The Tools You Need To Succeed At Every Level
Welcome to my NigelChua.com's Resources section, a curated list of the tools and websites I strongly recommend for building and optimizing your business.
I have tested every recommendation on this page. Many of the resources listed here are crucial to running my business (or were crucial to developing NigelChua.com to where it is today).
Before digging into the awesome resources I know and trust, an important disclosure:
I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for all of your passive income needs. I’ll add to it as I learn more, but you’ll notice that in the future I will reference this page quite often. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!
Before digging into the awesome resources I know and trust, an important disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that I have experience with all 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.
$29.99/month OR $299 per year
SOLO BUILD IT My #1 Recommendation For Online Success
Previously known as Site Build It and rebranded to Solo Build It in 2017, this IS my default go-to platform to build strong, search engine friendly, stable and safe websites since 2010.
In fact, I've happily shared with my friends, colleagues and readers on how I've built a $100k lead generation website using SBI (read that here) and that's one of the reasons why I am so happy and comfortable to endorse and recommend SBI to you.
It works beautifully. Try it risk free, and if it's not for you, you can get a full refund within 90 days. If you refund after 90 days, it's pro-rated. I've more than 4 sites hosted with them, and ALL of them makes money for me compared to my WordPress ones so I highly and confidently recommend it. The magic is in the traffic my SBI sites generate organically.
BLUEHOST #1 For Hosting Websites And Blogs!
All of my WordPress niche websites are hosted on Bluehost. Why? Because they make it incredibly easy to get a new site up and running with their one-click automatic WordPress Blog installation. Even NigelChua.com is on Bluehost’s easy-to-use and extremely affordable hosting platform.
You can use your Bluehost account to host multiple domains so there’s no need to pay more for hosting when you’re ready to start another website. Also, they provide outstanding customer service!
I highly recommend using Bluehost for your first website, and you can get started now at only $2.75/month, which is an exclusive Smart Passive Income reader deal!
MY BEST RECOMMENDATION TO LEARN HOW TO BUILD AN ETHICAL ONLINE BUSINESS
Affilorama is #1 to learn how to make money online sustainably and consistently
AffiloBluePrint and AffiloJetPack are from Affilorama, which offers written and video lessons, tools, tips and support allowing complete ceginners to build up a successful affiliate marketing business from scratch. I am a satisfied customer and user of AffiloJetPack (once you buy AJP, you automatically get access to AffiloBluePrint as well as well as a ton of goodies such as AffiloTheme, 90+ pre-written and tested emails preloaded with your affiliate links - but you need to get an email autoresponder service - more of that below, and more).
EMAIL MARKETING SYSTEM
The money is in the list, they say...and it's true. Email marketing is the only consistent and sustainable marketing approach that is a tried and tested approach even till today, and the main reason is this: continue the conversation, build the relationship and to serve the customer.
Fluttermail is the default email autoresponder linked to AffiloJetPack ie AJP provides 90+ niche pre-written emails embedded with your affiliate links, and the installation is automated/supported if you use Fluttermail.
If you're an AffiloJetPack student, or plan to be one at some point down the road, then Fluttermail will be the recommended email marketing system for you.
It's doesn't have as many features when compared to GetResponse/Aweber etc, but it's simple and very affordable. There is also a $1 trial for the first month!
If you're not a student of Affilorama and AffiloJetPack, (highly recommended) and if you never plan to sign up for AJP, then GetResponse would be my top choice for email marketing.
They have features that support email marketing, webinars, squeeze/landing pages and the powerful automating customer segmentation based on their behavior.
Get you 1st month free with no strings attached, and you can even get bulk discounting if you purchase 12 months in advance (discount 18%) or 24 months (discount 30%).
OUTSOURCED GUEST POSTING, LINK BUILDING & SEO
I use The Hoth for all my outsourced local SEO campaigns, link building as well as guest posting. Yes, we can do that by ourselves, but frankly, my time is limited.
Their prices are great and services are good, and I highly recommend them.
The Hoth has a LOT more services other than that, and ranges from $60 for a service (the basic Hoth Link Building) to high end custom suite ($1000+ per month), depending on how much budget you have and how aggressive/long term you want to be.
ATHEMES WORDPRESS THEMES (FREE AND PREMIUM). The theme I use on this website is called "Rocked", and it's a theme that I really love from AThemes - easy to use, layout and colors are changeable, fast too! Rocked is a free WordPress theme, and they have a lot more too - check it out.
UDIMI SOLO AD BUYS - Udimi is one of the world's largest solo ad community, where they streamline honest solo sellers (some has been there for years!) and clever buyers. It is a very good place to buy targeted leads from mailing list owners, and you segment and focus based on countries, demographics, mobile vs computer users, by niches/industries etc - you can really go "deep". Of course, the deeper you segment, the more the costs, but it can be as low as $0.20 per sign up, but to be safe, an estimated $0.35 - $0,50 per lead.
The #1 benefit of Udimi is speed of building a targeted mailing list and/or testing the conversion of any offers you have, but it works on the premise of 1) you need to have some budget (if you don't have, go the slow way of SEO); and 2) your newsletter needs to convert and justify. Ie it's alright to spend $100 on building your list if the $100 spent will make you at least $110 consistently AND provide value to your readers. Sign up for Udimi here and try it out with $5 discount.