Building a business blog that earns on auto-pilot should be easy!

Blogging for Growth & Value Building RESOURCES


These are helpful resources I use myself in building sites and in developing the systems that work for me. The list grows as the discovery of new ones happens along. The List of Book Recommendations will also be here.

Tools and Apps

Creating Your Website

Hostmonster -  You need to have a hosting for your website. Web hosting services provide storage and access to the Word Wide Web. There are many other web hosting service providers you can choose from. But this is the one I use based on the high recommendation of my mentor after comparing the many web hosting service providers. I like Hostmonster because it is easy to use. Just create an account and you can set-up your domain name and create your Wordpress blog in one place.

Wordpress.org - When it comes to website creation, Wordpress simply rules. If you're serious about monetizing your blogs or business presence online, then it is best to have a paid Wordpress blog. I am suggesting this because I would like to save you from the troubles of migrating your blog content from a free account to a paid account. It's not something you'll enjoy doing. It is a derailing activity. Plus, the free accounts have very little flexibility and is not designed for business purposes. 

Themes - After installing your Wordpress Blog. You have to select a theme for your blog or site. There are a lot of free themes you may select from. I use themes from Thrive Themes. Thrive Themes is the conversion focused plugins for Wordpress. These plugins make using Wordpress a whole world easier. You'll never see Wordpress in the same way again after using Thrive Themes. Anyone who has experienced using Wordpress knows it's hardly intuitive. Among Thrive Themes plugins are the different Themes for Wordpress:

  • Theme: The FocusBlog - The perfect theme for creating simple, clean, conversion-focused blogs or business websites. FocusBlog is a real multi-purpose theme. That means you can use it to create a corporate website, a marketing site with landing pages and sales pages, a site for a local business and much more.
  • Theme: Ignition - Ignition is a theme that's very well suited for building a marketing website. Check out the demo site to see an example of a beautiful, effective homepage layout that can be used to drive sales or free trial signups.
  • ​Theme: Luxe - he uncluttered, minimalistic & gorgeously luxurious theme for your WordPress blog. Luxe is a theme that is all about stripping away the distractions and the unessential, and keeping only what truly matters for making your site beautiful and functional.
  • Theme: Minus - Minimal in design, but packed with features: this is the multi-purpose theme for your next project. The first thing you'll notice about the Minus theme is the strikingly minimal design. Most pages are carefully composed with typography, white space and very little else. This minimal design makes the theme highly adaptable to almost any purpose and any brand (especially when you start using our theme customization options).
  • Theme: Performag - A theme built from the ground up to increase the revenue of magazine and news websites. There are many so-called magazine and news themes available for WordPress, but all they do is give your site a certain look. Performag goes much further than that. It's not about looks, it's about the machinery inside this theme. Performag is built from the ground up to increase ad revenue, increase social sharing and increase user engagement on your site. In short: it's streamlined for the business purposes of a magazine website.
  • Theme: Pressive - Impressive and functional design. Streamlined to help you grow your business. Whether you want to build a fully featured marketing website, a collection of brilliant sales pages or just a conversion focused blog, Pressive has you covered.​
  • Theme: Rise - An elegant and effective theme for blogging, affiliate marketing and other online businesses. If you run a blog and make money through affiliate marketing and selling your own products, Rise may just be the theme you've been waiting for...
  • Theme: Squared - A fully featured marketing theme with a bold, flat-design style, multimedia post formats and more. Squared is a theme that makes attention-grabbing design choices without losing sight of the business factor. Too many themes try too hard to be especially fancy or "different" looking and end up losing out on usability. With Squared, you can give your site a striking and unforgettable look, but all the conversion best-practices are still in place.
  • Theme: Voice - A unique blogging theme that puts your content front and center. Optimized for readability. Voice is a theme that emphasizes content & authors. The unique, header-less design and the typography put your content in the spotlight. In addition, the post author is prominently displayed next to the content, making it ideal for personal branding (works for single author and multi-author sites). Alternatively, you can remove the author-focus and just display a logo instead.

If you're new to domain names and hosting, and website terms, please read this post about it: What is a website, a Blog, A Site?

Building Your Website for Traffic and Coversion

Thrive Content Builder - In Thrive Content Builder, the page you are editing looks exactly like the page your visitor sees. You don't need to load a preview in a new tab and switch back and forth between your editor and the preview. This is what makes this awesome. It makes the content building process truly WYSIWYG and it saves me a lot of time. I have never enjoyed creating content in Wordpress until I installed and started using this Thrive Content Builder.

Thrive Leads - If you're serious about building a business, you must be able to build your email list. And to build an email list, you must have Opt-in Pages or Leads Pages. Thrive Leads helps you achieve that faster and easier. Other than the vast template library, it goes with A/B testing, targeting, actionable reporting and insights, and more. 

Thrive Ultimatum - Thrive Ultimatum is a tool for Scarcity Marketing. Implementation of Scarcity Marketing results in increasing conversion without the need to increase traffic.

Facebook Ads - Facebook Ads is necessary to bring traffic to your site if you really want to reach plenty fast.

Qwaya - Qwaya is a powerful self-service tool for any business who seeks to save time and increase performance when working with Facebook ad campaigns. With Qwaya you can create, publish, track, optimize and organize any Facebook ad types with more sophistication and usability than the tools provided by Facebook. It is not free, but you can sign-up for a free trial.

Google Analytics - It is the most widely used web analytic service on the internet. It will give you vital information about what pages or what post works. It's a free plugin you install to your Wordpress. 

All in One WordPress Security - This is a WordPress plugin you should install for your site's security. (I will later add a section for the necessary plugins.)

Creating Image Content

Canva - Canva is an online graphic design platform. It offers free access to a wide assortment of design tools and options, as well as premium options for paying customers. Canva lets you create awesome visual content. It is the most recommended free online app for creating visual content for the internet. It's so easy to use. If you don't have the time and patience to learn photoshop, this is a great option. 

Pickmonkey - Picmonkey is a free online image editor with premium features added for people who are willing to pay for them.

Pixabay - Pixabay is a resource for high-quality photos, illustrations, and vector graphics. Images can be used for free without requiring attribution.

Freepik - Freepik helps you find free photos, illustrations, PSD and vectors to use for websites, banners, presentations, magazines, advertising. You have to attribute the designer in your website.

Read this post for other 12 Best Places to Find Free Stock Photos: The 6 Easy Ways of Creating Your Visual Content Like a Pro

Creating Video Content

Powtoon - Powtoon is an online animation software that allows you to quickly and easily create animated presentations for free. With a Powtoon free account, you can create as many animated videos as you want to. There's no limit. A paid account would have more feature and flexibility and none of their brand on your animation.

Biteable - Biteable is the simplest video maker. Signup for your free Biteable video maker account and you're all set to create professional animated videos. But it will also have its brand on your video. You have to get the paid account if you prefer to place your own brand.

Microsoft Windows Movie Maker - Microsoft movie maker is very useful fro preparing your raw videos for Youtube uploads and for social media sharing too.

Microsoft Windows PowerPoint 2013 - You can record your screen in PowerPoint 2013. It is useful for creating tutorials. And it's nice because you can already save the file in mp4 format.

Facebook Live - Live is the best way to interact with viewers in real time. It becomes a video content on your page after the live broadcast.

Google Hangouts On Air - With Hangouts On Air, you can host and broadcast live discussions and performances to the world through your YouTube channel or Google+ Home page. You can also edit and share a copy of the broadcast.

Writing Blog Post

Ginger - Ginger is a writing productivity tool app or software. It checks for grammar, spelling, and re-phrasing. You can start trying it for free.

Hemmingway Editor - Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear. The app highlights long, complex sentences and common errors. It helps you shorten long sentences or split it. You can use this for free. 

Grammarly - Grammarly is the world's leading automated proofreader. It checks for spelling, grammar, punctuation errors, vocabulary usage, and makes suggestions. You can use the free trial.

Thessaurus - Thessaurus.com is the largest and most trusted free online thesaurus brought to you by Dictionary.com. You can quickly find synonyms and antonyms which are always helpful when you write.

Advanced Marketing Institute Headline Analyzer - The AMI Headline Analyzer is a free tool that will analyze your headline to determine the Emotional Marketing Value (EMV) score.

Co-scheduler Headline Analyzer - Co-scheduler Headline Analyzer is a free blog post headline analyzer that will score your overall headline quality and rate its ability to result in social shares, increased traffic, and SEO value.

Thrive Headline Optimizer - Thrive Headline Optimizer is the most effective, most statistically robust WordPress Plugin. It allows you to test your headlines, like the most successful sites do, on your very own website.

Related posts for reading:   The Best Headline Tool To Capture Your Readers in 2.6 Seconds  and Proven Free Headline Analyzer for Copywriters 

Email Marketing and Automation

Getdrip - Getdrip recently announced its $1 per month plan for beginners. It means your monthly plan is at $1 from 0 to 100 subscriber. Getdrip is an email marketing automation that allows you to craft every interaction with your leads, trial users and customers like an artisan. A great feature of Drip, among the other features, is its visual workflow builder wherein you can automate the whole marketing sequences, and everything is auto-pilot. This is the one I am currently using. It is not free, but they have a 1-month free trial period.

GetResponse - GetResponse is another great email marketing automation that offers 30 days free trial without having to enter any payment details. This is another great email marketing and automation tools used by some of my influencers.

MailerLite - MailerLite is great for startups because you get to use this email automation tool for FREE from 0 to 1,000 subscribers. This is great!

The other similar tools I've tried for free are:

MailChimp​

Madmimi

Benchmarkmail

Helpful Productivity Apps

IFTTT - If-This-Then-That is a productivity tool that can save you time in posting content to and synchronizing your social media accounts. IFTTT gives you creative control over the products and apps you use by creating "If-Then" recipes. Here's a tutorial post on IFTTT: Using This Free Tool Fress Up Your Time Like Magic

SocialPilot - SocialPilot is a social media marketing and management tool that allows you to manage all your social media accounts actively. This tool enables you to schedule posts and campaigns across all these social media accounts. You can try it for free on limited social media accounts.

Trello - Trello is a great personal or group project monitoring tool. A Trello board is a list of lists, filled with cards, used by you and your team. Trello has everything you need to organize projects of any size. Open a card and you can add comments, upload file attachments, create checklists, add labels and due dates, and more. You can also sign-up for free.

Toggle - A simple online timer with a powerful timesheet calculator. Best time tracking system for a small business. It is also a good time tracker for yourself when you're working on multiple projects. A nice tool to know where your time goes.

Roboform - Roboform is the top-rated Password Manager and Web Form Filler that completely automates password entering and form filling.

Dropbox - Dropbox is a home for all your photos, docs, videos, and files. Anything you add to Dropbox will automatically show up on all your computers, phones, and even the Dropbox website — so you can access your stuff from anywhere. You start off with 2GB free storage space for a free account.

Google Drive - Google Drive, formerly Google Docs, is a file storage and synchronization service created by Google. It allows users to store files in the cloud, share files, and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with collaborators.

Book Recommendations

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
Guerrilla Marketing
Launch
The Sticking Point
The Ultimate Sales Letter
Ogilvy on Advertising
Start with Why
Ask.
The Boron Letters