Tools I Love

Web Hosting One stop shop for all needs! Look for coupons to get web-hosting and other services Bluehost is inexpensive, reliable and offers a wide array of free services. Storm On Demand is the dedicated web host and If you are looking for VPS or dedicated hosting, Storm On Demand is awesome.They specialize in WordPress hosting and will make sure your blog runs as fast as possible.Keyword Research ToolsLong Tail Pro is the favorite keyword research tool.Free TOOL! Only pay when someone clicks. Learn how Google AdWords can help your business.Services: Google AdWords, AdWords Express, Google Display Network, YouTube Video AdsAmazon ToolsThe best Amazon product research tool out there. You can instantly find out how much money a product is making on Amazon.10x Growth on Your AMZ Sales? For AMZN Sellers – Start Today!14 Days Free Trial · Flexible Plans · Find Profitable Products · Optimize PPC CampaignsThe best way to solicit legitimate product reviews on Amazon ( Amazon changes it policies every quarter- do confirm). What’s nice about Feedback Genius is that you can set up automated email sequences to your Amazon customers and generate reviews on autopilot. Highly recommended!Snag Shout is a great way to launch a brand new product on Amazon. Perhaps the largest marketplace of Amazon product reviewers on the Internet, you can easily snag a bunch of reviews to jump start your listing.Another dashboard tool that tells you which products are making a profit and how much money you are truly making on Amazon after all fees. Email MarketingSign up for GoDaddy Email Marketing services today to boost customer retention and to increase revenue. Unleash our easy to use email marketing solution.They are by far the most feature-rich email marketing provider for bloggers and they are very reasonably priced for the functionality you get.IContact: Powerful email marketing for businesses of any size! Plans for any budget.Domain Registrar and SSL Certsinexpensive  SSL certificates compared to GoDaddy. As their name implies, everything they offer is at a great price!GoDaddy offers an excellent and easy to use interface with which to manage your domain names. GoDaddy is the service I use for all of my domain management.Incorporation, DBA, Business PaperworkFor everything from registering your DBA or filing for an LLC or corporation, LegalZoom is awesome because they get the job done at a fraction of the price. Trademark/ PatentsThey focus their efforts on helping small businesses like mine. In addition, they run their company like a small mom and pop shop.For everything from registering your DBA or filing for an LLC or corporation, LegalZoom is awesome because they get the job done at a fraction of the price. Trademark/ PatentsProduct SourcingAlibaba Group Holding Limited is a Chinese e-commerce company that provides consumer-to-consumer, business-to-consumer and business-to-business sales services via web portalsIf you want to import your goods from Asia, then Global Sources is a good place to start. Going through the massive lists of suppliers can be intimidating on this site, but it’s a good place to learn about various trade shows and get in touch with potential vendors.This is the trade show that my wife and I try and make every year. It is enormous and a good way to meet vendors face to face if you don’t mind traveling to China.Shopping CartsOpenCart is easy to use a shopping cart that runs extremely fast on shared hosting environments. In addition, most shared hosts like BlueHost offer a 1 click install. Open Cart has most of the features you need to run a small-medium sized e-commerce business and it’s free!If you do not know a lick of HTML or CSS, and you want to design a good looking website without a designer, then Shopify is probably the shopping cart for you. While you’ll have to pay higher fees than some of the other shopping carts, Shopify’s templates and design tools are much better than the rest.Like Volusion, BigCommerce also offers a great self-hosted shopping cart solution for a fixed monthly fee. Big Commerce has a really nice drag and drops interface so you can design your shopping cart without knowing any HTML whatsoever. While they haven’t been around as long as Volusion and they don’t offer 24-hour support, they are slightly cheaper and provide you with free credit towards Google Adwords.PrestaShop is another open source shopping cart that I recommend. PrestaShop is more feature rich than Open Cart out of the box but it is generally harder to edit and change if you are not as tech-savvy. But if you are happy with the plugins and features it supports out of the box, it’s great!Credit Card Payment ProcessorsHere’s what I like about eMerchant. First off, they will analyze your past statements to make sure that they can beat the rate that you are currently getting. The other thing that I like about Merchant Plus is that they offer awesome customer service.Unlike other free credit card processing plans like Stripe which only provide email support, eMerchant has a number that you can call and get a real human on the phone. eMerchant also integrates seamlessly with all of the open source shopping carts that I recommend.Paypal is nice because you can ship your packages directly from their interface which saves you from having to use a service like Stamps.com. However, their rates are higher so you have to weigh the pros/cons compared to using a service like Merchant Plus. Can also process credit cards via them Communication, Internet TelephonyIt’s free and it’s versatile. Google voice allows you to forward a call from one number to any phone line that you want. My wife and I use Google voice all the time and this service is completely free.Skype is great for making international calls. If we have to contact our overseas vendors, we always use Skype because the rates are incredibly low.Marketing ToolsAdwords is an incredible tool. Use it to drive very targeted traffic to your online store so you can gain new customers and improve your conversion rate. Even though most of our customers arrive at our website organically today, we still run Adwords to drive traffic because the ROI is excellent.With easy to use templates and awesome email tracking, this service is must-have if you run a newsletter.Shipping CarriersUnited States Postal Service – Since they are the cheapest shipping carrier and most of our items are lightweight, we use USPS for the majority of our orders. They aren’t the most reliable but are by far the cheapest if your package weighs less than 2 lbs.FedEx – If the package exceeds 2 lbs, FedEx is our carrier of choice. As soon as you open an account, you get 15% off shipping which makes it cheaper than UPS out of the box. If you ship high volumes, then you can negotiate for better pricing.Good carrier for International shipmentsThe UPS store is awesome because you can sign up for a mailbox that has a real physical address. If you don’t want to use your own address (if you run your business out of your home) or if you just want to use a separate address, then opening a UPS store mailbox is ideal. Best of all, they will email you whenever you have mail. Bookkeeping and FinancesQuickbooks – Quickbooks has become the defacto standard for small business bookkeeping. It’s inexpensive and it’s easy to use once you get the hang of it.Packing SuppliesULine is awesome! We get most if not all of our packing supplies from here and they are all reasonably priced.
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