My Tools & Resources
I use some excellent tools and services (both free and paid) to develop my freelance business online. So, I wanna recommend all the following resources to you. If I did not have a great experience with them, I would not put that here on my personal blog.
Some paid resources I mentioned here are affiliate products or services, meaning if you buy them, I get a little commission at no extra cost to you. Sometimes, you get a discount when you buy via my affiliate links.
I explained these social media marketing resources (with screenshots and all the necessary features) except Kicksta and SocialPilot in the below article. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.
#1 Instagram growth service. It helps you to get more REAL followers on Instagram. More real followers mean good brand awareness which leads to more sales for your business. Not only for the business accounts, but it also works on personal accounts too.
If you wanna grow Instagram fast organically, follow these 9 proven Instagram growth strategies. You might find some more tools which I use on Instagram there.
Find Owlead – This is the only tool you need to grow Twitter followers organically
ManageFlitter – Another Twitter growth tool I use
Crowdfire – My personal social media profile management dashboard
SocialPilot – Social media post bulk scheduling, analytics, and management
Hootsuite – Mainly use for clients’ social media management
Buffer – I schedule all my social media posts on Buffer
Bluehost – Bluehost is one of the best web hosting solutions in the market. If you are planning to start a writing/blogging career, setting up a self-hosted blog is the way to go. It is
$7.99 $3.95/mo and really easy to set up. New customers receive a free domain name (with a free SSL certificate) with the hosting package.
Namecheap – My current web hosting provider & has the best customer service
SiteGround – Another great web hosting service provider.
Thrive Themes – Conversion focused WordPress themes & plugins
Constant Contact – Powerful email marketing solution
MailChimp – My current email marketing service
CoSchedule – The #1 free headline analyzer I use for every article
GTmetrix – Measure my blog performance (load speed/how to optimize)
SEMrush – This is the only SEO tool you need. You can perform any SEO related task with the SEMrush. I use this tool almost daily to analyze my blog traffic, competitors, backlinks and keywords. That is not all. It has so many great features.
WordPress – Free blogging software that I use and recommend
Scrivener – The best clutter-free word processing app I use every day
Grammarly – This correct all my grammar errors and enhance my writing
I have explained a bit about Scrivener and Grammarly writing tools in the article below if you are interested in buying premium versions.
WordPress Plugins (04/02/2020)
I do not install a plugin unless it is necessary. So, these are the only plugins I use on this blog except the plugins that come with the theme (AVADA).
As you can see this is my SEO plugin. After reading so many reviews and recommendations from my blogging friends, last week I decided to switch from Yoast SEO to Rank Math SEO. I hope you have already seen this plugin because it is all over the internet these days. It is totally free and all the premium features that Yoast offers with their paid plan come with the Rank Math free version (Still Rank Math SEO has no paid version, probably will come soon).
If you are still using Yoast and worry about how to switch, you don’t have to worry at all. Rank Math SEO has the most perfect moving process I have ever experienced. Within less than 5 minutes, you’ll be able to switch from Yoast and all the settings and customized SEO titles, links and descriptions are in place. I didn’t experience any traffic loss by ditching the Yoast SEO.
Wp Fastest Cache
I think I don’t have to explain anything about Cache Plugins. It is a must-have for any WordPress user. So, I use WP Fastest Cache Paid version and this is the only paid plugin I use on my blog. It has all the necessary features which we expect from a cache plugin. The best thing is, it is the lightest, fastest and easiest plugin to set up.
As you know, some cache plugins are really complicated and only pro WordPress developers know how to configure. But, even I could set up the WP Fastest Cache plugin properly and make my blog load with less than 2 seconds without knowing anything about WordPress or coding. Isn’t that great?
WordPress security is one of the most important parts you should consider. You might not know the importance of the security plugin until your site hacked. The Sucuri plugin offers all the necessary security features for free. So, before it is too late, install a good WordPress security plugin.
Grow by Mediavine (formerly Social Pug)
I was using Social Warfare plugins as my social sharing buttons. A few months ago, I ditched it and started using
Social Pug Grow because of Social Warfare’s buggy updates.
Grow is really smooth, does not affect page loading speed significantly and bugs free.
If you want,
Social Pug Grow has a pro version too. But, I think the free version is more than enough for beginners.
This plugin displays the last modified date individually on your posts and the pages according to your settings. This plugin has a ton of features for advanced users but still totally free. I just use this plugin to show my readers the post updated date.
You can play with this plugin and make this plugin plays a role in your SEO.
Spam comments are annoying right? These spammers capable of doing some really bad things than we expect. So, Antispam Bee is my best choice, because it is packed with all the necessary features, lightweight and completely free.
Before I found this plugin, all the guest authors were registered on the site but, I felt that it is not good for the site’s security. So, with this plugin, you don’t have to register all the guest authors on your site. You can create as many guest author profiles as you want without registering them. But, all the guest author profiles behave like registered accounts. You can add an avatar, custom link, and bio to the guest profile.