The Final 2 Marketing Tools (Part IV)

We’ve had Part 1 which talked about RoboForm and OpenOffice. Then Part 2 that covered Google Analytics, FileZilla along with The WarriorForum. Meanwhile in Part 3, we talked about Blogger, WordPress.com and WordPress.org – So what’s the last 2 going to be about?!…

9. ClickBank

This service gets some mixed emotions from people, and some of the time I really don’t know why they are talking about it in that kind of way! Now ClickBank is FREE if all you’re planning on doing is promoting products, if you want to sell one of your own, then you’ll need to have it approved and pay $50. (However at the moment, I’m only talking about promoting products!)

ClickBankAll you simply need to do is go and signup for an account. It’ll take you 5 – 10 minutes at most, and means that you can easily promote whatever product you like that can be found in the MarketPlace. (Perfect if you’ve got a blog or something similar and want to make a little cash from promoting the odd product here and there!)

With ClickBank, they handle the commission and send cheques out on the 1st and the 16th of each month. (They have just recently opened up a Direct Deposit service which you can signup to when you’ve reached the required terms started by CB themselves!)

10. NVU (HTML Editor)

Whenever I’m usually building my webpages, then 80% of the time I use Microsoft FrontPage. The only reason for that is because of me using it way before I came accross NVU.

However there is 20% of the time when I like to use NVU. I guess it depends what I’m wanting to do, sometimes it just works for you and other times you really need to stick with what you know best! ;)

NVU is completely free, and I’d suggest you go give it a try. It’s just as I mentioned in the paragraph above, go with something that you fell you’re going to like and work well with. FrontPage and NVU both work well for me, and I find they help me perfectly. Imagine having to hand-code all the HTML for your webpage?! (It’s almost hard to believe that people used to do that! In fact people STILL do this, and I can’t quite get my head around it!)

That’s it blog readers! Did you enjoy them? – Let me know in the comments below what you think, and if you’ve got anything to add then just fire away!

Blogger, WordPress Or WordPress? (Part III)

The weekends are flying by here at Mark-McWilliams.com and it feels like yesterday since my last blog post. But as promised, I’m here with part 3! It was only Wednesday past that we published Part 1. And on Friday, Part 2 went out!

So without keeping you waiting any longer, lets get started!…

6. Blogger

When you get started out online, money is sometimes an issue. Now what I mean by that, is you don’t have the funds just yet to purchase a domain and some web hosting. That’s when Blogger.com comes in handy!

Blogger.comBlogger.com allows you to create a blog online in just a matter of minutes. Not even that…it’s more like seconds!

Now, a little story for you. Way back in 2007 (Sometime in January I think!) I was so pleased to have created my Blogger blog, that I thought I ruled the world. The only trouble was that the big boss didn’t like something I had said.

First of all, it was stupidity on my part! Blogger is a perfect tool to get you started blogging online, however you don’t actually own the blog. Let me explain, the only things you can really do is write posts. It’s ‘hosted’ by Blogger, and if they decide to do something then you just have to go along with it. (Sadly!)

So to get started, Blogger is GREAT! Go check it out today. :D

7. WordPress.com

Now we’re getting a little closer to what I like best!

Again this is a site were you can freely setup a blog and start blogging to your hearts content. But as with Blogger, you don’t actually own the blog. (I know this sounds really strange, but I suppose it’s just life right?!)

With WordPress.com you get a lot more features that what is available through Blogger. At the end of the day, it’s up to you what one you intend going with. I’ve tried both out, but you can’t beat a self-hosted blog! It’s true though, and I don’t think I’ll ever turn back.

Introducing…

8. WordPress.org

WordPress.orgA self-hosted blog you say? Well you really can’t get any better than that! – You can see here that Mark-McWilliams.com is a WordPress blog that I own. (I can pretty much do whatever I like!) :)

If you have a host, then I’d really suggest you go down this route.

There are many advantages to this, one being that it can’t just get deleted by someone who at the end of the day is only trying to do their job. Many successful people work with self-hosted blogs each and everyday.

Do you want to one of those successful people?

If you haven’t already checked out the WordPress.org site then what’s stopping you. It’s a goldmine of information, tips, advice and much much more. You can’t go wrong with blogging and WordPress.

And that’s it, part 3 complete! So what did you think?

There are going to be some people who might question my reasoning for regarding WordPress and Blogger as Marketing Tools…but the simple fact is, they are simply amazing tools. Without them, how could I be here typing this today?!

Google Analytics, FileZilla And The Warrior Forum (Part II)

On Wednesday I started off with The Top 10 Marketing Tools I Couldn’t Go Without! and as promised, I’m back with part 2! (If you enjoyed the first 2 tools, then I think you’ll love the next 3!)

Up first we have?!…

3. Google Analytics

Google AnalyticsThis 100% FREE piece of software provided by Google is really out of this world! I mean, it’s a fantastic piece of kit for tracking purposes.

When inside your account, some of the stats are just truely amazing.

All you’re required to do is insert some code on the website that you are tracking. If the site’s built up with only 5 pages then make sure the same code is on ALL 5 of those pages. (You’ll begin to see some figures in your account 24 hours after it’s found the tracking script!)

Got a WordPress blog? Well this also works on that too, in fact, I have Analytics installed on my blog right now. I have for some time actually! You will just need to stick the code into the footer.php file and every single post & page will be tracked and you can view the results.

I bet you’ll be surprised the first time you use it! Go and get yourself signed up, then see some results tomorrow.

4. FileZilla

FileZillaWhen I first got started online, some people would go on about FTP software and at that point, all you got from me was a puzzled look!

Getting that first site online is vital, and you can see my first site was in fact this blog! While I wasn’t sure what to do for the first time, I just followed the very simple and clear instructions available.

FileZilla isn’t the only FTP software out there, but I love it. It’s so simple and easy to use, but it’s constantly being updated! (Another good one is SmartFTP!)

You really can’t go wrong with this! :D Download FileZilla today, and let me know what you think!

5. Warrior Forum

WarriorForumIf you’ve never visited the Warrior Forum before then you are missing out on a goldmine of information! Now some people would call me mad saying that the WF is a ‘tool’, but the matter of the fact is what it IS a great ‘tool’ and an amazing place to be a member of!

Some people go around slating it, and I really don’t have any idea why. Contribute to posts, start your own thread and start making relationships with many other marketers. You might even come accross some of your favourite ones, Kevin Riley, Jim Cockrum and a whole host more! (Lee McIntyre fans will be pleased too, you can find some amazing posts by this very guy around the forum!)

Don’t miss out on all this top quality information that you can access for FREE. When you’re signed up, don’t forget to come and say hello to me! ;)

Stay tuned for part 3 coming on Tuesday! Lets see what else I have cooking up my sleeve!

The Top 10 Marketing Tools I Couldn’t Go Without! (Part I)

When it comes to helping out the little man, then I always try my best! So for my readers today, I’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Marketing Tools that I personally use in and around my business. Sit back, enjoy the content, and let me know what you think!…

The best thing is that they are ALL FREE! :D

1. RoboForm

This piece of software is simply a time-saver! WHY? Well let me explain!…

RoboFormIf you’re anything at all like me, then you will probably have multiple usernames and passwords. Or you are the exact opposite, and use the same login information for absolutely EVERYTHING just so that you don’t forget the details! (Meaning that once someone gets a hold of your details for one site, you’re kinda in soapy bubble as they can now access every site!)

RoboForm solves all those problems. You simply install a small toolbar onto your web browser, and store all the information in there.

When you want to visit any site, anything from a forum to you’re blog admin, you just need to select it from the drop down menu and RoboFormwill log you straight in on the specific site. (Just one click of the button, and you’ve already save yourself a few minutes remembering what username and password goes with what!)

2. OpenOffice

This excellent piece of kit really deserves a post of it’s own! If you haven’t started using this, then please go and download it from http://www.openoffice.org before you go any further! (You’re already missing out!)

Now onto the benefits, I mean what makes this better than software you you actually have to pay for. What I’m getting at is Microsoft Office costs you a couple hundred dollars, and reading posts from people on various forums, proves my point.

To start things off, Microsoft Office doesn’t even allow you to create PDF’s. They want you to download stupid little extras for no apparent reason, which in return still messes up your overall guide that you thought would only take 5 minutes!

With OpenOffice, it actually comes with a PDF tool included. (If you’re looking for more info on that, take a look at this informative post showing you exactly how PDF your guide!)

I must admit that I haven’t tried, let alone used, Microsoft Office 2007! However going with the version I currently do have, OpenOffice definitely outweighs it! It makes me wonder sometimes WHY they don’t make us pay for it! (At the time of writing v3.0 is currently in beta, and looks to be an amazing new version! – I can’t wait to give it a try!)

Look out for Part II in the next few days, it’ll give you enough time to get started with the 2 resources listed above. :D