I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for recommendations on products or services. I’ll add to it as I continue to learn and try new things myself.
- WordPress: The #1 blog publishing platform. Free and easily customizable. Great support.
- GoDaddy: This is my preferred host and where I go to buy domain names. Very affordable, easy to use, and 24/7 support.
- Thesis Theme: This is a premium WordPress theme and framework that I’ve used a lot in the past. Thesis promises out-of-box search engine optimization, faster page load times, maximum readability to engage and hold reader’s attention, and point-and-click design and font controls.
- Genesis Theme: The Genesis framework is a powerful type of WordPress theme — the frame and body of the car — that acts as a design, security, and SEO foundation for your website. It also “future-proofs” your site customizations, so there’s no hassle when it comes time to upgrade your software with one click. This the framework my website currently runs on.
- 31 Days to Build a Better Blog by Darren Rowse at Problogger
- The Problogger Scorecard by Darren Rowse at Problogger
- Problogger’s Guide to Blogging for your Business by Darren Rowse at Problogger
- The Bloggers Guide to Online Marketing by Darren Rowse at Problogger
Images & Photos
- iStockPhoto: This is where I purchase any royalty-free images that I use on my sites.
- Flickr Creative Commons: This is where you can get free and mostly copyright-free images for your website, just be sure you read all the rules because they vary by image type.
- Aweber: Most successful email marketers I know, run their campaigns on Aweber. Their powerful email follow-up and tracking system, as well as their high email delivery rate, make them the popular choice.
- Mailchimp: MailChimp offers a free subscription option of their service, for an indefinite period of time, but only as long as you have fewer than 2,000 subscribers and you send out fewer than 12,000 emails a month. You do not have access to their full suite of features and services.
- Google Adsense: Make money by placing relevant ads on your website that are generated from advertisers using Google Adwords.
- Google Adwords: If you want to advertise on Google, you can select keywords and locations and you pay each time someone clicks on your ad.
- Paypal.com: I strongly suggest you sign up for a PayPal account. Even if you don’t sell your own products through it, it is a great platform for both making and receiving payments online without sharing your bank account or credit card information.
- Outright: I use Outright for my blog/business expense tracking; I love the quarterly reporting and tax-time reminders.
- Freshbooks: I use Freshbooks for invoicing brands and clients that I work with, but you can use this as your total cloud accounting software!
- Subtle patterns: Looking for free background patterns for your site? Look no further!
- Design Seeds: This site has amazing color combination ideas.
- Tonal Tuesday: This is a meme on a design blog of beautiful color combos.
- Lost Type: If you’re looking for premium looking fonts, without the price tag, check out Lost Type. I love their selection of high quality, free fonts.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links. This means that 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 of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.