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Resources

Like most blogs of this type I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come and that i will also be referring to for all of your web start-up needs. I’ll add to it as I learn more, but you’ll notice that in the future I will reference this page quite often. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!

Blogging

  • WordPress: The #1 Blog Publishing Platform. Free and easily customizable with wonderful support.
  • Woo Themes: The ultimate resource for premium looking WordPress themes.
  • The THESIS Theme: This is the WordPress theme and framework that mydigitalcrumb.com runs on. Thesis promises out-of-box search engine optimization, faster page load times, maximum readability to engage and hold reader’s attention, and point-and-click design and font controls.
  • How to Start a Blog That Matters: My top recommendation for educational material if you’re looking to start a blog from scratch (via Corbett Barr of ThinkTraffic.net)

Hosting

  • Godaddy: I chose this as I already had Domains registered there, and adding hosting and configuring it was a doddle…
  • Bluehost: Easy to use, 1-click automatic WordPress installation with excellent customer service.

Product Distribution & Shopping Carts

  • Clickbank: Another digital products retailer. Probably the most popular. Decently priced, but comes with an amazing affiliate program for your products.
  • Paypal.com: Paypal is just ok for selling your own products through them, but you’ll need an account anyways to configure with and accept payments from the above shopping carts.

Keyword Research

  • Market Samurai: The number one tool for keyword research available, hands down.
  • Long Tail Pro: This is another top-of-the-line keyword research tool that many claim to be better and more user friendly than Market Samurai.
  • Google Adwords Tool: A tool to help you decide what keywords to use for your Adwords campaigns. You can also check to see the popularity of certain keywords and the competition for ads for those keywords as well.

Images & Photos

  • The Ultimate Guide to Finding and Using Images on Your Blog: Written by Pat over at Smartpassiveincome.com, detailing all you need to know about using images on your website. As you can’t just pull any image from the internet and use it – you could get in trouble! Read this to stay safe and worry free.
  • iStockPhoto: This is where I purchase royalty-free images that I use on my sites.
  • Flickr Creative Commons: This is where you can get free images for your website, but there are some rules that go along with it. Read the post in the first image & photo resource above to make sure you know how it all works.

Email Subscriptions & Marketing

  • Mail Chimp: A great Email opt-in service for those just starting out… once you hit a certain about of subscribers it may be time to upgrade to Aweber though… (we will see!)
  • Aweber: The internet’s most powerful email opt-in service and email marketing/broadcasting tool. This is what I use to build my email list and newsletter. Starts at $19 a month.
  • OptinSkinA tool created by Glen Allsop from Viperchill.com to help us more easily embed email opt-in forms onto our website. I use it specifically at the bottom of my posts.

Advertising Stuff

  • Google Adsense: Make money by placing relevant ads on your website that are generated from advertisers using Google Adwords. This is free to use, but you have to register for an account.
  • Google Adwords: If you want to begin advertising on Google, you can select keywords and locations and you pay each time someone clicks on your advertisement.

Testing Results

  • Google Analytics: Google’s free website tracking and analytical tool. A must have for anyone with any type of website.
  • Clicky: Clicky is just like Google Analytics, except it’s easier to use, and you can view how many people are on your site (and what they are doing) in real time! Your first site is free.
  • Limit Login Attempts (WordPress Plugin): Install this plugin to limit the number of times someone can attempt to login to your WordPress admin panel before getting blocked. This helps to stop those who keep trying to break in by logging into your website with different passwords (and there are tools to help speedup this process).

Getting Help from Others / Outsourcing

  • Elance: Hired service for just about anything you can think of.
  • Odesk: Another outsource website for freelancers, IT companies, programmers and web designers from abroad.
  • 99Designs: This is a unique website that you can use if you need a logo design. It’s in a contest format. You submit the description of what you want, and designers will compete against each other to win money.
  • Virtual Staff Finder: Virtual Staff Finder is the best and quickest headhunter service on the web if you’re looking for high quality VAs for anything you want done by someone else for your online business.

Books

Video

  • LeadPlayer – What I use on this blog to play almost all of my YouTube videos. By using this tool, I can include calls to actions, or opt-in form at the end of the videos…right inside the video itself!

Disclosure:  Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.  Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something.  Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.