Every business owner, blogger, aspiring online internet maven needs resources to help them out. Here are a few that I have found helpful. Hopefully you will too.
Web Hosting And Design
Go Daddy: Need help getting set up with domains and web hosting? I love using Go Daddy. Multiple domains, multiple hosting, secure sites, and the friendliest people on the planet. They will walk you through getting setup with a WordPress blog. Read HERE and HERE for more reasons I love them.
Outstanding Setup: Great for WordPress beginners. Include hosting, design, custom design, email addresses. A great one stop shop for getting started with a WordPress blog.
Jae House Designs: Chiara is a personal friend of mine and an awesome graphic/web designer. What I love most about her and her company? Her ability to take your idea and create graphics that are totally you and fit your brand perfectly. She’s amaze. If you need personal and friendly service as well as another creative mind to collab- this is your stop.
StudioPress Themes: Beautiful and easy to customize premium themes for WordPress. Works on the Genesis framework.
Help Creating Content: Download a free content development strategy. Go HERE to learn more and get the guide!
WordPress: The most amazing blog publishing platform on the planet! Best thing about it.. It’s free!
Google Analytics: Monitor your website/blog traffic with this free tool from Google. Works really easy with a google analytics plugin on your WordPress site. You can see traffic flow and other important metrics that will help you build your blog
Google Webmaster Tools: Become a master of your website. Do more with landing pages and analytics when you signup for webmaster tools. It’s a must do for website or blog owners.
Time Management.: The best book on time management I’ve ever read. It’s short and to the point. I use some of the suggestions to help organize my blogging and business time. Love it!
Scribe By Copyblogger: My writing assistant. Keeps your on page SEO amazing and you will see an increase in traffic from organic search. Best tool I have seen to take guess-work out of creating great blog posts that are search engine optimized.
WordPress Plugin: Completely free plugin that will help you write your blog post to optimize them for organic search. Not quite as good as scribe, but it’s free and it will help if you are not willing to invest in Scribe just yet.
Google Keyword Tool: You have to have a Google Adwords account to use this feature but it’s worth it and it’s free! It’s how I generate most of the keywords for my blog posts. Here’s some tips on Keywords
Product Marketing & Email Marketing
Share A Sale: Have a product you need help marketing? Join Share A Sale as a merchant and create an affiliate program for your product. It’s a great way to get your product out there. Let others market for you, share profit.
MailChimp: Free email marketing software. There is a paid version. Easy signup forms and easy, easy navigation through the site. Great for beginners. Best thing is you can join the partner program and earn credits to use for your email marketing keeping your service virtually free.
Aweber: Not free, but a step up for serious email marketing and serious lists. Send to multiple lists, easy email segmenting and testing. Great stats and great support.
Making Money With Your Blog
Share A Sale: Connect with affiliate programs through Share A Sale and also become an affiliate of Share A Sale. My by far favorite place to find awesome affiliate programs. If you are using affiliates, learn more HERE about how to use them with your blog.
Google Adsense: If you decide to put ads on your site, Google Adsense is simple to sign up, simple to use. Note: you will not make millions from this, but a few extra dollars wouldn’t hurt right?
Social Media Management Tools
Social Oomph: Manage your social media for free! There is also an upgrade version which I use to schedule updates to multiple platforms, auto follow, manage Facebook pages, etc. Favorite feature? The ability to upload updates in bulk (a paid feature). Great tool!
HootSuite Pro : HootSuite is one of the most popular social media management tools. Manage all your accounts from one place. Cheapest and easiest. There is also a free version, but I recommend trying the 30 day free trial.
Mangageflitter: Follow and unfollow people on twitter, use power tweets at optimum times. Love this tool. There is also a free version.
Communities & Support
Marketing Muscle: My Facebook group where we support, connect, and help each other market our blogs and business. You should definitely join and meet some new people!
Facebook Page: Come say hi to me on my Facebook page! I keep you pretty updated on what’s happening with the blog and also shell out some tips that I don’t share on the blog.
Email Signup: Sign up to receive weekly emails from me and let’s stay in touch. It really is fun and I don’t bite, or SPAM. I try to add value to your life and biz, and also love connecting on a more personal level. It’s really the best way to get to know me better.