I have so many resources stuck in my head. Often times I take those resources for granted because they are apart of my daily life. I often get questions asked about what I use and how I use those resources.
Here are some key resources to get you going in the areas of blogging, entrepreneurship and podcasting.
Blog Platforms to Use
- WordPress.org – I’ve been using WordPress since I discovered it. I was originally on blogger but the free and paid theme templates are amazing on WordPress. WordPress.org allows you to fully customize
- WordPress.com – free hosting platform that allows you to focus on content
- Tumblr – hosted option that focuses on repost ability
- Blogger – free option owned by google
- Medium – free option created by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams that focuses on contributions
Web Hosting Companies Available
- BlueHost- Blue host is the people’s choice. They have plans starting at $5.99 (currently running a special for $2.95). I’ve used Hostgator and GoDaddy as well.
Register your Business/Accounting
- Legal Zoom– Incredibly low prices to start and run your business properly
- Legal Zoom for LLC – We are a LLC company and that is what we suggest to most budding entrepreneurs. Sole Proprietorship is incredibly risky.
- Freshbooks- Online cloud accounting. Run it like a business not like a hustle
- Scrivner – I use Scrivner to write my books and ebooks.
- Desk Pm– An independent writing app that I absolutely love.
- Evernote– I am an avid user! Without Evernote I would have no organization.
- Day One- Day one is my journal app when my moleskine is unavailable.
Blog Themes and Design
- Themeforest– The easiest way to get your blog up and running is to buy a good template. Themeforest is my place of choice for that.
- 99 Designs– If you want to succeed online you need great branding and designs. 99 Designs offers some of the best designs for the lowest price points.
Email Marketing Tools
- Aweber– They are a bit expensive if you are just starting out
- Mailchimp– I’ve used Mailchimp for years. They are great for a email list under 1000.
- Active Campaign– Everyone is switching over. It’s definitely worth a tour. The set up I hear isn’t great but it’s worth it.
- Warfare– Has become an industry standard for social sharing on blogs
- Yoast- Is a great tool for SEO (search engine optimization)
- Instagram Slider Widget– Put your Instagram profile on your side bar.
- SumoMe– The best wordpress plugin to capture email addresses
- Smart Podcast Player- A great podcast player to display each or all episodes (Created by Pat Flynn)
Editorial Calendar and Scheduling
- Buffer – Don’t overwhelm yourself with posting to Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and all of the social media networkings. Buffer is great for scheduling your social media interaction and following the analytics.
- Co-Schedule – Market your social media post the smart way.
- Call Recorder– I prefer to use the Skype version so that I can edit each vocal separately
- Blue Yeti – I use the Blue Yeti and I absolutely love the sound quality, the ability to mute yourself and volume adjustment on the microphone.
- Skype– You can use FaceTime but Skype is the most universal and best option for podcasting when interviewing.
- GarageBand or Logic for Mac users- We use Logic to edit our podcast. We started with Garageband but needed the ability to edit on a greater scale.
- Headphones- The biggest mistake you can make is using Apple Headphones for podcasting. I suggest over the ear headphones. Here is a good article to look into multiple opinions between $75-100.
- ZenCast-Is a new company that we use to host our podcast. I absolutely adore the customer service.
- Buzzsprout- Great introductory free pricing and amazing customer service.
- Libsyn– Used by many. I personally don’t like the UI
- Google Analytics- Free website tracking. If you have trouble setting it up Google’s customer service is amazing.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because I want you to pay for them. If you have questions about any of the products please feel free to connect with me.