I have been doing Internet Marketing for a long time now! I have seen way too many products in this time frame. Some have been awesome, some were terrible and some were decent. This resource page is all about the products & services that i have encountered in my life. This is not a complete review page as i will not be reviewing the individual products or services in details! You don't need that either, i believe.
Also, don't blindly trust what i say! Do your own research too if you feel like though i am pretty confident about the services or products that i will talk about here! Most might be affiliate links but you can be sure that i will not review or talk about a product/service here that i personally didn't use!
Recommended Products & Services
I divided this section in different sub-categories. Simply browse the one that you need. Once again, you won't have to agree with me. I have only recommended tools and services that I used personally. Obviously, I only used 'this much' so there might be a lot of good products out there which I haven't recommended. Apologies.
Payment Processing Platforms
Depending on what role you play as an online entrepreneur, freelancer or a company owner, you will have to use one of the payment processors mentioned below. PayPal is global and everyone accepts them apart from those recurring service owners. If you are living somewhere where you don't have access to PayPal, Payoneer is a great alternative. Living in Bangladesh, I had to use Payoneer and to be honest, I never had a problem. We do all our transactions via Payoneer now.
If you are living in North America, you don't need this one. Payoneer is for those countries where either you do not have access to PayPal or if you want to use an International Master Card that is cheap and works all around the globe. You get $25 free when you first receive the card. There's no joining/registration fee. You get the card via email. Pretty cool!
There's not much to talk about PayPal. Everyone knows about them, they are accepted almost everywhere. There's no reason why you shouldn't use PayPal if you have access to it. Sometimes they create weird issues like blocking accounts with USDs inside (I had that problem once) but these are solvable with a few calls to their call center. Pro tip: Never send an email to PayPal regarding your problems. Always give them a call.
Domain & Hosting
As an Internet Marketer, you need access to good domain and hosting. The thing is, there are a lot of options out there and things go messy at times. I would recommend that you only stay with trustable companies. When I started, someone told me that you should not keep both your domain and hosting on the same company as it is 'too risky'. However, when the company is worth a few hundred times more than your domains and hosting, I don't think you have anything to worry about.
This blog, the PassiveJournal is bought on Namecheap. That tells you about my trust on them. I love their customer support especially. The live chat is a life savior. Did i ever face problems with NameCheap? I did! I own more than 200 domains with them and a few interesting hosting deals too so yeah, problems arise once in a while but their brilliant support team takes care of everything which i love!
Siteground is probably the best one when it comes to hosting your affiliate websites. I host most of my big sites on a VPS now but all those small sites that are there, all the money sites of my Amazon Affiliate Marketing portfolio are hosted with Siteground. Their live chat is even better than Namecheap. Namecheap at times will offer delay but Siteground doesn't have that issue. Brilliant is all I have to say about them.
There are only three places on earth from where I buy my WordPress themes. They all have great collection of themes. If you don't find your desired design in one of these three platforms, I don't know where you will.
Themeforest is undoubtedly the biggest WordPress theme shop on planet. Almost everyone on internet who needs a WordPress theme is likely to buy from them. They have a great collection which is constantly updated. I think I have bought around 50 Themes from them in last 2 years.
Most of you might use other platforms to buy WordPress themes for niche sites but for me, it is My Theme Shop. Almost all of my biggest earners were and are from websites that have their theme. I consider MyThemeShop as the best in this theme industry. They offer a huge collection of free themes too which are as good as their paid options.
Some of my company websites and my service businesses use StudioPress themes regularly. They are a bit costly than Themeforest or My Theme Shop, but the quality is always awesome.
Let's talk about Plugins. Plugins are the core of your website and depending on what type of website you are running, you will need a wide variety of plugins. In this section, I will only talk about the common ones that I use everywhere no matter the site type. Most of them are free. Only one-two might cost you some money.
A freemium tool that everyone in the IM world uses. Apart from the need of constant updates, this is a great plugin to organize your SEO game. I don't agree with all the metric that this plugin displays but I agree with most of the SEO ones.
If you promote affiliate products on your website, Pretty Link can be a great tool to organize and format your URLs better. Again, this is a free plugin to have.
If you own an affiliate website then you must know the importance of a good quality comparison plugin and that is exactly what WP ComPEAR is. This plugin is super light and very easy to use which i love. There is a drag and drop feature which might generate your interest though i always use the manual style. This plugin will increase your sales up to 20-30% if you can use it right.
I am not a big fan of Thrive's themes anymore but I still love their leads and content builder. We use Thrive Leads on our website (the pop-ups that you see all of a sudden) and they convert pretty well. Their content builder is by far the easiest one to handle. This page is done with Thrive content builder. If you are not a tech guy and if you want a simple solution to design your WordPress pages, I can't think of a better solution than Thrive's Content Builder. The closest competitor would be Divi.
I know most people don't use this tool. There are a lot of options out there but if you ask me about the simplest of solutions when it comes to keyword research, I would recommend Keyword Revealer.
Keyword Revealer is cheap which is definitely important. Other than that, it can do everything that a $99 product won't be able to offer. I find the keyword difficulty tool very useful too. Just a pro tip: If you are doing amazon affiliate marketing, try to stay within 25 on their keyword difficulty metric. That will give you a better chance to make it big.
Email marketing is vital for your business. Whether you use a freemium tool like Mailchimp or a pro like Aweber, you are going to be benefited. We use Aweber for all our emails. They are not cheap. In fact, they are one of the costly ones out there. We still use them because of the brilliant customer support and the assurance that your emails will be delivered on the main inbox (not in promo or spam).
There are other solutions out there but when it comes to email marketing, I want to make sure that my audience always receives my email on the main inbox. That's where Aweber does their magic. We send all of our emails via Aweber & we have never had a problem. I strongly believe that if you care for your subscriber list, Aweber is the one to go for.
We have two designers who work with us on the design part of our ventures. But when It comes to personal blogs like Passive Journal, I tend to not hamper our designers. Therefore, I use some simple tools to solve my design needs.
Created by a brilliant mind, Canva is a great tool if you are a noob designer looking for quick solutions. It is basically a drag-drop solution for your design requirements. If you want eye-catching, jaw dropping designs then Canva is not for you obviously. Also, don't try to create an Infographic with Canva templates. They look horrible. Other than that, it is quite good.