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Website Hosting and Blogging Tools

Been using Dreamhost since 2013 for some personal projects. What I recommend is to get shared hosting and then pile on the domains you want, I currently have 4 domains on one server, though seriously considering DreamPress to get better speeds.

One of the most useful blogging products I have ever used. Includes themes and various plugins that replace SumoMe and HelloBar. Also contains some similar products as LeadPages. Makes editing much easier with a "What you see is what you get" editor tool for your posts and pages.

Because what else is there?​


Keyword Research

KWFinder

I have began using KWFinder by mangools in the past few months. It's similar to Long Tail Pro, but just feels more updated and smooth.

The most amazing long tail keyword research tool I have ever come across. Requires you to have a google account with access to adwords. This is what I used to get started, however, I do not use this anymore.

The unpaid way to perform keyword analysis! Takes a while, but you end up saving some money and learn to use excel.


Plugins​

  • Wordfence Security​
  • Pinterest Pin It Button for Images
  • Akismet - Spam Protection
  • Contact Form 7 - Customizable Contact Form
  • Q2W3 Fixed Widget
  • Google Analytics by Yoast
  • Simple Custom CSS
  • Simple Follow Me Social Buttons Widget - Sidebar Plugin
  • W3 Totale Cache
  • Yoast SEO
  • Jetpack by WordPress.com
  • Thrive Clever Widgets
  • Thrive Leads
  • Thrive Visual Editor - What You See is What You Get
  • WP Product Review

Software and Apps

Besides carrying around a moleskin with me all the time to write down my "what to do" and random ideas that pop into my head, most of my writing is done on Evernote now. Useful tool that may be used on all platforms; desktop, mobile and tablets.

This thing helps you determine the quality of your headline. Try to go above 70 points, the headline analyzer makes it very easy to understand where you need to improve your title to get a better rank.

Amazon is pretty tricky when it comes to making commission sales from people who order from a different country's amazon than the one you initially signed up with. Genius links thwarts that and lets you use one link to re-direct the visitor to their country specific amazon website so you get that commission sale. Make sure you sign up to be an affiliate in several countries.

Keep your websites in check with this google page speed analyzer. It breaks down what you can improve on to speed up the loading time and the user experience for both, mobile and desktop.

Keep track of all your favorite blogs with this blog post organization tool. You may download it on your phone as well, to stay connected with what's going on around while you're out.

Email Marketing

mailchimp

Start building your email list with MailChimp and drop a newsletter sign up area on your blog! MailChimp is a free email list builder that allows you to stay connected to previous visitors who have shown an interenst in the content you provide.

Affiliate Networks

The most common affiliate network for new bloggers. Amazon literally has anything you might want to buy.

​If you're looking to become an affiliate for a product you use such as Hootsuite, you may need to go through an affiliate network. Clickbank and Commision Junction are those networks that you should sign up for and check if they have the product you use.

Outsourcing

Fiverr is a great place to get Logos done, eBook covers, and random art work. I wouldn't recommend it for much more than design because that is the only thing I use Fiverr for.

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upWork is my main go to for outsourcing articles, art, and everything else. I've been avoiding Fiverr due to the crazy stages of purchasing each person has.


Images & Photos

Finding creative common images is hard. You can search them up on google use advanced search, or use the following sites;

Read up about Creative Commons Licensing.​


Podcasts


Books

The Shark and the Goldfish

The book that teaches you to be a winner through a short story. Honestly, my favorite book.

The Now Habit

A book to help you become more productive and stop the procrastination. Just remember, your will power is the biggest influencing factor.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Learn how to develop stronger relationships with people.

Good to Great

If you are a start-up or want to build your own business, it is important to understand a few of the requirements that will eventually make you great. One of the biggest takeaways I had from this book was to find the right people, then everything will flow naturally.

Join me on my journey. | Transparent learning to a profitable site.

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