As a blogger and online business owner I quite often get asked which programs, tools, resources and services I use to run both my blog and online businesses.

So to answer all your questions of ‘What did you use for that?‘ I have put together a comprehensive list of my recommended blogging resources that I currently use or have used in my online business.

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BLOG PLATFORM – This is the only platform I recommend and use on all of my sites. It allows you to setup a site in seconds and is very powerful.


Namecheap – To buy domains at an affordable price with great service. I prefer to purchase my domain names from a different company than who I use for hosting.


Siteground – They have a very fast and stable network, are inexpensive and the customer service is the best I have seen for web hosts. I have never had to wait more than 2 minutes to chat with customer support. Sign up through this link and receive a 60% discount. I have a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to start with siteground.

Bluehost – WordPress has been recommending Bluehost since 2006. It is a good choice for building your first blog


Themeforest – I have many sites and they are all running KLEO. I have this theme is very customizable yet easy to modify. Comes with many child themes. Runs fast and SEO friendly. I highly recommend this theme.

Genesis – This is another very popular theme used by bloggers everywhere. I am not currently using this theme, but many of my friends that I trust use and highly recommend this theme


Google Analytics – A MUST have tool to track your traffic stats. Free and powerful.

Google Search Console – A MUST have tool for all webmasters to check indexing and optimize visibility of their websites


Convertkit – This email service that is totally designer for bloggers. This is the program I am using for my this blog.

Constant Contact – This is a great email service that I use for my business websites

Mailchimp – Is a great service that is free for the starter plan. A little hard to navigate

OptinMonster – A very powerful popup that helps you to grow your email list fast.

Thrivethemes – This is a very powerful landing page program. With the drag and drop software, it makes it very easy to use.


iThemes Security Pro – There are lots of hackers on the internet, this will help to protect your site.

Pretty Links – Allows you to use links that are easy to remember. I use this for all my affiliate links

Social Warfare – A excellent social sharing plugin that allows users to easily share your posts on social media

Updraft Plus Backups – For making sure you have the backups you need to protect yourself if a problem arises

Woocommerce – A powerful program for selling items on your site

WP Smush – Reduces file size and boosts page SEO rating

Yoast SEO – this plugin is a MUST have tool to ensure your site is optimized for search engines

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