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                             By Colette Mason
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Introduction
Here’s a list of tools, equipment and free resources I have found useful over the
years. I hope you find them useful too! Enjoy.

Table of Contents

Introduction....................................................................................................................... 2
Table of Contents ............................................................................................................... 2
Product Creation Tools and Tips ........................................................................................ 2
Wordpress Themes ............................................................................................................ 3
Wordpress Membership Site Software ............................................................................... 8
3rd Party Membership Sites ............................................................................................... 8
Tutorials and Training ........................................................................................................ 9
Productivity ..................................................................................................................... 13
Graphics .......................................................................................................................... 14
Webmaster Tools ............................................................................................................. 16
Video Creation and Editing ............................................................................................... 18
Kit and Gadgets................................................................................................................ 19
Creating Physical Products ............................................................................................... 20
Hosting ............................................................................................................................ 20
Outsourcing ..................................................................................................................... 21




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Wordpress Themes
Premium Themes

       • Optimizepress
         A great theme for creating squeeze pages, sales letters and
         membership site pages in minutes. It takes a little while to understand
         how it works (you do a lot of editing underneath the main editing
         area, like creating the styled video headlines) but once you’ve sorted
         that, it works great! It’s not good for a “blog” style website, as it relies
         on “pages” to work its magic.

       • Profits Theme
         This is another cool theme for sorting out squeeze pages, sales letters
         and your membership pages. It also comes with some “skins”, themed
         overlays for online marketing niches which save you some time and
         trouble coming up with a professional look.

       • Woo Themes
         If you want a cool looking blog-based website, rather than the
         marketing funnel ones above, Woo Themes are easy to work with and
         look cool. They’re also SEO optimized right out of the box.

       • Elegant Themes
         Dozens of feature rich themes for the price of 1. They take a bit of
         setting up but they look great!

       • Thesis
         The Thesis Theme is a premium template system for WordPress that is
         designed to serve as the rock-solid foundation beneath any kind of
         website. It doesn't come with much styling, which makes it very
         flexible – or quite plain depending on your viewpoint ☺

       • PremiumPress
         A series of ecommerce based wordpress themes, including online
         shops, digial product shops and more ☺

       • RocketTheme
         Another provider of high-quality wordpress themes.


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       • Microsoft Office Templates
         A comprehensive list of templates to help you finish a new document
         quickly. There's flyers, marketing letters, expenses forms and more.

Free Wordpress Themes

    • 50 Best Free Wordpress Themes
      A list of 50 free wordpress templates. Don’t forget you can search for
      them within Wordpress too, when you login as administrator.




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Wordpress Plugins

       • All in One SEO
         One of the most popular SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) plugins for
         wordpress - and it's free! This makes adding your meta data for your
         website title, keywords and description a breeze. If you can fill in a
         form, you can do this stuff!

       • Better Delete Revisons
         Wordpress saves a copy of every page or post when you make a few
         changes. This means loads of reduntant information clogs up your
         wordpress database. Better Delete Revisions is a simple way to delete
         all the previous versions of your pages and posts. I use this all time -
         sometimes I have generated 300+ pages of revisions(!) which just slow
         your site down.

       • Contact Form 7
         This plugin makes setting up basic (and advanced) contact forms really
         straightforward. You can add extra form boxes to pre-qualify the leads

       • Dagon Design Sitemap Generator
         One of the best sitemap generators for wordpress. It's easy to list all
         the pages and posts on your site in minutes - you can even exclude
         pages you don't want to appear too.

       • Ninja Page Categories and Tags
         If you want to include some of your pages in your category or tag lists,
         just install this plugin and wordpress can include them with your post
         listings

       • RB Internal Links
         If you get fed up trying to work out the long URLS of your pages, make
         it easy for yourself and add this plugin so you can use a dropdown list
         in your link box to select the page or post on your site in the blink of
         an eye

       • Simple Google Sitemap XML
         Make sure your web content information is up to date and google
         friendly with this easy to use plugin. Add your sitemap to your main
         menu to make sure it's easily picked up by search engine spiders
         crawling your website.


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       • Social Media Widget
         A straightforward way to add a list of your social media URLs to your
         sidebar

       • TinyMCE Advanced
         Need some extra editing features when you're writing your blog
         content? This plugin handles that for you.

       • W3 Total Cache
         Speed up your website for your visitors by setting up this plugin to
         create static pages that are quick and easy to browse.

       • WordPress Importer
         A great way to move your blogposts from one blog to another. I have
         used I when I moved my old blog to my new blog on a new domain
         name. It took 1 minute to move 100 posts and 100+ comments.

       • Embed RSS
         If you want to embed a blog feed to your website, I've used this one. It
         adds a button to your web editor. When you click it, you're asked to
         paste the feed in.

       • Duplicate Post
         This saves so much time. Ifyou've got lots of similar posts or pages to
         create, for example product overview pages, just create 1 how you
         want it to look, then click on the duplicate button, then just type ove
         to change the bits specfic to the new page. I use this all the time,
         especially when I'm setting a site up

       • Global Translator
         If you have a global audience, this plugin helps visitors understand
         your content more easily by providing a basic translation using the
         google translation tool.

       • Picasna
         If you need to embed photo gallery, Picasna syncs your wordpress
         blog with your free Google Picassa account.

       • Youtuber
         A simple way of adding youtube videos without having hassle from
         wordpress removing your youtube iframe code


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       • Simple Social Icons
         This plugin adds a set of cool icons and widgets at the end of your post
         for your readers to share. Widgets are Twitter and Facebook. It
         supports large icons and small icons.

       • WP-Recapture
         reCAPTCHA is probably the most popular and widely accepted
         CAPTCHA systems by both end-users and site-owners. It is used by
         such sites prominent sites as Facebook, Twitter, to the Average Joe's
         little blog out there on the corner of the Internet.

       • Widget Logic
         This plugin gives every widget an extra control field called "Widget
         logic" that lets you control the pages that the widget will appear on.

       • XCloner - Backup and Restore
         XCloner is a professional website Backup and Restore application
         designed to allow you to create safe complete backups and to be able
         to restore them anywhere.

       • Google Analytics
         A hassle free way to add Google Analytics to your website.

       • WP Forum Server
         A complete forum system for your wordpress blog. The forum is a
         plugin, so no additional work is needed to integrate it into your site.

       • Flexi Quote Rotator
         Great for rotating testimonials, quotes, special offer alerts etc on your
         site

       • Share This
         This make it easy or visitors to post your site content to various social
         bookmarking sites, or send a link via e-mail & other communication
         channels.

       • Relevanssi
         If you want to improve your website’s search results and make it
         easier for visitors to find what they want, this plugin really helps.




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Wordpress Membership Site Software

       • Digital Access Pass
         This provides membership site features to your Wordpress site, for
         example only letting paid members access content. Drip-feeding
         content over time and handling payments. It’s easy to set up if you’re
         comfortable with Wordpress and payment systems. If you’re not, you
         might need someone to help you. There’s a great, responsive
         helpdesk to handle any questions.

       • Wishlist Member
         Wishlist is a powerful solution for creating an online membership site
         – all built using Wordpress. It has unlimited membership levels, you
         can redirect members to individual pages based on their membership
         type and more. A very flexible and robust answer to membership
         sites.

3rd Party Membership Sites

       • Subhub
         Wishlist is a powerful solution for creating an online membership site
         – all built using Wordpress. It has unlimited membership levels, you
         can redirect members to individual pages based on their membership
         type and more. A very flexible and robust answer to membership
         sites.




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Product Creation
Word and PowerPoint

Word and PowerPoint Templates

       • Dreamtemplate
         Excellent templates for PowerPoint and Word, as well as websites,
         and printed brochures. I’ve created a lot of free reports and eGuides
         based on these templates.

Video Training

       • Pocket Video Power
         Created by professional UK TV Director, Jules Watkins, you can benefit
         from his years of experience as a video director and create stunning
         videos just with one or two pocket video cameras like the Flip, the
         iPhone or the Zi8. Did you know you could use two helium balloons as
         a hoist to do aerial video shots on the cheap? Neither did I until Jules
         shared his tricks of the trade ☺ Great stuff.



Mind Mapping

       • Mindjet MindManager
         A fantastic tool for simplifying product creation, and for recording all
         the ideas buzzing round in your head. You might have created “spider
         diagrams” or “bubble diagrams” in the past, sketching out ideas on
         paper. The great thing about MindManager is you can play around
         with the ideas, move them and change them, then export your final
         version to Word or PowerPoint as a readymade outline you can
         expand upon. This product has saved me days and days of time.

Document Formatting

       • Wordzworth
         If you spend ages mucking about trying to format your ebooks
         properly, Wordzworth can help you. Just upload your document and
         they will format it consistently and make it look really professional.
         Not the cheapest, compared with fiverr, but very reliable and very
         quick and giving your ebook a professional look. Just upload your

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           rough version and they will style it. Note: They don’t do proofreading
           and editing – just formatting.

Document Editing

       • The Document Doctor
         If you need someone to tidy up the content you have written and
         proof-read along the way, the document doctor can help. I have used
         them for reviewing reports and workbooks to make sure the language
         is clear, concise and compelling.

Proof-reading

       • Scribendi.com
         Proof-reading your own content is time consuming and fraught with
         problems because you’re over familiar with the content. Make it
         easier by uploading your content to scribendi. They also help with
         minor grammar changes too. You can get your information back
         within 6 hours with the premium service, or within 1-7 days for the
         cheaper options ☺

Audio Editing Software

       • Audacity
         Free software for editing audio files, and adding intro music, to give
         your audio products a very professional sound.

Skype Call Recording

       • MP3 Skype Recorder
         Records Skype calls and stores them as MP3. It’s a free tool.

Royalty Free and Affordable Music Resources

               http://www.partnersinrhyme.com/
               http://incompetech.com/m/c/royalty-free/
               http://www.wavtracks.com/
               Don’t get your YouTube videos pulled because you used
               copyrighted material – use music you can use commercially, with
               confidence. The wavtracks box set at $99AUD is great value and
               saves a lot of time hunting down public-domain sources.


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Video Music

           • Stockmusicsite
             Great for intros and outros (stingers), and background music.

Window Resizing Tool

               Sizer
               A window resizing tool so you can make your windows exactly the
               same time each and every time you open them, so your videos
               recording your screen are consistent (and fit perfectly without
               leaving black bars on your uploaded clips)




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Tutorials and Training

       • W3C Schools
         If you're keen to know what goes on "underneath the hood" of your
         website, this is a great free resource for learning about coding.

       • Web Pages That Suck
         If you're keen to know what goes on "underneath the hood" of your
         website, this is a great free resource for learning about coding.

       • Chris Farrell Internet Marketing Training
         Chris Farrell's membership website is a fantastic resource for learning
         more about how to make money online. His site has won awards for
         being a great place to learn. He’s a straight-forwards guy who makes it
         easy to understand the fundamentals.

       • Niche Profit Classroom
         The powerful combination of quality training, "done for you"
         resources, and personal coaching is what sets NPC apart from any
         other program or 'system' out there. Great quality products and
         plenty of training make it easy to get your online business started.
         Much cheaper than paying for 1-2-1 coaching.




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Productivity
       • Firefox’s Most Popular Add-Ons
         Firefox add-ons can really boost your time spent surfing. From
         blocking popups, to making Amazon easier to browse, there is a wide
         range of add-ons to suit your preferences.

       • Google Chrome Extensions
         Googles most popular extension for it’s superquick Chrome browser.




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Graphics
3d Covers

       • Easy Cover Action Script
         If you’ve got Photoshop and you can design your covers yourself, with
         a click of a button, you can turn your 2D design into a 3D design,
         creating books, magazines, boxes, membership cards and more. Note:
         If you haven’t got Photoshop, you’ll need a different answer (see
         below)

       • eCover Go
         This is an online tool. Just upload your flat graphic of your book cover,
         choose a 3d view you like, press a button and your 3D product shot is
         ready for download. There are all the usual things like boxes, booklets,
         DVDs and more.

Web Graphics

       • Web 2.0 Graphics
         A superb collection of Web 2.0 graphics, that can help get your site
         looking up to date. These easily recognizable, clean and simple
         buttons and icons will help improve your conversions too.

       • Easy Banner Maker
         Use this banner advert tool to create any graphics you need to
         promote your products and services you’re selling or events you’re
         running . You need Photoshop to use this tool. If you need banners on
         the cheap, take a look at fiverr.com

       •    Logo Inn
            A very quick and easy logo design service. They can also help with
            websites and brochures

       •  Dreamstime Stock Photos
          A wide range of affordable premium stock photos. Perfect for
          commercial use.
       • Stock.XCHNG
         An alternative to expensive stock photography. The idea was to create
         a site where creative people could exchange their photos for
         inspiration or work. The site has evolved into the massive community

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           you see today — there are over 2,500,000 registered users and
           around 400,000 photos online.

       • 1001 Free Fonts
         If you need to create a fresh look for your fonts, or try to identify one,
         there’s plenty to download for free at this font website

       • Clipart.com
         Need a cool sketch or illustration, you can find plenty here. When you
         become a member, you can download 250 images a WEEK ☺




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Webmaster Tools

       • Google Webmaster Tools
         An excellent resource for finding out problems with your website.
         Google analyses what’s wrong with your website and how to improve
         it. Better still, it’s free.

       • Google Analytics
         The place to get google’s free tracking script to give you information
         on how your website is performing – where your visitors come from,
         what they look at and how long they stay.

       • Bing Webmaster Tools
         Use the Bing™ Webmaster tools to improve your site's SEO, submit
         your sites and XML-based Sitemaps to Bing, get data on which pages
         of your site have been indexed, backlinks, inbound links and keyword
         performance.

       • BLT-Web
         Heaps of really useful website tools, like broken link checkers, screen
         resolution checkers and more.

       • iWebTools
         Another collection of great website tools to check out how your site’s
         performing and highlight any problems

       • Dynamic Drive
         A great place to get dynamic scripts to add to your site, such as
         calenders, scrolling text boxes and more

       • SEOChat
         A site packed with tips and ideas if you want to have a go at doing
         your own SEO

       • Alexa
         Free traffic metrics, search analytics, demographics, and more for
         websites. Find out more about the type of people who visit successful
         websites in your niche.



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       • Quantcast
         Similar to Alexa, review the demographics for a wide range of popular
         websites to gain insights into where your customers are to be found
         online.




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Video Creation and Editing
Screen Recording Video Software

       • Camtasia
         The ultimate product for creating screen-based video products.
         There’s a free 30 day evaluation, so you can always create your
         product in advance, then do the recording during the trial period. You
         can also do your editing in Camtasia.

       • Camstudio
         A free tool similar to Camstudio, but without the picture in picture
         facility (at least I can’t find it if it is in there ☺ ). Great for trying out
         screen recording and seeing if it’s for you (and your customers!)

       • Image Mage
         Create high-quality 3d animations to give your videos a professional
         look, at an affordable cost, without having to refer to creative
         designers.

       • Animoto
         Turn your photos, video clips, and music into video masterpieces to
         share with everyone. Fast, free and shockingly easy.
       •

Video Editing Software

       • Sony Movie Studio (Sony Vegas)
         Affordable, good quality video editing software, with the ability to
         create DVDs or Blu-Ray disks too.




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Kit and Gadgets
 Microphones

       • Audio Technica ATR3350 (ATR-3350) Lavalier (Tie Clip)
         A great microphone to use with the Kodak Zi8 pocket video camera. It
         has a very long cable, making it really easy to position the camera a
         little further away, so viewers can see more of your surroundings
         when doing some video, not just the normal headshot. It’s great for
         cutting down on background noise too.

       • Logitech Premium Notebook Headset Microphone
         This is great for recording Skype calls and also for doing Camtasia
         voiceovers. It’s easy to keep your voice at a constant volume, even
         when you move your head, so it’s less distracting to use over longer
         periods of time.

       • Samson C01u Studio Condenser Mic
         This is a great quality mic at a mid-range price, perfect for podcasting
         and video voice overs.

       • Blue Snowball
         Another mic that’s great for podcasting.

Video Lighting

       • PhotoSel Continuous Lighting Portable Studio
         Two lightweight, good quality beginners lighting units. Give your
         videos a very professional look with great lighting. I’ve used this on all
         my big video projects. Just be careful with the bulbs, they are quite
         delicate.

       • Portable LED Video Lighting
         LED lighting is not as bright as the PhotoSel lights above, but they are
         much less fragile and can run off batteries, so better for shooting
         further away from a power socket on a wall.




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Creating Physical Products
       • Lulu
         Create printed books, calendars, CDs and DVDs on demand. You can
         also sell your products via Amazon, which is great for boosting your
         credibility. They handle the manufacture and the shipping ☺

       • Kunaki
         Upload your CD or DVD disk images to Kunaki and they will create and
         send your information products worldwide. It costs just $1 to
         duplicate the DVD, so it’s a very easy, affordable way to move into
         physical product production.



Hosting
       • Hostgator
         Super popular, flexible, reliable website hosting. Great if you've got 1
         website or hundreds. A lot of my business partners and coaching
         students use this company.

       • Justhost
         You got a free domain and you can park unlimited domains on there
         too. I get great service. It's hassle-free hosting. What's more, if a
         problem crops up, it gets resolved within an hour. There's also
         marketing bonuses like free google vouchers

       • iPage
         Another great value hosting package with a free domain for life and
         no limits to your account bandwidth. Look out for the freebies, there's
         a lot of them when you sign up.

       • Fat Cow
         Another great value hosting package with a free domain for life and
         no limits to your account bandwidth. Look out for the freebies, there's
         a lot of them when you sign up.




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Outsourcing
       • oDesk
         Access to highly skilled people all over the world, ready to help you
         with your websites, social media, your information products and
         more. Your assistants have regular screenshots taken as they work, so
         you can see how they are progressing.

       • Elance
         Another service like oDesk, but without the screenshot monitoring.

       • 123Employee
         if you need regular help, rather than ad hoc project help, you can get
         123employee to interview and manage skilled Philippine people to
         help you with admin, marketing, website publishing, writing and
         more. You can have 10-40 hours of help a week, depending on your
         workload.

       • Fiverr
         A website where a very talented group of people offer their skills for
         just $5. You can get real bargains here. I’ve used them for writing,
         logos, blog headers, video, SEO and more.




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Note:

I have listed lots of free resources and paid resources in this guide. It’s taken me
a while to find and test out these resources so, for some of the paid products I
have listed I’ve added an affiliate links so I earn a commission if you choose to
get one of your own. Hope that’s OK with you - I’ve done the hard work so you
don’t have to ☺


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