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

Writing Apps

  • 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.

WordPress Plugins

  • 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.

Podcasting Equipment

  • 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.

Podcast Hosting

  • 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

Testing Systems

  • 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.

Comments (3)

  1. Just read the about me, and was excited. My wife just wrote a book and maybe you two could hook up…

    If you are interested, hit her up at info.profoundt@gmail.com

    She is going through the process of getting her book published… I don’t know how far you are with your book, but I know you two could encourage each other.

    God Bless

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    Need a video….shot the details to what you offer. I’m one of Japhia’s homies…..

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