Tools that Help Sell on the Internet

Tools that Help Sell on the Internet

Internet marketing for businesses is great, right? It’s fast, easy, and a lot of fun. But it’s not for everyone. It’s not that the process is any more difficult than traditional marketing. It’s just that there’s so much more out there, with more options, more tools, more tools, more tools. If you want to make a living online, that’s not to say that all of the online marketing options you see on TV and in your head are useless or that all of the online marketing tools you want are not expensive. But there are some things you need to consider before you sign up for all of the crazy tools that others are using.

Here’s a quick review of the tools out there for selling on the internet and some ways you can make money with these tools.

The Ten Best Internet Marketing Tools You Should Buy

I realize that not all of these tools are for everyone. I prefer Slack. There are several tools I don’t have time to use and can’t afford. I don’t think anyone else needs these, but I can promise you that you will enjoy them when you find time to use them. You will love how productive you are when you use these tools.

Salesforce (But Why Should You Choose It?)

Salesforce is a cloud-based productivity and CRM service company. It was recently acquired by Oracle and has added some great features to the toolset that lets you connect with customers, measure your lead gen, and run more powerful leads. Salesforce doesn’t do much that one tool doesn’t do.

But when it comes to selling online, they’ve got the perfect tool to help you. If you are selling software and services, it is fantastic to sell a specific product. It’s a killer. Use it if you can. Use it if you can’t. Don’t read the reviews.

  1. HubSpot

HubSpot is the cool name of an agency, not the cool website. However, HubSpot has excellent tools and comes at a reasonable price. You should absolutely check out the HubSpot dashboard and see what you can do with it.

Just remember that this isn’t a tool that only powers your email marketing. It’s a tool that connects with a ton of social media sites, buying sites, and online products. It will help you with outreach and surveys, manage and personalize your e-commerce, automate your sales, and provide you with more lead pipeline with more targeted leads.

Stripe

One of the fastest growing online payment companies in the world. We built Stripe to help small businesses quickly accept credit and debit card payments, especially when they’re on the go. They’ve been at the top of payments for more than a decade now and are proud to keep doing so. They’re not in it just for the cash, though. They do a superb job helping small businesses improve their customer acquisition, stay competitive, and convert more customers. Use Stripe if you sell to small businesses, where they can offer fast, effective, customer-facing payments.

Concepro

Concepro is a group of online marketing specialists with years of experience. They’re experts in online marketing tools, SEO, affiliate marketing, social media, and much more. They have developed the services you need for marketing your small business. Whether you’re selling jeans or nursing bras, they have the expertise you need.

Adwords

Adwords is an excellent way to let your potential customers know what you’re all about. This is a great way to set yourself apart from your competition and reach out to your potential customers. They let you advertise in almost every national market. Most importantly, they make sure that your customers see you first. If they have any concerns, Adwords will solve their problems.

Marketo

If you want to make more sales on your online marketing, try Marketo. They aren’t just selling software. They’re selling solutions to overcome your marketing pitfalls. It’s built for digital professionals and has some very cool tools for you. If you sell any sort of Internet-based product, Marketo is for you.

Crazyegg

This is a bit of a crazy company, but don’t let that fool you. They sell all sorts of stuff. They sell consulting and even software, but mainly, they sell a toolkit for people who are doing their own online marketing. Check out their website to see what you can do. However, don’t let that fool you into thinking that this is only for guides. This is for people who want to do better online marketing, like entrepreneurs, bloggers, journalists, and many others. Crazyegg has many useful tools, including tools for growing your online business, e-commerce, content, image creation, writing, and a lot more.

BlackBelt Commerce

You probably don’t need a ton of business tools, but this site has tons of them, so check out their excellent product reviews. ZenPulse is a fantastic all-in-one resource for business owners, but also for other businesses, as well. This service is much more than just an e-commerce site, and as such, doesn’t ask you to sell. You can easily monetize your site on ZenPulse, but you need to be prepared to make some money.

Konker

Konker is a fast growing brand. They sell everything you need to do your business, as well as high-tech tools that will make you money. So in case you don’t have any ideas in mind of what you want to do, Konker has you covered.

They have a ton of tools for e-commerce, blogging, publishing, retail, and marketing. For instance, it can print all of your brand’s products on-demand in any size and at any time. You can create events, as well. You’re going to be on every platform there is. You just need to find a way to make money with them.

There you have it. I hope some of then prove to be useful in your business.

Inmotion Hosting Review

Inmotion Hosting Review

I was running a few different websites hosted on Inmotionhosting.com‘s servers; which, in case you didn’t know, is the same company as Web Hosting Hub. I pretty much have to say that I’m very dissatisfied with their company and services. Their servers were slow, I was continually exceeding CPU and being suspended, and their tech support is subpar.

Exceeding CPU

I was pretty excited when I first signed up for a year of hosting with Inmotion. Well, that excitement turned into frustration about three weeks later when my account was being suspended nearly every 15 minutes for “exceeding CPU.” Anytime I contacted their online tech support about this issue; they were very unhelpful and very condescending. Their general attitude was, “well, why don’t you fix whatever is wrong with your site that is making us suspend you…” or something along those lines.

Another Customer Asking About CPU Usage
Another Customer Asking About CPU Usage

Unhelpful Support

Another super annoying thing their online tech support liked to do was throw around esoteric terminology and then refuse to tell me what those terms meant when I asked. For some reason, they just can’t grasp the concept that not everyone has five years of experience as a webmaster. I looked at everything to find the issue with my site. I have gone through the entire Hostingmanual site. Eventually, I gave up on their online support and started calling their phone support.

Enters Phone Support

The phone tech support people were much more friendly, but also less knowledgeable. They would listen to my questions without tossing condescending answers at me, but they could rarely provide me with a solution. So, I had two options: talk to the online tech guys who had the answers but refused to give them to me, or, speak to the phone tech support who wanted to help me but didn’t have any answers.

Eventually, They Cancelled My Account

After four months of hosting with them, and finally fixing all the bugs I was having (on my own), Inmotion decided to cancel my account without any explanation. No matter which department I called or emailed about this issue, they never gave me another answer other than, “we advise you to find a new host.” I would not recommend them to anyone.

Starting a Web Host with No Funds

Starting a Web Host with No Funds

If you have ever thought of starting a free or paid web host, but without any funds, this article will tell you why that’s not a good idea. By the time you finish reading it, you will know why you shouldn’t do that.

Have You Thought About Starting a Web Hosting Company?

I’m sure many people have thought of randomly starting a web host with no money and just a free co.cc domain or their up shore hosts subdomain, but you will never last that way. You could say you got your free co.cc domain and that you also got reseller hosting from a p2h, but I will now tell you why that’s not a good idea. Here is a little example.

All Solutions Are Not Equal

John got his free domain and free reseller hosting account and was ready to start his free hosting company. He got a lot of users, and wanted to upgrade his reseller account soon, but couldn’t since he was already on the highest one from his host.

Then his host went down for three days from a DDOS, and his clients are starting to get angry. Some of his clients lost their sites, but he can’t restore them since his up shore host didn’t have any backups. Things go on like this until the host where he got his p2h gets shut down for no reason, and he is now stuck with no website.

Paid Is Still Better

This could have easily prevented if John had a budget of around $300 or so dollars to start. You would not need to buy or rent a dedicated server; a VPS would do. For around $35 you can get a VPS from Geekstorage that has enough space and bandwidth (25 gigs of webspace and 200 gigs of bandwidth), plus it comes with a free control panel (Cpanel, Plesk, DirectAdmin).

And The List Doesn’t End There

Still doesn’t look like he’d need all that money? Well, he should also buy a control panel account creator. If he was making a free host, he should go with ipanel, but if he were going to make a paid host, it would be better to use WHMCS, it costs more but is better to use for a paid host. Check out more details on both of them from each account creators website.

Now there are only a few more things he should get. It would be best if John could register most TLDs to his hosting companies name (have at least .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info, .co.uk) so that nobody takes his sites name and makes a competitor site of his.

Bulk Domain Search at Godaddy
Bulk Domain Search at Godaddy

You Will Need Patience

One thing you will always have to remember is that you will not earn money when you start. It may take almost a year to break even, so you must make sure you have enough money to make it through a year with a little profit.

I may write an article soon about preparing for starting your host.

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Hosting Deals

Here you are, in front of a computer, and you want web space, but you don’t know how to get it. Maybe you do know how to get it, but you don’t know where to get it from. Perhaps you’ve seen your share of hideous sites, and you don’t want to be the same. Maybe the hosting you have now put a massive banner on every page. Whatever the reason is, welcome to the Definitive Guide to Finding Web Hosting.

Important Things to Consider:

What’s the goal of the site? Is this supposed to be professional? Is it just going to be used for storage? Are you looking for a small personal homepage? Do you plan on using PHP or other scripting languages?

Do you just want a simple, easy way to make a site?

If you’re looking to make a professional site, you’ll want to consider registering a domain name (i.e., https://bonenet.net).

Some general guidelines:

You want something memorable. If you’re going to have a sub-domain (http://subdomain.domain.com), you’ll be wanting a short domain name so that people aren’t distracted by the domain name. “joe.bonenet.net” just isn’t glamorous or clean cut.

You want the server your site is hosted on to be reliable. It shouldn’t be a gamble of, “I wonder if my site will be viewable today…” Find a respectable host. Try to avoid a host that seems to have very few customers or a bunch scam sites.

Where to look:

Hostingmanual.net has an extensive database of black Friday and cyber Monday hosting deals that you can search to match your needs (see table). Along with a user ratings system and testimonials, sites that have had past problems have notes next to them.

Do you spend money on domain names and hosting routinely? Then this is the moment to go for your wallet. Check out the impressive offers and see for yourself.

  • Google

Of course, if you ever need to find something on the Internet, use a search engine. Google is just a personal preference, but try searching for things like, “web hosting reviews” rather than “web hosting.” By shopping around, you can choose which host will be the best for you.

  • WordPress.com

You can have your free website on WordPress.com – if you can stand having their frame on your page. This is an alright choice for the average user who just wants to set up a simple homepage with static HTML or CSS.

Common Features:

  • PHP/ASP Powerful server-side scripting languages.
  • MySQL A Database for storing and accessing records.
  • Cpanel A web interface to manage your site. A handy feature.
  • POP3/SMTP Mail Servers so you can send and receive emails
  • Bandwidth How much traffic your site is allowed.
  • SSH Secure Shell. Some sites allow you access to a *nix shell.
  • .htaccess Sets permissions for your website.
  • Backups Some sites provide utilities to backup your files.
  • CGI/Perl Use Perl on your site.
  • SSL Allows secure access to your site. (https://yoursite.com)
  • FTP File Transfer Protocol is a way to upload files.

Customer Reviews – Not just testimonies from a few loyalists. Look for unbiased reviews.
Active Forums – Are often a good indicator of the user base. Some sites require forum usage.
Web Hosting Review Sites – Read what people have to say, common issues, etc.