These are just some of the resources I use to help me grow, scale and manage my blogging business. Some of these are my affiliate links, which means, if you do sign up or use their service, I may get a commission (at no extra cost to you).
Cloudways is a managed cloud hosting company that provides high-quality and affordable services. They offer customers WordPress, Magento, and other open-source CMS hosting solutions.
You can pay for one server and run multiple sites on it, upgrading as and when you need. The best part is you are only charged for what you use.
I tend to hold multiple servers and only host a couple or a few sites on each.
Namecheap offers both cheap domain names and hosting for your website. When you are managing and starting multiple sites that you want to test out, a cheap, shared hosting plan is the way to go.
I typically start my sites on Namecheap's Stellar hosting (around $3 per month) and then migrate the sites to Cloudways once I start to build them out. Cloudways has an easy-to-use migration tool but costs a little more than Namecheap; so if you are just testing the waters or starting out, you cannot go wrong.
Jasper has been my best friend for the past year, even though he has switched up his identity quite a bit, our friendship has prevailed. As an author, I can tell you firsthand, working with AI, being creative, learning how to get the best out of it – is a worthwhile investment.
While Jasper is an all-round writing tool and not solely geared towards writing blog posts, Outranking combines SERP analysis with AI content writing which allows you to gather and create both factual and competitive articles.
(To get the same output out of Jasper, you would need to use it in conjunction with Surfer SEO, which I do not use. )
You can use this to build powerful outlines by combining the different H2s and H3s the top sites for your desired keyword are targeting. Using the AI functionality, you can then summarize the heading or let the AI assist you with writing an informed paragraph.
A free Google Chrome (and Firefox) extension tool (though I do but the $10 – 100,000 credit package) . I love this little tool and Google results look so odd and bare without it. Strange to think that people search the internet and don't know the monthly search volume of any given keyword… how weird.
This doesn't just work on Google, though. Amazon, Youtube, and a number of other search engines – use it how you will.
Technically not “link building” per se, as Linkwhisper is for internal links and not backlinks, but nonetheless…
There are a few others I have tried, but nothing is touching Link Whisper in what it does. It seems to just get better with each update. If you have hundreds of posts and want to go through and add more internal links, this is going to take a lot of time, or, you will need to hire somebody to do it.
Link Whisper actually analyzes all of your posts and makes internal link suggestions. You can also use it to interlink your silo posts as it now has the option to only display suggestions from within the same category of using the same tags as the post you want to link to/from.
While I do not tend to build backlinks, Crowdo offers a variety of packages offering niche edits, guest-posting, and also a Reddit and Quora promotion package.
I have had a lot of content for Site 3 written via Hire Writers and I used it up until I found my footing on Upwork, developed my templates, and started building a team. It is good when you want to order a batch of articles but do not want to go through the back and forth and relationship-building on a platform like Upwork.
They have a few different price points including the cheap and cheerful option. That being said, you get what you pay for!
Online Jobs is where I hired my amazing VA.
As mentioned above, Outranking covers both bases with the content writing and SERP analysis feature.
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Tailwind is great for automating Pinterest. I do not spend a lot of time on social media or growing brand awareness on social media at the moment. In some niches, it make sense; but I would rather focus on what definitely moves the needle- content. In saying that, Pinterest has consistently driven traffic to three of my sites and I don't do anything on it. All thanks to automation!