Bluehost – My current hosting option. Easy and inexpensive to set up, with great support.
SiteGround – If you’re looking for something with generally better reviews than Bluehost, SiteGround is a great option for you. I haven’t used them myself, but I’ve heard wonderful things
17hats – Seriously keeps me sane while keeping track of multiple clients at once. I love the workflows that lead me through each step of the process, preventing me from reinventing the wheel for each client.
Jetpack – Analytics that are simple to read
Google Analytics by Yoast – More in-depth analytics
WordPress SEO – Quick and easy way to enhance your SEO
SumoMe – This app shows the social media share buttons on the left side of my blog (or at the bottom if you’re on a phone) and the email subscription box that appears. Definitely the best social media app I’ve discovered.
Akismet – Protection from comment and trackback spam
Wordfence Security – Caching, security, security scans, firewall, reports malicious IP’s, network blocking, DNS monitoring, disk space monitoring for DDoS attacks, comment scanning
PicMonkey – I love this site for quickly resizing or adding text to my stock photos. Everything I use it for is free!
Photoshop, Illustrator, Canva, and Pages – I mix and match these apps for things like downloadable content or blog post images. If you’re looking for something quick and easy, Canva is where it’s at!
Hemingway – This is a must-use, especially if you’re not 100% confident in your writing yet! It highlights sentences that are difficult to read as well as adverbs, passive voice, and phrases that can be simplified. I use it for every post I write.
Grammarly – This is a great app similar to Hemingway. There is a Chrome plugin available that will monitor your grammar and spelling as you write. You can also integrate it with Microsoft Office.
Kickstart Your List – If you’re looking to grow your newsletter this course is absolutely amazing. I learned *so* much from this course and can 100% say my weekly newsletters are better because of it.
Pinfinite Growth – Thanks to this course I got my first two clients, Pinterest became my #1 traffic source, and I get about 70+ new Pinterest followers each week. Learn more about my experience with the course right here.
Content Marketing For Creatives – No one wants to get that icky feeling when marketing products or services. This course is perfect for learning to market without annoying your audience or going against what you feel comfortable doing.
Daily Greatness Business Planner – I don’t know how I ever functioned without this baby. By far the best planner I’ve ever owned. Perfect if you run a small business, set weekly intentions, and use time-blocking. (That link gives you 5% off!)
Trello – I use Trello for organizing my blog post ideas. I have lists for my post ideas, posts I’m going to do in the current week, posts I’ve already done, and very general post ideas. It’s easy to move stuff around and keep it updated. Great to pull open quickly when you have a new idea!
Dropbox – I store all my photos and miscellaneous documents on Dropbox so I can access them anywhere.
Whiteboard – Yep, just an old-school whiteboard that I keep sitting by my desk to spill out random notes and ideas.
Big Monthly Planner – Seriously. This thing is the size of my torso, but I absolutely love it. I color code due dates, events, and content with different color sticky notes so it’s nice and easy to move things around. The sticky notes also allow me to clear off a page once I’m done with it so I don’t have to buy a new one every year! (Yes, I’m cheap…or thrifty)
WordPress – Quick and convenient way to check stats, make sure a scheduled post got published, and view new comments.
bitly – Shorten your links from your phone by copying the full link to your clipboard and opening this app. It will guide you through the rest!
Notes – It is important that you always have a way to write down a post idea the moment it pops into your mind. I have the Notes app in a convenient place on my phone just for that reason.
The Fizzle Show – Looking to be entertained while learning a ton of valuable information of running a successful business? This is a great podcast for just that!
Being Boss – Kathleen and Emily have been where we are and they are FULL of knowledge to share. They tell it like it is and have a lot of fun in the process.
Couragemakers – If you’re looking for a podcast that offers encouragement, inspiration, and real stories you’ll love this one. (Hint: I maaaaay have an episode coming out in June!)
Let me know if I’ve missed any of your favorites, I’m always looking for new podcasts to check out!
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