Useful and Recommended Tools & Courses
Welcome to the Craige Hardel Resources section, a curated list of the tools and websites that I strongly recommend for building and optimizing your business and online presence. I have tested every recommendation on this page. Many of the resources listed here are crucial to running my business (or were crucial to developing Craige Hardel to where it is today).
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This website, other brands I own is currently being hosted on Siteground. Migrating to them was quick and easy and they now even offer a WordPress Migrator plugin so you can do it yourself. And it works really well.
They offer fast and quality hosting and are well known for their customer support.
A very stellar hosting solution that doesn't disappoint. I've been using them for years and I can thoroughly recommended their services.
known for its speed uptime and reliably A2 hosting is another fairly stable solution and is compared to Siteground is more affordably priced.
Have you ever balked at the 'hidden' renewal fees of many hosting providers, even with shared hosting?
WPX Hosting is not the cheapest but isn't mind blowingly expensive either. What you get for your hard earned money is top class and is backed by such speedy and responsive customer support.
You won't go wrong with them.
I remember spending a lot of time sifting and trying various email marketing tools and thus while most of them have decent (and some unnecessary) functionality. However, ConvertKit stood out for many reasons.
Email automation, really good email delivery, and being simple to use are some of them. Used by many of the world's top bloggers, entrepreneurs and internet marketers, I would second them all to say that Convertkit is a solid choice.
Aweber is ideal for those who are getting their first autoresponder and experienced marketers alike.
Their have really good support, amazing email delivery and all the features you would need in an autoresponder.
If you're a small business chances are you will need a robust document and file management solution along with your custom domain email. Then Sync is for you. One of the most secure applications you can find to protect your sensitive documents and business Data.
While Gsuite is useful for file storage (especially their business plan), my top recommendation for multi-media (videos, photos, audio) would be Pcloud. Really affordable secure and multi-platform (and yes even Linux), they take the cake for Media management.
What's even cooler is that they have a Lifetime Plan where you can pay just one fee for life! They've even taken it further and offered a Family Lifetime Plan if you have other members you'd like to cover. They're good and growing.
Namecheap is my only recommended source for purchasing domains.
They offer free WHOis protection (which others charge a hefty add-on fee) and their domains are pretty cheap.
There are a ton of SEO and Keyword Research tools on the market. Especially for a beginner Semrush provides the biggest bang for your buck with keyword research , competitor analysis and backlink analysis feature, it is really quality and good value for the price. Start your trial now.
If you're new to blogging and content marketing and have a tight budget but want something that's proven, Mangools' suite or tools is a must.
From keyword research, to backlink analysis and even checking where you rank for various keywords, they've got you covered
Keyword research is vital to the visibility and longevity of your blog posts and video content.
Despite search engine places being quite competitive, you still have to ability to stand out for hyper-targeted and relevant keywords (long tail keywords). Longtail pro is a wonderful solution for this.
Webinar Hosting Tools
Webinarjam packs an incredible suite of tools and functionality into one webinar platform.
It is stable and makes webinar hosting, recording and auto-replays (autowebinars) very easy and effective.
Social Media Tools
The speed, amount of consistency of valuable social media content to get and keep your audience's attention has gone up tremendously. You need more than just 'regular set and schedule tools'. It's essential that you automate posts on week days or even throughout the month to keep on top on your marketing efforts. Socialbee once and for all solve that problem
Landing page & funnel software
To run any online business or website successfully, you need speed and processes to nurture your prospects and potential clients. You do that by having a funnel. There is no better solution on the market than Groovefunnels.
You don't even need a website, get a free domain and can can start getting more business today. It is always very easy to use so you won't have to hire a web designer.
Shopping Cart software
Thrive is a favorite of many marketers and online product creators. Their suite of features comfortable handles the shopping cart needs of any business.
Whether you want sell ebook, courses, a membership you'll be able to set that up with ease. And the best thing is you get all that for one Lifetime fee. Go get grab it now!
If you're a bootstrapping businesses and just want to sell your products quickly and efficiently, then SendOwl is the perfect solution for you.
You get all the Features of ThriveCart and Samcart but for a smaller cost. You even get the ability to have affiliates promote your product.
Learning Management (course creation)
If you're eager to get your message out to the world and would like to create your first course or information product, Thinkific is the perfect platform to host it.
Their plans are reasonable and you'll be equipped to host your lessons with the flexibility to present no matter your style and method of delivery. It's what our Mindset training is hosting on.
Courses that Actually Work
Life Awakening System
In life we all get stuck. Some of us go though such tragedies and pains all alone and we get confused by random advisers. Passion & Purpose Masterclass gives you a map to develop the mindset to go through those tough times and the strategies to reach your potential and become the person you're truly meant to be.
How To Stop Grinding & Live an Awesome Life
If you're in a rut and want a actionable step by step blueprint to transform your life in as little as 7 days the this is for you.
Life changing material. Everyone of those 67 step videos is worth multiple times the investment. It is a compilation of major life lessons from books, and great mentors - taught by Tai Lopez.
It goes into general principles governing our lives and daily actions to live by and equips with the mental toolkit to take self-responsibility for your life.
Cardone University - Grant Cardone
Skills pay the bills. And there's no where that applies than in sales.
If you're looking to level up your selling skills and increase you or your company's bottom line, Cardone University is the program for you