Resources

Chances are, a lot of the same tools and resources I use could be helpful for you as well.

With that in mind I’ve put together a helpful little resources page for you to peep. If you like what you see, I’d recommend bookmarking this page, as I’ll be updating it will new things as I learn and discover more cool stuff.

Disclosure:  Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.  Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something.  Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

Hosting

Bluehost: BlueHost was my very first hosting company I ever used and to this day still recommend their service for 99% of projects. Unlimited domains and hosting space, plus a slew of excellent add-ons, all for just $4.95 a month. Pretty slick deal.

Page.ly: If you’re on WordPress and want to step your hosting game up a bit, I recommend Page.ly. They deal exclusively with WordPress hosting, and offer an affordable, managed hosting solution. This is the host I currently use and highly recommend them to any WordPress users. Blazing fast speeds!

Search Engine Optimization

Moz: When people think of SEO, they think of Moz. For years Moz has been the standard among SEO tools. On top of the incredible host of tools they provide, recent acquisitions of services like FollowerWonk add even more bang for the buck. Get started with a Free 30 day trial here.

RavenTools: RavenTools is the Pepsi to Moz’s Coke. Both offer an amazing set of tools and report functionality for creating your plan of attack. However, I’ve never been a fan of choice. I use both Moz and RavenTools in my day to day. Moz has some functionality I can’t get with RavenTools, and vice versa. Give ‘em both a shot. You can get started with a free trial here.

MarketSamurai: This. Tool. Is. Amazing. Top to bottom, my go to tool for keyword research. Trust me, I’ve tried them all, to the point where I had given up on keyword tools and resorted to just using the Google Adwords tool for research. I found Market Samurai and never looked back. It does a ton more than just keyword research, but the keyword research functionality is enough to make this tool worth your while, everything else is a bonus.

Buzzstream: If link building is your thing (no I’m not talking about spammy/automated/useless links), this is your tool. I use this tool for organizing and prioritizing my online relationships and reach out efforts. I highly recommend this bad boy for anyone looking to streamline their promotional efforts.

Email Marketing

Mailchimp: MailChimp is my email service provider of choice. The ease of implementation, integration with many other tools I use (such as Gravity Forms), and limitless customization make it a no brainer or email marketing purposes. You can sign up for a a free starter plan here to find out if MailChimp is right for you.

AWeber: For someone looking for a different option in terms of email clients, I’d suggest AWeber. I know a ton of guys using AWeber and loving it, and there is some functionality available that MailChimp doesn’t have. Can’t go wrong with either option and I suggest trying both to see what suites your needs.

Marketing Automation

Hubspot: Marketing automation is any inbound marketer’s best friend. And Hubspot is my marketing automation platform of choice. The simplicity of use and crazy amount of integrations means running campaigns from any level a breeze, and the scalable pricing structure makes it affordable on any budget.

Website Analytics

Google Analytics: Gather data, analyze data, use data to make decisions, repeat. If you aren’t already using Google Analytics (I mean c’mon, it’s free!) you might want to get your head checked. I spend at least 4 hours a day within GA and can clearly attribute millions of dollars worth of revenue for clients I work with directly to the help of Google Analytics. Free website data that’s actually useful. Enough said.

Lucky Orange: Ever wonder what areas of your site’s pages people are focusing on, or what they’re trying to click? Or maybe even if something towards the bottom of the page is being seen, or if that form field is making it less likely for people to convert? Lucky Orange is your tool. From heatmaps, to scroll depth to form analytics and more, this thing is sick.

More coming soon…