Tools I Use & Recommend

I'm asked all the time what I think about the different tools available for bloggers. I guess that comes from working with different clients over the years with many different needs.  All of the products or services listed here are either products I've used myself or have used for my clients. They are also my go products or services if I'm going to recommend something.  The first tab is my current technology stack & this section changes over time.

I will only share about products I have used and love. These links are affiliate links meaning I will receive a small commission or bonus for recommending you and sometimes you may also receive a discount too.

  • What I'm Using Right Now
  • email marketing
  • WordPRess
  • WordPRess Plugins
  • WordPRess Help
  • Tools for Selling
  • Web Hosting

My current technology stack

Vlog Theme by Meks. I was looking for a new look for my website and something that would make it easy to organize all my content.  I discovered the Vlog Theme by Meks on ThemeForest and I fell in love.  This theme as some great design elements, it's pretty easy to tweak and it's pretty affordable too!

Check out the Vlog Theme

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WP Engine. Unless something crazy happens, I will always be a fan of WP Engine. They focus solely on hosted WordPress powered websites. They help to keep my site secure and running fast. Yes, they cost a bit more than other web hosts, but the amount of time I'm saving in some of my maintenance tasks (and backups) makes it all worth it! (Note: if you decide to move to WP Engine and use my affiliate link let me know and I'll answer any questions you have about their migration process.)

Discover WP Engine​

MailerLite. I have tried just about every major email marketing service available, personally I've used MailChimp, Get Response, Aweber, Ontraport, ConvertKit & ActiveCampaign.  Many of these services I recommend depending on my clients needs, but for me I'm loving MailerLite.  The easy of using it & the landing page option is pretty awesome too.

WordPress. I use a self-hosted version of WordPress and if you're serious about creating a sustainable business and blog then you need to be one WordPress or at least have a plan to migrate to WordPress when you're ready, but in my opinion it's better to start with the right foundation from the beginning. I do offer a basic WordPress setup service, so get in contact if you'd like to learn more.

Thrive Leads. Building an email list should be a priority and you want to create high converting optin forms. Thrive Leads makes this process easy. You can read my review here. I've seen a 25% increase in subscribes since I started using Thrive Leads.

Thrive Landing Pages. The team behind Thrive Leads creates a bunch of pretty sweet plugins with a focus on conversions.  I use the Thrive Landing Pages & Content Builder to build many of my pages on my site.  In fact this one you're reading right now is built using Thrive Content Builder.  Oh and they also have themes too...

Zoho Books. I've tried so many different accounting services and was initially skeptical at the price point for Zoho Books thinking it couldn't do everything I wanted. Easy invoice payment, multi-currency, time tracking and more. Well I was wrong. Unless something happens, I'll be sticking with Zoho Books for the long haul.

G Suite. Formally known as Google Apps for Work, G Suite is the business version of Gmail and Google Drive. I like it because all of my emails and documents are shared using my business email and domain.