Resources – The tools you need to succeed with blogging
Welcome to my resources page. This online business has taught me a lot since 2007.
And I should say that I had a challenging time. Learning things and figuring out stuff.
I was wasting a lot of time when I started, all because I was not using the right tools.
And now I totally understand that time is money. When you have the right tools to accomplish or simplify a task, and yet if you choose to do it by hand, you are not only wasting time but you are leaving money on the table.
Think about what other useful stuff you could accomplish at that time that would help move your business forward!
Below, I reveal the exact tools that I use regularly to keep my business running. And I should say that I can’t do without any of these tools.
Disclaimer: Some of the links to products given below are my affiliate links, which means I might earn a small commission if you decide to purchase through my link - at no extra cost to you. Also please note that I don’t recommend any product that I haven’t personally used or be happy with it.
Knownhost - I’ve tried many hosting providers in the past and have settled down, for long enough, with Knownhost. I highly recommend them for their support, uptime and server performance.
Best Hosting And Design - We actually have our own web hosting and website design business - Best Hosting And Design - so we have multiple VPS and Dedicated account with Knownhost.
Here comes that wonderful bit. The look of your website and its features are determined by the theme you use.
And *yes*, people DO judge your website by its looks (too). So if you have an amateur and cluttered website design, then you are not doing justice to your content and your business.
I highly recommend the following for your website’s theme.
Custom website design - Whether you choose to have one of the ready made themes by Studiopress or Thrive, you might want to do the customisations to make your website stand out from the crowd. Or you might want to design a custom website from scratch.
This is a highly crucial aspect of your business. Without capturing those leads and without having a relationship with your subscribers, your business would struggle to take off.
I highly recommend the following tools for email marketing.
Aweber - For collecting emails (adding subscribers to your list), setting up autoresponders, broadcast emails and for doing much more, Aweber is a great choice.
Getresponse - Almost similar to Aweber (on my scale) is Getresponse. They have some nice features for current trends. I highly recommend Getresponse, if that’s your preference.
Thrive Leads - While you need an email autoresponder to collect emails and manage autoresponders, you need to have eye-catching, highly converting optin forms on your website. For that I highly recommend Thrive Leads since it has LOTS of features bundled in it.
Search Engine Optimization
Can you run a website without SEO? Nope! You certainly cannot ignore or be blind about SEO.
And you cannot do it without the help of some tools that are dedicated for this purpose.
Well, here are the tools I use (not many!)
SEMRush - This is my one and only SEO tool. I use it for Keyword Research, doing SEO audit and much more. I highly recommend it. Read my review of the tool here.
Graphics & Images
The internet is getting visual by the minute and you need to have awesome visuals (images, graphics etc.) to grab attention. Here are the tools I recommend.
Canva - You can either get stock photos free, or for a very small price or have any graphic (blog post images, book covers, social media images, infographics, etc.) designed using Canva. I love it.
Depostiphotos - If you want to have stunning stock photos for your website or products, I highly recommend Depositphotos.
As a business owner and a blogger, you cannot afford to waste time. And you need tools to keep yourself organised and time-effective. Here are the tools I use.
Evernote - I use Evernote for all sorts of things. Mainly for collecting blog post ideas. I also use it as a collaborative tool to share screenshots or blog post images with my staff.
Asana - This is purely to keep track of all the projects (all kinds) and their progress. Between me and my staff.
Lastpass - OK. I’m quite forgetful. Or I prefer to say that I don’t want to waste the precious space in my brain remembering passwords, and yes again, I’m not very good at it. So I leave that to Lastpass - a tool I simply. Cannot. Live. Without.