Recommended Webmaster Resources

This section lists recommended webmaster resources that I actively use, or have used in the past, in order to make money through the web.

For a more complete list of resources, please check out the main Webmaster Resources page.

WordPress

WordPress

WordPress

The best content management system in the world. WordPress is used to build every single one of my content websites.

Genesis Framework

Genesis

I've tested dozens of WordPress frameworks however Genesis is my favourite by far. It also has the largest selection of child themes available to it.

VaultPress

VaultPress

Peace of mind for my WordPress websites with hourly backups. It's a must-have service for every WordPress user, with prices starting at only $5 per month per website.

ThemeForest

ThemeForest

The largest premium WordPress directory on the web. I purchase a few designs from their store every year. There's around 3,000 WordPress designs to choose from, with prices ranging from between $30 and $60.

Elegant Themes

Elegant Themes

A WordPress theme membership that offers great value. Over 85 unique WordPress themes and quality support, for only $69 per year.

Gravity

Gravity Forms

The best form plugin for WordPress. It is amazing what it can do. Advanced forms are very easy to set up and it integrates with lots of third party services such as PayPal, Aweber and MailChimp.

Website Hosting

BlueHost

BlueHost

I have used cheaper hosting packages a few times in the past for small projects and for hosting friends websites. BlueHost was one of the best solutions I tried. It's a good solution for those of you who only have one or two small websites or blogs. Packages start from only $3.95 per month.

KnownHost

KnownHost

I have hosted all of my WordPress websites with KnownHost since June 2013. They are well known for having great uptime and support and their prices are very competitive.

HostGator

HostGator

I used HostGator for a website I developed a few years ago and was pleased with the support I received when I used them. Basic shared hosting packages start from only $4.95 per month. You can get 25% off your first order by entering the discount count kevinmuldoon25, and you can get $9.94 off your first order by entering the discount code kevinmuldoon994.

SiteGround

SiteGround

I have always criticised managed WordPress hosting solutions as doing nothing to justify their price. This is an area where SiteGround is very competitive. Their managed WordPress plan for 100,000 visitors costs less than $17 per month. When you consider other companies in this niche charge $99 per month, you realise how affordable SiteGround are. Recommended.

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Content Delivery Networks

MaxCDN

MaxCDN

MaxCDN is an established content delivery network with servers in over 90 countries; including the USA, Europe, and Asia. They used solid state drives to cache static copies of your web pages.

Their basic plan retails at $9 per month for 100GB of bandwidth. Using them will greatly reduce your bandwidth and significantly reduce your page loading times. Their service is also designed to handle large traffic spikes. Therefore, the risk of your website ever going down because of a traffic spike is very slim.

Tutorial: How to Setup MaxCDN in WordPress with W3 Total Cache

Affiliate

PeerFly

PeerFly

A great affiliate network that has offers from many online companies. Support is really good and they actively show which ads are converting best. Ads can be promoted via social media, search engines, PPC and email.

Maxblogpress Ninja Affiliate

Maxblogpress Ninja Affiliate

Automatically converts keywords in your content into affiliate links you specify. Allows you to track stats, limit how many keywords are made linked within an article and open links in a new window.

Search Engine Research & Analysis

Long Tail Pro

Long Tail Pro

One of the most effective keyword research and analysis tools for search engines. It is a fantastic tool for analysing yourself against the competition and seeing where you can improve. A ten day free trial is available if you want to try it out.

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Market Samurai

Market Samurai

Market Samurai is a popular keyword research tool that many marketers use instead of Long Tail Pro. It includes many great features such as keyword research, domain checking tool, rank tracker, and your SEO competition.

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Rank Cracker

Rank Cracker

Rank Cracker is a free software tool from Matthew Woodward that analyses the links that point to your competitors' websites. It then shows you how you can duplicate these links for your own website. This can help you outrank your competitors for their own tools. It is a fantastic tool and one which every website owner should try out.

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Services

99Designs

99Designs

One of the most popular design marketplaces online. By offering a defined amount of money as a prize, you will get dozens of entries from professional designers. You can then choose which one you prefer and award them the prize.

Freelancer

Freelancer

The largest freelance marketplace online. It is a great place to find work and to hire writers, designers, and developers. It's free to sign up, however if you use it regularly, it may be worth upgrading your membership in order to get reduced fees.

Website Trading

Flippa

Flippa

Like it or not, Flippa is the best place on the internet to buy and sell websites.

Advertising Networks

BuySellAds

BuySellAds

BuySellAds is by far and away the best advertising network available for bloggers. They take a 25% cut of all earnings, however their marketplace is huge, so they will bring lots of advertisers to your website.

LinkWorth

LinkWorth

A great advertising network that I have used to monetize lots of content based websites in the past. The sheer number of advertising options available is astounding.

Email Marketing

GetResponse

GetResponse

I migrated to GetResponse in the early part of 2013. It has a user-friendly interface and good support. Their prices are similar to most other email marketing services such as Aweber.

Aweber

Aweber

Before migrating to GetResponse, I used Aweber to handle all of my newsletters and weekly broadcasts. It's a great service and offers amazing support.

Safe Swaps

Safe Swaps

A great place to buy, sell and swap solo ads for your email list. Some people have built their list from a few hundred to a few thousand using this service in a matter of months. Check out their partner website Udimi too. It's a new place to buy and sell email solo ads.
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Social Media

HootSuite

HootSuite

There's a lot of great Twitter management services and scripts out there but I've found Hootsuite to be the best.

JustRetweet

JustRetweet

JustRetweet is a fantastic service that lets you promote articles through Twitter. You can earn credits by retweeting tweets from other users. Additional credits can be purchased to boost your account and send more traffic to your featured articles.

Productivity

Dropbox

Dropbox

All my important files are backed up in the cloud instantly with Dropbox. I'd be lost without it. It means everything I need can be synced to any computer and I can access files via their website too.

Ebook Design

Humble Nations

Humble Nations

James from Humble Nations designs all of my book covers. He's a fantastic designer and his prices are very affordable. He occasionally sells off pre-made book covers for as low as $30. You can commission him for unique designs from as low as $200.

Polgarus Studio

Polgarus Studio

The guys at Polgarus Studio handle all the formatting for my books (printed and digital). They offer fast turnaround times, great support and their prices are very competitive.

Books

APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book

APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book

If you want to publish a book, you need to buy APE. It details everything you need to know about self-publishing your own books online.

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Digging into WordPress

Digging into WordPress

One of the most comprehensive books ever written about WordPress. It spans over 400 pages and is updated after every major WordPress release.

31 Days to Build a Better Blog

31 Days to Build a Better Blog

A 140 page eBook that gives bloggers a 31 day challenge. It's a great resource, particularly if you are planning on launching a new blog.

The Copywriting Scorecard for Bloggers

The Copywriting Scorecard for Bloggers

A 100+ page eBook that teaches you a system for reviewing your blog posts before you publish them.

ProBlogger’s Guide to your First Week of Blogging

ProBlogger’s Guide to your First Week of Blogging

A 7 day guide to your first week of blogging. There are 32 tasks in total for you to complete.

ProBlogger’s Guide to Blogging for Your Business

ProBlogger’s Guide to Blogging for Your Business

A fantastic 143 page eBook that is divided into 12 chapters. A great choice for anyone who is looking to blog to promote their business.

The Blogger’s Guide to Online Marketing

The Blogger’s Guide to Online Marketing

A 31 step guide to making a blog profitable. The ebook also comes packaged with 21 documents, templates, worksheets, and examples and 1 hour webinar with Chris Garrett, Darren Rowse and the ‘Web Marketing Ninja'.

Blog Wise: How to Do More with Less

Blog Wise: How to Do More with Less

An eBook which interviews 9 of the most successful bloggers online such as Brian Clark, Leo Babauta and Matt Kepnes. Includes a Productivity Problem Solver as a special bonus too.