IM Resources

Tools in HandBuilding an information publishing business requires lots of tools and resources. Below is a collection of tools, services, and websites that we have found to be valuable. Some are free and others are paid, but all are valuable.

If you know of a resource that we have not listed, leave a comment below with your recommendation. We will update the list as we find new resources.

Forums

Digital Point Forum – A very active forum covering a wide range of marketing and online business topics.
Earn $1k a Day Forum – Hands down, the best Professional Forum for people who are serious about building an online business. They offer a $1 trial membership so you can check it out for yourself.
The Warrior Forum – The granddaddy of all Internet Marketing Forums. It’s loud, it’s boisterous, and it has been around forever (at least in Internet years!)

Online Tools and Services

Skype [FREE/Paid] – If you plan to use expert interviews in your ebook creation process, then Skype is a killer app. You can talk with people all over the world – for cheap. A variety of audio recording apps will let your capture your conversations for later transcription.
Google Docs [FREE] – If you can’t afford Microsoft Word and aren’t able to install Open Office, than this free web-based tool will let you create high-quality documents online through any browser. Also allows document collaboration.
Google Voice [FREE] – Get your own free local phone number (with voicemail) anywhere in the US.
Fast E-Covers Online – Powerful suite of e-cover tools available online. No more purchasing and upgrading expensive software. Access the tools anywhere you have a web connection.
Bubbl.us [FREE] – Free web-based mind-mapping application. One key benefit to this application is that it allows you to share mind maps with other people collaboratively. If you work with partners over the web, this is a must-use service.
Gmail [FREE] – Great free email application. You can forward all of your email accounts into your Gmail account and use the powerful sorting tools to manage your inbox.
Google Analytics [FREE] – The difference between amateurs and pros in the information publishing business is analytics. Tracking how you and where visitors are coming to your site (and which ones are becoming customers) can help you zero in on the key areas where you can dramatically influence your results. This free tool will tell you everything you need to know.
Facebook [FREE] – There is no better place right now for building a connection with a potential customer. Fan Pages allow you to gather people around your topic and establish your brand online.
HubPages [FREE] – Create high quality ‘expert’ pages on the web and link to your site. Excellent resource for building traffic to your new ebook sales website.
Scribd [FREE] – Publish your ebook on this document sharing site. People can view and download your ebook and share links to it with friends. A built-in community helps to connect your ebook with interested readers. There is also a new document store option that lets you sell your ebook through the site. (It’s not the best place to start selling your ebook, but it will work if your options are limited.)
Twitter [FREE] – Micro blogging power house that can help you get the word out about your new ebook.
Aweber – Email marketing service that provides exceptional deliverability so you know that your messages are getting to your subscribers. Full range of tracking tools to help you fine-tune your marketing.
YouTube [FREE]

Shopping Carts and Payment Processors

ClickBank – Top digital product marketing and sales platform online. Huge built-in affiliate network can help you launch your product and generate massive sales.
JVZoo – A very popular sales platform with many options for splitting sales for JV partners, and affiliates. Allows affiliates to add bonuses to their promotions which are automatically delivered along with the product.
PayPal – If you are selling online, you need a PayPal account. If you don’t already have one – click the link now and set one up immediately.
Google Checkout – While not nearly as popular as PayPal, Google’s payment platform is gaining momentum. It is a good backup and they are working hard for cellphone ‘digital wallet’ integration.
2Checkout – 2CO is a worldwide leader in payment and e-commerce solutions. Been around since 2000 so their tools and service are battle tested.
E-Junkie – Powerful, flexible, and inexpensive shopping cart solution. Integrates with PayPal for payments and other services like Aweber for email marketing. Built-in affiliate tools allow you to manage your own affiliate program and list your products in their marketplace as well.

E-Cover and E-Book Designers

KillerCovers – Vaughan Davidson and company create amazing e-covers for some of the biggest marketers online. You MUST check out their samples…

E-Cover Software

Cover Software Pro – Collection of Photoshop action scripts that will let you crank out professional quality e-covers.
**E-Cover Creator 3D**A set of high-quality PHP scripts you can upload to your server that will allow you to design covers, convert to one of 8 different cover styles, and manage all of your cover graphics from one convenient web interface (all without needing Photoshop or any other graphics program!) YOU MUST CHECK THIS PRODUCT OUT!
E-Cover Creator – Stand alone e-cover creation software that produces quality results for people who don’t have Photoshop.
GIMP [FREE]
Killer eCover Scripts – Phenomenal set of Photoshop action scripts for creating a wide range of virtual covers, boxes, and more…
Fast E-Covers Online – Powerful suite of e-cover tools available online. No more purchasing and upgrading expensive software. Access the tools anywhere you have a web connection.
Adobe Photoshop CS5 – Leading professional graphic design software. Exceptionally powerful, reliable, and extendable with action scripts and style presets.
Photoshop Minisite Secrets – A powerful collection of templates, graphics, video tutorials, custom layer styles, and action scripts that will help you create professional quality e-covers and marketing sites using Photoshop.

Writing Software

Open Office [FREE]
MicroSoft Office
FreeMind [FREE]

Other Useful Software

Kompozer [FREE]
CamStudio [FREE]
Camtasia
Audacity [FREE]
MicroNiche Finder
WordPress [FREE]
WP SalesPage

Training: Books, Videos, and Audios

Conversion Profits – Powerful step-by-step training to help you get the maximum sales from your website traffic. Essential skills for marketing online.
Pricing for Big Profits – This is essential reading. Learn the psychology behind pricing your products and get the maximum number of sales and the best profits per sale.
Small Changes Big Profits – Another essential guide for anyone selling online. Learn how to test small changes to your website that can have a huge impact on your sales.

Web Hosting

1&1 Internet, Inc.
HostGator
NameCheap

Websites and Blogs

Earn $1K a Day Blog
Jonathan Leger

If you know of a resource that we have not listed, leave a comment below with your recommendation. We will update the list as we find new resources.

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