Below are a few of our favorite tools for running a successful online business and blog. We’ve used, purchased, paid for, subscribed to all of them and stand behind them as great choices. There may be an affiliate link or two in there, but it’s only because we loved them enough to list them here in the first place.
Educational eBooks and eCourses
This course is for anyone who hopes to grow their audience and increase engagement on Instagram. It gives you clear, explicit instructions on improving your images, thinking about how you schedule them, and introduces you to apps and tools that can help in every step of your Instagram workflow.
This course is for anyone who knows that they should pay attention to SEO for your site, but don’t quite know where to start. It gives you clear, explicit instructions on improving your site, thinking about how you blog, and introduces you to apps and tools that can help in every step of monitoring and improving your organic traffic. Each day you’ll have a short lesson followed by an engagement assignment. In most cases, you can do both in under 20 minutes. It’s simple but effective. What are you waiting for?
Blue Host is one of the most popular web hosting platforms for bloggers who are making the initial leap from a hosted blog on Blogger or WordPress, to a self-hosted install. You can purchase a domain name, and get basic hosting starting at only $3.49/month. Plus, Blue Host can easily grow with your site at a reasonable price, so as your traffic grows, you won’t have to worry about changing your hosting for a very long time.
If you’ve already got substantial traffic and are looking for more robust support and hosting, we recommend Flywheel (it’s actually who we use here at IFB). They’ll help migrate your site for you and are reasonably priced when you’re getting significant traffic.
Creative Market is a platform for handcrafted, mousemade design content from independent creatives around the world. You can find everything from stock photography and illustrations, email and website templates, fonts and photoshop actions.
Theme Forest is a huge depository of website templates and themes covering WordPress, basic HTML, email templates & more.
If you’re looking for a larger collection of stock photography, look no further than Shutterstock. They also have stock video footage and music if you need those resources as well.
Allows you to sell any digital product directly to customers without having to think about secure payments or delivery. They take care of it all.
Email and Marketing
Campaign Monitor makes it radically easy to create, send and measure the impact of your email marketing campaigns.
Online email marketing solution to manage contacts, send emails and track results. Offers more integrations than Campaign Monitor.
SumoMe has a whole suite of free tools that can be used to grow your website’s traffic and email subscribers. Easy to install, maintain and customize.