The following are tools and resources that I use and recommend.
They will help make your online life an easier and more productive one.
Choosing a web hosting company is tough.
But here are a few I have used for a few years and thoroughly recommend.
Here’s my review of SiteGround, is one of the best. Not only do they have top service, 24/7, but also great features like caching (makes your site faster) and great backup. They are also not very expensive.
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
One of the first things you will need to do when you setup WordPress is find a Theme for amazing new site!
Here are some of the best theme websites around
You can also read my post on choosing on a theme for more info.
Landing Pages and Email Optins
To get people to sign up to my email list I often use landing pages (specific pages designed to capture email addresses).
One of the best tools for doing this is LeadPages. (zero coding skills required)
It is also awesome for creating optin form popups (leadboxes) as well as creating webinar signup pages, sales pages and lots lots more.
If you are interested in such a cool tool you can read more about it in my review.
Social Media Tools
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.
Comments are the life blood of any blog, and Comment Luv will help you get even more comments.
By providing a link or selection of links from the commenter’s blog, they are encouraged to leave a comment.
Likewise, you can find Comment Luv enabled blogs to get more links to your blog.
With Comment Luv Premium you get a lot more control over Comment Luv and how it is used on your site.
On top of that, you get an awesome Spam control, which has meant almost zero spam on my blog.
You can read my post about my journey to Comment Luv Premium for more info.
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