On this page you'll find resources and tools I find invaluable while working on your online business. I've included links from getting your website up and running, to free resources, page builders and affiliate networks.
My aim with this internet marketing tools and resources page is to have everything at my (and yours) fingertips, so bookmark this page and return when ever you need to. Enjoy!
1. First you'll need a domain name (e.g.: mine is imangelo.com). You can get a domain name at NameCheap or NameSilo. A domain is inexpensive, so grab one now. I recommend NameSilo as they include free privacy so you keep your name, address, email address private.
2. Next you'll need web hosting. This is where your website files and data is stored. I recommend HostGator. You can get hosting for a few dollars a month. I suggest you get the Baby plan.
3. Now you have everything you need to have your very own website! All you need to do is link your domain name with your host provider. You can do this via the Name Servers. Log in to your cPanel, and scroll down to the bottom where you'll find a box called 'Account Information'.
There you'll see two Name Servers, examples would be:
4. Now, with your name servers jotted down. You'll need to update your domain name name server, to these. This links your website name with the website files (i.e. WordPress files).
5. Log into your NameCheap or NameSilo account. You should see an area where you can manage your domain setup. Here you should look for Nameservers. Select custom DNS, and enter the nameservers you got from your cpanel into the fields. Save, and wait for around 24 hours for the update to take place.
6. Next you'll need to install WordPress. You can easily do this with a few clicks. Simply log into your cPanel area as before. You should see a QuickInstall icon. Select WordPress, enter the required details and you'll have WordPress installed.
(Top tip: Don't use admin as your username. Use a different username to make it harder for hackers to get into your site. Believe me, they try).
7. Next you'll need a theme. A theme is the general look and feel of your website. There are many free themes out there, so take a look and pick one you like. If however, you want to create landing pages, squeeze pages, thank you and download pages, then you will need a page builder.
(Note: For both of these, Thrive and Divi, I'd suggest getting their all inclusive deal. You get all their themes and plugins, which are packed with value, and constantly updated and improved.
You may want to read an article on Why I like Thrive over Divi. (My recommendation may change however, as Divi 3.0 has just been released. It promises to be a fantastic website and page builder. You can visit Elegant Themes, the creators of Divi here.)
There you have it. All the links you'll need to get started with your online business. We've covered the basics of getting your first website online, to autoresponders for your follow up emails, to themes and landing page builders, and then touched on traffic and affiliate networks.
I hope this has helped you find your way easily. It's helped me have these links at hand, so please feel free to bookmark this page and return as you need to.