Resources

These are some of the Cool Resources we use:
     – Daily in our business
     – On our blog
     – In our personal life

(To be honest: Some of the product links are affiliate links . If you make a purchase through one of these affiliate links we may receive a small portion of the proceeds.)

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Kartra

Kartra is the all-in-one platform that is perfect for automating everything in our business. From opt-in to sales and beyond (membership site, affiliate program and help desk), it does it all – even the analytics. With Kartra's step-by-step processes and cool templates it's so easy to create automations, sequences and all the pages we need. It’s intuitive, easy, and you don’t need to be a technical genius to use it. One platform – one account… way cool!

Also from the makers of Kartra (Digital Genesis):

WebinarJam

WebinarJam is a robust webinar platform. Featuring the capabilities of up to 6 presenters, active chat and attendee spotlight, it's perfect for connecting with your audience. It transcends different platforms, is compatible with darn-near every device and they even have their own private and secure network. And that's just some of the amazing features. The big bonus? It comes with a really sweet price.

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EverWebinar

EverWebinar is an evergreen webinar platform. Featuring an advanced (but easy to use) scheduling system and the option of just-in-time webinars, it's a perfect fit for you and your audience. It integrates with almost everything so you can build your list, tag your leads and get the analytics behind it all. And that's just some of the amazing features. Know what else is amazing? The cool price tag.

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WJ EW Bundle

Or get WebinarJam and EverWebinar together as a Combo…

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The Brain

We use The Brain to manage just about everything we do in business. We use it to manage our repository of knowledge (the stuff stored in our real brain) and all the contacts, social media, and information we want to maintain. It's kind of like our digital Brain; it captures all the intelligence that we have gathered over time and allows us easy access (a few seconds) to any piece of digital information (contacts, web pages, documents, images, notes, conversations, etc.). It is a powerful brainstorming and knowledge management tool that thinks like we do.

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MindJet MindManager

We use mind mapping to create just about everything we do in business (and personally too). We use if for our big picture vision and business plan, creating presentations, content (both written and video) and info products, for planning and implementing product launches and events, for our personal and business goals, and of course for much, much more. Mindjet MindManager is our choice because it's fun, effortless, and yet totally power-packed.

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Asana

For us, Asana is the easiest way to manage our projects and tasks. Yes, it does work very well for team collaboration (even a team of two), but it's also an awesome tool for an individual. It has a built-in calendar, two display options, headers for grouping tasks, due dates with recurring options, a place for notes and so much more. It's one of our daily/hourly tools and it works amazingly well!

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Themify

Themify themes and plugins enable us to create our cool WordPress website quickly and easily. Every Themify theme has a drag-and-drop builder with a preview feature (you get to watch it develop as you go) as well as many cool effects to showcase your website. Yep, we used it to create the very page you're reading right now. Intuitive and quick – with great results.

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ConvertBar

Create intelligent visitor engagement without being in their face. You can implement surveys, call-to-action videos or images, countdown timers, trigger rules and even personalized offers based on your visitor's behavior. A simple and powerful engagement tool.

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Snagit

This is a “use-it-everyday” tool for us. Snagit is super-easy to use for screen captures, screen recording and image editor. It's amazingly versatile with a ton of cool features and you can share your images almost anywhere. Totally recommended!

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Camtasia

A very cool video creation and editing software that we use to create all our videos. How cool is it? You can use it to record yourself (via webcam), your computer screen or even add yourself into the scenery with the use of a green screen. With a multitude of drag-and-drop edits you can easily add effects and elements into your video. And to top it off, Camtasia is simple to use, allowing you to create amazing videos quickly and easily.

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Easy Video Suite

We use Easy Video Suite as our video hosting tool basically because of its integration with Amazon S3. However, you can use it to record, publish, market and track your videos. It's an all-in-one video marketing suite.

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A2 Hosting

We tried other web hosting companies and we've found that A2 Hosting is fast, dependable and secure. There are enough challenges in your day-to-day online business already… you don't need to be worrying about your hosting account not working. With A2 Hosting we don't worry.

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NameSilo

NameSilo says it best:
domains. cheap, easy, and secure.
True enough.

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Pretty Links

Pretty Links is more than just an Affiliate Link Cloaker or URL shortener — it allows you to automate repetitive tasks, optimize your site with testing, see the results of your campaigns immediately, virally spread your links and replicate your sites—including all your Affiliate Links within minutes!

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RoboForm

RoboForm is one of our “can't do without” tools. We no longer need to remember all our passwords, Roboform does it for us. It allows faster logins, secure log-in sharing, and one-click form fills all within a super-secure environment. It totally saves our butts over-and-over again.

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ThriveCart

Create cool check-out pages for your business without the technical hassles. Some of the amazing features: recurring payments, 1-click upsells, embeddable cart, autoresponder integration, split-testing, mobile friendly, works with most payment gateways, and so much more.

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WishList Member

It's simple; install the WishList WordPress plugin and in only minutes you can have your own membership site up and running – complete with protected members-only content, integrated payments, membership management and yes… so much more! Totally cool!

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BackupBuddy

As the original all-in-one WordPress backup plugin, BackupBuddy really does it all. It handles WordPress backups (files, settings, themes, plugins, etc), restores, migrations, and staging. Everyone needs this kind of buddy!

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IQ Matrix

A collection of unique mind maps specifically designed for you to develop your mindset, goals, and ultimately habits for positive change. Whether it be mentally, physically, financially or spiritually – there are mindmaps to lead you down the right path.

(To be honest: Some of the product links are affiliate links . If you make a purchase through one of these affiliate links we may receive a small portion of the proceeds.)

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