Essential Online Business Tools - Shawn Shellenbarger

Essential Online Business Tools

I got started working online in 1999.  Over the years I’ve learned it’s much better to automate as much as possible to help you be more productive.  Several people email me every week asking me what tools I recommend for hosting, email list hosting, storage and other online services so I decided to make a blog post listing several of them that I consider to be essential online business tools.

I’ve put together some of my essential online business tools to help save you time.

Feel free to share this page with others, they will thank you for it.

Landing Page Tools

ClickFunnels – This tool could be listed as a requirement and it could be listed in almost all of the categories.  ClickFunnels will help you build sales pages, webinar pages, video pages, customize checkout pages and so much more.  This is one of the best tools around to use for your online business.

LeadPages – This has been one of the most powerful tools I’ve ever used. If you have never tried LeadPages then I suggest you try them out as soon as possible.  This tool will save you a ton of time and effort while making you more money and getting you more leads.

Thrive Themes – If you use WordPress then you need to checkout Thrive Themes and Plugins.  These are some of the best looking landing pages already made for you. You just edit the language to reflect your voice and product and you have absolutely professional pages.

eCommerce Website Builder

Shopify – This is the best solution to start a new website selling physical goods.

Shopping Carts

SamCart – This is my favorite shopping cart system.  Most of all it can help you make more sales from the traffic you already have coming to your websites. It also has an affiliate system built in and everything else you need to make your products convert better.

YourCart – This is the same system that I used to build my first 8 figure online business. It has everything you need inside of one place.  You can email all of your customers or prospects and take orders for 1 or 10000 products.


Upwork – We have used this tool for years. It was renamed to Upwork a couple of years ago and it’s a solid place to find experts to do anything you need done without having to hire someone full time. You can just post a job you need done and providers will bid on a price that they will perform it for you.

Ad Tracking

ClickMagick – ClickMagick is a tool that you need if you buy email ads or other ads where someone may be tempted to fake traffic or send you junk traffic. It checks and filters junk while allows you to add timers, popups, or full width banners to the top or bottom of any link you want.

Email List Hosting

AutoResponse Plus – This is now called ARP Reach.  This is a full featured autoresponder and email script that hosts your customer and prospects lists. It will also send out autoresponder messages and send mass email to your customers.

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