Favorite Marketing Tools

Welcome to my Favorite Marketing Tools section. I invest in countless tools that will help my business and make me more money online.

Below is a curated list of tools that I'm personally using right now that have turned SmartBusinessTrends into a six figure a year business.

Keep in mind that most of the links below are affiliate links, which means if you click on any of them, I will earn a commission.

Web Hosting

I've been hosting SmartBusinessTrends with WPX Hosting for the last few years now and I am really happy with them.

They are a managed WordPress host and I haven't had any problems with them whatsoever.

Support is super fast, and they have lots of great features like automatic backups, staging areas, free SSL.


Email Marketing Software

There are a lot of good choices out there, but I've found that ActiveCampaign has the best combination of power and cost in an email marketing service.

They offer lots of options for segmentation and their marketing automation editor is one of the most flexible ones on the market.


Lead Generation Software

Thrive Leads is the best wordpress plugin for collecting email leads.

You can use it to create lightbox popups, ribbon, slide in, welcome mats and more. 

It also comes with good looking templates, and it has a great editor for customizing your forms how you want them. 

I really like the reporting as well, as it shows you what posts on my site are generating the most leads.


Link Tracking Software

I only just switched to ClickMagick to track all my links, but I really like them a lot.

Previously I was using a WordPress plugin for each of my sites, but I like being able to see all my link stats in a single dashboard. 

The other killer feature of ClickMagick is the ability to dynamically add subids to any link.  

And if the affiliate program supports subids as well, it can pass it through so I know exactly where my commissions are coming from.


Domains

After starting with GoDaddy, I've switched to Namecheap several years ago, and I haven't looked back.

Their prices are reasonable, they offer free WhoisGuard for the first year and they have a nice interface.


Outsourcing Services

I didn't used to be a fan of Fiverr, as I used to think it was full of providers selling 'cheap' services.

But things have changed, and Fiverr has become my go to marketplace for getting one-off design work done.

 I've used providers to help create exercise videos, do voiceovers, design my Youtube intros and outros, format ebooks and more.

Fiverr has really become an essential part of my business.

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