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My Favorite Tools for Making a Catchy High Performing Blog

This is a list of tools that I personally use to blog and run my ecommerce shop that sells domain names.

Screenshot machine - Website capturing service that REALLY works!

You can often find yourself blogging about useful websites and tools. It's helpful to include snips. Most screenshot services end up with a ridiculously snip that looks off when. This tool always comes up with snappy squared off snips of reasonable sizes.

Stock photos, royalty-free images, graphics, vectors & videos

You can find free sources for clipart and stock photos for jazzing up blog posts, but a paid service has better licensing and ease of use. For 10 dollars a month I find adobe stock a great alternative.

I Recommend WPX Hosting

WPX hosting isn't the cheapest hosting, but it's an excellent value with included protection against hacking/website cleanup, responsive support, and fast speeds. Only downside would be if you want to run SQL applications off your database. Basically for hosting wordpress sites they have the best value proposition around.

Free SERP checker - google ranking check | serplab.co.uk

We need to keep track of our position in google. Probably too much. But a tracking service is way better than doing it by hand. Serplab has an excellent free option, cute branding, and reasonable incremental upgrade costs.

StatCounter -Simply powerful web analytics

A free yet reliable invisible web tracker, highly configurable hit counter and real-time detailed web stats. I use to get a slightly easier to use stats than google analytics.

SEMrush - service for competitors research, shows organic and Ads keywords for any site or domain

SEMRUSH gives a keyword value by site. Investigate potential competitors and see if there's a valuable market there before you start. Not the best backlink checker but gets you competitors higher value links.

Lists made social - Listly

Curating content can be a great way to diversify your own content. You will probably want to use the upgraded options but List.ly does visually appealing list of resources to implant on your site.

Logos, Web, Graphic Design & More. | 99designs

If you separate out coding from the design aspects of a blog then it can go much quicker. I got great results with a 99design contest that I had coded on upwork.

Social Media Marketing Freelancers For Hire Online | Fiverr

Want to draw an X on a photo or get quick edits that are a bit beyond your skill level. Fiverrs the place. SEMrush reports for a competitor or two. Hack cleanup. A bit bargain basement but sometimes thats what you need.

WooCommerce - eCommerce for WordPress

This is what I use for my site selling brandable domain names and dvds. Easy enough to implement for someone who can manage a wordpress blog. Shopify might be a bit easier but higher cost.

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