Here Are The Tools I Use To Make My Online World Run Silky Smooth
WordPress: WordPress is the engine. This is the site that I use to setup and run my blogs.
Bluehost – If you want to have a website, you are going to need to web host. I have tried several different hosting companies in an effort to save a dollar and they were all epic failures compared to BlueHost. Lesson learned. Bluhost is used by pretty much everyone I know who runs an internet site. They are reliable and affordable and their customer service is great.
Sennheiser PC 8 USB – Stereo USB Headset for PC and MAC with In-line Volume and Mute Control –This is the USB microphone headset that I use to record my podcast. I reviewed several types but these were very highly rated and are only $40! They plug into your computer using a USB connection and feed directly into your recording platform. So far, I am extremely happy with this microphone headset. Just click on the picture to check them out.
Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens – This is the camera I use to take pictures when I need them to be higher quality. I also use this to record videos as well. I rotate between this and my Iphone 6. When I need a quick photo or video, the Iphone works perfectly. When I need something a bit more professional, this is the camera I use.
DYMO LabelWriter 4XL Thermal Label Printer – Shipping and fulfillment can be time consuming and cumbersome. We still fulfill all of our Nut Butter Nation orders in house (saves money!) so we need this process to run smoothly. Once I discovered this label printer, my life got easier. It prints 4×6 labes quickly and quietly and doesn’t use ink. It uses lasers, which is magical and I don’t understand it. But I love it. I would recommend this to anyone who ever uses labels. It will pay for itself quickly.
AWeber: AWeber makes the email world go round and round. No seriously. Everything email related ties directly to AWeber. They are the originals and they are the best for all things email. If I stop using something, I cross it out!
Mailchimp: I recently switched my email service to mailchimp. I kept hearing about how much easier it is to use and everyone was right. I love the simple interface and the drag and drop editor. It has saved me quite a bit of time.
Elegant Themes: I wish I would have discovered Elegant Themes years ago. Their WordPress themes are easy to install and easy to design. For non-designers like me, they are a godsend. In addition, if there are things you can’t do, their customer service is top notch. I use the Divi theme which was recommended to me by someone who knows way more than I do about WordPress templates.
WooCommerce: After testing every crappy pay portal in the world, I finally discovered WooCommerce. If you are going to sell, you need WooCommerce.
SumoMe: From the taco loving hands of Noah Kagen (Facebook, Mint.com) comes SumoMe. They provide fantastically simple yet effective email lead generation tools for websites. These are the best tools on the market. If you need to build an email list and don’t know where to start, start here.
Scrivener: For all of my long-form content creation, including book writing, I use Scrivener. Think Microsoft Word, except good. It is a little difficult to figure out at first because of how robust the software is, but once you get the hang of it you will never write in a standard word processing system again. If you want to learn how to use it quickly, take one of the courses offered on Udemy.
Domains In Seconds: All good websites start with a domain name. I have been using Domains In Seconds for years and they haven’t let me down once.