Come a time, when people start asking you what tools you use for your online business. Having been asked the same question, I figured that the best way to let users know what tools I use to run my online business is by providing this page of “the tools of the trade”.
The list I provide below are a mix of both free and paid (marked aff). The latter contains my affiliate links, but rest assured that I only recommend products or services that I use and legitimately like.
Let’s start, shall we:
Marketing Tools (Plugins, Productivity Tools, Social, Landing Pages, and related)
Instabuilder – This is a WordPress plugin that allows you to create awesome landing pages in a matter of minutes. Works on any WordPress theme. And, as you may have guessed, this page was created and is powered by Instabuilder. Really a great plugin and quickly became one of my favorite marketing tool. Read the review.
MailChimp (free) – Mailchimp is, at base, a powerful e-mailing software. Precisely MailChimp is an email marketing tool that helps you manage your mailing lists, design bullet-proof emails, and track the results of your email campaigns. Free for up to 2,000 subscribers and great way to start. Cool!
SEMrush (aff)- In a nutshell, SEMrush is a professional software developed for search and marketing professionals, SEO enthusiasts, practitioners, and aspiring SEO Consultants. Try it out!
WP SEO Yoast (free) – Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast.
Digg Digg (free) – Your all in one share buttons plugin. Add a floating bar with share buttons to your blog. Just like Mashable!
WP MashSocial Wigdet (free) – A beautiful widget inspired by Mashable to be used in sidebar, it allows you to add your Pinterest, G+ , Twitter , Facebook and more.
BuzzBundle (aff) – BuzzBundle is a management tool for social media network accounts, currently having one of the most extensive coverage of the world’s social sites. Itcan help you gain the widest outreach for your social networking efforts. Read my review.
CommentLuv Premium (aff) – This is a great way to encourage more comments by offering incentives to your readers. But CL Premium goes way overboard. It is a bundled plugin, which includes, an anti-spam, reply me, and more..
CuteRank (aff) – CuteRank is an easy way to see how your keywords are performing in the top search engines, making the process of monitoring keyword effectiveness significantly easier. The free version is fully functional, although with some limitations. No expiry date.
PageOne Curator (aff) – Powerful curation software to help you create profitable authority sites without the pain of doing it manually (use sparingly and don’t forget to give due credit).
Web Design, Security, Hosting and Related
WP Brute Force (aff) – WordPress premium security Plugin for those who don’t know anything about coding. Install, run the scan and fix issues. That’s it! Check it out for yourself,
Thesis (aff) – iBlogzone is powered by the Thesis Framework. One of the reasons why I love this so much is that its “built-in” on-page SEO capabilities rocks!
ThesisAwesome (aff) – Yep, the Thesis framework is great, but without Hesham Zebida’s (from famousblogger.net), skins, it will not look as nice.
Genesis (aff) – With the exception of iblogzone, I use the Genesis framework for nearly all my sites. One of the reasons for this is that StudioPress (Genesis developers), allows you to install the framework on unlimited sites. Yeah, even on client sites. Really awesome, and the child themes are simply great, and responsive too!
Bluehost (aff) – My blog is powered by BlueHost, so I don’t really have that much to say. Its cPanel is easy and user friendly, and installing WordPress is as easy as 1-2-3 (see video below).
CloudFlare (free) – Just read my review about CloudFlare. It is a free CDN service that enhances your sites performance and security. My blog simply can’t live without this one.
Incapsula (aff) – Incapsula is a service that seriously enhances your sites performance, security and uptime, just to name a few. There has been some major changes since, some of them being, a completely new GUI (graphic user interface), and new features such as more POPs, DDoS protection, patent-pending Dynamic Caching algorithm, Joomla support, cPanel plugin and more. Read my Incapsula review.
Better WP Security (free) – there are two thing that most bloggers or website owners often overlook. That is page speed and WordPress site security. I’m telling you right now, don’t neglect any of these two. CloudFlare takes care of the performance issue and will boost your security too. Nonetheless, that is not enough, so read this one, just in case. Also see video below on how to install the plugin.