You can’t do everything alone. This is what I learned over my experience of making money with blogging.
From time to time, you need tools to push your blog up in terms of traffic and earnings. So in here, you will find a list of tools, software, plugins and eBooks which I had use that I find them extremely useful.
Note: Some of the links below are affiliate links where I will earn a portion of commission if you made a purchase from there. This does not mean I will just simply put a link and earn money there. I’d like to clarify that all the tools below are the things that I had used before and I recommend them.
- WordPress. I think most bloggers are using WordPress today and there is no reason for you not to fall for this. If you are really extremely new to blogging, just go for this. Forget all the comparison between blogspot, WordPress.com, Tumblr and etc.
- Genesis Framework. This is a WordPress theme that Blogging Fever runs on and I run this theme as well on all my blogs. The advantage which I see in this theme is you can deploy into multiple blogs with only a single purchase. Top bloggers like Brian Clark and Darren Rowse are using this theme as well.
- Hostgator. I had been hosting all my sites on Hostgator and the service & support so far had been great. Compare to the cheaper hosting package below, the downtime experience which I had with Hostgator is so minimum that I barely feel it.
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- Aweber. The auto-responder that Blogging Fever using is Aweber. The key things I like about Aweber are the opt-in forms, the supports and the ease of integration with other software. It is priced at $19 per month but if you are really interested, you can start off with the first month with $1.
WordPress Premium Plugin
- Premise. If you ever need to build a landing page with only click and drag, Premise is the way to go. Blogging Fever uses Premise to build all the landing pages where you can find them at the right side bar titled ‘Must Read Series!’.
- OptinSkin. This is a great WordPress plugin if you would like to place your Opt-in Form anywhere on your site. The most popular placement for an opt-in form would be at the end of post where this plugin can easily achieve this.
- Thirsty Affiliates. A tool to manage and cloak all my affiliate links. If you pay attention to my affiliate links, you will realize that I don’t use the ugly URL given by the affiliate network. Read the review here.
- CommentLuv Premium. One of the reason why a new and low traffic site like mine can generate more than 10 comments per entry is mainly because I use the CommentLuv Premium to attract readers to comment. If you want to learn more, read my review here.
- Spin Rewriter. I am not an expert in article spinning and the reason I choose to use Spin Rewriter is because the process to spin multiple versions of article is just a click away. I had been using this tool to build my niche site.
SEO Link Builder
- Unique Article Wizard. Unique Article Wizard is the service which I use to do my second tier link building. I am still in evaluation stage here but if you would like to try the service together with me, feel free to do so here.
- TweetAdder. I admit that I cheat on my Twitter followers but the fact is I do gain a lot of Twitter followers in a short time and had been getting traffic from Twitter as well. You can learn more how I use this tool here.
- Google Keyword Tool. I might sound cheap here but the only keyword research tool which I had been using so far, is the free Google Adwords Keyword Tool.
- Fotolia. I love getting images from Fotolia simply because the price is reasonable at only $1.30 per image and the quality is there. Compare to other image gallery, I think Fotolia has the balance of quality and price.
- Free Digital Photos. Not all my blog post uses paid images. Some of my blog post uses free images from here and the only drawback is I have to give credit back to the photographer. Although the quality is not as good as Fotolia, but hey, it is Free!
Content Delivery Network
- MaxCDN. If your site host a lot of images and scripts, you might want to consider using a content delivery network to speed things up. The reason I choose MaxCDN is because the cost is way cheaper than any other CDN.