When I started online, there were very few tools and resources to get going but today you have lot of more tools and resources. So I thought of creating a a page of resources I have personally used and can refer them to my blog readers. Please bookmark this page for your reference because as I experiment and learn about new tools, I will update them here.
Disclosure: Please note that the tools and products that I recommend are based on my experience. Some of these resources are free but some aren’t. If you purchase products through links from this page, they earn me a commission at no extra cost to you. I am recommending these products because they are helpful to me and I trust these companies and not because of the commissions I may earn.
SiteBuildIt: SiteBuidIt provide all the tools, hosting, and support you will need to get your website online. SiteBuildIt is designed for non-techies, so you don’t have to be a web genius or Web Guru to get started online. Have referred many of my non-techy friends to SBI and they are very happy.
Gensis Theme for WordPress: I used to love Thesis theme for WordPress but slowly development for Thesis theme changed direction and I did not like it. Genesis was pretty clear leader then and is the best framework for a WordPress blog. It is so easy to use that I slowly but surely moved all my blogs to Genesis framework. If you are keen to know about about why I moved from Thesis to Genesis theme?
vBulletin – For online forums I use vBulletin and prefer vBulletin over other free forum scripts. I don’t recommend latest version of vBulletin i.e. vB4 and you can see why here. Go for vBulletin 3.x if you want vBulletin for forums.
Xenforo – For online forums I used vBulletin but don’t recommend anymore. Use Xenforo instead. It is designed and developed by the vBulletin 3.x developers and is really an awesome product out of the box.
MediaTemple: IMTips is hosted with MediaTemple and it is one of the most scalable host I have ever seen. Perfect for sites that expects lot of growth in traffic.
Bluehost: If my sites are not hosted with MediaTemple or on a dedicated server, they are hosted with Bluehost. Very easy to use, excellent customer service and highly recommended for your first site. BlueHost is one of the recommended hosts by WordPress itself.
WP Engine: Fully Managed WordPress Hosting. If you want WordPress hosting and WordPress Experts to manage your WordPress, WP Engine should be your choice.
Wired Tree: Managed Virtual Private Servers at its best. All Virtual Servers as well as Dedicated Servers are proactive monitored by the WiredTree Staff to make Server Management a breeze for new webmasters.
Content Delivery Networks
Amazon S3 – For Go4Expert I started using Amazon S3 + Cloudfront as CDN but when I started using MaxCDN for my other sites including IMTips, I really liked it and now I am using Amazon + MaxCDN both for Go4Expert and only MaxCDN on other sites.
Clickbank: The most popular digital products retailer. Costly, but comes with an amazing affiliate program for your products. Check out my Step By Step Guide to Start Selling With Clickbank.
Paypal.com: Paypal is just ok for selling your own products, but you’ll anyways need an account with PayPal to accept payments from ad networks, clients, advertisers …
WordTracker Free Keywords Tool: I don’t use WordTracker because I have Market Samurai but if you are looking to get started with Keyword Research for SEO, WordTracker’s Free Keywords Tool is the right place to get started.
SeoBook Keyword Suggestion Tool: Fantastic keyword research tool by Aaron Wall to analyze the keywords to find the perfect keywords for your pages.
GetResponse: IMTips uses GetResponse for its free online course on how to an online entrepreneur.
Google Adsense: You can make money by placing relevant ads on your website that are generated from advertisers using Google Adwords. You can place Google Adsense Ads on any site that is within the Adsense’s Terms of service but if you don’t have an account with them you can apply for new account only for sites that are online for at least 6 months old.
Google Analytics: Google’s free website tracking and analytical tool. A must have for any type of website.
dotcom monitor: Test speed of a website from many different locations worldwide to have an idea how fast the site is for visitors from various locations.
Outsourcing / Freelancing
If you are a freelancer, you can use these sites for getting freelancing jobs.
vWorker: Yet another marketplace but with a difference. vWorker does not charge any fees to freelancers for placing bids on projects and so you get lot of lower priced bids for the same task but it also means you have lot more proposals for your project to find right kind of expert.
Odesk: Another outsourcing marketplace Like vWorker and Elance.
Godaddy: I have tried many domain registrar but is currently either all my domains are with GoDaddy or with gandi. Not sure why but it is all about being G
Evernote: Any notes that I want to be taking is as simple as pressing control+command+N. I get a new popup window open where I can scribble whatever I want and it is done. It also is auto synched on my mobile devices so I can edit them as well as organize them when I am watching TV or is on a commute. It helps me save lot of time. There are many other features of evernote that I like. Email to note facility which means I can just email it to my note address and it adds the note to my right notebook with the needed tags in my email.
Calls and video conferencing
Skype: Skype helps you make free calls to other Skype users as well as cheap international calling (I don’t use Skype for international calls because Reliance Global Call provides more cheaper rates than Skype). When working for clients, Skype help me talk with them endlessly without worrying too much about the distance or where they are situated and help me focus on understanding their requirements in a much better way.
Google Drive Formerly known as Google Docs: Google drive helps me create documents on the go and I can share them with my team and collaborate with the in real time. Google drive also provides an
Drop box: I hardly email any large files and prefer to place them in Dropbox and share the folder with the user and he can just get the content to his local drive when synched. I also use Dropbox to backup my camera uploads from my iPhone as well as any other important documents that I want to backup. All I have to do is save the document in the dropbox folder on my drive.
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