Resources

I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that shows you the tools I personally use.  I get asked about these resources quite often so it just made sense to compile a list and make it easily accessible to all.  I’d suggest bookmarking it for easy future reference and convenience. Hope it helps!

Disclosure:  Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.  Please understand that I have experience with most of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something.  Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.  Your success is my primary goal!

Tools I Love & Use The Most

REAL STORE OWNER (Drop Ship Course)

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SHOPIFY

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  • FREE 21 Day Trial! (normally 14)
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TRY SHOPIFY (Save 10% and Get My Course FREE)

 

GOOGLE VOICE

If your just starting out, I’d use Google Voice.  You get a free phone number (dedicate to your business) and have it forwarded to your cell.  They also allow you to pick a ‘vanity’ number (i.e. 206-37TABLE) if available. Downside: If living or traveling international, you can’t forward the number to an international number.

GET GOOGLE VOICE

 

SKYPE

If your living or traveling overseas, Skype is an decent option.  With Skype, you can receive calls on your smart phone anywhere you have wifi or cellular signal.  The downside is that the voice/sound quality can be less then perfect.  I personally use Grasshopper.

TRY OUT SKYPE

 

GRASSHOPPER

For my eCommerce store, I personally use Grasshopper.  You can run multiple store numbers through the same system and route the incoming calls to any cell/land/overseas number you desire. They also offer toll free 800#s or vanity numbers to give your store a more professional appearance. Great company.

USE GRASSHOPPER

 

GIMP IMAGE MANIPULATION

The center point of any successful drop ship store is posting great images. GIMP is a image manipulation software that’s downloadable for free.  It has a ton of features and I personally use it almost every day (for this website as well).  There are more expensive paid options but they aren’t needed in my opinion.  There are also a ton of free tutorials on YouTube to help you get started.

GET GIMP FOR FREE

 

LUCKY ORANGE

Ever wonder why your visitor left without making a purchase? Curious what links on a page get clicked / viewed the most? Figure out your customers browsing patters and make better decisions with Lucky Orange.  It has helped me immensely make minor adjustments that increased my click-through-rate. Along with heat maps they offer a library of other cool features as well. Highly recommend,

GET LUCKY ORANGE

 

CAMTASIA STUDIO 8

Consider this: your customers are roughly 70% more likely to purchase you product if there is a video.  Need I say more?  I personally use Camtasia to construct simple but effective product videos THAT SELL!  Don’t know how to make a video? It can be learned in under an hour and is quite easy.  They offer a free 30-day trial period before you commit.

TRY CAMTASIA STUDIO 8 (for free)

 

FIVERR

Fiverr is great for outsourcing your store logo on the cheap.  But what I primarily have used this site for is having short intro and outro videos made to showcase my top selling products.  I made videos showing just how easy it is to do.  I also highly suggest, for ‘trust’ purposes, having a video made for you ‘About’ page.  This will help elevate your site above the rest and result in higher conversion rates.

HEAD OVER TO FIVERR

 

 

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TRY MY USA CORPORATION

 

TRUST GUARD

Bottom line, trust seals work.  They have proven to help give shoppers that warm fuzzy feeling and its that feeling that causes them to pull out their credit card and make the purchase.  Its all about trust in ecommerce!  For me and the sites I’ve seen it utilized on, sales have almost always increased, at a minimum, enough to cover its cost.  So…if you making sales, pull the trigger!

GET TRUST GUARD

 

PERFECT AUDIENCE

Hate ads that follow you around on the web?  I definitely do but I also use them…often.  Why?  Because they work! Retargeting customers whom have already shown interest in your product is a no-brainer.  I personally use Perfect Audience for both Facebook ads and web banner ads. Once your store is up and rolling, definitely look into retargeting (using this or any other platform).

TRY PERFECT AUDIENCE

 

MOTIVATION AND EDUCATION

eCOMMERCE QUICK TIP$ (My Podcast)

Do you get motivation from listening to incites from other online entrepreneurs?  Are you like me and absolutely love hearing all the current hot actionable ecommerce tips but without the boring filler? Then you’ll love my podcast.  I summarize all the golden nuggets from the past week in podcasts and ditch the filler.  I’ll even throw in some inspirational interviews to help keep us all on track .  Just give it a listen, I think you’ll like it. Thanks!

LISTEN TO: eCOMMERCE QUICK TIP$ PODCAST

 

DROP SHIP STORE OPTIMIZER

If you already have a drop shipping store or you just bought the drop ship course , I highly recommend checking out my DS Optimizer Course. Its basically all the tricks and methods I personally use and/or know other store owners utilize to ensure profitability of their stores.  Check out the free preview (first 2 modules FREE) of all the real actionable goodies I throw at ya.

DROP SHIP STORE OPTIMIZER

 

SEO FOR eCOMMERCE COURSE

Don’r be like everyone else and focus solely on paid ads to attract customers. Almost 40% of all shoppers skip the ads completely and click on the organic search results.  How do I rank in Google you ask?  Well, I spent years studying this subject and put together this course showing exactly how I do it.  Check out the free previews I set up for ya.

SEO FOR eCOMMERCE COURSE

 

THE DROP SHIP STORE AUDIT

If your struggling to make sales on your site or just looking to squeak out a little more profit then you probably need a Store Audit.  I hired someone early on to look at my store to help me figure out what I could improve on and it has paid dividends ever since.  Its good to have a fresh pair of independent eyes skim your site and let you know what its missing.

GET A DROP SHIP STORE AUDIT

 

THE 4 HOUR WORK WEEK

My father gave me this book back in 2010 and like many others, it ignited the ‘online income’ spark in me.  Tim Ferriss is the legend who started the ‘quit your job, start an online business, outsource the work and live the life‘ movement.  Its a must read for any online entrepreneur just getting started. 4 hours might be pushing it a bit but the general theories he gives in the book still hold true to this day.

READ THE 4 HOUR WORK WEEK

 

BLOGGING RESOURCES

NAMECHEAP

As the name implies, its one of the most inexpensive places to buy your domain name.  I personally have bought most of my domains through them.  This is partially because of price and partially because of how easy their site is to navigate. Its a fairly straight forward process and easy to then connect with a hosting company like Bluehost.

USE NAMECHEAP

BLUEHOST

Many bloggers (Pat Flynn, Michael Hyatt, Steve Chou…) recommend Bluehost (as do I) to host sites/blogs for two main reasons. Price and simplicity. Price is very inexpensive, takes under 5 minutes to set up and installing WordPress is crazy simple!  This site is hosted by Hostnine but that’s for other unrelated reasons.  If your starting out, use Bluehost. They have a much better ‘user-friendly’ interface and is a lot less technical.

HOST W/ BLUEHOST

 

THRIVE THEMES

If you like the layout of this site, you’ll enjoy Thrive Themes.  The themes they offer are very reasonably priced and they have a ton of additional options the other themes simply don’t give you.  There are a gazillion theme options out their (and I suggest you browse at least a few) but if you need a nudge picking…here is your nudge.

PICK A THRIVE THEME

 

LONG TAIL PRO

My first blog, Vagabonding Mike, was a complete disaster, primary due to my lack of keyword research.  Blogs are all about drawing traffic and you do this by focusing posts around keywords/phrases you can rank for.  Long Tail Pro is the software I use to find low competition keywords (topics) to write about (NOW…not back then).  They offer $1 – 10 day trial & a 30 day money back guarantee.  Can’t be more fare then that.

USE LONG TAIL PRO

 

MAILCHIMP

If your just starting out blogging, the most important piece of advice I can give is to start collecting email addresses immediately.  Not tomorrow, not next week, not after the holidays…immediately.  To do this, I suggest using MailChimp. Its great for setting up a beginner auto-responder. Is user friendly and it free to start (up to 500 emails collected).

GET MAILCHIMP

 

AWEBER

Once you build your email list above 500, I would definitely switching over to Aweber.  It not free but emails are super valuable and you don’t want to skimp on this one. Many of the ‘big players’ use Aweber and they do for a reason. It has a nice interface, its easy to track what emails are being opened (or not) and it truly helps us bloggers up are email game!

TRY AWEBER EMAIL

 

TRAVEL RELATED RESOURCES (Travel Hacking Time…)

BARCLAYS ARRIVAL+ CREDIT CARD

If you are a drop shipper and you aren’t paying your suppliers with a rewards credit card…it’s time to ‘get into the game’.  Barclaycard Arrival+ is arguably the best rewards credit card on the market.  They offer double points for all charges (rare) and you can redeem your points for cash reimbursement(s) for any travel related expense. Plus you get $400 worth or free reimbursements just for signing up!

GET THE BARCLAYS ARRIVAL+ CARD

 

SCHWAB DEBIT CARD

I absolutely hate paying ATM fees and/or foreign transaction fees.  Those fees can add up a massive amount of your money. Luckily someone turned me onto the Schwab Debit Card.  Just open a checking account (via the web), and they send you a debit/ATM card which charges NO FEES PERIOD.  They also reimburses you for any foreign ATM fees charged worldwide!

GET THE CHARLES SCHWAB DEBIT CARD

 

AGODA (Book Hotels)

I booked my first Asian hotel room back in 2009 in Hong Kong on Agoda.  Why, they usually have the best prices and best selection.  Sometimes prices can be a little cheaper if you hunt after arriving but after a long international flight…I’ll book ahead.  Agoda also has a great review system so you can vet the hotel / room(s) via prior customer before booking.  I love this site when visiting Asia!

BOOK HOTELS W/ AGODA

 

SKYSCANNER (Book Flights)

In my experience, airfare ISN’T always the same across all search engines.  Skyscanner usually has the lowest price (always check multiple sites before booking though).  They also allow booking departures from foreign countries which some will not. They also show some obscure discount airlines which the others omit (big savings). Kayak is another worth checking as a secondary option.

BOOK FLIGHTS W/ SKYSCANNER

 

VAGABONDING

I consider this book the travelers bible. If you haven’t read it yet, your missing out. Rolf Potts chronicles his time as a vagabond drifting around the world and does so in a truly inspirational way.  If you have international travel in the future plans, this book is a must read. I’ve already read it 3 times. It brings back a lot of great memories and pumps me with vigor to do it again.

READ VAGABONDING

 

A MAP FOR SATURDAY

I bought this DVD many years ago because international world travel was always a dream of mine. This documentary is a first hand account of what its like to quit a dream job, grab your bag and circumvent the globe…solo.  If your planning your own RTW trip or just want to live vicariously through someone else, this documentary is for you. I give it two thumbs up!

WATCH A MAP FOR SATURDAY

 

PRIVATE INTERNET ACCESS

As you probably already know, some countries restrict access to certain websites (news, social media…).  In addition, certain American companies (like Netflix) restrict access to their site from certain countries.  The good news is their is an easy fix. Get a Internet VPN.  Long story short, they give you access to the sites you want while traveling.  PIA is cheap, highly rated and what I personally use while traveling.

GET PRIVATE INTERNET ACCESS VPN

REAL STORE OWNER (Drop Ship Course)

Join the 5600+ member whom have already joined. eCommerce is the fastest growing sales industry, bypassing retail 2 to 1. Created by the legendary Anton Kraly, an industry pioneer, this is by far and away the leading drop shipping / eCommerce course on the market today.

JOIN REAL STORE OWNER