So you want to see which premium WordPress Plugins and software products I use?
As an Internet marketer, chances you are wondering which Internet marketing tools can help you get more accomplished online in less time.
If you’re in the Internet marketing niche, then you know that there are tools and software that pop up every week that claim to be the “hottest Internet Marketing Tools.”
How do you know which ones you really need and which ones are just hype?
If you are anything at all like me, then you love Internet marketing tools that make sense and most of all are one time payments….I hate monthly subscription payments.
This doesn’t mean that you want to purchase all the new Internet Marketing tools that come out on the market….that is called “shiny object syndrome” and it can cause you to go broke…and make your significant other extremely upset at your online venture.
If I am being totally honest, I’ve purchased a lot of Internet marketing tools…sometimes way too many.
Some have been great and others not so much.
I thought I would share with you the exact tools that I use in my online business on a regular basis. These tools have made creating my own products and running my online business smoother and I highly recommend them.
These aren’t the only tools that I use, but they are in my Internet marketing toolbox and I use them on a daily basis.
They are not listed in any particular order…these are just great Internet Marketing tools that I highly recommend for both product creators or anyone who runs an online business.
These are all paid tools…so if you’re looking for FREE internet Marketing tools, you won’t find them here.
The great thing is that you don’t need these tools to make money online. I didn’t use any of these tools when I first got started online.
So enough of that…let me give you a peek inside my Internet marketing toolbox!
Genesis Themes: We all need to have a set of themes that we love. I invested in the Genesis Studio Pro a while ago.
It took me awhile to finally start using it as I was using the Woo Canvas theme.
However, since I’ve started learning how the hooks and filters work with the Genesis themes, I have to say that I am hooked.
Anytime that I start a new blog or website, I always end up using one of the Genesis themes. As a matter of fact, I just started a new site the other day and it is setup on the Genesis Minimum Pro.
If you haven’t used them and are looking for some versatile SEO friendly themes, you may want to check them out.
At first it can take a while to get accustomed to how it works. But once you get used to it, you will love it.
Not to mention the customer support and documentation is awesome.
I know what you’re thinking there are so many membership scripts and plugins online….which one is right for you?
Unfortunately, I wish I could tell you that DAP is the right one for you. But just because it works for me, doesn’t mean that it’s right for you.
All I can say is that I am happy with it and use it all the time, even though I have access to Instamember and WP Profit Builder.
I guess you can just say that I love things that just plain work and I can get setup quickly.
Once I get used to something I use it over and over…it’s easy to create habits whether they are good or bad.
Maybe I will create a post and video tutorial that walks you through step by step on how to install digital access pass so you can see how easy it is.
Next on the list is:
This WordPress theme makes it quick and easy (once you get used to it) to create webinar pages, download pages, squeeze pages and etc.
Best of all it integrates exceptionally well with DAP.
While DAP will work any WordPress theme and will even work with HTML websites (although I haven’t used it with HTML sites) I just like how professional and easy it is to setup a membership site with Optimize Press and Digital Access Pass.
Not looking to create a membership site on WordPress or don’t have any intention of ever creating one…no problem you can still deliver your digital products online safely and securely.
The cool thing about DLGuard is that it will protect your download link which will make it virtually impossible for someone to steal.
Of course as a product creator…you will find that some people get access to your products without paying….this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t create any of your own products.
Unfortunately, regardless of which Internet Marketing tools you use, I don’t think that you can keep your products from being ripped off 100% of the time.
However, DLGuard is one of the Internet marketing tools that you should consider if you are looking for a digital delivery system.
The great thing about this digital delivery system is that it allows you to set an expiration timer on the download link.
So whenever someone purchases one of your products, they have a certain time limit to download and access the product….after that the download link expires.
This prevents people from sharing your download link.
It’s definitely an Internet marketing tool that should be in every product creator’s toolbox.
I used to use Contact 7 (which is a free WordPress plugin) but needed something a little bit more versatile for one of my other sites that deals with offline clients.
Since I set up my first Gravity Form contact form, I have been hooked. I have stopped using any other type of contact form.
Not to mention that the developers license comes with all kinds of addons that you can use to do almost anything you can think of.
What are Gravity Form Addons?
Basically they are extensions that make Gravity Forms more versatile than it already is.
For instance if you wanted to setup a questionnaire poll on your website, there is a poll addon plugin you can upload to your website…although I think that it is only available with the developer version. (don’t quote me because I am not 100% sure)
If you like to get down and dirty with PHP and CSS code then you can get inside the Gravity Form code and create your own form.
Check out this cool four-step form that was created with Gravity Forms…pretty cool huh.
I can virtually create a form in just minutes with Gravity Forms.
If you’re creating your own products…then you know the importance of building your email list.
Anyone who has a blog or website online should be building their email list, after all the money is in the list.
The truth is that I got started with GetResponse because it was a lot cheaper than Aweber.
I figured why pay so much for an auto-responder when I was first learning how to build my email list.
Now that I have been using them for awhile, I really like how easy it is to use it.
Although, I have to admit that Aweber has so many more features and capabilities than GetResponse….I am happy with it.
Once again, it’s a personal choice of which auto-responder you use. The most important thing to remember is that you should be building your list today.
The plus is that it’s not just an email list builder. You can quickly and easily setup download pages, thank you pages, webinar pages and so much more.
You might be thinking what’s the difference between Optimize Press and Thrive Leads Content Builder?
They both do pretty much the same thing however:
One is a plugin and Optimize Press is a theme.
Thrive Leads Content Builder makes creating content for your blog a lot easier….I will have to create a video to show you what I mean.
Once you see how easy it is to use, I am sure it would be one of the Internet marketing tools you can’t live without.
If you’re not looking for the whole kitchen caboodle with email optin plus page builder features, then you may want to check out this other email optin that allows you to build email optins for WordPress and HTML sites.
Speaking of WordPress page builders….I can’t forget to mention.
This tool is awesome for web designers or anyone who just doesn’t have a lot of time to spend customizing their themes.
The one thing that you will love is that the Pro and Agency versions come with templates that will give you a head start on the customization.
WP page builders seem to be getting all the attention. WP Beaver Builder is a true drag and drop builder that makes knocking out a new page as easy as possible.
This can easily help you manage your time and get more done if you are like me who doesn’t have a lot of time.
Did I mention that all versions allow you to create websites for your clients. There is no extra license to purchase if you want to create a site for a client.
Don’t you hate it when you pick up a theme or plugin that asks you to pay more just to be able to use it for your clients?
You have access to the plugin for life. There is a yearly renewal fee, but that is optional if you want to receive the updates and support.
Next we move on to videos….
If you’re creating your own products or have an affiliate site, then you know the importance of creating videos.
I started getting more into video and while I admit that I am still a little uncomfortable on videos, I find that I enjoy step-by-step tutorial videos.
This is where….
Heck if you want to create a quick video and share it with your list, you can easily host it on a hosted EVS landing page.
I have yet to use the EVS hosted landing pages…I would rather put my videos on my blog.
This software allows you to keep track of how your videos are performing and even provides you with recommendations on how to improve your videos.
Want to put an optin-box on top of your video and have it appear at a certain time during the video….well guess what you can set that up.
You can setup all kinds of events on your videos…once you get access to Easy Video Suite AKA EVS then you will have to play around with it to get the most of it.
Don’t worry, it comes with tons of tutorial videos that will walk you through on how to use it.
The best part is that you can put your self-hosted videos inside of EVS as well as keep track of how your YouTube videos are performing.
Definitely a kick ass product…but be prepared to put down some money as it is quite expensive.
If you’re strapped for money, you may want to check browse the Internet for some alternatives to EVS.
However, if you have the money then you will want to consider this. It will be the last video marketing software tool that you will ever need.
Last on the list is
Backup Buddy: I love Backup Buddy but also use WP Twin (which is another great backup plugin.)
By now hopefully you understand the importance of doing regular backups of your sites.
Imagine if you went to bed one night and you woke up and for some reason or another your blog disappeared.
Would you have to start from scratch? If so that would suck.
I’ve had to do just that when I first got started online. I was updating WordPress and I didn’t create a backup of my site.
My site disappeared and so did all 20+ blog posts. I will tell you, there’s nothing worse than watching all your hard work go down the drain.
Backup Buddy allows you to setup automatic updates so you can sleep at night.
You don’t need a plugin to create your backups. You can do it manually, not to mention there’s some great free plugins that do backups…the one that I can think of off the top of my head is called Duplicator. (I am not sure if it creates automatic WordPress backups)
Even if you have a favorite WordPress backup plugin…..the most important thing to remember is that it’s just a tool.
Don’t rely completely on it. Take the time to learn how to do your own manual backups.
So I hope you enjoyed your tour inside of my Internet marketing tools toolbox. I use these tools in some form or fashion in my online business on a consistent basis.
Common Questions For New Internet Marketers
I can’t afford any of these Internet Marketing tools, does that mean that I can not make money online?
Don’t worry, you actually don’t all these tools when you get started. These IM tools are meant to make your job quicker and easier. When we all start out, we all had to roll up our sleeves and put some elbow grease into our business.
Heck I still find myself grinding away at my computer to work on my business.
Starting an online business is going to take a lot of work…but as long as you work on your business on a daily basis, you should be able to make some money.
I am NOT A Techie Person, Will I Be Able to Use These Software and Plugin Products?
I don’t know how technical of a person you are, but when I first started I was not very technical. (I am sure that I told you it took me over 8 hours to setup my first WordPress blog manually)
If I could learn how to use these products, I am sure that you will have no problem.
All of these WordPress software and plugin products come with great support and tutorials, so you can always contact support.
Can I Use These Plugins and Software Products With WordPress.com?
WordPress.com is the free version of WordPress. If you are building a real business, I highly suggest that you use a self-hosted WordPress blog. Don’t worry, I have written a great step-by-step tutorial on setting up WordPress.
Don’t forget to check out my Genesis Setup Service as well here.
Which of These Internet Marketing Tools Do I Actually Need to Get Started Online?
Just starting out and don’t want to spend a lot of money on Internet marketing tools, then don’t worry. The only tool that you need from the list above is a great auto-responder.
Take the time to do your due diligence to find the right auto-responder. One word of caution before you run out and get it…free is NOT always the best route to go.
I know you don’t want to spend a lot of money when you’re first starting out….but you have to remember, you are building a business. In order to build a business you have to spend some money.
This does not mean that you should purchase all the tools on the market….this will only cause you to go bankrupt before you make any profits.
The most important thing is that you need to start building your email list….do not put it off any longer.
I know that this has been a very long post but I love my Internet marketing tools and wanted to share them with you. If you found it useful, I would appreciate you sharing it.
Not just because I want more traffic to my blog, but because I want to help people understand which Internet marketing tools can really help them grow their online business. This will also save people from listening to all the hype from the guru product creators whenever they launch a new product.
The main takeaway…
As you continue to run your online business, you will find your own set of Internet marketing tools that make your life easier.
You do not have to have premium WordPress plugins and software to make money online. If you are just starting out then I suggest that you focus on building your business without any premium plugins.
Focus on providing value and creating your own products and services before you start to invest a lot of money in your online business.
Chances are if you have been marketing online for a while, you have your own set of tools marketing tools that you swear have helped you grow your online business.
Do you find yourself using some of the same tools over and over in your online business?
Don’t be shy…share your experience with premium WordPress plugins and software below. Let me know if you too have suffered from the shiny object syndrome that seems to affect a lot of new Internet marketers.
Enjoy and keep growing your business with or without these Internet marketing tools!