Tools and Resources
Great websites are built on strong foundations. Here is a list of tools and softwares to grow your business and improve your marketing skills.
Bluehost – The best web hosting provider for WordPress. A highly reliable host anyone who wants to own a website. Their support is incredibly fast and helpful.
Namecheap – Cheap domain names and monthly discounts. Also, a privacy conscious company.
GoDaddy – Most popular domain registrar. Integrates with Google apps for business.
StudioPress – Amazing selection of feature rich themes. Affordable prices. Recommended by creators of WordPress themselves.
Thesis theme – Another favorite of bloggers. Thesis provides a good range of customization options.
Themeforest – A community of premium themes and plugins. Must have resource for new bloggers. Easy to use.
Mailchimp – Free till the first 2000 subscribers. Appealing design and good customer service.
Aweber – Very popular among pro bloggers. Plans start at 1$. If you don’t use Mailchimp, start with Aweber.
Email optin Forms
Optin Monster – Excellent range of optin forms and pop ups. Easy to use for new bloggers.
Lead Pages – Market leader and highly preferred tool of pro bloggers.
SumoMe – Free set of plugins that do way more than collecting emails.
WhiteSpark – Amazing tool for local business citations
Brightlocal – A set of local seo tools used by pro local seo marketers.
Moz local – Moz acquired GetListed, a market leader in its own right. Good alternative to brightlocal and whitespark.
Yoast local seo plugin – A plugin for local seo developed by the famous team at Yoast.
Semrush – Data on keywords and rankings. Good tool for new and pro bloggers.
Seo power suite – Great keyword tools in this suite of SEO tools.
Keyword planner by Google – The now infamous keyword planner. Still a good resource if used smartly.
SpyFu – Spy on your competitors keywords and learn their ranking secrets!
Raven Tools – A superb set of SAAS tools for pro online marketers. Sign up for a trial before purchasing.
Moz – Very popular website for all SEOs. Good tools, great culture and very influential.
SEO Powersuite – A suite of very extensive SEO tools. I highly recommend trying them out.
Screaming Frog – A must have SEO spider and crawler for anyone who owns or runs websites.
Social Media Management
Bufferapp – Schedule social updates, integrate your major social networks and read their amazing blog!
Hootsuite – Market leader of social media tools for facebook and twitter admins.
Knowem – Discover and own your name on all popular websites before someone else snatches them away.
Amazon.com – The favorite online megastore of USA. Need I say more?
Amazon.in – Indian website of Amazon. It’s still new, so you get great discounts on consumer technology and books.
Flipkart.com – Run and owned by Indians. Flipkart has a superb local reach within India.
Canva – Create designer images without having any designing skills. Each paid design costs 1$
PicMonkey – Amazing photo editing web tool. Does a lot more than edit photos online. Must have for new bloggers.
Skitch – Take easy screenshots and annotate them using non fussy graphics.
Licecap – Turn your screenshots into GIFs!
Camtasia – Record and edit videos on your desktop. Easy Youtube uploading features.
Yoast Video seo – Yoast’s WordPress plugin for optimizing videos for SEO.
Wistia – Must have video player for websites who don’t want to use Youtube. Used by a lot of pro bloggers. Attractive pricing.
Scribe – Content optimization software for online marketing
Hemingway App – Ensure that your content is easy to read and understand.
Buzzsumo – Find the key influencers to promote your content. Must have tool for all bloggers.
Evernote – Note keeping app that runs on all platforms. Replaces a lot of other softwares.
Freshbooks – Send and manage professional invoices. Very popular among freelancers.
Grasshopper – Virtual phone numbers for business owners. Very handy for entrepreneurs.
MalwareBytes – Get rid of all spyware and malware from your PC.
360 Internet Security – The only free anti virus software you need.
Flux – Dims your screen light to match the natural sunlight outside your window. Protects your eyes and sleep cycle.
Feedly – The only real successor of Google reader. Must have for people who read a lot of blogs.
Bulk Rename Utility – Less known but handy tool for renaming files in bulk. I use it all the time.
Bleachbit – Remove tracking cookies and protect your privacy. Free tool from sourceforge.net
DistilledU – New to SEO? This is the only course you need to reach an intermediate level in SEO. Very well structured.
Udemy – An amazing platform for students and teachers. A lot of magic happens here. Sign up and take a look.
Pluralsight – Tech based training videos and courses. Goes much beyond programming.
Treehouse – Learn programming languages the way they are supposed to be learnt. Got a geeky sibling? Buy him/her an account
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links. I would like you to know that I have prior experience with these companies, and I recommend them because they are are the best in their niche. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.