Every web entrepreneur and online business designer needs a set of tools and resources, myself included. So here’s a nice set to get you going:

1. Market and keyword research

  • Market Samurai – for me, the only tool worth checking out when it comes to doing market and keyword research. Market Samurai provides a completely free keyword research module, and 7-day free trial modules for: online competition analysis, rank tracking, publishing content, and more. The full version of the software starts at $97.

2. The basis – getting a domain and hosting

  • Go Daddy – easy domain registration for less than $10.
  • Host Gator – reliable hosting. One of the leaders in the field. You can start for less than $4 a month.

3. Setting up a website

  • WordPress – the best website operating system available. Period. And it’s free. Visit this site to get a copy.
  • ThemeIsle – one of the best looking and most functional WordPress themes on the internet. Affordable and reliable. Remember – don’t use free themes – they’re evil.
  • Thesis Theme – one of the most popular theme frameworks on the web. I only recommend this if you already have a web developer who has the experience and can manage it for you. Big SEO possibilities, according to many satisfied users.
  • TeslaThemes – the newest player among WordPress theme stores. Impressive and beautifully designed, properly structured themes. What else would you need?

4. Setting up an email list

  • MailChimp – my favorite email delivery service. Extremely easy to use, and they even offer a free plan for people who are just starting out with email marketing.

5. Education

Training material by ProBlogger:

6. Books worth reading

Some of my most favorite books. Each with an Amazon link:

7. Additional tools

  • Productivity tools – I put together a large feature on the top productivity tools out there. Check it out to grow your daily efficiency noticeably and get s*** done!
  • The Best Spinner – the name says it all. It’s the best article spinner available. Not only my opinion, but hundreds of other marketers’ as well. You can get a 7 day trial for $7.
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