Below are some recommendations of companies we have used, or that colleagues have used, that we highly recommend in their particular fields. This list is available for the public to view and use. As a bonus for our silver and platinum members, we have negotiated some fantastic deals and exclusive coupons from many of these providers, these special discounts or bonuses will only be visible to our silver and platinum members.
- HostNine – Solid hosting for the entry level price point with good service and cpanel management.
- Liquid Web -Liquid Web is slightly more expensive than HostNine, however their customer support and service is beyond phenomenal. We use them for this site, they will blow you away with their responsiveness and “heroic support” which is not usually a high point for web hosts. They offer shared and dedicated server options, if you can afford spending a small amount more, you will definitely reap the benefits of a first in class service company. ***LIQUID WEB COUPON*** – [ =3,21,22] $10 off monthly price of our Shared Professional Plan when you use Coupon Code: SBAM – Click to redeem LiquidWeb Coupon[/ ].
- Godaddy -Easy domain search and purchase, nice domain management section. ***GODADDY DISCOUNT***: [ =3,21,22]$7.49 Domains (save $2.50 per domain)[/ ].
Merchant (Credit Card) Processing:
- Paypal – Most of us are familiar with paypal and what they do. You may not realize you can use paypal for your credit card processing if you don’t want to sign up for a second processor, although they charge a 3% transaction fee which is a bit more than a standard CC processor would charge. Plus most shopping cart platforms come with a Paypal ready integration so setting it up for payments is a breeze.
- Heartland Processing – Quality, ethical credit card processing by a highly reputable company.
- eBillMe – eBillme lets people shop online without using credit cards and without giving any financial information. Since 2005, Customers who pay with eBillme do not share any personal financial information and pay with cash using online bill pay or from over 75,000 walk-in locations.
- Trustico – Cheap SSL certs, usually cheaper than the main company sells them for. They offer FreeSSL and RapidSSL (cheap) along with more widely recognized certs such as GeoTrust, Verisign and Thawte
Ecommerce Shopping Cart Software
- Pinnacle Cart – great hosted ecommerce solution (they also offer a downloadable version you can install on your own servers but its pricey ).
- Magento – Great fully functional, fully customizable open source ecommerce platform. Must have your own hosting to use magento.
- Quirky Bird Web Design – Fabulous custom web design by quirky-bird.com, a highly reputable web designer for boutique websites. ***PromotingMom.com member bonus*** [ =3,21,22]$250 off any web package when you mention PROMOTINGMOM coupon [/ ].
- ProStores -ProStores, an eBay Company, is an award-winning ecommerce solution that enables small and medium sized businesses to sell products and services online through a fully customized Web store. Prostores has made creating a Web store easy for your visitors to subscribe to and use, with built-in, step-by-step wizards that help them design the look of their store, upload products, and set up shipping and sales tax information. ***PromotingMom.com member bonus***: [ =3,21,22]Get a free 1 month trial using this link [/ ].
DropShip and Wholesale Product Sourcing
- Worldwide Brands – They are THE resource for finding legitimate true wholesale, light wholesale and drop ship suppliers. ***WORLDWIDE BRANDS BONUS*** *- [ =3,21,22] Download 3 ebooks with fantastic content to start of your ecommerce business. To Download These Books: “Starting Your Business Right” , “How to Find Real Products You Can Sell Online” and “Understanding the Internet for Home Business”. Click here for all 3 Downloads[/ ]
Affiliate Program Software
- iDevAffiliate – Creates an in house affiliate program with urls that include your domain (good for SEO). For as little as $99.99, you can offer an affiliate program on your website and it takes just minutes to install! Highly recommended and respected in the industry.
- WordPress – WordPress, wordpress, wordpress! We need not say anything else… did we mention wordpress? In most hosting panels (like the ones we recommend), this can be downloaded in about 1 minute using Fantastico on your cpanel (webhost management). And its FREE!!!
Email Marketing Services
- Aweber – their email delivery service boasts the highest percentage of emails delivered successfully (as in not going to spam boxes or being blocked), in the industry. Free 30 day trial, easy to use management interface.
Outsourcing/Finding a Freelance Writer, Programmer, Designer, Assistant and more
- Elance – Great freelancers on this site, we’ve found them to have the highest level of providers (in most cases), although for a single job the bids may be higher here. Might be worth your while to post a job on all 3 sites, and just award the best offer. There is no charge to post a job, and no obligation to award it to anyone.
- GetaFreelancer.com – very similar to elance, we recommend you post a job on both sites, and go with the best candidate.
- Odesk – We have found Odesk to be best for CHEAP work that you need done (as in outsourced outside of the US), if you need a virtual assistant or someone for data entry, this is the place to find it for practically pennies. You can find web designers here too, however in our experience they aren’t quite as top notch as those on elance or getafreelancer. But of course, it depends on who is bidding on the job and you might still find a gem. You can also Find Graphic Designers on oDesk.
Amazing Time Saving Tools (these are items we use all the time!):
- SeNuke: Build profiles at social networking sites, article directories and social bookmarking sites in a fraction of the time. Submit unique articles in minutes, distribute your videos and rss feeds over a variety of sites with the click of a button. This is some of the most powerful software we’ve ever interacted with! Includes training videos.
- Unique Article Wizard: Post unique articles on blogs all over the internet. Your affiliate link is posted along with your articles, so you earn money as they are posted!
- Content Boss: Spin your articles, or PLR articles into unique content to submit to article directories. Articles still need a little editing, but this is a huge time saver!
- VistaPrint: Business Cards, any print media you need. *** Promoting Mom Special Offer***: [ =3,21,22]Click here to save up to 90% + get FREE Shipping[/ ]