The Blogging Toolbox

Some of the tools I use in my blogging to do things more efficiently.

Please note: a few of these links are affiliates which means I will earn a small commission if you buy the item at no extra cost to you. These small sales are how I keep the site up and running and so your support is appreciated.

Blog hosting

  • BlueHost – My favorite host for one click WordPress installs, 24/7 support and an anytime money-back guarantee. This was the host I first got started on. Read my blog hosting reviews about them or follow my step-by-step guide to getting started.
    **Note: BlueHost is my recommendation for new bloggers. They have very kindly given Blog Tyrant readers a discounted rate of $3.49 per month for the first year!**
  • JustHost – One of the more popular shared hosting options for new bloggers. They do have 24/7 support but not in a live chat window like BlueHost does (which is really helpful).
  • KnownHost – I have used these guys for a few projects where I wanted a VPS environment. It’s a lot more complicated to set up than BlueHost but the support team are absolutely incredible.

Security

  • StrongVPN – The best way to use public WiFi and ensure that no one looks at your work or passwords. Change your IP location, be secure and anonymous.

SEO Tools

  • SEOmoz – The best SEO tool on the net. SEO recommendations, social media monitoring, much more.
  • Market Samurai – Keyword research, SEO analysis, back link finder.
  • Google Traffic Estimator – A great way to get a feel of how much traffic is available.
  • Backlink Checker – Find out who is linking to your blog.

Email marketing and subscriber management

Plugins

Photos and design

WordPress themes

  • Thesis Theme – Easy to use beautiful WordPress themes.
  • Studiopress Themes – Super customizable theme framework by Copyblogger that will change how you think about WordPress templates.
  • Tyrant Themes – Yep, this is happening.

Podcasting and videos

Surveys and Statistics