Tools for Running an Automated Online Business

One of my favorite words in the online business world is, “automated.”  I love when I can set things up for my business that work automatically, without my having to do anything!  Not only does it save me a ton of time and work, but it also makes my business far more effective and profitable.  Here are the tools for running an automated online business that I personally use to keep things running smoothly and automatically.

High Quality WordPress Websites

I got my training to be an affiliate marketer from a company called, Wealthy Affiliate.  They use WordPress for website creation, so that’s what I used.  I find WordPress to be user friendly and super high quality. This automatically eliminates problems I could otherwise be having if it I didn’t start with a quality website.  You can learn more about getting training from Wealthy Affiliate HERE.

Tools for Running an Automated Online Business Secure, Effective Website Hosting

Wealthy Affiliate hosts all of my websites.  The difference between most WordPress hosting sites and the successful WordPress hosting sites is the intricate technical processes that happen behind the scenes – the stuff that nobody ever sees.  Wealthy Affiliate provides a hosting platform I feel safe running my business on.  They make sure my websites are secure, and they take care of the technology, so I can focus on running my business.  They also provide 24/7 tech support which I consider priceless as far as saving me time and aggravation. You can learn more about Wealthy Affiliate’s hosting by reading my article (video included), The Best Website Hosting for WordPress. You can also read Wealthy Affiliate’s own description of their website hosting services HERE.

Tools for Running an Automated Online Business Automatic Social Media Posting

I use a plugin called Blog2Social to automatically post on social media.  You can set up Blog2Social so that every time you publish an article on your website, it’s automatically posted to all of your social media platforms.   I personally post on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.  There are many more social media platforms available in Blog2Social that you can add if you like.  Here’s a quick video on how to do this.

Tools for Running an Automated Online Business Invitation to Subscribe to Your Email List

I use MailMunch to set up an automatic pop-up window on all of my websites, inviting visitors to subscribe to my email list. It’s best to offer some sort of freebie to get people to subscribe to your email list.  This can be a free report, a free video, a checklist of some sort. Building an email list, in my opinion, is one of the best ways to automate your business.  You can set up email funnels so your visitors receive valuable information regarding whatever your website’s topic is.  It can also be used as a way to automatically email your subscribers every time you publish a new post on your website.  It’s automatic traffic. MailMunch automatically sends the subscriber to the email list I want, and/or to a specific email campaign or funnel.  Here’s a video on how I create opt-in boxes.

Tools for Running an Automated Online Business I Use AWeber to Set Up Automated Email Funnels

Once people subscribe to my email list, they are automatically signed up for a specific email campaign or funnel.  First, they receive whatever freebie I offered to get them to sign up.  Then, they’ll continue to get emails from me, every day for several days if it’s a sales funnel, or else every 5-7 days in a follow up series of emails.  Once you have this set up, you do nothing.  It’s all automated.  I use a company called AWeber to handle all of my email marketing activities. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how this works.

Tools for Running an Automated Online Business I Hope This Helped!

I hope you’ll get these tools and automate as much of your online business as you can.  The more time you free up for yourself, the less hours you have to work, and the more time you’ll have to create even more content to scale and expand your business.  There’s no honor in doing things the hard way.  And setting things up to happen automatically isn’t the lazy way, it’s the effective way!  Work smart, not hard.  Thanks so much for visiting!  Debra

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Sale on Affiliate Marketing Training for Beginners

Wealthy Affiliate normally offers a full year of Affiliate Marketing Training for $359. This price will be going up to $495 on May 12.

From May 1 – May 11, 2020, you can get their full year of Affiliate Marketing Training for Beginners for $299!

This complete affiliate marketing training course includes over 120 video training classes, weekly live training webinars, and so much more.  Please submit your best email for complete details, including a video describing the program.

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Sale on Affiliate Marketing Training Course

sale on affiliate marketing training courseWealthy Affiliate is offering the lowest price you’ll ever get for their Annual Premium Membership at $299 from May 1-11.  On May 12, that price will go up to $495.  This is a full year of membership in Wealthy Affiliate’s Affiliate Marketing Training Course for beginners.

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The sale runs from May 1, 2020 through May 11, 2020.  During those days, you can get a one-year Premium Membership at Wealthy Affiliate for $299.

After May 11, the Price Goes Up to $495!

The Premium Membership at Wealthy Affiliate is normally $49 per month.  That’s $588 per year.  If you get your annual membership during this sale, you’ll only pay $299, and that’s all you’ll pay every year thereafter.

checklist for a blog postWhat’s Wealthy Affiliate?

If you’re not familiar with Wealthy Affiliate, it’s an affiliate marketing training course devoted to teaching people how to make money online.  It’s how I got my training to become a full time, successful affiliate marketer.  I joined Wealthy Affiliate in August of 2015, and I’ve never looked back.  They taught me everything I needed to know to start my own business online, and I’m still doing it all these years later.  My Premium Membership with Wealthy Affiliate includes website hosting for all of my websites, 24/7 tech support, and ongoing training on the latest developments in online marketing.  Not to mention the friendships I’ve built at Wealthy Affiliate – it’s a supportive, friendly community to say the least!

My Complete Review

To read my complete review of Wealthy Affiliate’s Premium Membership, CLICK HERE, or watch my video below outlining the entire Premium Membership and what it includes.


What’s Included in this Deal?

When you purchase the Annual Premium Membership for $299, you’ll have a full year’s Premium Membership in Wealthy Affiliate.  That membership includes everything that’s described in detail in my Complete Overview of the Wealthy Affiliate Premium Membership such as:

Online Entrepreneur Certification (50 Step-by-Step Video Lessons)

Affiliate Bootcamp Training (70 Step-by-Step Advanced Lessons)

Weekly LIVE interactive classes

Over 300 hours of expert education, available any time

Your own authority Blog at Wealthy Affiliate

The most powerful websites in the world – WordPress websites with tons of expert functions and features added by Wealthy Affiliate

Website Hosting

24/7 Tech Support

Free Keyword Research Tool Included

Caring, Supportive Community

And so much more – read my Complete Overview HERE

Another huge bonus is that you are going to be grandfathered into this price forever, as long as you stay on this membership. This means when your membership comes up for renewal next year, it will only be $299 for another entire year.  It’ll remain the same price every year from now on.  I’ve been a Premium Member of Wealthy Affiliate since 2015.  I took advantage of a $299 Black Friday Sale that year and, as a result, have never, and will never, have an increase in the annual amount I pay for my membership.

This literally means that I will always get unlimited ongoing training, 24/7 tech support, and website hosting for all of my websites for less than $25 per month.  You can’t beat that.  Anywhere.  Ever.

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If you’d like to know how I got started making money online, you can read my story HERE.  I’ve built several websites using my Wealthy Affiliate training, but the two I work on most are the one you’re on right now, and also my “passion” website,

It Works!

I’m proof that the training at Wealthy Affiliate works!  If you’re serious about starting your own online business, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and money by signing up for this best-price-ever on affiliate marketing training.  It’s the most complete, easy-to-follow, effective affiliate marketing training course you’ll find.  I hope to see you inside Wealthy Affiliate, and I look forward to watching your progress!  Debra  🙂

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How to Create a Website to Make Money

how to create a website to make moneyI’ve worked at home in my pajamas since 2008.  Needless to say, people have envied me for that, and many have wanted specifics as to what I do.  I usually reply with, “I’m an internet marketer,” or “I’m an affiliate marketer.”  I get either a totally blank look from those who are willing to admit they have no idea what that is, or else I get a “ah ha…” from those who choose to pretend they know what I’m talking about. LOL!

Regardless of the initial response, I usually go on to explain that, “I have websites that make money.”  That explanation seems to satisfy most people and prevents me from having to explain in more detail about what I do for a living. After all, explaining to people how to create a website to make money in casual conversation at a party isn’t that easy.  And as much as I love my business and am so glad I chose to start my own online business, it sure would be easier if I could just say, “I’m a waitress,” or “I’m a nurse!”

How to Make a Website to Make Money

In order to understand how to make a website to make money, you have to understand how you can make money online to begin with.  This can be most easily explained by describing the four steps it takes:

4 Steps to Making Money Online:

  1. Choose a niche/topic
  2. Create a website
  3. Drive traffic to your website
  4. Earn commissions/revenue

See?  That’s why, if you want to make money online, you have to learn how to “have websites that make money” like me.

How to Start a Website to Make Money

The best way I know to tell you how to start a website to make money is to tell you how I learned.  I learned from a company called, Wealthy Affiliate.  They teach people, in step-by-step video trainings, how to become an affiliate marketer.  They teach, in a nutshell, the 4 steps I just described:

1.  They teach you how to choose a niche/topic you enjoy (and one that will be profitable)

2.  They teach you how to create a website (I mean it, step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions.  They taught me how to make this website you’re on right now!)

3.  They teach you how to drive traffic to your website, and

4.  They teach you how to earn revenue/commissions – in other words, they show you WHERE THE MONEY COMES FROM.  That’s the thing I think that confuses most people when they hear what I do for a living.  They’re like, “Ok, you have websites that make money.  But how do your websites make money?”

How to Create a Website to Make MoneyThat’s Where Wealthy Affiliate Comes In

Wealthy Affiliate teaches you how to be an affiliate marketer.  Affiliate marketing is where you sign up to be an affiliate (or “rep”) for different products and services, you promote them on your website in the form of articles and blog posts (or videos if you like the YouTube idea), and whenever someone uses your affiliate link to purchase a product or service you’re promoting, you get a commission.  That’s where the money comes from. That’s how you create a website to make money.

Can You Make Money With a Website?

You might be having a hard time picturing this.  Most people wonder what they could possibly sell, or what they could possibly write blog posts or articles about.  Here are a few examples just to get your brain started in the right direction…

Example:  Say you like skiing.  First, do you know anything about it?  Of course you do.  You could write articles and blog posts about what you like about it, how you started.  You could tell stories about your experiences, places you’ve skied, etc.  The money could come from you recommending products and services relating to skiing.  In my mind, that list is absolutely endless…everything from skis, to boots, to goggles, to hats, gloves, warm socks…see?  The list of links you could have within your articles is endless.  All things you link to where you get a commission if they buy.

Example:  Let’s say you love the NY Yankees.  Again, do you know anything about it?  Of course you do.  You could write articles and blog posts about what you like about baseball, why you like the Yankees.  You could write endless articles about the history of the Yankees, you could write articles about each and every player.  You could write about your experiences going to games, or maybe how your dad got you hooked when you were a kid.  The article ideas are endless.  And, as I’ve said, the list of products you could recommend are endless.  T-shirts, hats, mugs, blankets, lunch boxes, slippers, pajamas…everything Yankees!

You Get the Idea, Right?

Those are just a couple of examples of what your website could be like.  Right now, grab a pen and paper and write down 5 or 10 things you’re interested in.  I mean it – do it now – grab a pen and start mindlessly jotting down anything that comes to mind when you think, “Things I Like.”  I bet you, within that list you’ve just quickly made, you have a topic/niche you could make a website out of to make money.

how to create a website to make moneyIt Costs Nothing To Give It a Try

Wealthy Affiliate has an absolutely free Starter Membership where you can sign up with your email and go through 10 beginner classes to first, get a handle on this so you understand what it is, and second, to pick a topic, and actually create a website to make money.  Yes, you’ll get that in the free training.  After that, if you like what you’re doing and you think you’d like to continue, you can upgrade to their Premium Membership (which isn’t expensive…you can watch my video about the prices and discounts HERE).  But you’re under no obligation.  The Starter Membership is totally free.

Read my full review of Wealthy Affiliate HERE.

how to create a website to make moneyThis is How I Did It

This is how I learned how to build a website to make money online.  I signed up for Wealthy Affiliate’s free starter program, did the beginner training, then upgraded to the premium membership and I’ve been a premium member ever since.  I have several websites and am now a full time affiliate marketer.  Join me!  Go ahead and give it a try.  And please feel free to comment below with any questions.  I’ll be glad to help!  Debra 🙂

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How to Start Small Business from Home

Back around 2004, I decided I wanted to quit my job and start my own business.  I wanted to work at home, have my own schedule, and be my own boss.  So I started researching how to start a small business from home, and came across numerous ideas, but not many that actually appealed to me.

How to Start Small Business from HomeBut Thankfully I Didn’t Give Up!

I’m so thankful today, because I did finally quit my job in 2007, started a small business from home in 2008, and I’ve worked at home ever since.  For the first few years I did mostly selling (I had a huge Ebay store for several years), but I found I was still working too many hours a week and I wasn’t doing anything that actually had any real meaning for me.  But then…

How to Start Small Business from HomeI Found Something I’m Passionate About!

In 2015, I discovered a company called, Wealthy Affiliate.  They teach people, step-by-step, how to create a website on a topic they love – then they each you how to make money with it!  I started my website, in 2015, and I’ve never looked back.  It’s a website devoted to the care, training and health of dogs and cats, and I couldn’t be happier.  I work on it every day – I’ve expanded to hundreds of blog posts and articles.  I have a Dog Lovers email subscriber list, and a Cat Lovers email subscriber list, a Facebook Group, a Pinterest account, an Instagram account and a Twitter account, and this January, I started a YouTube channel doing videos with the content I created for the website!  I’m helping animals.  That’s what I do for a living now.  And I do it at home in my pajamas.  YES!!!  🙂

What’s Your Passion?

What topics are you interested in?  I love animals, so that’s the topic I chose for my website.  But you can create a website on virtually any topic in the universe.  Grab a pen right now…I mean it…and just quickly jot down a few topics you’re personally interested in.  Don’t worry whether you think you can make money with it, just write down a few things you’re interested in.

That’s it.

I guarantee that within your list, you have the potential for a fantastic website, and the makings to start a small business at home.

How to Start Small Business from HomeBut How?

I’ll tell you how.  The same way I learned.  You sign up for the FREE Starter Membership at Wealthy Affiliate.  They will teach you, with step-by-step videos, how to choose your topic, create your website, create content, and make money.  They focus mostly on affiliate marketing – where you suggest products and services having to do with your topic within your articles and blog posts – and you get a commission for doing so.  They’ll teach you that, and the many other ways you can monetize your website to earn money with it.  Here’s one of my videos explaining in a little more detail…

How to Start Small Business from Home

You Can Do It Too!

If you want to start a small business from home, this is a great way to do it. The training is easy to follow and you can ask as many questions as you want all along the way.  You’ll get tons of “real person” help, and you can branch out and make your business as big as you like.  You can work part time and make a little extra income, or you can become a full blown, full time entrepreneur.  The choice is yours!

How to Start Small Business from HomePlease Feel Free to Ask Questions

Feel free to comment below if you’d like to ask questions.  I’m happy to help!  I’m proud to refer people to Wealthy Affiliate, because they really are the reason I have my own business now and finally got out of my J.O.B.!  LOL  Debra 🙂

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Wealthy Affiliate for Black Friday – Huge Sale on Starting an Online Business!

It’s HUGE!

Wealthy Affiliate is running a huge sale on starting an online business this Black Friday!  From November 29 through December 2, 2019 get the BEST PRICE you’ll ever get on the best affiliate marketing training available online.  If you’ve ever been interested in starting an online business, this is the time.  This is your opportunity to get the best training for the best price…for LIFE!

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It Doesn’t Get Better Than This

The regular price for Premium Membership at Wealthy Affiliate is $49 per month.  That’s $588 per year.  If you purchase the annual membership during the Black Friday sale, you’ll only pay $299, AND THAT’S ALL YOU’LL PAY EACH YEAR THEREAFTER! This is the lowest price you’ll ever get for Wealthy Affiliate’s Premium Membership. (That’s a 49% discount, by the way!)


Wealthy Affiliate for Black FridayWhat’s Included?

Learn all the Details about Wealthy Affiliate’s Premium Membership HERE.

Additional Bonuses

Wealthy Affiliate is going to be offering the following bonuses in the year ahead, over FOUR hours of live video classes with full Q & A that are going to prepare everyone for a successful 2020!

Bonus #1:  The 7 Factor “Secret Sauce” (Live Class)
Bonus #2:  The Secret Sauce, The White Paper
Bonus #3:  Creating a Lucrative Niche Website in 2020 (5 Weeks of Live Training)
Bonus #4:  Early Beta Access to Yearly Members

They have A LOT of slated roll-outs for 2020, in fact, the most they’ve ever had.  As a Black Friday member you are going to get an exclusive “insider” look into these updates, before they are released.  There’s exciting stuff ahead!

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I joined Wealthy Affiliate in 2015.  I took advantage of their Black Friday sale that year and became a Premium Member.  I went on to build three successful websites and I now have a full time business working at home online.  I can tell you from my own personal experience that this is the best price you’ll ever find on the best training available for starting an online business.  Seriously, if you’ve ever wanted to work at home online, do this.  You’ll never look back!  Debra 🙂

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Keys to Being Successful – 12 Tips from Wayne Dyer

One of my favorite authors and self help experts is Dr. Wayne Dyer. I’ve read several of his books, and for several years I fell asleep every night listening to his CD’s. I’m convinced that the keys to being successful that Wayne Dyer taught for decades are a huge reason why I’m a happy, successful person today. In this article, I’ll share 12 of Wayne Dyer’s tips for success. You can get free, printable pdf of this list of success keys HERE.

Keys to Being Successful from Wayne Dyer

#1 Want more for others than you want for yourself. Whatever you feel you’re lacking in your own life, like good health, healing, money, happiness, romance, love, peace…pray and hope for those things for others. The more you care about others, the more you’ll stay in a positive mindset, which is step #1 in becoming successful.

#2 Think from the end. Wayne Dyer is famous for teaching us to “act as if.” Pretend, if you will, that you already have that thing you desire – the wealth, the soul mate, the house you want – picture yourself as already having the things you want and you’ll be much more aligned with receiving it. Wayne talks much more in depth about this in his book (which happens to be my favorite), Wishes Fulfilled. You can order a copy from Amazon HERE.

#3  Be an appreciator in your life.  Look for positive things (not negative things) in your daily life.  I guarantee that at any given moment you could look around you and notice at least ten things that you can appreciate – loved ones, the home you have, your car, your dog or cat, the shoes you have on your feet, the food in your fridge.  Be aware of all the things in life that you can appreciate.

#4  Stay in rapport with source energy.  Whether you refer to it as God (I do), the Universe, Source Energy, just try to stay aware that you want to stay on the right path.  In my case, I try to stay inline with how I think God wants me to think, believe, and act.  I believe are meant to live a life filled with love, peace, joy, kindness, abundance…so try to stay in line with these things.

#5  Eliminate resistance.  This is huge.  Realize that any negative, unkind, judgmental, combative, fearful or doubtful thoughts represent resistance.  They’re preventing you from letting the good stuff into your life!

#6  Contemplate yourself as surrounded by the conditions you want to produce.  Again, this goes along with Dr. Dyer’s “act as if” theory.  Realize that you are one with everything you desire.  Understand that – contemplate and consider your place in this world.  Realize and accept your true nature as a spiritual being and creator.

#7  Understand the art of allowing.  Also huge.  Allowing means taking the path of least resistance.  This goes back to tip #5 about resistance.  You don’t want to resist, you want to allow. Every time you have negative thoughts, and especially when you stay stuck on them, you’re not allowing.  I learned a ton about this from books by Jerry and Esther Hicks.  You can order their book, “Ask and It is Given” on Amazon HERE.

#8  Practice radical humility.  Realize that you are not the body you’re in, and you are not the possessions you have.  You are a divine being.

#9  Be in a constant state of gratitude.  Some say that keeping a daily gratitude journal is a powerful way to become successful in life.  I’ve tried it, and I can tell you it makes a huge difference in my mindset.  Just writing down a few things each day that I’m grateful for keeps me thinking positively.  But you don’t have to actually write in a journal – just, like we mentioned in tip #3, stay aware of all the good things around you and be grateful!

#10  Remember that you can never resolve a problem by condemning it.  The more negative energy you spend on something, the more you focus on it and stay stuck on it, the bigger the problem will become.  “What you think about, you bring about.”  What you focus on expands.  So don’t pound on problems…just get your mind on something more positive as quickly as possible.  I have found, and this was life changing for me, that if I practice doing this regularly – if I practice ignoring problems and instead focusing on the good things in my life, the problems often magically disappear.  It’s like they get sucked into the positive energy my mind has created and because the problems are like negative little monsters, they’re eaten up by the goodness.  lol!  I know that sounds corny and juvenile, but honestly, it’s the best way I know to explain it.  And it’s awesome.  🙂

#11  Play the match game.  Ask yourself, “Am I matched up with the field of intention?  Am I doing this God’s way?  Am I in line with God’s path?  Or the Universe’s intentions?  Or just my own intentions, goals and desires?  Stay focused and match your thoughts, actions and behaviors to what you’re trying to be and achieve.

#12  Meditate. I know, I know.  I fought this one for years, and I still have a hard time getting my fanny in a chair for 15 minutes straight.  But it’s worth it.  Meditating is the best way of staying connected to Source, God, the Universe, Spirit, and your own peace of mind.  It helps you to take a break for a few minutes from your busy, hectic life and just get focused, on track, and in line with the life you want.  And for many, it’s a welcome few minutes of peace and silence.  Try a view short medication videos on YouTube.  Or just sit quietly, for 5 minutes to start if you want, and just breath in and out.  Pay attention to your breathing – focus on your stomach moving up and down while you breathe.  And anytime you have a thought, just acknowledge it and let it go, and return to focusing on your breathing.  You’ll find yourself relaxing very quickly, and practice will improve this.  The more you meditate, the better you’ll get at it, and the more benefit you’ll get from it.

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