What are the Basic Parts and Tools of an Internet Business or Blog?

What are the Basic Parts and Tools of an Internet Business or Blog?

What does the framework of an internet business really look like?  I mean in it’s purest form, what does it really take, at the bare minimum, to run a professional online business?

Note: I use each and every product on this page.  If you should ever have an issue with any of these products, you not only have the excellent corporate customer service of each of these products, but you will also have my help by messaging me via my “Contact Page“.  From there, we can communicate on the phone & (or) Skype.  One catch: so how can I provide free technical support to so many people?  Well, I get a small commission whenever you purchase a product from one of my links; therefore, if you ask me for technical support, I will need to do a quick verification that the vendor credited me a commission for your purchase.  This is the basic concept of affiliate marketing.  If you would like to break into this industry, I can help you with that as well.

INSTALLATION SERVICE

If you would like to avoid the hassle of setting up your blog, let me do it for free.  Hear this, you want a wordpress.org blog, not a wordpress.com.  Any of the .com or .blogspots, etc…, you don’t own your content.  You can say the wrong thing today and all your content is gone tomorrow.  WordPress.org is free by the way; but know this: it is a bit of an art choosing the right plugins and configuration of your website.  To ease your stress, I have a free blog installation service here.  But you can also do it yourself if you’re up for the task.  If you’d like to have a free live consult, click here and just message me.

 

DOMAIN NAME

Not so fast!  If you don’t yet have a webhost yet, many give you a free domain with each new account; therefore, if you don’t have a webhost yet, I recommend shopping for a webhost first.  At the very least, however, I prefer to search for domains on Godaddy.  Choose your domain wisely. Generally speaking, you are better off branding yourself than branding a company name unless you sell an actual physical product or well known service.  (Note: this .99 cent .com offer sometimes only works for new customers).

WEBHOST 1

I have this blog hosted with Inmotion Hosting.  They have always been reliable and fast.  Customer service is second to none.  And you do get a free domain with each account.   I’ve never done any real bench marks.  But just comparing this site to other sites of similar configuration on hostgator, I’d say Inmotion is a bit faster.

WEBHOST 2

I also have blogs hosted on Hostgator’s platform.  If you are absolutely needing a webhost with a “monthly” payplan,  I do recommend Hostgator.  The price tag is $3 to $8 per month.  And I have a coupon here to get your first month for a penny.  If you want the best pricing, be prepared to pay for 2 to 3 years at a time; but the savings are huge.

BLOG THEME

You will need a blog theme for which I recommend highly customizable, drag and drop, Elegant Themes.   The blog theme is the look, feel, and finer details of your blog.  Yes, WordPress comes with some free themes, but I don’t recommend them for any kind of monetization or major customization.  Those themes are for hobby’s.  If you’re interested in making a profit and running a legitimate business, you will need a paid blog theme.  Yes there are some more advanced themes such as Genesis and Thesis.  They have some great features but with those great features comes a much great learning curve. This is why I like Elegant Themes.  Right out of the box, it is functional and is customizeable in the setting of even a very basic skill set.

AUTORESPONDER

You will need a way to collect blog subscribers/visitors information.  I recommend Aweber.  Aweber starts at $19/month but you can get your first month for $1.00.  I have been with them for over 3 years and never looked back.   They are the best.

CREATE CAPTURE PAGES

You will need a way to build capture pages and custom optin boxes easily, quickly, and effectively; and for this I recommend LeadPages.  Nothing is easier for building fast loading, high converting, webpages.  They even have a plugin to easily let you replace any blog url with a LeadPage.  Easly plug and play interface.

LINKTRACKING

You will need a way to track your conversions.  If you’re doing 10 different things to promote, but only two of those things are working, wouldn’t you like to know which are your producers? If you’re not tracking you’re flying blind.  For this, I recommend Tracker.Ly.  You can get it here

High Ticket Offers

Now that you have all the pieces of your blog, you now need a high ticket, high commissionalble offer to promote.  I recommend MTTB.

IPhone 6+ (plus) is Too Big! I Returned it and Now Have Less Stress.

IPhone 6+ (plus) is Too Big! I Returned it and Now Have Less Stress.

It’s done….well I did it.  I parted with my beautiful space gray 64 GB iPhone 6+.  I’m a 6 plus traitor as the nephew put it.  This thing was massive.   It took almost 2 months to get here.  The whole two months, I watched everyone around me with their standard issue, new, shiny iPhone 6’s while I stuck with my super slow, iPhone 4s and my 3G internet speed.  Then my 6 plus arrived and I wanted to love it.  I sort of  loved my iPhone6+ when I had two hands available or I didn’t have to carry it around with me shopping or at a movie.  It looked so much better (my ego loved that too) than any iPhone 6.  And I wanted to keep loving it. (more…)

The Best Responsive WordPress Themes Make the Best Mobile Sites

The Best Responsive WordPress Themes Make the Best Mobile Sites

The best way to ensure your Website Looks Great on Cellphones and Tablet Computers is to choose a responsive web design.  Some of best mobile sites don’t necessarily have the best programmers.  They might, though, just have chosen one of the best responsive WordPress themes. This article will discuss making your responsive site look good on mobile.  A plethora of bloggers commit the fatal error of prematurely believing their site is finally ready to go.  Subsequently they think  their largest job is completed.  Actually, though, their job is merely just  starting.

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How to Track Affiliate Sales, Advertising ROI, and Conversion Tracking

How to Track Affiliate Sales, Advertising ROI, and Conversion Tracking

I recently posted this question in a Facebook mastermind.  I didn’t get exactly an outpouring of helpful feedback; therefore, I thought I’d post it here on my blog as well.  Of course this brings up another concern I need to check into which is, in Google’s eyes, “Does a blog post which is a mirror image of a Facebook post, constitute duplicate content”?  At any rate, here was the question:

To all bloggers and affiliate marketers out there: could I get some help figuring out how to track affiliate sales, overall advertising ROI, and conversion tracking? Issue: when I first started (more…)

Have a Tech Question?  Ask it Here or Find Your Answer Here.  This is a Post about Everything.

Have a Tech Question? Ask it Here or Find Your Answer Here. This is a Post about Everything.

Do you have a problem you need help with?  As an internet marketer and someone who relys on my computer to make a living, I’ve had to learn how to solve problems quick and effectively.  Leave me a comment below, and I’ll try to find a solution.  This is going to be a dynamic, ever growing & changing post.  Every time I run into problem and find a solution, I’ll post it here.  I don’t have a great way to organize it at this time.  So if your problem, question, or search terms lands you on this post, the best way to find your answer is to do a “control F” and do a quick search for a keyword contained in your question.  One caveat: if you do a control F at this time with firefox, it will not find a search term in a hyperlink; but Chrome and Explorer will.

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Affiliate Marketing Tools I Can’t Live Without

Affiliate Marketing Tools I Can’t Live Without

Below, are just some affiliate marketing tools you would not want to go without.  These can make a huge difference in your bottom line.  For many marketers and bloggers out there (the successful ones), these are simply a core set of tools.  You’ll find these time after time in the wheelhouse of every successful online marketers, so that many people can’t be wrong.  I’ll be updating this page from time to time with as many discounts and coupon codes as I can find.

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