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INSIDE MY TOOLKIT

Tools give you leverage. Leverage gives you power. BROWSE BELOW

THE SOLOPRENEUR TOOLBOX

Some of the tools I use in my blogging and business to do things more efficiently. As a solopreneur, so much of your success depends on selecting the right tools and resources, at the right time.

NOTE: Some of these links are affiliates which mean I will earn a small commission (at no extra cost) if you purchase through my links. I will never recommend something unless I have used and loved it myself. Thank you for your support.

HOSTING RESOURCES

WP Engine: Build Your WordPress Website

To build an online platform, you need a home base, your virtual storefront. I highly recommend a managed WordPress host like WP Engine (a step above Bluehost) and made exclusively for WordPress. Optimized for security and speed, it’s hard to ask for more from a web host. This is what the Solopreneur Lifestyle is hosted on.

Offer: Use “wpe20off” to get 20% off your first payment!

Bluehost: Website Hosting

Bluehost was the host I first got started with and also offers one-click WordPress installs, 24/7 support, and an anytime money-back guarantee. Not as fast or optimized as WP Engine, but also reliable and a great starter host if you’re looking for something a bit more cost efficient. They also offer a free domain when you sign up.

WORDPRESS RESOURCES

Elegant Themes: Drag & Drop WordPress Themes

I use them as a starting base for all my sites. Divi, their flagship theme, and visual page builder is arguably the most widely-used premium WordPress theme in the world. Divi makes it possible to design beautiful websites in a short amount of time without any knowledge of coding.

Superfly: Beautiful Divi Child Themes

Divi child themes & plugins that will rock your world. You simply purchase a template that suits your needs and change out the default content with your own and BOOM… instant website. It can’t be any more simple than that.

*Does require Divi from Elegant Themes (parent theme)

SECURITY

Private Internet Access: Protect your privacy

As a solopreneur,  you’re likely on public WIFI a lot.

Private Internet Access VPN Service encrypts your connection making it secure and keeping you and your stuff anonymous.

EMAIL MARKETING

Ontraport: Complete business automation

It does email marketing and SO MUCH MORE. Personally, when researching systems it was between Ontraport and Infusionsoft and Ontraport does so much more (it’s also less expensive) along with fast and friendly customer service.

Convert Kit: Build your own Email List

Not as robust as Ontraport, but a great email marketing tool that is great for beginners. Just remember, it’s hard to migrate email lists and if you do… you’ll inevitably lose subscribers. If managing and building an email list is your only goal you can’t go wrong with Convert Kit.

SEO TOOLS

SEMRush: The Swiss-Army knife of SEO

SEMRush provides an excellent way to track you positioning, generate ideas for more organic traffic, analyze your competitors, and much much more. You can also analyze your paid advertising and social media efforts to see whats working and whats not.

Long Tail Pro: Find the best keywords to rank

If you’re simply looking for an easy way to find the best keywords to rank in Google, you can use Long Tail Pro to find thousands of profitable, targeted keywords along with the competitiveness of each one.

Project Supremacy: Easily insert website schema

Schema is the tiny “micro” data Google picks up to determine your site’s content (and how good it is). Unlike the meta-keywords of old, good Schema is dynamic with your site. It’s a pain to do it manually and Project Supremacy makes it simple.

And it works beautifully because it’s what Google wants.

OTHER RESOURCES

Pop Up Domination: Convert more visitors

Radically increase email subscribers with Pop Up Domination through endless customization options including exit popups, A/B testing, analytics, and more.

 

CoSchedule: Marketing and Content Calendar

An easy-to-use content marketing calendar to create every blog post, social media post, and email on a visual calendar that integrates directly with WordPress. Get everything organized in ONE place, so you can focus on the important stuff… getting sh*t done!

G Suite: Branded Email Address

Easily create an email address including your website URL which is crucial for establishing your credibility! Manage email via Google, along with file storage and collaboration tools.

Stencil: Design Professional Images

Create professional images without having to become a professional designer! Stencil is a ridiculously simple tool to create graphics for your blog posts, social media, or resources page.

Typeform: Beautiful And Interactive Forms

Typeform takes your boring old forms and turns it up a notch. They take your questions and transforms them into a better user experience which increases completion rates. You can try their starter package completely free.

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