Hello and welcome to my recommendation page. This page will be a listing of products and services that I use on a daily or almost daily basis. Either for creating websites, or just something I use day to day and can highly recommend.
By clicking on any of the links below I will receive a small commission if you purchase any of the items. (Minus MyPoints that is FREE) By purchasing other items below you will be helping to support me in creating new helpful websites, along with building up the ones I currently have.
First off let’s start out with something FREE. Morning Brew – The daily email newsletter covering the latest news from Wall St. to Silicon Valley. Informative, witty, and everything you need to start your day. Become Smarter In Just 5 Minutes. Get the daily email that makes reading the news actually enjoyable. Stay informed and entertained, for free.
I have been subscribed for about 4 years now. It’s been a nice quick read first thing in the mornings to get caught up on what’s going on.
So just click on the Morning Brew link to get signed up.
Here’s what to expect:
“We’ll send all the need-to-know and some of the fun-to-know business news straight to you every morning (Monday through Saturday). It’s the only newsletter where you’ll see Federal Reserve policy, Spotify streams, IPOs, and Shaquille O’Neal all in a single email.”
Next up is another FREE program called MyPoints. I have been a member since 2005. Basically, all you need to do is sign up, then they will ask you questions to understand your likes, and then they will start sending you emails. Normally you will get about 1 to 4 emails a day. Once you receive the emails you just need to click the ‘Get Points’ button at the bottom, let the page open and load, then close the page and delete the email. That’s all.
You will get 5 points per email clicked and then when you get enough points you can redeem them for gift cards. Yes, you can refer your friends and get more points, you can also go shopping and earn more points. As in the picture sample above, you can get an additional 2,000 points for buying a 12 pack of Iconic Protein drinks on Amazon.
Now, I don’t think I have ever purchased anything (that I can recall) through MyPoints, I just click the emails and collect my 5 points (5~20 points per day) depending on how many emails you get each day. There are also other ways to get free points on their site, you just have to look on their site and they have contests and games to get more free points. Now, just doing that I get enough points where I can get about 2 $50 gift cards a year. I normally get food, so it’s two nice dinners out. Below is just a small list of gift cards you can get.
I have tried other “free point systems” in the past and you have to normally get 10,000 or more points to even get a $10 gift card, with MyPoints you need less than 8,000 for a $50 gift card.
Just click on any of the MyPoints links to get signed up.
My next recommendation is Income School which is a way to make some extra income, either part-time or full-time. NO this is not MLM or something to ‘get rich quick’. Income School is a 24-month plan to make some extra or even full-time income. I signed up and went through the training in about 2 months and then got started on building my own websites.
I have a more detailed breakdown of Income School here.
If you would like to learn how to build your own website(s) and make some money I also have two other recommendations for where I get my Domain Names and where I do my Hosting of those Domains.
I like to use NameCheap for purchasing my Domain Names, mainly because I have gotten most of my Domains for about $2.88 for the year.
Now Hosting, is basically where your www.mysite.com files are stored. Most people will recommend something like HostGator, BlueHost, or GoDaddy. Why? Because that’s what everyone says is good and they are very cheap. But if you really start doing some research into these you will soon find out that many people can’t stand customer support. (pssst, it’s horrible) That and they tend to cram a lot of people onto one server and then your site’s performance really suffers. I use Hostwinds. They also do have a cheap shared hosting platform you can use if you are just starting out and possibly on a tight budget.
Their customer support has been top-notch as far as I am concerned. I have purchased the more expensive dedicated hosting from Hostwinds, but only because I have many sites and the performance is much higher quality. Any time I have a question or a technical issue I can get answers normally in less than an hour, most of the time right that minute. I say an hour only because sometimes I have very technical questions that require an escalation to a tech team member.
One last quick note here as well. I do use Pinterest and Instagram for some of my marketing to promote my sites. Managing all of that takes up a lot of time. Some people hire someone to manage their social media accounts, but many of us just use an app like Tailwind to manage and schedule out most of our content. It is simple and easy to use to manage your Pinterest and Instagram accounts especially if you want to get into the world of blogging.
Just click on any of my links above or below to get more info or to get signed up.