Hey bloggy buds,
Here are the tools I have or am currently using in my blogging.
I like having a nosey at what other people utilise to assist them in their various online ventures. If I like the look of a thing, it means I can easily toddle off and do some research to see if it’ll suit me.
Like most fine bloggers, I’m only going to list the tools I have found genuinely useful otherwise my butt’d be on the line and I wouldn’t want to give you a bum steer either (see how I artfully managed to get 2 x buttock references in there – writing skills my friend – and class).
Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links. I will earn a commission IF you decide to make a purchase with absolutely no additional cost to you. I want to reiterate that no commission comes close to tempting me to drop some dodgy recommendations on you – I appreciate you visiting this blog and spending your precious time reading my wee posts above all ‘dat. So if I wouldn’t happily use it myself or I haven’t tried it, it doesn’t make the list. Please ALWAYS ALWAYS do due diligence before spending a dime on any product ANYONE recommends – even your mama. And ALWAYS make sure they offer good value and you reckon they’re up to the job you need them for.
DOMAINS: I get my domains from 1&1 Internet (US). I’ve found the search, purchase and update process to be simple and the cost to be highly competitive.
HOSTING: My domains are hosted through Bluehost. They’ve got good support and helpful staff. I particularly enjoy the 1-click WordPress installation and the few times I’ve killed my blogs through errant CSS I’ve found the dashboard easy to navigate which helped minimize my downtime.
PLATFORM: My blogs are on WordPress.org. Self-hosting is best for me and the aims I have for my sites and I believe that would be the case for most of you too.
THEMES: I love my Genesis Framework. Not just saying that peeps! Learning the technical side of having a blog is one mighty big curve. The Genesis framework simplifies that aspect of blogging.
I’ve also brought my Child Themes via StudioPress.com which has a huge offering. I’ve found their themes to be great quality both functionally and aesthetically and easy to customize on top of that.
COMING SOON PAGE: I use the Ultimate Coming Soon Page which is a free plugin. I’ve found it easy to customise and for a free plugin, the functionality is great. It’s a good option for newer bloggers.
GROWTH + ANALYSIS
ANALYSIS: Google Analytics is what I use to track and analyse my website. It’s free and helps you analyse what your readers are up to.
KEYWORDS: Google Adwords has a nifty tool called the Keyword Planner. At the moment it’s free to use and when you’re just starting out, is a go-to tool for keyword research.
EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION: I love Mailchimp for their irreverence. I also find subscription lists easy to manage and gorgeous newsletters a doddle to create. Truly, a doddle.
EMAIL FORMS: Since I’ve got the Genesis Theme a-rockin’, I use the Genesis E-news Extended plugin
CALL TO ACTION TOOLS: Hello Bar is a simple toolbar that runs at the top of your screen and encourages readers to employ a particular call to action. The free version is fabuloso.
SumoMe is another awesome suite of tools. It connects with the most common email services. I’ve got the free popup optin box happening and I’ve been able to set it so it only appears infrequently.
I’ll be continuing to add to this list on a regular basis so pop back to see what’s new!