THE TOOLS YOU NEED AT EVERY LEVEL
Welcome to the Retiree Lifestyle Resources section, a list of the tools and websites I recommend for building and growing your business. I personally use or have tested every recommendation on this page. Many of the resources listed here are integral to running my own business.
Check back often as I will continually update this page to provide you with the best and most up to date resources that I can find.
Important Disclosure: Some of my links below are affiliate links, this means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no extra cost to you. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are beneficial, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. I ask you not to spend money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
Wealthy Affiliate (WA): After falling for numerous scams and almost giving up on my dream of internet marketing, I stumbled upon Wealthy Affiliate. From the moment I got on this site I could see that it was different, it was well laid out and organized. There were tons of people on the site already, some asking questions in the chat bar, some answering questions and a whole bunch of people blogging about their successes to the community. I then went and checked out their training programs. There’s training set-up for all skill levels, from beginners to advanced. The training was laid out in both written and video so you could choose based on how you learn best. Besides training and the support of an incredible community, you also get website hosting, a free website builder and a lot more. Nearly everything you need to learn, start and run your business is contained with the site. Recently, WA has made things a lot easier by offering a FREE starter membership. Give it a try today!
Elegant Themes: I used free WordPress themes for years, but I could never find one I liked that had all the features that I wanted. I then spent a lot of money buying themes that were hyped up, but they only let me down. I finally found Elegant Themes. They offer over 80 premium themes at a reasonably low price, this includes access to their support forum. All the Elegant Theme designs look great and their most popular theme is easily customizable. As a matter of fact, this very blog (and all of my sites) are running on the Divi theme of the Elegant Themes collection. Check out my comprehensive review of the Divi theme here.
AWeber Autoresponder: Building an e-mail list of prospects is essential to every business, both online and offline. AWeber is a popular Autoresponder that was founded in 1998. They are especially preferred by small businesses that want to automate follow-up of emails and also the delivery of newsletters for the visitors to their websites. It now serves over 43,000 customers that are extremely satisfied and growing. I found it very easy to set up campaigns and personalize everything exactly the way I wanted. You can try AWeber for free for the first 30 days, then it’s only $19 a month for up to 500 subscribers.
Jaaxy Keyword Research Tool: When it comes to Search Engine Optimization (SEO), keywords are EVERYTHING. They are the very foundation of SEO. If we could compare the internet marketing age to the gold rush period, the keyword tools would be like revolutionary gold detectors. With them, we’re able to find the golden nuggets, or keywords, more easily without having to take a wild guess. This is where Jaaxy Keyword Tool comes in, this online keyword tool is super fast, super easy to use and gives accurate keyword data that will give you the edge over your competitors right away. Best of all, you can use Jaaxy for free.