Products I Love, Use and Trust in Blogging and Online Marketing
I only talk up products that I know inside out, have tested and used for a good while and tremendously love.
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1 ~ Why I love Thesis:
So many reasons I still freaking LOVE Thesis after 4 years of use.
First: Thesis is rich, professional, clean, versatile with a killer layout. It is also powerfully customizable to your needs. All your needs. Other themes: been there, done that many times. I spent hours and days to get things right to no avail. Thesis has been my answer since August 2009.
Second (and just as important): The outstanding, unmatched and quick-to-respond-and-solve-your-problem customer support. The forums are very closely watched and Godhammer and Girlie, the brains of this operation, answer any question you may have from basic functionality to super complex hooks and coding. These guys rock.
2 ~ Why I Love Scribe:
I love that all of my SEO (Search Engine Optimization – a term you will get to know intimately in the blogging world) is so integrated now. Just the fact that Scribe gives me a Content Score for every single post encourages me to go for 100% every time. You learn to do your Title Tags, Meta Description, and Meta Keywords in a well-laid-out system and if you score poorly on your SEO, you know *exactly* what is wrong and Scribe gives you specific suggestions to fix it and move on. I am loving it and it has eased my headache about SEO and increased my traffic in response. These guys are well worth the money and I’ve been with them almost a year now.
3 ~ Why Optimize Press Totally Rocks:
So I thought I knew how to do landing pages, sales copies, what have you. I used Premise by Copyblogger and didn’t dig it – sorry guys but it just didn’t meet the bar. Then I found out about Optimize Press, which is pure genius. This is the ONLY them I use now for all my squeeze pages and sales pages. Check out some of the ones I’ve created below:
The conversions are NICE and I love the look & feel of what you can do with Optimize Press. Don’t waste time with any other theme or plugin. These guys know this market and do extremely well with it. I’ve tested it inside out and it’s passed my high bar.
4 ~ Why I Totally Recommend bluehost:
As a new blogger, it is so easy to get caught up in a million things. Heck, as a pro blogger, you get caught up in even more things. But one thing I have learned is that the stuff that is invisible to your readers is the stuff that sometimes makes or breaks it, choices like which hosting company you should go with. That’s the stuff you cannot leave up to chance. That’s the decision that has to be made correctly the first time.
I think you might be hard-pressed to find a hosting company that rocks like these guys. I have used others that I love and will soon promote as well but bluehost is hard to beat on customer support front (super important to bloggers!) and on cost front (lowest in the market, these guys rock)!
It’s up to you but nearly 3 years of blogging says go with this professional hosting company.
5 ~ Why You Need Aweber for your Email Marketing:
One of my regrets about the incredible journey of blogging has been the same regret as other intermediate and even pro bloggers – go ahead and ask them! – and that is the fact that I started my mailing list too late in the game. My goal is to make sure that no one else has this regret!
Your mailing list is your biggest business asset.. Your RSS feeds and website traffic and even your Feedburner emails are all great but you can’t reach out to those users unless you have their email address!
The good news is that I started with the BEST company out there after doing my research: Aweber Communications! These guys rock. I chose them over all others because they provide a month-free service and they have LIVE support where you can talk to someone about your problems on the phone, the traditional kind without the wait and the hassle and with an amazing staff. The features are brilliant, the system is efficient, the information about your subscribers is invaluable and the entire work flow is extremely user-friendly.
The best part about Aweber is that you get the first month for FREE – otherwise, I would probably need more lovin’ to be convinced! Click the nice picture banner below and go! Get on Aweber. What an exciting step toward your blogging journey and how smart of you!
6 ~ Why I love Fresh Books:
My brother asks me the other day if I am sick of PayPal fees yet? I say, of course but what am I to do? Then he tells me about FreshBooks. So long as you choose the right option, and your customer or client pays you with Paypal, FreshBooks and PayPal have agreed to a 50 cent flat rate per transaction! Unbelievably sweet! (This is US-to-US transactions only).
But that is just one perk. FreshBooks has beautiful looking invoices, excellent user interface, organization beyond what I could do on my own, and it lets you create and track customer database and every activity and it actually makes the process of billing joyful and easy!
7 ~ How Wellness Audio Brought Me to Meditation and Affirmation:
I LOVE what Wellness Audio Institute has done. They have a wealth of zen, music, calm, and inner peace bundled into ideal audio tracks to take along with you every day.
From listening to the audio products first hand, I can tell you that I heartily endorse them. You have to remember to use the audio tracks frequently. Think of these beautiful powerful audio tracks as showers for your mind. Take them every day and you will cleanse and purify and emerge more refreshed every time.
I love that they have so much diversity in their program here at Wellness Audio. You can find audio tracks with affirmations to repeat as well as nature sounds and nature combined with soft music, and there is a rhyme and reason behind the sounds and the waves that will show up beautifully in the end result. You just have to experience it.
Go ahead and check out my favorite tracks and be sure to listen to samples or explore the whole site.