My favorite business resources

These are some of the resources I use in my business every day, or which I've used in the past and recommend.

If you ever have a question about any of these products or services, just send me an email.

Website Resources

Site5

Hosting company with great customer service.

WP Engine

Managed hosting for WordPress sites. Amazing customer service, high security, faster speed, and all sorts of other benefits just for WordPress sites.  I used to host ContentSparks here, and then had things like my affiliate program at Site5. One note, since you can't get email through WP Engine, I use Google Apps for that.

Namecheap

Domain name registration. Google their latest month's coupon code before buying anything.

Thrive Leads

Plugin for creating and testing opt-in forms – slide-ups, top ribbon, lightboxes, pop-ups, side bars, in content, widgets, etc etc.

Easy Video Suite

For managing videos and creating cool-looking players (like a computer screen). Also great for added things like pop-up information, opt-ins, links and other events ‘inside' your video.

WooThemes/WooCommerce

The theme and shopping cart on Content Sparks. They have an ENDLESS number of options for extensions/plugins for adding whatever functionality you want.

Genesis Theme

The theme on my blog. A tried and true favorite for many people.

Teachable

Our online course platform. I love Teachable because it's easy to use, doesn't overwhelm you with a billion options (but still has what I need), integrates with my email platform, and has great support (especially for Pro plan subscribers).

Daily Business Tools

Active Campaign

The full-featured autoresponder and email marketing service I now use as my main tool. Easy to set up automations, segmentation, tagging, and more. Integrates with Woocommerce (via the ActiveWoo plugin) and other shopping carts and services.

Sendgrid

For reliably sending emails to my customers and affiliates from both my WordPress site and my affiliate software. No worrying about the whims and potential security issues of shared servers on webhosts.

Backup Buddy

For backing up my WordPress websites. However, for sites on WP Engine, they do the backing up for you. Then you don't need this.

Dropbox

My important files in the cloud so I can access anywhere and share. I have it on my computers, iPad, and phone!

Evernote

My online filing system for notes, clippings, emails, etc. I also have this on every device so that I can't lose any notes.

Mozy Home

Online backup for my computer files

Kaspersky

Computer antivirus protection

Pretty Link Pro

Create ‘pretty' affiliate and link redirects

Tools for Content Creation

Deposit Photos

My go-to site for stock photos for my ecovers, blog posts, lead magnets, ads, and more.

Microsoft Office Suite

Word, PowerPoint and Excel for documents, slide shows, slide videos, spreadsheets, and pdfs. I also use Adobe for pdfs, but it's not essential.

Camtasia

Screen recording and video editing. You can get a good deal on a bundle with Camtasia AND Snagit together HERE.

SnagIt

Screen capture, image editing, and creation of quick graphics.

Vidnami (formerly Content Samurai)

Incredibly easy tool for creating videos with images and video backgrounds overlaid with text. Can add your own video clips and audio track or record directly in the app. They have a big selection of background music too. Great for making a wide range of videos.

Market Samurai

Keyword research tool from the same people as Content Samurai.

eCover Authority

Easy eCovers that you can design yourself quickly and generate in a variety of 3D styles. I sometimes get 2D covers created on Fiverr.com and then use eCover Authority to create 3D versions. CLICK HERE to get an exclusive discount for Content Sparks followers.

iDevAffiliate

The affiliate software I use in my affiliate program.

Canva

Free online platform for creating quick social graphics, coupons, ads, covers, Fangates and more

LeadPages

High-converting templates for all types of landing pages – sales, opt-in, thank-you, webinar, etc. Easy to create 2-step ‘leadboxes' for pop up optins. LeadPages can host your lead magnets and landing pages for you, or there is a plugin or html code to do it yourself. This is probably the easiest option if you don't have experience creating landing pages, or you want to save time by using a pre-made template that's proven to convert. They also have drag ‘n drop page options for building your own page from scratch.

Thrive Quiz Builder

An extremely affordable quiz building WordPress plugin from Thrive Themes that has more features than most of the expensive online tools. Great for lead generation, data collection, self-assessments, and more!

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