MY SETUP

Do you want to know 
what tools work for me?

 What is my Theme, what web-hosting I use, 
what are the plugins that are on my site?

do you want to know
where I learned about
internet marketing and blogging?

If you do you are in the right place!


​​​​THE WEB BUILDING TOOL

​​​​I use, and love Thrive Builder/ Themes/ Marketing Tools/ University/ and Membership.

​​Thrive is the core of my business. Other than it is an excellent Drag and drop web building tool it is where I go to to understand and create landing pages, pop ups, AB tests, widgets, comment section for my sites.

Thrive has their Themes and plugins for sale on an individual level, or you can buy their Membership which includes everything, even the Thrive University. 

Thrive is my savior. I am so grateful I found it. I cant imagine success without it. (Thanks Miles!)

For me Thrive in not only a great tool/support/membership but is a symbol of the way to set up a presence on the net. I love Shane’s philosophy and approach to business. 



​​​​WEB-HOSTING


Currently I use HostGater.

When I started my blogs in August 2017 I had no clue what to look for or what is considered good.
I searched the web for a day and concluded that with my limited understanding of all the features HostGater is the cheapest.
So I went with them.

I have a 3 year contract for an awesome price.

So far I am pretty happy with my choice.
My site is fast and is has never been down.
Costumer service is good, when I called them I got the help I needed.


Themes


I use 2 themes.

1. Get Noticed! Theme from Michael Hyatt.
This is my blogs theme. I use it for the blog you are visiting now and for www.babysmilestones.com

2. Squared from Thrive Themes.
This is my website theme. I use it for www.agotarakoczi.com


​​​​PLUGINS

​​​​PAID 


Thrive Architect

This is my page builder. I love it. I tried Divi, Beaver Builder, and Optimize press.
I found this to be the most intuitive, the most easiest to use.

Thrive Leads

A plugin where pop ups and the likes can be created and A/B tested. I use it on all my sites. 

Thrive Optimize

A plugin where A/B testing of landing pages is the newest feature. Testing Landing pages can not be done this easily with anything else.

Thrive Apprentice

A plugin to create a sub-website with a Theme that is designed to create courses and membership sites. This is the plugin I use to create my future product.

Thrive Comments

The best comment plugin for your blog. I use it on all my blogs.

Thrive clever widgets

A plugin to help with widgets, placements, setup on your blog.

Hero Menu

This is a Responsive Mega Menu for a good price. I use it on 2 of my sites.

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FREE

Easy Appointments

A plugin that has a calendar for your clients to create free or paid appointments.

Yoast SEO

The SEO plugin everybody uses and raves about.

jQuery Pin It Button for Images

This plugin puts a Pin It Icon on every image in my blog posts to easily share it on Pinterest. 

Nested Pages

I love the organized view of my pages this plugin provides. It also has the feature to duplicate a page which comes in handy a lot of times.  I use it on all my sites.

UpdraftPlus - Backup/Restore

To set up a backup of your site is the first thing you need to do. If their is a crash on your site or hosting you would be very sorry if you had to start from scratch again...

Wordfence Security

This and loooong complex passwords are the way I secure myself against web attacks.

Akismet Anti-Spam

The plugin that helps with the comment spammers

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For tracking the blogs I use Crazy Egg (paid), WP Statistics (free) and  Google Analytics (free).



EMAIL SERVICE PROVIDER

I tried Aweber, Drip and eventually settled with MailerLite.

During my search about email service providers I learned that segmentation is a key element in a successful email marketing campaign. Drip and ConvertKit are famous for their segmentation features. Unfortunately they cost a lot.

MailerLite has segmentation features, not the same as the others but plenty for me. It is easy to learn to use and the costumer service is fast and thorough.

To make it even more attractive it is Free up to1000 subscribers with all features included!


COURSES


​​​​PAID

SFM - Six Figure Mentors is how it all started for me.

The two guys, Jay and Stuart are sweet and extremely helpful teachers.

Their program made me understand what is Internet Marketing about, how to approach it and what is the mental switch that is necessary to be successful.

It is also a membership and a support group. There is an ongoing weekly webinar held by the leaders of my group that will answer any questions. Any.

There are several other weekly webinars held by different members who are years ahead and are eager to help and share on a variety of subjects.

Its an amazing community.

This is a course, a membership and a high ticket affiliate program all in one. Their focus is on teaching paid marketing strategies and they are the best I found at it.
It is pricey, but there are 6 tiers. The basic one is affordable and can be a great staring point.

I am at the second tier (Elite) and I am happy on that level as I am more interested in building my own products than being an affiliate only.

To generate a decent income through affiliate marketing high ticket products is the way to go though. SFM is great for those who choose to generate income though affiliate programs only.

Check out their free 7 day video series. You will be able to understand a lot to give you a jump-start in Internet Marketing and help you decide what is the best rout for you: paid marketing, SEO marketing, affiliate marketing or creating your own products.


Thrive University

Thrive University goes beyond being the "how to" of their products. It is an Internet Marketing course on its own. The value Thrive Membership provides for their cost is unbelievable compared to all the internet gurus selling their products. 


Serious Bloggers Only

Jon Morrow is something else. Just go and check him out. One of his guest posts on CoppyBlogger will be a good start to get to know him.

His course is also one of my favorite blogging, writing and marketing source.
Another amazing person helping others for a really reasonable price.

3x Sellerator

Unfortunately, this software and teaching course is not for sale anymore.
He is pricey, his style is not exactly how I market, but the product is amazing. I bought it the last days it was on the market thanks to Miles Beckler!


FREE

Miles from www.MilesBeckler.com  as he introduces himself is my favorite internet marketing YouTuber. He has years of experience in the field.

Over the years he accumulated and tested the ins and outs of marketing and he gives it away for free on YouTube. 

But my favorite part is his personality. He is sweet, kind, to the point. A great teacher, a great character, a great person. His name is known in my household even though I am the only online marketer.

When my family asks me about my progress - "I am good because I am doing what Miles told us to do" - is my favorite answer.

He puts up 3, 30-90 minute videos weekly and I make sure I listen to them all!



IMAGES

​​​​PAID

I found Deposit Photo years ago. They have tons of pictures for a much better price that the competition. I buy one on their plans and buy pictures, vectors for my blogs and sites if I don't find the right one on one of the free sites. 

Adobe Premier and Elements 2018

I purchased the software and use it to create all my images, vectors, drawings, and info graphics. I love the features and it is not that hard to use.


FREE

I use Pixabay as my primary source for images, vectors or short videos. The images are amazing and easy to find them. They are royalty free, however some, very few, images have limitations.

Unsplash is my second choice of finding free amazing images. 


OTHER

​​​​Gramarly is my advanced spell checker. They have a free version but I find that the paid one is a must for me. I like the help it gives to my writing.