Welcome to Look Before You Leap
- Are you an aspiring author?
- Want to learn how to use the best tools that will help you to build an effective website for connecting and engaging with your audience?
Recommended Website Resources- Basic
I always want the best for my websites, and that’s why I rely on Bluehost. It’s the same web hosting service used by many a-listers and, by signing up (for just $3.95/month), you get unlimited domain hosting – which means that you can have as many domains as you like on a single Bluehost account – and can install your WordPress site in just a couple of clicks. And if you have problems, you can rely on top-notch 24/7 support.
WordPress is one of the most popular platforms for building websites. It is free to use, is constantly improving and has a thriving global community.
WordPress (WordPress.org, NOT WordPress.com) is the platform I recommend. If you want to learn more about it, I recommend you check out this interview by my very own wonderful podcast coach Yann Ilunga who interviews Creative Live teacher and web design teacher and author Janine Warner.
Recommended Website Resources- Landing Pages
Thrive Leads is my go-to resource to create opt-in forms and grow my email list. Thrive Leads allows you to get a conversion boost by showing highly targeted content to visitors and lets you A/B test, so that you know which forms and content are performing the best.
Price: $67–$97 (one-time payment), depending on the license
Recommended Website Resources- Email Software
If you have read Invisible Selling Machine by Digital Marketer founder Ryan Deiss and Russell Brunson’s DotCom Secrets, you know how powerful automation and email marketing funnels can be.
It allows you to automate your email marketing efforts, create funnels, and manage your customer relationships. Whether your email list has 5 or 50,000 subscribers, I really recommend you check ActiveCampaign out.
Recommended Website Resources- Graphics
Recommended Website Resources- Video
Screenflow is not only the #1 software for screen recording (excellent for tutorials and trainings!), but it’s also a valid tool for basic video editing. It enables you to record your screen or your camera and edit everything you have recorded.
Note: If you’re on a pc, you should go for Camtasia.
Wistia is a very popular resource in the online marketing world. The free plan allows you to host up to 25 videos (for FREE!) and gives you basic features.
Overall, Wistia is for you if you have a blog that relies on video and you want to get specific information on your audience’s behavior.
Price: free (for the first 25 videos), $25/month (for 100 videos), $100/month (for 1,000 videos), $300/month (unlimited)