Every now and then, I like to take a look at what tools I’m using on my blog and in my business.
Here’s what I’m currently using in 2016, along with a little about why I use them.
Uniregistry – The best service for handling multiple domains at once. They also provide free privacy protection, which helps a ton when dealing with spam, annoying website design inquiries, etc. They have a lot of features that make it easy to do bulk renewal and big changes to several domains at once. If you haven’t heard about them, you should check them out.
IWantMyName.com – Simple, fast and helpful domain management. I really like the guys here. Timo and the gang are awesome. It does get hard to manage multiple domains with these guys though, so if you have more than 10, you might want to look elsewhere.
Bluehost – I started with Bluehost and have a ton of sites with them. I think they’re the best host to start out with, and they provide a lot of functionality for almost nothing / month. Really worth getting started with them.
WPEngine – I use these guys for some of my higher traffic sites (500,000+ visits / month). Mostly because I have people constantly trying to hack them.
Yoast SEO – The best way to “quick SEO” any site. The premium plugin is definitely worth it.
Gravity Forms – The one plugin I really pay for (besides Yoast) that’s 100% worth the money.
Sucuri – Simple security plugin that helps bone up a lot of the security issues with WordPress.
Thirsty Affiliates – Simple, fast affiliate plugin that lets you make and track affiliate links.
Active Campaign (small list) – Really solid service for set it-and-forget it automation. That said, if you send out regular campaign blasts, use ConvertKit.
Thrive Themes – I’ve used all of the Landing Page guys out there. LeadPages, ClickFunnels, Instapage, etc. There’s a lot of things I like about Thrive.
1) It has better templates and is faster to use than the other services out there.
2) They’re not trying to be EVERYTHING at once. It’s just being a good landing page builder which makes it a better landing page builder than the other guys out there.
3) It’s also a WordPress plugin, so you OWN it and it lives on your site – rather than making you beholden to some third party who has to make it’s investors happy.
4) Thrive is still cheaper AND a better deal (it has a yearly renewal license compared to a monthly fee) than other landing page builders. I’m going to be doing a full in-depth review on this here very soon – but it’s a great plugin.
Stripe & Paypal + Gravity Forms.
SendOwl – Simple and straightforward way to take payments and deliver digital goods. George the founder is a good guy.
Help Desk / Customer Support
Slack – Simple team communications. We use the free plan and have no need for anything more.
Asana – Fast teamwork and task management.
DropBox – File sharing. Duh.
Facebook Live – I’ve been doing a LOT more on this lately. If you want in, make sure you’re checking out the pages.
SnapChat – When my phone isn’t stolen, I’m doing a lot on SnapChat. @JoelRunyon
Pocket – Easiest way to bookmark interesting posts for later.
That’s all folks!
What blogging tools are you using that I didn’t list? What other ones should I know about?
If you’re interested in more stuff like this, check out my new project Start a Blog TV where I dive in depth to a lot more stuff like this.
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