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Divi Theme from Elegant Themes

Divi is one of the latest theme released by Elegant Themes. Most of you might remember that I also did a giveaway for Elegant Themes giving out 3 developer accounts when they launched Divi in December, 13.

Divi is one of the most stylish, elegant looking and flexible WordPress themes ever. Elegant Themes Divi comes with a powerful drag and drop page builder which lets you create and design pages seamlessly and beautifully. On top of that, the theme is completely mobile responsive so it opens on any mobile devices without any glitch.

Features

Divi is packed with powerful features and with a drag and drop page builder it makes designing pages very easy. Divi actually comes with 18 pre-made layouts which jump starts your development very quickly. You can choose any one of the layouts start designing.

The main thing that impresses me most about Divi are the modules. You get like 20 modules which can be used to display different functions on your blog. Modules are more like the widgets that we use on our WordPress blogs. I’m not going to write about all of them but I do like to point out some useful ones.

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Blurbs are actually very impressive. It can be used to show small bits of information on your blog. It also comes with a pre-made image that sits right on top of the text. you can actually use 4 Blurbs side by side which looks very attractive.

Newsletter Signup Module is very useful. The module is simple looking and you can show it anywhere on your website asking your readers to subscribe for the newsletters. The signup form is elegant and simple looking.

Slider Module is actually very handy. You can use the slider – small, medium, big, full width anywhere on your blog. Again, the slider is a responsive one. So, it renders well on mobile devices.

You also get 5 different types of blog pages and custom page layouts which includes sales pages and product features. A sales page will display different features of the product and it also supports a pricing table. Please note that the pricing table also comes as a module, so you can add it anywhere on your site.

Pricing

When it comes to pricing, it’s cheap when you compare with the quality of the theme they produce. You can get Divi along with 87 other themes for only $39. The option would be to get a developer account which costs like $90 per year. You get support and updates.

So, make sure you check out Elegant Themes because they’re one of the best I highly recommend them.

About Brian

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.

GetResponse vs Pinointe Vs Mad Mini: Which Email Marketing Tool to Choose

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How many times have you heard it?

“The money is in the list.”

Chances are you are already running a mailing list.

So which email marketing tool are you using?

Are you happy with their service?

In this post, we are going to cover into details three among the most popular platforms you can use for your email marketing campaign: GetResponse vs Pinpointe vs MadMini.

GetResponse

Formerly known as Implix, GetResponse was founded in 1999 and now is serving more than 350,000 customers around 182 countries.

The Clickwebinar and Clickmeeting platforms are also owned by the company, which gives additional services to its customers.

GetResponse has an easy to use interface to create, personalize and manage your mailing list. Included several other tools that we are going to cover below.

Email Creation

With more than 500 email templates available, you have the freedom to choose the best design for your newsletter.

Match the colors and style of your business, by editing all the elements, such as buttons, texts and blocks, included more than 1000 free iStock images available).

Just play with the drag and drop editor and have fun!

Campaign Creation

There are diverse options to import your contacts and manage your subscribers.

A nice feature is the email preview, which lets you see how your message will look when the users are going to open it, whether is a smartphone, a tablet or a desktop.

Use the time travel scheduler, when you are on a trip and you need to get your emails delivered at your local time.

You can also create different opt-in forms using the templates available, to help you earn new subscribers (you can also embed it in your Facebook fan page).

Deliverability

Having your email delivered is really important and GetResponse ensures it a 99% of email deliverability, working with ISPs for instant whitelisting.

Be sure to check their anti-spam policy and all the documents available to avoid being flagged as a spammer from your subscribers.

Like any other platform, they process unsubscribe requests, complaints and bounces with an automated system.

Additional Features

With the autoresponder, you can build a series of emails to be automatically delivered to your new subscribers.

Use the tracking and reporting tool, with the connection to Google Analytics.

There is also a survey and poll feature, if you want to run market research with your audience.

Worth of mention is that GetResponse offers a webinar service included in their plans, which is something you can’t find in any other email marketing provider.

Plans

Depending on the number of your contacts, the price will be different.

As an example, with a list of up to 2500 contacts, you can get the basic plan (that GetResponse calls “email”), which offers email marketing, autoresponders 2.0, landing page features and unlimited emails, priced at $25/mo.

Pinpointe

Pinpointe is a privately held company headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, California.

They offer a strong email marketing solution, both for big and small businesses.

Let’s see the features.

Email Creation

With over 1000 templates, you are spoiled for choice. Whether are your needs, you can find the perfect design for your business.

Templates are all 100% mobile responsive, which is really important (if you consider that more than 50% of emails are consulted via mobile gadgets).

Campaign Creation

The creation of a campaign is easy. Pinpointe gives a nice segmentation feature, to help you target the right subscribers.

With the right strategy, you can segment your contacts and send personalized emails, with the specific offers, tailored to your users age, interests and geographical area.

You may also want to schedule your emails and send them based on holidays or other dates (for example, your subscribers birthday).

Email Deliverability

Pinpointe offers a valid good spam tool, to check your messages before you send them.

There is also a preview feature to see how your emails will be displayed on different devices used by your contacts.

Other Features

Use the autoresponder to set up emails to be automatically sent at specific intervals.

Tracking and reporting are complete, included with Google Analytics.

Integration with social media for the sharing.

Plans

Pricing is based on the number of contacts you have.

Basic plan costs $49/mo, with up to 5,000 contacts and 40,000 monthly emails send limit (there is a discount if paid 6 months in advance).

MadMini

If you have a tiny budget, then MadMini can be the first solution for you.

They offer email marketing services at a small price.

Let’s see the features.

Email Creation

Unlike other platforms, MadMini does not offer many templates to choose from.

You will get just one theme, that you can personalize with your colors, your logo and your content, using the drag and drop editor (if you know HTML, you can have fun with that).

The system is very basic, but as mentioned, it can be a valid solution if you are working on a tiny budget.

Split Testing

Worth of mention is that, unlike GetResponse and Pinpointe, MadMini does not offer the split testing.

This is a big lack, because most of the marketers are using A/B tests to optimize their newsletter. There are so many things you can improve with this feature, that if it’s not available, makes you lose a part of the game already.

Analytics

Mad Mimi gives an easy to understand analytics interface, to help you understand what’s going on with your newsletter.

Again, other platforms offers in-depth tools, but if you are starting out, you may want to use the easiest solution.

Integrations

Mad Mimi offers many integrations. This means you can use the following third party apps:

  • Google Analytics
  • SurveyMonkey
  • Batchbook
  • Highrise
  • Freshbooks
  • Salesforce
  • Etsy
  • Zoho CRM
  • Facebook
  • Bigcommerce
  • EventBrite
  • SpreeCommerce
  • Capsule CRM

Plans

MadMini is small on prices. Going with the basic plan, with $10 per month you can manage up to 500 email addresses, while if you have 2,500 contacts, you will need to pay $27 per month.

Conclusion

Here you go. All the details you need to choose the best email marketing tool for your business.

Which one are you going to select?

If you ask me, I’d choose GetResponse.

Why? You get a lot, with a competitive price.

Basically, other than what Pinpointe and MadMini is already offering, you can get extra features like the webinar and landing page (check here a complete beginner landing page guide).

What ‘s your opinion?

Have you ever worked with GetResponse, Pinpointe or MadMini?

Please leave a comment below, sharing your experience. Thanks!

About Erik Emanuelli

Hi! I am Erik, traveler, entrepreneur and blogger. I run different websites and I write about several topics. I am passionate about social media creating content on Smart Marketerz site. While my main blog is about blogging tips.

The Blog Engage Zipper Hoodie

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I had ordered some Zipper Hoodies with the company logo. One for the wife and myself. This is mine, I love it. The cost was 37 CDN each including delivery and taxes.

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About

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.

How To Secure Your Website With SSL

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When you’re running a website as a business, you need to keep in mind about the confidentiality of your customers. When it comes to running a successful business, protection and security of customer information is the key. Since it’s about protecting your client’s trust, when you lose your client information, you lose their trust. When you lose their trust, you lose business.

SSL.com has one of the biggest collection of SSL certificates. You can find almost any kind of SSL certificate that you would want. An SSL certificate ensures the data flowing from your web server to your website is secure and encrypted. SSL.com has quite a few different types of SSL certificates.

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The Basic SSL provides a quick and easy automated validation of your website. It uses a dedicated IP address to protect a single domain. Basic SSL offers 99% browser compatibility, unlimited server licenses, unlimited reissuances and key pairs, 2048 bit SHA2 SSL public key encryption, activation of SSL secure site deal and also 30 day unconditional refund. It comes with a price tag of as low as $36.75 per year.

The Premium SSL is an upgraded form of the basic SSL. It includes all the features of the basic SSL. Apart from that, it comes with $10,000 USD insurance guaranty and compatibility with MS Exchange or OWA. You can secure upto 3 sub-domains with the premium SSL. It comes with a price tag of as low as $74.25 per year.

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The High Assurance SSL is an organizational level SSL certificate. Since your organization is validated through this SSL, details of your organization would also appear in the certificate. This ensures that the website customers are visiting is authentic and represent the organization. This ensures higher sales conversions and more business for your organization.

When you have multiple domains or sub-domains, it’s best to go with a wildcard SSL certificate. In most cases, you would need separate certificates if you have too many sub-domains. With wildcard SSL certificate, not only do you save money but you also have save the trouble of having too many SSL certificates. It also comes with a $125,000 USD.

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The EV SSL certificate provides the highest level of organizational validation. A lot of checks are done on the organization before an EV SSL certificate is given out. It enables a green address bar which boosts customer trust and ensures higher sales conversions. It also comes with a $250,000 USD insurance guarantee. It comes with a price tag of $239.50 USD per year.

Other than these, SSL.com also offers  UCC/SAN certificate which is specifically for use with Microsoft Exchange Services. It can provide security for upto 2000 domains with a single certificate. It also comes with a $125,000 USD insurance guarantee. It’s mostly suited when you have multiple domains on a shared IP address. It also acts as a binder certificate through which you can combine  multiple basic certificates and wildcard SSL certificates into a super certificate.

So, make sure you check out SSL.com as it’s one of the best places to buy SSL certificates.

About Brian

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.

Track Links With ClickMeter

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When it comes to marketing, tracking links is one of the most important task that you need to undertake. With ClickMeter you can do 4 things with your links. You can target visitors where they yield the best conversion rates. You can track views, clicks and conversions. You can monitor broken links, click frauds, latency and blacklists. You can also share your links with clients, partners and coworkers.

Track all your Online Classified Ads

Why Use ClickMeter ?

ClickMeter offers 4 kinds of profile – Agencies, Affiliates, Advertisers and Publishers. The Agency profile is mostly suited for web-marketing agencies. You have multiple options. You can consolidate multiple platforms to one. You can track conversions, shortening link, A/B test and also redirect url. You can also monitor and compare campaigns for all of your clients in one place. You can also share your real-time results to our customers. You can also make proper optimization to your campaigns. You will have all the traffic details from which you can understand what is working and why. You can also identify and prevent bad traffic from corrupting campaigns performance.

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As an affiliate, you can track all your links and commissions in one place. It takes only 5 mins to get it setup. You can also hide your destination url, protect your commission codes and keyword lists. You can also track your sales conversion. ClickMeter also gives you the privilege of shortening your url and customize them with your domain names. The platform is extremely reliable and has 99.9% uptime since it’s hosted on Amazon Web Service. You will be able to recognize clicks from genuine users. ClickMeter has an internal filtering system which filters out clicks by web spiders and bots. You can also do A/B split test with multiple destination urls and find out which one is the best message. You will also have access to realtime reports.

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Pricing is reasonably convenient when you consider the facilities that you get. You can have a free account when you are looking at only 1000 events per month. You will also have 100+ features, affiliate marketing tools and also full excel report export. The Medium plan with the lowest no. of events comes with $19/month. The price increases as you go for higher higher no. of events. The standard price of Large Account is $99/month. Similarly, price increases as you increase no. of events. The X-Large comes with a price of $349/month and the no. of events go up to millions.

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You can also use their Tour option to find out all the features. All of their features are designed to the help you increase your sales conversion. ClickMeter comes with a Dashboard KPI which will help you discover at a glance how your marketing campaigns are going. They also have e-mail and audio notifications. You can get notifications whenever a specific event happens. Other than that you also get customizable timeframe. You can analyse reports in different timeframes which provide more clarity.

So, make sure you check out ClickMeter as it’s really cool.

About Brian

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.

Build A Website In Minutes With TemplateMonster

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Responsive WooCommerce Themes

If you’re looking to build a great website within minutes of installing a CMS, then TemplateMonster is the place to go to. You can find templates for WordPress, Joomla, Prestashop, Magento, OpenCart and also Moto CMS. In terms of categories, you can find themes for art and culture, animals and pets, design and photography, electronics, holiday gifts and flowers, education and books, business and services, cars and motorcycles, sports and travel, fashion and beauty, computers and internet, food and restaurant, people and society, home and family, entertainment and nightlife, real estate and medicine.

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Why use templates

Templates are the fastest way to get a website up and running. In a world, where competition is fierce, being the first to start something matters a lot. In most cases, coming up with an idea first and making sure it’s launched in the market can make the difference between success and failure. Because of the fierce competition, it’s important that you get your idea out there. The faster you can do it, the better.

Templates also come with added features and functionality. With more features comes more flexibility and control of your website. WordPress is the most popular CMS in the world. Naturally, you will find more themes and templates readily available for your blog. If you’re running a WordPress blog, then TemplateMonster is the perfect place to look for a template.

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Other than WordPress, you can also look for templates of Joomla and Drupal. They are also CMS which can be used to for different needs. If you’re looking to create an eCommerce website, then the best option would be to go with either ZenCart or OpenCart. Both of them are one of the most popular eCommerce CMS in the world. They’re very easy to use and highly customizable. Having a good template will provide you with the edge that you need. A good user friendly template can take your website to another level.

Other than these, they also have different kinds of web templates which includes Bootstrap and HTML5 templates. Bootstrap is one of the most popular frameworks for building responsive websites. With HTML5, you can quickly build responsive website from scratch. This helps users in effective navigation of your website.

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Apart from selling themes, they also provide great support. If you’re having any trouble with any theme then you can get in touch with them. They have a separate support page which helps in getting answers to most of your questions. TemplateMonster also has a separate Online Help Center. It consists of all the common issues that users have faced over the years. You can find most of the solutions there. Apart from all these, they also have a live chat support. If you’re not able to solve an issue, you can use the live chat. Someone from their team would be available to help you out.

So make sure you check out TemplateMonster as it’s really cool.

About Brian

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.

#Giveaway 3 Templates of The Core #WordPress #Theme Free

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Hello Blog Engage members, I am very excited to announce the giveaway of 3 templates of The Core WP themes. The contest is very easy to join, but you do need a Twitter and Facebook account to earn the most entries increasing your chances of winning.

The core multi-purpose WordPress theme is an amazing piece of tech for all WordPress bloggers out there. It’s based on an open source coding platform which allows you to explore unlimited options but also comes with standard features that will blow your blogging minds.

The best part about this theme is the amount of different ways you can customize it to make it unique for yourself and your blog readers. The theme is 100% responsive to any device your readers visit making your content easy on the eyes for reading. Let your creative juices flow and use the evolved shortcodes together with the drag & drop page builder to create unique, complex pages.

If you enjoy selling products online the multi-purpose WordPress theme comes with easy integration to Woo Commerce allowing you to set up your products and e store with ease. Sell your e-books and more without any coding experience needed.

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My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.

Get Cheap Domain and Hosting From Namecheap

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Namecheap is one of the most popular domain registrar in the world. Apart from Godaddy, it’s the go-to place for all kinds of domains. For those who are just starting out, Namecheap is a great company to host your domain.

The most important thing to remember when buying a domain is your target audience. If you’re looking to create a site from which you want to earn money, it’s best to go with a .com domain. If you’re looking to create a site that is specific to a country, it’s best to go with a country level domain. However, country level domains are generally more expensive than the generic domains like .com, .net and .org. You can register them for lesser price since all domain registrars provide discounts for first time registrations. But make sure you check out the renewal price before doing so.

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Apart from Domain Registration, you also get a robust and reliable DNS performance. Namecheap has a partnership with Verisign and is associated with all major DNS providers. All domains also include free URL/email forwarding. You also get a flexible Domain Management Control, where you can easily make DNS changes very easily with the advanced control panel. You also get the option of Domain Privacy for a minimal price which ensures your private information is secured and not revealed to the outside world.

SSL certificates are also available at Namecheap. They have 3 types of SSL certifications – Domain, Organization and Extended validation. Domain validation certificates are the least expensive ones and provide the most basic encryption. It’s just to validate the domain ownership. Organization validation ensures validation of the organization so that your customers can trust their personal information on your server. Extended certificates are the most expensive ones. The issuing authority makes a in-depth analysis before issuing the certificate. Almost all the certificates, they issue provide either 128 bit or 256 bit encryption.

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Apart from domains and SSL certificates, Namecheap also sells Hosting which includes Shared, Reseller, VPS and Dedicated Hosting. Shared hosting is the least expensive one. If you’re just starting out, Shared hosting is the best option if you’re just starting out. It means that even though you will have your own hosting account, your account will share the same space with other shared hosting accounts. However, there’s a disadvantage with using Shared Hosting. When your site/blog starts to get more and more traffic, it might not be enough. The site then generally starts to experience performance issue.

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Reseller hosting is for those who are looking to offer hosting services on their own. VPS hosting is for those sites which have a good amount of good traffic. VPS generally means that your site will have a separate virtual OS only with your account. This provides more reliability, flexibility and security. If you have a site which has a really high traffic and lots of user interactions then, it’s best to go with a Dedicated hosting. This will provide full control of your site/blog.

So, make sure you check out Namecheap as it’s one of the best when it comes to domains and hosting services.

About Brian

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.