The Six-Figure Second Income, by Authors David Lindahl and Jonathan Rozek
The Six-Figure Second Income
Resources Area

Articles
Backup Services
Dedicated IP Hosting
Design Coding
"Direct Cards" (Merchant Services)
Domain Name Availability Checker
Email Vendors
FTP Tool
Google Hosting
Hosting Providers
HTML Tool
Live Event
Local Search
Microstock Agencies
Permutation Tool
Press Releases
Product Idea Generator
Recorded Line
Teleseminar Services
Transcription Services
Video Capture
Website Analytics
Website Optimizer
Wizard System
Website Templates


Articles

(Mentioned on page 174)

The single best source for article publishing in my opinion is www.ezinearticles.com. Not only can you publish articles there, but the site has resources for learning how to create the most-effective articles in the first place. Just by browsing the authors and articles you'll find on that site, you'll get a very clear idea of what types of articles are working today.


Backup Services

(Mentioned on page 62)

I've used a bunch of these services over the years, like those offered from Carbonite, Iron Mountain, Mozy, and JungleDisk. I've not been impressed. They seem either to be too expensive, or they hijack your system with processes that run in the background and take priority over what you're trying to accomplish on your computer, or they're just plain confusing.

It was therefore a pleasure to come across a service that did none of the above. It's called SugarSync.com. This backup tool is fast, non-annoying, non-intrusive, intuitive, and cheap. Your documents can be encrypted and are sent to their servers for storage. The only mystery is why this service is not more heavily promoted on the Internet.


Dedicated IP Hosting

(Mentioned on page 112)

The best deal I've found for dedicated IP hosting is with the same outfit I mentioned above—www.IXWebHosting.com. (See "Hosting Providers" above.) This company provides a very solid, no-nonsense service.


Design Coding

(Mentioned on page 114)

If you already have a specific design all laid out and ready to go, but you need someone to turn it into an actual live website, then you might try out these guys:

www.htmlburger.com

Their business is not to suggest designs for you, but rather to take your already-approved image of what you want the site to look like, and turn it into a functioning website, complete with clickable buttons and menus.


"Direct Cards", in other words, Merchant Services

(Mentioned on page 128)

I don't have a strong recommendation right now for any merchant accounts. Lots of people use www.powerpay.com but I have no personal experience with them.

As for payment gateways, a very large and very solid one is www.authorize.net.

For a shopping cart, I recommend www.1shoppingcart.com. Their customer support is excellent, but you won't need it much because the product works as advertised and has lots of features.


Domain Name Availability Checker

(Mentioned on page 106)

Just load your names into the big box and hit "Submit". You can either type them in, or cut-and-paste:

http://www.domaintools.com/bulk-check/


Email Vendors

(Mentioned on pages 133 and 224)

This is a tough one! No one company stands head-and-shoulders above the rest. The choice of "best" company depends on your particular needs. If I were starting out, I'd go first with Mail Chimp. Yes, it's a silly name but then again, some very big companies use them for email services. You can find them at www.MailChimp.com. Their lowest-level service is free.

Another good service is www.aweber.com. For what they actually do, they're great. Sometimes I get frustrated that they don't have a particular feature, but they're still a solid email provider.


FTP Tool

(Mentioned on page 119)

For about 25 bucks, you can have a good tool for uploading your web pages to your web host:

http://www.globalscape.com/cuteftplite/

Quite a few tools out there will do the same thing, so don't hesitate to look around. I would stay away from the offshore outfits that boast free services, because I would worry that my website passwords are being stolen and later used for their own purposes.


Google Hosting

(Mentioned on page 110)

For a nice, succinct guide to how to get your free Google mini-website up and running quickly, simply download our Google Sites PDF here. [Filename = "How-To-Create-Google-Site-Website.pdf"]

Note: The report is in "Adobe PDF" format, which most computers can read. If you have trouble opening it, then simply download a free PDF Reader here.


Hosting Providers

(Mentioned on page 109)

Some of the biggest games and gimmicks occur with web hosting. You'll see lots of flashy graphics promising all sorts of stuff, like "99.9% Uptime!!!!!" and so on. If you're initially simply trying to understand what hosting is and how it works, all this hype makes it twice as difficult.

One solid provider of hosting is IXWebHosting.com. I know the owner and he's a straight-shooter. He invests heavily in his business and is continually staying on top of what the competition is up to, and how to stay ahead of them in terms of value for your hosting dollar.


HTML Tool

(Mentioned on page 118)

My favorite over the years has been Alleycode:

http://www.alleycode.com/download.htm

It's free and works great. Even though the product is no longer being upgraded, it's a solid and polished tool for creating or customizing web pages.


Live Event

(Mentioned on page 232)

We held a 3-day live event in 2010, and the attendees were enthusiastic participants with lots of questions. We currently do not have another one scheduled, for two reasons: Both Dave and I are flat out with projects; and also we filled the 3-day event with as many timeless principles as we could. Therefore it's (fortunately) not stale and irrelevant. Human nature hasn't changed much since then, and we never built our system around the latest "killer" tool to begin with.

We did film the entire event so if you are interested in finding out more about what's in the videos, shoot us a message at authors@sixfiguresecondincome.com and we'll get you that information.


Local Search

(Mentioned on page 171)

I want to disclose right up front that my favorite source for information on local search is none other than my (Jon's) son, Philip. He is a nationally recognized expert in just this type of search engine optimization, with an international clientele in many different businesses.

Because getting found locally is a highly specialized technique, you need advice that's laser-targeted to that one goal. You can download a special report here which explains the specific steps you should follow to get your business found locally.

Note: The report is in "Adobe PDF" format, which most computers can read. If you have trouble opening it, then simply download a free PDF Reader here.


Microstock Agencies

(Mentioned on page 33)

www.istockphoto.com (Owned by Getty Images. It's a good place to start looking for inexpensive images.

www.bigstockphoto.com

www.gettyimages.com. They are one of the big boys, and their pricing is usually higher than other agencies. On the other hand, their inventory of images is massive. If you can't find an image at the other agencies, try Getty.


Permutation Tool

(Mentioned on page 105)

Here you go:

http://textmechanic.com/Permutation-Generator.html

It's a huge time-saver, and free too. What could be better?


Press Releases

(Mentioned on page 178)

I've had good luck with an online press-release service called www.prweb.com. Similar to the article-publishing resource above, PRWeb is a place that not only sends your material out to the world, but it also provides lots of online resources to explain the best practices in creating press releases.


Product Idea Generator

(Mentioned on page 47)

Here are even more thought-generating questions and ideas for you to consider when deciding which product to create. Simply download our Product Idea Generator here.

Note: The report is in "Adobe PDF" format, which most computers can read. If you have trouble opening it, then simply download a free PDF Reader here.


Recorded Line

(Mentioned on page 82)

For many years I've used a system called Freedom Voice at www.freedomvoice.com. It's been reliable and pretty cheap. You can configure sequences of messages pretty much any way you want.



Teleseminar Services

(Mentioned on page 86)

It's great to find a vendor that does a good job, but it's doubly great to find one that also understands the info-products business. One such company is Xiosoft, run by Rick Raddatz.

Rick was an early executive at Microsoft. He left to become a serial successful entrepreneur, creating several popular tools among information marketers. One such tool is his "Instant Teleseminar" service. You can get more details here:

https://secure.extalk.com/noriskacceptance/order-forms/instant-teleseminar/order-form.asp

Rick does not try to compete on price, and it's silly to do so when conducting a teleseminar. What you want are features that make your teleseminar run as smoothly as possible and therefore make as much money for you as possible. In that context, Rick's monthly fee is extremely reasonable. He also has a trial period so it's possible to check out all the features with no commitment.


Transcription Services

(Mentioned on page 56)

We currently use www.verbalink.com.

Transcription companies run the gamut from very expensive services that transcribe medical terminology and legal proceedings, all the way to offshore outfits that under-bid everyone else.

Companies have different methods of calculating their fees. In general they are a function of the number of speakers on the audio, how quickly you need the transcript, how long is the audio and how clear are the voices. Expect to pay less for two people talking clearly on the phone, and expect to pay a whole lot more for a transcript of a dozen people talking over each other in a conference room.


Video Capture

(Mentioned on page 59)

As we said in the book, the most-popular video capture/editing tool is Camtasia from TechSmith.com. However, the Internet has a surprising number of great tools that are "open source", or free.

A highly regarded open-source video capture and editing tool is CamStudio, which you can find at www.camstudio.org.


Website Analytics

(Mentioned on page 227)

A great place to start to learn the benefits and details of Google Analytics is right at the Google website. Those people really are very good at explaining their tools. Check out this link: http://www.google.com/analytics/tour.html


Website Optimizer

(Mentioned on page 230)

Here's a good place to start to see the benefits you can get from using Google Website Optimizer to split-test many different elements of both your website and your products: https://www.google.com/analytics/siteopt/splash?account=98196&hl=en


Wizard System

(Mentioned on page 115)

You may notice that I said in the book to check "if I have any favorites" with wizard systems. I don't have any hands-down favorite tool at this time. Some of the OKAY tools are:

One version from Godaddy: http://www.godaddy.com/hosting/website-builder.aspx?ci=8975

Another version from Intuit: http://www.intuit.com/website-building-software/?xcid=intm_home_iws_nav_D

These "site builder" systems are pretty good for getting some basic and sometimes fairly complex site up and running. Just remember my warning in the book: As soon as you start to get opinionated about wanting specific changes to the site, you're likely to get frustrated that these tools cannot accommodate all your wishes. Hey, they can't be all things to all people, and inexpensive too.

So just use them for what they are: Easy basic systems for getting a site up and running.


Website Templates

(Mentioned on page 116)

My favorite source for templates is www.allwebcodesign.com. For just a few dollars you can have a pretty template or shell to drop in your own pictures and text. You'll still need to learn a bit about web programming, but it's quite simple. Or you can simply get someone from elance.com to do the customization for you inexpensively.

Templates are a great way to save money and still have a professionally designed website. Once you're up and running and making money, you can always build a site 100% from the ground up.