Resources for Starting an Online Business is the newest page on my Website. I will be adding to the list of recommended resources and others that I would advise my readers to avoid. The recommendations will be my opinion only – based on my personal experience. Hope you find the information useful. To start, I have listed three recommendations – see below.
January 2012 marked the beginning of my search for good resources for starting an Online business. The Internet was a completely new frontier for me and I knew I needed help. In fact, I was desperate for help. As result, I spent far too much money and many hours trying to find resources that actually helped me, and were not simply a money drain that provided no benefits.
The new page on my Website is dedicated to everyone who is now following that same path. Maybe I can help you avoid some of the mistakes I made and also help you find some of the good programs/products that are available without losing money needlessly on worthless products.
I will add products/programs as I find them; and also post those that you should avoid or at least proceed with caution.
Niche Profit Classroom – Adam Short is the founder and “guru” of this site. He is knowledgeable and informative. This is a membership site and requires a monthly fee (currently $67.00 for the basis membership, which is all you need), but you can cancel at any time. If you are a complete newbie, this is a great place to start. There is a t wealth of information and a number of very good tools available – enough to keep you busy for a long time. This is where I learned the basics of website building. You can try it out for two weeks for only $1.00 – well worth investigating.
Mari Smith – Social Media Marketing Expert. Mari Smith has a number of courses that can be very helpful and an informative blog. I took her Extreme Fan Base 2.0 and found it filled with important Facebook strategies; however, it is more of an overview of all the possibilities, rather than detailed explanations of how to implement the strategies. I do not recommend this early on – get some experience with social media first.
JM Internet Group – SEO Training. Jason McDonald is the “guru” of this site. He is excellent. DO NOT take this class until you have a Website up and running – and then it is great! I took it twice – once before I had a website (and had no idea what he was talking about) and one after my Websites were built (then, it was extremely helpful.) Jason really knows what he is talking about; he is an engaging presenter; and responds personally to follow-up questions when they are not covered on his Q&A Blog. You can also repeat the course at no charge for a year.