Some things you can try to do yourself, but in the end a great tool can save you hours of heartache and frustration!
The following are tools and resources that I use and recommend.
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So the following are the web hosting companies I recommend to my clients, and have thoroughly tested.
If you are just starting out, Siteground is a great company for shared hosting.
They have great customer service, really know WordPress and they help get your website running fast!
They are also not very expensive.
Here’s my review of SiteGround
2. Traffic Planet
Mad Lemmings (this website) is currently hosted on Traffic Planet. They are a little more expensive, but their servers are amazingly fast. This website has never been faster, and I have tried both Bluehost and Siteground for hosting.
Bluehost is also a hosting company I use for my sites with less traffic. It is a great place to host your first blog, but not quite at the same standard as Siteground.
Compare them both – check out Bluehost here
This website is using Thrive Themes, which is not only a great looking theme but:
If you are looking for some other options, here are some of the best theme websites around:
You can also read my post on choosing on a theme for more info.
Both of these programs provide you with the ability to create lists for separating out your different customer types (if you need it. And also creating automated emails.
Aweber is not free, but has automated mails included. Mailchimp is free for smaller lists, but if you want automated emails you have to pay extra.
The other most important thing you need to start collecting emails on your website is the ability to create optin forms.
The two tools I recommend using for this are either:
Thrive is more than enough for simple optins that are high converting. You also get A/B testing which is what the pros use to tweak their forms.
LeadPages is even better, and I recommend it if you have the budget.
Check out both, I use them and recommend them to all my clients
Hootsuite – Similar to TweetDeck, but enables you to do LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+ Pages.
Buffer – My goto application for scheduling Tweets. Can be done from inside the browser, feed readers etc.
Pinterest (Image Focused Tools)