1. Start a Blog
Ghost is used by digital content creators to set up sites, publish online, and deliver newsletters to their subscribers.
WordPress is the most popular way to create your own website, blog, or eCommerce store. WordPress is popular for new bloggers.
NameCheap is one of the cheapest places to purchase a domain name. I generally recommend Namecheap to anyone who wants to easily purchase a domain name at the lowest price (also includes Whois privacy for free).
Bluehost is my go to recommendation for new bloggers who are ready to actually build their website. Bluehost includes a free domain with their hosting so this is a great option for beginners looking to set up their blog.
Kinsta is the web hosting provider that I use to manage all my sites currently. I generally recommend Kinsta to experienced bloggers, blogger with a decent amount of traffic, or bloggers on a premium ad network.
2. Writing Tools
Notion is a productivity and organization tool that combines features of a to-do list, note-taking, and project management. Notion is my go to blog content management tool and a great way to coordinate with writers.
Fiverr is one of the best platforms to find affordable online contractors, specializing in SEO, graphic design, video transcription, writing, and more! Fiverr is a great source for finding freelance writers.
From grammar and spelling to style and tone, Grammarly helps you eliminate errors and find the perfect words to express yourself. Grammarly also offers great tools for publishers to check for plagiarism.
3. Monetization Tools
Thinkific is an e-learning marketplace where users can create, market, and sell online courses or memberships.
Podia is a platform where content creators can sell digital products, courses, memberships, and downloadable materials.
Shopify is a leading ecommerce platform that allows users to build an online store around the products they sell.
Wix is a platform that gives you the freedom to create, design, manage and develop your website exactly the way you want.
4. Design Tools
Canva is my top recommended graphic design tool. Create stunning blog images, infographics, and social media posts, in seconds, without coding.
Divi Themes is the best source of custom themes for your WordPress website. Most are drag-and-drop templates and most are visually stunning!
Envato offers custom WordPress Themes designed to make customizing your website easy! Although I prefer Divi, many bloggers use Envato.
5. Marketing Tools
ConvertKit offers traditional email marketing software (to build you email list) and newer services like paid newsletters or selling goods. I use ConvertKit for my email newsletter.
Tidio allows you to generate more sales by using chatbots and live messaging on your website. I use Tidio on Blogging Guide for live chat messaging as well as chat bots to help readers.
Group Collector allows Facebook group Admins to collect emails. Integrates with ConvertKit for full automation! I use this to collect leads from my Facebook groups.
Tailwind is a social media marketing tool that automatically posts your content to Pinterest and Instagram. Tailwind is very popular among bloggers who rely on Pinterest for much of their traffic.
6. Medium Tools
Play.ht is an online text to speech & realistic AI voice generator. Simply enter your blog posts’ text and in minutes you will have a realistic narration of your article.
7. WordPress Plugins
PeerBoard is a powerful modern community platform. Embed fully white-labeled communities with the PeerBoard WordPress Plugin.
Tidio allows you to generate more sales by using chatbots and live messaging on your website. Tidio has a handy WP plugin making it very easy to add to your site.