What makes a successful blog? Sure, of course it’s the content and the person or team who manages the blog… but it’s also about having your own little arsenal of tools, services and tips that allow you to stay ahead of the competition.
Resource pages are a great way for bloggers to share the tools and services they are using for their own sites. By knowing what tools and services the big players are using to help grow their sites, it will greatly help anyone who is just starting out and save them from wasting a lot of time.
I can proudly say that I am constantly using all of the recommended services and resources you will find below. Be sure to use the contact page and shoot me an email if you have any questions.
* * THESE ARE ALL SERVICES I PERSONALLY USE * *
I am always stressing the importance of building your own brand for your blog and becoming a well known authority in your niche. One of the best ways to do this is through the use of a custom logo for your site. Many people would like to have a logo for their site but don’t know how to design or think it will cost way too much money to get started. Several times on the blog I’ve mentioned that I use LogoNerds for my logo creations and you can get a custom logo design starting at just $27!
When it comes to having a wordpress site of your own, you are going to need a wordpress theme that does some of the work for you. The last thing you want is a horrible looking site that makes people just want to leave your site. I use GenesisTheme on my main site at ZacJohnson.com and it’s simply one of the best wordpress theme frameworks out there. Once you download the main framework, you can choose from multiple child themes that you can use for your site design. If you want a completely custom design, it will probably cost you a few thousands dollars, but you can download and use the completely customizable Genesis child themes in the $39-$79 range.
What happened the last time you went to a web site that was loading slow? You probably left right away! This happens all too often and hopefully it isn’t happening on your site. I like to keep all of my sites running as fast as possible and one of the best ways to do this is through the use of a content delivery service. Instead of hosting all of your site content from your server at one location, a CDN allows your content to be shared for servers all around the world for the highest delivery speed. Best of all, it’s super cheap to setup an account and speed up your site. Very easy to setup and well worth the investment.
With hundreds of web hosting solutions out there, how are you supposed to know which is best for your blog or business? The best way to know is through personal recommendations and who the big players are hosting with. More and more people are quickly making the switch to HostGator as their web host of choice. In addition to the services, up-time and pricing, I really like HostGator because of all the different support options they offer. Along with phone and email support, you can also visit their site and get someone on chat support and usually within just a few minutes you will be able to connect with a live operator that can help you out.
What can you get done $5 these days… pretty much nothing, right? Well on Fiverr.com you can actually get a ton of stuff done pretty cheap. Originally the site only focused on $5 jobs, but recently they allowed users on the site to implement upgrades to their jobs in increments of $5, $10 and $20. This means there are now more quality jobs on the site than ever before. I would recommend staying away from any link building methods and stick with design and content creation type of jobs. Always be sure to look at the customer feedback and try out different services on the site. I’ve come across plenty of great copywriters, designers and fun jobs that can be done for only $5 each!
A great looking wordpress site is one of the most important things every blogger needs. However, the cost of a completely custom design can cost a lot of money. Fortunately there are wordpress theme membership sites that only cost a few dollars a month to join. ElegantThemes is one of the top wordpress themes sites around. They offer access to over 80 different premium wordpress themes that are fully customizable and the price is only $39 per year.