optimize images before putting them on my blog. It is free, easy to use and very effective. Watch my video on how to use it here.
PicMonkey: PicMonkey is a great place to find and edit images for your blog posts. It comes with a lot of great features and is very affordable for less than $3 per month. I recommend it.
Flickr Creative Commons: Need images that are free in price and free from copyright? Use Flickr Creative Commons to find images for your marketing.
iStockPhoto: If you need to purchase quality, royalty-free images for your websites, I recommend iStockPhoto.
Easy Video Suite: This is what I use to make all my videos. Easy Video Suite has a great screen-capture tool that allows you to record your screen during videos and even draw on the screen to highlight, draw or write important things on the video for your viewers.
You can then upload the video to their website where it will be hosted and you can edit the look of the video, add subscription areas, etc. It’s one of my favorite video marketing tools. Get it at a special discount here.
Camtasia: This is a really high quality software for recording screen capture videos and editing them.
LeadPlayer: This WordPress plugin allows you to embed opt-in forms at the end of videos.
Mint: Is a really nice free service that allows you to keep track of your finances, create a budget, watch your savings, etc. They also have graphs and analytics to help you track everything.
Personal Capital: This is a great, free resource that is very similar to Mint, except is a little more detailed, especially in the investment planning area. You prefer this over Mint or the other way around.
Google Analytics: If you have a website and aren’t using Google Analytics for your website analytics, you need to start using it right away.
It’s free and will tell you everything you need to know about your website’s traffic, conversions, what’s working and what’s not.
Bit.ly: This is the perfect service for shortening your links and tracking the amount of clicks they get.
Pretty Link: Need to mask URLs for your website using either link shorteners or you own domain? Pretty Link is the perfect plugin for this.
Createspace: If you need to actually publish a hard copy or paperback version of your book to sell on Amazon, Createspace is the company you need to use.
Kindle Direct Publishing: This is where you can publish your Kindle books on Amazon’s website and make money from them.
Clickbank: Need to sell digital products or get affiliates to help sell it for you? Or do you want to make an income by marketing other people’s products for a commission?
Either way, Clickbank is the most popular online marketplace for vendors and affiliates.
Paypal: Paypal is perfect for collecting payments quickly and securely.
WarriorForum: Want to join a community of internet marketers where you can ask questions, participate in discussions and meet other internet entrepreneurs like you? If so, this is the perfect forum for you.
LegalZoom: LegalZoom allows you to easily set up an incorporation or an LLC online.
Market Samurai: Market Samurai is the best tool for keyword research that you can get. It will definitely help you get better rankings in search engines.
Google Keyword Planner: It’s free and one of the best tools for researching keywords for your blog.
Sucuri: When you depend on your website for your income, you need to make sure it is protected. Sucuri will keep people from tampering with your site, remove malware, etc.
Buffer: Buffer is perfect is you want to manage and schedule social media posts to sites like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc. It has engagement analytics and URL shortening as well with a very low price.
Hootsuite: If you don’t like Buffer for whatever reason, try Hootsuite. They make it easy to manage and view all your social media activity in one dashboard, so you can keep it organized. They also have engagement analytics and scheduling like Buffer.
See my full Buffer vs Hootsuite comparison here.
Easy Social Share Buttons: This is the social sharing plugin I currently use to get more social engagement, traffic and followers through my blog. It has by far the most features and customization of any social sharing plugin I’ve seen for a very reasonable, non-recurring price.
Google Hangouts: Google Hangouts makes it easy for you to have free, live meetings using your Google+ profile with other people. It is easy to use and very convenient.
GoToMeeting: Need to have small professional meetings online? GoToMeeting is perfect for that very purpose.
SumoMe: AppSumo created SumoMe as an all-in-one tool suite plugin that contains all kinds of great features for helping your grow your blog following and traffic.
Headline Analyzer: CoSchedule created a great tool that I recently discovered that allows you to analyze how likely your blog post headline is to get clicks and go viral. It gives you an overall score of how good your title is and gives you tips on how to improve it.
Copyscape: This is just a useful little tool that allows you to test whether articles are completely original or are likely to raise some red flags with search engines because of plagiarism.
Duplicate content doesn’t rank well and plagiarism is illegal, so I recommend you scan pages here to ensure guest posters, your rewritten articles and other pages are original enough.
With these 50+ resources, you can definitely build an extremely successful business online.
I recommend you bookmark this page if you haven’t already, because I will be updating it as time goes on to make sure you always know what the best resources are for internet entrepreneurs and which ones I’m using for my own businesses.
What your favorite business resources in this list?
I'm an entrepreneur, fitness freak, artist, car enthusiast, sports fan and self improvement addict. My goal is to help people be their best and create incredible businesses that change the world.
I’ve been reading about the differences between LeadPages & OptimizePress today- and your blog finally convinced me which was the best choice, at least for now. Eventually, I’ll order LeadPages too!
I signed up through your link. Thanks! 🙂
Glad I could help, Leslie. I hope you get great results!
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