My Recommended Tools & Services To Use In Your Online Business
Hey welcome to the episode. Today I wanted to talk about the different tools and services which I use for my business and which you could use as well. So first off is domains. I get my domains from Dynadot I really like Dynadot because they don’t try and sell you on things you don’t need which other big domain providers can do. So a domain will set you back about 10 dollars a year and once you have the domain you need to connect it to a website.
Get Your Domains From Dynadot
So I put my websites up with WordPress and the hosting I use is called Siteground. Now there’s a lot of different hosting services out there. I like Siteground because they’re just really good with support and they have excellent availability, excellent services and that’s going to set you back five or ten dollars a month.
SiteGround Is The Best WordPress Hosting I’ve Found
Now when I create my marketing forms… I do a lot of promoting of events and so for those I want to have a form up and the forms going to have the different dates and times available and that kind of thing. So for that we need to have particular elements like dropdown lists or radio buttons. So to create those easily I use a service called Cognito Forms. It’s really good. It’s like 10 dollars a month the initial version which is like 10000 events per month. It’s just a really good easy service to use.
Cognito Forms What I Use For Creating Awesome Forms In Marketing
Okay so next I use an email auto responder called Convertkit. So there’s a lot of different auto responders out there. I started using Convertkit because it was recommended by an e-mail marketing course that I was using and they provided some special tagging features which weren’t available in other auto responders. Now, they may be available by auto-responders I’m not sure. I just really like Convertkit. It’s just really simple. It doesn’t have a lot of useless stuff which I’m not going to use. It’s got a great interface and excellent deliverability as well.
ConvertKit Is My Favourite Autoresponder
So next off is some sort of spreadsheet program. I really like Google Sheets. And the reason for that I’ll get to in a minute but so Google sheets will be basically free. You can use it to integrate with your e-mail so you’ve got your own domain branded e-mail. If you’re going to do that well it’s five dollars a month but you can just use the free one. That’s what I use for most of my stuff. So yeah google sheets it’s a great service.
Google Sheets – A Great Online Spreadsheet Program
So the next one is workflow. To connect all these different things together and so when people register they can be sent e-mails they can be sent text messages. I can put their details into my auto responder into the Google Sheets program. I use a workflow service called Zapier. It’s just really good at connecting all these different services. It’s quite amazing how many applications they provide and that will set you back twenty dollars a month. There are higher level plans but for what I’m doing at 20 dollars a month is fine.
Zapier For Connecting Apps Into A Workflow
Communication between my team, and customers I like to use Skype. Skype is basically free. You can do phone calls on and which catch it a little bit of prepaid money within that. But generally I just use Skype for the messaging. Occasionally the voice calls. Also WhatsApp is pretty good. WhatsApp again is free and in some countries WhatsApp is a lot more popular than Skype or text messaging. So that’s kind of why I like that. And yes just a really good way of communicating with your team.
Skype & WhatsApp For Communication
And finally for my podcasting I use Libsyn which is what you may be listening to on this now. The audio is hosted on Libsyn. It’s just really easy to use service and that’s a whole other episode about why Libsyn instead of any other Podcast hosting program.
My Podcast is Hosted By Libsyn
Okay I hope you find this useful. In the show notes there’s links to all these different services so you can get details and if you got any more questions about them then just hit me up and I’ll answer as best as I can. Thanks and see you later.
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