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Online Business Tools

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” – Napoleon Hill

While this may be true, it doesn’t mean that we can’t utilize the power of the vast tools available to us in this amazing era of human history, where information and technology dominates the globe, to make the struggle a bit easier!

Below are some of my favorite products, tools, and resources that I personally use to create content around my passions and hobbies.

Web Hosting

HostGator: I love Hostgator because in my opinion, their services are a little more reliable, have less problems, and their customer support is phenomenal. They’re great for inexperienced web people.

GoDaddy: I like Godaddy because, let’s be honest, they’re cheap. Really cheap. But, you know the old saying “you get what you pay for.” In my experience, their customer support is not the greatest. So I always tell people that if they are not very “web design savvy,” to keep that in mind.

Domain Names

While you can get your domain names at the same locations you get your web hosting (such as Hostgator or GoDaddy), sometimes people prefer to get their domain names from a separate location.

I personally get all of my domain names through Google Domains because their domains automatically come with privacy protection, while many other domain hosts charge an additional fee for privacy.

Namecheap is another great place to get low-cost domain names.

WordPress

WordPress: I don’t believe in paying for that which you can get for free (when it’s of similar quality of course) — that’s the great thing about WordPress, it’s 100% free and is an incredibly powerful and dynamic content management system. You can learn more about WordPress here.

Video Editing

Wondershare Filmora: I’m all about getting the most bang for my buck, that’s why I love Filmora. Not only is it a great video editing program for a very good price, it’s also extremely easy to use and is SUPER newbie friendly. It takes a lot of the complicated stuff out of creating great videos!

Content Creation

Content creation can feel like an overwhelmingly daunting task, but there’s plenty of stuff out there to help you out!

Pixabay: a great source to download copyright free images to use as social media templates, inspiration, blog photos, or video b-roll.

Pexels: similar to Pixabay, another great source for free stock images

Storyblocks: a great source for HD and 4K stock video footage. With tiered account plans, they have options ranging for the very beginner up to the video professional.

Fiverr: don’t want to create the content all on your own? You’re not alone. Starting at as little as $5, you can pay a professional to have just about any type of digital media imaginable created for you… from blog posts, graphics, and short video clips all the way to fully functioning websites, web management services, and more.

Pinterest: I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing Pinterest is. If you ever need some ideas on what kind of content you can or should make, start here!! Truly an amazing source of creative inspiration for every niche… and it’s free!

Epidemic Sound: The best place to get music and sound effects for any type of video content, which can be used across all of the social media platforms!

Gear

Here is the current gear I use to create video and other digital content for my websites:

4K Video Editing Laptop – Dell XPS 15: https://amzn.to/3oimfS4
Digital Camera: https://amzn.to/2IQfuGR
Drone: 
https://amzn.to/2FPQkHk
Gimble: 
https://amzn.to/3kmProO
Tripod: 
https://amzn.to/3m9PapG
2 TB Travel External HD: 
https://amzn.to/37vVlQP
Drone/Camera Bag: 
https://amzn.to/2HnxrMI
26800 mAh Wireless Solar Charger: 
https://amzn.to/3ooNbzV

Monetization Programs

Creating content based around your hobbies and passions to help others is great… but why not get paid while you do it? This is the entire philosophy behind Affiliate Marketing — getting paid to promote the products and services you truly love, while helping others from the knowledge and experience you have. These are some of my favorite Affiliate Market programs that PAY PEOPLE to promote their products and services:

Amazon Associates: the largest online affiliate marketplace in the world. If you can find it on Amazon, you can make money by promoting it. Sign up for free!

Clickbank: one of the leading global retailers and affiliate marketplaces focused on the Digital Products space.

1000’s of companies and corporations across the world have Affiliate Programs. You can typically find the ones that do by going to their website, scrolling all the way to the bottom, and looking for a link that says “Affiliates.” — Other examples include:

Home Depot Affiliate Program

Bass Pro Shops Affiliate Program

Target Affiliate Program