Dave’s Links, Tools, and Tips

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Index

A is for Amazon

B is for Books

C is for Content Management

D is for Drop Shipping

E is for eBay

F is for Funnel

G is for Gig

H is for How To

I is for Instagram

J is for Job

K is for Kickstarter

L is for Lego

M is for Mailing List


A is for Amazon

Alibaba
This is where I source 99% of all my products.

Amazon Seller Central
This is the portal for Amazon sellers. To register, you’ll need at least a social security number and probably a DBA (do-business-as) if you’re not filing for another business type like an LLC.

CamelCamelCamel
This site offers insight into the popularity of Amazon products. I don’t use it as much as I did when I was selling books through Amazon, but it’s still pretty cool and unlike JungleScout, it’s totally free.

JungleScout
JungleScout is the chief application that I use for researching products. JungleScout offers a few different applications, but the one I use the most is the chrome extension. The chrome extension allows me to build a spreadsheet directly off the Amazon search page and helps predict sales for niche products. It’s totally worth its one time price.

Keepa
Keepa is another chrome extension I use that inserts a chart directly into the Amazon selling page. The chart tracks average prices, offers, reviews, best-seller-rankings and more. Incredibly useful to see how much activity a product actually gets as sometimes, just using the ranking (like JungleScout does) isn’t enough.

Scott Voelker’s The Amazing Seller Podcast
Scott is the guy that I learned everything from. When I started, he only had a handful of podcasts as he was pretty new to the practice himself. These days, he’s everywhere–I think I even saw him on the Tim Ferriss show not too long ago, which is pretty cool. All of his training material is free and he’s just a lot of fun.

 

Some books to help:

Alibaba’s World by Porter Erisman
A detailed look into Alibaba, one of the largest retail sites int he world, and its history.

Amazon Selling Blueprint by Scott Voelker
Scott Voelker is the guy I learned from when I first got started selling on Amazon two years ago. His book is an incredible strategy guide for getting started doing Amazon private label. Kindle Unlimited members can read it for free.

The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
I can’t recommend this book enough. This is, literally, the book I read just before quitting my 9-5 job. It helps you get an idea on how to create a business, much like Amazon private label, that focuses on selling niche products for high returns with little effort put into the ongoing process.


B is for Books

Adobe InDesign
Adobe’s awesome layout-formatting software. It’s part of the Creative Suite.

Amazon – Kindle Direct Publishing
Get published on Amazon with the KDP program.

Fiverr
Need to find a ghostwriter or a cover artist? Look no further than Fiverr, where artists and writers can help you out for as little as $5.

iBooks
This is Apple’s publishing portal. Better royalties than Amazon and just as broad of reach.

Instagram
My favorite social media platform. Great for visual content.

Microsoft Word
The OG of word processing software, Microsoft Word is a fantastic program to create your manuscripts.

Scrivener for Windows (Education Licence)10 years on the market, Scrivener is for-writers-by-writers. It’s only a one-time charge of $40, which makes it a little less than its competitors.

Some books to help:

On Writing by Stephen King
From the master of horror, this book is part-biography/part-“Elements of style.” One of my favorite books on communicating well.

The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
One of the best books ever written on willpower and focus, Keller/Papasan’s masterpiece focuses on, well, focusing. It’s an awesome book for helping you figure out what you want and the steps it’ll take to get there.

Deep Work by Cal Newport
Building on the idea of The One Thing, comes Cal Newport’s cool book about getting rid of distractions and getting work done.

The Elements of Style by Strunk/White
Having the willpower to write is one thing, but writing well is a whole different ballgame. This classic will help.

Everybody Writes by Ann Handley
And if you feel that the Elements of Style is a little outdated, I recommend Everybody Writes by Anne Handley.


C is for Content

Amazon Associate Program
This is where you sign up to become an Amazon affiliate marketer.

Dreamhost
I host all my sites through dreamhost (including this one).

Google AdSense
This is where you go to add Google ads.

Sumo
Sumo makes the coolest lead capturing plugins for WordPress.

WordPress
It’s the best–and most famous–WYSIWYG CMS around.

Some books to help:

Dotcom Secrets by Russell Brunson
One of the best how-to books I’ve ever read on creating content marketing funnels. I actually wrote another piece about the book, which you can see here: Dotcom Secrets by Russell Brunson (Book of the Day)

Everybody Writes by Ann Handley
A fantastic style guide for writers.

On Writing by Stephen King
From the master of horror himself.

Rocket Surgery Made Easy by Steve Krug
The perfect book to help learn basic user experience design for your content site.


D is for Drop Shipping 

AliExpress
This is a great place to find products for drop shipping.

Amazon
Amazon is a fantastic place to research products for drop shipping as you can extrapolate average sales in product categories using products like JungleScout. IE, if it’s popular on Amazon, it’s probably popular everywhere else.

JungleScout
I use it for Amazon private label, but it’s an all around useful tool to have, especially the Chrome Extension. The Chrome Extension takes the estimated average sales data from an Amazon search page and creates a dropdown spreadsheet to help you determine if a product is a good fit or not.

MailChimp
The world’s best email/newsletter software on the web (is there another…?). Another tool I use for all my sites.

Oberlo
As if drop shipping wasn’t enough to begin with, Oberlo makes it even easier by seamless integrating into your Shopify account. Super awesome and super easy to use.

Shopify
Shopify is seriously the world’s easiest-to-use WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) content management system. It’s got a free 7-day trial, but it’s like, only $29 per month for the basic package (which is probably all most folks starting out need anyways).

Sumo
There is no better lead-capturing/site-optimization tool on the market. It’s a must-have for those who hope to get every dime out a website. Awesome awesome stuff.

Reddit
NERDS! But, yeah, also a great place to do market research, and one of the coolest social media platforms around.

 

Some books to help:

$100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
The title says it all: how to start a business with only a Benjamin to your name. This book will help broaden your focus and teach you that you don’t need a ton of money to start up a business.

The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
Don’t be surprised if you see this book a few different times here on this list. It’s one of the best books ever written on managing time and using automated systems–like drop shipping–to live the life you want.


E is for eBay

Amazon Seller Central
A lot of these guides will point towards selling stuff on Amazon. It’s a no brainer, and the perfect piece of your diversified e-commerce portfolio.

BoardGameGeek
This is a terrific site (not only for finding great online arbitrage deals), but just for nerding out. At the height of my boardgamegeekdom, I had probably ~150 games. Now that collection has dwindled to a measly 35 or so.

eBay.com
I’m guessing by now you’ve heard of eBay, the world’s most famous auction site, right? Yeah… 🙂

 

Some books to help:

Online Arbitrage by Chris Green
This hefty tome is the bible of Online Arbitrage using Amazon. Back during my arbitrage days, I devoured this gem pretty quickly.


F is for Funnel

MailChimp
The world’s best email/newsletter software on the web (is there another…?). Another tool I use for all my sites.

Oberlo
As if drop shipping wasn’t enough to begin with, Oberlo makes it even easier by seamless integrating into your Shopify account. Super awesome and super easy to use.

Shopify
Shopify is seriously the world’s easiest-to-use WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) content management system. It’s got a free 7-day trial, but it’s like, only $29 per month for the basic package (which is probably all most folks starting out need anyways).

Sumo
There is no better lead-capturing/site-optimization tool on the market. It’s a must-have for those who hope to get every dime out a website. Awesome awesome stuff.

 

Some books to help:

Expert Secrets by Russell Brunson
The follow-up to his hugely successful Dotcom Secrets, this book takes some of Russell’s big ideas even further, into legendary guru status. Big read!

Content Machine by Dan Norris
Want to know how to make some rad content that converts? This is another big one you’ve got to put your eyeballs on.


G is for Gig

Fiverr
Fiverr is a peer-to-peer platform for businesses to find technical experts for short tasks such as logo design, blog post writing, Instagram posting, etc.

Upwork
Upwork is a peer-to-peer platform for businesses to find technical experts for tasks of any length, from one-off logo designs to full web app development and more.


H is for How To

Coschedule Headline Analyzer
I discovered this tool on Medium. It’s awesome–just put in your headline and it rates it. The tool is 100% Free and super useful.

 


I is for Instagram

RootJazz InstaDub
This bot is awesome. Not only is it native (so Instagram can’t shut it down), but allows you for autonomy in programming whatever you want it to do. Please note: this only works for PC users. Sorry Apple-lovers.

 


J is for Job

Codecademy
Codecademy is the best way I’ve ever discovered to learn code on the web. I learned HTML, CSS, and Javascript in two months using this site.

Lynda
Owned by LinkedIn, Lynda is a great way to learn a ton of information for a flat monthly fee (instead of paying by course, like Udemy). I use the heck out of it.

Udemy
Another learning site, Udemy is for peer-to-peer learning; in other words, regular folks like you and I create a course, and then charge a flat fee to learn the course. Most of the courses are pretty cheap, too, only $10 or so.

Upwork
Upwork is a peer-to-peer platform for businesses to find technical experts for tasks of any length, from one-off logo designs to full web app development and more.

Some books to help:

HTML & CSS by Jon Duckett
I consider this book required reading for nearly anyone that’s interested in starting a business to make money online. Sure, you can always pay someone to do the stuff for you, but since you’re going have your nose in it day-after-day, doesn’t it make more sense just to learn how to do it yourself? Not to mention this is just a good looking book all around.

Javascript & jQuery by Jon Duckett
The companion piece to HTML & CSS, this book helps you understand the third most important coding language, Javascript and how to access its wonderful library. What’s cool is that you can buy both these books as a combo on Amazon.

 


K is for Kickstarter

Kickstarter
The biggest and coolest crowdfunding platform on the web. Billions raised for projects with a 65%+ success rate.

 


L is for Lego

Brickpicker
This rad little site is like a stockmarket ticker, but for Legos. It’s got everything you need to start your Lego prospecting journey.

 


M is for Mailing List

Mailchimp
This is the newsletter creation tool I use. It’s super easy to use, basically FREE, and integrates with 99% of all CMS pages out there.

Sumo
Sumo is definitely my favorite lead capturing software. Not only are there apps super easy to use (and now they’re all WYSIWYG, too!), but most of them are free, although you do have to pay to integrate with Mailchimp.


More to come…