Services

These are all the services that I use on a regular basis and can personally recommend.

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Domains & Web Hosting

I spent many years hopping around web hosts until I found one that was reliable and not too expensive. Switching web hosts was painless as I registered my domain with a seperate registrar which meant I didn't have to move that as well.

Namecheap

I like to keep my domain names seperate from my hosting. It means all my domains are in one place no matter where the websites are hosted and I can move hosting easily.

Namecheap also offers free dynamic dns, which means I can easily hook up a domain to my Raspberry Pi (if that is the sort of thing you are into).

I highly recommend using Namecheap for managing your domains.

SiteGround

I have used a lot of web hosting companies in the past. I find myself moving around a lot becuase they suffer from downtime, poor performance or bad customer service (or all of the above).

The team at SiteGround however have great customer service and their servers are the fastest and most reliable (99.996% uptime) I have used so far. They also include free SSL and daily backups on all their plans. A great choice for Wordpress or Perch CMS sites.

Email Marketing

Drip

Whether you are running a blog or SaaS you need to be building up your email list and have a way of contacting your customers. At the moment I am using Drip for this. It is free up to 2,500 subscribers and has great email tracking and automations.

Content Marketing

One of the most sustainable ways to get traffic to your blog or business is with content marketing. With content marketing you can build up a steady stream of traffic from search engines and be able to promote your business in a non-spammy way by providing value to potential customers. These are the tools I use to help with that.

BuzzSumo

You can waste a lot of time writing content that nobody wants to read. However, if you use BuzzSumo you can find out what articles are trending in your industry or which of your competitors posts get shared the most.

The paid plan is a little out of reach for most bloggers at $99/month but you can get quite a lot of value out of the daily free searches.

Answer The Public

Trying to come up with ideas for content can be hard. Answer the Public is a fantastic free visual tool for bloggers and marketers that can help you find tons of topics to write about.

For example typing in "blogging" comes back with 813 topics!

UberSuggest

UberSuggest is a great free tool for keyword research. Now owned by Neil Patel, it will not only give you keyword ideas but also search volume, cost per click as well as competitor analysis. You can also get this data from Google's Keyword Planner, but UberSuggest is nicer to use.

Next time you are about to write a blog post, it is worth finding out the best keyword to target so more people are likely to find it.