Here's a list of tools, services, software, and resources that I use for my online business. Many of them are affiliate links.
Divi Theme – Theme used on this website and many of my other sites.
Extra – Theme used for TiL.
Tailwind App – I use this software to schedule my Pins. An invaluable tool for building my Pinterest following and generating traffic to my website from Pinterest. I couldn't be as successful on Pinterest without this.
Social Warfare – Lightweight social sharing plugin with advanced Pinterest features.
Bloom E-mail Optin Plugin – Plugin extension by Elegant Solutions for collecting e-mail opt-ins. Pretty good and came included with my Developer License at Elegant Solutions.
Facebook Comments – I actually get more Facebook Comments than regular comments. People love using FB comments.
Gravity Forms – I use this on almost every WordPress website I build. It's one of my highest recommended plugins.
Digital Access Pass – I used to use this software on a membership site, but no longer. Great developer support.
Pretty Link Pro – I use that on this website to track my affiliate links to see what's being clicked most. Please note that you shouldn't use this with Amazon as they don't allow link cloaking.
PayPal – Still the most convenient way for me to get paid. Their fees suck but so do everyone's. It's worth it for me for the convenience.
Shopify – I build many personal and client e-commerce websites with Shopify. It's now my go to e-commerce solution.
MailChimp – They drive me crazy but I still use them for some small projects because they get the job done and have a sufficient free account.
MailerLite – I strongly prefer their interface over MailChimp and they have a much more attractive pricing structure. The service itself is great too. My only concern with MailerLite is how fast they are to kick you to the curb if your Unsubscription or Bounce Rate exceeds their incredibly stringent requirements.
Bing Webmasters – Microsoft's website analytic software that I register my sites with.
Google Webmasters – Google's website analytic software that I register my sites with.
Google Analytics – Currently how I monitor traffic for all of my sites, although I'm looking for a secondary solution to run in combination with Analytics to compare notes.
Google Suite – I typically use Google Suite for my clients that require e-mail for their business, and I use it for some of my sites that require more than just a simple POP3 e-mail solution.
VideoSmaller.com – Compress mp4 videos for use as your website backgrounds. It took a 6mb down to a .97 for me.
Jump Send – E-mail automation for Amazon Sellers.
Jungle Scout – Niche and sales rank research tool for Amazon Sellers and private labelers.
Fetcher – Accounting software for Amazon Sellers.
People / Blogs I Follow Relating to Online Business Development
- Charles Ngo
- Niche Pursuits w/ Spencer Haws
- Smart Passive Income w/ Pat Flynn
- Neil Patel
- The Bigger Pockets w/ Brandon Turner
- Seth Godin
Things I May Try In The Future (Untested)
https://pushcrew.com – Those push notifications that pop-up in your browser.
https://piwik.org/ – Free open source alternative to Google Analytics. I've been looking for a second analytics tool to cross-reference with my Google Analytics and server analytics.
https://www.convertplug.com – Significantly cheaper alternative to Sumo Me's Listbuilder and Doormat feature in particular.
https://lob.com – API for sending physical mail.