BEST ONLINE BUSINESS TOOLS

MY TOOLBOX

You are awesome and your Devine Creator wants for you to have the best tools to help you design your masterpiece so that others can admire your work of art.

On this page, I will share with you a list of the tools, resources, videos and other awesome stuff that I use to blog on a daily basis. My Recommended Blogging Tools and Resources.

 

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NOTE: The majority of the links are free but a few of the links on this page are “affiliate links.” It means should you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.
However, keep in mind that I only recommend products and services I personally use and believe will be beneficial to my readers.

Tools for Mindset/Books

Think and Grow Rich -Think and Grow rich has been used by millions of business leaders around the world to create a concrete plan for success that, when followed, never fails.

About the author: As a young special investigator for a national business magazine, Napoleon Hill was sent to interview Andrew Carnegie.

During that interview, Carnegie slyly dropped a hint of a certain master power he used; a magic law of the human mind a little known psychological principle that was amazing in its power.

Carnegie suggested to Hill that on that principle he could build the philosophy of all personal success whether it be measured in terms of Money, Power, Position, Prestige, Influence, or Accumulation of Wealth.

Audible – Allows me to read my favorite books on the go.

Blogging Platforms

There is WordPress.com a free hosted blogging platforms and it has very little flexibility.

However, my choice is WordPress.org, where on that site you can download and install a the software script called WordPress. 

To do so you need a web host that meets the minimum requirements. WordPress is very customizable and can be used for a lot of things like a website, a blog or an app.  

Web Hosting Tool

Host Gator – There are many hosting companies available but my clear choice is HostGator and it is what I use to host thesharonosborne.com, and to buy and domain names. 

My Blog theme Choice

There are thousands of themes to choose from but the one I use Customizr it is a free theme.

Customizr is an easy to start with WordPress theme. One which was recommended by the person who taught me how to set up this blog.

However, I’ve been considering changing the look of my blog and I have my eye on Michael Hyatt’s Get Noticed Theme, that theme has all the bells and wistles that I’m looking for in a theme.

Graphic Design Tools

Pixlr Express – Is easy to use. I use it daily to edit photos and to create my shareable quotes. It is my go-to tool for any graphic design and to make any changes.

Canva – Is a great online graphic tool and great for making graphics for social media. I use Canva on occasion but Pixler is my daily go to tool.

PicMonkey – I use this one occasionally for adjustments on my pic quotes, I find that it has a few extra features that Pixlr Express does not have.

E-Mail Management Tools 

Aweber – Is the e-Mail Marketing software I started with, it was good but I eventually switched.

Get Response – Was my next service e-Mail Marketing Company that I experimented with. Their service was also great. I loved their e-Mail capture forms. I also loved their free video tutorials, it’s great for starters, their training videos were a big help in getting my subscriber list going. Still yet I later moved on to MailChimp.

MailChimp – Is the company that I currently use for my e-Mail marketing. They came in with the highest recommendations. If you are just starting out know that the service is free for your first 2000 subscribers but be aware your functions are limited so no auto responders.

SumoMe – Is a great tool to assist you in growing your e-Mail list and is free but has some optional premium features. I activated it a few days but deactivated it because I need to configure the settings, I want to be certain that is truly capturing my leads.

OptinMonster – Is a lot like SumoMe but is definitely a paid feature and it is one of the services that I’m considering adding.

Landing Page Monkey – This is a very creative and easy to use tool. I remember trying to make my first landing page it was no easy thing, I did eventually make one but it looked like a thing of the past and that is when I invested a small amount and got Landing Page Monkey. Get it you will love it.

Social Media Management Tools

Tweet This – Is a plugin I use to add quotes to a post and it makes it easy for readers to tweet and share.

Buffer – Allows you to schedule all of your social media posts. It is a tool that I previously added and will take a closer look at soon.

CoSchedule – I’ve heard so much about it, I had it briefly when I first started blogging, and there were some many available tools I felt overwhelmed and deactivated the plugin but now that I am blogging on a frequent basis I think that I will reactivate the plugin.

My Productivity Tools

Evernote – Is one of my favorite tools, it’s like having a personal assistant. Evernote makes life simple to manage, you can collect and find everything all in one place. You can create, store and retrieve info. For example, I often start my blog post ideas in Evernote and finish in WordPress.

Dropbox – It allows me to store large files and similar to Evernote retrieve on any device. Great for storing your pictures and is a great backup tool. Let’s say that your phone was ever lost or stolen. simply log into Dropbox from another device and your info will be right there. It’s also great for sending files to someone else.

Ways to Make Money Blogging

Amazon Associates  

iTunes 

Stock Photos/Images Online 

Unsplash – Is my favorite site to get free images for my blog posts.

Pixabay – Offers free images and videos you can use anywhere. What I love most is that they have a background and textures link that I enjoy using just for my picture quotes.

Boss Fight – Is my backup go to for free images.

Stocksnap.io – Beautiful free stock photos, hundreds of high-resolution images added weekly.

Life of pix – Again more free quality stock photos.

Death to the Stock – You can sign up to get free photos e-Mailed to you monthly.

iStock – You pay a small amount for their incredible images, but, it’s so important to have the right image to go along with your idea.

Pexels – The pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.

StockSnap.io –  You can copy, modify, distribute any photo on the site, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.

Gratisography – Here you can get stock photos made with love by Ryan Mcguire. You may freely use his pics for personal or commercial projects without any strings attached.

Negative Space – Offers photos that you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, no permission required.

Little Visuals – Sign up to get  Sign up to get hi-res images zipped up in your inbox. Use them any way that you like.

Superfamous Studios – You can use their images for your own purpose as long as credit is provided.

New Old Stock – Vintage photos from the public archives free of known copyright restrictions.

Web Design Tools

Icon Finder – Some features are paid just look for the link for their free icons in the footer on their home page.

What Font – Is a Chrome Extension (available in the Chrome Store) and is the easiest way to find out what fonts are being used on a web page.

Color ZillaHave you ever seen a cool color and wanted to know what color it is? ColorZilla allows you to find out what color you have on your website or what color is being used on any other website.

Plugins That I use

WordPress SEO by Yost – The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis.

Tweet This – Click to Tweet This offers easily embedded, stylish tweetable content boxes in your posts and pages.

Shareaholic – FREE social media plugin which adds social media icons to your website.

Simple Drop Cap – Transform the first letter of a word into a drop cap or initial letter.

Outsourcing work

Fiverr – I use fiver for things like getting my logo made. Most gig/job start at $5 but may cost more.

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