Here are my “power tools” of choice to earn money online. There may be alternatives to the below list, but as of writing this (updated March 20, 2013), these are my recommendations. I personally use all the tools listed myself and have found them essential to my success.
As an Internet Marketer you need an efficient, fast, and easy method to create websites that promote products and services to earn money online. WordPress is my preferred website creation tool. Not only is it inexpensive (essentially free), it’s powerful. I can usually research, develop, and deploy an entire website using WordPress in less than 2 days. If you’re not familiar with WordPress, I strongly suggest you complete a video tutorial course and bring yourself up to speed. The knowledge you learn will pay dividends for years ahead.
While there are dozens of hosting providers that will provide storage and deploy your website to the world, I use GoDaddy. Why? Well after trying many hosting companies over the years and being essentially disappointed by the lack of service and support I decided enough was enough. GoDaddy are not the cheapest, (a couple of extra dollars per month extra), but they do offer first class provisioning, outstanding support, and they allow me to purchase domain names AND hosting and have them linked within minutes. They will install WordPress for me (in less than 10 minutes free of charge) and the best part; I can run multiple websites (as many as I wish) all for the one monthly fee (less than $6 a month). Where else can you run a business for $6 a month, I ask you?
GoDaddy, see above! Ensure you purchase a domain name that includes your primary targeted keyword for improved SEO!
Once you’ve purchased your new domain name, hosting, installed WordPress, and created a shiny new money producing website you are essentially a blade of grass on a golf course. Unless you are selling something truly unique into an incredibly low competition market niche your website will probably not be ranking well on Google. To earn money online, every website I create needs to be listed on the first three places of Google’s first page to earn money online. This all but guarantees sales. So, how do you get on the first page of Google? My power tool of choice is Link Emperor. This software as a service product creates back links, blog comments, PR, articles and a host of other interesting content that will all point visitors to your website. After a few months your website rankings on Google will improve dramatically and after three months (in all but highly competitive niches) you will be on that magical first page of Google and you will earn money online while you sleep. Link Emperor is not cheap, but it is extremely effective. It will all but guarantee your success. The Gladiator plan is best suited to improve your rankings for up to 10 websites.
Although this tool of choice (SECockpit) is mentioned here at the bottom of my list, it is the first tool I use before I even consider spending any time, effort, or money promoting a particular product or service. SECockpit allows you to research and find suitable market niches to promote. It can be argued that you can complete all your research manually using Google Adwords Keyword Tool for free, however I have found SECockpit has well and truly paid for itself many times over by finding valuable low competition keywords I would otherwise miss to drive traffic to my websites. SECockpit essentially shows me which keywords are not currently being targeted by competitors, and more importantly calculates the exact number of visitors I will expect to my website for a particular Google ranking. Using this valuable information I can quickly calculate expected revenue for a particular market before I even commence work. Also included in SECockpit is a cloud based rank tracking tool that provides daily updates on where on Google my websites are situated compared to my competitors!