Peep this: Nearly every week we are asked about the different tools and resources we simply cannot function without.
And since there are
(We even included a few of our own wildly-helpful resources we think you might love!)
So with that being said…behold! The list of tools to end all lists of tools!
We hope they help you on your journey to taking that 9-to-5 of yours and screwing it.
Let's dive in…
We've tried a lot of different website hosts including:
- WP Engine
In the end, we're down to using just 2 from the list above.
Affordable Website Hosting: SiteGround
Whenever we start a new online brand, we normally begin by hosting it on our GoGeek account at SiteGround.
Originally we were using a shared account from BlueHost, but we got frustrated with their customer support and website performance stats.
If you're just starting out, you only really need a StartUp account for $3.95/month, which comes with one free domain name that you can register and host.
They're reliable, their customer support is great and in my honest opinion, they're the best affordable website hosting option available today.
High Performance Hosting: WPEngine
Once you start to see some good traction as far as website traffic goes, it's important to upgrade to a
- When you get more traffic, your website will slow down
- Visitors don't like slow loading websites
- You will lose rankings on Google due to a lower bounce rate and average time on page
When you start to hit 5,000 visits a month, it's time to upgrade your hosting provider and for this, we suggest using WPEngine.
In fact, screwtheninetofive.com is hosted right now on WPEngine and we're just using the StartUp option for $35/month. When our other brands pick up steam, we'll upgrade to the Growth plan that allows up to 5 sites.
Here are all of their plans:
If you want to know why we use WPEngine and the difference in performance between them and a cheaper option like SiteGround, Josh wrote all about it here.
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Domain Name Registrars
For this we use a couple of different options:
- Our hosting provider (new accounts only)
- Namecheap (for everything else)
We have used Godaddy before in the past but we don't really like their
Namecheap is much cleaner and easier to use.
They're also the most affordable option which is the main reason why we choose them over other options.
Namecheap Promo Code September, 2018
The other thing Namecheap does is come out with a new promo code each month which we'll attempt to update here each time a new one comes out each month.
For now, here is the Namecheap Promo Code For September, 2018:
You can read a full breakdown of why we made the change right here, but to give you a quick explanation, the main reason came down to website performance.
DIVI was slow and eventually became annoying to use.
After about 3 months of research, we ended up
This came down mostly to the fact that both of these frameworks load fast and work well for SEO purposes (ranking high on Google).
In the end, we went with Genesis because they had the perfect child theme for our website, Essence Pro.
We tested it out first before going live and the thing that impressed us was just how easy it was to set up. That and how nice the default layout was without any customization.
The price of both Essence and the Genesis Framework together is also nice and affordable at $129.95. This is a one-time, lifetime price.
If Essence Pro doesn't line up with what you want in a theme, I recommend checking out their theme directory and seeing if you can find one that does.
Straight up, we use ConvertKit.
Coined as “the power of Infusionsoft, but easier to use than MailChimp”, we made it our go-to email provider after getting tired of overpaying for InfusionSoft.
Plus, it's just easier to use!
Add to that the fact that it’s only $29/month up to your first 1,000 subscribers and it's a no-brainer when it comes to email marketing.
Graphic Design & Creative
For quite some time we were using Canva as a fast way of putting together graphics for:
- Blog posts
- Video thumbnails
- Social media
- Facebook ads
- And more
That was until Josh came across Adobe Spark and decided to try it out for the first time.
Canva is good, don't get me wrong but after giving Spark a go, we'd found a tool that was even easier to use.
The starting templates are more simple and they have a feature that allows you to load in your brand colors/fonts/etc and it will automatically apply them to any image you create.
On top of this, you can also create custom videos from within the platform which I can see is going to come in handy over the next few years.
If there is one thing we know to be sure it’s that if you can build an audience of believers around your brand, you can build a movement.
I mean, just look at Screw the Nine to Five for example!
It’s a movement helping employees transition into entrepreneurs and we have a loyal community of thousands of Scroupies, each chasing a similar dream.
But how do you even start building an audience that turns into a movement?
Inside he breaks down the steps to creating a CULT-ure around your brand people can’t resist.
And since he’s a walking, talking example of this, I figured you might find it hella-useful!
You can grab the free book here…just pay shipping & handling and he’ll send you out a physical copy of the book to highlight, mark up and make all the notes in!
We got back into the podcasting game after a nearly 2 year long hiatus and since then have been using PodBean as our audio hosting platform.
So far they’ve been perfectly reliable, their support has been helpful and it was a breeze getting our channel set up, tricked out and published!
Thinking of starting a podcast for your business?
Make it easy on yourself and check out PodBean!
Livestreaming and Webinar Software
Hands down is there is ONE person we trust to learn allllll about webinars, it's Amy Porterfield.
I mean, not only has she hosted hundreds of her own webinars, but she's generated millions (in profit) from them!
Plus, I've seen her in action first-hand and I'm telling ya', this woman knows her ish!
She's got a FREE training you can dive into right here that will help you outline your first 5-Figure Webinar, if you're ready to add them into your marketing and sales arsenal!
And something tells me you'll be furiously taking notes throughout the whole thing because it is jam-packed with tactical info you can use straight away! *high five*
And while we're on the subject of webinars…
You know what’s been a clutch live video software that we’ve depended on for the last year and a bit?
And more specifically Zoom Webinars.
Not only do we use it for webinars…
We use it for FB Live Broadcasts.
We use it for our monthly live coaching calls inside our exclusive membership community, Screw U.
Hell, we use it for interviews during our launches and promotions.
I mean, we use Zoom for damn near every single thing we do for video outside of our Podcast.
Conversion Rate Optimization
Converting sales is one of the biggest struggles most online business owners have (including us at times!).
To solve this problem here are the questions we ask:
- What content can we create on our website that will attract visitors who may be interested in purchasing something?
- What type of funnel can we create that will lead a visitor towards a sale?
- What are the assets we need to build in order to create this funnel? (eg. lead magnet, opt in page, popups, etc, etc.)
Once we know the answer to all 3 of these questions, we can then employ the use of some conversion rate optimization tools to help us out.
Here are the one's we use every day:
We used to create landing pages (opt in pages, thank you pages, webinar registration, etc) using our WordPress theme, however if you're like us it's a bit of a pain to customize the look of your pages using WordPress.
The other issue we had was that we wanted to create entire funnels (a group of landing pages) quickly and until ClickFunnels became available, there was no way of doing that.
Now we use ClickFunnels to create most of our landing pages for things like:
- Opt in funnels (capturing leads)
- Webinar registration funnels
- Sales funnels
- Promotional assets (eg. bonus pages for products we recommend)
- And so much more
Prices start from $97 a month and like most online tools you can get started with a free 14 day trial.
Online Course Creation
We use Thinkific to host all of our online courses!
That means we house every single digital course, live call replay, strategy session, PDF and downloadable inside one platform, powered by Thinkific.
Not only is it sooo-oooohhhh easy to use and customize, but their customer support is hands-down the best we’ve ever dealt with.
The Thinkific team is always there to help and they truly care about their members, which we absolutely love!
Bonus: You don’t have to pay for video hosting as you can host everything inside Thinkific without any extra fees.
Wanna check ‘em out?
PHEW! That was a LOT!
I’ll continue to add onto this list online marketing tools as we expand our roster, but for now
Reminder: Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. That means if you choose to purchase something we may receive a commission (thank you, btw! *smooch* ). However that in no way influences our recommendations of these different tools, products, books and programs 🙂