Resources & Tools

Life would a whole lot easier if everybody knew the tools and resources needed to work especially for internet marketers. I am regularly asked for recommendations on different tools, training, resources and services available to blogging & internet Marketing as a whole.

People particularly want to know what tools I use to run my blogs.

As a result, we have decided to create the Omnitut Resource Page which gives you behind the scenes look at all the tools, plugins, and services that we use here at Omnitut. I’ve put together a list of recommended blogging resources that I’ve either personally used (in most cases) or which have come highly recommended to me people I trust.

I will add to this list as I come across new blogging resources that I recommend.

Disclosure:

Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

Blog Platforms

WordPress

As you can guess, our website is

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the best publishing platform on the web, WordPress.org.

It’s important that you know the difference between WordPress.com vs WordPress.org and choose the right platform for your needs.

While there are many blogging platforms out there, we always recommend using WordPress because of the freedom and flexibility you have to customize your website.
It is also the blogging platform of choice for most other bloggers today.

Recommended reading:

Comparison of the Top Blogging Platforms
Why is WordPress Free?
Why you should use WordPress?
Recommended Reading: Choosing a Blog Platform

Hosting

Web hosting is your website’s house on the internet. Every website needs web hosting, and each website has different needs.

There are many hosting services available for bloggers.

If you’re just starting out or have a smaller blog I highly recommend you check out BlueHost.

BlueHost – WordPress has been recommending Bluehost for web hosting since 2005. With 1-click WordPress installation, 24/7 support, and a super affordable rate, Bluehost is a great option for building your first website or blog.

Learn more about how to start a blog in this step step tutorial.

Update: Bluehost is great if you’re just starting out but we’re also hearing a lot of very good things about WPEngine if you’re looking for hosting of an established site with more traffic (or want to position yourself for that in the future).

They are more expensive but are WordPress specialists and are doing some great things for bloggers. Use this link and you’ll get 2 months free when you sign up for an annual plan.

That’s why we have a step step guide on how to choose the best WordPress hosting for your site.

Blog Design/Themes

There are tens of thousands of blog themes available for WordPress blogs. My only word of advice is to choose one that is updated regularly for
holes in security as you do not want to get your blog hacked with a poorly designed template.

The premium theme supplier that I highly recommend is StudioPress. I’ve used their themes in the early days of numerous blogs and love their design but also support.

If you are looking for high-quality WordPress templates, check out these companies:

Tools for Graphic Design

Canva – an online graphic design tool that even someone like I can create decent visuals for my blog with! Great for creating graphics for social media.

PicMonkey – another useful tool for creating visual content for your blog.

99designs – need some graphics, a logo or some other design element created a pro? Check out the services offered the thousands of designers at 99designs.

24slides – are a team of professional presentation designers who specialise in building awesome PowerPoints, Keynotes and more. An efficient service to make you look good.

Need help choosing a WordPress theme? See our article on 9 things you should consider when selecting a WordPress theme.

Security

WordPress security

VaultPress – We use VaultPress to create automatic backups. Automatic backups are your first defence against any security threats.

Sucuri – Sucuri offers web monitoring and malware cleanup service. It helps us enhance our WordPress security and actively block cyber attacks.

Login Lockdown – We use Login LockDown plugin to prevent brute-force login attacks. It locks user’s IP address after an X number of failed attempts.

Performance

Speed up WordPress – Ultimate Guide

W3 Total Cache – We use W3 Total Cache to integrate MaxCDN, do page caching and browser caching to improve site speed. See our W3 Total Cache review.

MaxCDN – We use a Content Delivery Network, MaxCDN, to speed up our site and reduce server load. We use it to serve static content (images, css, javascript). See our MaxCDN review.

Classic Smilies – We use classic smilies to turn off all emoji functionality in WordPress and replace it with older smilies from previous versions of WordPress.

Tools and Services for Marketing

ConvertKit – a tool we’re just starting to experiment with that looks very promising. Built from the ground up for bloggers.

SEMrush – SEMrush is a powerful and versatile competitive intelligence suite for online marketing, from SEO and PPC to social media and video advertising research.

SumoMe – a tool to help you collect email addresses through a variety of popups, hello bars, welcome mats and other innovative tools.

Clickfunnels – ClickFunnels Gives You EVERYTHING You Need To Market, Sell, and Deliver Your Products and Services Online! Without having to hire or rely on a tech team!

Yoast SEO – We use Yoast SEO to improve our on-page SEO adding Title Tags, XML Sitemaps, Indexation rules and more.

OptinMonster – OptinMonster is the best lead generation tool for WordPress. We use it to get more email subscribers. review.

MailChimp – MailChimp allows us to design, send, and track beautiful email newsletters to our readers. Every site owner should build an email list.

Blog Monetization

There are many ways to make money blogging – many more than I can cover in great detail on our resources page. But a few networks and services that might be a good starting point include:

AdSense – Googles Ad network – one of the most used monetization strategies for bloggers.

Amazon Associates – make money recommending products from the biggest online store.

Complete Affiliate marketing Course

Mediavine – Mediavine offers full service ad management including display ad optimization, video monetization and sponsored influencer marketing.

Recommended Reading – How I make Money Blogging

Niche affiliate marketing websites using WordPress

Pretty links – Pretty Links is a Plugin for WordPress that will enable you to shrink, cloak, track, organize, share and test all of your links on your own domain and server.

ThirstyAffiliates – We use ThirstyAffiliates to efficiently manage all of our affiliate links. It allows us to cloak links, automatically replace keywords, and more.

Blog Commenting Section

Showing parent comments with child comments in WordPress comments page

Akismet – We use Akismet to combat comment SPAM. Akismet lets us focus on writing quality content rather than moderating SPAM comments.

Subscribe to Comments Reloaded – We use it to allow our users to subscribe to comments. This way users get notification email when there is a new comment on the post.

No Self Pings – We use it to stop WordPress from sending ping back notifications when linking to our own posts.

Payment Gate ways

Payoneer – Payoneer is a financial services company that provides online money transfer and digital payment services, Payoneer offers you multiple ways to get paid online international clients and globally. Registration for this service is free.

Stripe – Stripe is a technology company. Its software allows individuals and businesses to receive payments over the Internet.

Other Blogging Resources and Tools

There are several tools, plugins, and custom code snippets that we use. Here is the list of some good behind the scene plugins, code snippets, etc.

Buzzsumo – a fantstic tool for analysing how well content is being shared on your site (or anyone else’s)

Shopify – They’re not just an ecommerce software, Shopify is the best ecommerce platform that has everything you need to sell online, on social media, or in person.

Gumroad – it is a solution for a shopping cart if you’re selling products from your blog. It is very simple to set up and use.

WordPress Plugins I use

Head, Footer and Post Injections– Header and Footer lets to add html/javascript code to the head and footer and posts of your blog.

Heateor Social Comments – Enable Facebook Comments, Google Plus Comments, Disqus Comments along with default WordPress Comments.

Jetpack WordPress.com – Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.

Loginizer – Loginizer is a WordPress plugin which helps you fight against bruteforce attack blocking login for the IP after it reaches maximum retries allowed. You can blacklist or whitelist IPs for login using Loginizer.

Wordfence Security – Wordfence Security – Anti-virus, Firewall and Malware Scan.

WP Super Cache – Very fast caching plugin for WordPress.

Blog Automation and Outsourcing

IFTTT – IFTTT (if this, then that) is the easy, free way to get your apps and devices working together, they system is all automated.

Fiverr – Fiverr is the world’s largest freelance services marketplace for lean entrepreneurs to focus on growth & create a successful business at affordable costs.

Tailwind – Save time scheduling to Pinterest and Instagram, post at the best times for engagement, grow together with Tribes, get more actionable analytics. Start free!

Buffer – Buffer is an intuitive social media management platform trusted brands, businesses, agencies, and individuals to help drive social media results.