Resources

I decided to put this page together so you have a place to easily find the best tools and resources for all of your blogging needs.

I’ll update it as I come across more stuff that I think will be really helpful to you.

Also, if you have any questions on how to use any of the resources on this page, feel free to send me an email and let me know.

Blogging:

WordPress – Hands down, the best blogging platform out there today. I use WordPress for all of my blogs and websites.

Genesis Theme – This is the theme that Moolah Blogger runs on. You have over a dozen skins to choose from. It’s completely customizable (designer-friendly) but also looks great right out of the box (newbie-friendly).

Thesis Theme – A really comprehensive support community and plenty of options to get your site looking exactly the way you want it to (without having to know anything about HTML or CSS) and handles SEO for you.

Woo Themes – Attractive and easy to use, premium themes for regular blogs and eCommerce sites.

Hosting:

Bluehost – Excellent choice for your first blog since they’re super affordable, make installing WordPress really easy and have great customer service. Plus, you get a free domain when you sign up.

Keyword Research:

Google Adwords Keyword Tool – Makes it easy to narrow down which topics you should be writing about and is also useful if you’re looking for keywords to target for an ad campaign.

Traffic Travis – Great SEO, PPC, and keyword/marketing research tool. There’s a free version as well as a professional version that has a lot more features.

Email Marketing/Mailing List:

MailChimp – Email marketing made easy, plus it’s free. Lets you design great looking email letters and track the results of your campaign. You can also use it to add mailing list opt-in forms on your blog.

eCommerce:

eJunkie – I use eJunkie on a few of my sites. You can use it to sell anything from ebooks to physical products to services. They make it really easy to integrate a professional-looking and unobtrusive shopping cart into your blog or website. They’re also really affordable.

Paypal – It’s possible to use Paypal to sell your products/services, but I prefer to go through eJunkie since they’re more full-featured. However, you do need a Paypal account in order for eJunkie to send you your payments.

Affiliate Marketing:

Clickbank – A good place to find membership and information products (like ebooks) to promote.

Commission Junction – The first affiliate network I ever joined. You’ll find a lot of well-known merchants and “big business” type companies here. It’s really easy to set up an account and you can get started the same day.

Share-A-Sale – Another affiliate marketplace with a large selection of vendors whose products you can help promote. A little more difficult to get into, but they do have a lot of merchants you won’t find on Commission Junction and have a diverse range of products and services to choose from.

Advertising:

Google Adsense – This lets Adwords advertisers run ads on your website or blog. It’s free to sign up and you get paid whenever visitors to your site click on the ads.

Google Adwords – Placing Google Ads is an easy way to get extra traffic to your website or blog. You essentially choose keywords and which location you’d like to target, then you pay each time someone clicks on your ad.

Google Analytics – A free tool that lets you track stats for your website. Everyone who has a blog or website should be using this, since it gives you the insight to how your site is performing and where you need to make improvements or adjustments.

Books:

Darren Rowse and Chris Garret’s ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income

Danny Iny’s Engagement from Scratch!: How Super-Community Builders Create a Loyal Audience and How You Can Do the Same!