Tools And Services I Use And Recommend
Here is a list of tools and services I use for my online business.
Here, you can find here only the tools I like and recommend to use.
Let me know in comments what you think about it as well as whether you have any other recommendations!
Monetization with Ezoic
Ezoic is an ad platform that is well-known for its AI that learns and adapts ads to your website. It is also very inclusive compared to other ad platforms.
Switching to Ezoic was pivotal to my business as it increased my ad revenue by 3 times 🤯
Check out my Ezoic review where I talk about the revenue increase and the platform in detail.
WordPress themes and plugins
AAWP: A killer Amazon Affiliate WP plugin
AAWP stands for Amazon Affiliate WordPress plugin. It is a super convenient tool for inserting Amazon links in your posts. You can make widgets, tables, text links, images – everything that increases the conversion! 🔁
Read my full AAWP review where I also compare it to EazyAzon, another Amazon plugin I used to use (and got rid of completely recently).
GeneratePress WP theme
On all my niche websites (except this blog) I use the GeneratePress WP theme. It’s light-weight and customizable, and most importantly, its license does not have an activation limit 😉 I use the same license on 6 websites!
You can get it here.
Elementor Pro editor plugin
It’s a great content editing plugin that has a very powerful free tier and even more powerful paid tier. I use it on this blog (here is an example: livingoffcloud.com/aawp-plugin)
You can take a look at it here 👀
Ad Inserter Pro for inserting ads in a smart way
This plugin allows you yo insert ad blocks on your websites. I use it to insert Ezoic placeholders on my money websites and for ads on this blog.
I use the paid version because of these features:
- A/B testing
- Geotargeting to comply with GDPR
- And I plan to investigate anti-ad-blocking features 👍
You can get the Pro version here.
Content and labor outsourcing
For these two items, I have the highest expenses so I am very picky about what services I use here 👷♀️👷♂️👩🏭👨🏭
ContentPit writing service
This is a content service I use once in a while to produce content in bulk ✍
They are very reliable and the writing quality is pretty good. My problem is the quality can fluctuate so I use them for articles that don’t have to be top-notch.
If you have not used them yet and want to try it out, I have a promo code for you: LOCPROMO10. The code will give you a 10% word bonus for the same price if you are a new customer.
You can register via my link.
OnlineJobs for a great VA
My business would not be able to survive without a virtual assistant (VA). A VA is basically my right hand ✋
I am very picky and demanding when it comes to choosing the right hands 😆
I found my last VA on onlinejob.ph. It’s a service connecting clients with workers from the Philippines and they have a big pool of candidates.
Acadium (former GenM) for a digital marketing apprentice
Apart from a virtual assistant, I also sometimes hire a digital marketing intern. I found a platform called Acadium that trains digital marketers and connects them with businesses who are in search of such interns 👩🎓👨🎓
Read my Acadium (former Genm) review to find out more about the service.
Social media automation
Tailwind, a must for Pinterest
If you want to get Pinterest traffic, check out Tailwind, an Pinterest and Instagram management app 📌🖼📌
Use my link to get $15 credit (I will get the same credit as well).
My money websites get tons of traffic from Pinterest. It accounts for over 18% of the total ad revenue I get from the sites.
Read my post “Is Tailwind Worth It” about how I grow the Pinterest traffic.
I used to be with GoDaddy until I saw how much they charged me after the first year of owning a domain 😮
GoDaddy is good if you need a domain for 1 year since they offer tons of coupons and discounts in the beginning. But if you plan to hold onto your domains for a while, go with Namecheap.com.
WHOIS privacy is free for the 1st year and then, it’s only… let’s just look at a comparison table below.
Here is a comparison table of the prices of the registrars I have used:
|Service||Price With Privacy||Price Without Privacy|
I think Namecheap clearly justifies its name and using it a no-brainer.
If you want to take a look at Namecheap yourself, you can do it here.
Why Bluehost? Well… I do not know. Maybe it was the same reason why I went with GoDaddy – it is one of the most touted shared hostings.
I cannot say anything bad about Bluehost (but I do about Hostgator) so that’s why Bluehost is on the list (and HostGator is not.)
Go ahead and try it if you are in search of a cheap shared hosting.
Cheap Access to Ahrefs, SemRush, etc
To get cheap access to these tools, I use GroupBuySEOTools.com.
The same people who made GroupBuySEOTools.com are behind seogroupbuy.tools. This one positions itself as the highest number of online tools available online.
It is a group-buy service with SEO tools such as AhRef, SemRush plus much more for a cheaper price.
Apart from AhRef, SemRush, it includes Majestic, Moz, etc. I chose it at the time because it seemed to be the cheapest among all similar services. Now I like them for great customer support and how they are upfront with telling about all the limitations their service’s tools have.
With Ahrefs and Semrush from the service, you can do competition research, keyword research – the majority of the tasks you do while building your niche websites. What you won’t be able to do is to add your websites and track them on a permanent basis. For me, it’s fine but maybe it won’t be suitable for you.
I have been using GroupBuySEOTools.com since November 2016. They sometimes have hiccups in delivering services but I still think it is worth it given the price. And again, their customer support is great. In the beginning, due to the hiccups, I had quite a few conversations with the support and it was always a good experience.
I plan to switch from GroupBuySEOTools.com to seogroupbuy.tools because they offer so many tools I am using every day.
Check it out here.
PBN management services
Easy Blog Networks
This is a very convenient and safe PBN management service.
It hosts your blogs on a variety of IP addresses thus masking them from Google. The blogs are all presented on a dashboard where you can see the main characteristics of each domain: DA, TF, CF, traffic, etc.
I like it very much and I think it is fantastic.
Buy Bulk Hosting
This is also a great service, though it has a lower level of automatization. This service hosts blogs with reputable providers such as BlueHost, Hostgator, etc. It also allows them to mask PBNs by blending with “normal” blogs. The service has a dashboard where you can see the DA of the blogs as well as get convenient access to the blogs’ CPanel.
I use it to diversify hostings in my PBN.
Mining expired domains
Domain Hunter Gatherer
Very convenient tool for mining good expired domains. I tried a few competitors of the tool before and so far, this one is the best.
I managed to find a few great expired domains using this tool.
This is a service that provides proxies for Domain Hunter Gatherer, the tool above. Tools like Domain Hunter Gatherer make a lot of requests to search engines and in order to not be blocked by the said engines, it is highly recommended to do calls from different IP addresses. This is where proxy services come in handy.
It is the only proxy service I tried and it works well.
You can get it here.
Password manager LastPass
This is a tool where I store there all my login credentials for all websites 🔐 It organizes everything nicely and allows to have access from all devices I have – though, for mobile, you would need to pay. The rest is free.
If you want to take a look at it, go here.
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