A page of resources I personally use and refer it to you. Please bookmark this page for your reference because as I experiment and learn about new tools, I 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.
Outsourcing / Freelancing
If you are a freelancer, you can use these sites for getting freelancing jobs.
Upwork: Upwork (previously oDesk and Elance) is possibly one of the largest marketplace. Clients can hire experts for any field of expertise and freelancers can find good projects on any niche expertise of their choice. Note as Upwork is big means it can have lot more competition for freelancers as well.
Freelancer.com: Yet another huge marketplace and second best to Upwork. I only work in Upwork (as a client and as a freelancer) but when I tried Freelancer.com, my experience has been that jobs are mainly posted by clients of clients and that makes things really price competitive more often.
Fiverr – Fiverr is a different kind of marketplace where freelancers post what they can offer for $5 (five-rr) and clients can search for and order them. As a freelancer, you don’t have to offer everything for $5 and can add perks for better price or faster delivery.
PeoplePerHour – PeoplePerHour or PPH have adopted best of both Upwork and Fiverr. Clients can share what they need and freelancer can bid for those as well as allow Freelancers to list what they can offer for an hour known as hourlies that clients can buy.
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?
Xenforo – My first choice for forum was vBulletin but not anymore and you can read why. Use Xenforo instead. It is designed and developed by the vBulletin 3.x developers and is really an awesome product out of the box. All my forums are moved over from vBulletin to xenForo already.
SiteGround: IMTips is hosted with SiteGround. It is one of the recommended hosts for WordPress by WordPress. Very scalable and is perfect for sites that expects lot of growth in traffic. (If you wish to host your site with SiteGround, you can check my step by step guide.)
MediaTemple: If my sites are not hosted with SiteGround or on a dedicated server, they are hosted with MediaTemple. Very easy to use, excellent customer service and highly recommended for your first site.
WP Engine: Fully Managed WordPress Hosting. If you want WordPress hosting and WordPress Experts to manage your WordPress, WP Engine should be your choice.
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.
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.
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. When working for clients, Skype helps 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.
Traffic Building Tips – The Ultimate Guide – Having issues building traffic to your site? The 4000+ word Ultimate Traffic Building Tips is the best and complete resource available online to help you get started with real traffic to your site.
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