Everything you need to build a thriving blog. Please note: I’ve tried and tested every single resource listed on this page.
We’ve broken these tools and resources down into a few different categories:
- My current business set-up
- Website tools
- Marketing tools
- Top courses for Bloggers
- Productivity apps
- Video/YouTube tools
- Podcasting Tools
Disclaimer: Many of these links are affiliate links, meaning that if you choose to make a purchase, I might receive a commission. The commission comes at no additional cost to you! You should note that I have personally used every single resource listed below, and recommend them based on my experience! I stand behind these recommendations 110%.
My current business set-up
My favorite tool for: Email Marketing and Landing Pages.
ConvertKit is made by bloggers, for bloggers, and contains a HUGE suite of tools to help you create and grow your email list. They are the best out there. Period.
My favorite tool for: Domains and Site Hosting
Sorry Bluehost, but Namecheap is more affordable, simpler to use and set-up, and with better customer support. You can get a brand new site, hosting, AND SSL for less than $12. Siteground is a close 2nd.
My favorite tool for: Social Media Management & Automation
I’ve tried Buffer, MeetEdgar, and Hootsuite. SmarterQueue is by far the best for scheduling blog content on all your social media profiles. (They can recycle posts automatically too!) Affordable and worth every penny.
My favorite tool for: Online courses
Blogger U (my flagship course) was created and hosted on Teachable in it’s entirety. They make it easy to organize content (including videos and downloads) and students, create and manage affiliates for your products, and more.
My favorite tool for: Notes, Writing, To-do lists.
I used to use Evernote, now I use Bear. At $14/year, it is a super affordable, effective, and beautiful platform for writing, taking notes, brainstorming, and organizing to-do lists. Mac only! PC users should still grab Evernote.
My favorite tool for: Growing your email list, and other marketing tools
Sumo has a ton of tools to help grow your blog. Opt-ins, content upgrades, share buttons, header bars, heatmaps, live chat, and more. Best of all? You can use these tools for free, today. Grow your email list!
My favorite tool for: Pinterest Marketing
Tailwind is pretty much every pro’s go-to for automating the Pinterest marketing process, and for good reason. It’s affordable, and it works! The Chrome browser extension is super handy for scheduling pins as well.
The website you’re looking at was built on the Genesis Framework for WordPress. StudioPress has an amazing selection of beautiful themes, sure…but they get my recommendation due to the slick loading speeds (helps SEO), and ease of functionality.
More added soon! Join the “Do You Even Tribe” to learn more about the current tools I’m experimenting with: