Blogging & Internet Marketing Resources

Since I decided to quit my job in May 2011, I have used an enormous number of products and services related to making money online.

Over the past couple of years I have explored everything from online courses, to WordPress plugins, to hosting providers and more. With my experiences in mind, I thought it might be useful to bring together all of the products that I use (or have used) and love.

My aim with this resources page is to make you better informed, so that you can make the right decisions. If you have questions about the resources below, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

There are affiliate links on this page. If you purchase a product through one of them, I will receive a commission. It will cost you nothing extra. I only ever endorse products that I have personally used and tested extensively. Thank you!

Greatest Hits

I’ve got a healthy selection of resources available for you below, but there are a few standout tools that I find myself recommending more often than most. If I could only recommend four things to you, they would be the following:

WesthostWesthost. The best domains and hosting service I have come across (and I have tried a lot). Westhost offer a 60 day money back guarantee, free backups and awesome 24/7 support from guys that really know what they’re talking about. And after transferring from my previous provider, I found that my blog’s load speed increased by 10%. Click here to get 30% off Westhost hosting with the coupon code LEAVING30.

FizzleFizzle. This online community has it all: high-definition video training, interviews with experts, forums, periodical live interactive training sessions…the list goes on. Brought to you by three enormously respected guys — Corbett Barr, Chase Reeves and Caleb Wojcik — Fizzle is a fully-formed online community for any budding online business owner. Best of all? You can join for just $1.

Start a Blog That MattersStart a Blog that Matters. If could only make one recommendation to a new blogger, Start a Blog that Matters would be it. And I don’t say that lightly — I learned more from this course in a few short weeks than I had in the previous six months. I cannot praise it highly enough. Now here’s the really incredible part: this course used to sell for $97, but you now get it as part of your Fizzle membership at no extra cost.

Paid to BlogPaid to Blog. This is my comprehensive course to making a full time living in part time hours from freelance blogging, which is what enabled me to quit my job in 2011. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in making money online.

Blogging

  • WordPress. The world’s most popular blogging platform for a very good reason: it’s the best. I use WordPress for all of my blogs — I don’t know what I’d do without it.
  • StudioPress. Once you’ve installed WordPress you’ll need to choose a theme, and my number one recommendation is the line of themes offered by StudioPress. This very site runs on a version of their flagship Genesis theme and I couldn’t be happier with it.
  • AWeber: There are a few email list services around but I consider AWeber to be the standout winner. They have the best features and a one month trial will only set you back $1.
  • Start a Blog that Matters: If could only make one recommendation to a new blogger, Start a Blog that Matters would be it. And I don’t say that lightly — I learned more from this course in a few short weeks than I had in the previous six months. I cannot praise it highly enough. Now here’s the really incredible part: this course used to sell for $97, but you now get it as part of your Fizzle membership at no extra cost.

Domains and Hosting

  • Westhost: The best domains and hosting service I have come across (and I have tried a lot). Westhost offer a 60 day money back guarantee, free backups and awesome 24/7 support from guys that really know what they’re talking about. And after transferring from my previous provider, I found that my blog’s load speed increased by 10%. Click here to get 30% off Westhost hosting with the coupon code LEAVING30.

Online Business Training

  • Fizzle. This online community has it all: high-definition video training, interviews with experts, forums, periodical live interactive training sessions…the list goes on. Brought to you by three enormously respected guys — Corbett Barr, Chase Reeves and Caleb Wojcik — Fizzle is a fully-formed online community for any budding online business owner. Best of all? You can join for just $1.

Freelance Writing

  • Paid to Blog. This is my comprehensive course to making a full time living in part time hours from freelance blogging, which is what enabled me to quit my job in 2011. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in making money online.

Keyword Research & SEO

  • Point Blank SEO: Jon Cooper has quickly established himself as a leading SEO expert in the blogosphere and this link building course demonstrates why. Point Blank SEO is packed with innovative and effective link building strategies of which I have been using plenty for this site and others.
  • Market Samurai: I purchased Market Samurai way back in May 2011 and still use it regularly — it’s an invaluable keyword research, competition analysis and rank tracking tool.

Social Media

  • Tweet Adder: Without this app my Twitter following wouldn’t be half of what it is right now. Amongst many other features, Tweet Adder enables you to follow exactly the kind of people who are just waiting to find your blog. Tweet Adder’s worth is proven to me every single time I get someone telling me that they’ve found my blog through Twitter. You can get 20% off Tweet Adder by signing up here and using the discount code TE20.

Outsourcing

  • 99designs. My go-to resource when I need something graphical designing. The design you’re looking at right now was commissioned on 99designs.
  • oDesk. You can outsource just about anything with oDesk, and typically at seriously cheap rates. I often use it to find researchers for blog posts and features I’m doing.
  • Fiverr. I’ve used Fiverr for everything from research, to graphic design, to video editing. At $5 a gig you can’t really go wrong!

Photos and Images

  • Compfight. My number one source for royalty-free images — most of the images you see on this site were found using Compfight.
  • Google Advanced Image Search. If Compfight fails me (which is pretty rare), this is my next port of call.
  • Stock.xchng. If I’m looking for stock images, I’ll go here first. You can’t complain at the price (they’re free!).
  • Icon Finder. If you’re looking for a particular logo or icon, this could be your best bet.