This blog is about building WordPress Websites and is not directly associated with the WordPressfoundation.org, however I am one of their biggest fans! I would not even bother using any other content management system. ( I have tried my fair share)
Here is my collection of cool tools and websites that help me make money with my WordPress websites. I use these websites and tools everyday but this does not mean they will work for you. Please be aware that these tools (mostly free) and resources are listed here as a great source of information and I do not actually sell any of these products but will get a commission if you buy a product from some links. I have purchased most of them though, but only after long and tiresome research.
If you are making an online business you can only survive for so long on free tools. So if you are a newbie I recommend not going out and buying everything at once as you can easily start a business using free tools. When your business grows you will have to start buying software to automate some jobs, and even move to outsourcing other jobs.
Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post below are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. Most Resources are free, especially if you don’t mind putting in a bit more work.
The Absolute Most Important WordPress Resources!
Free Open source software. (The absolute best!)
Over 17,000 free plugins in the WordPress Plugin directory.
Over 1,400 WordPress free themes to choose from. Fantastic for newbies on a tight budget!
Free blog hosted on WordPress.com/
My WordPress Website Checklists
Firefox is a free web browser that is used by webmasters because it has great addons that help with research and SEO.
Seoquake allows user to obtain and investigate many important SEO parameters of the internet project under study on the fly.
Social Media Websites
Social Media Tools
Join this website and you can bookmark other peoples content to earn credits, then other random people bookmark you. This definitely brings you traffic.
**Twitters own “Twitter for business 101” guide
TweetDeck is your personal real-time browser, connecting you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Google Buzz and more. Update all these social medias from your desktop.
Ping will automatically update multiple social profiles at once, and provides you with the opportunity to schedule future updates, so your accounts can stay active and fresh even when you aren’t around!
Auto-posts updates to your Twitter feed and enables you to send automatic tweets to those who follow you.
Auto bookmarks your website posts. You can add a plugin to WordPress or add a HTML button to your website. But be careful because over bookmarking can get you banned from everywhere.
Feeder Sites / Link Wheels
Press Release Creation Services:
Press Release Distribution Channels:
Article Submission websites:
Keyword Research Tools
Resources List (some affiliate links)
Hostgator – Not the cheapest hosting but the best for me…No downtime in 3 years for me.. Nothing but support
NameCheap.com – Free bonuses when you buy a domain name here. Also cheap.
Google search – Still need to check out your competition.
Keyword Elite – What I use to do all this hard work for me. Finding the right keywords is the most important step
when building a website.
Installing a WordPress website through fantastico
Installing a WordPress theme
Artisteer – Make your own WordPress themes.
Socrates – The theme I use on most of my websites.
Elegant Themes – Best deal for website themes. Real estate, E commerce, Review themes, and more all for one price.
Thesis – A WordPress theme framework to build on. This website is using it..A barebones frame to build up.
Elance.com – Find someone to do a job for you. I usually get articles written and sometimes SEO.
SEOPressor – The number one on page SEO plugin. I cannot live without this. It’s easy to use, not like others.
Squidoo – Create a free blog and earn revenue from it and get backlinks.
Mailchimp – The email marketing crew I use..Free to use until you get too big.
Aweber – I think these guys have one month trial. One of the best but I prefer Mailchimp.
WPSubscribers – Email capture boxes anywhere you want on your blog without any coding.
Warrior Forum – Learn from other webmasters who are in the same boat.
Guest Posting WordPress Website Resources
My Blog Guest – Join for free and offer to take guest posts and publish them to your blog! This is a great way to get content for your website or a great way to submit your own guest posts!
Internet Marketing SEO Tools
SEOMoz.org – Go and register and checkout their free tools.
Top Competitor Tool – Shows the top 10 sites for a keyphrase in Google, Yahoo and MSN.
Keyword Density Analysis Tool – Enter a URL get all the keyword density for the page.
online link checker – W3C has a tool for finding broken and malformed links.
Spotmau – Top computer repair software and computer maintenance software that sells like crazy!
Clickbank RSS feed to your WordPress Website:
AnyMeeting (free with ads)
Submitting an Ebook
Free eBook Directory
E Course Web
Mind Like Water