THE TOOLS YOU NEED TO SUCCEED AT EVERY LEVEL

Welcome to our Resource section, a curated list of all the best blogging tools and websites that I strongly recommend.

These are extremely important for successfully building and optimizing your business.

I have personally tested every recommendation on this post.

Many of these listed resources are incredibly critical in running my business.

tools

Before moving forward with this amazing list, an important disclosure:

Some of the links mentioned below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a small commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you, rather even if you decide to make the purchase by directly going to these product websites you will pay the same amount. Please understand, that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they have been extremely helpful and useful in building my business, not because of the small commission I make in case you decide to buy something. Please do not spend your money on these products, unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goal.

The Essential Tools

These are the absolute must-have tools. I dont know where my business would have been without these fantastic tools. Just with these you will be able to create an extremely fast and money making site.

Siteground: #1 for hosting websites and Blogs

All of my 10+ websites and hundreds of my client's websites are hosted on best "cheap" hosting: Siteground. Why? They make it incredibly easy to get a new site up and running with their one-click automatic WordPress Blog installation.

I have tried and tested almost all hosting companies over the period of 7 years, be it Godaddy, Bluehost, etc., but the real satisfaction and a smile on my face came when I shifted my website to Siteground. My website loading speed almost doubled and the traffic increased by 176% just by shifting to Siteground. That's the power of this amazing hosting.

You can host multiple websites on their Grow big plan (which, is affordable, the prices are best in the industry) so you don't need to pay more for hosting when you are ready to start another website. Almost all major and popular bloggers use Siteground and recommend this company to all.

I highly recommend using Siteground for your first website, and you can get started now at only $3.95/month, which is nothing compared to the value you are getting from this company

You will get a fantastic hosting at just Rs 3,000 (I paid more than Rs 12,000 for the gogeek plan) 

Additional features: Free domain, Free SSL certificate, Free dedicated IP, Free migration from another hosting, Super amazing customer support

Hostgator: #2 for hosting websites and Blogs

If there is any other hosting after Siteground that I recommend or have websites hosted on, then that is Hostgator hosting.

The company already has a huge name in the industry. The performance of their hosting is on par as of Siteground. You won't be disappointed. If Siteground is not your choice, then the only option you should consider is Hostgator hosting.

You will get all the features just like Siteground, it's just that Siteground is  one step ahead in all parameters. But if siteground scares you then Hostgator should be your choice

Thrive Themes Membership

You will be surprised by the quality delivered by thrive themes. 

They provide me with themes, lead generation plugins (popups, in post call to action etc), Landing page creation etc. Investing in thrive membership is one of the best decision in my online money making journey.

I will highly recommend you become a member and get the benefits of all these fantastic plugins at 1/20th the cost 

This blog uses Rise thrive theme and this brings the biggest smile on my face. Packed with amazing features (makes so many extra plugins redundant), Lightweight, ultra-fast, and many more features.

Domain name with hosting

The first thing before starting a website is Domain name, right.

The best place to register your Domain name is along with the hosting. but if you only need the domain name then you should definitely buy the domain name from Godaddy.

Although if you are starting your first website then don't register the domain name separately, rather Buy a below mentioned hosting like Siteground (recommended) or Hostgator, This way you dont have to learn the technicalities of connecting a domain name with hosting (this can be complicated for beginners)

WordPress Themes and Plugins

Once you have your site ready you will need many tools such as: Collect Emails, Make your content look great & beautiful as well as make your site look like a pro site. Here are my best recommendations:

Although if you have purchased the thrive membership (recommended) then you dont need to buy individual plugins from thrive as you get all the plugins for monthly subscription.

Thrive leads

Thrive Leads

Thrive Leads: Best Email Capture plugin

My Email Capture statistics increased by 95% once I moved on to Thrive Leads. Earlier I was paying more than $200/annum for Leadpages. Once I started using thrive leads which cost only $67/site (yes, no annual fees, just one-time small payment for amazing returns later) I have never been happier

Packed with so many features that even you will be amazed by the quality of this plugin and will be willing to be thinking of how come this plugin is so cheap compared to the value it delivers.

An email list is the most important asset for any blog or online business. Even an email list of 1,000 people can help you make more than $10,000 /annum (yes, I have dont it ). For me, this investment of $67 is nothing compared to the returns I make from my email list

Thirsty Affiliate

As i have mentioned multiple times, that affiliate marketing makes a big portion of my monthly income.

One plugin that is a lifesaver when we deal with affiliate marketing is Thirsty Affiliate Almost all pro affiliate marketers use this link cloaking and affiliate link management plugin.

It has both a freemium and a paid version. If you are starting a blog, you need to use this plugin.

FREE SEO TOOLS that help me drive more than 1,000,000 visitors/month combined to all my websites

Ahrefs

ahrefs

The best SEO tool on the internet right now. I cannot describe how much this tool has helped me get far in my career.

Most comprehensive data for keywords, backlinks, Competitor analysis, keyword explorer, content explorer and what not.

I can go on and on, if you are looking for one tool to handle all your SEO needs, without a second doubt take the 7-day paid trail on this product before making the decision to purchase

Other SEO tools i use

Apart from Ahrefs and Semrush here is a list of all the other tools that will help you scale your online business.

I use them daily and they have helped me a lot.

Email Marketing tools that help me reach over 100,000 people everyday

Aweber

aweber

I have tested many companies, and honestly, almost all email marketing companies are good. So I won't state any favorites.

I use and also like Aweber. I love the simplicity and easy navigation and management.

Aweber gives a free trial till 500 email subscribers.

For a beginner both Aweber is fine. If you are looking for a more advanced level of Email marketing with advanced segmenting, tagging, etc., then check out Drip.

Drip

drip

If you are looking for more advanced features like behavior-based emails and advanced email workflows, then you must try drip.

Use this if you are already familiar with email marketing and have been doing it for some time. Its a fairly advanced software which might be overwhelming.

You can use either of Aweber or Drip, I have used both, and both of them have given me good results.

My recommendation will be Aweber.

Ninja Outreach

This is the ultimate tool that has made me thousands of dollars. HOW?

Well, i use this tool for building backlinks, sending thousands of emails each month, managing the replies and so much more.

All my SEO efforts are dependent on this single mind-blowing tool. A must have if you want to focus on SEO of your site.

If you are doing email marketing then you need a domain level email address for better deliverability and amazing branding.

Just like i have an email address [email protected] , you can also have a domain level email along with 100s of amazing features when you use Gsuite. Use my promotional code FDELMRFYDREYGUC or W33YQEW76F7PVHE and get 20% off on your first year.

Social Media Management tools

This is the tool of choice for millions of newbie online bloggers or basic online website owners.

When i used Buffer before shifting to Meetedgar. They have a premium plan as well, but the free version is more than sufficient and offer all the necessary features

Another alternative is using Hootsuite, they also have a nice interface. But among Buffer and Hootsuite, you should go for the buffer

Graphics are extremely important.

Even if you have amazing content but crappy graphics, then your impression does not come too good. Worry not,  you dont need to hire any graphic designer.

You can make professional images in just a few clicks using Canva, that too free of cost.

FREE Online Video Course

Learn Digital Marketing for FREE

Take our free digital marketing course and become a pro digital marketer in just 30 days

Comprehensive step by step videos , checklist, and an engaged Facebook community and much more.

Digital marketing is the future and you must learn this skill to have a competitive advantage.

Other Amazing Online Softwares i use

Teachable

If you want to sell an online course or share with the world your knowledge then you need a tool that can help you deliver your online course with ease.

Teachable is the simplest and most popular website for creators to share their online course. There are so many options you can play with.

Students get to buy and access the course in their dashboard.

I have all my online courses hosted on teachable.

Gleam

In this day and age, you need virality. You achieve this by running competition, content lockers, rewards, etc.

With Gleam you can run beautiful competitions, use it as a content locker, and so much more. The functionalities are endless. If you are in our digital marketing course, you must have seen me using this tool. 

Upviral

You trust your friends the most when they recommend you any service or product right? 

This is where Upviral excels. It has helped me create viral referral campaigns for my online courses so that students who love the experience can refer their friends and in turn get a bonus that I am promising.

This is a growth hacking tool and one of the best online investment in my business. A highly recommended tool for anyone looking for going viral. Use it with gleam and you will get thousands of leads in a month.

Zapier

Automation is one of the keys to success in any business. The more work you outsource or automate the more time you will have for yourself.

Zapier helps a lot in doing repetitive tasks in automation. Like adding new email leads to a google sheet. This tool helps me save so many hours each month.

Hubstaff

This is the best time tracking software on the internet.

I have 15-20 freelancers working for me (both full time and part-time). Tracking time is extremely important to calculate the money you owe to each freelancer. 

Hubstaff has this amazing technology where your freelancers are being paid only for the useful work they do, it removed the ideal time, and hence you save a lot of money. I am in love with this software

UseProof

For me my landing page conversion rate matters a lot. The more people that sign up from the same amount of traffic the more profit i will make. 

By using useproof i was able to increase my landing page conversion rate by 27%, so YES i love it and highly recommend this product.

Books that have made me Smart and a better Human Being

These books have been of immense help to me and you should read them too if you are planning to start an online business or learn about these topics in general

Books that are currently on my Kindle

Tools that i use to make high quality videos (courses and youtube)

I never compromise on quality. Yes you can shoot a video on your phone as well, but i like the professional quality in my videos be it for my courses or youtube. Here is a list of all my hardware:

Other Productivity Tools that makes my life simpler

    1. Evernote: All my data is stored in Evernote
    2. Wunderlist for my Todo Management
    3. A Google Analytics app for tracking and managing traffic to all my websites
    4. Quora: I don't know what would I do without Quora. I have spent countless hours on Quora
    5. Asana : My preferred project management tool
    6. Slack: This is my favorite. Its like Whatsapp on steroids for your team.

Automation for time saving

On freelancer.in you will find Indian Freelancers. But over the years I have found the Indian freelancers to be not as effective (no offense to them, it's my personal opinion) as the other Philippines freelancers I hire from onlinejobs.ph.

And now I have shifted almost 90% of my online workforce (15-20 freelancers as of January 2019) to this site. You get quality applications, and also the prices are highly competitive. 

Sometimes I use this site for work that i can outsource (I don't use it anymore unless i need Indian freelancers)

Be it Video Editing, Content Writing, Social media management or anything else. Its vital for my business. 

Share what you love, while making $1,000/month passive income

Passive Income Potential

100000 Rs Per Month - Within 3 months of blogging

Sucess rate of People who have followed my method​

Success

What i require from you

100%
Motivation and Dedication

Starting a blog in 2010 was the best decision that I made. I stumbled into blogging by chance and now I am making more money than what I could have made even after graduating from IIM Ahemdabad in India. So start your blogging journey 🙂 . Click the button below to get started

About the Author Ankur Aggarwal

Hi all, i am Ankur Aggarwal – Digital Marketer, Entrepreneur, Traveller, Blogger, and Foodie. Have been blogging since 2010. In 2016 I scored 99.2 percentile in XAT Exam for MBA, left that to pursue my Online business dreams. The purpose of ankuraggarwal.in is to pass on 100% accurate, genuine and FREE information on Learning Digital Marketing Online. Know more about me here: About Ankur Aggarwal

follow me on:

Leave a Comment:

135 comments
Add Your Reply