Some of the tools I use in my blogging to do things more efficiently.
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- 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 $2.95 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Wishlist Member – the best software for building memberships sites.
- Pop Up Domination – Plugin to radically increase email subscribers.
- Google Sitemap Generator – Make sitemaps for better SEO.
Photos and design
- Killer eCover Scripts – Beautiful and easy eBook covers like mine.
- Dreamstime – Beautiful royalty free images cheap.
- Photodropper – Insert Flickr photos into your posts automatically.
- Cassette – These guys did the new Blog Tyrant logo text. Amazing!
- 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
- Audacity – Easy to use podcast/music editor.
- Audio Technica USB Mic – A beautiful mic that plugs right into your PC.
- Camtasia – Record your screen and edit the videos.
- BRS Screen Recorder – A cheaper and easier to use screen recording software.
Surveys and Statistics
- Survey Monkey – My favorite way to survey my email subscribers.
- Google Analytics – Massive stats all for free.
- Clicky – Better statistics and heat maps.
Top photo: Todd Quackenbush.