The blogging market is huge! There're so many tools and services out there, it's incredibly time-consuming to go through them all and see if they are worth it or not. You can't just "try a product for a couple of hours and see if you like it". You have to see how easy they are to set up, how steep the learning curve is, how excellent their customer support is (this is key sometimes), how they compare to other options in the market, etc.
As I said, it's hard work! But boy, does it make a difference! The right tools can save you so much time and money... In many cases, it's the difference between failure and success. And when your blog grows, you're going to need such tools anyway. Why not start the right way?
Since I spend so much time trying out new products and optimizing my blogging pipeline to find the absolute best products, I thought it would be helpful to have a Resources page. On this page I'll tell you what products I'm currently using and what I love about them. I'll add more products as my blogs keep growing, so be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to be up to date!
Full disclosure! Some of the tools I use are free, and some you have to pay for. Please understand that I would never EVER recommend a tool that I don't use myself regularly. Some of the links below are affiliate links. That means that at no additional cost to you, I'll get a small commission if you buy the product. But please keep in mind that if I recommend those tools, it’s because I know they are very valueable and useful, not for the small commission I make if you buy the products. Buy only if you’re serious about Niche Blogging and you genuinely find them useful.
MY MOST RECOMMENDED
If I had to pick the tools that I would absolutely NEED to start any online business, these are it. I can't recommend them enough! I just love them and I consider they are ESSENTIAL to my workflow and my success. I know you won't be disappointed! I never have.
MY HOSTING SOLUTION DREAM
If you're going to start an online business/blog (and aren't a software engineer), Wordpress is the way to go! And there's no better Wordpress hosting solution than Kinsta. My favorite thing about Kinsta is their fantastic support and how easy it is to get started. You can install your site in 5 minutes! That's why I think it's great for beginners! I have used other more popular alternatives in the past, but Kinsta is the way to go. I have no doubts about it now.Check it out here!
THE TOP EMAIL LIST SOFTWARE. PERIOD.
My email list is my most valuable asset! I would seriously give up my domain waaay before my email list. Seriously, an email it's the #1 thing you NEED to have success with an online business. I spend a lot of time managing it and nothing comes close to Convertkit for it's features and reliability. Finding the right email marketing software was one of the hardest things I've had to do to get started. Please don't loose time with other providers! Check it out here.
BTW, I will be doing an specific review/guide on how to take your Convertkit skills and workflow to the next level! Stay tuned!
THE SEO TOOLBOX I FELT IN LOVE WITH
It doesn't matter if I'm starting or growing an Online Business, Mangools is always a part of my workflow. It's hard to describe Mangools because it has so many tools and features. It's an SEO subscription that give you access to a bunch of tools that will simplify your life a lot. I would specially recommend Mangools Keyword Finder! It's one of my favorite tools in the whole world. Thanks to the KWFinder I found all the keywords for the businesses I've started. If you wan't to learn how I use it, read my guide: How to Find Profitable Keywords. But the cool thing is that with your subscription you get way more tools! You also get the Linkminter (an awesome tool to find powerful backlinks) or the SerpWatcher (my go to way of checking how my businesses are ranking). I'm so grateful to Mangools and their staff; I pay gladly! You just can't go wrong with Mangools.Check it out here!
ALWAYS G SUITE. NOTHING BEATS IT.
If you're going to start a business, then you're going to have to send emails to other bloggers, to clients, etc. And nothing says "I'm not serious about what I'm doing" more than a gmail or yahoo free account. Having an email such as
firstname.lastname@example.org looks great! The best, the absolute best email provider is G Suite. It's just like your email account, but with your own brand.
I MADE THESE FOR YOU
Sometimes there just isn't something out there that I REALLY like, and so I have to build it myself. These resources are meant to help you get started the right way. In a year from now, you'll thank your present self for reading these carefully!
5 Minutes Templates
If you need a beautiful website in under 5 minutes this section is for you! These are static sites. That means that you won't be able to add content dynamically, but you don't have to pay for hosting and it's extremely fast. Check it out here!
MY CAMERA GEAR
Many of you have asked how I take such beautiful pictures. Honestly, I think that 80% of my success with photography comes from having the right gear. It's actually hard to take a bad picture! Check out everything I use here!
YOU SHOULD CONSIDER
If blogging is your part-time job and you don't have a lot of time, or if you want to save time anyway, please consider these. Having the right tools is about saving money! Sure, you have to pay for those tools, but without them you'll be stuck with menial, repetitive task. In the long run it's actually more expensive not to buy a couple of tools. Take a look around and check the ones that you can incorporate to your workflow. I use all of these, and couldn't be happier!
YOUR GRAMMAR ERRORS SHOULDN'T BE AN ISSUE (FREE!)
This is a FREE extension you should absolutely be using. It's free and it will speed up your workflow A LOT. If you have to double check your posts all the time for spelling or grammar errors, it takes ages! In the long-run you loose days of work. I have to publish posts every day and this FREE extension helps me focus on content, not grammar or spelling. I use the paid version, but I haven't used it enough (yet) to see if it's worth it. However, I've been using the free version for years and it's fantastic. Check it out here!
MANAGE YOUR IG AND PINTEREST ACCOUNT
I consider myself a blogger, not an instagramer or any kind of social media guru. But in 2020 you must have Social Media! I just don't want to spend a lot of time on my phone managing my publications, scheduling, monitoring conversations, etc. That's where Tailwind comes in very handy! It's the kind of tool you don't know how much you need until you start using it. I happen to be active on both Instagram and Pinterest, so Tailwind was simply perfect for me. I would use it, even if I didn't work online. Check it out here!
DOMAIN REGISTRATION. THE BEST I'VE EVER TRIED.
If you want to start a blog, you have to buy a domain. There's no way around it! Your domain is your identity, the way people find you online and where they go to get more content. I just don't want to trust anyone with that. I'm currently using 4 registrants (I have to reunite my domains), but my #1 recommendation is Namecheap. I've had a couple of problems with my other (very well-known) registrants in the past, but never with Namecheap. I'd recommend it any day of the week. Check it out here!
BTW, one of the things I love about Namecheap is their beast mode. Finding a .com is becoming harder and harder, but the beast mode absolutely helps! Also, make sure to check Namecheap's current promotions before you buy!
FIND FREELANCERS TO SAVE YOU TIME
If you read the first couple of posts I ever published in this blog, you'll see that my very first goal was to start 3 online businesses in 3 months. That was very demaning, but I was able to achieve that goal by spending my time wisely! The rule is simple... If you can outsource it, then you probably shouldn't be doing it. Finding the best freelancers isn't easy, but I found that the best quality/price freelancers hang out in Fiverr. You can hire experts for anything such as logo design, website design, content creation, etc.Check it out here!
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