Most of the software that I recommend is available as free downloads…
Listed below in alphabetical order are the basic software components on my computer that I either use everyday or are otherwise indispensable to my Internet marketing business.
You can also check out the video tour of my home office. The page includes a list of 25 different hardware components that I use to make money online.
Although mentioning anti-virus software may seem superfluous to most who use their computers for business – the point needs to be stressed for PC users who still don't protect one their most important business assets. You'd be amazed how often I hear from people who have suffered complete data losses due to viruses, etc. I use Trend Micro. To get a 10% discount, to use the coupon code ‘trendsecurity'.
Chatting with your affiliate manager, clients or partners is more personal and gets results faster than exchanging information by email. I use both Skype and Google's GTalk which is free and offers PC-to-PC voice calls, instant messaging, file transfers and Gmail notifications.
File Transfer Software
Rather than use my HTML editor or cPanel to manage files and transfer them from my computer to the server, I find it much faster and easier to use FTP (file transfer protocol) software. I use WS_FTP Professional by Ipswitch, Inc which offers excellent security features as well as transfer and configuration settings. Coffee Cup's Direct FTP client is similar to WS-FTP and is free to try.
I write all of my posts and articles offline – so as not to risk losing my work should my Internet connection go down as has happened to me in the past. I use Ultra-Edit, which is a text editor PLUS. Although I prefer coding with an HTML editor, Ultra-Edit Pro can be used to create HTML code.