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 works of art. Therefore, my toolbox is now unlocked.
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.
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
My Blog theme Choice
There are thousands of themes to choose from but the one I use Customizr it is a free theme. This is an easy way to start a WordPress blog. One which was recommended by the person who taught me how to set up my blog. However, I’ve been looking to change the look of my blog and I have my eye on Michael Hyatt’s Get Noticed Theme, that theme has all the features that I want in a theme.
Graphic Design Tools
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 Marketing 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.
Make Money Blogging
Stock Photos/Images Online
Unsplash – Is my favorite site to get free images for my blog posts.
Boss Fight – Is my backup go to for free images.
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.
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 Zilla – Have 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.
Fiverr – I use Fiverr for things like getting my logo made. Most gig/job start at $5 but may cost more.
My toolbox is now unlocked and I hope there was something here that was helpful to you.