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Best Newbie Training Programs

Training is critical when learning how to market online. When getting started -- affiliate marketing is the preferred method to start as a newbie, because you get paid while learning how to sell someone else's products vs having to create your own.

 MARKETING TRAINING ECOSYSTEM

Parnter With Anthony

Partner with Anthony is a progrma Anthony Morrison created for his students to learn the ins and outs of what it takes to begin building an online marketing business while you make money referring it to other people. The training is built out into session videos that walk you step-by-step. setting up your new business and plugging everything in the absolute correct way. Essentially, Anthony allows you to partner with his products while he trains you.

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 MARKETING TRAINING ECOSYSTEM

The Four Percent Success Challenge

This Training is by Vick Strizheu's inside the Four Percent Group. It's an Affiliate Marketing Academy Program, meaning you have to purchase the Affiliate Marketing Academy to access the Success Challenge. It's a very high rated entrepreneur-success training program that develops you as an affiliate marketer with world-class daily coaching. The program shows you how to create a real breakthrough in your business, finances, and life!

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 BLOG/MARKETING TRAINING

The Authority Site System

This is system is known as TASS. It was created by Mark Webster and Gael Breton. It's different from the Four Percent Group, but the two can complement each other. TASS will set you up with what I believe to be the WordPress best blog creation and long-term affiliate marketing success. The Four Percent Group promotes blog use, but uses a more short-term and higher cost affiliate marketing strategy. Use the link below to get free training in a special webinar offer.

Essential Online Business Tools

Without these core products you're still in the dreaming stage. That's because having a website is like your hub or home on the internet. It's a place people can learn more about you and validate your credibility. Until you make a commitment here don't even bother doing anything else. 

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 WORDPRESS/WEBSITE HOSTING

WPX Hosting

WPX Hosting is my #1 Hosting recommendation for several reasons. Mainly because of their 99% uptime and multiple security elements like anti-bruteforce shields, anti-ddos protection and cloud technology. This means when hackers hit the servers your site is 100% unaffected, unlike every other hosting plan. Plus, it's scalable, blazing fast, excellent customer service, free SSL, and they migrate or setup your WordPress Site for FREE. It's a little pricier than most plans, but way worth it. However, when I first got started, Bluehost was perfect for me in terms of price and quality.

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WEBSITE/BLOGGING SYSTEM

WordPress

WordPress has grown to be the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (CMS) to date. It currently powers more than 30% of the internet and growing at an alarming rate. The .org is WordPress’ self-hosted platform and their .com isn’t. Before you install WordPress, as a self hosted site you will need a domain name and a good web hosting company that knows WordPress.

WEBSITE THEME (Uses WordPress)

Thrive Theme Builder

Simply put, this is best theme your money can buy for WordPress. It's optimized, incredibly fast and 100% fully customizable with a walk through guide on how to put it all together. You'll also need Thrive Architect below unless you purchase the Thrive Theme Membership. The membership is highly worth it as you'll get several more bells and whistles for your website along with getting every new plugin for free. Your site will resemble those of marketing professionals with their easy to use drag and drop editor.

LANDING PG/LEAD CAPTURE BUILDER (WP PLUGIN)

Thrive Thrive Architect

This tool is  your landing page builder. It's built from the ground up for business and conversion focused websites. It has an obsessive focus on being as fast as possible to use. They've also removed every possible barrier between the business idea in your head and a professional presence of that business on your website.

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 DOMAINS & EMAIL

Name Cheap

Namecheap is a leading ICANN-accredited domain name registrar. Buy all your domains here and keep them in one spot. Need a business email account that matches your domain. No problem! Namecheap makes registering and managing domains and private business email accounts easy and affordable. So much that they have about 3 million customers and more than 7 million domains under management. I use it because it's been the most universal when working with other hosting and third party app providers.

EMAIL/CONTACT MANAGER

Active Campaign

ActiveCampaign isn't the cheapest tool on the block. However, their customer service, onboarding, and superior A/B testing features make it shine high above the rest. I also love their powerful follow-up automation building system that takes sending emails to a whole new level. This level provides one of the best customer experiences I've seen in an email manager.

Alternative Tools

Generating leads and engaging your audience are a must if you want to make money online. These tools not only help engage your audience, but they convert them into buying customers no matter what you have to offer. 

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LANDING PG/LEAD CAPTURE BUILDER (No WordPress)

Click Funnels 

Clickfunnels is a great alternative if you do not have a WordPress Based Site. If you have WordPress I highly recommend you use Thrive Themes instead. Clickfunnels however, can easily be a marketers dream for building incredibly fast funnels, because you do not have to deal with domain names, website hosting, landing pages, email autoresponders, etc. Clickfunnels incorporates them all in unified packages.

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 LANDING PG & EMAIL/CONTACT MANAGER

Get Response

GetResponse was my first email autorepsonder. It was the cheapest around and got the job done for most beginners and intermeddiate marketers.  It shines above the rest with it's landing page building features. Howerver since I have and use Thrive Leads and Architect builder I didn't need GetResponse's. If you are looking for the next teir solution try Active Campaign.

Advnaced Website Tools

Generating leads and engaging your audience are a must if you want to make money online. These tools not only help engage your audience, but they convert them into buying customers no matter what you have to offer. 

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LANDING PG/LEAD CAPTURE BUILDER (WP PLUGIN)

Provely

With Provely you'll get an increase in website conversions. It works because for some reason when a prospect knows someone else has just purchased or opt-in to your lead magnet it's proven that they are more than likely to do the same thing. So, after someone has opt-in to a form proof will display a verified recent customer activity notification in the bottom corner of your screen. Another more expensive option is Proof. I have yet to test Proof out, but I hear good things about it.

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CONTENT MANIPULATOR

Spin Rewriter

As you learn about SEO (search engine optimization) or article marketing and want to easily produce original articles and backlinks for 80% less time than you will want this. I've personally used it to rewrite my PLRs, creating instant content that I can use as articles and even lead magnets to give away or sale. The spinning software allows you to input text (like an article or blog post) and then create randomly generated variations of it by replacing or rearranging selected words, phrases and sentences within paragraphs.

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KEYWORD RESEARCH & ANALYSIS

Mangools

This is a powerhouse system of tools that I use to help my website articles get found, gain tracking, and outrank my competitors. Their number one tool is most likely their keyword finder. You can literally find hundreds of keywords with low competition. That means people have a better chance at finding your articles on search engines when searching for these keywords you'd use in your article. Their suite of tools also includes SERP (Search Engine Results Page) analysis, Rank Tracking, and Backlink Analysis. 

Productivity Tools

Generating leads and engaging your audience are a must if you want to make money online. These tools not only help engage your audience, but they convert them into buying customers no matter what you have to offer. 

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PASSWORD MANAGER

Last Pass

This has been the best thing for me since sliced bread. Seriously! I never have to worry about wasting time on those silly forgot password links. Also, if you aren't already using a password manager, you're probably using the same few passwords on many different websites or you've got notes or spreadsheets with all your passwords written down. Both of those are terrible for your online security. This will fix all that.

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LINK MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Build Redirects

No matter what business you're in you need a link management tool. I also used Clickmagick. Actually I prefer Clickmagick when it comes to tracking my sales in more advance funnel building. They are both excellent and your more premium link trackers and managers to track who clicks what and how along with instantly redirect traffic without actually changing, editing and re-uploading. You can also set specific rules like geo-based targeting, ip redirection, conversion based redirection.. and so much more!

LINK MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Click Magick

Like Build Redirects, Click Magick is a link management tool to help you track, test, and improve your marketing. However Click Magic is more robust, has better customer support and contiues to build out features their customers want on a monthly basis.

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NOTE TAKING & IDEAS

Work Flowy

WorkFlowy is an outlining app used to take notes that runs on the Web. Although it looks like a word-processing document, it becomes so much more. Unlike Evernote or OneNote, you don’t need to open up new “notebooks” or “notes” to add stuff too. Instead, everything in WorkFlowy is part of an organized list all on one nested page of sub sections. The link below gets you 250 more free items per month. Workflowy is a notebook for lists. Use it to be more creative and productive.

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CALENDAR, APPOINTMENTS, & BOOKING SYSTEM

Acuity Scheduling

Acuity is one of the best scheduling tools I've used and I've used quite a few. Acuity Scheduling for me has the most pieces from all the other schedulers out there packaged into this one tool. The Interface is super easy to navigate through, which gives me complete control with things like locations, employees, getting paid, and collecting everything I need to know about a client or customer as soon as they schedule with me. Even if my opinion didn't matter, it's my clients doing all the boasting about how easy it is for them.

Screen and Video Recording Software

Without these products my video and marketing would have been in trouble. These will enhance you value driven content to your audiences.

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RECORD & CREATE VSL

Easy Video Sales Letter

EasyVSL has a community of over 40,000+ now, boosting it to the #1 Video Sales Letter Creation Software on the market. You can crank out very professional looking videos with all the bells and whistles. Although you can use Camtasia or Screenflow (below), I highly suggest Easy VSL if you're interested in saving serious time or you're only interested in making VSLs. VSLs get your message across better than text or audio, because of the visually appealing and higher converting connection than 'normal' sales letters.

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CONTENT ENHANCER

Snagit

Snagit lets you share what can't be put into words. Easily create custom images and videos for demos, feedback, reviews, and more. Snag any image and enhance it with effects or create a quick video or screen clipping. Then share your creations instantly with anyone no matter what you're working on. I love Snagit because it helps me eliminate confusion of what I may be trying to communicate to someone else.

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VIDEO & SCREEN RECORDING (MAC)

Screen Flow

With video being everywhere nowadays, ScreenFlow for mac users is almost non-negotiable. ...You need it or you will eventually need it if you hope to scale and grow your business. ScreenFlow is an award winning and easy to use video editing, screen recording and sharing tool. You'll love your ability to create screencasts, video tutorials, presentations and so much more.

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VIDEO & SCREEN RECORDING (PC & MAC)

Camtasia

Like I said with ScreenFlow, Camtasia is no different. It just happens to be a MAC's alternative for Windows. Some minor differences include the price. Camtasia runs $100 more and can be ran on both a MAC and PC. Camtasia also has a few more options and can seem more complicated or ideal for expert users.

Great Reads For the Entrepreneur

It's true that most people get far more value out of the books than out of all the tools they ever used because of the amount of value you can get for the price. Below are some of the best books I've read or have been told would be the most beneficial for building an online business.

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Don't Make Me Think

BY STEVE KRUG | 2006

This book talks about the problem with web sites. Put simply, most people put too much content on websites and they wonder why they don't have more engagement. Every chapter is loaded with insights and practical advice for novice and veterans alike.  Beware... It may completely change the way you think about web design. 

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How To Win Friends & Influence People

BY DALE CARNEGIE

This book is an all time best seller on winning people to your way of thinking. Moreover, changing people without arousing resentment. Bottom line and in all seriousness -- read this book and you will master the principles of human relationships!

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Think & Grow Rich

BY NAPOLEON HILL

Although this may sound a bit cliche, this book is an absolute 'must read' for anyone wanting to succeed in life. Although it's dated, the principles are timeless. The topics are dense and effective at allowing the reader to both reflect and take action. 

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