Recommended Tools & Resources
The following is a list of suggested tools and resources that I use to run this site and other online businesses.
If you are a UK based business and mainly target people or businesses in the UK I would recommend a UK based hosting company. I recommend TSOHOST for 4 simple reasons:
1. Reliable hosting with good support
2. One-click WordPress installation (this is amazingly quick and easy)
3. Fast hosting with free backup
4. Very competitive pricing
I currently host a number of my sites with them including this one.
BlueHost is one of the largest website hosts in the US and combined with the sites hosted by sister companies provides hosting services for over 1.9m websites. They also have a very good reputation for the helpful, quick and knowledgeable 24/7 US-based service they provide to customers.
Additionally for the price their list of standard features provided with hosting is impressive and should provide most small business and website owners with all the functionality and access they require.
- it’s simple to use
- they’ve got 500+ easy to use templates
- the emails are both web and mobile friendly
- you get some amazing tracking data
- feature for feature it also happen to be one of the best value systems available
They also have some very powerful autoresponder features than can save you hours of time and put some of your internet marketing on autopilot.
Opt-In Pages, Boxes & Forms
LeadPages is an amazing tool that helps you create & split test responsive landing pages, sales pages & conversion pages and lots more. LeadPages is essentially the easiest and quickest landing page builder available. It allows you to create, edit and publish high-converting pages without your having to write or change a single line of code.
Each created page is also 100% mobile responsive, ensuring everyone can respond and engage with your landing pages. LeadPages also enables you to effortlessly integrate with most of the leading email marketing systems on the market such as GetResponse, Aweber, Mailchimp etc.
LongTailPro is my keyword research tool of choice. Not only is it a very powerful keyword research tool, allowing you to generate hundreds or thousands of unique “Long Tail” keywords in a matter of minutes it can also identify and display the top 10 competitors in Google for that specific keyword.
As an added bonus it can also give you a ranking of how easy or difficult it maybe to rank for that keyword, enabling you to make vital decisions on which keyword(s) to target.