Who Do You Recommend for This? How Can I Get That? Should I Use Them?
People ask me all the time about various aspects of running a web business, eg: what web hosting company to use; who designed my website; which newsletter service provider I recommend; etc. So, I created this page as a handy reference guide.
This, my main site, is hosted with HostGator. I’ve been with them since 2010 and here’s why. FYI, here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to start a WordPress blog with HostGator.
I also have some sites hosted with Bluehost.
And, because I believe in diversification of web hosting companies and the above two are EIG-owned companies (info in this post on why this is important); I …
Recommend A2 Hosting.
Domain Name Registration
I have domain names registered with several companies (eg, Bluehost), but Namecheap is my go-to company of choice. I’ve registered dozens of domain names with them since 2007, when I first became a customer. As of this writing, I currently have about a dozen domain names registered with them.
I like them because they’re affordable, their control panel is easy to navigate, and you can pay quickly and easily via PayPal. They make managing domain names easy, in my opinion.
Email Subscriber List Management Service Provider
I use AWeber; have since 2009. Although the set-up of their forms can be a bit sucky, their customer service is second to none. They once recovered almost 2,500 subscriber names I lost due to an outsourcer I used who sabotaged my account. For this alone, I will always be loyal to them.
FYI, here’s an in-depth tutorial on how to set up your AWeber account (with graphics).
Grow Your Email/Subscriber List FAST
I use Udimi to buy solo ads. It costs, but is a quick way to start getting subscribers onto your list.
Web Design / WordPress
This site uses the Genesis framework, and is a WordPress blog. Here are some GORGEOUS WordPress themes to choose from to get a professional look. Mine was customized by my web designer.
Sell Ebooks from Your Site
Need help with tech things like web design, Photoshop, ebook covers, etc.?
I use Fiverr to find giggers (the way freelancers are referred to on the site) to do stuff I either don’t know how to do (eg, a WordPress install), or that I don’t have time to do (eg, social media marketing for my ebooks/eclasses). It’s an ingenious resource.
Create Your Own Ebook Covers
I use MyECoverMaker to create simple ebook covers like this and this. I’ve used used them since 2010. For more complicated artwork like this (that required Photoshop), I hire someone from Fiverr because I never learned Photoshop — and have no desire to.
See the graphic in this post (the one with the honey on the lips)? Created with MyECoverMaker.
You see, in addition to creating all kinds of ebook covers, with MyECoverMaker, you can create banners, DVD covers, tablet covers, CD covers, iPhone and iPod covers, greeting cards, HDTV covers and so much more. And they can be laying down, standing up, twisted to the side, etc. So it’s not just for “ebooks.”
At the point in your freelance business where you need to hire steady, ongoing help?
I recommend Gina Horkey’s referral program for VAs to find someone with the skill set you need, and who you can trust.
Wanna branch out and use your freelance writing skills to make money in affiliate marketing?
I highly recommend Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, for all the reasons listed in this review — and more.