Updated February 28, 2020
This is a list of tools I use on a regular basis to run my blog and online business. Do not let the list overwhelm you. Start with these 3-5. Add more only as you need them.
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Table of contents
- My income streams
- Online courses
- Email marketing
- Writing & note-taking
- Making money
- Tracking money
- Design & graphics
- Social media
- Mobile apps
My income streams
Over the years, I’ve tried many other income streams including other types of digital products, web design, blog coaching, virtual assistance, selling merchandise (t-shirts, stickers, etc.) and display ads. For more details, read How I Make Money Online.
I’ve purchased many courses over the years. Many don’t impress me enough to recommend. The following though, are good choices in their category.
Courses are helpful if you want to get a jumpstart, but a course will not make or break your blog or online business. It might take a bit longer, but it is possible to be successful online without taking a course. Before you buy any course, ask yourself these questions.
Namecheap – Where I register all my domain names.
Astra – WordPress theme with lots of customization options. What I’m using now.
GeneratePress – WordPress theme built lightweight and excellent customer support.
StudioPress (Genesis) – WordPress theme I used for years and would still recommend.
Codeable – If you need a WordPress developer.
WP Rocket – For site speed.
Yoast – The SEO plugin.
Antispam Bee – Catches spam comments. Better than the standard Akismet.
Scriptless Social Sharing – Puts sharing buttons on posts and pages. Less of a resource hog than similar plugins.
ConvertKit – The email service provider (ESP) I would use if I started today.
MailerLite – The ESP I would use today if I was on a budget.
Mad Mimi – My longtime email service provider. It works well for me but the two listed above have better features.
Writing & note-taking
Scrivener – I used this before Ulysses but don’t need it currently. Great for book writing.
WorkFlowy – A clean and simple note-taking app. Great to make quick, bulleted lists.
ScreenFlow – Recording onscreen tutorials and editing all video.
Related: Tech Gear I Like is a list in my Amazon shop.
Podia – Not using currently, but what I would use if I had a membership site or online course.
Shopify – Not using currently, but what I would use if I sold physical products.
Related: How to Make Money Blogging
Spark Business Checking – My main business bank account.
Design & graphics
Canva – Easy graphics creation. I use the free version.
Creator Studio – Posting to Facebook and Instagram.
TypeIt4Me – A text expander. Mac only. Saves me a lot of time.
Feedly – One spot where I read all my favorite blogs.
IFTTT – Connects different apps and runs automated tasks in the background. For example, if I find an article to read later, I save it to Pocket. IFTTT then sends it to my Feedly Read Later list automatically. Similar to Zapier.
Related: 30 Productivity Tips
iCatcher! – For podcast listening.
Scannable – To scan and save documents to Evernote or elsewhere.