This page will list all products and services that I’ve used and/or recommended to you at some point. These are all great tools that will help you start and boost your business. I’ll list everything from blogging tools to budgeting/money saving options.
This list will continue to grow with time. I’m always learning so I’ll share my knowledge with you as I continue to grow what I know.
Disclosure: Some of the products and services recommended below contain affiliate links. Rest assured I won’t put anything on this page that I would not personally use or wouldn’t help you tremendously. Adding affiliate links is me simply maximizing my blog revenue, it would be stupid not to.
====== Courses ======
Free Course: Blogging & Traffic Primer
I’d personally recommend getting started with my Free 5-Day Blogging & Traffic Primer Course. I cover how to start your own profitable blog on a shoestring budget, how to monetize it, and how to drive traffic. I reveal the traffic source that has personally driven over 600,000 visitors to one of my blogs for free.
The Action Taking Knowledge Center
I developed the Action Taking Knowledge Center which includes my premium offerings. This currently includes my Blogging and Traffic Masterclass, my Consulting/Coaching Offer, and my Done For You Blog Offer. These offerings are for you if you want help to accelerate your knowledge and results in your blog and online business. Check out the links to each one individually to see if they are something you might want to take advantage of.
Free Course: Make Money Proofreading Online
Caitlin Pyle has a free course that teaches you how to get started making money proofreading online, and even have a thriving business within 30 days. You can check out the free course here or read more details about how to make money proofreading here.
====== Hosting and Storage Services ======
Siteground: This is the hosting I personally use and it’s absolutely amazing. I’ve been with many other hosting companies and the support is always awful. Siteground has 24/7 chat support and they answer right away, and answer all support tickets within 15 minutes. So far they are a pleasure to work with and host all my sites with them. They have very low-cost starter plans and much more robust plans depending on how big you want to go.
Vidyz: This is a video hosting solution. It’s not smart to keep all your videos on a site like Youtube because they don’t allow you to autoplay, always shows unwanted related videos. With Vidyz, you can host the videos, create video players, and much more. Must have for anyone who creates videos and wants a safe place to store them, as well as play them.
Teachable is an amazing platform that lets you host your own digital courses and sell them. It handles having a structured curriculum, lets you add sales pages, manage students, and much more. You can even add your own affiliate program. This is what I used to host the Action Taking Knowledge center. If you need an easy way to host digital courses so you can sell them, Teachable is the way to go.
Unlimited Cloud Storage
Normally you have to pay a yearly recurring fee for a limited amount of cloud storage. With this unlimited cloud storage deal, you actually can get unlimited Google Drive storage for a one time fee. This will save you money every year and allow you to safely back up everything you want backed up- videos, photos, anything you want.
====== WordPress Themes ======
Flatsome Theme: This is the theme I am currently using for this blog. It looks amazing and it has a lot of adaptability and responsiveness depending on what I need from the theme. This theme works great whether it is for your blog, online store, or business website. It will be easy to manage, and it offers an incredible user experience. Flatsome theme is made perfect especially for those using their website to sell merchandise and drop shipping.
Smart Theme by OptimizePress: This is an awesome theme that I personally use for other blogs that I launch or manage. It has a great design and you can easily make it look like your own. This theme looks sleek and modern. The interface is easy to use and you get a professional looking website without being or needing a designer. Other than that, the user experience when using Smart Theme exceeds by far the average WordPress themes.
====== Page Builders ======
Optimize Press Plugin: This is probably the only page builder that has a membership portal included. That is very important for your future clients. It also works best for those trying to build a landing page for lead generation or making direct sales. The plugin is quite responsive and highly-secured so you won’t have to worry about security issues. There are many ready templates to use, you just need to make the slight changes to fit your brand.
Compliance Iubenda: When you are launching your blog, you need to make sure it is compliant with all the laws that apply to your business. Using Compliance Iubenda, you will check the status of your blog and add the necessary pages to make it legally compliant. You can generate a privacy page in a few clicks and make it customed for your own blogging needs and goals.
====== Hiring Freelancers ======
Fiverr: Anything from cheap logos at $5 to grand project work for unbeatable prices, Fiverr has it all covered. You can find literally someone willing to do almost any job you need for really affordable prices. If you need a content writer or a graphic designer, I would suggest you first check on Fiverr first. Usually, you will find an awesome freelancer you can work with on a long-term basis.
iWriter: If you need a hand finding content writers, then iWriter is where to find them. There are thousands of content writers that are ready to work on your project. And you only need to pay when you are 100% satisfied with the content you’ve received. But if you are passionate about writing, you can join the platform and work as a freelance content writer.
Upwork: This is a place where a lot of freelancers from every industry look for their next client or project. You can post a job offer and a description for the main task and wait for freelancers to apply to get this done for you. Upwork allows you to filter through the applicants and choose the best freelancer for the job.
====== Auto Responders ======
AWeber: This is a service that lets you collect emails, send automatic follow-up series to them, as well as send newsletters whenever you want. I’ve been using them for years and am very happy with them and their service. This is the easiest way to collect emails, build your brand and ultimately profit. They have a 30 day trial period going so if you sign up today you get your first 30 days free. You can try it out and see if you like it.
====== Social Media Management / Traffic ======
Growth Commander: This is our flagship software that helps you find viral content in any niche, curate and create content fast, analyze SEO ranking capabilities and even create content schedules for you and your team. It’s preloaded with tons of reusable content for yourself and you can even use it for clients. It’s a powerful tool for anyone looking for more traffic and putting our viral content faster and easier.
Tailwind: It is an amazing software you can use for both your Instagram and Pinterest accounts, which will help you automate the steps necessary to get content on both platforms. This will help you drive traffic, build your brand online and build authority in your niche. I am currently using Tailwind for my Pinterest account and it is great.
Traffic Zion is a software that helps you gain traffic through social media, every day. It’s something that works in the background for you, and can be added on top of your existing traffic plan. It is very easy to set up and can help you get traffic the same day you start. If you’re in the business for traffic, this is something you absolutely want to check out.
Traffic Ivy is a great new software that works based on sharing exchanges. You get a ton of shares to your website in exchange for sharing other people’s websites. It’s a wonderful system for generating even more traffic. Check this out for yourself.
===== E-Com Store Tools =====
Shopify: Shopify lets you set up your very own online store. So, this will be a storefront that anyone can go to and buy stuff from you. If you don’t have anything to sell, no worries. You can do drop shipping, which I talk about in my blog post HERE. Essentially, it allows you to ship other people’s stuff and get paid as a retailer/middleman, whichever you prefer to call it. You get a free trial for 14 days when you sign up.
===== Money Saving And Budgeting Options =====
Top Cash Back: This site allows you to get online rebates when you shop at different locations. Save cash at your favorite shopping locations like eBay, Walmart, Amazon, Macy’s, Lowes, Target, KMart, Groupon, Bed Bath & Beyond, and many more. Once you sign up, just click to go to one of these stores from inside, and you’ll start to earn additional cash back as you shop.