Note from Jody...
Over the years people have asked me what tools I employ so I've taken a little time to share some of those here:
For website construction I've come to use and like very much the Dreamweaver program from Macromedia. It's the best tool for the job in my opinion. It costs a little more but it's worth it. If you are more of a beginner, I suggest using Site BuildIt! You'll find this to be a very easy solution to get you on the right path quickly.
And to get a fast start designing your website, you may want to purchase a template. This can save alot of time and the prices are reasonable if you use a source such as Template Monster.
I've tried many services to host my websites. The best value by far is Third Sphere Hosting . They offer lots of email accounts, auto responders, plenty or room, cgi capability, mysql databases and quite a bit more!
To record the audio you may have heard on the main page you can use Audio Generator. It's a new tool but after learning about it, the decision to employ it was an easy one.
Once you get your website under way, you will want a way to track your advertising to make sure it's working. The best tool that you can buy without paying a fee month after month is AdtrackResponderPRO .You install it right on your own website. If you prefer to have someone else manage your autoresponder/ad tracking system, look at Assoc-trak. You don't have to worry about things like your emails not getting out. It costs a little more, but it's the very best tracking solution currently available.
You'll find very quickly that manually handling your email takes alot of time. That's why using a program to automatically deposit email addresses in a database is so helpful. Here again, there are web and non-web based solutions to choose from. The best web-based solution is MyEmail Manager. The best non-web based solution is Mailloop. You will only have to pay one time to buy the program rather than pay a monthly subscription.
From time to time I'm asked, "what do you use for your website?" The question may pertain to one tool or another depending on the individual's current area of need. At any rate, I decided to take a little time to share some of this information here. I've spent many hours researching what is needed to create a successful website and one thing I found is that you can spend alot of money very quickly. So I would suggest starting with the necessities and moving up from there.
How do you handle getting paid once you've done all the other things? You could open a traditional merchant account using a service like Authorizenet. This would be the right choice for most large companies. For those of use who are not so big, the cost of such a service would be more than necessary. I recommend QuickPayPro for most websites. Their program uses your existing PayPal account to automatically transfer your money to you when a sale occurs! They have many great features such as ad tracking, the ability to set up your own affiliate program, autoresponders, a full email communication system to your customers and more.
Before all of this, the best place to invest first is knowledge. That's the best thing to help you from making the wrong decisions. I've read a lot and the following are what I would recommend as the very best.
It's a big deal learning what to do and what not to do concerning emailing your contacts/customers. Spam is a big no-no. There are many mistakes you will be sure to make without proper instruction. And you can actually learn how to rapidly build your own hyper-responsive opt-in e-mail list. The best resource to learn everything you need to is Email Secrets.
There's a website out there called Secrets to Their Success. They do actual case studies of real people that have very successful websites businesses. They are not big companies but individuals like you and me.
If you are interested in learning the right way to sell other people's stuff on your website check out the Super Affiliate Handbook. It's an awesome resource for stepping you through selling other people's products.
The Insider Secrets to Marketing Your Business on the Internet is the most complete training package for operating an internet business you'll find. The author of this site, Corey Rudl gets over 6 million visitors to his web sites yearly and does over 6.6 million dollars in sales online each year. This guy knows what he's doing and his training material is better than anything currently available.
Two other very good individuals I want to highly recommend. First is Jim Daniels. He has been a personal help to me and has always responded to every email I've sent him. Jim offers a soft cover book that should be required reading for everyone wanting to learn how to start their own web business.
The second one is Shari Thomas. She helped start the Affiliate Showcase business and has now gone on to do one on one mentoring with people wanting to start a successful internet business!
Once you are all set, you'll need some good targeted traffic to your website. I've never been a big fan of start networks or traffic exchange programs. But I'm glad I tried one called TrafficSwarm. It quickly developed into a top traffic source and has remained near the top for some time now. There are lots of traffic networks to choose from on the web, and the few I had tried never impressed me. But this one now delivers hundreds of highly targeted visitors a day to my sites. I now have a PRO account and at just thirty bucks a month it has been a self-propelled traffic (and income) generator. I do nothing. It sends traffic. I recommend it to any webmaster on a tight budget.
And of course, I have put many of the tools to work that I provide for you here. If you have any questions on anything I've shared, feel free to I truly wish you the best of success in your internet business endeavor. Don't ever let anyone tell you there isn't room for more business on the Internet. Everyday new people are discovering the web for the first time. That number will continue to grow for a long time to come. Your idea could be the next big money maker. There are alot of individuals who can help you get what you need to make it happen. I would be happy to share what I learned with you and answer any questions you may have. If I don't know the answer, chances are I know someone who does.
Resources and Links
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Take a minute to browse the following. You just might find the gem you are looking for:
A Business Resource - Internet business resources directory.
All-Biz.com - Small Business Network.
Allen's Winnappslist - Provides quality software downloads (shareware, freeware, and commercial) since 1996. We concentrate on listing software designed for Windows 95 and above with some few exceptions.
Any Requests The Free link resource for finding linking partners.
Axista.com - Web-based Project Management/Collaboration Software: Intuitive, Cost Effective, Powerful Features for Virtual and Distributed Team Support.
AyaNova Service Management & Work Order Software - AyaNova has powerful features to help manage all aspects of service including automated work orders, dispatching, scheduling, preventive maintenance, searchable knowledgebase, loaners, customer equipment tracking, mgmt reports and more.
Biz Talk 4 U - Providing professionally written and effective web site copy which is aimed towards enhancing your web site and consequently your sales.
Bobcat B2B Guide - The Simple Business to Business Guide.
A Business and Marketing Resource - 7th Dimension Sites has the tools tips and articles to help your eBusiness succeed.
Businesstown.com - Business Town, Small Business Assistance.
Competitive Intelligence Services - Offers competitive intelligence services -- market research on competition, markets, Benchmarking, competitor analysis; One client per business category.
Computer Consulting 101.com - You've just found computer consulting nirvana! Computer Consulting 101.com helps small business computer consultants sell more consulting services and boost their profits.
ComputerUser.com - ComputerUser.com offers daily computer articles and news, reviews, computer dictionary, ISP search, training directory, and resources.
Customer Satisfaction Surveys - Research on Customer Satisfaction - Specializes in customer satisfaction surveys for executives & consumers. In-depth executive interviewing, smart analysis, with emphasis on actionable data.
Customer Survey Research - Sophisticated Market Research Services; TAI works for a growing number of high quality companies, including many Fortune 500 firms.
CWC cheap web hosting navigator - Compares web site hosting packages and companies.
Database Systems Corp. - Provides call center software including predictive dialers, IVR services, ACD systems, CRM software, CTI software and Voice Broadcasting systems.
DataRecoveryNet.com - Provides data recovery and exclusive flat rate pricing on data recovery and repair of hard drives, RAID, DVD's, CD-rom, etc.
DBM Management - Powerful and cost effective tools to help your business become competitive and visible on the Internet.
Discount Hotels - Some of the most beautiful hotel and lodging amenities are known to exist in the Washington DC Georgetown area.
DotFactor.com - Dotfactor provides tools, ideas and internet marketing solutions for online businesses.
DvD Copy Software - Let 321 studios quickly and easily show you how to make backup copies of your DVDs with their award winning software.
eBusiness Plan Software - Business plan software to write a professional, customized business plan for your company that will get the desired results--success.
EasyIVR - lets you manage your own 800 number IVR and voice broadcasting phone campaigns from the internet. Register for service and download lists and recordings and monitor results online.
External Hard Drive, Portable Hard Drives, Hard Disk Drives - Olixir provides data storage and data backup through external hard drives, external hard disk drives, tape drives, tape backups, data vaults, hard disk backup & data backup.
eLearningDepot.com - Online Computer Training Courses - Online Learning. Web-Based Computer Training. MCSE Training. computer Training.
Employment - Information Technology Consulting Services Offered: Project Management,Information Technology Consulting, Information Technology Staffing, Project Staffing, Contract Programming, Contract Consultants as well as Direct Hire and Information Technology Recruiting.
EmmaSoft Software - Reminders, Installers, and More For Business and Home.
Essential Skills.com - Amazing, Street-Wise, Essential Skills Will Turn YOU Into A Communications Power-House!
Global Software Solutions - Industry Specific Software & Resources Virtual Vertical Communities.
Gracebyte Software - Only high quality software! The creators of CoolCD Studio - CDDB enabled CD Player, Network Assistant - instant messaging software for the network or intranet environment and OpenGL screen savers.
GRSoftware - Windows Professional Backup and Search Engine optimization software.
Earglue - Affordable Message On Hold - Earglue Message On Hold has become the most reliable and cost effective marketing and communications vehicle available to you today.
iDeveloperNetwork.com - Software Development Company. Software Development Company dedicated to providing reasonably priced high quality IT services.
Internet Marketing and Website Promotion Resources - We provide in-depth website marketing and internet promotion information to our visitors.
InternetNewsFlash.Com - Free Reciprocal Link Exchange, Internet Marketing Articles, Ebooks, Greeting Card, Web Promotion Resources And Home Business Opportunities.
Internet marketing from magnet4web - Internet marketing with a real guarantee.
Itransition Custom Software Development - Cost-effective offshore software development and web development from Eastern Europe.
Links Building - Advanced Links Building services for small to large static, dynamic and eCommerce websites.
Marketing Survival Kit - Free articles and cost-effective marketing and management tools to help your business increase sales, generate more sales referrals, establish a growing presence on the Internet, boost profits, and gain a competitive advantage.
NetCPlus Internet Solutions - NetCPlus provides complete solutions for all your Internet and Intranet needs.
Project Management Software - Dexter Chaney provides complete integrated construction project management software and construction accounting software all fields of construction and contracting companies.
Registry Clean Pro - a utility that safely removes invalid entries from the Windows registry, thus optimizing the performance of your computer.
ScienceSoft - Offshore Software Development Outsourcing - Our creative software solutions and offshore software development services help enterprises cut costs and generate revenue through intelligent decision support and business process automation.
Search engine optimisation UK - UK Based company offering Search Engine Optimisation and marketing services.
Search Engine Optimization - Web Publicitee - Full service firm meeting all requirements for your business from website design to search engine optimization, search engine positioning & Internet marketing full service with the most thought-out strategies on the internet - Web Publicitee
SpiritWorks Software - Small business management and small business tracking software solutions.
Timesheet software - Leaders in low cost project management and time management software.
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Visual Inventory Control Software - 100% Picture driven bar code inventory control software for user-friendly business inventory management. Download our free demo or try the On-Line Web version.
Watch Computer - Watch information for computer learning, software, hardware and operating.
WebSavvy - A full inclusion General Internet Directory with over 2200 categories and subcategories.
Website Marketing Secrets - Proven Methods For Getting Rich On The Web!
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