Tools I Recommend
My recommended tools to build and grow your online business
Welcome to the the recommended tools section, a curated list of the tools that I personally recommend for building and growing your online business.
I have tested and used every recommendation on this page.
Before digging into the list of tools that I recommend, please read the following important disclosure.
Full Transparency about Recommended Tools
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WordPress Page Builder
I’ve tried all the major WordPress page builders. The Pro version of Elementor, in my opinion, is the easiest to use and has the most features for designing your website the way YOU want to. In fact, this whole website was degined using Elementor Pro. Plans start at just $49 per year.
If you use WordPress than you need hosting. I recently switched my hosting from SiteGround to FastComet and I am VERY HAPPY with my decision. FastComet has excellent customer support, provides free website transfer, free SSL, and free backups. Oh, and my website loads just as quickly as ever! FastComet also has a 45 day money back guarantee. Highly recommended!! Plans start at just $2.95/month.
If you’re looking to improve your site speed, then WP Rocket is the tool I recommend! I’ve used many of the free caching plugins and had positive results. But several years ago, I switched to WP Rocket and the improvement in my website’s speed was impressive. Setting up WP Rocket is a piece of cake but if you run into any issues, they have amazing customer support. Buy with confidence! Pricing starts at $49 for a full year.
Email Marketing Tools
If you’re looking for an affordable tool to send emails to your subscribers, then it’s hard to beat MailerLite. MailerLite makes it easy to design your emails and automation flows, has great deliverability, and is free up to 1,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails a month. Paid plans start at just $10 a month.
Email Optin Tools
The Elementor Popup Builder is what I use on this website. It’s exclusively available as part of Elementor Pro and includes popups, hello bars, bottom bars, slide-ins, and full screen takeovers. And you can use all of the various Elementor widgets to design your opt-in forms the way that you want. The Elementor Popup Builder is incuded as part of Elementor Pro, which you can buy for as little as $49 a year.
Before the release of the Elementor Popup Builder, I used Convertful to collect leads on my website. And I was a VERY happy customer. Convertful has every feature you could possibly want in an email optin tool inlcuding popups, welcome mats, floating bars, spin-to-win gamification, social subscriptions popups, and much, more more. They have a 100% free plan for those that are just starting out. Paid plans start at just $90 a year.
Online Shopping Carts and Stores
Selz is my favorite tool for selling digital products, services, or physical products. Selz is easy to set-up and provides lots of great options like coupons, pay what you want, one-click-upsells, and product license keys. You can start with a free 14-day trial (no credit card required). Paid plans being at just $26 per month.
Graphic Design Tools
I’ve tried all of the major graphic design tools and Canva remains my go-to-tool when I need to create an image for my blog or social media. You can get a lot of mileage out of the free version or upgrade to the paid version for as little as $9.95 a month. The Pro version lets you create a brand identity, easily resize images and remove backgrounds, and gives you access to premium photos, videos, and graphics. You can start with a free, 30-day trial of Canva Pro.
Social Media Posting
For anyone who regularly posts to social media, SocialBee is my recommended tool. SocialBee posts to all major networks, includes evergreen posting to recycle your posts, has features to help grow your Twitter audience, and much more! You can start with a 14-day trial (no credit card required). Paid plans being at $19 a month.
Video Creation Tool
If you want to create marketing videos for your business, then InVideo is my recommended tool. You can either start from scratch or upload your blog posts and turn them into videos. And the InVideo team is continually cranking out new features. Then even have a free plan that you can use before upgrading to one of their paid plans.
I’ve tried out a lot of different meeting apps over the years and Calendly remains my favorite. The interface is incredibly clean, making it super simple for your clients to use. Calendly’s free plan works great for anyone who’s just starting out. And when you’re ready to upgrade, paid plans start at only $8 a month.
YouTube Channel Management
TubeBuddy is a browser extension that integrates direcetly into YouTube to help you manage your channel. TubeBuddy has a ton of features….my favorite are the SEO tools that help your videos rank higher by finding keywords and tags for your videos. They have a free Chrome extension that you can use. Paid plans with more features start at only $9/month.
Who doesn’t get distracted while working on the computer? Fortunately, there’s Freedom, an app that lets you limit or completely block your access to the internet. I’ve been using Freedom since 2011 and I can tell you that it’s a GREAT tool to help you improve your productivity. You can start with a free trial of Freedom. When you’re ready to upgrade, they offer affordable monthly, annual, and lifetime options.
I hope that you found my list of recommended tools helpful! I’ll be updating this page whenever I find another tool that I LOVE. So make sure to bookmark this page or check back when you can.
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