My Recommended Resources

Apps & Tools

The Affiliate Programs Lab

The Affiliate Programs Lab will help you monetise your website with relevant products, diversify your income, and save you a ton of time in the process.

1200+ Recurring Affiliate Programs in Over 80 Different Niches


Surfer SEO

Surfer is a modern SEO tool that compares key on‑page factors of top 40+ ranked websites.


Get accurate results that reveal the strategic technical advantage. And because Surfer examines high-ranking pages from multiple places in the world, you can target location-aware rankings no matter where you are.


Ahrefs

This is my favorite marketing tool! I like Ahrefs because it allows me to track backlinks and keywords for all our sites


Active Campaign

The best campaign tool!

Connect with your contacts throughout the complete customer lifecycle


Trello

Trello has consistently been my go-to platform for managing my tasks for quite some time now. It’s simple to use, assimilates well with other software, and makes team collaboration a cinch


Time Doctor

Time Doctor is an employee time tracking software that helps you and your team get a lot more done each day


Google Drive

Google Drive is probably one of the best cloud collaboration tools out there


Slack

Slack is a place where your team comes together to collaborate, important information can be found by the right people, and your tools pipe in information when and where you need it


Zoom

What I like the most is the amount of recording tools that both a host and a visitor provide. The quality is very good and fluid, provides webcam and screen recording whenever you want.


Any time I want to talk to a client or friend to explain a certain thing, I tell them to download ZOOM and in 5 minutes we are already at the conference and explaining any of the doubts they have, its easy to use, for anyone


Zencastr

The easiest way to record your voip podcast interviews in studio quality.


Loom

Best tool for recording instructions to your staff, and super easy to share the videos


HeyTaco

Too often we get caught up in our work and forget to recognize each other, have a little fun, and celebrate. HeyTaco! is the answer!

Courses

Authority Hacker

A complete step-by-step system to start growing your own highly profitable affiliate & authority sites


The Affiliate Lab

A test-based system that allows you to rank in high-competition affiliate niches. With each concept you’ll learn, you’ll first be presented it theoretically so you understand the concepts. Then they’ll actually show you how to carry out the concept in an over-the-shoulder example on an actual website. They’ll build a site from scratch for you, right before your eyes


The Human Proof Design Method

Premier training to help you transform your affiliate site into a thriving online business


Craig Campbell SEO training

Craigs SEO Courses are designed to help you learn how to do SEO so that you can do SEO as a career choice or maybe you are looking to take your SEO back in-house and get one of your staff to do the work for you. Regardless of the reasons you want to learn SEO, one of Craigs courses will be for you


Lion Zeal Masterclass

A simple step-by-step email process for generating leads (incl. the famous 7 figure template)

How to increase your prices to $3,000+ per month while making it a no-brainer for your clients

How to close 80% of your proposals even if you have zero sales experience


Rule Your Rankings

Learn the best SEO strategies that are working in the industry right now


Cloud Living

Learn to make a living from affiliate marketing


SERP University

SERP University is a place to learn about SEO & Digital Marketing, without all the BS. It's our mission to provide the best SEO + Marketing knowledge that you can find anywhere on the internet, 100% free of charge. If we haven't personally tried & vetted it, and don't use it on our own websites we won't teach it.

Services

Aristo Sourcing

If you are looking for Virtual Assistants to do just about any task for you, this is the place to go. Good well trained staff, quick turn-around on hiring, and quality management of VAs as well as clients. Aristo will manage the VAs for you, so all you have to do is train them in their tasks


Client PowerHouse

Increase visibility, increase results!


Wherever you are a carpenter or a childcare provider, local people are looking for a service like yours every day. Client PowerHouse help you make sure they find YOU!


DFY Links

The Done For You (or “DFY” for short) link building service takes all the knowledge and decision making out of doing your (or your clients) link building work


SEO Butler

SEOButler is the cream of the crop of the SEO services industry. They know how to look after their customers and always provide a reliable and professional service


WPX Hosting

Super fast support. Affordable rates. Easy to use CMS and backend, especially with WordPress


Authority Builders

Get backlinks from real websites! Qualty links at competitive prices


Human Proof Designs

Affiliate marketing made easy with products, services, and subscriptions from HumanProofDesigns


Convertica

Increase Conversions by 30-100% on your Affiliate, Lead Gen or eCommerce website with help from the Conversion Rate Optimizaion Experts for SEOs


Empire Flippers

Buy & Sell Quality Online Businesses


WP Speed Fix

WordPress Speed Optimization made easy


Dynamite Jobs

Dynamite Jobs are bringing together remote job opportunities for people who want to change their lives. The jobs presented on the site are all opportunities on distributed teams, and put a strong emphasis on learning, mentorship and developing real professional skills


Podcast Guests

Experts, Guests, and more: Get booked on great podcasts to expand your reach and audience. PodcastGuests.com connects podcasters with experts, authors, and other podcasters to be guests on their podcasts.


Transferwise

The smoothest way to transfer money across borders, with very little fees. I use this with more and more of my clients, and also to pay some of my international staff.

Online Communities

Blue Ribbon Mastermind

Take your business to the next level with the

collective knowledge, resources, and support of a

community of highly successful business owners.


Dynamite Circle

This community exposes me to people doing such BIG and AWESOME things, that it just forces me to reconsider everything — constantly. The openness and level of conversation here is something I don’t get in my everyday life, and I’m grateful for it.


Ecom Crew

EcomCrew is more than just a course- it’s about providing you the personalized attention and support you need to build a successful ecommerce brand.

Podcasts

The Tropical MBA Podcast

Probably the best entrepreneurial podcast out there!


Empire Flippers Podcast

Covers entrepreneurship, buying and selling websites, and more


Ecom Crew Podcast

Real World eCommerce experience without any online marketing fluff!

Books

No B. S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs – Dan Kennedy

It’s a non-fiction book that reads as easily as a novel while still being full of great advice. And it’s not just advice about time management but about using your time to make you wealthy


Re-Work: Change the Way You Work Forever – David Heinemeier Hansson & Jason Fried

This is a book of off-grid business principles and strategy — not actionable step-by-step instructions. The tone, voice, and style are atypical for a professional business book, which makes it unique


The E-Myth Revisited – Michael E. Gerber

This is one of the most important book I’ve read in the last four years. And it’s amazing that it was written over twenty years ago. If you’re a small business owner or thinking of starting a business of your own, you MUST read this book


Start with Why – Simon Sinek

This book is so impactful, I consider it required reading. A deep, abiding understanding of what you want to inspire, and how you want to lead is the basis of this inspirational book


Built To Sell – John Warrillow

This book is a great teaching book that is an eye opener for someone building or thinking about building a business with the intent to sell it. Actually, my favorite part is that the fictional business in the book was run as a service company that was NOT ready to be sold, and they did the work to transform it into a product company that would fetch the most money


Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business – Gino Wickman

This was one of the most helpful business system types of books I’ve read. If you’ve read any of the E-Myth books you’re on the right track but this book actually gives the science behind building systems and how to write them and implement them as well. Very good information that will force you to stay on track if you have big dreams for your business


Predictable Success – Les McKeown

I have come across reworked versions of this concept before but Less’ book Predictable Success is a must read if you are in leadership. This had the clarity to provide understanding about jobs that I have left and tools for looking to the future. Very relatable and worth whatever time to spend contemplating it’s content


Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth – Gabriel Weinberg & Justin Mares

Simple, but worthwhile book. I’ve re-read it a few times. It’s basic point is that there are (at least) 19 channels to gain traction (customers) for a product or service, and we tend to only look at a few we might be familiar with. The second point is that after traction in one channel is achived, for additional traction, a different channel or tactic is likely needed for the next phase. Detailed discussion of the different channels and examples of their use in various organizations. Definitely worthwhile for those who are doing product marketing, at any stage of an organization’s growth


Simple Number, straight talk, big profits! – Greg Crabtree & Beverly Herzog

If you are looking for an actionable book with simple strategies that you can use right now, look no further. Especially when you are in the tick of a business and you are a technician avoiding what you should be addressing to making your business profitable. Take control


Scaling Up – Verne Harnish

This book costs ~$16 yet it will be worth $100,000’s of dollars to my business. It was an easy read filled with actionable tips that just make sense.

I love the line, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”

I highly recommend reading this if you’re just starting out or if you’ve been in business for a while but want to take it to the next level


Making Money is Killing Your Business – Chuck Blakeman

I’ve spent years educating myself on “what” to do to grow my business, but this is the first book I’ve come across that asks you the often disregarded question of “why am I doing this?”


First Break All the Rules – Marcus Buckingham

First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently was a significant book for a number of reasons and in rereading it recently I was amazed at the good counsel it provided. I like that the book is based on the results of a Management Survey that was done by Gallup where hundreds of questions were asked of millions of employees of thousands of companies and divisions to discover the factors most closely associated with highly productive teams. After lots of tweaking of questions and iterative analysis, they found that the most productive teams could be isolated by getting a positive response from 12 specific questions


Building A Storybrand – Donald Miller

This book is a timeless resource that will welcome a special place in my top 10 favorite business books. This will sit next to the must haves. Donald Miller and his team poured out 100% of their experience and resources to give away their best ideas that are usable and profitable. I cannot find much fluff in this book and that makes it pure gold


80/20 Sales and Marketing – Perry Marshall

The ’80/20 Rule’ isn’t a rule at all – it’s a LAW. And just as the Law of Gravity effects your daily life in many ways everyday – so does the Law of 80/20. Bottom line: Understanding 80/20 will enrich your life – and pocketbook – in ways you can’t begin to imagine


High Output Management – Andrew Grove

High Output Management is a bible that every entrepreneur and every manager in the world should look at, read and understand


Talent is Overrated – Geoff Colvin

In this book, Geoff Colvin explores controversies about talent — including the idea it may not exist.

And something called “deliberate practice” may be more significant. Deliberate practice isn’t mindless repetition. It’s hard. It hurts. And the more you do it, the closer you move to greatness


7 Habits of Highly Effective people – Stephen R. Covey

This is an excellent book – even after the 20+ years since it was originally published. Dr. Covey was a fine teacher and story teller and those skills are on display here. In spite of his success, he remained humble, admitting his struggles daily to live according to the “7 Habits”. This book – a classic business read – can help you identify how to be more of what you want to be and less of what you don’t want to be


The Art of Non-Conformity – Chris Guillebeau

A lot of the ideas were simple, yet Chris managed to rearrange them on the pages of this book in a way that gets through to you more so than any other book I’ve read on the idea of not conforming to everyday life. They’re ideas that aren’t so wild they leave you wondering what he was on when writing, but rather ones that you could see yourself integrating into your daily life. I bookmarked the crap out of this book and am definitely going to refer back to it whenever I find I’m doubting myself


Great By Choice – Jim Collins & Morten T. Hansen

Jim Collins latest installment is a gift to business owners and it does not disappoint. It takes a look at companies by comparing those who succeed and those who don’t in difficult times. It would be easy to assign a company’s success to luck or risk taking, but Professor Collins, joined by Morten Hansen, dispels most myths and replace them with good old fashioned discipline and persistence


What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith digs into why some successful people stall in their professional advancement, and details his work helping said professionals. Goldsmith shares that as one moves higher in an organization, specific technical skills are a given, and interpersonal dynamics guides the course of careers. As a result, Goldsmith provides a thoughtful list of 20 + 1 hindering interpersonal habits that he has seen waylay professionals on their career path. Rather than simply stating, “you’re a jerk and you should change,” Goldsmith walks through the guidance he provides his clients on changing the hindering habit they have. My favorite part was the detailed list of habits


Execution – Charles Buck, Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan

Bossidy and Charan dive into the critical gap of getting things done in this management classic. Focused on execution, the authors discuss the critical components for leadership within an execution/get stuff done environment. Pointing out the failures of hands off management, ivory tower thinking and micromanagement, the emphasis is on those critical elements that combine the what needs to be done and who needs to do it to execute on a business strategy or operational plan


How to Hire A-players – Eric Herrenkohl

This is one of the best books I have read on building quality teams and I quote from it frequently. Highly recommended


Getting to Yes – Roger Fisher & William Ury

A must read. It helps with every day negotiations. It will save you a lot of emotional grief. It will help your marriage. It will help your work relationships. It helps your remove a lot of conflict in your life and a great stepping stone to peace of mind. I wish I had read it earlier in my life


The Effective Executive – Peter F. Drucker

Excellent perspective, insight and coaching for development. I was amazed at the insight Peter Drucker had considering when this was originally written back in the 1960’s. Other books that have been written even in the last couple years echo some of what is in here. The topics and advice are still very relevant today even though some of the landscape has changed with the computer and internet. I would say that this is still on point for today and should be required reading for any aspiring professional in a large organization

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