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Funnel Builders:  
Clickfunnels vs Dropfunnels  vs Groovefunnels


Where websites...  


make an ideal brochure for your business with ability to access everything you offer...  your products, services, about, photo gallery, etc,

Funnel builders...


focus on turning your visitors into customers.  You've experienced them. You arrive on a page. The menu bar is sparse or none existent.  There are very few options, minimal distraction.  There's a very clear path of 1 or 2 choice that guide you down a path to solve your problem.

Clickfunnels, DropFunnels, GrooveFunnels.


Clickfunnels:  

Prices range from $97 to $297 per month.
Although it's been the most well known funnels builder, times are changing.
Ever since it became obvious that your Google rank is highly dependent on page loading speed, people have been jumping ship from clickfunnels.  Main reason. It's slow and thus hurts your SEO page ranking.  Slow as in 6, 8, 10, or even 15 seconds. Many people get impatient and click-out before it loads. 

If showing up on the 1st page of google results is important to you, and if you want those visitors to stay on your site, be sure your page loads fast!


Dropfunnels:

  $49 and up.  Dropfunnels is unique in that it's built on wordpress and loads faster than most funnels. The companies homepage was built using their same platform loads in less than 1 second. Last night when I checked it on pingdoms speed checker, it loaded in under 700 milliseconds.  (7/10 of 1 second). That's fast!   Extremely fast!   Even 1.5 seconds is considered fast by most people. 

  • Dropfunnels All inclusive features:
  • Drag & Drop Visual Website builder
  • Your own Blog
  • Hosting included
  • Funnel Builder that auto links pages as a simple "next step" in your page sequence.
  • A Cart to accept payment with built-in features like order-bumps, and 1-click upsells that typically increase total sale by 20-30%
  • Digital Course Builder + Membership builder included.
  • Unique in that it's built "upon" a managed wordpress environment.
    Translation:  You get all of the Wordpress advantages (SEO, Speed, flexability) and 
    without any of the typical wordpress maintanence.
  • No dealing with plugins or security. They handle it all in the background.  To my knowledge, Dropfunnels is the only one offering this.  If you're current using Clickfunnels, you'll be happy to know they have a 1-click funnel importer to bring your clickfunnels into Dropfunnels.
    My recommendation:  Try it. Click the link above and use their 14 days trial.  Use it, test it.
    Be sure to mark your calendar or set a reminder for 12-14 days out from today so you'll remember cancel or to continue.  I personally tried it, and decided to continue. : )

Dropfunnels 14 Day Trial  
Value:  That $49 a month includes everything!
Without Dropfunnels, you're likely paying $20 for hosting, $80 for course builder, $50 for a cart like SamCart or Thrive Cart, $15 for a link-tracker, $? for theme, $? for sitebuilder, etc.  A flat $49 per month for all of it, is a better deal. 


GrooveFunnels

GrooveFunnels:  Free forever plan ( which "may" be all you need) and options for single payment all inclusive lifetime membership.   

First the bad:  
Many features are still in Beta, and thus have bugs. You can either build now and use work-arounds, or... just sign-up and then park it until it's out of Beta.

The Groovefunnels good: 
The Grove suite of apps is looking impressive. GroovePages, GrooveMail, GrooveDesk, GrooveSell, GrooveBlog, GrooveAffiliate, +++ 
You can get a free account right now, with NO credit card info.
Thus try it, and later decide to keep the free, delete your site, or to upgrade.
Me?   I heard about it and immediately signed up for the free.  I like free. Sometimes. : )
GrooveFunnels:  Free forever plan  <<< Click and Get it free.



Email List Building / Email Service Providers (ESP)

There are many services to choose from.   A few popular ones...

MailChimp, Aweber, Infusionsoft, ActiveCampaign, ConvertKit, ++++
I chose Convertkit. it's good enough for Tim Ferriss and Pat Flynn, it's good enough for me.



Booking / Scheduling Apps

Calendly, Acuity, ScheduleOnce, BookLikeABoss, and others.

Calendly. My current favorite by a wide margin. (used on this website)
Calendly offers a free version. Good place to begin to see if like it.  If you have a real business, I suggest getting the paid version ($12-$15 month) to remove their branding banner, and to get their text reminders feature.

Acuity
Book Like a Boss. (aka BLAB).
I used this one for a month.  Although the client experience was great, I found the back end configuring to be too complex for my needs.  For me, Calendly was far more intuitive and thus the one I'm using now.
That said.  Test out a few options and decide which you prefer.


Course Creator Platforms & Hosting:

Kajabi
Teachable
Thinkific
Dropfunnels
Groovefunnels


Podcast Hosting:


Although Libsyn may be the most well known,  Buzzsprout won me over with their
support, youtube videos, and friendly user interface.  Using this BuzzSprout link
allows you to signup for free (90 days), and then if / when you upgrade to a paid
plan, they'll send you a $20 Amazon gift card.  As will most services, take advantage
of every free trial you can (test it for yourself) and put a tight limit on research time.



Website Hosting:


WPX
Tests shows that WPX is the way to go if maximize site speed along with top customer service is important to you.  I've been using WPX since June 2020.  Their customer service support team replies within less than 1 minute!  Often times less than 30 seconds. Although you'll likely pay $20-$25 month.  The page loading speed and support is worth it. When building a website, needing customer support is likely, and if you have to deal with the typical back and forth emails with budget hosts, you'll being paying a far high cost due to time lost.



Siteground 
Priced right, fast, 24/7 Phone support!  Website issues can
be scary and downtime costly and that's why I LOVE Siteground. Always available
when I need them!  


Page Builders: 

Elementor Pro:  
Possibly the best builder to create a "pretty website". complete with all the spinning, flipping, abundance of animations. Used it previously, but found Thrive more intuitive and more importantly, I found thrive much far better for "conversion".  Meaning... better to help me turn visitors into fans and customers. 

Although Elementor is popular,
I much prefer the UI and features of Thrive.

Thrive Architect and Thrive Membership 
offers what's arguably the best
integrated conversion focused website tools.  This website, MindsetBliss,  was built using Thrive.  The video below is a complete walkthough of building a website with Thrive.


Check out Thrive Here:   >>> Thrive Themes Builder. <<<


Brizy Cloud.
Although still new with some issues, their cloud platform is unique.  Planning to revisit their state of development in mid 2021.


Which to use? 
The most popular page builder , and also my favorite is Elementor.
If you can budget $49 (1 site) or $99 (3 sites) then for sure,
get Elementor Pro Version. 
If you're not yet sure, begin with the Elementor Free Version.


Video Hosting and Editing



Dubb "Video for business communication"
An app and service that makes it super fast and easy to create customized videos
for individual clients, or for your website. 

Vimeo
Although Youtube is far more popular,  When it comes to embedding videos on a website
Vimeo always you to disable showing related videos, with the ability to sway out a video
using the original link. Vimeo or Youtube?   Use both!

Loom
My favorite tool for ultra quick and easy screen casting /recording.  $0 to $5 a month.

Screenflow
Screencasting App for Mac and ios



Marketing your Live & Virtual Gigs:

GigSalad
GigMasters (AKA The Bash)

Both GigSalad, and Gigmasters are responsible for many of the
Speaking, & Entertainment Gigs I've booked since 2015


Education:

BusinessMadeSimple.com
This is the online academy  created by Donald Miller (of StoryBrand)
$275 a year gives you access to all 4 of Donald Courses.
Just 1 of his courses is worth more than $275.
If I had College age kids, which I don't, they'd be signed up. 
Yes, it's that good!

MasterClass.com
Once you click the link, visit their page, and see their list of courses taught by some
of the most famous people on the planet,  you'll wonder what took you so long!


Public Speaking:

Craig Valentine Speakers Academy

Craigs Valentine Humor Course.

Darrin Lacroix's STU Programs. 
Both Craig and Darrin are Toastmasters World Champions of Public Speaking,
both are outstanding instructors, and both offer online and offline training.


Credit Cards:

Chase Sapphire Reserve
If you think a $450. Annual fee is crazy,  then you'll want to check their card
and your calculator will quickly show you how much money you've been losing
not having this card in your wallet.  Some benefits include. $300 annual travel
credit, TSA "Pre" and Global Entry reimbursement, Lost baggage, and flight delay
insurance, ++++.  Bottom line,  if you fly at least a couple of times a year, the relative
fee is $0. 


Accepting Online Payments:

Paypal
Square
Stripe

Paypal is my favorite for invoicing options,
Square wins for in-person CC swipes,
and Stripe (along with paypal) seems to be the best options for selling products
and services online.


Other Apps

TickTick
A task management app that competes with Todoist, Things3, and similar.
I prefer TickTick features over the competition.  Try TickTick for a week, and
you know why. 

Appsumo
Developers sometimes list their Apps on Appsumo with lifetime deals which are 
not available even on their own websites.  The deals appear and disappear quickly.

 *Disclaimer:

Some links on this page use referral links.  The ones that do, are one's
we're currently using or have used, enjoy, and thus happy to recommend.

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