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FAST SiteGround Hosting
SiteGround at the current time is constantly voted the best, and fastest hosting provider out there. I personally use them for every site I create. They're currently also only $3.95 a month. A reasonable price for something that could potentially change your life.
Shopify For E-Commerce
Shopify basically has a monopoly over the e-com platform world. Creating a store is just so amazingly easy to setup, and the sites themselves always look incredible. If creating an online store, or selling merch is your think then Shopify is a MUST. Click below for a FREE 14-day trial. No Credit Card needed.
Get a Fast, Beautiful Website Theme
A Theme is something you should think about after you add more content to your site. There are a lot of options around, but the clear winner these days are StudioPress. Not only do they have great looking themes but simply because they come with Genesis Framework, which is the developers choose this theme. They're a tad pricier than your average, but you get so much more bang for your buck, and you'll never need to worry about your theme slowing your site down like other Get it right the first time!
Build A Mailing List
A lot, if not most of your sales is going to come via Mailing list and you can't go wrong with GetResponse. In the last year they've jumped leaps and bounds in not only becoming a premium platform for storing your email list, but also easy to use, intuitive automations, and landing page creation. There is simply no other service out there right now that offers what GetResponse does at the price they offer it, and you're in luck because their is a 'No-Credit Card Needed' 30 day FREE trial.
People claim to hate pop-ups and boxes asking for email addresses, but the proof is in the pudding. They WORK. My favourite tool for this is Thrive Leads, which comes stand-alone or part of the Thrive Themes bundle. This site uses Thrive Leads and other Thrive plugins extensively, as you may or may not have noticed. One of the best and cheapest Combos is to use Thrive Leads + GetResponse, which easily integrate with each other.
Create Custom Landing Pages
Again from Thrive is their Contentbuilder. Other platforms promoting landing pages can run up $100+ a month, which is insane. With Thrive Contentbuilder, you can create a wide range of custom landing pages built to generate sales. There are 100's of templates available as well as training on everything from Landing Page creation to writing effective sales copy.