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Content Management System (CMS)
SiteGround offers hosting for a very reasonable price of $3.95 per month when you sign up for one year. (You pre-pay for all 12 months up front, but if you decide to cancel within 30 days, they offer a money-back guarantee). One domain name is also free with your purchase. It’s easy to install WordPress within minutes. With just over five clicks, you can have WordPress pre-installed on your new domain.
WP Radius ($67/month)
This is a WordPress Support & Maintenance service that lets you spend time on your business, not on maintaining and troubleshooting your website. A monthly plan with them is a little pricey ($67/month), but they offer full access to WordPress experts,unlimited site jobs and changes (this means installing plugins, making style changes, helping you switch hosting providers, etc.), and unlimited email support (suggest plugins, provide step by step “how-to’s,” or just give blogging/website advice in general. WP Radius has saved me hours and hours of time that I would’ve wasted researching how to troubleshoot an issue or change my HTML, etc. They are well worth it, particularly in the early stages of your site. Want to know how to make the deal even sweeter? They offer a $125 referral commission. Then, if you write a post about them (I’m planning to soon), you get three months for free. They even throw in one month of free access that you can use as a giveaway to your readers. Finally, if any of your blogger friends you refer write about WP Radius, they give you another free month. So if that $67/month fee seems daunting, think about how easy it is to get at least four months for free. There’s also a 30-day money back guarantee if you aren’t happy with the service. But trust me, you will be!
Genesis Framework ($59.95)
Many major sites run on the Genesis framework, by Studiopress, mine included. The Genesis Framework gives you access to a ton of child themes which don’t need much tweaking at all to look fantastic.
Child Theme Options I Recommend:
- This allows your readers who comment to have a trackback to their most recent post. Other bloggers love this and it’s a nice way to give back.
- Adds pretty sign-up forms on genesis websites.
- Shows Google Analytics (you’ll need to set this up separately), allows you to add a scrolling subscribe box or a popup, a sharing widget with hover social media buttons, etc.
- You can connect this plugin to your Google drive to save backups of your site.
- This caching plugin helps with site-speed.
- Boosts SEO rating and reduces image file sizes.
- Adds a nice, personalized message for new visitors and a separate one for returning visitors.
- Displays related posts at the bottom of each blog posts, which keeps visitors on your site longer.
- Allows editing of post meta data in addition to other SEO options.
Email Marketing/Landing Pages
Your email marketing BFF. You’ll find a lot of bloggers recommend Convertkit or MailChimp, but Active Campgain will do mostly the same things for a better price. Only $9/month.
Wise Stamp (Free)
Ever wonder how other bloggers and business professionals have such personalized email signatures? Wise Stamp lets you create your own email signature (for FREE!). Here’s mine:
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Grid Diary (App)
I love the grid format of this digital diary. I also enjoy the prompt library as inspiration and the photo attachment, searchable text, and backup options. It helps keep me mindful and it’s pretty quick to do daily. What’s in each of my dairy grids? Morning mind cleanse ; I am grateful for ; What would make today great? ; How do I plan to care for my family/friends today? ; Daily affirmations. ; Set three small goals for today. (and then at the end of the day) 3 amazing things that happened today ; How could I have made today better?
Ever have too many tabs open at once? This happens to me all the time. At least before I added OneTab to Chrome. I click it once and it saves all my open tabs onto one page, where I can open them individually later.
Unroll me (App)
- This email plugin has eradicated my inbox stress. I used to wake up to a full inbox of so many blogs and news I planned to read but never had time for, so I would end up archiving them. Unroll.me allows me to pull all of my subscriptions into one daily email. It also lets me sort out the ones I no longer want or the ones I want to keep as their own seperate email. It has cleared out my inbox and my stress!
This is an Evernote tool that simplifies screenshots and annotating. It’s a great free tool for working on comprehensive blog posts.
Ever had half a dozen tabs open because you wanted to come back to reference a website. Pocket makes it easy to save webpages so that you can come back to it later. It comes as an app and a chrome extensions so you can sync all your devices. It also allows you to email a weblink and autosaves it in your library.
Google apps is the service I use to manage email and my calendar. You can get a professional looking email with your own domain. Just give them a call, they walk you through the set-up and you’re up and running within 10 minutes.
Awesome Plugin that takes the scary out of Webinars. It’s $27 for a one time payment and gives you a year of support. It does not come with the bells and whistles of EasyWebinars or WebinarJams but if you’ve been avoiding webinars because the tech stuff and price is stopping you, then
WebinarAlly is your answer.
Get a fully branded webinar running live on your WordPress website in under 5minutes today. Nathalie Lussier is a entrepreneur I admire. She’s warm and approachable and provides resources to support you in all aspects of creating webinars. I got to know her work through the 30-day list building challenge which I mention above.
Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone – Blackout Edition:
A great plug and play microphone and comes highly recommended by several bloggers.
A high quality clip based webcam that’s great for webinars.
Even as a professional photographer, I still use Canva for my images. PicMonkey is nice too, but I think Canva gives more text options for free. It lets you do overlays and has a lot of built in templates so it’s really easy to design an image standard.
Courses (Free & Paid)