Here are tools and software I use or know others who use them.
**You may find a link to the founders I have interviewed from the company.
Please note that some of the products below may have affiliate links which means if you click on the link and buy I may make a buck or two. This does not change the cost to you, but allows the site to earn a referral commission. You can always just go straight to the product website and purchase too. I only recommend products I use personally or have someone I trust who uses it.
Recommended Conferences and Groups:
Rise25 Inner Circle is for 6,7,8 figure Entrepreneurs to accomplish your biggest goals & be held accountable to do so with other like minded Entrepreneurs – (Application Only)
Prosper Show: Ecommerce Conference for Top Amazon Sellers
Shoptalk : the nextgen Commerce Event
Shoptalk is a blockbuster retail & ecommerce event. It covers the rapid evolution of how consumers discover, shop and buy—from new technologies and much more.
Screenflow – Screen recording and video editing on a Mac.
Camtasia – Screen recording and video editing on a PC.
Ecamm for mac – skype call recorder for Mac
Vodburner- skype call recorder for PC
Google hangouts- free way to record video
Wistia – awesome for video hosting. They are very fast and their stats reports are great. Their team is super friendly. Click here to start with the FREE PLAN
Interview with Founder of Wistia Chris Savage
Youtube – free version for video hosting.
Amazon S3 – store large audio & video files. It is very inexpensive
Use WordPress – Totally free and super flexible.
Thesis – one of the best WordPress themes available.
OptimizePress -makes great sales pages easy
Woo Themes – another very popular premium theme company. You get all their themes for one yearly fee.
Wishlist for membership sites. Here is Interview with Founder of Wishlist Stu McLaren
Disqus for managing comments
Backup Buddy – make sure you secure a back up of your site in case something happens
Quick Cache – improves the performance and speed of your site
Contact form 7 – a contact form plugin so people can get in touch
Akismet – protect your website from spam
Bluebrry Powerpress Plugin – Getting your podcast published in the iTunes store
Essential For Backups:
VaultPress for site backup
Backup Buddy – make sure you have a secure back up
Spanning – Essential to back up gmail, google drive, calendar & contacts
Click here to save $5 on Spanning Backup
Mic and equipment
see cliff ravenscraft site for equipment recommendations http://podcastanswerman.com/
I use Blue Yeti Mic
Andrew Warner uses Rode Podcaster
Google Adwords Tool – Very helpful for assisting you in managing your Adwords campaigns.
Rackspace – more expensive option
hostgator – great support is a terrific host for when you are first starting out.
suggestion anyone on others you use?
Testing & Tracking Your Results
Google Analytics – free
awstats in your hosting – free
Google Website Optimizer –Free and Great tool for split-testing different variations on your website.
Visual website Optimizer –paid tool, amazing and easy to change your web pages and even has heat map tracking
oDesk – Finding contractors for anything you need.
99Designs – Premier marketplace for crowdsourced graphic design and logos.
Speechpad – transcribe audio files into text.
Launch Tower- great web design and management
Aweber – super easy to send and automate emails and create web forms for people to sign up.
Made to Stick
All Marketers are Liars
4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
What the Dog Saw and Other Adventure
Built to Last and Good to Great by Jim Collins
I listen to about 2-4 books a week and am always looking for suggestions so email me anytime with your favorites!