Running an online business is a challenging task; more challenging than a 9-5 day job! I’m not scaring you, but you should be prepared to face REAL life.
Internet marketing has taught me so much since 2007, and all I can say is “time is gold”. I wasted a lot of it in my early days because there was no one who could give me “complete guides”, “step-by-step instructions”, “list of useful resources”, etc., a few years ago.
I went about trying every internet marketing tool out there. Bunch of them turned out to be crap. I lost precious money and even more precious TIME.
So what’s the impact? My success was delayed. You heard it right. If I had the blue print to success strategies and the right resources at hand I would have succeeded a lot earlier! I wouldn’t have wasted time and money!
But well I won’t complain about what happened coz it has happened for good. I can now help aspiring and new bloggers by giving them the right guidance to succeed with blogging; this is something I love to do.
So let’s dive in.
Starting your blog
Starting a blog is the most important part of all. Instead of reading and watching other people doing it, you need to do it yourself in order to get things going. So here are the tools that you’ll need to put your blog to life.
Hosting – All my websites are hosted on Hostgator. The thing I love about Hostgator is that their support is awesome. I’ve rarely experienced down times. And their packages are very economical.Feel free to use “probloggingsuccess ” (without quotes) to get 25% off your initial hosting package.If you want to cut off the hype and get a plain, clean account that doesn’t promise unlimited stuff, you can check out my own hosting plans here > Best Hosting And Design.
Theme – Problogging Success runs on Genesis; it’s actually a framework which means you can make your blog to look the way you want. I have their Pro Plus Package (which I highly recommend – it has a great value for money) since I have a bunch of websites. The Studiopress team keeps adding new themes quite often :)Previously this site was on Thesis, but after Thesis 2.x my relationship with Thesis ended. But still Thesis is a great clean framework.
Blogging Resources / Training
List building / Email marketing
WP Subscribers plugin – A handy and clever WordPress plugin that helps you to boost your list growth.
MaxblogPress Subscribers Magnet – A cool list building plugin that makes list building quite effortless with amazing features. You will have to check out the features yourself.
Immediate List Building Pro – Hands down, THE best plugin so far for building your email list. This plugin bundles almost all of the cool features offered by other list building plugins into one for a very decent price.
Blog promotion / Backlinks
No matter how extraordinary your blog’s content is, you still need to promote it if you want real eyeballs to see it!
I can write all this page about the usefulness of this plugin.
If you’re not using this plugin, you are missing out.
SEO/Keyword research tools
Can’t survive on the blogosphere without SEO tools. Let me share the SEO tools I use for my survival.
Market Samurai – Hands down, the number one Keyword research, SEO spying tool and much more. You can try it for free here.Tip to get a discount: Sign up for a free trial and wait for a few days (I think max 5 days). Market Samurai people will email you a 35% discount code. So even if you want to purchase the tool, make sure you sign up for the free trial version first and wait for a few days; you can save some bucks this way!
Long Tail Pro – For fast and effective Keyword Research. Beats Market Samurai with its speed. This tool can go the extra mile with being able analyze upto 5 seed keywords simultaneously, check for domain names (EMD), pre-filter the results before you can analyze, provide you with Keyword Competitiveness and Advertiser Competition and much more.
Easy WP SEO – Excellent on-page SEO plugin which helps to optimize a post or a page for one or more keywords.
Social Media Tools
Commentluv Premium plugin – See? I had to mention it again. With loads of social enticement features, this plugin is a must to promote your blog on other blogs.Top Commentluvvers (comes free with Commentluv Premium) – To encourage top commentators (those with Commentluv account). This plugin is a nice way to attract more commenters to your blog.
Readers from RSS 2 Blog – A wonderful plugin that puts your RSS feeds on steroids for traffic, conversion and sales.